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A patriot. A beer. A really cool mayor.

I really like the mayor of Portland. I wish the pearl-clutchers would quit trying to recall him.

Sam Adams, my boss's boss's boss's boss's boss, has survived a really nasty recall effort of the Clinton Impeachment variety (no links, no love, no energy, but if you're curious, it's out there), and has never once wavered in his public face as a hardworking, progressive, and effective mayor.

He's also fun, funny, and hip. And he rides a bike.

And once he answered the scandal charges, he never, ever spoke of it again. I like that in a leader, especially one I voted for. The scandalmongering haters will never let him off the hook: another recall effort is in the making, apparently--"Now with 50% more Big Money Behind It!"--and I hope it fails as miserably with money as it did from the grassroots.

So anyway, Sam has posted his 2009 year in review already (most public agencies do that in, like, June of next year), and among his "by the numbers" tallies:

2...Number of marriages Sam officiated
4...Number of states where Sam could be legally married
1...Number of Sam's staffers who fell into the Willamette River (I have no idea...)
700...square feet of grass converted to a vegetable garden at City Hall
250...pounds of food harvested from the garden and given to Loaves and Fishes

He has a great team. He Twitters (substantively and often amusingly) several times a day. His staff blog and web pages are actually worth reading (if you live in Portland, anyway). He's never not working, it seems like. And his staff, who also Twitter, follow the Leverage and Whedonverse folks. Bona fide cool.

One of my favorite recent Sam Tweets:

Congrats to Houston Mayor-Elect Annise Parker, now US's largest city openly gay Mayor; from the US's 2nd largest city openly gay mayor.
9:43 PM Dec 12th from TweetDeck


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 22nd, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
Portland always sounds like such a cool place.
When we went on a walking tour in the Sierra Nevada, one of our fellow travellers was from Portland. A lawyer. She was cool with attitudes I approved of. She was embarrassed to admit to being American, when the group first met.
Dec. 22nd, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
he was embarrassed to admit to being American

Yeah. The cool ones usually are, in mixed company.

A walking tour in the Sierra Nevada sounds nice. And vigorous! I worked in Sequoia National Park one summer long ago. Wonderful country.
Dec. 22nd, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)
It was a great trip. We walked from village to village, ate, drank, admired the scenery. Talked. Photos are here (including one of person from Portland admiring the view). LJ reports start here (but are not terribly exciting).
Dec. 22nd, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Oh! The Sierra Nevada that's not in California. Gotcha. The reference to "villages" threw me till I looked at the photos. It took a second, but the penny dropped. My comment about Sequoia National Park must have seemed sort of out of place!

What a beautiful set of travel photos. It looks very picturesque.
Dec. 22nd, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Heee! I didn't know there was an American version. Should have guessed, of course :-)
Dec. 22nd, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's the backbone of California. The Sierra Club of John Muir fame is named for it. Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks are all located along that spine. And I had no idea there was one in Spain! Makes sense, though. Snowy Mountain Range. Technically, I guess there are several of them around the world!
Dec. 23rd, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
Nice guy, good politics, recall driven by homophobics and winguts -- yes.

His actions were still skeevy and wrong.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)
I guess I believe in redemption.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
So do I.
Dec. 24th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Sounds like you've got an awesome mayor. Me too! It's really funny to me that people are surprised we elected Parker. Big city Texas is a whole different world than small town Texas; we always elect liberal mayors here.
Dec. 24th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
\o/ Big City Progressive Values!

[hah! I know that calling Portland a big city next to Houston is silly, but it's the biggest one we've got...]
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