Vista Bridge Barriers Would Cost $2.5 Million

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A 15-year-old Beaverton girl jumped to her death from the Vista Bridge yesterday, the latest in a string of well-documented suicides on the historic bridge.City leaders have come up with a plan that would place barriers on Southwest Portland bridge and still satisfy the Oregon Office of Historic Preservation. The price tag? $2.5 million, says Portland Commissioner and new Bureau of Transportation ...   More
 
Thursday, June 6, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hales Calls on City Hall to "Bring Our Fish Back"

Mayor makes ambitous environmental and river promises in UN speech

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Mayor Charlie Hales made bold pledges in a speech to delegates from the United Nations Environment Programme this morning—promising that Portland city government will reduce its carbon emissions by half in 17 years, and make bicycles the preferred mode of transportation for all trips under three miles in 10 years. Hales also made it clear that cleaning up the toxic Willamette River will be his office's ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 AARON MESH

Assign of the Times

Mayor Charlie Hales shuffles the city bureaus—and commissioners have to deal.


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Nick Fish looked shaken. Amanda Fritz was horrified. Steve Novick told bicycle jokes in the lobby. And Dan Saltzman left early, pleased as punch. Portland’s city commissioners had just learn   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 AARON MESH

House With No Home

Hales restored lots of city hall spending. Why not services for kids escaping prostitution?


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In the final weeks of writing his first budget, Mayor Charlie Hales restored money to dozens of city programs he had suggested cutting: the Police Bureau’s Mounted Patrol Unit, a county-run ment   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 ANN-DERRICK GAILLOT

Fire Union Prez Says Hales' Budget Will Lay Off 13 Firefighters

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The head of the Portland fire union is disputing Mayor Charlie Hales' claim that the city's new budget includes no firefighter layoffs. Portland Firefighters' Association President Alan Ferschweiler says the new budget actually requires 13 fire bureau layoffs—it just delays the pink slips by three months.Hales' budget takes effect June 30, and provides three months of "bridge funding"——short-term ...   More
 
Thursday, May 30, 2013 AARON MESH

No Police or Fire Layoffs in City Budget

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The next time you hear Portland's public safety bureaus howl about taking the brunt of what have been painted as draconian city budget cuts, remember this number: Zero. That's how many layoffs the city's police and fire bureaus will have to make in the budget approved by City Council this morning. Mayor Charlie Hales had warned for months that the public safety bureaus would need to take their share ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 AARON MESH

Change is Hard

Hales pledges to fight panhandling downtown. It’s not clear how he wins.


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No matter where he travels, the street kid known as Kidd always knows where he wants to end up. With a ragged goatee and barely as tall as a sidewalk mailbox, Kidd, who is in his early 20s, says   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 AARON MESH

Appeal to the Baseline

The retail politics of the Hales budget creates winners and losers.


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Politicians don’t usually gain support by making budget cuts.But the startling thing about Mayor Charlie Hales’ first budget, released April 30, is how the mayor’s cutting of $21.5 million has b   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 AARON MESH

UPDATED: Hales Wants to Keep Weekend Street Closures in Old Town

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UPDATE: May 7, 7:33 pmDespite taking mostly criticism from Old Town residents, restaurants and businesses Tuesday night at a community meeting at the Bud Clark Commons, Mayor Charlie Hales remains committed to continuing weekend street closures in the six-block Entertainment District for another six months.Hales said that managing the Entertainment District will ultimately have to be done by someone ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

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