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

Hales Clears Last Thursday From Alberta Street — VIDEO


"Welcome to the loneliness of American fascism," a woman standing on the lawn of Community Supported Everything yelled as Portland Police officers began wheeling their bicycles down Northeast Alberta Street last night at 10 pm, clearing the revelers and vendors from Last Thursday. But the city dispersing of Last Thursday—a method Mayor Charlie Hales decided to employ after staff recorded widespread ...   More
Friday, June 28, 2013 AARON MESH

City Moves Forward with Last Thursday Despite Board Resignation


Mayor Charlie Hales announced today that the city will provide support and oversight later this week for Last Thursday, despite the resignation of Friends of Last Thursday's board on Monday. The monthly gathering in the Alberta neighborhood has become increasingly controversial as rowdy attendees have fallen afoul of neighbors. Here's the statement from mayoral spokesman Dana Haynes:The City of Portland ...   More
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Stuck in the Ruts

Hales’ pledge to pave streets has no plan—and no money.

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Laura Young says it’s about time someone at City Hall gets serious about paving Portland’s dirt roads. She lives in the Cully neighborhood, where 10 percent of city streets look like mud wallo   More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 SARA SNEATH

The City's Collection of the Arts Tax Has Hit $7.6 Million


Turns out citizens aren't just willing to vote for a Portland Arts Tax. Given enough time, they'll pay it, too. More than 248,000 Portland residents have paid the $35-a-person tax after two deadline extensions, paying the city $7.6 million, according to Mayor Charlie Hales's office.Those numbers are estimated, says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes, because the city's revenue bureau is still counting about ...   More
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Hales Calls Commissioner Loretta Smith to Apologize for Aide's Suggestive Remarks


Facing a barrage of criticism, Mayor Charlie Hales called Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith tonight to apologize for suggestive remarks and gestures made toward her by one of his top aides at a Thursday night event.But Hales made no promises of what actions he would take regarding Baruti Atharee, one of the most prominent African-American officials in the city.As WW first reported Sunday ...   More
Monday, June 10, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Top Hales Aide In Trouble For Suggestive Behavior Toward Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith

Baruti Artharee says he's apologized for comments at Thursday event


A top aide to Mayor Charlie Hales is under fire for suggestive remarks and gestures he allegedly made toward Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith at a Thursday night event.WW has learned the aide, Baruti Artharee, 60, and about 40 others gathered Thursday at the Quartet Restaurant at Riverplace. The purpose of the event, which was arranged by Bernie Foster, the publisher of The Skanner newspaper, ...   More
Sunday, June 9, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Vista Bridge Barriers Would Cost $2.5 Million


A 15-year-old Beaverton girl jumped to her death from the Vista Bridge yesterday, the latest in a string of well-documented suicides on the historic bridge.City leaders have come up with a plan that would place barriers on Southwest Portland bridge and still satisfy the Oregon Office of Historic Preservation. The price tag? $2.5 million, says Portland Commissioner and new Bureau of Transportation ...   More
Thursday, June 6, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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