City Hall insiders are questioning Police Chief Mike Reese's approach to the Portland mayor's race, although none of them are willing to speak on the record yet.
Reese has confirmed he is considering running for mayor and will appear at a Tuesday labor-sponsored forum with the major candidates, even though he has not formally announced for the office. Reese called the AFL-CIO and asked to participate after news broke of his interest in the race.
Some insiders worry that Reese could send mixed signals to police officers if he publicly disagrees with any of Police Commissioner Sam Adams' policies, such as allowing Occupy Portland protesters to camp in Chapman and Lownsdale squares.
They also say Reese is running the risk of violating state laws against campaigning on public time because he is essentially on call 24 hours a day.
Occupy news: Who's on first?
Reporters trying to cover the Occupy Portland protests are faced with a paradox. Although the protesters claim to speak for the '99 percent,' they insist no one speaks for them because the movement is leaderless. It raises questions about whether to quote someone like Carrie Medina, a camp resident who spoke from the stage at the large Oct. 28 rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Medina started her address by saying she was only speaking for herself, but then went on to explain why 'the system' has to change.
The situation has become even more confusing in recent weeks as protesters seemed to fragment into groups that may or may not actually represent anyone. Occupy Portland Press Team e-mails summarize some, but not all, of the nightly general assembly discussions. After a Nov. 2 march, which included one man accused of pushing a police sergeant into a TriMet bus, an e-mail arrived from the 'Real Occupy Portland' criticizing the incident. A few days later, another 'Real Occupy Portland' e-mail took credit for vandalizing a bank's windows on Nov. 5.
Then another 'Real Occupy Portland' e-mail arrived claiming the previous e-mail message taking credit for the vandalism was a fake.
After that, the Occupy Portland Press Team sent an e-mail telling reporters to always double-check everything about the protesters. But with who?
Go do that voodoo that you do . . .
How did Voodoo Donuts get such a shamelessly good plug in the Nov. 4 episode of 'Grimm,' the new fantasy-detective series filmed in the Portland? In the show 'Bears Will be Bears,' hero Nick Burkhardt is working at home when his girlfriend Julie walks in with a bright pink box of Voodoo Donuts. This is dialogue straight from the episode:
Julie: I got Voodoo Donuts.
Nick: Ah, you're the best!
Julie: Don't be such a cop, the doughnuts are for dessert!
Voodoo Donuts employee Sara Heise insists the company has never influenced the show's cast, writers or producers with free products. She says they received a request for boxes of doughnuts and signed some release forms a few weeks ago, but did not know what was going to happen with the tasty treats.
'We hoped for something good and got it, but we were surprised,' says Heise, who describes her position as 'executive wrangler.'