Sharon Meieran Jumps Into House District 36 Race

Sharon Meieran

Dr. Sharon Meieran, a Southwest Portland emergency room physician, is the first candidate to form a political action committee and start raising money in House District 36, which includes much of Southwest Portland.Meieran, who earned her medical degree from the University of California-San Francisco in 2002,  is one of a handful of people who had expressed interest in the seat being vacated by ...   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Hall: It's Official—Nolan to Challenge Fritz


Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Southwest Portland) told WW this morning she will enter the 2012 City Council race, challenging incumbent Position One Commissioner Amanda Fritz."I have been talking to folks for a few months but just made the final decision in the past few days," Nolan says. "City Hall is where I think I can be most effective."Nolan, 56, brings a wealth of experience to the race. From the mid-70s ...   More
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 by Nigel Jaquiss

Mary Nolan Raising Money Fast—City Hall Next?

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Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Southwest Portland) is running for something—and it's probably not the legislative seat she has held for six sessions.While the Legislature is in session, members refrain from raising money. But lawmakers finished their 2011 business yesterday at 2:50 pm and today state filings show Nolan reported 12 contributions totaling $6,950. That's a pretty nice haul, especially considering ...   More
Friday, July 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Fritz Throws Down $25,000 For Reelection Bid


The biggest single infusion of cash so far in any of the 2012 Portland City Council races came late last week from a surprising source: Commissioner Amanda Fritz.On June 9, Fritz loaned her reelection campaign $25,000, her campaign finance records show. Fritz, who worked as a psychiatric nurse before joining the City Council, was not immediately available for comment. Fritz was a key booster and beneficiary ...   More
Monday, June 13, 2011 COREY PEIN

Friends of Last Thursday Makes Public Debut

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At a town hall meeting Saturday, city Commissioner Amanda Fritz introduced Friends of Last Thursday, an organization 15 months in the making that will assume the task of overseeing the monthly street festival on Northeast Alberta Street. Reaction was mixed as Fritz unveiled the steering committee-a long-awaited answer to Last Thursday’s fate amid complaints from some residents that the monthly event ...   More
Sunday, April 3, 2011 AILIN DARLING

City Hall: Commissioners Leonard, Saltzman and Fritz Brawl over Fire Vehicles

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A seemingly mundane discussion today at Portland City Hall about bonds related to a $72.4 million fire-equipment measure morphed into a verbal tussle over the planned purchase of four emergency vehicles.Those four emergency vehicles were part of the ballot measure that city voters narrowly approved last year to beef up emergency-response infrastructure in Portland. But, as Commissioners Amanda Fritz ...   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Council Votes 4-1 to Borrow Funds for Computer Upgrade

Commissioner Amanda Fritz

When City Council voted 4-1 yesterday to approve a funding plan to pay for computer upgrades at the Bureau of Development Services, Commissioner Amanda Fritz was the lone "no" vote. No surprise there—it's a position she's found herself in before, but the plan and its back story combine for a more interesting tale.The computer upgrading plan—to borrow $6.6 million secured by the city's general fund—comes ...   More
Thursday, March 10, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Commissioner Fritz Pushes National Search for New Director

Commissioner Amanda Fritz

Commissioner Amanda Fritz on Friday briefed reporters on the new initiative she'll spearhead in the coming months: Mayor Sam Adams' recently proposed Office of Equity. Fritz, a longtime neighborhood activist before she joined the City Council in January 2009, will oversee the new office, which is expected to merge with the three-year-old Office of Human Relations. Adams announced the new office just ...   More
Monday, March 7, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Commissioner Fritz Asks Human Relations Director to Step Down


Commissioner Amanda Fritz has asked the director of Portland's Office of Human Relations to step down, WW has learned. Maria Lisa Johnson, the office director pictured on the left, has led the small bureau since then-Mayor Tom Potter created it in 2008 to end "discrimination and bigotry, strengthen inter-group relationships and foster greater understanding, inclusion and justice for those who live, work, ...   More
Thursday, March 3, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Mayor Reassigns Troubled Bureau

Mayor Sam Adams announced today he had reassigned oversight of two city bureaus, the Office of Cable and Franchise Management and the Bureau of Development Services, to Commissioner Dan Saltzman.The move continues a City Hall tradition that Saltzman knows well. Since first taking office in 1999, Saltzman has taken the helm at many troubled bureaus. The Bureau of Development Services is only the latest. ...   More
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 BETH SLOVIC


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