Sources Say

A few weeks ago, our long-embattled Multnomah County Sheriff, Bernie Giusto, told Sources Say he has no plans to retract his public promise made in February to retire by the end of the year.

However, internally, it is another story. Authoritative sources confirm that he now openly admits that he may not go at all - and is reserving the right to change his mind.

The escalating rumors have alarmed the many employees who feel Giusto has been an absentee landlord, and the sheriff's office a rudderless ship.

Well, the limbo may not last. A group of employees now is actively seeking funding as well as a signature-gathering firm to potentially recall him.

Dozono pulls even in the mayoral race

Mayoral candidate Sho Dozono continues to surprise. In February, a poll released by the Portland Tribune and KPTV (12) news, found him starting out with 20 percent support, despite having done almost no campaigning whatsoever.

Now, after weeks and weeks of spending less time campaigning than fighting to preserve his public financing, he appears to be doing even better.

Last week KATU (2) released the results of a telephone survey showing Dozono practically even with front-runner Sam Adams, with 38 percent to Adams' 39 percent.

Sources Say actually is more impressed by Dozono's performance in the extremely unscientific computer tally concluded last week on Candidatesgone, the Web site for the April 28 combination debate/game show hosted by the Oregon Bus Project and Willamette Week.

There, the results were almost identical to KATU's findings: of more than 7,000 online 'voters,' approximately 39 percent expressed support for Adams and 36 percent for Dozono.

Dozono's success on the Web might seem surprising since Candidates Gone Wild is geared toward the younger 'progressive' crowd that Adams has been courting for years.

Without a debate, is it really a forum?

Members of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance will be treated to a 'forum' on the proposed Columbia River Crossing bridge project Wednesday night. But something will be missing: an invited critic.

The only people invited to the forum will be government staffers working on the project, as well as a proponent, Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder - former head of the BTA.

This is controversial because several BTA members oppose the direction the project seems to be going - to be one of the largest bridges in the West.

The critics claim that it's needlessly expensive and will contribute to an even more auto-oriented region - thus worsening global warming, not reducing it.

Emily Gardner of the BTA said that despite the concerns she's heard, there are no plans to change the format of the forum, which she called a 'presentation.'

- Tribune staff

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