City Hall: Commissioners Pass Plastic-Bags Resolution

Portland City Commissioners today adopted a compromise resolution in support of a proposed statewide ban on single-use plastic bags [PDF]. The joint effort with the Oregon Legislature follows a recent push by Mayor Sam Adams (who voted on today's resolution via telephone because he was ill) to enact a Portland-specific ban on the petroleum-based bags. In response to Adams' local campaign, ...   More
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Staging Area For Natural Disaster Response Still Uncertain

Three months after Mayor Sam Adams called the proposal for a new westside staging area a top city priority, City Council appeared no closer today to agreeing where on Portland's west side to site that staging area to respond to possible natural disasters. Until that siting decision happens, City Council won't begin to discuss how to pay for the staging area. The funding had been included in ...   More
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Will New City Council Oversight of Capital Budgets Mean More Bioswales for Bikes?

Remember the whole "contract savings" debacle at City Hall after Mayor Sam Adams jumpstarted the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 with $20 million from the Bureau of Environmental Services? How could you not? The bioswales-for-bicycle-boulevards funding scheme generated confusion among city employees and some residents, who railed against the mayor's plan in letters-to-the-editor in The Oregonian ...   More
Friday, August 13, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

What Mayoral Staffers Make

Public outcry over the $800,000 paid to the city manager in tiny Bell, Calif., is prompting greater scrutiny of city employees' wages across the country. The good news is no such extraordinary excess exists in the mayor's office of Portland City Hall. But despite shedding several jobs in his office this summer, Mayor Sam Adams has 25 employees and one vacancy for a full-time police liaison. ...   More
Friday, August 6, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

John Canzano vs Sam "Interim Mayor" Adams on Baseball

Yesterday, one day after the Portland Beavers played at PGE Park for the last time, Mayor Sam Adams went on John Canzano's radio program to defend himself against the sports commentator's attacks. "Do you feel like you're an empty suit?" Canzano asks Adams at one point during the testy 13-minute exchange. The mayor doesn't hold back. "You're beginning to sound like the tea party spokesman," ...   More
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Sam Adams' "Vindictive" Behavior Toward Budget Panel Part of a Pattern

This morning's news in The Oregonian that Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese have decided to reconstitute the volunteer-led budget advisory group for the Portland Police Bureau has one immediate side-effect: It expands the pool of Portlanders calling Adams "vindictive." T. J. Browning, who as of this morning is still listed online as the budget group's chairwoman, says the budget group ...   More
Thursday, September 9, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: You Spent Our Money on What?

Last year, WW took a look at how City Hall was spending Portland taxpayers' money by poring over expense-account reports from Mayor Sam Adams and city commissioners. In what became a semi-regular tradition, WW took another look at City Hall's expense reports in March and found Adams' expense account had an $18.90 charge at Spartacus Leathers. The charge was for a Halloween-style mask for a masquerade ...   More
Friday, September 3, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Last Thursday Was Tame Thursday

Any Portland resident expecting either a raging, out-of-control party or a quiet evening last night on Northeast Alberta Street would have been pretty disappointed. It was August's installment of Last Thursday, the art show and 20-block-long social gathering held at the end of every month. Currently planned by Friends of Last Thursday and other informal organizers, the event has become the subject ...   More
Friday, August 27, 2010 Jacob Pierce

Mayor Sam Adams Proposes Regulations for Horse-Drawn Carriages

When was the last time you saw a horse-drawn carriage in Portland? Yeah, I know, me neither. Nonetheless, Mayor Sam Adams yesterday unveiled his proposal for regulating horse-drawn carriages in Portland. The news comes 13 months after a 23-year-old horse died while pulling a newlywed couple downtown. The proposed regulations stop short of the outright ban that PETA, the animal-rights group, ...   More
Friday, September 10, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

More of What We Learned From the Adams-Nkrumah Lawsuit

Reporting our story today about former mayoral spokesman Wade Nkrumah's lawsuit against the City of Portland revealed some interesting items and new information within the hundreds of pages of court documents in the case. Nkrumah's lawsuit alleges that his duty to provide open government as the mayor's spokesman in January 2009 was compromised by repeated lies told to him by Adams and his staff. ...   More
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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