Deal puts Mt. Tabor land sale in the past
Upset neighbors – The controversial plan appears to be over, and everyone is “thrilled”
by Edward Hershey, May 18, 2007, The Oregonian
Neighborhood residents and the Portland Parks Bureau have reached an agreement on how the city should proceed with determining the future of the maintenance yard and nursery at the southern edge of Mount Tabor Park.
The two-page agreement, signed Monday night and unanimously ratified Wednesday by the Mount Tabor Neighborhood Association board, comes after four mediation sessions in the past month. It does not mention a proposal to sell or lease as much as 9 acres to Warner Pacific College for athletic fields but appears to derail the plan.
This story mentions the Mt. Tabor land sale in the context of a proposed reform in the structure of Portland government. This story illustrates the importance of the pre-disposition aspect of the project.
Opponents put land in Potter’s hands
Charter – Fliers erroneously say the mayor unilaterally could sell surplus city land if government were changed
Tuesday, May 8, 2007, by Anna Griffin
If Portlanders decide May 15 to change the form of government, the mayor will enjoy a host of new powers.
Yet the one proving the most controversial may not actually exist.
In their mailings and campaign appearances, opponents of Measure 26-91, which would centralize executive power under the mayor, paint a bleak picture of life under a new, stronger mayor system.
It’s right there, for example, in the latest flier to hit mailboxes from Portlanders for Accountability, one of two anti-change groups: “The mayor . . . would even be able to unilaterally sell parkland and other city property without a vote of the City Council.”
“That has to be a mistake,” said former Mayor Bud Clark. “They cannot have seriously meant to give the mayor that power.”