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Charlie Hales Learns Price Tag of Warehouse for Right 2 Dream Too, Abandons Idea


 Mayor Charlie Hales doesn't have a home for homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too after all.

A month after debuting a warehouse at 320 NW Hoyt St. and urging camp leaders to move indoors, Hales has abandoned the idea after learning the cost of tenant improvements on the building: $335,000.

"That was simply a hurdle too high," Hales spokesman Dana H...   More
Thursday, January 9, 2014 by AARON MESH

Nick Fish Sells the Water House for $394,950


Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish tells WW that as soon as he was given the Water Bureau to oversee, he gave his staff an order: “Sell the goddamned Water House.”
The city has made the sale, though at a huge loss.
On Jan. 4, the city unloaded that controversial building—a water-efficient demonstration    More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

Port of Portland Pulls Out of West Hayden Island Annexation Deal

UPDATE: Hales says he'll let the deal die.


The Port of Portland has pulled out of talks to annex West Hayden Island, saying city environmental demands are too high.

Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt sent a letter to Mayor Charlie Hales this morning, saying City Council's unwillingness to budge on   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

Breaking Bread

How the redemption story of troubled baker Dave Dahl began to crumble.

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For years, a 6-foot cardboard cutout of Dave Dahl greeted customers at Dave’s Killer Breadquarters in Milwaukie. In the photograph, a grinning Dahl—with his baker’s smock, ponytail and anv   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 AARON MESH

City Won't Try to Revive Sit-Lie Law This Year


Mayor Charlie Hales' office says the City of Portland is abandoning any effort to revive the sit-lie law in Salem during the February legislative session.
"We are not taking a sidewalk ordinance to the legislature in 2014," says Hales' spokesman Dana Haynes. "We're not ready. And it's just such a high hurdle that we're not going to try it."Hales spent the summer sweeping h...   More
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Declares Labor Impasse with 1,600 Workers


The City of Portland today declared an impasse with a coalition of seven labor unions, signaling negotiations over a new contract have broken down.

"We started bargaining on Feb. 19," says Rob Wheaton, chief negotiator for the District Council of Trade Unions. "Essentially, they're saying that they don't want to talk anymore."

The DCTU represents more than 1,...   More
Monday, January 6, 2014 by AARON MESH

Anti-Clearcut Ads Land in Portland International Airport

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The environmental advertisements at the center of a court battle have touched down in the Portland International Airport.

The Port of Portland plans to appeal a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge's order...   More
Friday, January 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

Fritz Forgives $123,000 Loan to City Hall Campaign

She tells supporters to donate to Jeff Merkley instead.


City Commissioner Amanda Fritz rang in the new year by dropping some campaign debt from the old.

Fritz has forgiven $123,418 in loans she made to her own campaign last year. That's a holiday gift to the supporters she'd been asking to reimburse her self-funded election.

She had been    More
Thursday, January 2, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Carbon Tax Gained "No Traction Whatsoever" in Phone Survey


Mayor Charlie Hales is compiling of wish list of potential new taxes and fees to fund the cash-strapped Portland Bureau of Transportation.

But he won't be calling any of them a "carbon tax."

WW reported in November that ...   More
Friday, December 27, 2013 by AARON MESH

Cover Oregon Yanks "Long Live Oregonians" Ad Campaign


That was short-lived, Oregonians.
Cover Oregon drew national attention earlier this year for an advertising campaign from Portland agency North that pitched the state's health-insurance exchange as a utopian playland.

But with the exchange's webs...   More
Thursday, December 26, 2013 by AARON MESH

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