Sources Say • Hello, 9-1-1? Are those problems really fixed?
Portland police union officials are scoffing at new city figures showing that the vast majority of problems with the replacement 9-1-1 dispatch system are fixed. Hundreds of complaints about the system have poured into the Bureau of Emergency Communications since it was activated on April 17. But the city claimed during a June 15 budget hearing before the Multnomah County Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission that 84 percent of the problems were fixed.
'They must have fixed the wrong 84 percent,' says Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner, who was not notified of the hearing. Turner has taken complaints about the system from his union's members almost every day.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz is in charge of BOEC. Turner sent her a three-page letter listing problems with the system on June 21, a week after the hearing where the new figures were released.
Brady holds fundraising edge
Portland mayoral candidate Charlie Hales has completed his first round of campaign contributions. The bad news for Hales, a former city commissioner, is that he's badly trailing New Seasons co-founder Eileen Brady. By June 23, he had raised $14,000, compared to more than $78,000 that Brady had raised, including a $10,000 loan from her family.
The good news for Hales is that he's raised far more than incumbent Sam Adams, who is expected to run for re-election but has not announced. Adams has raised $20 this year and has a deficit of $151.19.
The third candidate in the race, community college student Max Brumm, reports raising $455 so far, including $105 from his family.
Office plans on hold
The Oregon Legislature's unwillingness to help fund an experimental green building near Portland State University could complicate long-term office plans for both PSU and the city.
Mayor Adams and PSU President Wim Wiewel had hoped to borrow $37.5 million in state bond funds to build the Oregon Sustainability Center at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Montgomery Street as the largest 'living building' in the country. But House Republicans want more details on the proposal, especially because it calls for the Oregon University System to rent two-thirds of the space at above-market prices.
Adams had hoped that a number of city agencies would also relocate into the building from various city-owned and leased spaces around town, including the 1900 Building at 1900 S.W. Fourth Ave., which PSU would like to acquire.
The Legislature could revisit the project next year.