Adams' River Patrol Proposal: Sheriff Mum, State Marine Board Deeply Skeptical


In his State of the City speech last month, Portland Mayor Sam Adams took Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton by surprise when Adams proposed that the city take over the sheriff's duty of providing law enforcement on local waterways.Adams said that by absorbing river-patrol costs (currently $1.8 million, according to city estimates), the city would let the county invest that money in cash-starved mental-health ...   More
Friday, March 18, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Protesters Rally Against Portland's Participation in the JTTF


Despite the cancellation of today’s City Council hearing on whether Portland should rejoin the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force, about 70 protesters still turned out at City Hall this afternoon to oppose the city’s participation in the JTTF. Chanting “No secrets, no spies, we want our civil rights” and carrying signs reading “Stop FBI Harassment,” protesters said participation in the ...   More
Thursday, March 10, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

Blumenauer Dodges City Club Question on Whether He'll Run for Mayor

Earl Blumenauer

 U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), often mentioned as a possible candidate to challenge Portland Mayor Sam Adams in 2012, dodged a question today at the City Club of Portland on whether he plans to run. Instead of answering the question from a City Club member on whether he's considering a mayoral run, Blumenauer launched into a diatribe against the "corrosive" effects of nonstop political campaigns."This ...   More
Friday, February 25, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Read the Document: Adams' Proposed New Urban Renewal Boundaries and Costs


 WW has obtained a copy of a three-page information sheet detailing a new urban-renewal district proposed by Portland Mayor Sam Adams at his State of the City speech last Friday.The information sheet (PDF) includes a map of the proposed 31-year, 130-acre district centered around Portland State University. Unlike a much larger and highly gerrymandered new district previously floated by Adams, the ...   More
Thursday, February 24, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Obama Visits Oregon Next Week

Obama and Kitzhaber

 This afternoon President Obama's office announced he will come to Oregon next week to talk about education during a visit to Intel in Hillsboro. And that visit creates two interesting local questions for political obsessives about whether a couple elected officials will be around to greet the president on Friday, Feb. 18.One of the questions stems from when Obama last came to Oregon in October ...   More
Friday, February 11, 2011 by

Civilian Oversight, Minorities and Crime Solving: Excerpts from the Police Bureau Budget


If you're like 60 percent of Portlanders, you feel safe walking in your neighborhood at night. And if you're like 87 percent of Portland cops, you're white.Those are two of the more interesting statistics to come out of the proposed police bureau budget released by the City of Portland this week.We'll have a piece in tomorrow's WW with a look at proposed new spending by the Police Bureau as well as ...   More
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Five Take-Aways from Cogen's State of the County Speech

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Delivering his first State of the County speech to the City Club of Portland, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen left us with these five impressions:1. As usual at City Club events, the audience of mostly progressive and aging Portlanders left the most pressing question of the moment unasked. No one followed up previous media inquiries by putting Cogen on the spot with questions about his political ...   More
Friday, February 4, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Police Bureau Considers Flashlights with Built-In Pepper Spray


The Portland Police Bureau is researching the acquisition of new weapons in its effort to tamp down the number of fatal officer-involved shootings in Portland, according to a budget proposal. And one of the tools the bureau wants to consider is the so-called TigerLight, a flashlight that contains a stealth pepper-spray canister that can "drop a 250 pound man to his knees," according to the maker of ...   More
Friday, February 4, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

All Kinds of Awkward: Sam Adams at MultCo for the Sellwood Bridge

Sam Adams Sellwood Deal

Observers at Multnomah County headquarters this morning witnessed a remarkable scene, as officials who have been feuding publicly for months over funding a new Sellwood Bridge met to congratulate one another over finally reaching an agreement.For a few minutes, the players managed to bury their mutual mistrust and make nice in a performance worthy of an Oscar nomination.First to deliver his lines was ...   More
Thursday, February 3, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

NW Examiner Smokes Out Critic

 Anybody who has ever wondered about the identity of an anonymous blog commenter will enjoy the current edition [PDF] of the NW Examiner, the scrappy neighborhood paper that covers Northwest Portland.The Examiner's Allan Classen and Mike Ryerson figured out that a Portland real estate executive named Brian Owendoff was making nice to Mayor Sam Adams in public and then using the veil of anonymity ...   More
Thursday, February 3, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS


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