Hales Meeting With Biggest Water District Backer

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When Mayor Charlie Hales last invited the city's largest industrial water users to City Hall, the meeting did not go smoothly."The mayor has called us political terrorists," said Tom Keenan of the June meeting where multiple attendees say Hales yelled at large water ratepayers about plotting a "hostile takeover" to remove Portland's water and sewer bureaus from City Council control. That coup has grown ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

City Hall Greenlights Convention Center Hyatt

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Portland City Council voted this evening to approve Metro's plan for a Hyatt hotel at the Oregon Convention Center, accepting the $198 million plan presented by Metro Council President Tom Hughes with only a minor amendment. "The risk is reasonable, the opportunity is considerable, and this investment supports our values," said Mayor Charlie Hales. "This investment passes those tests." The 4-1 vote ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 AARON MESH

Charlie Hales Says He's "Leaning Toward Supporting" Convention Center Hotel

Multnomah County has three votes, placing onus on City Hall

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Metro's proposed $198 million Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel now hinges on the approval of Portland City Council—and Mayor Charlie Hales tells WW he's "leaning toward supporting it."Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith told Metro reporter Nick Christensen last night that the county board has three votes to pass the Hyatt hotel plan. If she's correct, that means two of three regional ...   More
 
Thursday, September 12, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Jeff Cogen Skipped Labor Picnic

Here's who showed up to stump for union votes.

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Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen was conspicuously absent from the Northwest Oregon Labor Council’s annual Oaks Amusement Park picnic on Sept. 2, as WW reports in this morning's paper.Why does that absence matter? The Labor Day picnic is a must for politicians seeking union dollars—and an opportunity for the Oregon Democratic Party power structure to present a unified front to its base. More ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Only City Hall Food Cart Leaves, Citing Harassment

UPDATE: Fuego Burrito manager says he finds political heat "burdensome."

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The first and only food cart to set up shop in the plaza of City Hall has left, citing slow business and harassment by homeless protesters.Mayor Charlie Hales' office confirmed Fuego Burritos had left the City Hall picnic area set up by the mayor last month to replace homeless campsites he swept from the Southwest 4th Avenue sidewalk. Hales' spokesman Dana Haynes says the owner of Fuego Burritos moved ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 AARON MESH

Inmate Work Crews Won't Pick Up Hypodermic Needles Left Behind at Sidewalk Campsites

And a city union wants Portland to stop using prison labor.

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Mayor Charlie Hales keeps hitting roadblocks with the Multnomah County inmate crews clearing out homeless camps on the sidewalks. WW reported in this morning's Murmurs that the inmate work crews forced to clean up city sidewalks after Hales’ sweep of the homeless have balked at picking up hypodermic needles left behind by drug addicts. Documents obtained by WW through a public records request show ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Think Globally, Tax Locally

The mayor’s plan for “carbon taxes” aims to take money from a familiar pocket—yours.


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In June, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales told a visiting environmental delegation from the United Nations his city would be a leader in fighting global warming. “We must redouble our efforts to   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 AARON MESH

The Mayor’s Bar Tab

Hales is looking for ways to pay for his Old Town Entertainment District.


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If you’re looking for proof Mayor Charlie Hales wants to keep Old Town’s Entertainment District running, look no further than the public urinals. The city will introduce two open-air loos�   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Poll Asks Portland Voters About a City Carbon Tax

Mayor Charlie Hales' office confirms it's mulling a carbon-emissions tax on utilities and gasoline.

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The City of Portland is taking the public's temperature on a carbon tax.WW has learned a privately funded phone survey, backed by Mayor Charlie Hales' office and the Oregon Environmental Council, was placed in the field Thursday night. It asks potential voters if they would support a city tax on "producers of carbon pollution."The survey says the city is mulling a combination utility and gas tax. The ...   More
 
Friday, August 16, 2013 AARON MESH

Terry Schrunk Plaza Homeless Protest Digs In, Fights Feds, Makes Spaghetti

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Portland City Hall still doesn't have any food carts in its lobby—but there's plenty of street grub across Southwest 4th Avenue. The homeless protest swept from the sidewalk in front of City Hall last month has dug in at federally owned Terry Shrunk Plaza, and people involved say they won't leave until Mayor Charlie Hales allows some tent camping in the center city. "We aren't going to leave until ...   More
 
Thursday, August 15, 2013 AARON MESH

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