Loretta Smith and Jules Bailey Win Multnomah County Commission Seats

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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.

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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

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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

Hales Praises Loretta Smith and Summer Internships

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Mayor Charlie Hales this morning offered praise for a county commissioner toward whom his top aide had made sexually suggestive remarks, while pledging his support for a summer internship program he tried to cut from the city budget. Hales' speech at Multnomah County headquarters today suggested an effort by the mayor to mend bridges with County Commissioner Loretta Smith a week after he suspended ...   More
 
Monday, July 8, 2013 AARON MESH

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

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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

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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

City Launches Investigation into Artharee's Behavior Towards Commissioner Smith

UPDATE: Office of Equity supports inquiry

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Mayoral Spokesman Dana Haynes this afternoon announced the City of Portland will launch an investigation into the events of last Thursday evening when Mayor Charlie Hale's public safety advisor, Baruti Arhtaree, made what he has termed "inappropriate" comments about County Commissioner Loretta Smith.Haynes tells WW that Artharee will remain on the job while the investigation proceeds. UPDATE, 6:08 ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Mayoral Aide Artharee Sends Hand-Written Apology to Commissioner Smith

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Baruti Artharee, Mayor Charlie Hales' public safety advisor, yesterday sent a hand-written apology (PDF) to County Commissioner Loretta Smith after an event last Thursday at which Artharee acknowledges having made "inappropriate" comments about Smith's appearance. Smith and other witnesses have also said Artharee moved his hips in a suggestive manner while making those comments. Artharee earlier told ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

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

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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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