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Portland Mayor To Hand Off Many Issues To Successor

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A handful of Portland Mayor Sam Adams’ priorities are headed to the desk of his successor, following the penultimate council session of the year on Wednesday.

City Commissioner Randy Leonard can leave office smiling, after his colleagues named a Portland firehouse after him.

Nothing was named for Adams, though the council repeatedly thanked the departing mayor while highlighting priorities of his, like education, the arts and transportation – punctuated with a vote on passenger rail.

But the mayor also said something like this a few times: “So the city council is not voting on this today. The city council, though, I have it in front of the city council as another one of these ‘seeking to have a smooth hand-off.’”

Adams was talking about investments in the city’s Gateway district. But it could’ve been the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, or parking rules for new apartments. All will wait for next year.

Not everything’s slowing down. At its last session of 2012, commissioners will consider speeding up a citywide vote on fluoridating Portland’s water supply.

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