Think Globally, Tax Locally

The mayor’s plan for “carbon taxes” aims to take money from a familiar pocket—yours.

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In June, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales told a visiting environmental delegation from the United Nations his city would be a leader in fighting global warming. “We must redouble our efforts to   More
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 AARON MESH

The Mayor’s Bar Tab

Hales is looking for ways to pay for his Old Town Entertainment District.

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If you’re looking for proof Mayor Charlie Hales wants to keep Old Town’s Entertainment District running, look no further than the public urinals. The city will introduce two open-air loos�   More
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Poll Asks Portland Voters About a City Carbon Tax

Mayor Charlie Hales' office confirms it's mulling a carbon-emissions tax on utilities and gasoline.


The City of Portland is taking the public's temperature on a carbon tax.WW has learned a privately funded phone survey, backed by Mayor Charlie Hales' office and the Oregon Environmental Council, was placed in the field Thursday night. It asks potential voters if they would support a city tax on "producers of carbon pollution."The survey says the city is mulling a combination utility and gas tax. The ...   More
Friday, August 16, 2013 AARON MESH

Terry Schrunk Plaza Homeless Protest Digs In, Fights Feds, Makes Spaghetti


Portland City Hall still doesn't have any food carts in its lobby—but there's plenty of street grub across Southwest 4th Avenue. The homeless protest swept from the sidewalk in front of City Hall last month has dug in at federally owned Terry Shrunk Plaza, and people involved say they won't leave until Mayor Charlie Hales allows some tent camping in the center city. "We aren't going to leave until ...   More
Thursday, August 15, 2013 AARON MESH

How Nick Fish Broke Rank with Charlie Hales' Plan for Sidewalk Sweeps and Food Carts


City Commissioner Nick Fish has watched how Mayor Charlie Hales has been treating the homeless, and he’s not happy. Hales took the city Housing Bureau out of Fish’s management portfolio in June—and since then has cracked down on campsites on city sidewalks. Fish broke his silence last night by offering a lengthy statement to The Portland Mercury criticizing Hales' sidewalk sweep. He also spoke ...   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Sidewalk Sweep Could Extend to Lents, Hales Says

Crackdown moves into Buckman, as Saltzman says housing not the issue.


UPDATE, 1:44 pm: City Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the transportation bureau, says he and Mayor Charlie Hales are having "discussions" about how the sidewalk sweep is being conducted."I talked with the Mayor last week," Novick writes WW, "and I agreed that people can't use the public sidewalks as their personal property. We're having ongoing discussions about the details of his plan."ORIGINAL ...   More
Friday, August 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales' Sidewalk Sweep is Evicting Homeless Camps Under Interstate Overpasses


Mayor Charlie Hales' sweep of homeless camps on Portland sidewalks is rousting more than just downtown panhandlers and street kids. It's also evicting small tent and cardboard box encampments from under Portland's two main Interstate highway overpasses, on each side of the Willamette River. In the first 24 hours of Portland Police officers posting no-camping signs and issuing citations in three city ...   More
Thursday, August 8, 2013 AARON MESH

Portland Police Union Files Labor Complaint Over Public Contract Talks

PPA Says City is Bargaining in Bad Faith Because it Wants Open Meetings


The Portland Police Association has filed an unfair labor complaint against the city of Portland, saying that Mayor Charlie Hales' stance that some contract negotiations be made public is against labor rules.The complaint (PDF), hand-delivered to the city attorney this afternoon, says the city—which is holding out for at least some public meetings in the Portland Building—doesn't have the legal ...   More
Friday, July 26, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Inmates Clear out City Hall Homeless Camp


Multnomah County jail inmates removed property from a homeless camp outside City Hall this morning, as Mayor Charlie Hales delivered on his promise to clear the Southwest 4th Avenue sidewalk. The jail may soon have new residents. City Hall officials tell WW that campers who want to be arrested in protest will be later this morning.By 7 am, most of the 45 campers in front of City Hall had moved across ...   More
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

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


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