Funds pegged for market
Food purveyors say they're in line to collect another $75,000 to apply toward the design and engineering of a Portland Public Market.
The money, part of an allotment from the U.S. Agriculture Department, would go toward a feasibility study and other development measures for the proposed public market.
The agriculture grant arrives on top of $100,000 that the U.S. House of Representatives approved for the market in late July. The $100,000 is part of a House appropriations bill that funds the Department of Housing and Urban Development; the Senate still must approve the measure later this summer.
Market supporters, led by city planner and former City Hall aide Ron Paul, are expected to announce the agriculture grant at a news conference this morning. Mayor Vera Katz is expected to lend her support to the market.
The market could be built either at the Saturday Market site, under the Burnside Bridge, or at the Immigration and Naturalization Building, 511 N.W. Broadway, near the Broadway Bridge.
Adams eyes Congress
Sam Adams, longtime chief of staff for Portland Mayor Vera Katz, plans to run for Congress next year if incumbent Democrat Earl Blumenauer runs for mayor.
Adams announced last week that he would resign Aug. 15 and form an exploratory committee so he could begin raising money. He had been considering either a congressional race or a campaign for the Portland City Council seat opened up by Jim Francesconi's candidacy for mayor.
Blumenauer plans to announce in September whether he will run for re-election to his 3rd Congressional District seat or run for mayor. Katz will seek a fourth term next year.
Adams, a Democrat, has never held elected office but worked as an aide to Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. And, as chief of staff for Katz, he had a hand in most major city policy decisions over the last decade.
An open seat would ignite a busy Democratic primary in the heavily Democratic 3rd District. Potential candidates include state Sens. Kate Brown and Margaret Carter, Metro Councilor Rod Park and attorney Steve Novick.