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

Portland Pensioners Eligible for Arts Tax Refund

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The star-crossed, $35-per-head arts tax Portlanders approved last November continues to sow confusion in the populace. For the second time, the city is having to issue guidance about who should and should not have to pay the tax—and this time, it's offering a refund.Mayor Charlie Hales, whose exasperation with the flawed measure is obvious, announced this morning that the city will offer refunds ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

OLCC Rejects a Curfew on Bar Patios

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Good news for late-night al fresco tipplers, bad news for sleepless neighbors: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission won't be restricting bar-patio hours this summer.For weeks, Portland officials all the way up to Mayor Charlie Hales have complained that the OLCC's proposed rule change—which would have closed patios at 11 pm on weeknights and 1 am Fridays and Saturdays—didn't go far enough. The ...   More
 
Thursday, April 25, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales Floats Evening Parking Meters, Street Seating for Old Town

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Mayor Charlie Hales met Tuesday evening for an invite-only meeting with neighbors and businesses in Old Town to talk about the city's Entertainment District, a trial closure of six blocks on weekend nights around the area's high-density collection of clubs and bars. The unshocking consensus? The folks who live and work in the area aren't fans.But Portland's police seem smitten with the closure ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

City Gets 44 Applications to Run Transportation Bureau

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 Turns out plenty of people would like a shot at running the Portland Bureau of Transportation.The city has received 44 applications for the open transportation director job, officials say. It's been a hot seat to occupy: Mayor Charlie Hales fired former PBOT Director Tom Miller before taking office in January after catching criticism for a backlog of street maintenance. Interim director Toby ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 AARON MESH

Do Police in Schools Mean More Kids Charged with Crimes?

A New York Times story with implications for Portland budgeting

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As Portland City Hall continues looking for $21.5 million in budget cuts, one of the expenses under the microscope is 23 police officers in Portland Public Schools. The school resource officers, a $2.4 million annual expense, have been offered up by the Portland Police Bureau as a possible cut—the cops say patrolling schools isn't part of their core mission.But as WW has previously reported, that ...   More
 
Monday, April 15, 2013 AARON MESH

Police Union Negotiations Starting, Hales Stays Mum on Issues

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The city's contract negotiations with the Portland Police Association will begin April 18 at the union's headquarters.One of the issues likely to be on the table is the 48-hour rule that allows officers involved in shootings two days to consult with lawyers and union representatives before they give an official statement.Last fall, Mayor Charlie Hales told WW that he thinks that rule–which is subject ...   More
 
Thursday, April 11, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hales to Extend Old Town Street Closures for 60 Days

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Mayor Charlie Hales will extend the weekend street closures in the Old Town Entertainment District, his office announced this afternoon.The district was featured in this WW's most recent cover story about Oregon's complicated relationship with alcohol, and how it plays out in Old Town. The city had closed a six-block area in lower Northwest Portland to traffic on Friday and Saturday nights between ...   More
 
Friday, April 5, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Trespassers Set Fire Inside Division Street No-Parking Apartment Building

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The developer of a controversial 81-unit apartment building on Southeast Division Street is hiring 24-hour security after three trespassers started a small fire inside the building early this morning. The 37th Street Apartments has become a symbol for citywide ire toward large apartments without on-site parking—especially after the city halted construction and Mayor Charlie Hales ordered a new permit ...   More
 
Friday, March 29, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Hales Suspends Permit on Division Street Apartments

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Mayor Charlie Hales is responding to pressure over a controversial 81-unit apartment complex on Southeast Division Street, forcing the developer to apply for a new permit next month.The apartment complex has drawn fire from neighbors since last summer because of its size and lack of on-site parking.Two days ago, the city announced it was reviewing a revised permit for the half-completed building without ...   More
 
Thursday, March 21, 2013 AARON MESH

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