Headquarters Hotel Opponent: Portland Isn't Getting the NBA All-Star Game, Hyatt or No Hyatt


A lawyer fighting the public financing of a Hyatt hotel at the Oregon Convention Center says the project won't make a difference in the Trail Blazers' bid for the NBA All-Star Game. Last week, WW reported that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told media that Portland's bid to host the 2017 or 2018 All-Star Game hinged on Portland having more hotel rooms—a veiled warning to build the Hyatt. Metro President ...   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 AARON MESH

Convention Center Hotel Lawsuits Could Block Portland Trail Blazers' Bid to Host NBA All-Star Game, Metro Warns

"We are in danger of missing that window" for 2018 game, says Metro President Tom Hughes


The Portland Trail Blazers want to host the NBA All-Star Game in 2017 or 2018. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the media Feb. 14 that Portland’s bid hinges on the city gaining more hotel rooms. That could be a problem.As WW reported in this morning's Murmurs, Silver's statement implies the Blazers need the proposed $212 million, 600-room Hyatt hotel next to the Oregon Convention Center. The 16-month ...   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 AARON MESH

Convention Center Hotel Opponents Offer List of Failed Hyatts


Metro Council President Tom Hughes didn't need say much to convince Portland City Council to cast the key votes for his long-desired $198 million Oregon Convention Center hotel. All five commissioners had tipped their hands well before the Wednesday vote. Yet when Hughes presented the plan at City Hall, he made a bold claim: The Hyatt-run hotel at the convention center would succeed, because Hyatts ...   More
Thursday, September 19, 2013 AARON MESH

City Hall Greenlights Convention Center Hyatt


Portland City Council voted this evening to approve Metro's plan for a Hyatt hotel at the Oregon Convention Center, accepting the $198 million plan presented by Metro Council President Tom Hughes with only a minor amendment. "The risk is reasonable, the opportunity is considerable, and this investment supports our values," said Mayor Charlie Hales. "This investment passes those tests." The 4-1 vote ...   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 AARON MESH

Heartbreak Hotel

Despite fierce opposition, officials are set to approve $80 million in subsidies for a 600-room hotel at the Convention Center.

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The lot located at Northeast 3rd Avenue and Multnomah Street doesn’t look like much. There’s a debris-filled hole, where a former Teamsters union hall was demolished last week; a ramshackle    More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hughes: Convention Center Hotel Opponents Waging "Class Warfare"

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Metro President Tom Hughes told organized labor members Monday that opponents of his Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel proposal are engaged in "class warfare" to "keep families from putting food on their table."He made the remarks at the annual Labor Day picnic at Oaks Amusement Park sponsored by the Northwest Oregon Labor Council.Hughes was elected Metro president in 2010 with the financial ...   More
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 AARON MESH

Sam Adams Bans Hotel Critic From City Club Debate

UPDATE: City Club debate will now feature dueling national experts


Before he left office at the beginning of this year, former Mayor Sam Adams was a leading proponent of building a 600-room hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center. Despite Adams' repeated efforts to find a way to finance such a hotel, the project foundered during the deep recession that plagued his mayoral term.Now, Adams is the executive director of Portland City Club and critics of the resusitated ...   More
Friday, August 30, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro President Tom Hughes Says He'll Seek Reelection


Metro President Tom Hughes says he is seeking reelection, making him one of the first local candidates to plant a flag in next year's races. In his first three years atop the regional planning agency, Hughes, the former mayor of Hillsboro, championed a successful campaign for a $10 million property-tax levy to upgrade and maintain Metro parklands, and dealt with the fallout from revelations a newborn ...   More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 AARON MESH

Metro Pushes Headquarters Hotel Decision Back

Decision another blow for Mayor Adams


The Metro Council had been scheduled to vote on a pending proposal to develop a hotel next to the Oregon Convention center next month but as Metro's in-house news reporter Nick Christensen wrote this afternoon that is not going to happen.The long-planned, on-again off-again 600-room project has been a top priority for Metro Council President Tom Hughes and for Mayor Sam Adams. It's the second delay ...   More
Thursday, November 29, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro À Go-Go

Metro Council President Tom Hughes’ job has allowed him to see the world.

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At the rate he’s going, Metro Council President Tom Hughes will need to add new pages to his passport faster than you can say “Oregon-Japan Friendship Week.” Since taking office in Janua   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 FIONA NOONAN


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