Hales Calls on City Hall to "Bring Our Fish Back"

Mayor makes ambitous environmental and river promises in UN speech


Mayor Charlie Hales made bold pledges in a speech to delegates from the United Nations Environment Programme this morning—promising that Portland city government will reduce its carbon emissions by half in 17 years, and make bicycles the preferred mode of transportation for all trips under three miles in 10 years. Hales also made it clear that cleaning up the toxic Willamette River will be his office's ...   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 AARON MESH

Assign of the Times

Mayor Charlie Hales shuffles the city bureaus—and commissioners have to deal.

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Nick Fish looked shaken. Amanda Fritz was horrified. Steve Novick told bicycle jokes in the lobby. And Dan Saltzman left early, pleased as punch. Portland’s city commissioners had just learn   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 AARON MESH

House With No Home

Hales restored lots of city hall spending. Why not services for kids escaping prostitution?

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In the final weeks of writing his first budget, Mayor Charlie Hales restored money to dozens of city programs he had suggested cutting: the Police Bureau’s Mounted Patrol Unit, a county-run ment   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 ANN-DERRICK GAILLOT

Fire Union Prez Says Hales' Budget Will Lay Off 13 Firefighters


The head of the Portland fire union is disputing Mayor Charlie Hales' claim that the city's new budget includes no firefighter layoffs. Portland Firefighters' Association President Alan Ferschweiler says the new budget actually requires 13 fire bureau layoffs—it just delays the pink slips by three months.Hales' budget takes effect June 30, and provides three months of "bridge funding"——short-term ...   More
Thursday, May 30, 2013 AARON MESH

Change is Hard

Hales pledges to fight panhandling downtown. It’s not clear how he wins.

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No matter where he travels, the street kid known as Kidd always knows where he wants to end up. With a ragged goatee and barely as tall as a sidewalk mailbox, Kidd, who is in his early 20s, says   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 AARON MESH

Appeal to the Baseline

The retail politics of the Hales budget creates winners and losers.

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Politicians don’t usually gain support by making budget cuts.But the startling thing about Mayor Charlie Hales’ first budget, released April 30, is how the mayor’s cutting of $21.5 million has b   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 AARON MESH

UPDATED: Hales Wants to Keep Weekend Street Closures in Old Town


UPDATE: May 7, 7:33 pmDespite taking mostly criticism from Old Town residents, restaurants and businesses Tuesday night at a community meeting at the Bud Clark Commons, Mayor Charlie Hales remains committed to continuing weekend street closures in the six-block Entertainment District for another six months.Hales said that managing the Entertainment District will ultimately have to be done by someone ...   More
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland Pensioners Eligible for Arts Tax Refund


The star-crossed, $35-per-head arts tax Portlanders approved last November continues to sow confusion in the populace. For the second time, the city is having to issue guidance about who should and should not have to pay the tax—and this time, it's offering a refund.Mayor Charlie Hales, whose exasperation with the flawed measure is obvious, announced this morning that the city will offer refunds ...   More
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS


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