Education helps, but it's not everything
Says Minnesota has more Fortune 500 companies than Oregon and "one of the most obvious differences is they've invested in their schools."
The city doesn't know for sure -- but his numbers hold up
Says the city of Portland has one manager for every six "front-line" workers.
It wasn't for lack of trying
Says "I never billed a single hour of my time to the City of Portland in the last 10 years -- so, no revolving door."
The EPA told us to
Says the mayor’s job "is to make sure that if somebody is trying to build a set of water treatment plants to cure us from cryptosporidium we don’t have, we don't say yes even if CH2M Hill wants us to."
Not with a 2009 deadline
Says we could have saved ourselves the cost of building the Powell Butte water reservoir.
Sweeping breaks for developers and retailers
Says "I don’t agree with Mr. Hales that we should give a sweeping break to the developers to allow them to build that infill housing without paying for those very basics."
The law is clear
Say that under state law, "systems development charges can only be spent on capital investment."
And she is board chairwoman
Says she is co-owner of Celilo Group Media.
He's helped schools, just not in 2003
Says "I worked with our Mayor and other commissioners to help save the school year when a budget crisis in Salem threatened to cut four weeks of the school year," including negotiating with teachers to work for free.
Some of those tax breaks are off limits.
Says "at the state level we're spending more on tax expenditures than we are on public safety, health care and education combined."
He's right on all counts
Says "streetcars carry more people than buses … you attract more riders who don't ride transit now, and actually the operating costs are not any greater than the bus."
The bill doesn’t deserve much of the credit
Says "we got a chance to pass what I think is Oregon's first human trafficking bill which has increased by 66 percent the calls to the human trafficking hotline."
She helped, but so did dozens of others.
Says she "brought together business, labor and hospitals to give 94,000 Oregon children health care."
Previous mayors lived a little closer to the Willamette
Says if elected, he would be the first Mayor who lives east of 82nd.
Inaction it's not
Says "Many people I’ve talked to are angry that because of City Hall inaction we may have to spend a needless $500 million to cover and treat our pure drinking water."
Hales had oversight and the bureau did diversify
"When I served as City Commissioner, we made great strides …we successfully fought for, and won, adding women and people of color to the Fire Bureau."
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