Revenge of the divas

I see that the kids at the Weed are continuing to write about how their hero, Sam Adams, got canned from his City Hall position of doing Dud Wheeler's job for him. And surprise! They are painting Sammy Boy as the victim. They never get tired of that one, however preposterous it has become after all these years.

It appears that his fatal mistake this time was mouthing off to some lawyers in the city attorney's office. The Weed makes it sound like those folks have thin skins, a well-developed ability to hold a grudge, and a taste for vengeance. I'd be surprised if there wasn't at least a kernel of truth in that version of events, even if the creepy ex-mayor did deserve the latest addition to his impressive collection of pink slips.

With Adams playing the solo bad cop, Portland was hardly making a dent in its atrocious problems. But without him, there is even less cause for any optimism whatsoever. The City Council, as a group, simply isn't up to the task. 

And I know one thing: If somebody's going to solve the problems, it sure as heck isn't anybody in the city attorney's office. That shop, the perfect embodiment of Portland City Hall arrogance, appears to be in need of a thorough cleanout. And bring your extra large squeegee! Click here and scroll down to see how many minions we're paying over there. Ridiculous.


  1. I don’t know. After reading that it sounds like Sam was just doing what Wheeler brought him into do. He disagreed with two city attorneys who wanted to protect the “unhoused” from having to move off of the sidewalks, which is making it hard for disabled people to use them.

    So Sam probably vehemently objected to their stance, and they couldn’t take the criticism about what ‘seems’ like a quick and easy solution to an ongoing problem. So they go crying to HR and Sam takes the blame. And now nothing will get done.

    If you are an attorney and have such thin are probably in the wrong line of work. Just saying.

  2. Reading about the city hall debacles makes me feel like I’m in a riverfront dive bar on Friday night watching two people I despise get into a fist fight. Great entertainment!!

  3. I keep coming back to the fact he left without severance. EVERYBODY there gets a severance.

    Sam screwed up. He knows it.

  4. What surprises me is that WW isn't defending the lawyers. After all, "...those folks have thin skins, a well-developed ability to hold a grudge, and a taste for vengeance" kinda sums up the staff, and has for decades.

  5. Fire ALL of the 85 people working in the city attorney’s office.
    They obviously are doing nothing productive at all!

  6. Yike! Who would have ever guessed that a city of just 650,000 would have so many lawyers working for them. Wonder how much they spend on outside counsel on top of that? I’m not a big fan of Sam (I think many of Portland’s camping problems can be traced back to when Sam let campers take over the downtown parks during Occupy). But to hear that a city attorney cried when things got rough doesn’t give me much confidence in her abilities as a lawyer. Let’s hope DiLorenzo prevails in his suit against the city.

  7. The Portland city attorney’s office is breathtakingly large. They must have an enormous number of secrets, lies, and mistakes to cover up.

  8. What's the difference between a lawyer and a catfish?

    One is a bottom feeding scum-sucker and the other is a fish...

    1. The first time I heard that, I thought it was cute. If I remembered it, was shortly after lawyers started advertising.


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