City Gets 44 Applications to Run Transportation Bureau


 Turns out plenty of people would like a shot at running the Portland Bureau of Transportation.The city has received 44 applications for the open transportation director job, officials say. It's been a hot seat to occupy: Mayor Charlie Hales fired former PBOT Director Tom Miller before taking office in January after catching criticism for a backlog of street maintenance. Interim director Toby ...   More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 AARON MESH

Do Police in Schools Mean More Kids Charged with Crimes?

A New York Times story with implications for Portland budgeting


As Portland City Hall continues looking for $21.5 million in budget cuts, one of the expenses under the microscope is 23 police officers in Portland Public Schools. The school resource officers, a $2.4 million annual expense, have been offered up by the Portland Police Bureau as a possible cut—the cops say patrolling schools isn't part of their core mission.But as WW has previously reported, that ...   More
Monday, April 15, 2013 AARON MESH

Police Union Negotiations Starting, Hales Stays Mum on Issues


The city's contract negotiations with the Portland Police Association will begin April 18 at the union's headquarters.One of the issues likely to be on the table is the 48-hour rule that allows officers involved in shootings two days to consult with lawyers and union representatives before they give an official statement.Last fall, Mayor Charlie Hales told WW that he thinks that rule–which is subject ...   More
Thursday, April 11, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hales to Extend Old Town Street Closures for 60 Days


Mayor Charlie Hales will extend the weekend street closures in the Old Town Entertainment District, his office announced this afternoon.The district was featured in this WW's most recent cover story about Oregon's complicated relationship with alcohol, and how it plays out in Old Town. The city had closed a six-block area in lower Northwest Portland to traffic on Friday and Saturday nights between ...   More
Friday, April 5, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Trespassers Set Fire Inside Division Street No-Parking Apartment Building


The developer of a controversial 81-unit apartment building on Southeast Division Street is hiring 24-hour security after three trespassers started a small fire inside the building early this morning. The 37th Street Apartments has become a symbol for citywide ire toward large apartments without on-site parking—especially after the city halted construction and Mayor Charlie Hales ordered a new permit ...   More
Friday, March 29, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Hales Suspends Permit on Division Street Apartments


Mayor Charlie Hales is responding to pressure over a controversial 81-unit apartment complex on Southeast Division Street, forcing the developer to apply for a new permit next month.The apartment complex has drawn fire from neighbors since last summer because of its size and lack of on-site parking.Two days ago, the city announced it was reviewing a revised permit for the half-completed building without ...   More
Thursday, March 21, 2013 AARON MESH

Green Party Activist Sues Kate Brown Over Hales Elections Complaint


Seth Woolley, a Green Party activist and two-time candidate for Secretary of State, has filed suit (PDF) in Marion County Court against Secretary of State Kate Brown alleging that the elections division, which Brown controls, failed to properly investigate an earlier elections complaint Woolley filed against then-mayoral candidate Charlie Hales.Woolley had maintained that Hales was not a legally registered ...   More
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Does Anybody Want to Be PBOT Director?


The Portland Bureau of Transportation has been chewing up directors lately.Tom Miller, a protege of former Mayor Sam Adams, was undone by reports about the city's backlog of unpaved roads and media donnybrooks over bicycle projects. Mayor Charlie Hales fired him and told interim Toby Widmer to find money for road paving—but when Widmer cut a sidewalk project on Southeast 136th Avenue, he was caught ...   More
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales Restores $194,000 to Summer Internships He Cut


 Mayor Charlie Hales is reversing a controversial decision to cut a city grant to fund summer teen internships.Hales will restore a $194,000 grant for nonprofit Worksystems Inc. to fund 97 summer internships in city bureaus for low-income teenagers—a grant created by former Mayor Sam Adams. The mayor's office and Multnomah County have also recruited TriMet, the Oregon Department of Human Services ...   More
Friday, March 15, 2013 AARON MESH

Murmurs: After a Death, Rolling Back the Sidewalk Debate.

Political pressure has been increasing on Mayor Charlie Hales to restore $1.2 million for sidewalk construction on Southeast 136th Avenue, after a 5-year-old girl, Morgan Maynard-Cook, was struck an   More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 WW Editorial Staff


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