Tom Potter
American mayor
Tom Potter
Tom Potter is the former Mayor of the city of Portland, Oregon in the United States. He was elected in 2004, and left office in January 2009. He was succeeded by City Commissioner Sam Adams. Prior to Potter's service as mayor, he was Portland's police chief. On November 2, 2004, Potter defeated City Commissioner Jim Francesconi in the non-partisan Portland mayoral race.
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Elland and Rastrick fight out a stalemate
Brighouse ECHO - over 3 years
An excellent encounter between Elland U11B and Brighouse Juniors B saw both teams deservedly share the spoils at 3-3. Brighouse started the brighter andJamie McCrink set up the first goal six minutes in when he controlled a great pass from Tom Potter before playing a simple through ball for Brook Potter. Elland who equalised in the 15th minute when the Brighouse defence stopped awaiting an offside call that didn’t materialise. The Elland forward played to the whistle and scored with a clinical finish. Elland took control with James and Joseph Shaw starting to pull the strings and if not for the excellence of Joseph Moore in the Brighouse goal then Elland would have taken charge. Moore pulled three stunning saves out the bag to keep it level. Then in the 23rd minute Brighouse took the lead when Brook Potter controlled a high ball from the keeper, lifted the ball over his head and with an outrageous bit of skill controlled the ball and lifted it in the air before passing the ball thro ...
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Critics say California relies on outdated approach to fire prevention
LATimes - over 3 years
Some experts say the 'mosaic model,' which calls for cutting down old-growth plants, isn't workable for Southern California's chaparral-fueled fire areas. All his life, Thom Porter has seen the devastating effects of Southern California's particular brand of wildfire, whooshing across canyons fanned by the dreaded Santa Ana winds.     
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University's music department earns accreditation
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
The association encompasses more than 600 schools of music, and establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. Music department chairman Tom Porter says the university has a 40-year history of excellent teachers, students and ensembles, and boasts a strong record of placing students in graduate schools and professional positions.
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When You Gotta Go
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Portland has seen the rise and fall of the public restroom business over the past century—why has it taken so long for it to create a viable option? by Alex Zielinski IT'S JULY 1915—five months until Oregon's version of Prohibition goes into effect—and the secretary of the Portland Chamber of Commerce can think about only one thing: taking a leak. Bars across town have begun closing up shop, ushering stumbling regulars out the door and singlehandedly eradicating the city's public restroom network. Shit's about to hit the fan. "Has the thought occurred to you that there will be a considerable need for comfort stations throughout the city, on account of the saloons going out of business?" the secretary asks Mayor Harry Albee in a letter. "It may be, of course, that you have the matter entirely solved." Nearly a century later, Portland has barely inched forward in its efforts to solve the toilet problem. Late-night revelers are stil ...
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Hall Monitor
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
Portland's rank-and-file police union follows its mouth with its money. by Denis C. Theriault THE CITY'S rank-and-file cop union, the Portland Police Association (PPA), did something earlier this month that it hasn't done in years. It dusted off its dormant and mostly forgotten political action committee, the Keep Portland Safe PAC, and used it to pour substantial amounts of cash into the campaigns of its chosen political candidates. According to state campaign filings, the PAC dropped a $10,000 gift on city commissioner candidate Mary Nolan on May 1, blessed mayoral hopeful Jefferson Smith with another $10,000 on May 10, and then gave a (relatively more meager) $2,500 to attorney general candidate Dwight Holton on May 11. The money came too late for Holton, who was pasted by retired state judge Ellen Rosenblum in the primary on May 15. But it will certainly be a big help for Nolan and Smith, who will need every cent of it as ...
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Spin the Ballot!
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
It's the Mercury's endorsement cheat sheet! Read it, and then go vote! by the Mercury's Editorial Board GOOD NEWS! You got a ballot in the mail a couple of days ago and now you get to help decide something really important: Which politicians best deserve the chance to lead our city, region, and state to—we hope—a brighter, happier future? It's okay if you don't know. That's why we're here. We've been checking out the candidates for months—doing research, thinking hard, and then, eventually, bringing them all in for face-to-face interviews. You're worried you won't make the right choices? Relax! We'll make them for you! All you have to do is read our handy endorsement guide, mark the names we tell you to, and then make sure it gets to the county elections office by 8 pm Tuesday, May 15. As you're doing that, here are some other things you need to know: First, you'll notice we're not wasting our time with little-watched judicial co ...
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Boy, 5, Kidnapped From Hospital
KHQ Q6 - almost 5 years
KHQ.COM - Porter Stone was on a heart transplant waiting list and about to go into surgery when he was suddenly abducted late Tuesday night.
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Re: BREAKING (with updates): Tom Potter Announces Support for Adams Recall Campaign
The Portland Mercury - about 5 years
man u guys are very out spoken in regards to <a class="fplink fp-270423" href="/Tom+Potter+1">Tom Potter</a>. i for one stand up for him due to he reached out to young youth and really cared about the input so much he would attend youth commisioners meetings. and i was a youth commisioner. and he was very positive. it takes a lot for someone to reach out when they dont have to! and not ask anything in return. so if u are saying negative things u didnt really personaly know him! all of oregons political reps present our past has in my eyes has been positive as far as hearing the voice of its people! and really guys who cares who likes who! is this a soap oprah&gt; Posted by scott
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Re: To Former Mayor Tom Potter
The Portland Mercury - about 5 years
Take a deep breath and repeat after me...."I'll be OK having to stop for 5 seconds, or even 20. The cheese covered pork sticks wrapped in bacon and deep fried in whale lard will still be waiting for me and I'll still be able to cram 100 of them on to my fat sedentary ass". Posted by GTPYL
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To Former Mayor Tom Potter
The Portland Mercury - about 5 years
To former Mayor <a class="fplink fp-270423" href="/Tom+Potter+1">Tom Potter</a>: For the most part you were mediocre, always calling commissions to go over things, again and again. No foul, no gain. Meh. But you will be remembered for the insanity of encouraging cars to stop at all cross walks, street corners, etc. Now every moron armed with a car stops in the middle of major thoroughfare to let a cyclist, pedestrian, or other vehicle cross traffic creating not only more hazardous crossings for pedestrians, but confusion for cyclists (they are vehicles people!) and general safety cluster fucks. For this I will eternally curse you. [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Southwold: Bunny blight theory for worsening subsidence - East Anglian Daily Times
Google News - over 5 years
Speculation is mounting in Southwold over a crumbling cliff-face which forced the indefinite closure of a well-used public walkway - with rabbits being suggested as the possible culprits
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You Can Choose to Buy Crimson Alliance for $10 or $15 - 1UP.com
Google News - over 5 years
With the individual Class Packs, you experience the entire game as one class, at a lower price,&quot; producer Tom Potter explained. &quot;So if you are the type of person that plays as a Wizard character in every game and no other, you have the option to buy
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Boy left on bus prompts procedure change at Sapulpa Public Schools - kjrh.com
Google News - over 5 years
&quot;The first week of school we receive a high volume of phone calls,&quot; said Tom Potter, transportation director for the Sapulpa Public Schools. &quot;The secretary at the service center can only talk to one person at a time.&quot; Angela said she hurried to
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Ron Paul (Portland's, Not the Other One) Returning To Charlie Hales' Side - Willamette Week
Google News - over 5 years
He also worked on former Mayor Tom Potter&#39;s campaign. Hales, who left his last City Council term early to work for HDR, an engineering firm, faces New Seasons Market co-founder Eileen Brady; Max Brumm, a 19-year-old with strong support from his mother;
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Steve Novick gets an opponent, Jeri Williams: Portland City Hall roundup - OregonLive.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
&quot;My people are all different kinds of people,&quot; said Williams, who has the support of former Mayor Tom Potter and Karin Hansen. Williams, a grandmother, lives in the Piedmont neighborhood. &quot;I&#39;ve learned in many different schools, both colleges and the
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Koumas connection - Wirral News
Google News - over 5 years
Koumas is, after all, without a club following release by Wigan in May and may have fancied a game with his hometown mates. But a check with Tom Potter of the Wallasey Sunday League revealed that the player in question is the nephew of the Wales
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Beechwood names Miller its new head basketball coach - Cincinnati.com
Google News - over 5 years
... Robbie Shearer (Newport), Eddie Smith (Ryle) and Scott Sprague (Bellevue). Tom Potter Distinguished Service Award Recipients are girls&#39; sports equity pioneer Joan Mitchell and longtime Highlands&#39; official scorer and announcer Ron Siry
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Rendlesham: Still no 'smoking gun' in latest UFO files - East Anglian Daily Times
Google News - over 5 years
Previously unreleased photographs and Governmental disclosures relating to the Rendlesham UFO incident have been made public for the first time. To send a link to this page to a friend, simply enter their email
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Thames Valley Cricket League Round-Up - Wokingham Times
Google News - over 5 years
Good bowling from Matt Bell saw him take 4-39 and there were two apiece for Tom Potter and Jon Gaffney. Finches were home for a sound six wicket win at 187-4. Fine batting from Dan Marles with 54no and 54 from Rajapakse led Finches home for the welcome
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Potter
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 66
    After months of speculation, Potter announced on September 10, 2007, that he would not run for re-election as mayor of Portland in 2008. He cited a desire to spend more time with his family. In May 2008, Sam Adams was elected as the next mayor. Potter's term ended when Adams took the oath of office on January 1, 2009.
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    In May 2007, Portland voters passed three of the proposed changes, but rejected the change to the city's form of government by a decisive 3-to-1 margin.
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    Early in 2007, Potter proposed four changes to Portland's city charter requiring a vote by the electorate.
    More Details Hide Details The changes included language providing for: A regular review of the charter every ten years, increased control of the Portland Development Commission by the City Council, exclusion of some city government job classes from civil service protections, and the most dramatic of the proposed changes, the establishment of a new form of government that provided greatly increased authority for the Mayor relative to the existing system. Of the proposed changes to the charter, the form of government switch was the most debated and was characterized by opponents as a power grab.
    Potter advocated for a change to that system, advocating for a "strong mayor" initiative in the May 2007 election. The measure was defeated by a 3-1 margin. In January 2005, Potter caused a controversy by taking part in the monthly Critical Mass ride, an act that participants consider a celebration of cycling in which bicyclists take over the streets to demonstrate alternatives to the use of the automobile in urban areas.
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  • 2006
    Age 65
    In May 2006, Potter accused the FBI of attempting to recruit an informant within the Portland city offices, going so far as to have his City Hall offices searched for listening devices.
    More Details Hide Details The FBI denied the accusations, which served to underscore the tensions between that agency and Potter's office. Potter is widely credited for emphasizing diversity, and making city hall more accessible to underrepresented communities, such as people of color, immigrants and refugees, and youth. In October 2006, Potter introduced a resolution affirming the City’s commitment to the inclusion of immigrants and refugees in civic life, and convened the city’s first-ever Immigrant and Refugee Task Force to recommend strategies to address barriers to engagement. Together with wife Karin Hansen and with the help of several hundred young Portlanders, Potter led Portland to become the first major U.S. city to produce a children’s bill of rights. Our Bill of Rights: Children and Youth was created by the children and youth of the Portland area to advise community leaders of what support and access they needed to reach their full potential. It was adopted as an advisory document by both the Portland City Council and the Multnomah County Commission.
    Also during 2006, Potter initiated the development of a new Office of Human Relations, dedicated to combating social issues such as race and sexual identity discrimination, hate crimes and human rights abuses through the establishment of a Human Rights Commission and police Racial Profiling Committee. The new Office officially commenced in January 2008.
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    He also supported Sten's Voter-Owned Elections initiative, which funneled city money to candidates for city offices in the 2006 Primary elections and was staunchly opposed by the Portland Business Alliance.
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  • 2005
    Age 64
    On April 22, 2005, Potter withdrew the Portland Police Bureau from the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
    More Details Hide Details This action came after a dispute of two years over supervision, involving security clearances for Potter and then-Chief of Police Derrick Foxworth.
    Potter was inaugurated on January 3, 2005, succeeding Mayor Vera Katz (who had served for three terms, but did not run for a fourth).
    More Details Hide Details Portland is unlike most large United States cities, in that the Portland City Council performs many duties that are more typically in a mayor's purview. That is sometimes called the “weak mayor” system, in which the mayor and the four members of the City Council each supervise the various agencies of the city. When Potter took office, he declared that he was taking centralized control of all city bureaus for a period of six months. He later redistributed them once the adjustment period was completed.
    He served as Mayor of Portland from 2005 to 2009, and had been the chief of the Portland Police Bureau.
    More Details Hide Details As mayor he continued his advocacy of community policing and expressed interest in other reforms of the Portland police department. He marched against the Iraq War on the first anniversary of American involvement in March 2004 and was dismayed at the black uniforms and the militarized appearance of the Portland police he saw. He made it part of his campaign to rid the police of such a militarized appearance. Potter was born in 1940 in North Bend, Oregon. When he was 10 years old, his family moved to Portland, Oregon. Potter lives in the Woodstock neighborhood of southeast Portland with his wife Karin Hansen. His hobbies include archaeology, hiking, camping, and bicycling. Potter's openly lesbian daughter, Katie Potter, is a Portland police officer. Potter, as the city's Chief of Police, marched in his police uniform in Portland's annual gay pride parade to show his support for Katie, the first Portland Police Chief to do so, and has spoken out in support of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, including Katie and her partner, police officer Pat Moen. Katie and Pat have two daughters, MacKenzie "Kenzie" Potter-Moen and Madison "Maddy" Lynn Potter-Moen.
  • 2004
    Age 63
    Nevertheless, he won the primary in 2004, having raised only $65,000 in campaign funds, versus other candidates who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    More Details Hide Details For the runoff election, he raised the limit on his contributions to 100 dollars per individual. In the months following the 2004 primary election, Potter maintained a 2-1 lead over City Commissioner Jim Francesconi in polls with roughly 25% of the electorate still undecided through October of that year. Francesconi, who raised a city-record $1 million and outspent Potter 6-to-1 during the campaign. Potter won the general election in November 2004 over Francesconi with 60% of the vote.
  • 2003
    Age 62
    When Potter announced his campaign for mayor in 2003, running in a field of 22 candidates, he was not widely considered as a likely contender because Potter limited his individual campaign donations to 25 dollars per person.
    More Details Hide Details He believed that all residents should have equal access to their politicians. Political insiders considered this a crazy move that made him unelectable.
    In 2003, he decided to run for mayor of Portland, based partly on a desire to help reform the Portland police department.
    More Details Hide Details He built a platform on the issue of community policing, a police strategy that involves active engagement with neighborhoods with such tactics as getting police officers out of their patrol cars.
  • FORTIES
  • 1990
    Age 49
    He was appointed police chief in 1990 by Mayor Bud Clark, heading up the 1,300 officers in the city's largest bureau.
    More Details Hide Details He served three years as chief before retiring at age 52 after 25 years of service in the police force. He served as interim director of the Oregon State Department of Safety and Standards and as the director of New Avenues for Youth, a service provider for homeless youth in Portland. He also consulted with police bureaus around the country on the topics of community policing and strategic planning and was considered for the job of Top Cop in the Clinton Administration to head up their COPS Office.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 26
    Potter began as a police officer in 1967 as a beat officer in southeast Portland in the Brooklyn and Sellwood neighborhoods.
    More Details Hide Details Although the neighborhoods are considered desirable residential locations today, at the time they were largely crime-ridden and threatened by gangs. According to Potter, early in his career a citizen in Sellwood asked him what he, as a citizen, could do to help the police. His sergeant informed him to tell the citizen to "stay inside and let the police do their jobs." The comment helped motivate Potter's early interest in making changes between the relationship of the police and the citizens. In 1986, Potter was promoted to captain in the North Precinct.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Born on September 12, 1940.
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