Merritt Paulson Makes The Rounds At City Hall


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This afternoon at 2 pm, Portland commissioners will discuss the city's deal with Merritt Paulson to renovate PGE Park for Major League Soccer in 2011. They'll vote on the deal next week. Meantime, here is a summary of the deal from the budget gurus at the Office of Management and Finance, with the bureau's acknowledgment of the plan's risk (as has been pointed out elsewhere) to the general fund: The ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Major League Soccer Gets Four Votes


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The final financial deal is not without some risk to the City of Portland's general fund, but this afternoon Mayor Sam Adams and three city commissioners said they would support the terms of the renovation project at PGE Park for Major League Soccer. Adams and Commissioners Randy Leonard, Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman have all said they'll vote "yes" next week when the $31 million project goes before ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall Notebook: Randy Leonard Gets Married!


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Back in November, WW wrote Commissioner Randy Leonard's personal life had "come to echo a sad country-western song." Make that a happy country-western song! Leonard, 57, got married last week, about a month after finalizing his divorce from his second wife of 12 years. Congratulations, from WW. We dedicate this Dolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers duet to you and your new wife. Photo of ...   More
 
Thursday, February 25, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Adams Steps Into Campbell Controversy


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After more than a week spent standing back while City Commissioner Dan Saltzman and, more recently, City Commissioner Randy Leonard addressed last month's fatal Portland police shooting of Aaron Campbell, Mayor Sam Adams stepped forcefully into the debate this morning. Hours before Rev. Jesse Jackson brings the national spotlight to Portland tonight by speaking at a rally, Adams made an unannounced ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

The Campbell Shooting: Leonard Speaks Up, Will Adams?


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Only Mayor Sam Adams knows why he made the unusual decision to assign the Police Bureau to Commissioner Dan Saltzman rather than over-seeing it himself as nearly every mayor in modern Portland history has done. There's at least one logical reason why Adams might not have wanted the bureau after he won election in 2008. As proven by the furor over the fatal Jan. 29 shooting of Aaron Campbell, ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Hall: Bureau of Development Services Wants General Fund Money, New Computer System


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Commissioner Randy Leonard has asked for a $5.2 million loan from the City of Portland's general fund for his Bureau of Development Services, whose reserve fund is dwindling, to help maintain staffing levels and buy a new computer system. As of July, the bureau's reserves stood at $8 million. Leonard's ask comes at an difficult time amid the current recession. Last summer, BDS announced the need ...   More
 
Friday, February 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Bike Plan: City Council Exacts Revenge on Saltzman. Cyclists Win. Did Saltzman, Too?


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Without consulting Commissioner Dan Saltzman or the Bureau of Environmental Services, Mayor Sam Adams this afternoon proposed using $20 million of BES money to help build Portland's Bicycle Plan for 2030. The last-minute move appears to have been a calculated case of retribution directed at Saltzman for his surprise funding amendment last week. And the tapping of BES certainly caught BES head ...   More
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

UPDATED: City Council Hears Testimony on Leonard's Police Oversight Ordinance


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The City Council this afternoon heard testimony from dozens of fired-up Portlanders urging immediate action on a proposed ordinance to boost oversight of the Portland Police Bureau. "Please, listen to the people," said Ursula Anderson of Northeast Portland. "You have the power to make a decision today. You have the authority— we voted for you. Make a decision today." Coming on the heels ...   More
 
Thursday, March 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

More Sunshine Week Fun! Read City Hall's Expense Reports! (Updated)


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Quick. Which City of Portland elected official charged $18.90 to his city-issued credit card at Spartacus Leathers on Oct. 29, 2009? A: Commissioner Dan Saltzman B: Commissioner Nick Fish C: Commissioner Randy Leonard D: Mayor Sam Adams Read their recent expense reports* [PDF] plus Commissioner Amanda Fritz's to find the answer. Then head to Berbati's Pan at 9 pm to see Pep Assembly, Bombs ...   More
 
Thursday, March 18, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City HR Boss: Police Oversight Plan Can't be Implemented Without Union Approval


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This afternoon, the Portland City Council will begin debating a highly publicized plan to boost oversight of the police. The plan by Commissioner Randy Leonard and Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade is billed as an "emergency" ordinance that would take effect immediately. But the city's human-resources boss tells WW that parts of the plan are subject to collective bargaining under state law, ...   More
 
Thursday, March 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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