Jack Pollock

City officials' fourth-quarter lobbying reports—indicating any gifts received from October through December—were due on January 16. Maybe Tom Potter didn't get the memo?

His assistant was still negotiating with the city auditor's staff on January 25 (the deadline for any report amendments) about Potter's as-yet-unfiled report. It seems Potter's info had to be submitted from his email account—not his assistant's—which sparked some confusion. "The mayor has an old account not necessarily under 'Mayor Potter.' I cannot report his gifts from there," his assistant wrote in a note to the auditor's office, attaching a "complete list" of Potter's gifts. "Isn't there some way you can transfer the information?"

Meanwhile, Potter's "complete list" wasn't all that complete: A pearl necklace was initially listed with a vague value of "over $100," while the final report—posted on January 25—was more specific, listing the jewelry (from "a Suzhou, China delegation") for $200. Potter's staff initially lowballed other gifts, too—like a $50 ticket to a Citizen Crime Commission luncheon and a $50 gift basket from the Blazers (both initially valued at "over $25").

The city officials' reports also revealed a few new faces lobbying council members and staffers—in addition to the usual lobbying groups, like the Portland Business Alliance, League of Women Voters, City Club of Portland, the Port of Portland, and Metro. Dan Petrusich and William Reilly—who co-own property next to the planned Allegro Tower condos in Goose Hollow—lobbied every commissioner and the head of the Bureau of Development Services (but not the mayor) about "Neighborhood Livability." Portland Sweatfree Coalition bent the ear of all five council members' staffers. The group would like a city ban on sweatshop-produced goods.

Finally, Rosie Sizer won an iPod Nano from Identix, Inc.—a biometrics firm—and donated it to the Police Activities League. And Potter wasn't the only one to score a "holiday gift basket" from the Blazers: Everyone else on the council—save City Commissioner Randy Leonard—scored a basket worth $80.