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

City Hall Greenlights Convention Center Hyatt

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Portland City Council voted this evening to approve Metro's plan for a Hyatt hotel at the Oregon Convention Center, accepting the $198 million plan presented by Metro Council President Tom Hughes with only a minor amendment. "The risk is reasonable, the opportunity is considerable, and this investment supports our values," said Mayor Charlie Hales. "This investment passes those tests." The 4-1 vote ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 AARON MESH

Charlie Hales Says He's "Leaning Toward Supporting" Convention Center Hotel

Multnomah County has three votes, placing onus on City Hall

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Metro's proposed $198 million Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel now hinges on the approval of Portland City Council—and Mayor Charlie Hales tells WW he's "leaning toward supporting it."Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith told Metro reporter Nick Christensen last night that the county board has three votes to pass the Hyatt hotel plan. If she's correct, that means two of three regional ...   More
 
Thursday, September 12, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Jeff Cogen Skipped Labor Picnic

Here's who showed up to stump for union votes.

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Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen was conspicuously absent from the Northwest Oregon Labor Council’s annual Oaks Amusement Park picnic on Sept. 2, as WW reports in this morning's paper.Why does that absence matter? The Labor Day picnic is a must for politicians seeking union dollars—and an opportunity for the Oregon Democratic Party power structure to present a unified front to its base. More ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

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