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

City Carbon Tax Gained "No Traction Whatsoever" in Phone Survey

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Mayor Charlie Hales is compiling of wish list of potential new taxes and fees to fund the cash-strapped Portland Bureau of Transportation. But he won't be calling any of them a "carbon tax." WW reported in November that Hales had ditched his proposed city carbon tax—a combination of gas tax and power utility tax—once a phone survey showed voters disliked it.Hales confirmed that decision to The ...   More
 
Friday, December 27, 2013 AARON MESH

Cold Dreams

Residents of Right 2 Dream Too question Mayor Charlie Hales’ offer to move them inside.


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It’s a quarter to 9 on the coldest night so far this year, and a 64-year-old man named Misha waits for a turn to sleep in a tent with strangers. Right 2 Dream Too—the iconic homeless camp    More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Hales Wants Right 2 Dream Too in This Old Town Warehouse

UPDATE: Camp likely to reject offer, its lawyer says.

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UPDATE, 5:30 pm: The lawyer for homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too says the camp is likely to turn down the warehouse site offered by Mayor Charlie Hales today. "It does not appear that the Hoyt Street option is a viable option," Mark Kramer says. "It would put Right 2 Dream Too out on the street in 15 months."Kramer tells WW he'll meet with the Right 2 Dream Too board tomorrow, but that he still believes ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Headout: Checklist Charlie

On Dec. 6, Mayor Charlie Hales opens his Eastmoreland home to the public. Here’s what we’ll be looking for inside his “graciously decorated” abode.


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□ Choo-choo room. Scale model of Portland showing planned streetcars    More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

No Safe Harbor

An aide mayor Hales said would help lead the Portland Harbor cleanup has a conflict.


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Mayor Charlie Hales was hoping to make a big splash in the Superfund cleanup of the Portland Harbor. In October, Hales announced he had lured state Sen. Jackie Dingfelder (D-Portland) to become    More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales Fires City's Finance Chief, Jack Graham

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Mayor Charlie Hales this afternoon fired the City of Portland's beleaguered finance chief, Jack D. Graham—saying ongoing quarrels over his handling of money are distracting the city. "I want this city to do its work without distraction," Hales said this afternoon in a statement. "Controversies involving [the Office of Management and Finance] have become a distraction. As the commissioner ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 AARON MESH

127th and Hales

The mayor says he makes his decisions thinking about one intersection. We went there. It needs paving.


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Charlotte Hurt says she didn’t choose to move to Southeast 127th Avenue and Mill Court. And she hasn’t heard of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Hurt moved last year to a turquoise cottage fo   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 RAVLEEN KAUR, ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Fritz, Hales Split on Sex Trafficking Funds

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Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is breaking away from Mayor Charlie Hales' budget proposals—for the second time this year. The reason is the same: They can't reach an agreement on how much money the city should give to help teenage victims of sex trafficking.Hales' refusal in May to restore $117,000 in funding to help children who have been forced into prostitution on Portland’s streets, ...   More
 
Friday, November 8, 2013 AARON MESH

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