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GIVING

Cabbies want your cans

Donations are still being accepted for the 11th annual Radio Cab Christmas Turkey Dinner, which is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Food and financial contributions can be delivered to the cab company's headquarters at 1613 N.W. Kearney St. through the weekend. Call 503-380-8027 for information.

Complete turkey dinners will be distributed to needy families beginning at 11 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Meals usually include turkey, bread products, potatoes and canned foods. Around 1,400 families received meals last year.

All of the work is donated by Radio Cab drivers and other supporters of the project.

CITY

It's not a campaign, yet

Although Portland businessman Sho Dozono continues to insist he will not decide whether to run for mayor of Portland until after the first of the year, his campaign already is shaping up behind the scenes.

Longtime political consultant and lobbyist Len Bergstein confirms he is advising Dozono on the decision, and Bergstein has been soliciting media firms to handle the account.

Bergstein also said that if Dozono runs, the likely campaign manager will be Paige Richardson, the Oregon state director of the 2004 Kerry-Edwards campaign. Before that, Richardson worked on other campaigns, including the re-election of U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Furse, D-Ore., in 1994 and former Multnomah County Chairwoman Bev Stein's campaign for Oregon governor in 2002.

The most visible sign of Dozono's emerging campaign is the www.showyoursupportforsho.com Web site, which features photos of him leading a rally in support of Portland schools.

Commissioner Sam Adams, the presumptive front-runner for mayor, said he would welcome Dozono into the race.

Groups oppose street fee

A coalition of business organizations still are talking among themselves about referring Commissioner Sam Adams' soon-to-be-proposed Street Maintenance and Safety Fee to voters.

Adams is developing the fee to generate more than $280 million to improve city streets over the next 10 years.

Residents would be charged $4.54 a month on their city water and sewer bills. Businesses would pay more - in some cases, much more - depending on how many motor vehicle trips they generate.

Adams plans to submit it to the City Council for approval in January. Although he originally talked about placing the fee on the May primary election ballot, Adams now says the public had ample time to express its opinions during the many public forums he conducted on it since summer.

This does not sit well with organizations representing convenience stores and service stations, however. In a Dec. 11 letter to the City Council, four lobbyists representing such organizations threatened to refer the fee to the ballot and wage a 'long, costly and highly visible' campaign against it.

One of the lobbyists, Richard Kosesan of the Oregon Neighborhood Store Association, said the coalition soon will decide whether to mount a referral campaign.

The other lobbyists include Mark Nelson, representing 7-Eleven Inc.; Paul Romain, representing the Oregon Petroleum Association; and Chris Girard, representing Plaid Pantries Inc.