We've really stepped in it

The Portland Tribune headline writers are in the doghouse. Or, maybe, they're in deep doo-doo. Or, maybe … well, we'll just get to the point. A couple of weeks ago the Tribune wrote about a Portland-area business called Doody Calls - whose owner, Alan Pietrovito, walks your backyard to collect all those lovely gifts your dog leaves you.

The headline referenced his desire to be 'No. 1 in No. 2 business' - words that then caused the you-know-what to hit the fan, with a call from Tom Arndt of Southeast Portland, saying he'd 'trademarked' that phrase.

'That's my slogan,' said Arndt, who lives in Southeast Portland and operates Dog Butler-Dog Waste Removal Service and who said he's been in the business for several years. In short, Arndt just wanted to remind Portlanders that these parts are definitely big enough for more than one pooper-scooper.

Ross Island scuttlebutt

Did Robert Pamplin Jr. renege, or did the city blow it? That's the debate you can expect to hear over Ross Island in the coming month. None of the participants are commenting, but here's what Sources Say is hearing about the meeting last week between Mayor Tom Potter, Commissioner Erik Sten and Ross Island owner Pamplin.

In 2001, the city publicly announced a handshake deal in which Pamplin would consider, if agreement was reached, handing over a portion of the island to the city, potentially to become a park.

The transfer, however, now appears to have foundered on legal concerns as well as an endowment to pay for upkeep that the city had hoped to receive from Pamplin.

Reportedly, Pamplin, who also owns the Portland Tribune, is saying the city dropped the ball during earlier negotiations - though the city doesn't see it that way.

What Sources Say hears is on the table now is a conservation easement to protect the land, leaving Pamplin with the liability as well as costs for upkeep.

Lobbyist report reveals interesting meetings

What do the annual Champ Car race, public toilets, Schumacher Furs and Outerwear, the Linnton rezoning controversy and the Portland Aerial Tram have in common?

They were all the subject of meetings at City Hall between representatives of the Portland Business Alliance and members of the City Council. Knowing that its members and the public would be interested in its first report under the city's new lobbyist-disclosure ordinance, the PBA posted it on its Web site Friday afternoon.

Even with the lack of details other than names and dates, the report should raise eyebrows - and curiosity - around town.

Sources Say is betting the May 17 conversation between PBA President Sandra McDonough and Commissioner Erik Sten titled 'Elections Congrats' was a fun one.

Tribune staff

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