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Multnomah County, AFSCME Agree on $15 Minimum Wage


Multnomah County and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have reached a tentative agreement raising the lowest-paid county employees pay to $15 per hour by July 2016.

The deal still needs to be approved by AFSCME members and by the five-member county commission.

"We understand that by doing this we are setting the bar," County Chair Deb...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes Confesses to Breaking Federal Law By Taking Part In an Illegal Marriage to Immigrant

She admits she got $5,000 to marry an 18-year-old Ethiopian in 1997


Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes today confessed to breaking federal law in 1997 by entering into an illegal marriage with an 18-year-old Ethiopian immigrant.

Hayes, who is now engaged to Gov. John Kitzhaber, says she was paid approximately $5,000 to marry the man, Abraham B. Abraham. Hayes had kept the marriage secret because she was "embarrassed." She claims Kitzhaber d...   More
Thursday, October 9, 2014 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Petroleum Lobbyist: Street Fee Will Be Referred to the Ballot


A heated public hearing over Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick's proposed Portland street fee turned to open electoral warfare this afternoon, as the head of the state gasoline lobby told city commissioners opponents would refer the proposed fee t...   More
Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Business Groups Opposed to Transportation Fee Begin Organizing

Restaurant lobbyist Bill Perry on voter referral: "I think they know it would get shot down in a heartbeat."


Business groups—including associations of hotels, restaurants and convenience stores—will meet next week to begin planning opposition to the street fee Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick    More
Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Baruti Artharee Alleges "Treachery and Wickedness" by African-American Leaders

Former Hales aide was suspended for remarks about County Commissioner Loretta Smith


Former Portland mayoral aide Baruti Artharee earned notoriety and a suspension last summer for making suggestive remarks about County Commissioner Loretta Smith.
Artharee, who was then public safety advisor to Mayor Charlie Hales, confirmed in a June 9 interview with WW ...   More
Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

AFSCME President Pledged Support for Jeff Cogen Following News of Affair


Text messages released tonight by the Oregon Department of Justice show that in the weeks following revelations about his affair with a Multnomah County employee, County Chairman Jeff Cogen retained strong support from Michael Hanna, the president of ASFCME Local 88."Fight on," Hanna wrote him, and offered the union's support for a re-election bid.

The 2,800 members of ...   More
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Department of Justice Won't Charge Jeff Cogen with Any Crimes

Report discusses pot and cocaine allegations, and identifies tipster who revealed Cogen's affair with Sonia Manhas


The Oregon Department of Justice today declined to charge former Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen with any official misconduct or drug crimes stemming from his two-year affair with county employee Sonia Manhas.

The attorney general's office released a    More
Friday, November 8, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Baruti Artharee Resigns as Hales' Cops Advisor


Baruti Artharee, Mayor Charlie Hales' controversial public safety advisor, has resigned effective Oct. 17.

In his resignation letter, delivered Oct. 8, Artharee says he was unable to focus fully on both his job and "untangling the hardships imposed on me by my divorce."

Artharee continued: "It has become abundantly clear that this position takes 110% and that...   More
Monday, October 14, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Charlie Hales Says He's "Leaning Toward Supporting" Convention Center Hotel

Multnomah County has three votes, placing onus on City Hall


Metro's proposed $198 million Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel now hinges on the approval of Portland City Council—and Mayor Charlie Hales tells WW he's "leaning toward supporting it."

Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith    More
Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Jeff Cogen Has Job Offer from Signature Gathering Firm


Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen explained his Friday resignation by saying he wanted to focus fully on his family in the wake of his two-year affair with a county employee.

But WW has learned that Cogen has another reason for l...   More
Monday, September 9, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh
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