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

Voices 2013: Charlie Hales

A decade away made the new mayor a different kind of (political) barnyard animal.


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Once again, Charlie’s in charge. Ten years ago, Charlie Hales quit his job as city commissioner to start selling streetcars. On Jan. 2, the downtown...   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales: "Stay Angry" on School Safety, Gun Control

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Incoming Portland Mayor Charlie Hales intends to make a response to the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school massacre a top priority for his first week in office. The mayor, who takes office tonight at midnight, is scheduling a meeting this week with Portland Police Chief Mike Reese and the superintendents of all six school districts within Portland city limits, including Portland Public Schools ...   More
 
Monday, December 31, 2012 AARON MESH

First Item on Hales' Agenda: Bike Projects

Portland Ranked #1 for Number of Bicycle Commuters

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Let's play a guessing game. What is the first transportation item on Mayor-elect Charlie Hales' agenda the day of his swearing in?A. $4 million in grants for more "bikeway improvements" fashioned by outgoing Mayor Sam Adams.B. Gathering state money for paving sidewalks east of Interstate 205. The answer, of course, is both. The Jan. 2 City Council agenda includes one transportation item offered by ...   More
 
Friday, December 28, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Hales Says He Wants Reese to Stay on as Police Chief

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Mayor-elect Charlie Hales says is committed to keeping Mike Reese on as Portland's police chief.Hales, who will serve as police commissioner, says he hasn't set a time table for when they'll decide if the relationship is working out. "I haven't set a schedule other than obviously, I'll be watching his performance, just like every other key manager at the city—daily and weekly," he says.During the ...   More
 
Thursday, December 6, 2012 by Andrea Damewood

Murmurs: Elephant Calf Confusion at Oregon Zoo

Can we use an electric prod on zoo officials?


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Oregon Zoo officials are trying to explain away their misleading and false statements after the embarrassing news the zoo’s new baby elephant actually belongs to a California traveling elephant    More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Mayor-Elect Charlie Hales Names Gail Shibley as Chief of Staff

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 Mayor-elect Charlie Hales has chosen a chief of staff: Former state Rep. Gail Shibley.Shibley, who currently runs the Oregon Office of Health Licensing, was the first out lesbian to serve in the state legislature, holding office from 1991 to 1996.She once held designs on City of Portland office herself. Shibley ran for City Council in 1996, beating Erik Sten in the primary before losing in a ...   More
 
Monday, December 3, 2012 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Election Shows Portland Still Divided

Cutting the cords at food-cart pods.


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What can you say about a once-promising politician who lost? That he showed, even in a crushing defeat, Portland’s east-west divide still persists. State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) say   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

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