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Mayor Charlie Hales

City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

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1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204

City Takes on Parks Bond Proposal Today

Replacement Bond Would Benefit Parks Throughout City

THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014 – The Portland City Council today put the final touches on a parks bond measure, to go to voters in November.

Parks sceneThe replacement bond would address critical park needs without increasing tax rates from what they are today, by continuing to fund parks at the current rate required by an expiring 1994 bond.

“This is the right thing to do, and the right time to do it,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “Under the leadership of Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz, we can raise an estimated $56 million to $68 million in funding to address the most critical needs of our city’s beloved parks system.”

The details of the proposal can be found here.

“This represents the most urgent needs - the things that are breaking or are already broken,” Commissioner Fritz said. 

What Are You Looking At?

Nominate your favorite view or gazing spot through Aug. 8 to be part of the City's scenic resources update

TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014 – Portland is known for its iconic views: the city’s skyline and Mount Hood, the many bridges, buildings and fountains all help define the character of the city. These views leave a lasting impression on residents and visitors alike. 

Vista BridgeTo preserve these visual treasures, Portland manages an inventory of views, viewpoints and view corridors within and of the Central City. This inventory is now 25 years old.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is updating it as part of the Central City 2035 planning effort and needs need your help. Now through Aug. 8, city staff are taking nominations for new views, viewpoints and view corridors.

The Central City Scenic Resources Map shows the viewpoints and view corridors from the current inventories. Much has changed since the last comprehensive inventory was created in 1988 — the Pearl District has been developed, Tillikum Crossing is just about finished — and there are likely new views that should be considered for future protection.

What views can be nominated?

● The viewpoint or view corridor – where you are when you enjoy the view – must be on public property or have public access.

● The feature that is viewed also must be in public ownership. Private buildings are not included in this inventory.

How can nominations be submitted?

You can nominate a view by completing the online nomination form on the Scenic Resources Inventory website. You will need to provide information about: 1) where the viewpoint or view corridor is located; 2) what the view is of; and 3) why you think it should be included in the inventory.

Next steps: All of the inventoried views, viewpoints and view corridors will be evaluated in Fall 2014 and ranked based on their significance or importance. The results of the study will inform discussions through the Central City 2035 plan about how to protect and manage views and viewpoints.

2014-15 Budget Approved

Budget Puts Focus on Homelessness, Emergency Preparedness, Complete Neighborhoods

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014 – The Portland City Council on Wednesday passed Mayor Charlie Hales’ budget for 2014-15. The $3.58 billion budget passed on a 5-0 vote.

“Last year we righted the ship. This year, we begin steering it toward addressing the issues of homelessness, emergency preparedness and making neighborhoods complete,” Hales said.Mayor Hales

Details of the budget can be found at the City Budget Office website.

The budget must be approvied by the Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission of Multnomah County, then returns to the City Council for final adoption in June.

This is Portland’s first “stabilization” budget after years of cuts.

Hales has been in office just 17 months. During that time, he and the council passed a budget that eradicated last year’s $21.5 million shortfall; cut 142 full-time equivalent positions; retained the city’s best-in-the-nation bond rating; set aside funding to pay down millions of dollars in city debt; and made the city’s first-ever substantial revamping of Urban Renewal Areas, which put an estimated $1.06 billion worth of property back on the tax rolls, benefiting the city, Multnomah County and public schools.

This year, the city has slightly more than $9 million in discretionary funds to allocate, above the cost of ongoing city services. This revenue growth includes $4.6 million in ongoing funds, and $4.7 million in one-time funds. Hales focused much of that discretionary funding on his three priorities.

He allocated $2.25 million for homelessness, including $1 million for more outreach, referral and permanent housing for those now homeless and programs for youth homelessness. An additional $1 million would go for the Housing Investment Fund, which leverages federal and other money to build more units of affordable housing.

He allocated $1.42 million for emergency preparedness, including funds for improving the community emergency notification system and regional disaster preparedness. The budget calls for a $1.2 million investment in the Jerome Sears Facility, to begin developing the city-owned property into a West Side emergency operations facility. 

And he allocated $2.25 million to help make neighborhoods complete, including new and ongoing funding for the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods, or SUN, program. Additional SUN Schools under the Mayor’s proposal include adding 10 new schools to the 70 SUN schools operating now, and providing permanent funding for five sites that faced expiring grants.

The budget also includes funding for the East Portland Action Plan and key investments in livability programs in the Office of Neighborhood Involvement and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

The approved budget includes:

● Continued funding for the TriMet Youth Pass for Portland Public School students.

● Summer internships for youths.

● Funds to support survivors of sex trafficking.

● Funding for the Earl Boyles Early Learning Center in East Portland.

● The Mayor’s Black Male Achievement initiative.

● The Diversity and Civic Leadership Program within the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

● Funding for Southeast Works.

● A VOZ day laborers’ work center.

● The annual Symphony in the Park celebration.

● Additional funding for the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

● An equity position within Portland Police, to manage operations and activities designed to increase diversity, equity, empowerment, inclusion and cultural proficiency of the Police Bureau.

The most ambitious element of the mayor’s budget is the critical re-thinking of urban renewal areas: sectors of the city set aside to address blight. Under Oregon law, a city may draw boundaries around urban renewal areas, temporarily freeze property taxes that go to other governments, and use any incremental property tax revenue growth to stimulate development and investment. When urban renewal areas expire, the property tax value of their enhanced developments then flow back to the city, county, schools and other taxing jurisdictions.

By eliminating and shrinking urban renewal areas, the mayor’s budget returns an estimated $1.06 billion onto the tax rolls, and provides approximately $5 million to the city, county and school budgets this year, growing to approximately $6 million in 2015-16.

That proposal breaks down to an immediate increase of an estimated $1.5 million into the city’s 2014-15 budget – almost 17 percent of the additional $9 million in new discretionary funds, without raising taxes.

Another centerpiece of the Mayor’s budget is the city/county agreement crafted by Mayor Hales and Marissa Madrigal, chair of the Multnomah County Commission. Hales credits Madrigal’s strong leadership for making the accord work.

The City Council will hold the first hearing for ordinances that adopt solid waste collection, water, sewer and storm water recycling rates for fiscal year 2014-15. The utility rate hearing is 2 p.m. Thursday, May 22, in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 1221 S.W. Fourth Ave. It is open to the public.

The City Council is expected to vote on the mayor’s approved budget by the end of May. The 2014-15 fiscal year starts July 1.

Rose Festival

Celebration Kicks Off For 2014

Festival-Sanctioned Activities Continue

Rose Festival Sanctioned Events Calendar:

Tickets are still available for Portland Center Stage productions of The Last Five Years (through June 22) and LIZZIE (through June 29). Fans can save $5 off ticket with the promo code ROSEFEST. PCS donates $10 for every ticket sold with the ROSEFEST promo code.     mayor and Mrs. Hales at Grand Floral

Mock's Crest Productions continue itsw popular weekend dinner and theater shows of Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe," (Thursdays through Sundays, through June 29), at the Mago Hunt Theatre, University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland. For information call 503.943.7287.

Chamber Music Northwest's 44th Summer Festival, a new Rose Festival Sanctioned Event, opens June 23 through July 27 with 30 classical performances spanning a wide variety of musical disciplines in a variety of venues from Reed College to Portland State University. Some performances are sold out, so check the website for available dates and tickets.

Oregon Society of Artists present the Rose Festival Art Show (through July 11), featuring juried art depicting Rose Festival themes and Portland scenes daily Monday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m., at 2185 Park Place, Portland.       

Weekend Festival fun wraps up June 27-29 with a special package of events highlighting Portland neighbors and families, a beachside community, and the art in recycling.

Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival steps up with a family fun festival of food and music, including a neighborhood parade (Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m.) along Northwest Martin Luther King Blvd, ending at Lillis-Albina Park at N. Flint and Russell. June 27-29. Free admission.     

Heading to the beach? Stop in at Rockaway Beach for the Annual Pirate Festival at Ocean's Edge Wayside, 102 First St. Pirate shows, food and entertainment for landlubbers and seafarers alike. June 27-29. Free admission.       

Celebrate art in all its beauty with the Ninth Annual Recycled Arts Festival at Esther Short Park, Eighth & Columbia in Vancouver, Wash. The Recycled Arts Festival is designed to teach people about waste reduction and environmental issues in a fun way. Live music, roaming entertainers, story tellers, food and lots of fun plus amazing art work.  Reduce, reuse, recycle. Presented by Clark County Environmental Services. June 28-29, Free Admission.       



Grand Floral, Indeed!

Dancing with Nancy HalesMarching Band from BeavertonPolice on horsesex-cheerleadersHigh-fiving kids on the route


Sister Cities, Fleet Week Added to Celebrations


THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014 – Rose Festival activities continued this week at City Hall.

Reception lineThe City of Portland and the Portland Sister City organizations celebrated another year of successful partnership. Delegations from several of Portland’s nine Sister Cities were in hand Thursday, including Mayor Fumio Ueda from Sapporo, Japan.Jazz Band

The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy Jazz Quartet performed in front of City Hall. The quartet arrived in honor of Fleet Week aboard the HMCS Oriole, a sail-training ketch currently berthed along the Water Front near the Maritime Museum.

Rose Court Visits City Hall

Rose Court with Mayor and First Lady

Portland K-9 Unit Honored at Junior Parade


TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014 – One day after a memorial service for Mick, a Portland Police Bureau police dog killed in the line of duty, the Portland Rose Festival announced that it will honor the Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit as Grand Marshal of the Fred Meyer Junior Parade.

Officer Jeff Dorn and Mick"The tireless and fearless loyalty these very special dogs bring to their service is awe inspiring,” says Jeff Curtis, chief executive officer of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation. “I would be proud to have one as a member of my family, so I am very proud that we get to honor them in the Fred Meyer Junior Parade.”

Portland Police Officer Jeff Dorn, a 16-year-veteran of the Bureau assigned to the K-9 Unit, was shot in the legs on April 16, while pursuing a burglar in Southwest Portland. Dorn was hospitalized but has since been released. His canine partner, Mick, suffered fatal injuries in the shooting.

A memorial fund for the K-9 Unit has been established. Non-tax-deductible donations can be sent directly to the Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit:
Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit
4735 E. Burnside St.
Portland, Oregon 97215 

More details of this year’s Rose Festival are available at 

Iconic Band Named Grand Marshal for Grand Floral Parade


THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014 – The fan-favorite One More Time Around Again Marching Band will be the Grand Marshal for the 2014 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. The announcement came Wednesday at a City Council meeting.

Band playing before City HallThe band, consisting of former high school and college playrs, is best known for its rendition of iconic Oregon hit “Louie Louie.”

More details of this year’s Rose Festival are available at

Clown dancing before City Hall

Marriage Equality

Mayor Hales officiates at the Melody Ballroom

Pride Parade 2014


SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014 -- With the court ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in Oregon, this year's Pride Parade took on extra meaning for many Portlanders. The mayor, members of the City Council, and a wide array of staff took part in this year's celebration -- despite occasional downpours of heavy rain.

ParadeRaging GranniesCongressman BlumenauerMounted PatrolMayor's staff, family and friends


Couples Tie the Knot


MONDAY,May 19, 2014 – Couples throughout Oregon lined up Monday to say “I do,” after a federal judge struck down Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Mayor Hales marries Richard Glenn and Bert Boehm.Oregon United for Marriage, the group gathering signatures on a potential ballot measure to overturn the ban, reserved the Melody Ballroom for nearly 12 hours Monday to host wedding ceremonies. Among the celebrants was Mayor Charlie Hales, who had gone through the process to be ordained earlier this month, in anticipation of the overturning of the ban.

“This is a day of celebration for all Oregonians,” Hales said. “Take a good look: This is what equality looks like.”

Court watchers had been told that the decision would be announced Monday by Judge Michael McShane of the U.S. District Court. “No legitimate state purpose justifies the preclusion of gay and lesbian couples from civil marriage,” McShane wrote.

Hundreds Attend Vigil for Same-Sex Marriage 


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014 – Hundreds of people held a vigil Tuesday night at Terry Schrunk Plaza, opposite City Hall, on the eve of a U.S. District Court hearing arguments about Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage.

mayor at rallyMayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Nick Fish and a wide array of city leaders were on hand for the vigil, along with U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, Multnomah County Commissioner Marissa Madrigal, and State Sen. Diane Rosenbaum.

“The ban should be overturned,” Mayor Hales said. “We’re here to voice our wholehearted support for a being a ‘whole-hearted’ state – one in which the right to marry is there, equally, for everyone.”

First Lady Nancy Hales was on hand, too.


 U.S. District Judge Michael McShane will hold oral arguments at 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 23) on a legal challenge to Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Unlike most court proceedings, in today’s oral arguments, the plaintiffs and defendants both agree that Oregon's prohibition should be struck down. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced in February that she won’t defend the 2004 amendment, saying it now violates federal equal-rights protections.

Jules Bailey, Diane Rosenbaum, Marissa MadrigalNationally, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. In recent months, federal judges have ruled against laws that prohibit same-sex marriage in five states. And a total of 17 states, along with the District of Columbia, allow same-sex marriages.

The Oregonian’s Jeff Mapes is covering today’s oral arguments. And Twitter followers can keep track of the updates with the tags @OregonianPol and #orgaymarriage.Sen. WydenMayor, Nick Fish