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Emails show Mark Wiener bounced between advising Uber and Hales.

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For two decades, Mark Wiener has been the man Portland politicians turn to when they’re in a jam. As the city’s top political consultant, he helped Vera Katz, Randy Leonard, Sam Adams and many oth   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Charlie Hales and Steve Novick Didn't Disclose Meeting with Uber Lobbyist. Why Not?


This week's issue of WW includes a story on political consultant Mark Wiener and his work lobbying for Uber, a setup that has raised eyebrows at Portland City Hall. Wiener helped get Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Steve Novick elected. He then accepted money from Uber—he won't say how much—to help persuade Hales, Saltzman and Novick to let the ride-sharing app enter ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Uber Lobbyist Mark Wiener is Also City Officials' Campaign Consultant

Mark Wiener advises Mayor Charlie Hales and the ride-sharing giant.


The latest city of Portland lobbying reports contain an interesting disclosure: Mark Wiener, political consultant to Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Steve Novick, also has been acting as a paid lobbyist for Uber, the ride-hailing app that crashed into Portland last year after initially hitting road bumps at City Hall. The arrangement suggests ...   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 Beth Slovic

Murmurs: When Will the Pope Endorse Charlie?

Ted Wheeler is preparing his run for Portland mayor. Last week, the state treasurer told The Oregonian he was still making up his mind whether to challenge Mayor Charlie Hales in 2016 or take a run at   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 WWeek News Staff

Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is Likely Running for Portland Mayor, Sources Tell WW


Ted Wheeler is preparing his run for Portland mayor. Last week, the state treasurer told The Oregonian he was still making up his mind whether to challenge Mayor Charlie Hales or take a run at Gov. Kate Brown. But two sources tell WW that Wheeler told them after the interview that he has ruled out a gubernatorial bid and will likely run against Hales in 2016. Other sources tell WW that two phone surveys ...   More
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Beth Slovic and Aaron Mesh

Amanda Fritz to Oversee Portland's Marijuana Policy


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales last week publicly embarrassed City Commissioner Amanda Fritz by abruptly yanking her control of the bureau that oversees real-estate development. Fritz had angered developers with fee hikes and policies targeting skinny houses. The mayor reassigned the Bureau of Development Services to Commissioner Dan Saltzman. Fritz got the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Mayor Charlie Hales Will Nominate Two New Portland Development Commissioners


Mayor Charlie Hales today announced the names of two new nominees for the five-member Portland Development Commission. Hales is nominating Gustavo Cruz, a business lawyer with the Ater Wynne firm and Willi Meyers, executive secretary of the Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council. The PDC, the city's economic development and urban renewal agency, is Hales' most flexible tool for ...   More
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Mayor Charlie Hales' Chief of Staff is Leaving City Hall

Gail Shibley will join the Oregon Youth Authority.


Gail Shibley, chief of staff to Mayor Charlie Hales, is leaving her post. Shibley, whom Hales hired after winning election in 2012, is the former director of the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Environmental Public Health, and before that, a state legislator. She is returning to state service, taking a job as assistant director for business services at the Oregon Youth Authority, which ...   More
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Oregon Legislature Legalizes Police Body Cameras (with Blurred Faces)


Lights, camera, police action.Oregon lawmakers today sent Gov. Kate Brown a bill to make police body cameras legal. House Bill 2571 passed the Oregon House 59-1 this afternoon, after a 29-0 vote in the Senate last week. Rep. Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton) was the only state lawmaker to vote against legalizing the cameras.Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has pushed for the bill, and says he plans to outfit Portland ...   More
Monday, June 15, 2015 AARON MESH


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