D&D, Hackathons and Building Portland's Software Industry

Hales and Smith debate their geek credentials


Mayoral candidates Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith faced off in a tech-focused debate at the downtown office of local online video start-up Elemental Technologies today. Portland's tech industry was previously considered to be backing Eileen Brady, and now the remaining candidates are looking to establish their credentials in the city's so-called "software cluster."Although the talk was often ...   More
Monday, August 13, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Jefferson Smith Wants You to Help Pick His Staff


How will Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) pick a mayoral staff? He'll ask if you know anybody good.The mayoral candidate announced at yesterday's software-startup debate at Elemental Technologies that, if elected, he'll ask for public input on who should staff his office. "The job of recruitment can't be left to a single person, but takes some version of a village," Smith said. "And I hope this ...   More
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 AARON MESH

Your Money’s No Good Here

Under the grandstands, here’s how the mayoral campaign contribution limits compare.

It’s getting to where donating money in the Portland mayoral race requires photo ID, an advanced math degree and a healthy sense of irony. Last week, state Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portl   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 AARON MESH

SEIU 503 Endorses Charlie Hales


The Service Employees International Union Local 503 has announced it's endorsing Charlie Hales for mayor. This follows the announcement last month that SEIU 49—the state's second largest labor union—would endorse Hales. Hales announced the endorsement Tuesday on Twitter.Hales and his opponent, Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland), continue to split the the labor endorsements.Smith has won endorsements ...   More
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 KATY SWORD

Jefferson Smith Caps Donations, But Differently

Says he'll cap spending at $500k—or what Charlie Hales spends


The campaign spending one-upmanship continues. It's Rep. Jefferson Smith's turn. More than a month after mayoral candidate Charlie Hales unilaterally announced a campaign contribution limit of $500 $600 and no out-of-state donors, Smith has responded with his own—entirely different—spending cap.Smith's cap limits individual contributions to $1,000 and has no out-of-state rule. But Smith promises ...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Hales Repays Campaign Debts, Including His Own


Mayoral candidate Charlie Hales picked an unusual time to start paying back his campaign debts: immediately after he'd set limits on how much money he could raise for the November election. Among Hales' biggest backers has been Rejuvination, Inc. chief executive James Kelly, who loaned $25,000 to the campaign—and donated another $25,000—before the May 15 primary. On June 21, Hales announced ...   More
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 COREY PEIN

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

streetcar hales

 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?

streetcar unicorn

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


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