Hales' Sidewalk Sweep is Evicting Homeless Camps Under Interstate Overpasses


Mayor Charlie Hales' sweep of homeless camps on Portland sidewalks is rousting more than just downtown panhandlers and street kids. It's also evicting small tent and cardboard box encampments from under Portland's two main Interstate highway overpasses, on each side of the Willamette River. In the first 24 hours of Portland Police officers posting no-camping signs and issuing citations in three city ...   More
Thursday, August 8, 2013 AARON MESH

Portland Police Union Files Labor Complaint Over Public Contract Talks

PPA Says City is Bargaining in Bad Faith Because it Wants Open Meetings


The Portland Police Association has filed an unfair labor complaint against the city of Portland, saying that Mayor Charlie Hales' stance that some contract negotiations be made public is against labor rules.The complaint (PDF), hand-delivered to the city attorney this afternoon, says the city—which is holding out for at least some public meetings in the Portland Building—doesn't have the legal ...   More
Friday, July 26, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Inmates Clear out City Hall Homeless Camp


Multnomah County jail inmates removed property from a homeless camp outside City Hall this morning, as Mayor Charlie Hales delivered on his promise to clear the Southwest 4th Avenue sidewalk. The jail may soon have new residents. City Hall officials tell WW that campers who want to be arrested in protest will be later this morning.By 7 am, most of the 45 campers in front of City Hall had moved across ...   More
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Mayor Charlie Hales Wants to Replace Homeless Camp with Food Carts at City Hall

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Mayor Charlie Hales' decision to evict a growing homeless camp from the Southwest 4th Avenue sidewalk is only the first stage of a plan to transform the plaza in front of City Hall. The next step: food carts. WW recently learned Hales met with staffers in the city's facilities department in recent weeks to discuss adding food carts, coffee carts and tables to the City Hall plaza and lobby—essentially ...   More
Monday, July 22, 2013 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Bans Camping in Front of City Hall


Mayor Charlie Hales is kicking the homeless camp off the front steps of Portland City Hall. Portland Police officers quietly posted metal signs in front of City Hall Friday evening outlawing obstruction of the sidewalk along Southwest 4th Avenue—in effect serving an eviction notice to the homeless encampment that has swelled to more than 40 people in recent weeks.Hales spokesman Dana Haynes confirmed ...   More
Friday, July 19, 2013 AARON MESH

Murmurs: You Don’t Have Sam to Kick Around Any More.

Mayor Charlie Hales has stopped hinting his predecessor, Sam Adams, might be to blame for a plan by the city’s top financial officer, Jack D. Graham, to improperly shift Water Bureau funds to his ow   More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Hales Praises Loretta Smith and Summer Internships


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


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