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Hales Meets with Fish, Street Roots Director about Expanding Homeless Services


Under fire from inside and outside City Hall for his sweep of campsites from Portland sidewalks, Mayor Charlie Hales held a meeting today to discuss housing for homeless families and mentoring programs for street kids.

For the past three weeks, Hales and the Portland Police Bureau have conducted a crackdown on sidewalk camping—a sweep    More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by AARON MESH

To Lead or Not to Lead

Commissioner Deborah Kafoury wants Jeff Cogen off the Multnomah county board. Is she willing to go for his job as well?

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Deborah Kafoury won election as fifth-grade class president of Irvington Elementary School in 1977 by deploying a secret weapon: a political button-making machine. “Her mom was an elected of   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AARON MESH

The Big Bike Bailout

Records show the city may spend millions to finance Portland’s Bike Share—and leave out many neighborhoods.

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When the Portland City Council accepted a $2 million federal grant to start a bike-share program in 2011, it did so on one condition: No city money would help pay for it. Instead, the council    More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AARON MESH

Have You Heard the One About the Oregon Airplane Hijackers?


A fun literary event just fell out of the sky.

Brendan I. Koerner's book on 1970s airplane hijacking, The Skies Belong to Us, is gathering acclaim as the summer's best true-crime read. (Rightly so: It's a blast, often hilarious and bizarrely affecting.)
Wired magazine's contributing e...   More
Saturday, August 10, 2013 by AARON MESH

Sidewalk Sweep Could Extend to Lents, Hales Says

Crackdown moves into Buckman, as Saltzman says housing not the issue.


UPDATE, 1:44 pm: City Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the transportation bureau, says he and Mayor Charlie Hales are having "discussions" about how the sidewalk sweep is being conducted."I talked with the Mayor last week," Novick writes WW, "and I agreed that people can't use the public sidewalks as their personal property. We're having ongoing discussion...   More
Friday, August 9, 2013 by AARON MESH

Gresham Mayor Really Doesn't Want Charlie Hales' Radio Tower on His Hill


Mayor fight!

Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis blistered Portland Mayor Charlie Hales this afternoon over his effort to place a 140-foot Portland emergency communications tower on a beloved Gresham butte called Walters Hill.

"I asked Mayor Hales by letter, email, and phone call to please slow down his thundering bureaucracy and consider partnering with us t...   More
Friday, August 9, 2013 by AARON MESH

Hales' Sidewalk Sweep is Evicting Homeless Camps Under Interstate Overpasses


Mayor Charlie Hales' sweep of homeless camps on Portland sidewalks is rousting more than just downtown panhandlers and street kids.

It's also evicting small tent and cardboard box encampments from under Portland's two main Interstate highwa...   More
Thursday, August 8, 2013 by AARON MESH

Police Begin Sidewalk Sweep of Homeless

Starting in Chapman Square, they move to a secret list of locations.


The Portland Police Bureau began to sweep out homeless people living on downtown sidewalks this morning, starting in Chapman Square and moving to a undisclosed list of locations they've been monitoring for weeks.

The sweep reveals Mayor Charlie Hales' latest tactic in    More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by AARON MESH

Here's One of the Camping Citations Police Are Using to Sweep Out Homeless in Three City Quadrants

UPDATE: Police make five arrests in sidewalk sweep


Portland Police are issuing citations and making arrests in at least three quadrants of the city today, extending their sidewalk sweep of homeless camps well beyond downtown and its aggressive street kids.

Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete ...   More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by AARON MESH

Justice League

Cogen faces a state criminal investigation. He’s not happy. But should he be worried?

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This month, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen will answer questions in a criminal investigation aimed at finding out if he abused his public office while having an affair with a county employee   More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 AARON MESH

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