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Sidewalk Sweep Could Extend to Lents, Hales Says

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

Thousands of Redheads Will Converge on Pioneer Courthouse Square

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Gingerphobes had best avoid Pioneer Courthouse Square on Aug. 17. They'll be outnumbered.
It’s the Redhead Event, an attempt by Portland software engineer Rusty Weise and Sammamish, Wash., photographer Anne Lindsay to break the Guinness World Records’ mark for the most natural redheads ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by AARON MESH

Neighbors File State Appeal of North Portland Condos

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For the second time in a year, disgruntled neighbors are asking a state appeals board to squash a Portland building they think is too tall.

In February, the state Land Use Board of Appeals briefly halted construction on an 81...   More
 
Monday, August 5, 2013 by AARON MESH

The 10 Questions Jeff Cogen Refuses to Answer

The county chair cuts a deal with The Oregonian for softball questions only. We declined the same offer.

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This morning's edition of The Oregonian features an exclusive interview with embattled Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen. In the interview Cogen expresses confidence he will be cleared of all wrongdoing in the current criminal investigation into his...   More
 
Friday, August 2, 2013 by AARON MESH

Department of Justice Blocks All Cogen Records Requests

Rosenblum's actions halt further public disclosures

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The state of Oregon has closed off access to public records about Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen and evidence of his improper use of his office regarding his nearly two-year affair with a county employee.The Oregon Department of Justice on Wednesday asked Multnomah County to stop responding to public-records requests regarding Cogen and county emplo...   More
 
Thursday, August 1, 2013 by AARON MESH
 

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