Portland's 2nd Annual "Big Float" Boasts a Big Turnout


More than 1,400 people took to the Willamette River's east bank near the Hawthorne Bridge Sunday afternoon, clad with floaties, inner-tubes and kayaks to participate in the second annual Big Float to promote recreational use of the city's main body of water. The event—organized by Will Levenson of Popina Swimwear—included a performance from local artist Violet Isle and an attempt to break ...   More
Monday, July 30, 2012 SAM STITES

Portland Afoot's Kickstarter Video is 'We Are the World' With Transit Nerds

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 Consistently excellent public transit magazine Portland Afoot celebrated its second anniversary last night, and publisher Michael Andersen debuted his plan for the future: a mobile app.Today, Portland Afoot launched a $5,000 Kickstarter campaign for a mobile magazine with an inspirational video that's a who's who of transit geeks. The magazine is a sometimes uncomfortable blend of solid reporting ...   More
Friday, July 27, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Atlanta Looks To Portland Before Streetcar Vote, Finds... Streetcar Commuters?

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Next Tuesday, people living in and around Atlanta, Georgia will vote on a tax increase to fund a $602 million transportation package that includes a streetcar line. The Atlanta project is closely linked to Portland. As a vice president at the engineering firm HDR, Inc. after leaving Portland's City Council in 2002, current Portland mayoral candidate Charlie Hales had a hand in shaping the Atlanta ...   More
Friday, July 27, 2012 COREY PEIN

More Hales Backers Gave Big Just Before Pledge To Cap Contributions


Last week, WW reported that mayoral candidate Charlie Hales kept taking big checks from influential supporters in the days before he announced that he'd limit contributions to $600 and would not take any out of state money in his bid for the Nov. 6 general election.The timing wasn't immediately obvious because, at this stage in their campaigns, candidates have 30 days to report contributions. Hales ...   More
Monday, July 23, 2012 COREY PEIN

Hales Pocketed Big Checks Just Before Limiting Contributions


Back on June 21, mayoral candidate Charlie Hales announced he'd limit contributions for the Nov. 6 general election to $600 and would not take any out of state money. Turns out he was grabbing as many big checks as he could—right up until the time he promised he wouldn't.Currently, candidates are in a 30-day reporting window, which means under elections law they don't have to report contributions ...   More
Friday, July 20, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Charlie’s Fee Fall

Mayoral candidate Charlie Hales once proposed a huge giveaway to developers. Why has he suddenly changed his mind?

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Early in his campaign for Portland mayor, Charlie Hales had a big money problem. His chief foe, Eileen Brady...   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 AARON MESH

SEIU Backs Hales for Mayor


The Service Employees International Union Local 49 has endorsed Charlie Hales for mayor, a source near Hales' campaign has told WW.The candidates have largely split the labor endorsements. Hales landed backing from the United Food and Commercial Workers, the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Joint Council of Teamsters. his opponent, Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland), has been endorsed by the Portland ...   More
Friday, July 13, 2012 AARON MESH

Charlie Hales Wants to "Go Further" Than City Coal Ban


The coal wars continue in the mayor's race.Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales responded today to a pledge by opponent Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) to seek a city resolution banning coal exports. Hales' statement implies that Smith is scoring cheap political points with an empty gesture. Hales says the city should instead pressure the Oregon congressional delegation to slow a prospective coal ...   More
Thursday, July 12, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

City Slackers

Voters who will decide the mayor’s race in November didn’t cast a ballot in May. That’s good news for Jefferson Smith.

Numbers may not lie, but they don’t always tell the whole story, either. When former City Commissioner Charlie Hales finished...   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 COREY PEIN

Jefferson Smith Raising Money Above Hales' Limits


There has not been much campaign finance activity in the mayor's race since one candidate, former City Commissioner Charlie Hales, announced on June 21 that he'd limit contributions to $600 and would not take out-of-state checks.His opponent in the November general election, State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland), often spoke during the primary about the need to limit contributions."Elections should ...   More
Monday, July 2, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS


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