Sources say

Foxworth 'fan' base dwindles ever faster

It didn't take long for the backlash to hit last week after the Portland Tribune broke the news online that former Police Chief Derrick Foxworth has threatened the city with a lawsuit.

Mayor Tom Potter had demoted Foxworth four months ago after his ex-girlfriend, police desk clerk Angela Oswalt, publicized steamy excerpts of e-mails he'd sent her six years ago.

On Thursday night's KGW (8) newscast, a story said that even some of the former top cop's 'fans' on the City Council were disappointed that Foxworth felt his ouster was based on racism. The only problem? The two city commissioners quoted, Randy Leonard and Erik Sten, were hardly Foxworth's fans.

Relations between Leonard and Foxworth have been frosty since 2004, when the two mixed it up at a City Council session. Following the November 2005 controversy over the sale of stolen goods at secondhand shops, Sten was the first commissioner to publicly suggest that the clock was ticking on Foxworth's tenure.

Adams is up to something

Sources Say would never want to seem cynical, of course, but would Commissioner Sam Adams hurry up and declare for the mayor's race already? The guy is one big publicity machine, and it's hard for us media types to pretend he's not running for some office, somewhere - when he so clearly is.

His latest hit? He's 'co-founded' an Oregon Arts and Culture Political Action Committee to support candidates who support the arts. If you look at the Web site,, under 'who we are' you will find a mission statement and just one name: that of Adams, who signed the statement.

Adams would not be the first local politico to form a PAC that helped build a political machine: Sten co-founded X-PAC, a now-defunct nonprofit whose young, hip profile has since been taken up by the Oregon Bus Project.

Behold, a familiar sound

If you hear a distinctive cackle slicing through the air at City Hall, it's not your imagination: Jim Francesconi is back.

As The Oregonian's City Hall Notebook observed last week, the former commissioner - now a lawyer-lobbyist with Haglund, Kelley, Horngren, Jones and Wilder LLP - is representing Warner Pacific College as it tries to buy or lease a slice of Mount Tabor Park.

Two months ago, on behalf of a neighboring landowner, Francesconi helped defeat a firm's bid to build a Goose Hollow condo unit called the Allegro. And recently a trio of local unions hired him to push the City Council to force the Portland Development Commission to pay 'prevailing wage,' or better-than-market, on its public-private projects.

'I'm doing well,' said Francesconi, who also is working for the University of Portland, Portland Community College and schools in Washington County.

-Tribune staff

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