How Nick Fish Broke Rank with Charlie Hales' Plan for Sidewalk Sweeps and Food Carts

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City Commissioner Nick Fish has watched how Mayor Charlie Hales has been treating the homeless, and he’s not happy. Hales took the city Housing Bureau out of Fish’s management portfolio in June—and since then has cracked down on campsites on city sidewalks. Fish broke his silence last night by offering a lengthy statement to The Portland Mercury criticizing Hales' sidewalk sweep. He also spoke ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Sidewalk Sweep Could Extend to Lents, Hales Says

Crackdown moves into Buckman, as Saltzman says housing not the issue.

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UPDATE, 1:44 pm: City Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the transportation bureau, says he and Mayor Charlie Hales are having "discussions" about how the sidewalk sweep is being conducted."I talked with the Mayor last week," Novick writes WW, "and I agreed that people can't use the public sidewalks as their personal property. We're having ongoing discussions about the details of his plan."ORIGINAL ...   More
 
Friday, August 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales' Sidewalk Sweep is Evicting Homeless Camps Under Interstate Overpasses

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Mayor Charlie Hales' sweep of homeless camps on Portland sidewalks is rousting more than just downtown panhandlers and street kids. It's also evicting small tent and cardboard box encampments from under Portland's two main Interstate highway overpasses, on each side of the Willamette River. In the first 24 hours of Portland Police officers posting no-camping signs and issuing citations in three city ...   More
 
Thursday, August 8, 2013 AARON MESH

Portland Police Union Files Labor Complaint Over Public Contract Talks

PPA Says City is Bargaining in Bad Faith Because it Wants Open Meetings

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The Portland Police Association has filed an unfair labor complaint against the city of Portland, saying that Mayor Charlie Hales' stance that some contract negotiations be made public is against labor rules.The complaint (PDF), hand-delivered to the city attorney this afternoon, says the city—which is holding out for at least some public meetings in the Portland Building—doesn't have the legal ...   More
 
Friday, July 26, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Inmates Clear out City Hall Homeless Camp

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Multnomah County jail inmates removed property from a homeless camp outside City Hall this morning, as Mayor Charlie Hales delivered on his promise to clear the Southwest 4th Avenue sidewalk. The jail may soon have new residents. City Hall officials tell WW that campers who want to be arrested in protest will be later this morning.By 7 am, most of the 45 campers in front of City Hall had moved across ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Mayor Charlie Hales Wants to Replace Homeless Camp with Food Carts at City Hall

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Mayor Charlie Hales' decision to evict a growing homeless camp from the Southwest 4th Avenue sidewalk is only the first stage of a plan to transform the plaza in front of City Hall. The next step: food carts. WW recently learned Hales met with staffers in the city's facilities department in recent weeks to discuss adding food carts, coffee carts and tables to the City Hall plaza and lobby—essentially ...   More
 
Monday, July 22, 2013 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Bans Camping in Front of City Hall

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Mayor Charlie Hales is kicking the homeless camp off the front steps of Portland City Hall. Portland Police officers quietly posted metal signs in front of City Hall Friday evening outlawing obstruction of the sidewalk along Southwest 4th Avenue—in effect serving an eviction notice to the homeless encampment that has swelled to more than 40 people in recent weeks.Hales spokesman Dana Haynes confirmed ...   More
 
Friday, July 19, 2013 AARON MESH

Murmurs: You Don’t Have Sam to Kick Around Any More.


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Mayor Charlie Hales has stopped hinting his predecessor, Sam Adams, might be to blame for a plan by the city’s top financial officer, Jack D. Graham, to improperly shift Water Bureau funds to his ow   More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Hales Praises Loretta Smith and Summer Internships

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Mayor Charlie Hales this morning offered praise for a county commissioner toward whom his top aide had made sexually suggestive remarks, while pledging his support for a summer internship program he tried to cut from the city budget. Hales' speech at Multnomah County headquarters today suggested an effort by the mayor to mend bridges with County Commissioner Loretta Smith a week after he suspended ...   More
 
Monday, July 8, 2013 AARON MESH

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