Loretta Smith and Jules Bailey Win Multnomah County Commission Seats


Former state Rep. Jules Bailey (D-Portland) will join the latest rebuilding effort on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, joining a re-elected Commissioner Loretta Smith.Bailey defeated businessman Brian Wilson ,with unofficial results showing Bailey with 72 percent of the vote to Wilson's 27 percent. The two were vying to replace Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, who left her seat ...   More
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 AARON MESH

VIDEO: Baruti Artharee Says He's Asked U.S. DOJ to Investigate African American Chamber of Commerce

Roy Jay says he's exploring a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Artharee.


Baruti Artharee, former police liaison for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, appeared on local public-access television last week to level incendiary charges against African-American leaders he says conspired to destroy him. Artharee was suspended by Hales for a week last July after making sexually suggestive remarks about Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith at a public dinner event. In his Feb. ...   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 AARON MESH

Baruti Artharee Alleges "Treachery and Wickedness" by African-American Leaders

Former Hales aide was suspended for remarks about County Commissioner Loretta Smith


Former Portland mayoral aide Baruti Artharee earned notoriety and a suspension last summer for making suggestive remarks about County Commissioner Loretta Smith. Artharee, who was then public safety advisor to Mayor Charlie Hales, confirmed in a June 9 interview with WW that he made the remarks at a June 6, 2013 gathering at the Quartet Restaurant."I said, 'Here's our beautiful commissioner, Loretta ...   More
Thursday, January 23, 2014 Nigel Jaquiss and 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

Charlie Hales Hires Nine-Year Portland Police Veteran to Be His Cops Policy Advisor

Deanna Wesson-Mitchell will replace Baruti Artharee


Mayor Charlie Hales announced that nine-year Portland Police veteran Deanna Wesson-Mitchell will serve as his new policy adviser for the bureau.Wesson-Mitchell, 38, is a sworn officer, a departure from Hales' prior policy director, Baruti Artharee. He resigned Oct. 17, citing a difficult divorce and personal matters. Artharee was also suspended for one week after he made inappropriate comments earlier ...   More
Monday, October 28, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

City Hall Pass

Why Hales refused to fire an aide who made sexual comments to a County Commissioner.

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Karol Collymore got angry when she learned last month a top aide to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales had made sexually suggestive remarks at a public event to Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta S   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales Suspends Baruti Artharee for One Week

City Commissioner Nick Fish Says Suspension Not Strong Enough


Mayor Charlie Hales this afternoon announced his decision on the discipline he's handing to Baruti Artharee, his top advisor on the Portland Police Bureau, for suggestive comments toward Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith at an event in June. Hales has chosen to suspend Artharee, 60, for one week without pay and ordered him to complete diversity training. The mayor has ignored widespread ...   More
Monday, July 1, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

More Than 20 Women Leaders Scorch Mayor Charlie Hales for Not Taking Action Against Aide Baruti Artharee


More than 20 women leaders and advocacy groups have mailed Portland Mayor Charlie Hales a blistering letter demanding he take immediate "corrective action" against top aide Baruti Artharee for inappropriate behavior toward Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.WW has obtained a copy of the letter, which is signed by former and current public officials including former U.S. Congresswoman Darlene ...   More
Saturday, June 29, 2013 AARON MESH

Skanner Says Baruti Artharee's Behavior at Skanner Event "Proves How Much Work Still Needs to be Done"


The publisher of The Skanner newspaper, host of a June 6 event where Baruti Artharee, a top aide to Mayor Charlie Hales, allegedly made "inappropriate" comments and gestures toward Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, has finally weighed in.In an editorial today, Bernie Foster—who organized the event at the Quartet Restaurant at Riverplace that launched the controversy—says the issue "underscores ...   More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hales Calls Commissioner Loretta Smith to Apologize for Aide's Suggestive Remarks


Facing a barrage of criticism, Mayor Charlie Hales called Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith tonight to apologize for suggestive remarks and gestures made toward her by one of his top aides at a Thursday night event.But Hales made no promises of what actions he would take regarding Baruti Atharee, one of the most prominent African-American officials in the city.As WW first reported Sunday ...   More
Monday, June 10, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh


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