Trade Union Leader Says Mayor Charlie Hales' Dinner Excuse "Not True At All"

Email, voicemail undercut mayors claim he never planned to attend dinner.


Last week, WW reported that the Oregon Building Trades Council had excluded Mayor Charlie Hales from its 75th anniversary dinner on Aug. 21.In political and labor circles, the dinner was a big deal, with numerous elected officials and labor union leaders and members attending. Hales attended the group’s cocktail party that evening but left before the Council’s 75th anniversary banquet. At the ...   More
Thursday, September 3, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

No Poking!

Multnomah County juvenile detention officials responded this week after learning they had employed a former Portland Public Schools teacher who allegedly poked a PPS colleague “in, on or around”   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 WWeek News Staff

Auditor: Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick Violated Lobbying Code

Mary Hull Caballero issues warnings to both for failing to record meeting with Uber lobbyists on public calendars.


Portland's independently elected auditor, Mary Hull Caballero, issued warnings to Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick on Tuesday, saying the two city leaders had violated city code by failing to record on their public calendars a December 2014 meeting with Uber lobbyists at the home of political consultant-turned-lobbyist Mark Wiener."The failure to record the meeting on your public calendar ...   More
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Ted, Get Your Tool Belt

Organized labor and Democratic politicians have long held each other in a warm embrace. But the 2016 political season is beginning with fractiousness. Trade unions, angered by congressional Democrats   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 WWeek News Staff

Backseat Driver

Emails show Mark Wiener bounced between advising Uber and Hales.

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For two decades, Mark Wiener has been the man Portland politicians turn to when they’re in a jam. As the city’s top political consultant, he helped Vera Katz, Randy Leonard, Sam Adams and many oth   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Charlie Hales and Steve Novick Didn't Disclose Meeting with Uber Lobbyist. Why Not?


This week's issue of WW includes a story on political consultant Mark Wiener and his work lobbying for Uber, a setup that has raised eyebrows at Portland City Hall. Wiener helped get Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Steve Novick elected. He then accepted money from Uber—he won't say how much—to help persuade Hales, Saltzman and Novick to let the ride-sharing app enter ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Uber Lobbyist Mark Wiener is Also City Officials' Campaign Consultant

Mark Wiener advises Mayor Charlie Hales and the ride-sharing giant.


The latest city of Portland lobbying reports contain an interesting disclosure: Mark Wiener, political consultant to Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Steve Novick, also has been acting as a paid lobbyist for Uber, the ride-hailing app that crashed into Portland last year after initially hitting road bumps at City Hall. The arrangement suggests ...   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 Beth Slovic

Murmurs: When Will the Pope Endorse Charlie?

Ted Wheeler is preparing his run for Portland mayor. Last week, the state treasurer told The Oregonian he was still making up his mind whether to challenge Mayor Charlie Hales in 2016 or take a run at   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 WWeek News Staff

Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is Likely Running for Portland Mayor, Sources Tell WW


Ted Wheeler is preparing his run for Portland mayor. Last week, the state treasurer told The Oregonian he was still making up his mind whether to challenge Mayor Charlie Hales or take a run at Gov. Kate Brown. But two sources tell WW that Wheeler told them after the interview that he has ruled out a gubernatorial bid and will likely run against Hales in 2016. Other sources tell WW that two phone surveys ...   More
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Beth Slovic and Aaron Mesh

Amanda Fritz to Oversee Portland's Marijuana Policy


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales last week publicly embarrassed City Commissioner Amanda Fritz by abruptly yanking her control of the bureau that oversees real-estate development. Fritz had angered developers with fee hikes and policies targeting skinny houses. The mayor reassigned the Bureau of Development Services to Commissioner Dan Saltzman. Fritz got the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by Beth Slovic


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