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

Another Buyer Steps Forward for Proposed Trader Joe's Property: Updated with PDC Response


With city officials, business leaders and inner Northeast Portland residents still absorbing Trader Joe's abrupt decision Monday to pull out of a proposed new development on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., another buyer for the property has stepped forward. This afternoon, Roy Jay, executive director of the African American Chamber of Commerce, sent an email proposal to Patrick Quinton, the executive ...   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Future Drinking: Vacant Lucier Space Resurrecting as Quartet

And other new places to eat and drink in Portland


Food & Drink
Some activity at the site of Portland's massive failed experiment in high-end fine-dining, Lucier, which until recently was so well preserved it looked like it had been cleared by neutron bomb. Three of Portland's most prominent African-American entrepreneurs—Frank Taylor of Portland Prime, Bernard Foster of The Skanner and parking don Roy Jay—are on the liquor license application for a proposed ...   More
Monday, November 19, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

City Contracts: Portland To Require Minority Participation

This morning City Council unanimously approved a resolution that calls on city bureaus to “include at least one minority evaluator provided by the Alliance of Minority Chambers on all contractor evaluation and selection panels awarding City contracts.” Roy Jay, president of the Alliance of Minority Chambers, worked with Commissioner Randy Leonard to introduce the resolution, which ...   More
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

City May Award Parking Contract to Nashville Firm

One of the biggest questions hanging over downtown Portland is how City Hall would deal with a sticky, big-dollar problem: who would get the contract to manage six city-owned Smart Park garages. In 2003, the city awarded the business to the Schlesinger family's Star Park and a consortium of minority chambers of commerce. In so doing, the city ended the 18-year stranglehold by the Goodman ...   More
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Downtown Parking Contract Protest Deadline Looms

Last week the Portland Bureau of Transportation issued some startling news: that it intended to award the contract to manage nearly 4,000 city-owned parking spots in six city-owned garages to a Nashville firm, Central Parking System. That news came as an unpleasant jolt to the city's dominant parking company, the Goodman family's City Center Parking, which controls a majority of parking garages ...   More
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Parking Contract: Roy Jay, Minority Chambers Catch "Hail Mary"

Last week, the city's two biggest parking companies protested the City of Portland's announcement that it intended to award a three-year contact to manage six city-owned SmartPark garages to a Nashville firm, Central Parking System. The protest by the Goodman family's City Center Parking and the Schlesinger family's Star Park effectively united two rivals who compete hard for parking. In ...   More
Monday, May 17, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Center Parking Takes Aim at Roy Jay; Jay Not Pleased

On June 30, Portland City Council will hold what may be one of its most intense hearings this year. Two prominent families who own big pieces of downtown property —the Goodmans, who own City Center Parking and 25 downtown blocks; and the Schlesingers, who own Star Park and a smaller but significant amount of property— will turn out to voice their displeasure with the city's intention ...   More
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Hall: Mayor Cancels Controversial Parking Deal

Mayor Sam Adams today canceled the city's notice of intention to award a contract to manage six city-owned Smart Park garages to Nashville-based Central Parking System. The news in April that the Nashville firm would get the contract caused tremendous pushback from two powerful local firms. One of those angry firms was Star Park, which currently holds the Smart Park contract and will now continue ...   More
Friday, July 2, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Parking Group Sues to Expel Roy Jay: Updated with Jay's Response

The CM Group, a consortium that operates the six city-owned Smart Park garages in Portland, filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County Court yesterday seeking to expel one of its members, the African American Chamber of Commerce. The lawsuit comes as the latest twist in the maneuvering around the contract to manage the garages, which generate about $10 million in annual revenue. For all intents and ...   More
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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