Hales Fires City's Finance Chief, Jack Graham

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Mayor Charlie Hales this afternoon fired the City of Portland's beleaguered finance chief, Jack D. Graham—saying ongoing quarrels over his handling of money are distracting the city. "I want this city to do its work without distraction," Hales said this afternoon in a statement. "Controversies involving [the Office of Management and Finance] have become a distraction. As the commissioner ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 AARON MESH

127th and Hales

The mayor says he makes his decisions thinking about one intersection. We went there. It needs paving.


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Charlotte Hurt says she didn’t choose to move to Southeast 127th Avenue and Mill Court. And she hasn’t heard of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Hurt moved last year to a turquoise cottage fo   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 RAVLEEN KAUR, ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Fritz, Hales Split on Sex Trafficking Funds

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Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is breaking away from Mayor Charlie Hales' budget proposals—for the second time this year. The reason is the same: They can't reach an agreement on how much money the city should give to help teenage victims of sex trafficking.Hales' refusal in May to restore $117,000 in funding to help children who have been forced into prostitution on Portland’s streets, ...   More
 
Friday, November 8, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales Wants to Spend $214,500 on City Hall Bioswales

The money would pay for "storm boxes" in front of three government buildings.

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Say what you will about Portland Mayor Charlie Hales: He doesn't give up on placing bioswales on the sidewalk in front of City Hall.    As WW reports in today's cover story, the mayor has spent a significant chunk of his first year trying to remake the front portico of City Hall by removing homeless campers and starting a food cart pod.The Oregonian first reported in July that Hales ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Water Rebels Don't Like Charlie Hales Calling Them "Clowns"

Watch video of mayor saying ballot initiative is an "act of political terrorism."

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The backers of a ballot initiative to wrest control of Portland's water and sewer bureaus from City Hall have read Mayor Charlie Hales' condemnation of them—and they're furious.In a wide-ranging interview with WW this week, Hales defended his choices from his first year in office, including his decision in June to yell at business executives who were plotting the ballot initiative. “These clowns ...   More
 
Thursday, November 7, 2013 AARON MESH

Goofus & Gallant Go To City Hall

One year ago, we elected Charlie Hales as Portland mayor. Did we get a loafer or a leader?


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It was a year ago that Charlie Hales waved to a cheering election-night crowd at the nightclub Holocene, embraced his landslide victory as Portland’s mayor and told    More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Charlie Hales

The mayor defends his first year in office.


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Mayor Charlie Hales drove himself to WW’s offices this week in a city-owned Prius. He admitted he was still a bit woozy from jet lag: He’d just returned from a weeklong trip to China. But Ha   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Hales' Office Says They're Working on Finalizing Deal on Police Union DOJ Lawsuit

Portland Police Association says that's news to them

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Mayor Charlie Hales' office says the city and its police union are working to finalize a deal on mandated U.S. Department of Justice findings on police use of force and oversight.Sources tell WW that a memorandum of understanding would strike a bargain between the city, the Portland Police Association and the DOJ on critical changes required by the DOJ, including on use of force and creating a standardized ...   More
 
Friday, November 1, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Street Roots Raising Money to Publish Weekly

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Not every Portland newspaper is cutting back its print editions. Street Roots, the scrappy urban-issues newspaper sold by homeless vendors, is making plans to go weekly. Executive director Israel Bayer announced at the annual Street Roots breakfast Thursday that the nonprofit paper is raising money to pay for two new members of the editorial staff."We're starting a campaign at the end of this month ...   More
 
Friday, October 11, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales Meeting With Biggest Water District Backer

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When Mayor Charlie Hales last invited the city's largest industrial water users to City Hall, the meeting did not go smoothly."The mayor has called us political terrorists," said Tom Keenan of the June meeting where multiple attendees say Hales yelled at large water ratepayers about plotting a "hostile takeover" to remove Portland's water and sewer bureaus from City Council control. That coup has grown ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

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