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

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


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