One of the many reasons I love Portland so much is the accessibility of our City government. Over the past decade or so, with very few exceptions, I have been able to meet with City Commissioners to discuss issues of public policy. And when I talk about accessibility, I am talking about me as an… Continue reading Visibility Matters
This week, as part of his “100 businesses in 100 days” effort, Mayor Sam Adams wandered into the Wonderful World of Geeks when he met with Portland’s open source tech community to discuss his economic development strategy. A diverse group of folks, including: Rick Turoczy, Raven Zachary, Audrey Eschright, Scott Kveton, J-P Voillique, David Kominsky,… Continue reading Wonk meets Geeks
Back in early February, Mayor Adams held his first Economic Recovery Cabinet meeting. The invitation list was large and included representatives from academia, chambers of commerce, large employers, developers and builders, organized labor, economists, government and nonprofits, attorneys, representatives from some key sectors, including: finance and banking, creative, manufacturing, entertainment and tourism and high tech,… Continue reading Economic Recovery Cabinet
We interrupt our regularly scheduled stimulus bill translation for an update on an issue that refuses to die. I was at City Hall this morning for an early morning meeting. As I was leaving at about 9am, I saw abut 10 people gathered outside with signs advocating for removing Sam Adams from office. I am… Continue reading Cutting off Portlandia’s Nose to Spite our Face
Then join City Club for a free, public panel on politics and ethics as part of their Agora program: Private Lives in the Public Eye: A panel on politics and ethics When: Thursday, January 29, 2009, 6–7:30 p.m. Where: UO Portland, White Stag Building , 70 NW Couch, Portland Cost: Free and open to the… Continue reading Still have the energy to talk about Sam Adams?
This weekend,Winston Ross, a Newsweek Reporter, interviewed me about media sensationalism and the Sam Adams story. He had read my previous blog post and thought I might have some insights to share. Later in the day, after Sam Adams committed to return to work, I, naively, hoped that we would be able to put the… Continue reading Justifying Mis-steps (and I don’t mean by Sam Adams)
Below is a copy of an email I sent to Sam Adams this afternoon: I am the go-to person on local politics for Portland’s open source tech community. I have lost track of how many times I have been asked today my thoughts on your current situation. Given all of the pressure that is being… Continue reading Why Sam Adams should not resign as mayor of Portland
I have spent the last three years (give or take) working as, with and along-side microbusinesses, and we all sing a variant of the same song: I know there is help out there, and I know some of it is great and some of it is crap. But, as there is no single point of… Continue reading Recessions = New Businesses=Confusion