Homelessness Protester Attacked Outside City Hall


Activist Michael Withey is scheduled this Wednesday to present Portland City Council with a six-point plan to end homelessness, including more campgrounds. This morning at 4:01 am, Withey was attacked by two women on the sidewalk outside City Hall when he told them to quiet down so homeless protesters in Terry Schrunk Plaza could sleep. Police arrested 24-year-old Nancy Razo, and say they're looking ...   More
Tuesday, September 3, 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

Saltzman Too Sick to Attend Sick-Leave Hearing


This week's WW cover story on new Portland Mayor Charlie Hales takes a closer look at how most of the real deal-making in City Hall takes place in an improvised dance of one-on-one office meetings between commissioners and their staff.Those handshake deals have led to predictable results this winter: A wave of vicious head colds—coughing, followed by fever—has laid low dozens of City Hall staffers ...   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 AARON MESH

Return of Chucky

Portland needs to make big spending cuts. New mayor Charlie Hales is swinging the ax.

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Portland City Hall is awfully quiet for a palace amid a revolution. Since the start of the year, the place has felt like a barely solvent art gallery sold to absentee bankers. Outside the mayor’    More
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 AARON MESH

Mayor-Elect Charlie Hales Names Gail Shibley as Chief of Staff


 Mayor-elect Charlie Hales has chosen a chief of staff: Former state Rep. Gail Shibley.Shibley, who currently runs the Oregon Office of Health Licensing, was the first out lesbian to serve in the state legislature, holding office from 1991 to 1996.She once held designs on City of Portland office herself. Shibley ran for City Council in 1996, beating Erik Sten in the primary before losing in a ...   More
Monday, December 3, 2012 AARON MESH

Risky Business

There’s a time for playing it safe... and our 2012 Endorsement Issue says this is one of them.

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Portland, you have a gambling problem. We’re telling you this as a friend. For too many years, the voters of this city have rolled the dice on engaging but tro   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Report Shows New Top Spender Among City Hall Lobbyists

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There's a new big spender among the groups that regularly lobby four mayor and four city commissioners in Portland City Hall: a national union-backed group called Working America. Unlike Walmart, the Portland Business Alliance, the Port of Portland and other regulars on the City Auditor's lobbying reports, Working America uses anti-corporate rhetoric influenced by the Occupy Wall Street movement—and ...   More
Monday, July 30, 2012 COREY PEIN

Election is Coming

For the City Hall throne and other races, we reveal our picks for the 2012 primary.

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Candidate Photography by Kenton Waltz This local election season has had all the intrigue of Game of Thrones, with scheming, betrayals...   More
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Rob Ingram, Who Tried To Steer Portland Teens Away From Gangs, Dies

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Rob Ingram, director of Portland's Office of Youth Violence Prevention under three City Commissioners, died today of a heart attack, according to a friend. He was 38. In that position, created under Mayor Tom Potter, Ingram played a key civilian role in the city's gang counter-recruitment efforts, supervising a team of outreach workers who met with "disconnected" youth around the city. A self-described ...   More
Sunday, November 27, 2011 COREY PEIN

City Says Occupy Camp Needs To Clean Up—Or Else (Updated)


Portland City Hall is taking steps that will likely accelerate a confrontation with the Occupy Portland camp one block away. ---Yesterday, the Bureau of Development Services, which is responsible for building code enforcement and answers to Commissioner Dan Saltzman, sent a notice of code violations to Portland Parks & Recreation, which is responsible for maintaining the land on which Occupy Portland ...   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 COREY PEIN


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