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


 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.

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

A Charlie Hales Christmas

The Mayor-elect is charging donors up to $2,500 to attend a pre-inaugural party.

News Stories
The invitation to the Dec. 4 reception at the Gilt Club makes it clear this would be a fundraiser for a winner: The red “Charlie Hales for Mayor” logo is amended with...   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 AARON MESH

Counting Cops

Police staffing levels will come under scrutiny as Charlie Hales pushes reforms.

News Stories
Mayor-elect Charlie Hales will be returning to City Hall in January with big plans to reform the Portland Police Bureau.    More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 TROY BRYNELSON

Planning Bureau on Hales' Apartment Moratorium: No Way


The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has issued a document that rejects any immediate changes to the city policy allowing apartments without on-site parking. The bureau says there's no need for a building moratorium, and no rush on zoning rule changes or an increase in design review."The moratorium we don't think is defensible," chief planner Joe Zehnder tells WW, citing restrictions ...   More
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 AARON MESH

Apartments Without Parking Don't Equal Apartments Without Cars, Says City Study


 A much-anticipated city study of new apartment buildings without on-site parking confirms complaints from Portland homeowners: Residents in these buildings own cars, and keep them parked in front of their neighbors' houses.A boom in the construction of these apartments has caused an uproar among homeowners on the city's east side, with Mayor-elect Charlie Hales leading the call for a building ...   More
Monday, November 12, 2012 AARON MESH

Hales, With a Crushing Vote, Is Portland's Next Mayor


A race for Portland mayor that once looked like it could be a closely fought competition turned out to be a blowout.Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales successfully completed his political comeback Tuesday by winning the job of mayor, crushing his fall opponent, Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland).In early returns, Hales leads Smith 62 percent to 30 percent. And 8 percent cast write-in votes.Hales ...   More
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 AARON MESH

At Hales' Victory Party, Well Wishers and A Tool Belt for the Work Ahead


Before the line of well-wishers began giving him hugs, before any results were announced, Portland Mayor-elect Charlie Hales had scheduled a meeting with outgoing Mayor Sam Adams. "I'll be meeting with the mayor tomorrow at 1:30," Hales told WW shortly before 8 pm at his election-night party at Holocene.Minutes later, the first wave of election results showing Hales' decisive victory over Rep. Jefferson ...   More
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 AARON MESH

Precinct Zero

Residents of Madison South, once divided over the mayor’s race, say the candidates haven’t offered them much.

City Hall
Janet Wojcik grew up in the shadow of Rocky Butte, the Northeast Portland bluff once known for its jail but that now features a park with a commanding view of the city. This year...   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 LAURA FRAZIER

UPDATED: Two Polls Show Charlie Hales With a Big Lead in Mayor's Race Over Jefferson Smith


Charlie Hales has a commanding lead in the mayor's race, according to new polls released by The Oregonian and Fox 12 and Oregon Public Broadcasting.The Oregonian's poll of 408 likely Portland voters shows 43 percent say they have voted for Hales or intend to do so, compared to 23 percent who say they support Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland).The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.The ...   More
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 AARON MESH


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