First Item on Hales' Agenda: Bike Projects

Portland Ranked #1 for Number of Bicycle Commuters

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


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?

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


 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.

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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.

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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


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