August news briefs
Nolan declares city council candidacy
PORTLAND - State Rep. Mary Nolan said July 5 that she is running for the Portland City Council post held by Amanda Fritz.
'City Hall has a critically important role to play in the economic and cultural life of the city, and Portland is also key to the health of the state,' Nolan said. 'I have a long track record taking on complex challenges, bringing people together and making things happen.'
Nolan has represented portions of Northwest and Southwest Portland in the Legislature since 2000. She is running for Position 1, which is held by Fritz.
'Voters will have a choice to contrast my track record with that of the incumbent,' Nolan said.
Fritz has announced for re-election. She was elected to the council in 2008 using public campaign funds.
Portland voters have since repealed the public campaign fund program, and Fritz has loaned her campaign $25,000.
Nolan has raised nearly $7,000 since the 2011 session ended and has more than $14,000 in the bank. She does not plan to limit the size of her donations.
Before being elected to the Legislature, Nolan was head of the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. She is president of Caudaloso LLC, a business development company.
- Jim Redden, Pamplin Media Group
Fred Meyer reopening delayed to Oct. 21
HILLSDALE - Massive demolition and construction work at the Burlingame Fred Meyer store 'ran into a wall' recently, setting back the store's reopening date and driving up construction costs.
Bob Currey-Wilson, Fred Meyer's vice president for real estate, said that as workers were demolishing the 61-year-old structure, the oldest in the Fred Meyer shopping center chain, when they discovered that a wall presumed to be sound wasn't.
'It had no footings,' Currey-Wilson said. 'In an earthquake it wouldn't have held.'
Replacing the wall and adding footings means going through the time-consuming process of altering permits with the city of Portland. The store, which was originally slated for reopening on Sept 2, is now scheduled to open Oct. 21. And old cost estimates have crept up from $19 million to more than $20 million, Currey-Wilson said.
'For that you could replace the whole store,' he said, pausing. 'That's essentially what we are doing.'
The renovated store will be 91,000 square feet, up from 76,000 square feet. Most customers will enter at a new, glassed southwest entrance to the store, which will open onto a large, relocated grocery section.
- Rick Seifert, Hillsdale News
Police blotter to return next month
SOUTHWEST - Because of staffing changes at its Central Precinct, the Portland Police Bureau was unable to provide information for the Connection's police blotter this month. The column should return in the paper's September issue.