Portland Parks: $13 Million to $29 Million Needed to Replace Portions of Lents Park


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Commissioner Randy Leonard and Merritt Paulson went before the Lents community Tuesday night and told the neighborhood they would need $2 million from the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Area to pay for new park space taken from Lents by the new proposed Triple-A baseball stadium. Leonard and Paulson both said the baseball stadium would "impact" one soccer field. But Portland Parks and Recreation ...   More
 
Thursday, May 14, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Leonard Takes Aim at Fritz for "Delay Tactics"


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City Council wasn't in a kumbaya mood this morning. Veteran city Commissioner Randy Leonard sharply criticized newbie Commissioner Amanda Fritz at this morning's City Council session after Fritz sought a delay on an ordinance (PDF) from Leonard and Mayor Sam Adams that would extend the expiration dates of land-use decisions. The goal of the ordinance is to give builders more time to complete ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Adams Admission Reaction: Oregonian Scoop Leaves Leonard "Numb" (UPDATED with Adams comment)


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This morning's Oregonian story about the relationship in 2005 between Mayor Sam Adams and then 17-year-old legislative intern Beau Breedlove advances the story in three important ways: 1. The O got Adams' cell-phone records, which show a level of communication that was earlier, more frequent and more driven by Adams (rather than Breedlove) than has previously been reported. 2. The O found, ...   More
 
Friday, May 1, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association Voices "Strong Opposition" to Stadium


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The Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association, which overlaps the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Area, has officially voiced its opposition [PDF] to Merritt Paulson's minor-league baseball stadium proposal. In the letter posted above, Erica Bjerning, chair of the Southeast Portland neighborhood association, writes: Residents were polled months ago on their opinion of having a lovely stadium in ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Bureau of Development Services Slashes Jobs After Director Promises Otherwise


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On May 21, 2009, Paul Scarlett, director of Portland's Bureau of Development Services went before City Council to talk about a fee-increase proposal. BDS is heavily dependent on fees from permits and fines to pay for its operations. But since fewer people have been seeking building permits amid the recession, the bureau has had to dip into its rainy-day funds. Since July, the bureau has spent $5.8 ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

City Council Approves Renaming 39th Avenue for Cesar Chavez (UPDATED with additional Council quotes)


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We'll flesh this news out in a bit with more from the scene, but the basic development for the moment is that City Council just voted 5-0 this morning to rename 39th Avenue for Cesar Chavez. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know the question of renaming a Portland street for the late labor icon has been contentious and long. "For my family, we would be honored to live on Cesar ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 HANK STERN

City Council Quick Hits: Tax Breaks, Soccer, Furloughs and Merit Pay


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Portland City Council has waded through a number of topics this morning and afternoon, after its marathon session last night on the topic of renaming 39th Avenue for Cesar E. Chavez. Mayor Sam Adams referred a proposal to give a 10-year tax break to a new housing complex back to his office Commissioner Nick Fish's office. A handful of neighbors from North Portland had testified against the proposal ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Randy Leonard Says City Is Now Exploring The Possibility of A Third Site for Baseball


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Commissioner Randy Leonard pledged last week to vote no on his resolution [PDF] committing the city to go forward with Merritt Paulson, owner of the Portland Timbers soccer team and Beavers baseball team, following Paulson's decision to withdraw his proposal for building a new minor league baseball stadium in Lents. The deal, which officially divorces the revamping of PGE Park for Major League ...   More
 
Monday, June 22, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Dan Saltzman Also Ready To Move Forward On Soccer Deal


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Commissioner Dan Saltzman said this afternoon that he still plans to vote for the Major League Soccer deal going forward in a revamped PGE Park, despite Beavers/Timbers owner Merritt Paulson's announcement that he's pulling out of the deal's other piece — moving the minor-league baseball Beavers to a proposed stadium in Lents. Saltzman says he's not a soccer fan but thinks there's a buzz ...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2009 HANK STERN

Mayor Sam Adams Moving Forward With Soccer Deal


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While Commissioner Randy Leonard has committed to voting against the Major League Soccer deal going forward now that Beavers/Timbers owner Merritt Paulson announced he's done with the baseball stadium proposal in Lents, Mayor Sam Adams announced this afternoon that "the City's mission is clear: focus our energies on guaranteeing that Portland is the new home of a Major League Soccer team." While ...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2009 HANK STERN

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