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Adams’ light dimming fast

Avatar by on January 21st, 2009 at 10:14 am

Adams at his press
conference yesterday.
(Photos © J. Maus)

If Mayor Sam Adams hoped for progress overnight in his effort to save his reputation and his political life, it seems things have only gotten worse.

This morning I awoke to both of our local daily newspapers — The Oregonian and the Portland Tribune — calling for him to resign immediately.[Read more…]

The unfortunate situation with Mayor Adams

Avatar by on January 20th, 2009 at 11:05 am

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Mayor Sam Adams in
October 2007.
(Photos © J. Maus)

This is a surreal day. While I watched our new President’s moving inaugural speech this morning, it took all of my focus to not keep thinking about the big story I’d heard about the night before involving our leader here in Portland, Mayor Sam Adams.

In case you haven’t heard, yesterday afternoon Adams admitted to the Willamette Week’s Nigel Jaquiss (the same reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for his investigative reporting on a scandal involving Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt) that he lied about a relationship with former intern Beau Breedlove.

I won’t go into detail on the story, but I did want to share my thoughts and give you an opportunity to express how this news makes you feel. [Read more…]

A look inside the Mayor’s Transportation Cabinet

Avatar by on January 15th, 2009 at 11:26 am

Chris Smith, Streetcar

Jason Tell, ODOT

Scott Bricker, BTA

Rex Burkholder, Metro

Mark Ginsberg, Lawyer

Sue Keil, PBOT
Some familiar faces on the Transportation Cabinet.
(All photos © J. Maus)

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Adams’ first 100 days as Mayor: Here’s what’s in store (updated)

Avatar by on January 9th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

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He’ll need to be Super-Sam
to get all this stuff done.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Mayor Sam Adams has released his list of goals for his first 100 days in office.
From the section on transportation, here are some things that pertain to bicycling:

Develop a four-year strategic vision for Portland’s transportation investments and infrastructure
1. Appoint a Transportation Cabinet
2. Initiate development of a strategic transportation investment plan as a component of the Portland Plan
3. Advocate for federal stimulus package
4. Conduct a snow and ice storm readiness assessment for the city and region; develop a plan of action for future efforts and investment
5. Provide leadership and support to secure passage of a transportation funding package at the State Legislature

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Adams wants Portland to be hub of “green revolution”

Avatar by on January 6th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

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Adams, looking confident at
a party in City Hall last night.
(Photos © J. Maus)

During his speech at the swearing-in ceremony at Parkrose High School yesterday, Mayor Sam Adams laid out his top three priorities; jobs, education, and sustainability.

There was no mention of bikes specifically, but it’s clear that “sustainability” is where Adams plans to push two-wheeled travel. Here’s a look at what he said about sustainability, interspersed with my thoughts.

After painting a picture of this planet’s “potential environmental doom”, Adams said there’s a “silver lining to this toxic cloud”:

“Portland is the ideal starting place for this nation to get serious about environmental sustainability. We can show what’s possible, setting an example the rest of the world can follow. And we can prove sustainability pays off.”

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Full text of Mayor Adams’ swearing in remarks

Avatar by on January 6th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

The speech below was given by Mayor Sam Adams at his swearing in ceremony at Parkrose High School on January 5, 2009.

Thank you Portland! My name is Sam Adams. I am honored to be your mayor.

Thank you for the introduction. And thank you Parkrose High School Broncos for your hospitality!

What a glorious and quirky city we have. Where else can you buy a donut designed to look like “dirt?” Or browse one of the world’s largest bookstores and then walk a couple of blocks to the world’s smallest park. There is a reason experts always seem to rank us so high. As the nation’s most livable city, the best city for seniors, the best city for walkers — a city known for its bikers and hikers; food and flowers; beer and bridges.

The reason for all this is clear: That reason is you. Us. All of us. Because we have created this think-different, keep-it-real, improve-the-world kind of culture; a culture of sustainability, a culture you can’t find just anywhere else. It is the reason why Portland is a city we can love. And it’s those values that position us to thrive at this moment of transition and transformation.

Portland has also become what it is, in part, because of our leaders. Like Mayor Tom Potter. He brought youth, immigrants, Portlanders of color into civic decision-making. Like Mayor Bud Clark. He boosted the city’s rainy day fund from a few thousand dollars to $20 million.And like my dear friend, Mayor Vera Katz. She created beautiful Portland places like the esplanade that circles the Willamette. Thank you. We are better people and a better place because of you.
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Portland’s new mayor brings the circus to City Hall

Avatar by on January 6th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

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Sam was all smiles last night.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Last night at City Hall was the big, public welcome party for Portland’s new mayor Sam Adams. There was lots of food and free beer and by all accounts it was a wild and zany night.

Before things really started getting crazy, Adams and each of the four commissioners addressed the crowd briefly. Adams said he feels Portland’s authenticity and quirkiness (that was on display all night) will help us stave off economic hard times and that he has “faith in Portland’s willingness to take on challenges”.

With a broad grin, Randy Leonard told the crowd he’s been holding himself back for the last few years (a joke, given his outspoken demeanor) and that, “Now Sam’s going to let me go.”[Read more…]

Mercury news editor will work for Adams in City Hall

Avatar by on December 23rd, 2008 at 3:19 pm

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Amy Ruiz uses a bike as her
main way of getting around.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Amy Ruiz, news editor for the Portland Mercury, will leave the paper to join the Mayoral team of Sam Adams.

According to the Mercury blog, Ruiz will be Adams’ Strategic Planning and Sustainability Policy Advisor.

Ruiz covered many transportation and bike-related issues during her tenure at the Mercury including the scrapped Sauvie Island/Flanders St. Bridge project and the Safe, Sound and Green Streets proposal, in addition to the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project (she has been a vocal opponent).[Read more…]

Adams ties Portland closer to world-class biking cities

Avatar by on December 16th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Adams, shown here riding on a cycle-
track in Stockholm, wants Portland to
compare itself to Europe’s best
biking cities.
(Photo: Tom Miller)

At a press conference today, Mayor-Elect Sam Adams announced major changes to how Portland will do business under his administration.

Along with new budget guidelines and new bureau assignments for City Commissioners, he also unveiled structural reforms — like a consolidation of the Bureau of Planning and the Office of Sustainable Development into the Bureau of Sustainable Planning & Development.

The plan was detailed in an eight-page memo to “All Portlanders” that was titled, “Improving ‘The City that Works'”. (You can read the full text here.)[Read more…]

Public event announced for Sam Adams’ inaugural

Avatar by on December 12th, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Commissioner and future Mayor Sam Adams’ office has announced the details of his public inauguration event.

Details are January 5th, from 5-7pm at City Hall. The event is free. View flyer below: