Sources Say: Legal setback puts Kitzhaber comeback on hold
Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber was clearly surprised when the Oregon Government Ethics Commission rejected a $1,000 fine worked out by the staff to end its conflict-of-interest investigation related to his fiancee Cylvia Hayes.
For starters, Kitzhaber had issued a public apology admitting the conflicts before the Nov. 17 rejection, making it difficult to fight any larger fine. But he also launched a new website four days earlier as part of what appears to be a planned effort to become more publicly involved in state and national politics.
The professionally designed website includes a short biography of Kitzhaber (minus his abrupt resignation as governor in February 2015) and his stands on issues ranging from health care to the environment and the "common good." It can be found at http://johnkitzhaber.com.
Too busy to update her calendar
In light of city Commissioner Chloe Eudaly's comment that she is "extremely busy," too busy to talk to the media, Sources wanted to know what she's been doing. But Eudaly's public calendar has not been updated since the week of Oct. 29.
Commissioners Amanda Fritz, Dan Saltzman and Nick Fish all have current calendars, including the coming week, posted on the city website. Saltzman's is the most detailed of the three. Mayor Ted Wheeler's calendar has not been updated since Oct. 19.
Portland City Code requires elected officials and certain bureau directors to publicly post their calendars on official business. The calendars are due by the 15th of the month following the end of the quarter. So, despite the majority of the council's transparency, Eudaly and Wheeler aren't breaking the rules, as long as they post their fourth-quarter calendars by Jan. 15.
Auditor Mary Hull
Caballero seems to have this rule down pat. Hull Caballero only posts her calendars by quarter, rather than week-by-week.
Too many developers?
The city of Portland is denying accusations by the Multnomah Neighborhood Association that too many members of the Planning and Sustainability Commission are tied to real estate development. The neighborhood group demands that three of the 11 members be replaced.
The accusation and demand were made on behalf of the association by land-use consultant Eben Fodor in a Nov. 17 letter to the City Council and Portland City Auditor. It cites an Oregon law that says no more than two members of the commission "may engage principally in the buying, selling or developing of real estate for profit." But according to the letter, five members of the commission are developers, Realtors, architects, or land-use attorneys.
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability spokeswoman Eden Dabbs responds that only two of the members — developer Eli Spevak and Realtor Teresa St. Martin — engage in real estate development for profit. The remaining three "are not developers for the purpose of determining Planning and Sustainability Commission membership," Dabbs says.