Metro Auditor Suzanne Flynn said Tuesday that she has not received any complaints about Burton's time at Metro, and senior staffers and former colleagues have said they were unaware of any accusations of wrongdoing from Burton's tenure at Metro.
Viewing by month: August 2011
Fall is a great time to transplant new plants into your yard, especially native trees and shrubs. Dormancy reduces damage during transplanting, and the rain and lower temperatures help the plants get established. You can learn more about natives at a free natural gardening workshop on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Metro's Walk There! program has helped thousands of people explore new treks in their neighborhoods. On Aug. 30, the program’s guided walk series won an award from the Association for Commuter Transportation at its annual conference in Chicago. The association supports organizations that promote sustainable travel options, such as walking, biking, carpooling and taking transit.
At nearly 2,000 acres, Metro’s Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is one of the region’s most important assets. Hidden on all sides by industrial land and commercial development, it provides rare habitat for plants, birds and wildlife and unique opportunities for human interaction with nature. Visitors are often surprised to find the area teeming with beaver, river otter, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles and Western painted turtles living only minutes from downtown Portland.
Ashland city administrator Martha Bennett nominated by Metro Council President Tom Hughes to be the agency's next chief operating officer. If confirmed, she'll start Oct. 31.
I'm pleased to announce I have nominated Martha Bennett to be Metro's next chief operating officer. It is my hope that the Metro Council will approve her nomination on Thursday, Sept. 8.
News media and blogosphere mentions of Metro for the past week
School supplies may be front-and-center in stores across the country, but shoppers can save money by starting their hunt at home. Metro offers simple tips to cut costs this year and make reusing rewarding.
From last year's pens and highlighters to clothing swaps and reusable lunch containers, waste reduction educator Freda Sherburne suggests beginning with what a family already has at home.
It's a dirty job, but Metro's on it. Watch recycling information specialist Betty Shelley help a local mom and her family discover reusable resources – and hidden savings – in their garbage can. The segment, part of KATU's Savings Makeover series, shows how one household can cut its trash output in half, helping the family's pocketbook and the environment.
Classically trained chef brings sustainable focus and international flavor to Metro's visitor venues
The Oregon Convention Center, Portland Center for the Performing Arts and Portland Expo Center have selected Allan Wambaa as the new executive chef for the three Metro visitor venues.