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

City Workers Voting on Strike Today and Monday

UPDATE: Laborers Local 483 authorizes strike.

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UPDATE, 6:50 pm: Members of Laborers Local 483 have authorized a strike. Erica Askin, business manager for Local 483, tells WW that 95 percent of the 580 city workers in the union voted in favor of authorizing a strike. The vote comes after the City of Portland rejected the latest contract offer from the District Council of Trade Unions earlier today. The other union making up the majority ...   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014 AARON MESH

Hales: Portland Getting Airbnb Headquarters in Old Town

And other big announcements from the State of the City speech

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Portland has landed a deal with short-term home rental startup Airbnb for its North American operational headquarters, Mayor Charlie Hales announced in today's State of the City speech.The Old Town location for the San Francisco-based company will bring Portland 160 jobs, Hales said. The news was first reported this morning by the Portland Business Journal.Airbnb provides an online marketplace where ...   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales is Pushing a Revived Trader Joe's Deal on MLK Boulevard

UPDATE: PDC pledges $20 million for affordable housing

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Mayor Charlie Hales met today with North and Northeast Portland leaders to discuss reviving a deal for a Trader Joe's grocery on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, four sources tell WW."That was part of the discussion," says James Posey, the co-founder of the Portland chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors. He attended today's meeting. "It was all positive. Most of the ...   More
 
Monday, March 10, 2014 AARON MESH

The Gypsy Restaurant and Lounge Has Closed

Decades-old watering hole was famed for its goldfish races, noise complaints.

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The Gypsy Restaurant and Lounge closed suddenly on February 20, ending a run of at least two decades as a disco-balled Nob Hill dive offering fishbowls of booze.The club has posted a sign saying its owner, Concept Entertainment, has decided to sell. The Gypsy immediately deleted both its Facebook page and its website last week. The bar's cached web page still advertised Mardi Gras ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Matthew Korfhage and Aaron Mesh

Hales Says New Taxes for Walking Safety Could Be on November Ballot

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Mayor Charlie Hales has responded to calls for increased walking safety in East Portland by saying he’s focused on finding new taxes and fees to fund streets and sidewalks. His office says a new fee plan, pushed by Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick, could be on the November ballot. “That’s likely to go to voters this year,” says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes. “And that’s a real, long-term ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AARON MESH

State Hopes to Complete City Hall Harassment Investigation Within Six Months

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is dealing with the latest allegation of misconduct by his staff—a civil rights complaint by a mayoral aide charging that chief of staff Gail Shibley discriminated against him for being HIV-positive. The mayor says he won't comment until a state investigation is finished.Hales is going to have to wait.The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, which investigates workplace ...   More
 
Thursday, January 30, 2014 AARON MESH

More Harassment In City Hall?

An aide to Mayor Charlie Hales says chief of staff Gail Shibley discriminated against him for being HIV-positive.


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A staffer in Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has filed a state civil rights complaint alleging that the mayor’s chief of staff, Gail Shibley, pressured him into revealing that he is HIV-positive a   More
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 AARON MESH

New Allegations of Harassment in City Hall

Mayor's chief of staff subject of civil rights complaint.

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A staffer in Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has filed a state civil rights complaint alleging that the mayor’s chief of staff, Gail Shibley, pressured him into revealing that he is HIV-positive and then verbally harassed him because of his illness. In a complaint filed Jan. 14 with the state Bureau of Labor and Industries, the staffer says Shibley called him a “skank” and said his previous ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 AARON MESH

Baruti Artharee Alleges "Treachery and Wickedness" by African-American Leaders

Former Hales aide was suspended for remarks about County Commissioner Loretta Smith

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Former Portland mayoral aide Baruti Artharee earned notoriety and a suspension last summer for making suggestive remarks about County Commissioner Loretta Smith. Artharee, who was then public safety advisor to Mayor Charlie Hales, confirmed in a June 9 interview with WW that he made the remarks at a June 6, 2013 gathering at the Quartet Restaurant."I said, 'Here's our beautiful commissioner, Loretta ...   More
 
Thursday, January 23, 2014 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

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