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Here's What Happened Inside the Vote to Authorize a Teachers' Strike

"It was a sea of blue, thousands of people in blue."


Members of the Portland Association of Teachers voted Wednesday night to authorize a Feb. 20 walkout of Portland Public Schools classrooms—pushing the district perilously close to its first-ever teachers' strike.

Their decision leaves ju...   More
Thursday, February 6, 2014 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Calls from South Africa "To Discuss the Weather"

It's snowing.


Mayor Charlie Hales is calling city employees from a climate change summit in Johannesburg, South Africa to talk about the fact that it is snowing in Portland.

"Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has called essential city staff to gather at 1 p.m. today to discuss the weather and possible reactions," Hales' spokesman Dana Haynes writes in a statement. "The media and c...   More
Thursday, February 6, 2014 by AARON MESH

Lents Leader: Police Homelessness Plan Ignores East Portland

Jesse Cornett blasts Chief Mike Reese for displacing homeless camps east of 82nd Avenue


Portland Police Chief Mike Reese roused the sleeping debate over homelessness for another year Tuesday by announcing a new initiative, "Prosper Portland," to clear downtown sidewalk...   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by AARON MESH

Steve Novick Scraps with Portland Business Alliance Over Who Pays for Downtown Tourism Ads


A representative of the Portland Business Alliance has refused to sign off on City Commissioner Steve Novick's proposed budget for the Portland Bureau of Transportation—usually a formality in the city budget process.

What's the hangup? Novick wants to end a deal where ...   More
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by AARON MESH

Steve Novick's Survey Says: Portlanders Want Sidewalks

Novick pledges $1 million in city budget for walking safety projects

sidewalk-free street

City Commissioner Steve Novick released the results this afternoon from a $28,000 phone survey asking voters what the cash-strapped Portland Bureau of Transportation should fund with new taxes ...   More
Monday, February 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

David Bragdon: Oregon Can Learn from NYC's Accountability on Planning


Former Metro Council President David Bragdon was never shy about voicing his frustration with Oregon's endless planning gridlock.

As chief of the Portland area's regional planning agency, Bragdon chafed at what he called the "pa...   More
Friday, January 31, 2014 by AARON MESH

State Investigator Recommends Dismissing Ethics Complaint Against CRC Adviser Patricia McCaig


A state investigator today issued a report recommending the dismissal of an ethics complaint against Patricia McCaig, Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the Columbia River Crossing.The investigator with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission says in a 41-page report that McCaig di...   More
Friday, January 31, 2014 by AARON MESH

State Hopes to Complete City Hall Harassment Investigation Within Six Months


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is dealing with the latest allegation of misconduct by his staff—a civil rights complaint by a mayoral aide charging that chief of staff Gail Shibley discriminated against him for being HIV-positive. The mayo...   More
Thursday, January 30, 2014 by AARON MESH

State Court Throws Out Jack Bogdanski's Art Tax Lawsuit, Again


The Oregon Tax Court has for a second time dismissed a lawsuit by Lewis & Clark Law School professor Jack Bogdanski against the Portland Arts Tax, upholding an earlier ruling that the court lacks jurisdiction.

Tax Court Judge Henry C. Breithaupt yesterday    More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by AARON MESH

New Allegations of Harassment in City Hall

Mayor's chief of staff subject of civil rights complaint.


A staffer in Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has filed a state civil rights complaint alleging that the mayor’s chief of staff, Gail Shibley, pressured him into revealing that he is HIV-positive and then verbally harassed him because of his illness. In a complaint filed Jan. 14 with the state Bureau of Labor and Industries, the staffer says Shibley called him a “skank�...   More
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by AARON MESH

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