Mayor Tom Potter, an ex-cop, appears to have become even less popular among Portland police than his predecessor, Vera Katz.
As Sources Say was being put to bed, Potter planned to spend all day, every day this week in an unprecedented way: sitting in on the arbitration hearing of Lt. Jeff Kaer, whom he fired for Kaer's role in killing 28-year-old Dennis Lamar Young in 2006.
While the firing drew cheers from police critics and Young's family, Potter's move was not popular among police. Now many cops think Potter hopes to intimidate witnesses by attending the arbitration hearing - which a Potter spokesman denied.
Last month, based on Potter's stance on the city's civilian police watchdog office, the police union board discussed whether to take a vote of no confidence against the mayor.
Potter did not attend the Feb. 1 funeral of one of Portland's most well-regarded and beloved cops, Mark Zylawy, because the family of 'Z Man' specifically asked that the mayor not be there.
Sten's staff and bureaus go their own way
Commissioner Erik Sten will ease out of City Hall this Friday and into a yearlong fellowship with Living Cities, a public-private-nonprofit partnership dedicated to revitalizing urban neighborhoods. But what is going to happen to his bureaus and staff?
Not to worry. Mayor Tom Potter will take control of the bureaus until Sten's successor takes office. Potter already has made arrangements for five Sten staffers to temporarily join his office to help supervise the bureaus.
The staff members joining the mayor's office include scheduler Cindy Gaulke, housing policy manager Margaret Bax, Bureau of Housing and Community Development liaison Jamaal Folsom, homeless program liaison Mary Carroll and receptionist Angie Harris.
Meanwhile, aide Rich Rodgers will join his father's information technology training business.
And, of course, Chief of Staff Jim Middaugh resigned last Friday to run for Sten's position.
Sheriff always likes to keep us guessing
The Multnomah County sheriff's office has been abuzz with people counting the days until Sheriff Bernie Giusto leaves, as he'd said he would do back when it appeared a state public-safety board might strip him of his badge.
Giusto says he still intends to step down this year, but 'I'm not going anywhere in the near future, in the next month or two.'
He'd earlier said that his announcement would be in the best interest of the county, and also that he would not be a 'roadblock' to a smooth transition to the next sheriff.
Now, however, he says, 'I'm not going to be timing anything by someone's need to elect somebody.'
The departure date of October or later that he initially announced matches when his county retirement health benefits kick in - but Giusto maintains that is purely coincidental.
Adams' funders also could look for favors
In the Portland mayor's race, Commissioner Sam Adams has made much about opponent Sho Dozono receiving his largest contribution from a City Hall lobbyist - the $27,000 in-kind poll contribution from Len Bergstein.
But Adams isn't exactly lacking contributions from people who do business with the city, though he has limited their contributions to $500.
Through Friday, Adams' financial supporters include the Rapaport Development Co., developer Melvin Mark Jr., City Center Parking, land-use lawyer Steve Janik, developer Brad Malsin, consultant and Portland Streetcar Director Rick Gustafson, developer Barry Schlesinger, the Singer Family, Powell's Books owner Michael Powell, consultant Roger Shiels and his partner Douglas Obletz, east-side development consultant Peter Finley Fry, developer Mark Edlen, developer Ted Gilbert, and Gallatin Group partner Daniel Lavey.
The last name could raise questions for some Adams supporters, as Lavey is a top adviser to Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore. in the past, his firm has been employed by some of the largest corporations in the city in their efforts to lower their water and utility bills.
The Gallatin Group also is spearheaded a proposed liquefied natural gas facility that tribal biologists say would ruin the last best salmon-rearing habitat in the lower Columbia.
and #8211;Tribune staff