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

Mount Tabor Occupiers Refuse to Meet with Cops

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Organizers of a Mount Tabor camping protest to fight covering or draining the city's open-air reservoirs have refused to meet in advance with the Portland Police Bureau. Leaders of the Occupy Mount Tabor movement—now called "Camp Cascadia"—say Portland Police Sgt. Craig Dobson posted on their Facebook page, asking them to meet for a conversation before they begin pitching tents on July 12. But ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 AARON MESH

City Hall Pass

Why Hales refused to fire an aide who made sexual comments to a County Commissioner.


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Karol Collymore got angry when she learned last month a top aide to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales had made sexually suggestive remarks at a public event to Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta S   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales Suspends Baruti Artharee for One Week

City Commissioner Nick Fish Says Suspension Not Strong Enough

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Mayor Charlie Hales this afternoon announced his decision on the discipline he's handing to Baruti Artharee, his top advisor on the Portland Police Bureau, for suggestive comments toward Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith at an event in June. Hales has chosen to suspend Artharee, 60, for one week without pay and ordered him to complete diversity training. The mayor has ignored widespread ...   More
 
Monday, July 1, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

More Than 20 Women Leaders Scorch Mayor Charlie Hales for Not Taking Action Against Aide Baruti Artharee

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More than 20 women leaders and advocacy groups have mailed Portland Mayor Charlie Hales a blistering letter demanding he take immediate "corrective action" against top aide Baruti Artharee for inappropriate behavior toward Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.WW has obtained a copy of the letter, which is signed by former and current public officials including former U.S. Congresswoman Darlene ...   More
 
Saturday, June 29, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales Clears Last Thursday From Alberta Street — VIDEO

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"Welcome to the loneliness of American fascism," a woman standing on the lawn of Community Supported Everything yelled as Portland Police officers began wheeling their bicycles down Northeast Alberta Street last night at 10 pm, clearing the revelers and vendors from Last Thursday. But the city dispersing of Last Thursday—a method Mayor Charlie Hales decided to employ after staff recorded widespread ...   More
 
Friday, June 28, 2013 AARON MESH

City Moves Forward with Last Thursday Despite Board Resignation

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Mayor Charlie Hales announced today that the city will provide support and oversight later this week for Last Thursday, despite the resignation of Friends of Last Thursday's board on Monday. The monthly gathering in the Alberta neighborhood has become increasingly controversial as rowdy attendees have fallen afoul of neighbors. Here's the statement from mayoral spokesman Dana Haynes:The City of Portland ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Stuck in the Ruts

Hales’ pledge to pave streets has no plan—and no money.


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Laura Young says it’s about time someone at City Hall gets serious about paving Portland’s dirt roads. She lives in the Cully neighborhood, where 10 percent of city streets look like mud wallo   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 SARA SNEATH

The City's Collection of the Arts Tax Has Hit $7.6 Million

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Turns out citizens aren't just willing to vote for a Portland Arts Tax. Given enough time, they'll pay it, too. More than 248,000 Portland residents have paid the $35-a-person tax after two deadline extensions, paying the city $7.6 million, according to Mayor Charlie Hales's office.Those numbers are estimated, says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes, because the city's revenue bureau is still counting about ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

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