Mayor Charlie Hales Wants to Replace Homeless Camp with Food Carts at City Hall

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Mayor Charlie Hales' decision to evict a growing homeless camp from the Southwest 4th Avenue sidewalk is only the first stage of a plan to transform the plaza in front of City Hall. The next step: food carts. WW recently learned Hales met with staffers in the city's facilities department in recent weeks to discuss adding food carts, coffee carts and tables to the City Hall plaza and lobby—essentially ...   More
Monday, July 22, 2013 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Bans Camping in Front of City Hall


Mayor Charlie Hales is kicking the homeless camp off the front steps of Portland City Hall. Portland Police officers quietly posted metal signs in front of City Hall Friday evening outlawing obstruction of the sidewalk along Southwest 4th Avenue—in effect serving an eviction notice to the homeless encampment that has swelled to more than 40 people in recent weeks.Hales spokesman Dana Haynes confirmed ...   More
Friday, July 19, 2013 AARON MESH

Murmurs: You Don’t Have Sam to Kick Around Any More.

Mayor Charlie Hales has stopped hinting his predecessor, Sam Adams, might be to blame for a plan by the city’s top financial officer, Jack D. Graham, to improperly shift Water Bureau funds to his ow   More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Hales Praises Loretta Smith and Summer Internships


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

Mount Tabor Occupiers Refuse to Meet with Cops

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Organizers of a Mount Tabor camping protest to fight covering or draining the city's open-air reservoirs have refused to meet in advance with the Portland Police Bureau. Leaders of the Occupy Mount Tabor movement—now called "Camp Cascadia"—say Portland Police Sgt. Craig Dobson posted on their Facebook page, asking them to meet for a conversation before they begin pitching tents on July 12. But ...   More
Wednesday, July 3, 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


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


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


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