UPDATED: Sam Adams Gives Occupiers Until Midnight Saturday to Vacate Downtown Parks

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Mayor Sam Adams delivered a deadline today to Occupy Portland, saying the protesters and campers have 62 hours—until Sunday at 12:01 am—to vacate Chapman and Lownsdale Squares downtown. ---The Occupiers moved an emergency General Assembly at the front door of City Hall, which locked its doors at 10:30 am. The protesters repeatedly declared they would not leave and discussed strategies for defying ...   More
 
Thursday, November 10, 2011 WW Staff

Occupiers Expect Eviction Notice and Deadline From Mayor Adams Thursday to Leave Downtown Parks

Angry and defiant, many say they will not leave

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Occupy Portland leaders say they expect Mayor Sam Adams on Thursday morning will issue a deadline to evacuate their camps in two downtown parks they have controlled for more than a month.---Adams has scheduled a press conference with Police Chief Mike Reese to make an announcement regarding the camp in Lownsdale and Chapman squares.And many Occupiers tell WW they will defy orders to leave."It is expected ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 AARON MESH

City Says Occupy Camp Needs To Clean Up—Or Else (Updated)

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Portland City Hall is taking steps that will likely accelerate a confrontation with the Occupy Portland camp one block away. ---Yesterday, the Bureau of Development Services, which is responsible for building code enforcement and answers to Commissioner Dan Saltzman, sent a notice of code violations to Portland Parks & Recreation, which is responsible for maintaining the land on which Occupy Portland ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 COREY PEIN

Occupy Portland Considers Closing Kitchens to the Public

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Occupy Portland organizers are thinking about limiting who gets fed at the camps. They're trying to figure out how to respond to growing pressure from city officials that the camp deal with the problem of drugs and violence in Lownsdale and Chapman squares. ---Campers have complained for weeks that the homeless have flooded the camp, bringing problems the protesters aren’t equipped to deal with and ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Fish Says It's Time to End the Occupation of Lownsdale and Chapman Squares

Ends City Parks Bureau's support for Occupy Portland camp

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City Commissioner Nick Fish has pulled his Parks and Recreation employees out of the Occupy Portland camp out of concern for their safety, leaving the Occupiers with no public toilets, no trash pickup and no park security.---Fish tells WW the damage to Chapman and Lownsdale squares has gone too far, and city employees have found that Occupy campers have cut down branches from the historic elms.  ...   More
 
Monday, November 7, 2011 by Hannah Hoffman

Read Eileen Brady's 2003 Letter to Sam Adams Following Her Exclusion from Tom McCall Waterfront Park

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As WW reported in today's print edition, Portland police excluded Eileen Brady from Tom McCall Waterfront Park in June 2003 for 30 days after she ignored an officer's order that she walk her bike through Rose Festival crowds. According to the police report, Brady, who's now running for mayor, reacted angrily and tried to get the officer to back off, telling him she had three "close friends" on the ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Who Are The Highest-Paid City of Portland Employees? New Salary Data For 9,000 City Workers

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As promised in this week's print edition of WW, here is the compensation information for every city of Portland employee in the 2011 fiscal year. There are approximately 9,000 names in all; the list is broken up alphabetically. Use the quick links to navigate: Aaby-Brown | Brown-Doering | Doherty-Greinke | Greisen-Johnson | Johnson-Madison< | Madrigal-Ochs | Ocken-Sahli | Sahnow-Terzo | Sahnow-Terzo ...   More
 
Thursday, September 8, 2011 COREY PEIN

Murmurs: Maybe Mayors, Man Booker and the City Dole

No anniversaries here.


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Two prominent lawmakers are close to major career moves: Two-term state Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) spent the weekend at the coast with his wife to arrive at a decision whether to enter t   More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

After Hearing, Equity Office Will Return For Vote Late Next Month

Mayor Sam Adams releases budget

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Members of local civil rights organizations turned out by the dozens to support the proposed Portland Office of Equity at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting.In public testimony, advocates called out numerous areas of social and racial disparity in Portland, citing statistics and disparity studies as evidence of the city’s need to move forward with the ordinance.Supporters told the council that ...   More
 
Thursday, September 1, 2011 EMILY GREEN

Equally Confused

Mayor Adams has let his plans for an office of equity become a shambles. Commissioner Fritz may pay the price.


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It should’ve been a gimme: a city of Portland office devoted to making sure “everyone has access to opportunities necessary to satisfy essential needs, advance their well-being, and achieve thei   More
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 COREY PEIN

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