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Mayor Charlie Hales wants to give Airbnb something it can’t get anyplace else.

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Last week, Airbnb threw a house party in Portland City Hall.  The San Francisco-based online startup laid out two tables lined with trays of bagels, brownies and blueberry muffins. It invit   More
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Goes on Diversity Retreat for White Men


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales will be away from City Hall for the next three days, attending a diversity seminar for white men only.

WW first reported last month that Hales decided to spend $56,000 on a 3 1/2-day training seminar run by a Portland ...   More
Monday, July 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

News Industry Analyst Looks at Challenges Facing The Oregonian's New Editor

Ken Doctor says the paper's Sunday paid print circulation has dropped below 200,000


Readers of The Oregonian got a piece of good news this week: The state's largest newspaper has hired much-decorated and widely respected investigative editor Mark Katches as its new top editor.

That announcement follows stark changes by the state's largest newspaper...   More
Thursday, July 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Bottling's Attorney, John DiLorenzo, Questions Timing of City Fine


Facing allegations by city inspectors that it illegally dumped 21 million gallons of wastewater, Portland Bottling Co. has hired a lawyer familiar with fighting City Hall: John DiLorenzo.DiLorenzo, a Portland lawyer and lobbyist who once    More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Looking At Allowing Airbnb in Apartments and Condos

UPDATE: City Council will decide in October.


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales wants to amend city zoning code to allow short-term rentals like Airbnb in apartments and condominiums.
"It was not in the original proposal from the [planning] bureau, but we asked the bureau to look into it," says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes. "Expecting good debate today."The hearing on Airbnb and other short-term rentals—when a...   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by AARON MESH

Busted Bottles

Portland Bottling faces allegations it ripped off ratepayers while championing a measure to lower water bills.

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No corporation had more at stake in the May ballot measure over control of the city’s water than Portland Bottling Co.  The soft-drink bottler contributed $100,000—more than any other don   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 AARON MESH

Water Activists Gather Just 1,000 Signatures, Won't Seek November Ballot


There won't be another public vote on reforming Portland's water system anytime soon.

The coalition of environmental activists campaigning for a People's Water Trust—a proposed a...   More
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Meets with Gas Lobby and Other Street Fee Opponents


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick have been holding high-profile public meetings to talk with residents and businesses about reworking their plan for a "street fee" to fund transportation projects.

This morning, however, Hales met privately with some of the business lobbyists who first raised the specter of placing the street fee on the ballot, ...   More
Monday, June 30, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Issues Just Three Noise Citations to Last Thursday Musicians


The drum circles pounded quieter. The guitarists turned down their microphones. And most of the DJs didn't show up.

Mayor Charlie Hales' latest effort to tamp down the revelry at Last Thursday—enforcing noise code on street music...   More
Friday, June 27, 2014 by AARON MESH

Dwight Holton Will Chair Utility Reform Commission


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Nick Fish promised that if voters rejected a ballot measure removing the water and environmental services bureaus from City Hall control, they would appoint a "blue-ribbon commission" to make reforms.

Today, Hal...   More
Thursday, June 26, 2014 by AARON MESH

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