Ride or Die: Six Things You Need to Know About Tuesday's Pivotal Vote on Uber

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Uber is back, baby. Lyft is almost legal. Portland's cab companies are wild with rage.And everything hinges on a City Council vote Tuesday night.Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick ended three months of waffling with a bold play announced Friday afternoon. Their new plan is the first breakthrough on ride-hailing apps in PDX since Hales shooed Uber out of town last December. It could let ...   More
 
Monday, April 20, 2015 AARON MESH

City of Portland Mulling a $1,500 Weed Business Permit

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Portland City Hall still doesn't know whether the Oregon Legislature will allow it to levy a 10-percent sales tax on marijuana. But city officials are already considering another way to pay for local marijuana regulation: a $1,500 permit to operate a pot business in Portland.A city budget document shows officials in the Office of Neighborhood Involvement still aren't sure if such a permit is allowed ...   More
 
Friday, March 13, 2015 by Aaron Mesh

Mayor Charlie Hales Keeps Flashing Money Amid Whispers of Ted Wheeler Running Against Him

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales continues to flex his fundraising muscles, even as whispers increase that his path to reelection in 2016 could include a serious opponent. On Wednesday, Hales disclosed $5,750 in campaign contributions, bringing his total fundraising in the past two months to more than $35,000. It's the third time in less than a month that Hales has disclosed donations long before campaign ...   More
 
Friday, March 6, 2015 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales Plans to Spend $440,000 on a Weed Permitting Program

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The city of Portland's weed bureaucracy is starting to take shape—and the dope bills are piling up.When Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana last November, Portland officials spent $65,800 to hire the city's first government weed regulator to set rules about where and when pot shops can operate.Mayor Charlie Hales is asking the city to spend far more—$440,000 to create a city "Marijuana ...   More
 
Thursday, February 26, 2015 AARON MESH

Did Portland Forge a Kinder, Gentler Uber?

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For years, transportation app Uber forged a reputation for its unwillingness to compromise as it stormed with its ride-sharing program into various cities in defiance of local taxi rules. In December, however, Uber negotiated a truce with the city of Portland after trying to bring its services here. Now the company can't seem to stop pacifying the government regulators it once jeered. Mayor Charlie ...   More
 
Monday, February 2, 2015 AARON MESH

Portland Says Deadline for Airbnb Hosts to Get City Permits is Feb. 20

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The next big test of Portland City Hall's ability to compel "sharing economy" companies to share data is less than a month away.Portland officials say Airbnb and other short-term rental companies have until Feb. 20 to begin posting the addresses and city permit numbers of their hosts—most of whom have not yet undergone the city's safety inspection.Portland revenue division director Thomas Lannom ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 AARON MESH

City Club Hosts Lents Forum Tonight at the New Copper Penny

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The last time Portland city officials sat down with the owners of the New Copper Penny Bar & Grill, their meeting didn't go well. Last summer's negotiations between the Portland Development Commission and representatives of the Lents nightclub resulted in name-calling, threats and a public rift that threatens to undermine $103 million of urban-renewal efforts in this East Portland neighborhood.Tonight, ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Will Ask Portland Voters to Pick Their Favorite Street Fee in May Advisory Vote

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Unable to find a workable version of the Portland street fee after a year of trying, Mayor Charlie Hales is asking Portland voters to recommend one.The mayor's office this afternoon announced it will place three to six transportation funding options on the May 2015 ballot for a public advisory vote."We will ask the voters to pick from the array of funding options," Hales says in a press release, "and ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales is Probably Not Going Undercover as a Homeless Man

"That was a topic discussed. And nothing more."

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales met for nearly three hours Tuesday with protesters against police violence. His office then released a written list of the "action items" Hales could start tackling as he continues to meet monthly with protesters for the next six months.One of those action items stood out like a sore thumb: "Go undercover as a homeless person, 'Undercover Boss' style."Could this actually ...   More
 
Friday, December 12, 2014 AARON MESH

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