Mayor Charlie Hales Says Crosswalk Funding Must Wait for Street Fee

Hales' budget does fund a study of light-rail to Tualatin

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales released a proposed city budget Thursday largely free of the dramatic threats to sacred cows (and horses) that marked his last budgeting season. But Hales' proposals for the $423 million general-fund budget include one striking omission: He's not supplying the $1 million requested by City Commissioner Steve Novick to build crosswalks for pedestrian safety.Hales and Novick ...   More
 
Friday, May 2, 2014 AARON MESH

Streetcar Money Arrives Late in Water District Ballot Fight

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has been working the after-hours phones and sending out mass emails trying to raise money to fight the ballot measure that would remove City Hall's control of water and sewer utilities.Those pleas have now netted donations from Hales' longtime allies in streetcar construction—including his former employer. HDR, Inc., the engineering company where Hales worked for a decade ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 AARON MESH

Trader Joe's Turns Down Mayor Charlie Hales' Offer for Revived Project on MLK Boulevard

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The plan to bring a Trader Joe's to Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is dead again.Representatives of the specialty grocer called Mayor Charlie Hales' office Friday to say they won't reconsider a proposal to build on a two-acre property owned by the Portland Development Commission.“I told them it was a shame because that section of Portland is vibrant and on the rise,” Hales said in a ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 AARON MESH

Former Portland Finance Chief Jack D. Graham Will Sue City for Racial Discrimination

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The City of Portland's former finance chief, Jack D. Graham, has filed notice of his intent to sue the city for racial discrimination and defamation.The tort claim filed by Graham this afternoon says Graham intends to individually sue three city commissioners—Nick Fish, Amanda Fritz and Steve Novick—for comments they made about a city investigation into his handling of a money transfer."Even more ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 AARON MESH

"No Clear Answers" About How City Property Would End Up in a Water District's Hands, Internal City Hall Memo Says

Measure backer says City Attorney's memo is wrong.

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As Portland City Hall braces itself for a May vote that could strip its authority over its water and sewer bureaus, the city's lawyers are scrambling to understand what the ballot measure could mean for Portland property and finances.The short answer: If Ballot Measure 26-156 passes, the rest of 2014 will be spent divvying up ownership of property and employees between the city and a new public water ...   More
 
Friday, April 18, 2014 AARON MESH

City Memo Says Water District Threatens Tens of Millions in Financial Agreements

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The water and sewer bills Portlanders pay do more than cover the cost of city utilities. Every year, the City of Portland’s Water and Environmental Services bureaus divert millions of dollars into the city's budget to cover the cost of services and to help pay for the operations of other departments.Money from utility bills into is fanned out into places as far-reaching as the mayor’s ...   More
 
Friday, April 11, 2014 AARON MESH

21 And Over

Homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too strikes out again in its effort to find a new location.


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Six weeks ago, the Portland City Council seemed ready to buy its way out of its most prominent homelessness problem.  The city agreed Feb. 17 to give $846,000 to the leaders of homeless camp    More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 AARON MESH

Cincinnati Learns Pros and Cons of the Streetcar Charlie Hales Sold It

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Wednesday's edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer included a rather striking guest editorial: a city official recounting Portland Mayor Charlie Hales' advice about installing a streetcar system.The editorial, written by Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann, explains how he visited Portland last weekend to examine the Portland Streetcar. It's a rare look at how Hales, who sold streetcars for a decade before ...   More
 
Thursday, March 27, 2014 AARON MESH

Airbnb Cuts Deal with Portland to Collect 11.5% Lodging Tax on Short-Term Rentals

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Ever since Mayor Charlie Hales announced earlier this month the arrival of Airbnb operational headquarters in Portland, it's been clear the city is laying out the red carpet for the online home-rental startup.Now we know what the city's getting in return for cutting away the red tape. Fortune broke the news this afternoon that Airbnb has brokered a deal with Portland officials to automatically collect ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 AARON MESH

Suite Surrender

Mayor Hales welcomes Airbnb to Portland, while its clients face city fines.


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For the past four years, Sheila Baraga has been running a 21st-century black-market guest house among the soaring elms of the Buckman neighborhood. Baraga turned a 1908 apartment building on South   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 AARON MESH

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