Mayor Charlie Hales' Chief of Staff is Leaving City Hall

Gail Shibley will join the Oregon Youth Authority.

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Gail Shibley, chief of staff to Mayor Charlie Hales, is leaving her post. Shibley, whom Hales hired after winning election in 2012, is the former director of the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Environmental Public Health, and before that, a state legislator. She is returning to state service, taking a job as assistant director for business services at the Oregon Youth Authority, which ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Oregon Legislature Legalizes Police Body Cameras (with Blurred Faces)

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Lights, camera, police action.Oregon lawmakers today sent Gov. Kate Brown a bill to make police body cameras legal. House Bill 2571 passed the Oregon House 59-1 this afternoon, after a 29-0 vote in the Senate last week. Rep. Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton) was the only state lawmaker to vote against legalizing the cameras.Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has pushed for the bill, and says he plans to outfit Portland ...   More
 
Monday, June 15, 2015 AARON MESH

Who's Mad About Disconnecting Mount Tabor's Open-Air Reservoirs: A Refresher

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To hear Portland city officials tell it, the decision to disconnect Mount Tabor's open-air reservoirs is all over but the shouting.But there's going to be a lot of shouting.Today's City Council hearing on the last steps to take the city's drinking-water reservoirs underground is the latest donnybrook between Mount Tabor reservoir activists and City Hall in a decade-long battle about complying with ...   More
 
Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Aaron Mesh

Police Sweep Through Growing Homeless Camp Near Eastbank Esplanade

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For the past few weeks, the homeless camp near the Vera Katz Eastside Esplanade has been getting more crowded. Two dozen tents hugged the sidewalk along Southeast Main and Madison streets, under the Interstate 84 northbound ramp off of I-5, and just a few blocks from the Willamette River. Today, the tents have largely disappeared and campers have been dispersed, some just a few blocks away. Portland ...   More
 
Saturday, May 16, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK

Mayor Charlie Hales Withdraws Support for Pembina Propane Terminal: Updated

Facing re-election, Hales reverses position.

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In an abrupt about-face, Mayor Charlie Hales yesterday told the Port of Portland that he is dropping his support for a proposed $500 million propane terminal to be built by the Canadian company Pembina Pipeline Corporation.That's a death sentence for the massive project, which Hales earlier championed. The Port's director, Bill Wyatt, says that Hales told him Wednesday that Hales' continued support ...   More
 
Thursday, May 7, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

David Plouffe Tells Mayor Charlie Hales: Uber Will Help East Portland

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Five months after cutting a deal that brought ride-hailing app Uber to Portland, company vice president David Plouffe and Mayor Charlie Hales faced off at a TechFestNW forum last night. Their conversation traveled to a surprising destination: East Portland.Plouffe pledged to Hales that Uber would provide city regulators with "anonymized, aggregated data" that would prove the San Francisco company was ...   More
 
Friday, May 1, 2015 AARON MESH

Portland City Hall: See What Mayor Charlie Hales Pays His Staff

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Mayor Charlie Hales made a big show of hiring fewer mayoral staffers than his predecessor, Sam Adams. When Hales took office in 2013, he had just 14 people in his shop, compared to 25 that Adams had on his staff through much of his term. Critics questioned Hales’ move, saying he eventually would be forced to add more people. No way could Hales run a city with just over a dozen aides. Two ...   More
 
Friday, April 24, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK

Portland City Council Legalizes Uber and Lyft

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Uber is legal in Portland. Five months after the San Francisco ride-hailing company started running cars in defiance of City Hall, Portland's elected officials legalized Uber and its top competitor, Lyft. Tonight's vote will allow the companies to begin operations as soon as this week.Over the jeers and boos of taxi drivers, the City Council voted 3-2 to launch a four-month test program that green-lights ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 AARON MESH

Ride or Die: Six Things You Need to Know About Tuesday's Pivotal Vote on Uber

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Uber is back, baby. Lyft is almost legal. Portland's cab companies are wild with rage.And everything hinges on a City Council vote Tuesday night.Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick ended three months of waffling with a bold play announced Friday afternoon. Their new plan is the first breakthrough on ride-hailing apps in PDX since Hales shooed Uber out of town last December. It could let ...   More
 
Monday, April 20, 2015 AARON MESH

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