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Hales Fires City's Finance Chief, Jack Graham

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Mayor Charlie Hales this afternoon fired the City of Portland's beleaguered finance chief, Jack D. Graham—saying ongoing quarrels over his handling of money are distracting the city.
"I want this city to do its work without distraction," Hales said this afternoon in a statement. "Controversies involving [the Office of Management and Finance] have become a distractio...   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by AARON MESH

Poet Mary Szybist Wins National Book Award

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Portland-based poet Mary Szybist has won the National Book Award for poetry for her latest collection, Incarnadine.

Szybist, who teaches English at Lewis & Clark College, accepted the award tonight in Manhattan.

Poetry "is what some describe as soul-making; I count myself among them,"    More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by AARON MESH

Tumblr Photos Puncture Portland's Image as "America's Best Bicycling City!"

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It's been a funny couple of days for bicycle advocates.

On Thursday, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance had to adjust a media campaign after a dust-up with the Oregon Departmen...   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013 by AARON MESH

Alta Bike Share's Canadian Partner is "Imminently Insolvent"

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Wondering why Portland Bike Share still hasn't announced a launch date? Blame Canada.

As local vendor Alta Bike Share struggles to find private sponsors to launch the city's bike-sharing program next year, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is mull...   More
 
Thursday, November 14, 2013 by AARON MESH

Fritz Gets $250,000 to Fight Sex Trafficking

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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has wrangled $250,000 in city money for programs to fight the sex trafficking of teenagers.

Fritz tells WW her funding request has the support of fellow commissioners—including Mayor Charlie Hales, who   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by AARON MESH

Haunted House

A property in foreclosure attracts a trio of convicted felons—who just won’t leave.


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Justin Dollard really started to worry about the house next door when the convicted murderer moved in.  Dollard, a 48-year-old project manager, knows most of his neighbors on North Vancouve   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 AARON MESH

Multnomah County Commissioners: We're Done Talking About Jeff Cogen

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The five officials on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners put up a united front tonight: They're no longer discussing former Chairman Jeff Cogen's affair with a county employee."Any remaining questions should be directed to either investigators or the two people responsible for this situation: Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas, neither of whom are county employees anymo...   More
 
Monday, November 11, 2013 by AARON MESH

Fritz, Hales Split on Sex Trafficking Funds

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Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is breaking away from Mayor Charlie Hales' budget proposals—for the second time this year.

The reason is the same: They can't reach an agreement on how much money the city should give to help teenage victims of sex trafficking.

Hales'    More
 
Friday, November 8, 2013 by AARON MESH

Water Rebels Don't Like Charlie Hales Calling Them "Clowns"

Watch video of mayor saying ballot initiative is an "act of political terrorism."

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The backers of a ballot initiative to wrest control of Portland's water and sewer bureaus from City Hall have read Mayor Charlie Hales' condemnation of them—and they're furious.

In a wide-ranging interview with WW this week, Hales defended his c...   More
 
Thursday, November 7, 2013 by AARON MESH

Goofus & Gallant Go To City Hall

One year ago, we elected Charlie Hales as Portland mayor. Did we get a loafer or a leader?


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It was a year ago that Charlie Hales waved to a cheering election-night crowd at the nightclub Holocene, embraced his landslide victory as Portland’s mayor and told    More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 AARON MESH
 

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