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Your Bridge For My Hotel

by Laural Porter

Posted on April 24, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:43 PM

It sounds like a monopoly game, but Portland Mayor Sam Adams says it's just politics.

There's been a lot of buzz this week about the Mayor's offer to support Multnomah County chair Ted Wheeler's plans to rebuild the Sellwood Bridge if Wheeler supports the Mayor's plans for a convention center hotel.

Wheeler has said he doesn't trade votes and doesn't believe in co-mingling plans for projects that should be considered on their own merit.

I ask Chairman Wheeler for some straight talk on whether he plans to support Mayor Adams' plans for a hotel.

He also tells us straight up whether he thinks bringing Major League Soccer to Portland is a good idea.

It's been a tough week for Chairman Wheeler.

This week he announced how he plans to close a 46 million dollar hole
in the county budget.

It includes program cuts,elimination of entire programs,and 200 layoffs.

He answers my question about criticism that his cuts unfairly hit and jeopardize public safety.

Plus you'll hear former Senator Gordon Smith in his first extensive sit- down interview since losing the election in November.

Join me Saturday night at 6:30 for Straight Talk.
Please leave your comments here after the show and let's keep talking.


Here is a link to a list of upcoming of hearings where you can weigh-in on the cuts being made to Multnomah County's budget. They're not final, so your voice counts.