Updated: The "Made in Oregon" Sign Is Darkened, May Have To Be Removed


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It's not clear yet who is to blame. But one thing is certain: The "Made in Oregon" sign is no longer glowing above the Willamette River. Ramsay Signs, the neon billboard's owner, has turned it off. And that's not the worst of it, if you happen to be among the sign's fans. "It looks like it may have to be removed," says Darryl Paulsen, president of Ramsay Signs. When last we left the sign ...   More
 
Monday, October 19, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Guns & Hoses: The Emails On Portland's Plan to Arm Its Water Bureau


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Commissioner Randy Leonard's proposal to make Water Bureau security guards armed police officers requires City Council approval, which could come this month. Commissioner Dan Saltzman is on record calling the idea —first reported Wednesday in WW— "totally unnecessary." What follows is the email exchange among Leonard; David Shaff, the Water Bureau director; John Minnis, former Republican ...   More
 
Saturday, October 17, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Staton Appointed Interim Sheriff (Over Randy Leonard's Pick)


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It felt like a coronation when Multnomah County commissioners this morning unanimously voted to appoint county Sheriff's Lt. Dan Staton as the interim sheriff. But there was an interesting political back story behind that unanimous vote, a decision that touched off an eruption of applause from several dozen sheriff's office staffers in the room. Afterward, Staton (pictured above) stood by the door ...   More
 
Thursday, October 1, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Judge: Chasse Trial May Move Out of Portland Due to Media Coverage


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A federal judge warned in court today he may move the civil trial over the death of James Chasse Jr. out of Portland because heavy media coverage may have poisoned the pool of jurors. "We're going to have a heck of a time finding a jury in this case that has not read information or come to some opinion based on information that may or may not be relevant," said U.S. District Court Judge Garr ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Made in Oregon's "Public Option"


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Two weeks ago, WW first reported the "Made in Oregon" sign had been turned off owing to a dispute among city officials, the University of Oregon, the owner of the White Stag building and the owner of the sign. Then The Oregonian reported an additional twist. Commissioner Randy Leonard, in a second attempt to bring the sign under the city's control, would support what the O called a "public option" ...   More
 
Thursday, October 29, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Saltzman to Leonard: Let Portland Water Bureau Security Guards Use Pepper Spray


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In response to the news that Commissioner Randy Leonard wants Water Bureau security guards to become armed peace officers, Commissioner Dan Saltzman today issued an eight-page memo [PDF] outlining all the reasons he opposes the effort. Saltzman, of course, oversees the Portland Police Bureau that Leonard at one point wanted to manage. The document, which proposes giving security guards less lethal ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

What The Water Bureau's "Water House" Would Look Like


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Last week, Commissioner Randy Leonard's plan for a "water house" built by the Portland Water Bureau got its first nod of approval from his colleagues on City Council. Thanks to that council decision to accept donated supplies to build the house, residents in outer Northeast Portland will soon have an eco-friendly home in their neighborhood. The pictures above and below are what this house would ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Oregon Bridge Lit Up In Purple And Gold?


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As an incredibly superstitious Oregon football fan, I'm very sensitive this week to anything that could tip the cosmic karma in the Ducks' rivalry game Saturday against the University of Washington. So imagine my "shock" to learn that Portland's Morrison Bridge is apparently lit this week in UW's purple and gold for something called "Husky Heritage Week." Could this be the final revenge of ...   More
 
Thursday, October 22, 2009 HANK STERN

Leonard Ups Ante In Water Bureau Flap


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Commissioner Randy Leonard recently announced plans to arm the 19-member Water Bureau Security force. Although Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Police Chief Rosie Sizer panned the idea, Leonard has said he'd like to move forward. Leonard is now bringing in a trusted ally with strong law enforcement credentials into the Water Bureau. WW has learned that the commissioner has hired former ...   More
 
Friday, November 13, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

OSHA Complaint Filed Against Commissioner Randy Leonard


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Oregon-OSHA received a complaint after the Nov. 10 fire at Marysville K-8 school about the actions by City Commissioner Randy Leonard, who has been very aggressive about going after businesses for fire code violations. At issue in the Marysville fire, according to people familiar with the matter, is that during the blaze, Leonard — a former firefighter and the city's current fire commissioner ...   More
 
Monday, November 23, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

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