1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204
My goal as mayor is to make sure everyone has access to everything we love about Portland; to make sure we are a city of opportunity.
Safe community; economic opportunity; great neighborhoods: My goal is to have these true across the city.
In Portland, we have a lot of plans. Government's job — my job — is to make words on a page real.
— Mayor Charlie Hales
Mayor Hales is working to defy the conventional wisdom that says the dream of advancement, the American Dream, is becoming a fantasy. He has supported internships for youths, assistance for people returning to society from prison, incentives for B Corps — companies operating by Portland values.
Mayor Hales’ policies are driven by a goal to make everything we love about Portland accessible to all Portlanders, and that means citizens being safe in all areas of the city, as well as feeling safe through public trust in first responders.
Mayor Hales is working to create broader access to amenities by investing in the ingredients of complete neighborhoods — parks, sidewalks, businesses, schools, safety, and more.
In his second year as mayor, Charlie Hales has worked to fulfill his “back to basics” promise — taking care of basic infrastructure and achieving financial stability — while also refocusing the Police Bureau on community policing and ensuring opportunity for all Portlanders. Here's an overview of Mayor Hales’ progress, by the numbers.
When Mayor Hales issued guidance for the 2015-16 budget, he instructed city bureau directors and budget managers to write stabilization budgets that focus resource requests on equity and opportunity, complete neighborhoods, and emergency preparedness.
Since Mayor Hales took office in January 2013 he has worked with Portland Police to build community trust in the bureau, to improve officer job satisfaction, and to make Portland a safer city. In the past year, the bureau has made outstanding progress in developing that dynamic.
Under Mayor Hales’ leadership the Police Bureau started implementing aspects of the U.S. Department of Justice police reform agreement long before Federal Judge Michael Simon approved it on Aug. 29, 2014. The settlement stems from a 2011 federal investigation. Mayor Hales has been working with the bureau to improve relations with the community.
Mayor Hales entered office as the city faced a massive budget shortfall—more than $21 million. After he stabilized the budget, the city entered this year with discretionary funds available to address pressing issues, such as homelessness and emergency preparedness.
When Mayor Hales entered office January 2013, he had a punch-list of basics that needed to be fixed. A major item: streets. Portland owns 5,000 lane miles, and they had been neglected. Over the past year Mayor Hales addressed pressing infrastructure needs, and now is looking toward future stability.
Mayor Hales came into the city, went back to basics and addressed fundamental needs. Now he's moving forward with an agenda to ensure Portland is a city of opportunity.