Dandy W-I-N-S, O-K?

Dandy Warhols keyboardist Zia McCabe beat mayor Charlie Hales, and eight others, in a spelling bee.

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales was the last man standing in a local celebrity spelling bee on Jan. 31 at the Portland Art Museum, held as a benefit for Schoolhouse Supplies, which provides free classroom supplies to local teachers.Trouble is, there were also four women in the competition. And every single one of them fared better than the six male competitors, who included Dave Dahl (Dave's Killer ...   More
 
Saturday, February 2, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Return of Chucky

Portland needs to make big spending cuts. New mayor Charlie Hales is swinging the ax.


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Portland City Hall is awfully quiet for a palace amid a revolution. Since the start of the year, the place has felt like a barely solvent art gallery sold to absentee bankers. Outside the mayor’    More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales Cuts $395,000 From Teen Summer Job Programs

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales promised upon taking office to cut non-essential expenses out of the city budget. This afternoon, he announced the first one he's cutting: a public-private partnership to give summer jobs to teenagers.Hales' office said today it will not bring to City Council two items it removed from the agenda earlier this month: A grant and a contract amendment that would have given ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 AARON MESH

City Council Approves Boathouse for Randy Leonard Fire Station 21

Commissioners have reservations about cost and deadline

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The Portland City Council voted today in favor of authorizing Clackamas-based contractor Oregon Iron Works Inc. to build a $1.6 million boathouse for the Portland fire bureau, while voicing reservations about cost and deadline issues in the already controversial project.Several commissioners said they were concerned about the project's April deadline in light of the fact that Oregon Iron Works' subsidiary, ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by Michael Munkvold

Portland Streetcar Asks City For More Money to Fix Its Only New Vehicle

Other streetcars won't be ready until March

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For five months, it's been clear that the only operational American-made streetcar has a list of glitches.Now Portland knows the bill.In a contract amendment that goes before City Council on Wednesday, Portland Streetcar is asking the City of Portland for $145,000 to fix a malfunctioning propulsion system on the only streetcar that manufacturer United Streetcar has yet delivered to the city.Buried ...   More
 
Monday, January 21, 2013 AARON MESH

Why Hales is Pushing for Statewide Assault Weapons Ban

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Update, 10:30 am: Sitting at his desk in the mayor's office, Hales repeated his call for weapons bans at the state and federal level. "Every potential common-sense step ought to be considered," Hales said. "I don't believe we are without options here."But the mayor's bully pulpit was interrupted by conservative talk radio host Lars Larson, who provided some soapboxing of his own in the form of booming, ...   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013 AARON MESH

A Fork in the Road

A yet-to-be-released audit slams the city’s transportation spending—and gives Hales an opening for reform.


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Mayor Charlie Hales has promised to shake up the city bureau that is supposed to maintain Portland’s streets—and the   More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Police Union Tosses Hales $5,000

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One of the subtexts of last year's mayoral race was that the major public employee unions—all except Service Employees International Union—bet on then-Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland), who finished a distant second to Charlie Hales.Late in the race, Portland police and fire unions withdrew their endorsements of Smith, and after Hales won, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal ...   More
 
Monday, January 7, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hales Halts PBOT Job Rumored for Amy Ruiz

Sam Adams' former chief of staff goes to Basic Rights Oregon

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Mayor Charlie Hales has told the Portland Bureau of Transportation not to fill a public affairs manager position that was reportedly set to go to ex-Mayor Sam Adams aide Amy Ruiz. The Oregonian reported in November that PBOT director Tom Miller was looking to fill the position—essentially a deputy director of the bureau—and that he had set his sights on Ruiz, a former Portland Mercury reporter ...   More
 
Thursday, January 3, 2013 AARON MESH

The Charlie Hales Swearing-In: A Liveblog

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013 AARON MESH

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