The effort to recall Mayor Sam Adams fell flat on deadline day, Monday, October 5, not turning in any signatures. Instead, recall spokesman Jasun Wurster told Willamette Week reporter Nigel Jaquiss on Sunday night about a second, privately funded effort—but others are starting to wonder if it might be a figment of Wurster's imagination.
"We've definitely got commitments from 15 to 25 business owners," Wurster told the Mercury on Tuesday, October 6. "This campaign is going to raise $250,000, use paid signature gatherers, and our list of 30,000 signatures." So, who are these business owners, we asked. "You can't talk to them," said Wurster. Well, how much are they willing to donate? "We've had everything from $5,000 to $100,000, to one guy who said he was willing to finance the whole campaign himself," said Wurster, adding that there'll be a press release going out in the next couple of weeks. "That's all I can tell you," he said, adding that he had another call to take, as he signed off. MATT DAVIS
On Thursday, October 8, an alliance of four mental health groups plans to call for the resignation of the three Portland police officers involved in the 2006 death in custody of James Chasse, a man with schizophrenia.
"We really want people to come out and say their piece," says Jason Renaud with the Mental Health Association of Portland, who last week accused the city of "impunity" in its inquiry into Chasse's death. "This is not about police officers in general, it is about three specific people who are really in the middle of a tussle. Their continuing to serve as officers is what's causing this friction, and if they resign, then the friction goes away."
Portland Police Association President Scott Westerman responds: "These people are so focused on these three officers that they're ignoring the fact that this is how the bureau has trained its officers. If they want to affect something, they should change the training around mental health issues, and in fact, the chief has done that." MD