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Hales Calls on City Hall to "Bring Our Fish Back"

Mayor makes ambitous environmental and river promises in UN speech


Mayor Charlie Hales made bold pledges in a speech to delegates from the United Nations Environment Programme this morning—promising that Portland city government will reduce its carbon emissions by half in 17 years, and make bicycles the preferred mode of transportation for all trips under three miles in 10 years.

Hales also made it clear that cleaning up the toxi...   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by AARON MESH

Assign of the Times

Mayor Charlie Hales shuffles the city bureaus—and commissioners have to deal.

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Nick Fish looked shaken. Amanda Fritz was horrified. Steve Novick told bicycle jokes in the lobby. And Dan Saltzman left early, pleased as punch. Portland’s city commissioners had just learn   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 AARON MESH

Headout: Eh, Sailor!

How to seduce a Canadian sailor in this depleted fleet week.

Today, the national debt standoff finally hits us where we live: boinking sailors. The annual Fleet Week celebrations—the docking of the U.S. Navy with all available Portland orifices—has be   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 AARON MESH

Novick to PBOT: More Money, More Bikes


City Commissioner Steve Novick wasted no time assuring the Portland Bureau of Transportation that he'll seek new revenue for street paving and calm any backlash against bicycles.

Upon getting official word from Mayor Charlie...   More
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by AARON MESH

Hales Makes Big Changes with City Bureau Assignments


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales scrambled the balance of power at City Hall with surprising bureau assignments this afternoon.

Hales officially distributed city bureaus today, after his office ran all 27 of them for the past five months. And as has been rumored for weeks, he shook up City Hall by giving no commissioner the same responsibilities they had before Hales took office.&nbs...   More
Monday, June 3, 2013 by AARON MESH

City Will Cover Its Reservoirs, and Drain the Ones on Mount Tabor

Fritz refuses to sign city statement conceding reserviors must go underground

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Portland City Council is preparing to announce on Monday that it will comply with federal demands to disconnect or cover its open reservoirs, WW has learned. But, as with Mayor Charlie Hales' city budget, the announcement has one holdout: City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who has refused to go along.

The city has been appealing for more time to meet U.S. Envi...   More
Friday, May 31, 2013 by AARON MESH

Fluoride Campaign Spent $889,000 to Lose by 20 Points


Money can't buy toothiness.

The final spending tallies on the battle over Ballot Measure 26-151 show the pro-fluoride campaign outspent opponents nearly 3-to-1—and still lost by 20 percent of the vote in the May 21 special election.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland, the pro-fluoride cam...   More
Friday, May 31, 2013 by AARON MESH

Fire Union Prez Says Hales' Budget Will Lay Off 13 Firefighters


The head of the Portland fire union is disputing Mayor Charlie Hales' claim that the city's new budget includes no firefighter layoffs.

Portland Firefighters' Association President Alan Ferschweiler says the new budget actually requires 13 fire bureau layoffs—it just delays the pink slips by three months.

Hales' budget takes effect June 30, and provides...   More
Thursday, May 30, 2013 by AARON MESH

No Police or Fire Layoffs in City Budget


The next time you hear Portland's public safety bureaus howl about taking the brunt of what have been painted as draconian city budget cuts, remember this number: Zero.

That's how many layoffs the city's police and fire bureaus will have to make in the budget approved by City Council this morning.

Mayor Charlie Hales had    More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by AARON MESH

Change is Hard

Hales pledges to fight panhandling downtown. It’s not clear how he wins.

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No matter where he travels, the street kid known as Kidd always knows where he wants to end up. With a ragged goatee and barely as tall as a sidewalk mailbox, Kidd, who is in his early 20s, says   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 AARON MESH

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