Mayoral Recall Campaign Says It's "Closing In On 20,000 Signatures"


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The campaign to recall Mayor Sam Adams says it has almost 20,000 signatures with just 12 more days to collect an additional 12,000 names. In other words, it needs to get 1,000 a day — or 41 per hour or ... well, you get the idea. The deadline to submit the signatures collected from City of Portland residents is April 20. As of last week, the campaign estimated it had between 12,000 and ...   More
 
Thursday, April 8, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Mayor Releases Budget Memo, Calls For Immediate Cuts


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Mayor Sam Adams today released his budget memo [PDF] about the need for further cuts to this year's budget and the next. The news Tuesday comes a day later than expected. The mayor's memo to his City Council colleagues singled out the Portland Police Bureau, already battered by recent events, as having overspent its budget by "up to $5 million" but offered no explanation for how that happened ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Sisters Of The Road Opposes New Sidewalk Proposal


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Sisters of the Road community organizer Brendan Phillips raised concerns in this interview we ran in this week's WW about Mayor Sam Adams' sidewalk plan for downtown Portland, the Rose Quarter and Lloyd District. And now this afternoon, Sisters announced in this statement [PDF] that it opposes the mayor's proposal because the advocacy group says it would "unfairly target people experiencing homelessness ...   More
 
Thursday, April 1, 2010 HANK STERN

High School Redesign: New Stakeholder Group Morphs


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The so-called Eastside Coalition of High Schools, an ad hoc group of parents that formed in recent weeks to address Portland Public Schools' high school redesign, has grown to include westside high schools. And under its new name, High School Alliance, the group will meet with PPS staff Saturday morning from 10 am to noon to discuss the ongoing plans. The group will then meet with Mayor Sam Adams' ...   More
 
Thursday, April 1, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Why The Mayoral Recall Campaign Is Planning An April Fools' Day Rally


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The campaign to recall Mayor Sam Adams will stage a City Hall rally tomorrow morning, April Fools' Day, at 11:30. Former state Sen. Avel Gordly, the chief petitioner, will be there. And campaign volunteer Teresa McGuire says the rally's scheduling is purposeful, despite questions from some about whether it makes the recallers look like the campaign is a joke. "We feel people have acted foolishly, ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Mayoral Recall Campaign Gets A New Office


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The campaign to recall Mayor Sam Adams got a boost this week with news that real-estate bigwig Joe Weston would lease the mostly volunteer effort new, discounted office space across from the Rose Quarter. The new office at 407 N. Broadway won't open until next week. But volunteers should be familiar with the space already; it's next door to the old office Weston donated during the last recall ...   More
 
Friday, March 26, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Adams Promises More Visibility on Police


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After a briefing from Portland Police earlier today, Mayor Sam Adams said this afternoon he has not reconsidered his decision to hand police management to Commissioner Dan Saltzman. But the mayor does say he will play a higher-profile role on police matters going forward. "I've decided to be more visible," he told WW, two days after the second fatal shooting of a man this year by a Portland ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Now Weirder Than Your Last Family Reunion


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It was billed as a hearing to discuss the Bureau of Environmental Services' 2010-2011 budget, but the talk at City Hall this afternoon quickly devolved into an episode reminiscent of a dysfunctional family meeting. Topic No. 1: Mayor Sam Adams' decision to take $20 million from BES's budget to help fund the Bicycle Plan for 2030. Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who manages BES, opened the talk by ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Police Bureau Is Not $5 Million Over Budget


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Just last week, Mayor Sam Adams singled out the Portland Police Bureau for being "projected to overspend its budget by up to $5 million." But in a meeting today with labor leaders and city bureau directors — after a question from Chief Rosie Sizer about her bureau's financial condition — a representative of the city's budget office told the gathered crowd that new projections showed ...   More
 
Thursday, April 15, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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