City Issues Just Three Noise Citations to Last Thursday Musicians

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The drum circles pounded quieter. The guitarists turned down their microphones. And most of the DJs didn't show up.Mayor Charlie Hales' latest effort to tamp down the revelry at Last Thursday—enforcing noise code on street musicians—went smoothly last night, with the city issuing only three citations for playing tunes too loud."The musicians all seemed to have gotten the word," says Paul Van Orden, ...   More
 
Friday, June 27, 2014 AARON MESH

Portland's Mean Streets Are Getting Dirtier: The City Is Cutting Back On Street Sweeping

The cuts come as Mayor Charlie Hales asks for more transportation money through a street fee

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Mayor Charlie Hales wasn’t messing around when he said that Portland city streets are a “crisis.” Now, they’ll be a bit dirtier as well.             KATU reports the city of Portland is cutting back the number of times it will clean Portland streets each year. Starting July 1, the city will reduce the number of cleanings of neighborhood and side ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 ERIN CAREY

City Will Begin Citing Last Thursday Street Musicians for Playing Too Loud

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Turn down the banjo and put a muffler on that didgeridoo: Mayor Charlie Hales' office will this week begin citing street musicians for noise violations at Last Thursday. "We're going to start enforcing the noise this month," says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes. "We're going start having [noise officer] Paul Van Orden going out and telling people, 'Here's how loud your music can be.' If we come back and ...   More
 
Monday, June 23, 2014 AARON MESH

Science and Industry

OMSI eyes becoming a real-estate developer. Its neighbors fear a Pearl District 2.0.


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For more than half a century, School Specialty Co. of Oregon has operated behind green loading docks at Southeast Taylor Street and 3rd Avenue, making cheerleader pompoms.    More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 AARON MESH

For White Men Only

Mayor Charlie Hales is hiring outside help to teach diversity to white male managers.


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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is hiring an outside consultant to host a diversity seminar—for white men only. When Hales ran for mayor in 2012, he questioned whether Portland needed an Office of    More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick Postpone Vote on Street Fee

UPDATE: Steve Novick says he's open to reconsidering a sales tax or income tax.

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick are putting their proposed street fee on hold. Sources at City Hall tell WW that Hales and Novick are postponing a City Council vote on a residential fee charging households $144 a year. The vote was planned for Wednesday, but will be delayed until November. Word of the decision was first reported last night by The Oregonian. Novick confirmed ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 AARON MESH

Here Are Nick Fish's 11 Unanswered Questions on the Portland Street Fee

UPDATE: Steve Novick suggests Fish should lower water and sewer bills for the poor.

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City Commissioner Nick Fish has a lot of questions about the Portland street fee.He tried to raise those questions at last night's public hearing, but was rebuffed by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick. Today, he sent them by email to all City Council offices. The fee, which would eventually charge most households $144 a year, is being pushed to rapid approval by Hales and Novick, ...   More
 
Friday, May 30, 2014 AARON MESH

Petroleum Lobbyist: Street Fee Will Be Referred to the Ballot

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A heated public hearing over Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick's proposed Portland street fee turned to open electoral warfare this afternoon, as the head of the state gasoline lobby told city commissioners opponents would refer the proposed fee to voters."It will go to the ballot," said Paul Romain a lobbyist for the Oregon Petroleum Association. "Don't make us refer it."The group ...   More
 
Thursday, May 29, 2014 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick Are Hitting the Brakes on Street Fee for Businesses

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With hours left before the first public hearing on the Portland street fee, Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick are preparing major changes to the proposal. Hales' office confirms the mayor and Novick are considering passing the street fee for households only—and removing for now the side that charges businesses and commercial property, as well as churches, government agencies ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Boil This News Before Reading.


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Not just any proposal can alarm both churches and the purveyors of lottery tickets and cigarettes. But places of worship and convenience stores are the groups expressing the loudest opposition t   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

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