Hales Says New Taxes for Walking Safety Could Be on November Ballot

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Mayor Charlie Hales has responded to calls for increased walking safety in East Portland by saying he’s focused on finding new taxes and fees to fund streets and sidewalks. His office says a new fee plan, pushed by Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick, could be on the November ballot. “That’s likely to go to voters this year,” says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes. “And that’s a real, long-term ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AARON MESH

State Hopes to Complete City Hall Harassment Investigation Within Six Months

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is dealing with the latest allegation of misconduct by his staff—a civil rights complaint by a mayoral aide charging that chief of staff Gail Shibley discriminated against him for being HIV-positive. The mayor says he won't comment until a state investigation is finished.Hales is going to have to wait.The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, which investigates workplace ...   More
 
Thursday, January 30, 2014 AARON MESH

More Harassment In City Hall?

An aide to Mayor Charlie Hales says chief of staff Gail Shibley discriminated against him for being HIV-positive.


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A staffer in Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has filed a state civil rights complaint alleging that the mayor’s chief of staff, Gail Shibley, pressured him into revealing that he is HIV-positive a   More
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 AARON MESH

New Allegations of Harassment in City Hall

Mayor's chief of staff subject of civil rights complaint.

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A staffer in Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has filed a state civil rights complaint alleging that the mayor’s chief of staff, Gail Shibley, pressured him into revealing that he is HIV-positive and then verbally harassed him because of his illness. In a complaint filed Jan. 14 with the state Bureau of Labor and Industries, the staffer says Shibley called him a “skank” and said his previous ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 AARON MESH

Baruti Artharee Alleges "Treachery and Wickedness" by African-American Leaders

Former Hales aide was suspended for remarks about County Commissioner Loretta Smith

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Former Portland mayoral aide Baruti Artharee earned notoriety and a suspension last summer for making suggestive remarks about County Commissioner Loretta Smith. Artharee, who was then public safety advisor to Mayor Charlie Hales, confirmed in a June 9 interview with WW that he made the remarks at a June 6, 2013 gathering at the Quartet Restaurant."I said, 'Here's our beautiful commissioner, Loretta ...   More
 
Thursday, January 23, 2014 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

City Carbon Tax Gained "No Traction Whatsoever" in Phone Survey

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Mayor Charlie Hales is compiling of wish list of potential new taxes and fees to fund the cash-strapped Portland Bureau of Transportation. But he won't be calling any of them a "carbon tax." WW reported in November that Hales had ditched his proposed city carbon tax—a combination of gas tax and power utility tax—once a phone survey showed voters disliked it.Hales confirmed that decision to The ...   More
 
Friday, December 27, 2013 AARON MESH

Cold Dreams

Residents of Right 2 Dream Too question Mayor Charlie Hales’ offer to move them inside.


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It’s a quarter to 9 on the coldest night so far this year, and a 64-year-old man named Misha waits for a turn to sleep in a tent with strangers. Right 2 Dream Too—the iconic homeless camp    More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Hales Wants Right 2 Dream Too in This Old Town Warehouse

UPDATE: Camp likely to reject offer, its lawyer says.

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UPDATE, 5:30 pm: The lawyer for homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too says the camp is likely to turn down the warehouse site offered by Mayor Charlie Hales today. "It does not appear that the Hoyt Street option is a viable option," Mark Kramer says. "It would put Right 2 Dream Too out on the street in 15 months."Kramer tells WW he'll meet with the Right 2 Dream Too board tomorrow, but that he still believes ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Headout: Checklist Charlie

On Dec. 6, Mayor Charlie Hales opens his Eastmoreland home to the public. Here’s what we’ll be looking for inside his “graciously decorated” abode.


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□ Choo-choo room. Scale model of Portland showing planned streetcars    More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

No Safe Harbor

An aide mayor Hales said would help lead the Portland Harbor cleanup has a conflict.


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Mayor Charlie Hales was hoping to make a big splash in the Superfund cleanup of the Portland Harbor. In October, Hales announced he had lured state Sen. Jackie Dingfelder (D-Portland) to become    More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 AARON MESH

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