Hot Takes: Top 5 Comments of the Week, August 10-16

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 We herewith collate—with minimal commentary—the most cogent, interesting, thoughtful or witty comments to have washed up on our virtual shores this week. Congratulations, commenters: You have won nothing but our esteem. 5. Charlie Hales said that racially charged violence in Ferguson, Mo., showed the need for his white-male-only diversity training at a resort. One reader agrees? ...   More
 
Saturday, August 16, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Airbnb Has Spent $24,000 Lobbying Portland City Council

Its new hotel taxes won't be earmarked for affordable housing.

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Airbnb's visit to Portland City Hall was very successful—but it wasn't cheap.As reported in this morning's Murmurs, Airbnb spent $19,782 from April through June lobbying City Hall to grant the city’s unprecedented seal of approval on the San Francisco startup’s short-term rental operations. That brings Airbnb's year-to-date lobbying expenses to $24,282—and that's not counting what it spent ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Sami Edge and Aaron Mesh

It's Not Just Uber Trying to Break Into Portland—Lyft is Lobbying, Too

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Uber, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing startup that enlists drivers to use their own cars as de facto taxis, today re-ignited its drive to get its service legalized in Portland. The company's PR blitz includes hiring a truck to deliver ice cream to City Hall—and comes seven months after the city's taxi board rejected Uber's demands to change Portland's rules for town cars. As WW reported this ...   More
 
Friday, July 18, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick Respond to Ray Horton's Recall Effort

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Today's edition of WW features an interview with Ray Horton, the Mount Tabor retiree who is fighting a proposed Portland "street fee" by trying to recall Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick. Horton says he filed his recall petitions on July 11 because Hales and Novick "have a dismissive attitude toward people who express concerns about budgeting."WW asked both officials to respond to ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Aaron Mesh

City For Rent

Mayor Charlie Hales wants to give Airbnb something it can’t get anyplace else.


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Last week, Airbnb threw a house party in Portland City Hall.  The San Francisco-based online startup laid out two tables lined with trays of bagels, brownies and blueberry muffins. It invit   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Goes on Diversity Retreat for White Men

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales will be away from City Hall for the next three days, attending a diversity seminar for white men only.WW first reported last month that Hales decided to spend $56,000 on a 3 1/2-day training seminar run by a Portland company, White Men as Full Diversity Partners.That decision followed a series of high-profile setbacks for City Hall's equity efforts—including the city’s ...   More
 
Monday, July 7, 2014 AARON MESH

City Issues Just Three Noise Citations to Last Thursday Musicians

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The drum circles pounded quieter. The guitarists turned down their microphones. And most of the DJs didn't show up.Mayor Charlie Hales' latest effort to tamp down the revelry at Last Thursday—enforcing noise code on street musicians—went smoothly last night, with the city issuing only three citations for playing tunes too loud."The musicians all seemed to have gotten the word," says Paul Van Orden, ...   More
 
Friday, June 27, 2014 AARON MESH

Portland's Mean Streets Are Getting Dirtier: The City Is Cutting Back On Street Sweeping

The cuts come as Mayor Charlie Hales asks for more transportation money through a street fee

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Mayor Charlie Hales wasn’t messing around when he said that Portland city streets are a “crisis.” Now, they’ll be a bit dirtier as well.             KATU reports the city of Portland is cutting back the number of times it will clean Portland streets each year. Starting July 1, the city will reduce the number of cleanings of neighborhood and side ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 ERIN CAREY

City Will Begin Citing Last Thursday Street Musicians for Playing Too Loud

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Turn down the banjo and put a muffler on that didgeridoo: Mayor Charlie Hales' office will this week begin citing street musicians for noise violations at Last Thursday. "We're going to start enforcing the noise this month," says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes. "We're going start having [noise officer] Paul Van Orden going out and telling people, 'Here's how loud your music can be.' If we come back and ...   More
 
Monday, June 23, 2014 AARON MESH

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