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Comprehensive Plan: Promoting access to broadband


Comprehensive Plan: Promoting more and more affordable housing


Implementation of new Safe Sleep system continues


This is the way the new system will work. We’re done pushing #homeless people from one part of the city to another....

Posted by Charlie Hales on Friday, February 26, 2016

Indoor track & field championships return to USA with #Portland2016

Portland 2016 flags

In March 1987, United States athletes took home six gold medals at the first IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics held in Indianapolis, IN. Almost 30 years — and 14 other global host cities later — the championships return to the USA, Portland2016.

From March 17–20, the best track and field athletes from around the world will come to Portland to compete, giving Portlanders a rare opportunity to work with the hundreds of international world-class athletes — most Olympic-bound — coaches, and fans who will be in our city. Get your first glimpse of the @IAAF World Indoor Championships - Portland 2016 now at Waterfront Park. Past host country flags are now displayed along the waterfront between the Hawthorne and Morrison Bridges.

Portland joins the ranks of past host cities: 1987 Indianapolis, United States; 1989 Budapest, Hungary; 1991 Seville, Spain; 1993 Toronto, Canada; 1995 Barcelona, Spain; 1997 Paris, France; 1999 Maebashi, Japan; 2001 Lisbon, Portugal; 2003 Birmingham, United Kingdom; 2004 Budapest, Hungary; 2006 Moscow, Russia; 2010 Doha, Qatar; 2012 Istanbul, Turkey; 2014 Sopot, Poland.

Mayor Hales presents on housing, homelessness at U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting

Mayor Hales discusses the national ‪#‎housing‬ and ‪#‎homelessness‬ crisis with colleagues and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness at ‪#‎USCMwinter2016‬. West Coast mayors who attended ‪#‎WCMS15‬ drafted a resolution to urge The United States Conference of Mayors colleagues to mobilize nationally around a common issue. Mayor Hales framed the issue in a powerful anecdote he’d heard from a high school principal: “She told us about Carl, a student at her high school who she knew was homeless. She knew that he was sleeping in a car, not getting a shower, getting very little sleep, showing up at class as best he could.

"So one day she’s sitting in a science class with him, and the teacher posed an arcane question about genetics, and asked, ‘Who’s got a theory about why this phenomenon occurs?’ Carl raised his hand and laid out this really thoughtful theory about how he thought that problem could be solved. The principal took him aside at lunch and said, ‘How’d you know that? I know you’re sleeping in a car. I know you didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. I know you’re coming to school hungry. How did you do that?’ His eyes lit up and he said, ‘I love science. I want to be a geneticist.’

“If Carl is going to get to do that, he’s got to have a place to live. And that’s what this task force is all about; that’s what this resolution is all about; and that why saying that housing and homelessness is an ‪#‎emergency‬ is more than just words.”' 

Mayor Hales discusses the national #housing and #homelessness crisis with colleagues and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness at #USCMwinter2016. West Coast mayors who attended #WCMS15 drafted a resolution to urge The United States Conference of Mayors colleagues to mobilize nationally around a common issue. Mayor Hales framed the issue in a powerful anecdote he’d heard from a high school principal: “She told us about Carl, a student at her high school who she knew was homeless. She knew that he was sleeping in a car, not getting a shower, getting very little sleep, showing up at class as best he could. "So one day she’s sitting in a science class with him, and the teacher posed an arcane question about genetics, and asked, ‘Who’s got a theory about why this phenomenon occurs?’ Carl raised his hand and laid out this really thoughtful theory about how he thought that problem could be solved. The principal took him aside at lunch and said, ‘How’d you know that? I know you’re sleeping in a car. I know you didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. I know you’re coming to school hungry. How did you do that?’ His eyes lit up and he said, ‘I love science. I want to be a geneticist.’ “If Carl is going to get to do that, he’s got to have a place to live. And that’s what this task force is all about; that’s what this resolution is all about; and that why saying that housing and homelessness is an #emergency is more than just words.”'A Home for Everyone

Posted by Charlie Hales on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Post Office redevelopment project advances

The Oregonian covers progress on the U.S. Postal Service site in the ‪‎Pearl‬. The redevelopment will allow for dense growth: 2,400 new households and 4,000 jobs on the 13-acre site. If Portland Development Commission didn't redevelop the site, that growth would sprawl over 400 acres of land, costing about $105 million in infrastructure development. From the story: "City officials expect to increase height and density‬ standards for the property to encourage development of 3.8 million gross square feet for housing and commercial space, including up to 700 units of affordable housing‬."

Managing growth responsibly is a key piece of my agenda -- and the reason I ran for office in the first place, back in the 1990s. Then, we built the PearlDistrict‬ and South Waterfront. Now, we've got to grow; we've got to grow by infill‬; we've got to grow by infill DONE RIGHT -- walkable, sustainable‬, complete neighborhoods.


Be the change you wish to see: Join the Portland Police Bureau!

As you probably heard, the Portland Police Bureau is hiring! With the number of vacancies and upcoming retirements, this is a transformational era for the bureau. We want candidates from diverse walks of life who want to build ‪‎relationships‬ with the community they will serve and protect‬. We've hired former teachers; lawyers; our first Somali-born officer. YOU can help make a difference in your community! ‪#‎JoinUsAndBeAwesome‬ ‪#‎YourCityYourPolice‬ Open testing and open recruitment run for the rest of the month, with a preparation workshop Saturday, January 16, 6 to 9 p.m. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

Menashe family donates building to temporary shelter space

Jordan Menashe, Mayor Hales

Jordan Menashe: "Many people out there are asking, ‘Why should we?’ We want to send the message: ‘Why shouldn’t we?’ We should try to help as many people as we can."

And the Menashe family is, contributing building space to a second temporary shelter for 100 men. The City Council declared a ‪#‎StateOfEmergency‬ in Housing and Homelessness, and we’ve put millions of dollars behind it; we’ve opened a ‪#‎homeless‬ shelter for women; we’ve housed ‪#‎homelessveterans‬. But we’ve also had ‪#‎volunteers‬ serve dinner in the new shelter; churches and synagogues offer their space. It takes individuals, families and businesses stepping up to make a difference. And that’s what the Menashe Family has done. I thank Jordan Menashe and his family for what they’ve done. It will make a difference: We’ll get 100 men off the street, make the city more livable, and do the right thing.

We still have hundreds of people who need housing in our city, but we’ve got real momentum now because we have people in the community like the Menashe Family stepping up to make a difference. I’m optimistic that we really can move the needle. ‪#‎whyshouldntwe‬ ‪#‎endhomelessness‬

READ MORE from the Portland Business Journal.

Menashe-owned building

City Council passes Mayor's proposed Charles Jordan Standard for equitable hiring

Last week Council approved Mayor Hales' proposal for the Charles Jordan Standard -- Portland's version of the ‪‎Rooney Rule‬ established in the NFL. It commits City Council members to interviewing candidates from underrepresented populations -- people of color, people with disabilities -- in order to ensure a diverse pool of candidates for high-level positions in the City.

"We're doing things like this to build a pipeline," Mayor Hales said. "Our goal is a very ‪‎representative workforce for our increasingly diverse‬ city."


Utilities, environmental groups strike huge deal to eliminate use of coal in Oregon

This week ‪#‎Oregon‬ took a HUGE step toward meeting our cliamte action‬ goals to reduce greenhouse gas‬ emissions: A state bill that would phase out ‪‎coal‬-fired power in Oregon by 2030! The Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon (CUB) partnered with Pacific Power and Portland General Electric -- which provide about 70 percent of Oregon's electricity -- to develop a plan that will both phase out coal and double the amount of ‪‎renewable energy‬ the utilities generate by 2040.

The Oregon Legislature will need to approve the bill. ‪#‎orleg‬ ‪#‎seeyouinsalem‬


North Precinct to go solar

We are working to DOUBLE the amount of solar‬ on City facilities -- one of many action items to put Portland on the path of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. This is a great start, with partnerships from Pacific Power and Energy Trust of Oregon.


City to launch bike share program with Nike sponsorship

biketown bike share bike BIKETOWN bike share bike

Years in the making, the City has announced that Nike will sponsor the bike share program, slated to launch this summer. The $10 million, five-year partnership will grow the number of available bikes from 600 to 1,000! Learn more from the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Mayor praises community's generosity 

Thank you, Kelli Martinelli, for sharing this heartening exchange. As the State of Emergency in Housing and Homelessness progresses, we have seen incredible generosity among Portlanders. Every day I see proof of what I've long known: We choose to live in Portland because of community, not in spite of it.

Last week I left a voicemail for a local merchant. I was hoping to secure supplies to help my neighbors at Hazelnut...

Posted by Kelli Martinelli on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Mayor Hales on Syrian refugees coming to Oregon

Portland looks very different than it did when I moved here in the 1970s, and much of that change has come with the integration of refugees and immigrants into our community. From the East African All-Stars, to the Jade Night Market, to the Portland Mercado, Portland is made richer because we’ve welcomed new neighbors.
Refugees from Syria are no different. As Syrians flee terror in their home state, Portland will welcome with open arms the individuals and families that the federal government places here. The White House has assured us that refugees will undergo the highest level of security checks of any traveler to the United States to ensure Americans’ safety.
Meanwhile, we as Portlanders, Oregonians, Americans, and human beings need to remember that refugees are fleeing the senseless violence that has taken so many lives recently. I will be greeting Portland’s first Syrian refugee family at the airport, and I expect the community will help make our city their new home. It’s the Portland way.

-- Mayor Charlie Hales

Read more about how Portland has long supported its New Portlander immigrant and refugee communities.

KGW Straight Talk: Mayor talks to Laural Porter about his top issues for his remaining term


Mayor Hales talked with Laural Porter (KGW-TV) on KGW-TV #StraightTalk last week. Watch the discussion that touched...

Posted by Charlie Hales on Monday, November 9, 2015

Video: Council passes oil train resolution; next up, fossil fuels

Video by 350PDX. Thank you for your advocacy!

Mayor Hales on agreement with PDC for USPS post office site

There are moments that come along in the history of a city, when we can go adrift, or we can paddle to a destination. Right now there is a current of change with the U.S. Postal Service site near the Broadway Bridge. We can take our own direction, or let us sweep us along.

We've been here before:

We have a moment in which we can steer toward a destination. I believe it would be prudent and the Portland way to go toward thoughtful redevelopment of the site and relocation of the post office.

Click here for more from the Portland Business Journal.

PDC post office site concept drawing

Message from Mayor Hales: 'Confronted with a choice between giving my full effort to the job of being mayor and spending that energy on a long and consuming re-election campaign, it's an easy choice'

Dear Friends:

Last spring, I let it be known that I was planning to seek another term as Portland’s Mayor.  I’m very proud of what we have accomplished in less than three years. There is now tremendous momentum in this work:

  • We and our partners are taking historic action on homelessness and affordable housing – and backing it up with funding and the declaration of a housing emergency.
  • We have seen strong results on police reform, significantly reducing the use of force, improving the ability to de-escalate a crisis, and repairing the relationship between police and the community.
  • We have become national and international leaders on local action for climate change.
  • We are making Portland more equitable, including raising the minimum wage for city workers and contractors, and more prosperous, creating new jobs and investment.
  • At the same time, we righted city government’s severely listing financial ship, erasing a record budget gap and making important new investments in transportation and our kids.

Making this kind of progress for Portland is why I ran for mayor.

While I have been doing the work you elected me to do, I have also begun preparing to formally launch a re-election campaign.  In the process, one thing has become crystal clear to me. I cannot do both of these tasks faithfully and well.

I ran for office to do something, not to be something. For me, serving the city we love has never been a political stepping stone. Our city and the work are the motivation, and now, in addition to the initiatives I mentioned, there are other big challenges that need my full attention:

  • The pressures of growth are upon us, and more is ahead.  Over the next twelve months, we will draw the map for Portland’s next twenty years…and our next 200,000 neighbors. 
  • I am heartsick about the nightly toll of gang violence in our city.  It doesn’t necessarily show up in political polls or even get full media attention, but it keeps me up at night.  Over 850 shots have been fired in over 158 gang violence incidents this year, resulting in ten deaths and 45 people injured. 

This community crisis deserves everything I have.

So when confronted with a choice between giving my full effort to the job of being mayor and spending that energy on a long and consuming re-election campaign, it’s an easy choice. Therefore, I have decided not to file for re-election.

The filing deadline is still over four months away, and I hope and expect that several qualified candidates will seek the office of Mayor.  There are some dynamic new leaders in our community, and I’m excited to see who steps up.

I thank you for your support and encouragement. Together, we have made great progress, and over the next 14 months, we will make more. I pledge to you that I will focus all of my time and energy on that responsibility. 


Mayor discusses affordability, livability, equity agenda at Rep. Nosse's Town Hall

Mayor Hales talked about how making Portland affordable, livable and equitable is a professional and personal endeavor for him: His mother was a kindergarten teacher and his a father put himself through college by being a cab driver. "I come to these issues from family experience, and I'm a person who moved to Portland and could still afford to buy a house when I was being paid $6 an hour," Mayor Hales said. "What we're trying to do as a Council is make sure those days aren't gone for everybody."

Among his agenda items: Removing a barrier to access community centers for teens with the Mayor's Community Centers Initiative; supporting citywide paid sick leave; raising the minimum wage for city employees who are full-time or permanent contractors; supporting Oregon's Ban the Box, and will bringing forward a stronger policy in Portland; adopting renter protections; and keeping housing affordable in Portland.

Information sessions on Mayor's Energy Performance Reporting policy

Energy benchmarking information sessions

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is implementing Mayor Hales' Commercial Building Energy Performance Reporting Policy. The bureau is hosting FREE information sessions in November, where building owners can:

  • Hear about the City’s new requirement for office buildings, retail spaces, grocery stores and hotels over 20,000 square feet.
  • Meet staff from local utilities that can help you access energy data.
  • Connect with the Energy Trust of Oregon to find ways to save money on energy bills and improve your building’s performance. 
  • Learn from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency experts about ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager web tool.

Sessions are Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1:30 to 4 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 18, 9 to 11:30 a.m. All sessions will be held at the Doubletree Hilton Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah St. in Portland.

Want to go deeper? Bring your questions and a computer to go in-depth with ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager experts during an “office hours” session on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Visit the BPS energy reporting website to read more and register for the November!

Willamette Week: Hip-Hop Concert at City Hall 

Portland's First Annual Hip Hop Day

Yesterday was Portland's first annual Hip Hop Day.

Posted by Willamette Week on Friday, October 16, 2015

Community Centers Initiative: Offering kids hope

From Jenny Glass at The Rosewood Initiative: "'Guns that look like this are made to kill people. Do you think killing people is cool?' I asked. 'No,' he said with tears in his eyes." (Her full post below.)

THIS is why I invested $2 million in community centers. By removing the cost barrier to entry, we are giving kids a chance to have powerful learning experiences with caring mentors. We are beyond proud to have funded Rosewood's teen nights. Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization's teen nights have also been an incredible success; we funded the activity, with an expectation of 35 teens each night. Instead, they've had upward of 100. Latino Network, Native American Youth and Family Center, Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC), and Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area are also offering culturally specific programs for teens through the Community Centers Initiative.

Thanks to all of our partners for understanding that each kid matters. Each connection matters. We are offering them hope, and a chance for a good life.

Jenny Glass: Oct. 2, 9:25 a.m.

An 11 year old boy brought this "bb" gun to our community center yesterday. I asked him why he thought that was a good idea, but I know the answer. His culture tells him guns are tough and cool. Some a-holes designed this knowing he was their target market. And then, his grandma bought it for him. You can hardly say this boy made a decision on his own. "Guns that look like this are made to kill people. Do you think killing people is cool?" I asked. "No," he said with tears in his eyes.

BB Gun surrendered to Rosewood

C40 Cities, Mayors Innovation Project webinar: Mayor presents on divesting from fossil fuels in Portland

This morning Mayor Hales presented Portland as a case study in the divestment movement as part of a C40 Cities and Mayors Innovation Project webinar for mayors across the globe who want to make progress in their city's sustainable practices.

Last month, the Portland City Council voted to cease all new direct investments in 200 coal, oil and gas companies. Although it's not "divestment" in the strictest sense, its effect is the same:

  • The City won't be able to purchase any new additional fossil fuel bonds;
  • When the fossil fuel bonds we already hold mature, our direct investments will be fossil-fuel free.

By March 2018, Portland's investment portfolio will not include securities issued by the top 200 fossil fuel companies. And, the City's Socially Responsible Investment Committee will continue to ensure Portland's values are reflected in its investments.

Thanks to fellow presenters Bill McKibben, leader of the movement, and Thomas Van Dyck, a leader in ethical investing, for sharing their insights. And thanks to the partners who have continued to push for progress in the Portland environmental movement: Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, 350 PDX, Renew Oregon.

Mayor Hales presents during the webinar

OPB Weekend Edition: Mayor interviewed about rising gang, gun violence in Portland

Mayor Hales talks to Oregon Public Broadcasting- OPB Weekend Edition host John Sepulvado about gang violence and the city's efforts to curb it -- Enough Is Enough PDX, Community Peace Collaborative, Mayor's Community Centers Initiative with Teen Force Portland Parks & Recreation

Mayor attends first-ever Portland Korean Food Festival


Had a great time at the first-ever Portland Korean Food Festival on Sunday. It is a great fusion of who we are: We're...

Posted by Charlie Hales on Monday, October 12, 2015

Survivors, advocates, leaders commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Mayor Hales this morning joined Commissioner Dan Saltzman -- a dedicated advocate for domestic violence survivors -- in marking ‪‎Domestic Violence Awareness Month with state legislators, advocates and survivors. In this year's budget, Mayor Hales allocated nearly $500,000 to create a four-person Domestic Violence Restraining Order Team with Portland Police Bureau, which provides follow-up critical to supporting survivors, says Marta Strawn Morris, director of The Gateway Center.

"Every day advocates are in it with survivors," said Vanessa Timmons, executive director of the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. "Today is a day that we get to step back and look at what we've done. Thank you for these new (gun control) laws. These laws tell our survivors, 'We've got your back.'"

Thanks to the Oregon Legislature's Sen. Ginny Burdick, Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson, Rep. Jennifer Williamson, Rep. Carla C. Piluso, and Multnomah County, Oregon Chair Deborah Kafoury and Commissioner Judy Shiprack for all their efforts.

Council declares the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples' Day in Portland

Thanks to the The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Native American Youth and Family Center, and other tribal leaders and community for supporting the resolution to declare the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples' Day in Portland.

Grand Ronde Tribal Council Chairman Reyn Leno, recalled his childhood, when "with pen and paper the government said, 'you ain't Indian anymore,'" he said in Council. "You can't erase us with pen and paper. But you can do something like Indigenous Peoples' Day to acknowledge our history in a meaningful way."

A representative from the Nez Perce tribe recalled a piece of art he once saw that said, "Everywhere you are, Indians have been." "For too long indigenous history has been ignored," he said. "This declaration gives us the opportunity to acknowledge our history and our sacrifices. We're all connected to this place we call home."

Dante James, the director of the Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights, said, "This is a symbol and a promise -- a promise not to forget what the symbol means."

Mayor Hales thanked everyone for sharing their powerful experiences. "We can drift and hope, or we can paddle to where we want to go," Mayor Hales said. "We should decide that we want to be inclusive and celebrate all of the cultures that make up Portland."

Rebecca Kirt, of the Klamath and Ojibwe tribes, started the Council hearing with an honor song: 

Black Male Achievement: Making a difference in young men's lives

This is a great video, featuring in part our tremendous Mayor's Office intern Stephon Hartley! We're also proud to...

Posted by Charlie Hales on Monday, October 5, 2015

Young poet Maia Abbruzzese: 'This destruction isn't the way things have to be'

Following the tragic shooting on Thursday, Oct. 2, at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Mayor Charlie Hales and Portland City Council, with a quartet of musicians with the Oregon Symphony, held a vigil in front of Portland City Hall.

Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson, Sen. Ginny Burdick, Mayor Hales

The City Council called on Portlanders to support fellow Oregonians during an impossibly difficult time. The Portland vigil took place at the same time as a candlelight prayer vigil at Stewart Park in Roseburg.

Faith leaders from across the city led the vigil. Speakers included Rabbi Michael Cahana of Beth Israel; Dr. T. Allen Bethel of Maranatha Church; Rev. Kate Lore of First Unitarian Church; Rabbi Moshe Wilhelm of Chabad of Oregon; Pastor George William Whitfield of First A.M.E. Zion Church, and Rev. W.J. Mark Knutson of Augustana Lutheran Church.

Also in attendance were Portland State University President Wim Wiewel, State Sen. Ginny Burdick — a longtime advocate for gun control — and Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson.

Special guest Maia Abbruzzese, a 16-year-old poet ambassador, also recited a powerful poem she had written for the vigil:

America, we are under attack
as guns burst in our classrooms
the federal government signs the Patriot Act
we are willing to spend billions of dollars
protecting ourselves against foreign threats
but America, how can we begin to forget
the lives lost at our own triggers?

It’s 1999 and at Columbine High School
two students open fire on their peers
the sound of those bullets ripping the air
in their way
must have been the most terrifying last sound
to hear

And while I can only imagine
what it would be like to live my last moments
enslaved within the grasp
of a gun breathing death
I don’t have to imagine anymore
because mass violence is happening next door
I go to sleep making sense of
popping sounds blaring outside

I go to sleep every night
remembering the time
my little brother was playing in a park
dribbling his basketball
to the rhythm of three gunshots
because it could’ve been him
he could’ve been one more body
in the count
one more statistic in our textbooks

Because America,
2015 will go down in our records as a year
with more mass shootings
than days so far
we are under siege
spilling our dollars
protecting against Muslim extremists
when we hear gun barrels
emptying themselves into our schools
into our communities
into our country

And we continue to preach freedom
but in a country
with 89 guns per one hundred people
Freedom is not our reality
because we live under the crushing system
that finds going to the funeral of a child
more socially acceptable
than sending a mentally ill potential shooter
into therapy

This destruction is our reality
this destruction is our status quo
but this destruction isn’t the way things
have to be

We need to recognize the problem
of domestic terrorists running this country
we need to strengthen regulations
on the hands that touch guns
we need to put child-safe padlocks
on every gun cabinet
we need to provide therapy for violent kids
so parents of fallen children do not have to
live another day regretting
that they sent their child
to school

This is a problem we can no longer ignore
because we are under attack
and this time,
the attacker
is us


Mayor announces state of emergency on housing and homelessness

Mayor Hales puts into motion plans to declare a state of emergency to address homelessness in Portland. He has asked the Portland City Council to vote on a declaration of emergency. “This declaration will allow us to work with our partners, Multnomah County, Home Forward, the State of Oregon and nonprofits to move quickly on several fronts,” Mayor Hales said. “When I came into office, the single-night count of homeless told us we had 1,800 Portlanders sleeping unsheltered. That same count, two years later, barely budged. And yet we had spent millions of dollars and countless staff time. We’ve tried slow-and-steady. We’ve tried by-the-book. It’s time to add the tools we currently lack.”

Click here for more information.

Mayor praises Oregon Opportunity Network, issues call to action

Mayor Hales last night joined the Oregon Opportunity Network to ask them to support the effort to house homeless veterans, and to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Oregon's affordable housing and community development industry, such as Hacienda CDC, which worked with Living Cully and Portland Development Commission to mobilize the community and reinvent the Sugar Shack property.

"The entire state deals with issues of equity‬ and opportunity‬, and I thank ONN for its incredible efforts," Mayor Hales said during his welcome. "Now my ask for you: The 'A Home for Everyone' consortium has focused on one aspect of the problem to solve before tackling the next piece. We are going to get every homeless veteran‬ inside by Christmas. We're going to do this! We had more than 600 homeless veterans. Now we have 230. What we need is for all of you who have units available to set aside units for this purpose. We need to house two veterans a day; that means we need two units per day.

"Please, set aside units so we can do this. So we as a community can say we moved the needle on housing. So we as a community can say we did the right thing for those who are left outside.

"Thanks to the 'A Home for Everyone' partners who are working with compassion and dedication to address homelessness: Multnomah County, Oregon Chair Deborah Kafoury, Commissioner Jules Bailey, and Gresham, Oregon Councilor Karylinn Echols."

Oregon Opportunity Network

Mayor Hales meets with neighbors

Mayor, partners mark 100 days remaining in effort to end veteran homelessness

Yesterday Mayor Hales joined Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Portland Housing Bureau Commissioner Dan Saltzman, and other partners to mark 100 days remaining in the effort to end homelessness among Portland's veterans by the end of the year.

"I see the goal in sight, and I know we can do this as a community," Mayor Hales said. "We can do the right thing for our veterans and make a difference in our whole community."

Help the City of Portland and Multnomah County achieve our goal of housing all homeless veterans within the next 100 days by volunteering to register veterans' contact information. Once we know who is a veteran and how to contact them, our housing placement staff can help find them a home. All you need to do to volunteer: 

LISTEN to Mayor Hales' remarks:

Council continues to implement Mayor's fair wage policy

Today City Council approved contract amendments to increase City contractors' wages to $15 per hour, implementing Mayor Hales' and Commissioner Dan Saltzman's Livable Wage proposal.

"It's the right thing to do," Mayor Hales said. "And it's up to the city to lead by example. I hope businesses will follow suit."

He thanked businessman John Russell and Ruby Receptionists' CEO Jill Nelson for increasing their employees' minimum wages to $15 per hour.

CLICK HERE for more from Mayor Hales' ‪#‎pay15‬ Twitter Town Hall.

Mayor's Community Center Initiative continues with Teen Center at Montavilla 

The Mayor's Community Center Initiative continues! Portland Parks & Recreation Montavilla Community Center will turn into a Teen Center, 3 to 10 p.m. daily, starting Sept. 17. Admission is FREE, and programs range from sports to arts to education. Join us for the launch party!

Teen Center launch party, Sept. 17, 4:40 p.m., Montavilla Community Center

More on the Mayor's Community Centers Initiative:
More on Mayor Hales' investment in Portland's youth:

Mayor appoints community members to Residential Infill Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Mayor Charlie Hales has appointed a 25-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee to assist the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with the Residential Infill Project, which will evaluate Portland’s single-dwelling development standards to ensure that new or remodeled houses are well integrated and complement the fabric of neighborhoods throughout the city, including:

  • Scale of houses.
  • Narrow lot development.
  • Alternative housing options.

Nearly 100 people applied to serve on the committee. The 25 members include community members representing residents from all parts of the city, the appointees also include homebuilding, architecture, historic, energy efficiency and real estate perspectives, as well as aging and disabled, anti-displacement and land use interests.

“There are many facets to the issue of preserving and enhancing Portland’s unique neighborhoods,” Mayor Hales said. “In addition to the Residential Infill Project, my Neighborhoods Initiative is addressing long-term citywide growth strategies through such efforts as the Comprehensive Plan Update, discouraging demolitions, and expanded affordable rental housing development to ensure Portland’s prized neighborhoods remain livable and affordable.”

Click here for the full list of committee members and their organizations, and the work they'll do.

Mayor commutes by bike to get first-hand look at street safety 

KGW-TV covers Mayor Hales' bike commute yesterday morning. He chatted with people at K&F Clinton Street Coffeehouse for...

Posted by Charlie Hales on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mayor, First Lady greet Portland Little League World Series team at airport

Mayor and Nancy with baseball teamOn Sunday I joined a jubilant crowd at the airport to welcome home Portland's Wilshire Riverside Little League baseball team from the ESPN Little League World Series. They are just the second team from Portland to make it that far, and the other was back in 1958! Congratulations, team, for all your accomplishments. I hope you had a wonderful adventure! 

Mayor Hales writes a post about what he's done about housing — so far

Someone asked what we are doing about these housing issues. Here's a partial recap:

What we've done to help SO FAR is:

(1) Hold housing harmless in my first budget as Mayor (2013) when we cut the City's General Fund Budget by $21,000,000, and cut police, fire, parks and neighborhoods (because we had to cut, not because we wanted to). In that budget, for example, we cut 53 positions out of the Police Bureau.

(2) Once we started to see an improving budget in 2014, I joined with my Council colleagues to put more funding into housing and homeless services.

(3) Along with Multnomah County, Home Forward and other partners, we have launched the new A Home for Everyone consortium. Our first venture (and we hope our first success -- progress report next week) is a commitment to get all of our local homeless veterans indoors in housing by the end of this year. Help us make this happen!

(4) In this year's budget, I recommended, and the Council approved, increasing the Portland Housing Bureau's budget to over $100 million, including the $920,000 effort we launched last week with Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare to do effective focused outreach with services to our hardest-to-house street homeless folks.

(5) Commissioner Dan Saltzman and I, along with community leaders, and our Portland Development Commission, led by Tom Kelly, have reprogrammed $20 million in PDC funds into affordable housing projects in North and Northeast, specifically seeking to enable folks who have been displaced to return to the neighborhood. We have selected a nonprofit who shares this goal, PCRI, as our partner for the first of these projects, that will rise on the empty Grant Warehouse site at MLK and Fremont.

What else would you recommend we be doing? I'll admit, we have been focusing perhaps too much on results, and perhaps not enough on "messaging." Thus some erroneous talk that we are not doing anything.

Clearly, we are not doing enough. And maybe there are (I hope) some innovative ideas out there, either among Portlanders or in other cities. What are your ideas? We all want to avoid the Bay Area's fate.

- Charlie Hales

Mayor speaks to Multnomah Education Service District about collaboration for young Portlanders

Mayor Hales spoke at the Multnomah Education Service District Conference on Tuesday, telling education professionals that even though the City is not in charge of education, they must work collaboratively for the best outcomes for young Portlanders. “We’ll break a record this year for gang-related incidents; we’ve already had 115 this year. Each one of those was a toxic, damaging adverse childhood experience for those young people involved.

"As Portland Police Bureau commissioner I can tell you we will do everything we can with thoughtful, careful deescalating police services to try to intervene with those kids at THAT moment. But it’s SO MUCH BETTER to intervene in the weeks, months, years before.”

Mayor Hales also discussed his more than $4 million investment in kids in this year’s budget, including $2 million for free access to Portland Parks & Recreation community centers for youth.

Mayor Hales speaks to Lummi Nation about climate action priorities

Mayor Hales spoke at the Lummi Nation Totem Pole Journey about Portland’s role as a leader in sustainability: “I was on Council when we adopted first Climate Action Plan in the United States,” Mayor Hales said. “We have a responsibility here in Portland to keep going.”

Mayor Hales says the city needs to decide on a policy for ‪‎fossil fuel‬ exports; “I believe we should not participate in that,” he says. He continued: “As a city we need to put our money where our heart is, and adopt a divestment policy."

"There are things we should say ‘no’ to, and things we should say ‘yes’ to,” Mayor Hales said, including adding more solar‬ to City facilities; buying or generating 100 percent ‪‎renewable‬ power at the City; changing streetlights to LED; and converting the City fleet to electric vehicles. Thanks to Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) for great progress on these sustainable actions.

WATCH the speech:

Mayor Hales enjoys celebration of Asian culture at Jade Night Market

Great time at Jade District Night Market on Saturday, supporting the local businesses and authentic restaurants that populate the district. The #Asian-inspired Night Market -- the second year the business district has hosted it -- attracted upward of 20,000 visitors with everything the it has to offer, as well as unique entertainment. Check out the wonderful performance by these young people:

Posted by Charlie Hales on Monday, August 24, 2015

The Oregonian: Tim Boyle and wife lend plane to whisk 3 American heroes' moms to Paris ceremony

Let's hear it for the Boyles! What a great and thoughtful gesture. Read the full story.

Columbia Sportswear's CEO told The Oregonian: "These guys who were so brave as to do what they did, I just felt they deserved to have their moms present. And my wife felt the same way. We're fortunate to be in the position where we can help these families out. And so that's what we did."

THANK YOU for your thoughtfulness! ‪#‎classact‬ ‪#‎theOregonway

And nice work by the U.S. Department of State, which made the last-minute, international trip possible.

Mayor Hales cycles through Southeast Sunday Parkways

Had a great Portland Sunday Parkways in Southeast Portland yesterday. It was wonderful to see so many people out -- despite lingering smoke in the air -- to celebrate Portland's favorite mode of transportation, new/small/local businesses, and free fun for the community. ‪#‎cityofopportunity‬ Nice work, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)!

Mayor Hales Sunday Parkways

Mayor Hales attends Ukrainian Day Festival

A Ukrainian children's choir sings at the Ukrainian Day festival at Lents Park. It's the 24th anniversary of independence from Soviet Union, in 1991. 

#Ukrainian children's choir sings at the Ukrainian Day festival at #Lents Park. It's the 24th anniversary of independence from Soviet Union, in 1991.

Posted by Charlie Hales on Saturday, August 22, 2015

GeekWire: Portland mayor kicks off TechCrawl, praises city for tech diversity push

GeekWire writes about the kickoff to TechFest NW. A focus of this year's event has been diversity and inclusion in ‪#‎tech‬. Portland's burgeoning tech scene is a leader nationally, with the Diversity in Tech pledge, Inclusive Startup Fund, and I3PDX initiative, creating networking and mentor opportunities for women and minority entrepreneurs. Thanks to Portland Development Commission for leading these efforts! As speaker Brittany Laughlin said, diversity is never done; it's like innovation -- we constantly need to find ways to improve. Portland will continue to innovate, using tech to make our city more affordable, livable, and equitable for all Portlanders. Click here to READ the full story.

City works with service providers for Mayor's Homelessness Initiative

Today Mayor Charlie Hales, alongside government and nonprofit partners, announced the Mayor's Homelessness Initiative, rolling out pieces of the $100 million investment in affordable housing and homelessness services from his FY 2015-16 budget. He also allocated nearly $300,000 for homeless veterans and women's shelters in the 2014 Spring budget adjustment.

The initiative includes: 

  • Partnership with Cascadia Behavioral Health for high-intensity street engagement to reach the people who face the greatest barriers to housing;
  • One-point contact system to whom the public can report behavior-based issues;
  • Day storage pilot program, creating two locations at which homeless people may leave their belongings for the day while they go to work, job hunt, or go to medical appointments;
  • Continuing to work toward ending veteran homelessness by November. 

From The Oregonian's coverage: "Marc Jolin, initiative director for a Home for Everyone, said the social service providers and police already know the population they're targeting. And offering social services, public safety resources and behavioral health programs for those people already costs money for every agency, in terms of worker hours. 'We haven't been able to help them be successful with those piecemeal efforts,' Jolin said.

"Better coordination and a significant up-front investment by the city could help turn the tide, Jolin said. 'Once we've helped them get into housing all of those other costs that were have been incurring go away.'
"Any reasonable person is going to acknowledge that we already have a lot of street homelessness in both places," Hales said when asked about possible public backlash. "Having someplace for people to leave their cart or leave their things or use a restroom is better than the status quo."

PDC Inclusive Startup Fund launches with $1.25 million

Portland's start-up economy is thriving because of initiatives like this: Portland Development Commission just launched an Inclusive Startup Fund with $500,000 contributions from both PDC and Multnomah County, Oregon, and a $250,000 commitment by Governor Kate Brown and Business Oregon. The Inclusive Startup Fund is one of many PDC efforts to improve inclusion and diversity in Portland entrepreneurship -- creating economic opportunity. Thanks to partners who are collaborating to build a ‪#‎CityOfOpportunity‬Read more about the initiative.

Mayor Hales joins PPB for 13th annual Shop with a Cop

Early this morning, Mayor Charlie Hales joined a host of partners for the 13th annual Shop with a Cop event, where 245 kids got to shop for brand new back-to-school outfits. The program helps ensure kids -- selected based on financial need and volunteer efforts in the community -- get to start school in sharp new clothes. And it gives Portland Police Bureau officers the opportunity do something fun in the community. This year, Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division, Camp Rosenbaum, and Fred Meyer donated more than $30,000 toward the kids' shopping, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area provided volunteers. "It was great to join the Portland Timbers' Joey and these big-hearted officers for such an incredible event," Mayor Hales said. "Thanks to all of the partners that made this possible!" Click here for the photo album.

Officer with two shoppers in Fred Meyer Two young shoppers work some fedoras.

OPB Think Out Loud: Kids Inundate Matt Dishman Community Center

Today Diana Nunez, Community Outreach Director in Mayor Hales' office, and Kallie Kurtz, Youth Outreach Coordinator at Matt Dishman Community Center, discussed the impact of the Mayor's Community Center Initiative on Think Out Loud. The investment has removed a major barrier for youth access to city recreation facilities -- part of the mayor's agenda to improve equity, livability and affordability for all Portlanders. Special thanks to Portland Parks & Recreation and Teen Force staff for making the investment a success!

LISTEN to the interview: 


Mayor, Commissioner announce affordable housing, commercial development

Affordable housing‬and ‪commercial developments will soon fill long-vacant lots along Northeast Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Mayor Charlie Hales and Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman announced today. Click here for details on the developments.

WATCH Mayor Hales' remarks:

Mayor Hales helps announce Vision Zero Safety Task Force

Today Mayor Hales joined Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat, and other community leaders to announce a Vision Zero‬ Safety Task Force, part of the City's ongoing effort to improve street safety for all road users. The task force is charged with developing a community action plan to dramatically reduce serious and fatal crashes on Portland’s roads. Other action items announced include:

  • Investments in pedestrian safety through PBOT projects. 
  • Targeted enforcement of dangerous speeding by Portland Police Bureau
  • New data sharing initiative between Portland Fire & Rescue, the Transportation and Police bureaus to develop a new crash data sharing initiative to deliver more targeted safety interventions on Portland’s roadways.

LISTEN to Mayor Hales' remarks: 

Mayor Hales joins Cycle Oregon's policymakers ride

Mayor Hales on policymakers rideToday Mayor Hales is on Cycle Oregon's policymakers ride, joined by a large group of elected officials, citizen advocates, urban planners, policy wonks, property developers and corporate tycoons. As the world faces the realities of climate change‬, this 20-mile ride explores what it is to be a ‪‎sustainable city‬, with bike routes connecting to green spaces and the urban core. Organizers hope participants come away empowered to work for more pedestrian and bike paths, open spaces and active transportation. To make progress on active transportation infrastructure in Portland, the City needs partners and collaboration.

#TBT: Earth Overshoot Day

#tbt -- #earthovershootday. Last year, Earth Overshoot Day was Aug. 19. This year it's today, Aug. 13. Today is the day humanity has consumed a year's worth of Earth's resources, just eight months into the year. Now we are operating on environmental deficit. World leaders, including Pope Francis and President Obama, have issued a call to action to live and develop more sustainably, staving off the harmful social and environmental impacts that come with climate change. #PDX is doing its part, with infrastructure like Tilikum Crossing, the first bridge in North America for active and public transportation. And we're working to do more. Help us by using the tools available to reduce your ecological footprint. #climateaction #climatechange #actonclimate #mayorscare

A photo posted by Charlie Hales (@mayorpdx) on Aug 13, 2015 at 11:14am PDT


Mayor's Office, police, fire participate in 2015 National Night Out

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, Mayor Hales, Mayor's Office, Portland Police Bureau, and Portland Fire & Rescue fanned out across the city to celebrate National Night Out with Portlanders. Since 1983, on the first Tuesday in August residents nationwide gather in their neighborhoods to demonstrate their commitment to safety and community. Law enforcement and emergency services attend events in their neighborhoods. See the full photo album.

In Portland, this year was particularly poignant, as the City experiences an uptick in gang-related violence. The Mayor's Community Center Initiative is a pro-social approach to giving young people access to options besides gang violence. Portland Police have added resources to its gang outreach and enforcement division. And the Office of Youth Violence Prevention is working with the community and Enough Is Enough PDX initiative to end gun violence among young people.

“These events get people out into their neighborhoods,” Mayor Hales said. “A united neighborhood strengthens the fabric of community — critical for safety and prosperity.”

Stephens Creek Crossing


Hayhurst with police dogBridlemile

Portland Tribune: Leading the charge in the climate fight

The Portland Tribune interviews Mayor Hales about Portland's position as a leader in sustainable development and the fight against climate change: "Hales says the recognition is neither sudden nor really about him, however. Speaking to the Portland Tribune last week, Hales described the invitation as a recognition of Portland’s leadership on environmental and sustainability issues — something he was originally involved in as a city commissioner about 20 years ago.

"'Portland has been environmentally thoughtful for a long time. It was the first city in the country to adopt a Climate Action Plan, when I was on the council. That was when I got the nickname “Choo-Choo Charlie” for my support of transit. Now these good ideas are being recognized," Hales says."

Campaign for community center programming: #ForceOf...

Today the Mayor's Office unveiled the first of the ‪#‎ForceOf‬ portraits, spreading the word about the ‪#‎TeenForce‬ programming at community centers, including a FREE Teen Night at Matt Dishman Community Center, 8-10 p.m. Know teens? Tell them about the Mayor's Community Center Initiative Summer Youth Pass at Portland Parks & Recreation Matt Dishman Community Center, East Portland Community Center, and the Montavilla Community Center pool. Teen Force Portland teens: Fill in the blank: #ForceOf...? 

Stephon, mayor's intern

Matt Dishman Community Center programs 

Guest blog for Renew Oregon: It's about the planet and the people

Mayor Hales writes a guest blog about his climate and equity agenda for Renew Oregon, a group of diverse partners coming together for clean energy and climate policy. 

From Renew Oregon, an important partner in climate action and climate justice: "Portland is an economic engine for Oregon‬ and a worldwide example of leadership on carbon reduction. Mayor Charlie Hales wrote this piece for us about his recent visits with Pope Francis and President Barack Obama to talk climate leadership, economic opportunity and equity."

An excerpt: "Government’s role, my role, is ensuring climate action isn’t just about being smart, but also about being equitable. Improving access to the tools that make Portland a leader in sustainability and in the fight against climate change will have a twofold benefit: reducing carbon emissions and building a City of Opportunity — a Portland that is affordable, livable and equitable."

Read the full blog post.

Sen Merkley, EPA Admin McCarthy, Mayor Hales

State Sen. Burdick marks landmark gun control bill at City Hall

State Sen. Ginny Burdick came to City Hall on Friday to announce the creation of public service announcements on the state’s new universal background checks for gun sales. Ginny Burdick has sponsored several bills to curb the illegal use of firearms. Mayor Charlie Hales and Mike Reese, retired Portland Police Chief, testified on behalf of the new law. Reese appears in the ad. The law — signed by Governor Kate Brown on May 11 — requires background checks on all sales and transfers, including private transactions and many loans and gifts. Exceptions exist, such as transfers between family members. The law makes Oregon the 18th state in the nation to require background checks on all handgun sales. 

Sen Burdick

Portland Tribune: 'Treat hones vision behind Vision Zero'

The Portland Tribune writes a nice profile of Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat, who is working to make Vision Zero‬ a reality in Portland. City Council has approved a common-sense Vision Zero resolution, signifying the city’s commitment to zero traffic fatalities; they are preventable, and no life should be lost on our city streets. This month Commissioner Steve Novick will announce another project milestone in the effort to eliminate all serious traffic injuries and fatalities within 10 years.

We want all Portlanders to have a role in creating safer roadways for all users. Take the Vision Zero pledge and commit to being a responsible road user.

Read the Portland Tribune story.

Mayor Hales makes a cameo in indie film 'Zilla and Zoe'

Fun afternoon filming a quick scene for Zilla and Zoe, an indie film based in Portland. We love Portland's budding television and film industry, from big hits like Grimm, to new shows like The Librarians, to independent projects like Zilla and Zoe. Read more about the film in The Oregonian. Thanks to the amazing crew for a fun afternoon! Looking forward to the premier!

Zilla and Zoe crewMayor Hales filming a scene

The Skanner: 'Enough is Enough' calls for alternatives to gang violence

Moving story by The Skanner News Group's Arashi S Young about Enough Is Enough PDX's efforts to stop gang violence. An excerpt:

"On Thursday, organizers, family members and former gang members gathered to talk about how to combat youth violence and mourn the loss of young Black men. The new initiative, Enough is Enough, aims to reclaim peace in the community by giving young men hope, opportunity and support.

"Pastor Willie Hurst of New Zion Ministries opened the meeting with a prayer for the lives of young Black men. He asked for protection over them. He asked that there would be no more deaths during the summer break. ...

"Former Urban League of Portland CEO Michael Alexander told the crowd that they needed to step up and encourage these wandering sons before more of them were lost to violence.

"'There hasn't been enough outreach. There hasn't been enough love. There haven't been enough voices from our community to tell you that we absolutely need you,' Alexander said."

READ the full article. 

Mayor Hales discusses equity on anniversary of Voting Rights Act

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a law that made voting more accessible to minorities in states that used poll taxes, literacy tests, civics quizzes, and even violence to limit eligibility. This is a particularly significant anniversary, as states like Texas continue to challenge it; a federal appeals panel yesterday ruled that Texas' strict voter ID law discriminated against black and Hispanic people. The New York Times writes that it is a step toward defining the reach of the 50-year-old legislation.

LISTEN to Mayor Hales' remarks at Council yesterday, after members of the Oregon League of Minority Voters addressed Council about the act: 


Forbes ranks Portland in top spot for Best Places for Businesses and Careers; Mayor Hales makes announcement

Portland took a top spot in Forbes’ list of Best Places for Businesses and Careers: "Portland, Ore., ranks third, up 18 spots, thanks to a much improved economic and job outlook. The Portland economy is expected to boom over the next three years with an annual growth rate of 7.3%, second fastest in the U.S., according to Moody’s." This is a high honor. But this opportunity isn’t shared by all Portlanders.

I’ll be working with the Mayor’s Business Roundtable — a diverse group of leaders representing many facets of the business community — on how to make opportunity accessible.

And, I’m also really excited to announce that I will be hiring a policy director to focus on workforce development and economic opportunity. Know anybody who could help advance our goals of economic opportunity and building the employment pipeline for ALL Portlanders? Please, let us know!

Willamette Week: Spirit in the Sky

Great reporting by Willamette Week: Spirit in the Sky: How Greanpeace's high-wire protesters captured the world's attention — and how Portland gently let them down. This is an informative and accurate picture of the complexity of the ‪#‎ShellNo‬ protest last week.

And thanks for recognizing Portland's advocacy at the White House: "Hales traveled to the White House, where both he and a kayaktivist asked Obama to halt Arctic drilling." If you haven't yet, read the kayaktivist's, Mia Reback, blog post. 

Council marks 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Sho Dozono, Rev. LeRoy Haynes, Promise KingToday City Council marked the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed on Aug. 6, 1965, after a long and protracted effort by civil rights activists and organizations. Sho Dozono, the Rev. LeRoy Haynes and Promise King with the Oregon League of Minority Voters addressed Council. The League has been dedicated to promoting the value of civic engagement within Portland's communities of color, and to addressing on policy issues that continue to marginalize those communities.

Mayor Hales says: “Fifty years after civil rights laws were passed, we’re still working toward equity, toward making Portland a City of Opportunity for everyone. The reality is that there is still racism in our community. Our job in government is to make the words of civil rights legislation real in tangible, sustainable ways.

"That’s why the one position we added to the Police Bureau during tough budget years was an equity manager. That’s why we’re dedicating resources to removing barriers to employment for ex-offenders. That’s why we’ve empowered the Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights to provide an equity tool for our bureaus.

"We have a long way to go, but as we mark this historic day, we can celebrate progress and thank our tireless advocates."

WATCH Mayor Hales speak at the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 last year:

Mayor Hales tweets from the White House

Mayor Charlie Hales last week accepted an invitation from the White House to attend a conference to discuss the White House Clean Power Plan for existing power plants. 

The mayor, among 11 invited, today heard from the U.S. Surgeon General, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and President Barack Obama about the plan and its impactsMayor Hales tweeted live from the event to provide Portlanders insight into the motivations and expectations of the plan. 



Mayor Hales invited to White House event on Clean Power Plan

Mayor Hales has accepted an invitation from the White House to attend a conference on Monday, to discuss the White House Clean Power Plan for existing power plants. He is among 11 mayors invited. Several of the mayors also were invited to the Vatican earlier this month to meet with Pope Francis and to discuss climate change. Read the full press release.

Earlier in the week, Hales issued a statement to the White House, regarding the Clean Power Plan of the Environmental Protection Agency. His statement is as follows:

“I welcome this much-needed action on power plant emissions from the President and EPA. 

“Oregonians often think we get most of our electricity from hydropower.  In fact, Portland gets nearly two-thirds of our electricity from coal and gas.  And because most of that is generated outside Oregon’s borders, we have little say over choice of fuels. 

“We need the President and EPA to set national limits on greenhouse gas emissions.  Then our local efforts to use electricity more efficiently, and get more of it from renewables, can build on those limits and not be undermined by their absence.

“This partnership of federal, state and local government standard-setting, plus private sector innovation and investment in clean energy, is our best hope for addressing what Pope Francis described as the, ‘urgent need to (reduce) the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases…’ substituting clean energy technologies for fossil fuels, and meeting our obligations “to those who come after us, to (our) children."

Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick praise housing advocates fighting displacement

This morning Mayor Hales joined community organizations that are working to ensure equity in the city's Comprehensive Plan 2035 revisions.

Mayor Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick spoke to the crowd. Mayor Hales discussed his plans to ensure affordable and equitable growth. He said: "Thank you for caring about fellow Portlanders, and for expressing our shared values. This October, I’ll be bringing forward proposals on similar issue: Demolitions. We are losing too many good houses, worth keeping, to demolition. We are losing some historic character of the neighborhoods that we as Portlanders prize.

"We are going to grow, no question. The real question is: How, and for whom? Are we going to be an inclusive city as we grow? Will we be a more equitable, affordable, inclusive city as we grow? I believe we will. I believe we can grow the right way. I believe that in the face of change, we can make Portland a city of opportunity for everyone."

Commissioner Novick called on advocates to educate fellow Portlanders: In order to keep housing affordable, we need more supply to meet demand. "We can't stop people from coming here," Commissioner Novick said. "Although that New Yorker article on the earthquake may have deterred some.

"We need more units to provide more supply to meet demand. Please, help educate your fellow good, liberal Portlanders."

Mayor Hales speaks to the crowd

Portland Business Journal: 'Mayor to establish wide-ranging city business roundtable'

The Portland Business Journal reports about Mayor Hales' creation of an inclusive business roundtable, to be convened this summer. Read the full story

"This is a matter of economic opportunity," Mayor Hales said. "As issues arise, and as I bring things to Council, I want input from a truly representative sample of Portland businesses -- new and old, large and small, traditional and non-traditional. I want Portland to be a place of inclusive entrepreneurship, a true City of Opportunity."

Cities United for Immigration Action calls for sensible immigration policies

Mayor Hales this week joined fellow Cities United for Immigration Action members in opposing Congressional legislation that would undermine efforts to maintain welcoming communities and uphold the safety of all residents.

From the letter: "Policies that support immigrant integration make our communities stronger. Instead of penalizing localities that seek to create safe and welcoming communities, we call on Congress to address our broken immigration system by enacting comprehensive immigration reform that reflects welcoming values."

In Portland and Oregon, organizations such as Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, Voz Workers' Rights Education Project, Causa Oregon, and El Programa Hispano Católico help create a welcoming environment for immigrants who want to be successful in their new home.

READ details from The Hill.

FROM CUIA: Mayors explain why they support President Obama's immigration reform.

Coverage on the mayor's trip to Rome

Follow the mayor's updates from the historic summit on the Rome blog page.

For a roundup of all the Rome coverage, check out Mayor Hales' newsletter: Mayor attends Pope Francis' historic summit on climate change, modern slavery.

#PDXinRome: First Lady blogs about comparisons between PDX and SPQR

Blogging for Portland State University, First Lady Nancy Hales' second ‪#‎PDXinRome‬ blog post finds surprising similarities between a city founded 27 centuries ago and less than two centuries ago.

An excerpt: "Are these interesting coincidences or do they suggest something deeper about cities? Maybe to be a authentic place, a city needs a founding story. Piazzas and public gatherings are also required to enhance civic life. People-watching, whether on the sidewalk in an evening passegia or at a street fair on Mississippi Ave., is something both visceral and necessary. Connection to food and the soil of the local farmland is an idea whose time has come back for American cities." READ the full blog post.

Mayor getting gelato in RomeColosseum in Rome 

Mayor: #PDXinRome on Instagram

SERIOUS about historic neighborhoods and preservation #PDXinRome #oldstone

A photo posted by Charlie Hales (@mayorpdx) on Jul 17, 2015 at 11:03am PDT


Mayor, Chief of Police talk with Roosevelt students

From the community group Enough Is Enough PDX: Roosevelt High School students talk to Portland Police Bureau Chief Larry O'Dea and Mayor Charlie Hales about their student-made book "Youth and the Law," which built relationships between students and the more than 40 criminal justice system officials they talked to, as well as provides students with a basic understanding of the law. Relationships and knowledge are critical to coming together as a community to take a stand against violence.

Mayor expands community center initiative

Mayor Hales announced today, July 16, that he is expanding the Mayor's Community Center Initiative to include East Portland Community Center, after incredible success with the kickoff: 1,800 kids signed up for free Summer Youth Passes at Matt Dishman Community Center. From July 20 through Sept. 9, admission to scheduled activities at the East Portland center (740 S.E. 106th Ave.) will be free for all registered youth ages 3 to 17.

The Youth Pass takes just minutes for registration.

“We have to get upstream in the lives of our kids,” Mayor Hales said. “That means letting them pick up a soccer ball or a paint brush, a pen or a guitar, a job skill or a résumé. The more of these safe, positive activities we can provide for them, the better.”

President Obama's response to visiting a federal prison highlighted why Mayor Hales is committed to this investment:

#PDXinRome: First Lady's first blog post

#‎PDXinRome‬: First Lady Nancy Hales is writing a blog for Portland State University on her and Mayor Hales' trip to the Vatican for Pope Francis' conference about climate change and human trafficking.

An excerpt from her first entry, about the gift from Portland to the pope: "The hand-crafted bronze rose, below, has been designed and cast for Pope Francis by local Portland artist Kendall Mingey. Pope Francis, we have learned, has a special fondness for white roses, so Kendall lightly flocked the flower with white. The mold was broken after it was cast. Look closely. The bronze rose is actually a 'reliquary,' which means a small vessel carrying precious items. There is a little secret compartment in the bud at the center. In this compartment, she placed several seeds from Portland’s white rose bushes. 'Seeds symbolize hope,' she told me, 'and the Pope is all about hope.'" READ the full post.

Gift from Portland to the Pope

Congratulations to Vin Lananna!

Our enthusiastic congratulations to Vin Lananna, who will serve as head coach of the men's national track and field team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. His Track Town USA organization has been critical in making Oregon into a track and field destination, with the IAAF World Athletics Club World Indoor Track & Field Championships in Portland 2016‬ and the Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene. Congratulations, Vin! READ the Oregonian story.

#TBT: Investing in paving

#tbt -- paving. In 2013 Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick made a #backtobasics promise to pave and seal 100 miles of streets in a year, three times more than before they took office. In 2014, they announced they exceeded their promise, paving 103 miles of streets with existing funding. In 2015 they again bested their promise, with 103 miles of roadway paved or sealed. Meanwhile, Mayor Hales has been lobbying state and federal lawmakers to provide their fair portion of #transportation funding. The mayor has continued to grow City funding for transportation, increasing general fund allocation to PBOT by 141 percent from when he took office in 2013 -- including nearly $20 million in the 2015-16 fiscal year budget. However, with a billion-dollar need to get Portland streets in good condition, Mayor Hales -- along with mayors across #Oregon and the nation -- is counting on state and federal leaders to step up and fund transportation. PHOTO: Mayor Hales lays the 103rd mile of pavement in 2013. #standup4transportation

A photo posted by Charlie Hales (@mayorpdx) on Jul 16, 2015 at 9:27am PDT

Enough Is Enough group: Spread the word, take a stand

From the Enough Is Enough PDX community group: This video shows the reason for "Enough is Enough." We all need to help and support one another; just today four guns were seized in two sets of arrests. Stop the violence. Spread the word. Enough is Enough.

Mayor, First Lady on their way to the Vatican

Made it! Delta‬ rock-star agent Glinnes checked us through with seconds to spare. Now Nancy Hales and I head to the Vatican‬ for Pope Francis' summit on climate change‬ and human trafficking‬. Follow our updates at ‪#‎PDXinRome‬! Details on the trip from The Oregonian's Andrew Theen.

First Lady, Mayor, Delta representative

This Week City Council, July 15

After experiencing overwhelming success in the number of kids registering for a free summer Youth Pass at Matt Dishman Community Center, the next phase of the Mayor's Community Center Initiative has been approved by Council. Latino Network, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area, POIC (which runs Rosemary Anderson High School), Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, Native American Youth and Family Center, and The Rosewood Initiative will receive grants from $80,000 to $21,000 to provide teen programs. More on the community center initiative through Portland Parks & Recreation and its youth-focused Teen Force Portland Parks & Recreation

This Week City Council

Mayor helps Community Warehouse with furniture drive for formerly homeless veterans

Mayor Hales on Saturday joined Community Warehouse's furniture drive, recruiting donations for veterans' homes. In his 2015 State of the City address, the mayor announced a collaboration with Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury to house all of Portland's homeless veterans this year. We're making great progress, and now we need to ensure that every house for a veteran is a home.

A special thank you to BedMart for its generous donation of 50 new beds!

Community Warehouse is still accepting donations, with a special need for dressers.

Mayor Hales carries a BedMart mattress

Mayor Hales speaks to a crowd 

Portland Tribune: New rules for gun safety

The Portland Tribune reports great news for gun control in Portland: Multnomah County probation officers will be keeping tabs on the most dangerous people caught illegally carrying or discharging a weapon in public, with the authority to send them to community service or jail if they don't comply with probation rules. FULL STORY

Why this new approach? The article explains: "With gang violence in Portland increasing, police and criminal justice officials say more and younger gang members are carrying weapons on the street. Where once most gangsters stashed their guns until they intended to use them, now, police say, carrying weapons has become normal behavior."

This is another victory in our city and state's gun safety efforts. Oregon Legislators this session passed a law to require universal background checks and a law prohibiting people with restraining orders or domestic violence convictions from owning firearms or ammunition. 

Photo: Mayor Hales called for more laws to ensure gun safety at his State of the City Address in January.

Mayor Hales delivers the 2015 State of the City Address

#TBT: Funding for mental health support

#tbt -- mental health support. Last year Mayor Hales budgeted $75,000 for a mental health specialist in the fall supplemental budget, to aid police reform and assist the city as a whole in addressing those in mental health crisis. This week, when the 78th Legislative Assembly ended sine die, the Office of Government Relations successfully lobbied for $1 million in state funding for psychiatric emergency services, which covers operating costs for psychiatric emergency service providers, part of the city's 2015 Legislative Agenda. The #ORleg also increased community mental health funding by $22 million. Portland had a successful session, all of the city's bills and most of its top priorities passing the Oregon Legislature. Pictured: Mayor Hales, OGR Director Martha Pellegrino, and chief of staff Gail Shibley visiting #PDX legislators in #Salem.

A photo posted by Charlie Hales (@mayorpdx) on Jul 9, 2015 at 9:25am PDT


This Week City Council, July 8

This Week City Council

Portland Business Journal: It's Lent's moment

Portland Business Journal's Jon Bell writes that the Portland Development Commission's $16 million in loans to support three projects in the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Area. Bell predicts that developer Homer Williams' interest in the Lents neighborhood could be a sign that the neighborhood is ready for successful development. READ the full story.

Mayor Hales identified the East Portland area as a priority for livable neighborhood investments: In his State of the City address at the end of January Mayor Hales said, "After years of talk and millions of dollars of planning, we now have real projects in final negotiations with the Portland Development Commission and Lents. ... The Lents Action Plan was created by the neighborhood. In two years, all three words will be true. It’s about Lents, it’s a plan, and finally, we’ll have action."

Legislative session ends; Portland passes all its bills

TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2015 — Monday evening the 78th Legislative Assembly adjourned sine die. Portland had a successful session, all of the city's bills and most of its top priorities passing the Oregon Legislature. 

Mayor Charlie Hales thanked Speaker of the House Tina Kotek for her leadership, and thanked Portland's delegation in the House and Senate for their representation. 

Mayor Hales acknowledged work that needs to be done in funding transportation: "The Legislature did not act on a transportation funding plan in this session, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead. Governor Kate BrownSenate President Peter Courtney and Speaker Kotek have all said they want to keep trying. I believe they will, and I have faith they’ll succeed. Cities and counties throughout the state need this. And if Portland showing some patience helps make that a reality, all the better. In the meantime, we’re not sitting idly. We put an unprecedented $19 million of general fund money into transportation projects in this year’s budget. So we will wait, we will pave, and we will continue to have faith in our leaders in Salem."

Portland had a successful legislative session.

Soccer Sunday: USA women and Timbers v. San Jose


SummerWorks interns start today

Late in high school, I spent some summers helping my dad convert an old mill, built in 1776, into a house. I learned carpentry and how to build; it taught me how things come together, and sparked my interest in how cities come together. Those high school summers shaped my future. Internships today are just as important, if not more so, which is why I'm proud the City, Multnomah County, and other partners are employing 750 young people this summer through WorkSystems Inc's SummerWorks program. Today was their first day. Welcome!

Areale, Mayor Hales, Stephon

Washington Post: Portland is one of the best food cities in America

Washington Post writer Tom Sietsema gives an incisive, informative, rich portrait of Portland's foodie scene. Thank you for this fantastic work! READ 'Why Portland, Ore., is one of the best food cities in America'

#TBT: Support our soccer teams

#tbt -- Last July @nancyhalespdx and I joined thousands of Portlanders in Pioneer Courthouse Square to watch the World Cup championship game. On Sunday, July 5, the Women's #WorldCup final will feature Japan and USA -- and our team includes several @thornsfc players. Show the USA women's team the same support you showed the Germany and Argentina men and tune in Sunday. Analysis by @bleacherreport: "The two teams reached the final in somewhat divergent fashions. Despite a few questionable calls that went their way, the United States dominated Germany—the No. 1 seed in the tournament—and won, 2-0. Japan, on the other hand, was largely outplayed by England but managed to advance to the final after a 92nd-minute own goal by Laura Bassett." USA! #USA!

A photo posted by Charlie Hales (@mayorpdx) on Jul 2, 2015 at 9:10am PDT


Help shape Portland's future

Watch how Portland has transformed over the past 100 years. And help shape the next 100 years by testifying at the on Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's Southeast Quadrant Plan on Wednesday, July 8, 3 p.m., City Council Chambers (1221 SW 4th Ave). You can also mail in testimony to City Hall (room 140) or e-mail comments to The deadline for written testimony is 3 p.m. July 8. DRAFT PLAN. 


OHSU celebrates $1 billion to fight cancer

Congratulations to OHSU Knight Cancer Institute for raising $1 BILLION to fight cancer! This was a remarkable show of community support for survivors, their families, and the hope of conquering cancer.

Posted by Charlie Hales on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) celebrated in Pioneer Courthouse Square today, in honor of the $1 billion...

Posted by Charlie Hales on Wednesday, July 1, 2015


This Week City Council, July 1

This week City Council‬ is Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m. There will be a break at 12:15 p.m. to join the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute celebration for meeting Nike co-founder Phil Knight's challenge to raise $1 billion to help find a cure for cancer. That's in Pioneer Courthouse Square at 12:30 p.m.

For more on the agenda items, here's the full agenda. Click No.'s 708, 720 and 722 for details. More on the 20s Bikeway Project here.
WATCH COUNCIL LIVE. (Note the new video player may take a minute to synch.)

This Week City Council

Interior Department announces investment in Portland youth

City, Interior Department, YMCA celebrateToday Mayor Hales joined Portland Parks & Recreation, U.S. Department of the Interior, and YMCA of Columbia-Willamette to announce that Portland will be one of the first cities to receive two years of funding for a community coordinator at the YMCA -- part of the Interior Department's youth initiative to engage the next generation of outdoor stewards, and inspire young people to enjoy and work in the outdoors. The funding, through the American Express Foundation, will also support efforts to engage young adults and veterans to serve on the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, and engage new volunteers during next year’s National Park Service centennial. The first 26 cities will be announced this year; the remaining 24 will be announced in 2016.

“We have launched a major initiative this summer to provide safe, positive activities for as many of our youths as possible, including opening our parks, pools and community centers to teens, free of charge,” Mayor Hales said. “This collaborative effort through the Interior Department and YMCA will our local efforts by incorporating even more activities for kids. It’s a perfect fit for Portland.”

Portland Police explain what's legal with recreational marijuana


Recreational marijuana will be legal for adults on July 1. Educate before you recreate. Via: What's Legal?

Posted by Portland Police Bureau (Portland, Oregon) on Monday, June 22, 2015


Behind the scenes: #mayorselfie 

#mayorselfie in action with @portlandparks. "Say, #RipCity!"

A photo posted by Charlie Hales (@mayorpdx) on Jun 30, 2015 at 3:05pm PDT

Mayor Hales encourages youth to be interns

Mayor Hales has spoken to Worksystems Inc SummerWorks interns and Partners in Diversity interns, encouraging young people to make connections and build networks to find their passion and achieve their dream jobs. Watch the video.

Internships are a critical stepping stone for young people beginning to take steps toward a career, but too often barriers lead to unequal access. Worksystems' SummerWorks program and Partners In Diversity network events help overcome those barriers. And Mayor Hales calls on professional to become mentors.

Mayor Hales talks to interns Mayor Hales and his office's intern, Stephon

Office of Equity and Human Rights marks 25 years of ADA

Mayor Hales: Let's use the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a call to action. One of the reasons we've achieved positive change is activism; it's how the ADA came to be. And a lot of what Portland is today came from activism. It's an important part of how we make progress. I'm calling on everyone to find their cause and get involved! Thank you, Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights, for your advocacy within the City. 

Mayor, First Lady attend Good In The Hood parade, festival

Lots of great moments from this weekend's Good In The Neighborhood Food and Music Festival in North Portland, including the talented Ebony Strutters Dance & Drill Team. What a great time!

Lots of great moments from this weekend's Good In The Neighborhood Food and Music Festival in North Portland, including the talented Ebony Strutters Dance & Drill Team. What a great time! 

Lots of great moments from this weekend's Good In The Neighborhood Food and Music Festival in North Portland, including the talented Ebony Strutters Dance & Drill Team. What a great time!

Posted by Charlie Hales on Monday, June 29, 2015


Mayor speaks at Celebrate Trade gala

Mayor Hales last night spoke at the Celebrate Trade gala about Portland's tremendous economic growth. It's been driven by business connections, and worldwide connections. Through the Portland Development Commission, we continue to build those," Mayor Hales said. "We have become a global city." And he has an exciting announcement about Pope Francis!


Third-quarter reflection from Mayor Hales

In case you missed it: A third-quarter reflection from Mayor Hales. The mayor talks about what he's done in the first three quarters of the year, and what's on the agenda next.

Mayor Hales discusses the budget

Are you wowed by the budget like these kids are? Come by the last public hearing, Wednesday, May 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Council Chambers, and show support for Mayor Hales' budget priorities, including basic services, kids, public safety and emergency preparedness.

'Like' the Enough Is Enough page on Facebook

"Like" the new Enough Is Enough page to follow the community campaign to stop gang violence: Join the group tonight for a dialogue on speaking up.

Posted by Charlie Hales on Monday, May 18, 2015

Mayor interviewed on KGW Straight Talk

Watch Part 1, in which the mayor discusses his Pembina decision and budget

Watch Part 2, in which the mayor discusses Uber and keeping Portland an affordable place to live.

Last Thursday is approaching: First event in June

Happening in June! Visit the new website,, to find vendors along the 15-block stretch of Alberta Street.

Last Thursday, June 25, 6-9 p.m.

Mayor attends opening of Portland's newest park

On Saturday saw a lot of happy kids at the grand opening celebration of Khunamokwst Park, the newest Portland Parks & Recreation park, and the first developed park in the diverse Cully neighborhood -- part of making everything we love about Portland accessible to all Portlanders. The 2.4 acre park at NE 52nd Avenue and Alberta is named for the indigenous land on which it sits. The name (pronounced KAHN-ah-mockst), is a Chinook name meaning "together."

Mayor Hales and Amanda Fritz

Kids headed to the skateboard area

TriMet hosts a first ride on the new Orange Line

First ride on the Orange lineAn estimated 400 people made the inaugural run of the MAX Orange Line train on Friday, the debut of the region’s newest light rail corridor.

Gov. Kate Brown and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley were on hand for the 17-minute jaunt, to inaugurate the $1.5-billion, 7.3-mile endeavor. Many city workers were on hand, along with Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick.

The MAX Orange line is set to open to the public on Sept. 12, joining the Blue, Red, Green and Yellow lines. The line will include 10 stations and crosses the new Tilikum Crossing, the nation’s only major, inner-city bridge designed to carry light rail, streetcars, buses, bikes and pedestrians, but not cars.

“Portland and the metro area continue to be the envy of the nation, when it comes to smart transit,” said Mayor Charlie Hales, who could not attend the event. First Lady Nancy Hales was among the riders.

DJC: Architecture firm helps with Rosewood Initiative redesign

Nice story by Daily Journal of Commerce about Propel Studio's pro bono redesign of The Rosewood Initiative space. DJC subscribers, read the story here. 

Or, read a PDF of the print edition story.

The Rosewood Initiative has provided invaluable services to kids in East Portland; that's why Mayor Hales provided funding for them in his budget, which in part focuses on providing positive activities for kids:

Mayor Hales interviewed on

Listen to Mayor Hales on discussing his budget, income inequality, and his decision to withdraw support for the proposed propane terminal on the Columbia River. "The public are supposed to be able to come lobby their elected leaders, and be heard," Mayor Hales said.
Details from the propane announcement:
Details on Mayor Hales' proposed budget:


Constituents thank mayor for his Pembina decision

Thanks for Pembina decisionNice thank-you scroll! Sent by those who appreciate my decision to withdraw support for a propane terminal on the Columbia. The project drew massive criticism from Portlanders, and failed to align with the city's greater environmental values.

Portland Police child abuse detective talks about her job

Powerful interview with Portland Police Bureau (Portland, Oregon) Detective Erica Hurley, about her job on the Bureau's Child Abuse Team. Thank you, "Working" podcast for highlighting this important, devastating work. All of us play a role in supporting the health and welfare of our community's children. Here's more information, including community resources and reporting criteria:


Throwback Thursday: Mayor Hales keeps paving promise

Mayor Hales paves a street #‎tbt‬ Mayor Hales helps pave the 104th mile of street last year. He and Commissioner Novick promised to go "back to basics," paving three times the miles of street than previous years. Track their success on Portland's dashboard. After allocating $20 million of general fund money in his 2015-16 proposed budget to street safety and maintenance, Mayor Hales this week rallied 44 Oregon mayors to press ‪#‎orleg‬ for a comprehensive transportation package, and joined mayors nationwide for a ‪#‎RebuildRenew‬ lobbying day demanding Congress pass long-term federal transportation funding.

Infrastructure Week: Help mayors nationwide demand transportation funding from Congress

Join mayors nationwide in demanding that Congress pass a long-term transportation bill to rebuild and renew Portland's, and the nation's, transportation infrastructure. Help raise awareness by using the hashtag ‪#‎RebuildRenew‬, and e-mail your congresspeople:

We must act soon: On May 31, the current transportation authorization bill is set to expire. Then the Highway Trust Fund, which invests about $50 billion annually, will run out of money to cover the federal share of urgently needed roadway, bridge and transit projects in cities and states across the country.

Infrastructure Week: Mayor Hales and mayors nationwide say: Federal investment has not kept pace with demand

Mayor Hales, Nationwide Coalition of Mayors Call on Congress for Transportation Funding: Federal investment has not kept pace with demand, resulting in an outdated, overburdened surface transportation system that is ill-equipped to handle current, let alone future, needs. Across the United States, our public transit maintenance needs exceed $77 billion, and the nation’s bridge backlog alone is an estimated $121 billion. The Highway Trust Fund, which funds most highway and transit spending, is almost depleted and the federal government is struggling to maintain the status quo, much less make new investments. Read about how Mayor Hales and other leaders have been working to pay for transportation infrastructure. 

Mayor Charlie Hales today joined a bipartisan coalition of mayors nationwide to call on U.S. Congress to act on transportation funding before the federal transportation authorization bill expires at the end of the month. "We need Congress to do its job and pass a long-term transportation bill that increases investments in our transportation infrastructure," Mayor Hales says.

‪#‎RebuildRenew‬ ‪#‎StandUp4Transportation‬ ‪#‎MayorsDo‬

Infrastructure Week: Earl Blumenauer joins call for federal transportation funding

Join mayors nationwide in calling on Congressman Blumenauer's colleagues to pass a long-term transportation bill to rebuild and renew Portland's, and the nation's, transportation infrastructure:

Investing in our roads and bridges creates good jobs and is essential to making our communities more efficient, livable, walkable, bikeable and accessible by transit. #RebuildRenew

Posted by Earl Blumenauer on Monday, May 11, 2015


Infrastructure Week: Mayors nationwide call on Congress to pay its share in transportation infrastructure

On Monday, a coalition of Oregon mayors stood together to call on the Oregon Legislature to pass a comprehensive transportation funding package this session: Today, I stand with mayors nationwide to call on U.S. Congress to do the same. Congressman Earl Blumenauer has been a steady partner in calling for proper federal transportation funding, earlier this year advocating for an increase in the federal gas tax. Read the op-ed by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, a Republican.

The nation faces a $160 billion backlog just to bring public transit and road systems into a state of good repair. The lack of a long-term federal funding bill creates local funding uncertainty, which jeopardizes infrastructure project planning and discourages private sector investment. The lack of a commitment on the federal level stifles local business investment and job creation in our city and nationwide.

We need Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill that increases investments in our transportation infrastructure.

‪#‎RebuildRenew‬ ‪#‎StandUp4Transportation‬ ‪#‎MayorDo‬

Portland Police hold memorial during National Police Week

We are fortunate that every officer we sent into the streets this year has returned to his or her family and friends. We thank them for their brave service, and mourn those we've lost in the line of duty. ‪#‎NationalPoliceWeek‬

Last week mayor announced budget, answered public's questions on Twitter

On the day Mayor Hales announced his proposed budget, he hosted a Twitter Town Hall, answering constituent questions tweeted to him. Here's a roundup of the questions and answers.

Show support for Mayor Hales' budget priorities by e-mailing or, or by attending the May 20 public hearing at City Hall, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This Week City Council, May 13

This week City Council meets 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Wednesday. Here's the full agenda. Click on No.'s 466, 478, and 479-481 for details on the highlighted items. More information:

Highlighted Council items

Urban League taking applications for summer youth programs

Urban League of Portland is now taking applications for its summer youth programs, including a middle school camp; high school summer employment, and summer youth employment for people ages 18-25. This is an invaluable opportunity to engage young people in meaningful activities over the summer break, keeping them from choosing another route that, unfortunately, we're seeing more of our Portland youth take. That's why Mayor Hales' proposed budget includes a $2 million investment in programs for youth. Know a young person? Pass this along! And show support for the mayor's investment in kids:

Oregonian profiles retiring Lt. Weatheroy's illustrious career

The Oregonian's Maxine Bernstein writes a nice piece about Lt. Paul Weatheroy, who has retired from the Portland Police Bureau after 29 years. He is tremendously respected in the community for his work, bringing criminals to justice and peace to families. Thank you, Lt. Weatheroy, for your dedicated work. Read the full story.

He'll golf through a few months off, before he joins the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office as an investigator. And we're happy the Weatheroy tradition continues at PPB: Elle Weatheroy, his sister, is the bureau's Equity and Diversity Program Manager.

Mayor rallies other mayors across the state to support transportation funding

Today the Mayor's Office presented leaders in the Oregon Legislature with a letter signed by 44 mayors across the state supporting additional funding for transportation. “The state of our roads is increasingly poor,” the letter reads. “From Hillsboro to Hood River, Ashland to Albany, Portland to Port Orford to Pendleton, cities are facing an annual shortfall of over $300 million in their street maintenance budgets.” Read the full press release.

Mayor joins 16,000 Portlanders for Sunday Parkways

Mayor talks to an attendeeOn Sunday I joined a crowd of more than 16,000 cyclists for the first Sunday Parkways of the season, East Portland Sunday Parkways. Streets were closed to traffic and filled with families on bikes. These events are a great opportunity to take advantage of Portland's beautiful summers, via Portland's favorite mode of transportation. Thanks to Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) for a great kickoff event.

Sadly, shortly before the Parkways, a bicyclist was severely injured when he was hit by a vehicle. My thoughts are with the young man as he fights to recover from his traumatic injuries. Today there will be a rally at the site of the accident, Southeast 26th Avenue and Powell Boulevard, 4 to 6 p.m., to encourage Oregon Department of Transportation to improve safety conditions on Powell.

Police policy director Deanna and her family Deanna's sons Dakari and Omari 

Mayor, First Lady walk in the St. John's Parade

Mayor and First Lady Nancy HalesFollow Mayor Hales along a portion of the St. John's Parade. "It was a beautiful day, the kids were great, the neighborhood was vibrant," the mayor says. Among Mayor Hales' priorities is making neighborhoods livable for all Portlanders, and that means listening to constituents when they say they don't want something like a propane terminal near their neighborhood. "That's why I encouraged Pembina to withdraw their proposal," Mayor Hales said.

Mayor talks arts with Sasha Roiz of 'Grimm'

With Sasha Roiz of Grimm talking about his upcoming Portland Center Stage role on the theater mezzanine at last night's gala. Great to see that TV stars filming in Portland are getting involved in other areas of our cultural scene, making it even more vibrant. Look for Sasha Roiz and Silas Weir Mitchell in the Portland Center Stage production of "Three Days of Rain."

Mayor Hales, Sasha Roiz

East Portland Sunday Parkways this Sunday

Treat Mom to East Portland Sunday Parkways for Mother's Day! Bike, walk or roll through the sunshine, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., along this route:

Mayor Hales biking

Mayor visits Faubion School '3 to Ph.D.' program

Mayor Hales and class mayor at Faubion Elemenatary SchoolMayor to mayor: Met the Class Mayor at Faubion Elementary School today. I was there to hear about students' design and architectural project. These types of projects are critical to the future of Portland; we need to engage our kids early on in topics like planning and building. That's why I support the Concordia University Portland/Faubion "3 to Ph.D" partnership, which will, among other things, develop a year round #STEM academy. Portland Public Schools

More on the mayor's budget commitments for kids.

More on the mayor's priorities for kids.

Mayor, Governor, Congressional delegation greet president

President Obama descends from Air Force OneMayor Hales yesterday met President Barack Obama on the tarmac -- alongside Governor Kate Brown, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer -- to welcome him to Portland. The mayor delivered gifts for the president and First Lady Michelle Obama: A tie and scarf made by Portland Garment Factory, with a design that reflects Tillikum Crossing. Here's the full photo album. The note Mayor Hales wrote to the President Obama reads:

"Mr. President,

Welcome back to Portland! A city whose affection for you is deep and wide.

Gifts to the ObamasSpeaking of those qualitites, so is our Willamette River. And the beautiful new Tillikum Crossing (“Bridge of the People” in Chinook) is a symbol of an effective federal-local partnership. Thank you, and I hope you will come walk across it when it opens September 12th. I’d love to take that walk with you, too.

This tie and scarf were designed by Portland Garment Factory to capture its elegant form. In the future, we will gift these to other honored visitors. But the first of each, as is fitting, are for you and for First Lady Michelle.

Thank you for all that you do to support sustainable cities.

Yours in friendship,
Charlie Hales
Mayor of Portland"

Michael Jordan selected to lead Bureau of Environmental Services

Commissioner Nick Fish announced that he selected Michael Jordan to direct the Bureau of Environmental Services: “Excellent choice by Commissioner Fish!," Mayor Hales said. "I've had the pleasure of working with Mr. Jordan all the way back to his days as Canby's city manager, and he is one of our state's most capable public administrators." MORE:

Mayor, Governor, Congressional delegation greet president

Hanging out with fellow electeds — Governor Kate Brown, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer — waiting for President Barack Obama to arrive in Portland yesterday.

Rep. Bonamici, Mayor Hales, Gov. Brown, Rep. Blumenauer

Mayor Hales speaks at 'Reclaiming Our Youth' vigil

Mayor Hales last night spoke at a Reclaiming Our Youth vigil calling for the community to work together to end gang violence. "This moment, here in this park, reminds me of the Japanese admiral's quote after the attack on Pearl Harbor," Mayor Hales said, quoting, "I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant, and fill him with a terrible resolve."

Mayor Hales' budget calls for a $2 million investment in giving at-risk young people options besides gangs: He is calling on Portlanders to express their support for the investment at upcoming budget hearings:

  • TODAY, May 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at George Middle School, 10000 N. Burr Ave.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Ave.

OYVP director Antoinette Edwards recognized by Equity Foundation


Mayor Hales advises Pembina to withdraw its proposal

I think both the Port and Pembina have failed to make the case for Portland's environmental standards. Press release:

via Portland Mercury: Public Process—Nearly Avoided—Just Killed that Proposed North Portland Propane Terminal

via The Oregonian: Mayor Charlie Hales urges Pembina to withdraw plans for a North Portland propane terminal

Rosewood Initiative celebrates its inclusion in Mayor's Proposed Budget

Hope to see Rosewood supporters at budget public hearings! One tonight, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at George Middle School.

From Jenny Glass: "YAY! Mayor Charlie Hales wrote Rosewood into the budget!! Now Mariel Mota gets to work her dream job wink emoticon building a robust Community Safety and Justice program with support from Portland, Gresham and Multnomah County. It feels great to have support from all of our municipalities working together!!! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

President's visit will disrupt traffic

REMINDER: President's visit will impede traffic on Thursday and Friday.

Mayor Charlie Hales is reminding Portlanders that President Barack Obama will be visit the city on Thursday and Friday this week, and traffic-related inconveniences are expected.

“We understands the impacts to commuters, businesses and people frequenting Downtown Portland and appreciate patience and understanding during a Presidential visit,” Hales said.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is encouraging people to walk, bike or telecommute to work on Thursday, if possible, to avoid being stuck in traffic delays. For service information go to

On Friday morning, the presidential motorcade likely will affect the morning commute, so drivers should be especially aware of these disruptions.

Second public hearing on budget tomorrow evening

Thursday, May 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Have your say on the Mayor's Proposed Budget! The second public hearing is tomorrow at George Middle School, 10000 N. Burr Ave. Details on Mayor Hales' proposed budget, which he announced yesterday:

Here's the informational brochure that outlines the city's budget, bureau expenditures, and significant General Fund requests:

To submit feedback electronically:

Tickets for IAAF World Indoor Championships on sale now

#‎Portland2016‬ will be huge, with more than 600 athletes from 200 nations drawing audiences from around the world -- an estimated $25 million of economic benefit to the Portland area. This gives details on how to get your tickets early.

Indoor track rendering

All-session tickets for IAAF World Indoor Championships - Portland 2016 go on sale to the public May 28.

Want to get yours a day early? We've got you covered.

We invite those in the #Portland area to come to Pioneer Courthouse Square from 3-7 pm on Wednesday, May 27 for an event featuring the unveiling of a locally-designed clock counting down to the start of the championship and world-class athletes such as Bernard Lagat and Sally Kipyego.


The three-day meet will feature two sessions Friday, March 18, two sessions Saturday, March 19 and one session Sunday, March 20. Only all-session tickets will be available (max number to purchase is six)

Lower Bowl Seating - $385
Bleachers (Straightaway) - $295
Bleachers (Turns) - $225

Mark your calendars for this historic event and join us as we celebrate the sport of track & field.

For more ticket inquiries, please email

Mayor Hales speaks at Hatch for Com-Cap event

Mayor Hales at Hatch — with Governor Kate Brown — talks about the values of communitarianism and localism that drive Portland's economy, and efforts to make the city's growing economy one of opportunity and inclusiveness. More on his economic opportunity priorities: LISTEN to his remarks:


This Week City Council

The City Council‬ meeting is starting now. Watch live:


For details on the highlighted agenda items, click No.'s 453, 450, and 435.

This Week City Council

Mayor Hales' Newsletter: Proposed budget announcement

Click here to subscribe to Mayor Hales' newsletter.

Snippet of Mayor Hales' newsletter

Mayor announces proposed budget: Watch the press conference

Mayor announces 2015-16 proposed budget

Mayor Hales announces budgetMayor Charlie Hales today outlined a proposed budget for the coming year that will focus on basic services, public safety and new resources for Portland’s youth, especially those at risk of being entangled in gang violence. He announced his budget at East Portland Community Center; Portland Parks & Recreation, joined by Rep. Shemia Fagan, apropos to his investments in safe programs for teens and street paving, maintenance and safety projects in East Portland. Details on the Mayor's Proposed 2015-16 Budget.

Rep. Shemia Fagan and Mayor Hales at press conference

Ruby Receptionists adopts $15 minimum wage

Happy my friend Jill Nelson, founder and CEO of Ruby Receptionists, is doing this! It's the right thing to do, and supports the city's efforts to reduce inequality. Thank you, Jill, for being an exceptional corporate citizen! Read the story from the Portland Business Journal.

More on economic opportunity priorities and my fair wage policy.

Mayor to host Twitter Town Hall on proposed budget

Chat live with Mayor Hales during his Twitter Town Hall, tomorrow, 2 to 2:30 p.m. More on the budget:

Twitter Town Hall: Tweet to #PDXbudget

Next public hearing for proposed budget is May 7

Have your say on the Mayor's Proposed Budget! The second public hearing will be this Thursday, May 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at George Middle School, 10000 N. Burr Ave. Here's the informational brochure that outlines the city's budget, bureau expenditures, and significant General Fund requests: More on the budget:

To submit feedback electronically:

General Fund discretionary base budget chart

Mayor, staff walk in 82nd Avenue Rose Parade

#‎latergram‬ from the 82nd Avenue Rose Parade last weekend. A lot of fun for kids and families in East Portland, celebrating their neighborhood and community. The city has invested in the area through the Portland Development Commission Lents Urban Renewal Area, helping businesses like Portland Mercado bring new amenities to the area. More on my Livable Neighborhoods priorities:

Mayor with kids at parade

Mayor marks Roosevelt High School modernization groundbreaking

This morning went to the Portland Public Schools Roosevelt High School groundbreaking. The modernization project will create a welcoming learning environment for students. More on the project:

Mayor at groundbreaking

PSU, PPB crime data now accessible through city dashboard

Have you explored Portland State University and Portland Police Bureau's new crime data site? It provides detailed analysis of temporal and geographic patterns in local crime through charts, graphs and maps detailing trends in 13 offenses over 20 years:

We've added a link to it in the Public Safety portion of our Dashboard: Portland by the Numbers:

Mayor, David Plouffe talk sharing economy at TechFest NW

Last night at TechFest NW, Mayor Hales sat down with Uber's David Plouffe and talked sharing economy. Here's a roundup of the responses on Twitter:

Mayor Hales says, "Portland has a long history with a sharing economy: Multnomah County Library is 125 years old; our community garden system is 40 years old; the North Portland Tool Library is 10 years old; and we probably have more poetry boxes and tiny libraries than anywhere else. We are a community of thoughtful consumption. And government's role is to ensure that our economy operates safely and inclusively."

Mayor, David Plouffe of Uber, Mark Zusman with Willamette Week Mayor in an Uber vehicle

May Food Drive for Lift Urban Portland begins

Mayor, Shawn package food at Food BankJoin Mayor Hales and city employees in supporting Lift Urban Portland's May Food Drive. Bins for non-perishable food items are in the first and second floors of City Hall. Most-needed foods: peanut butter, tuna, canned meals, and canned fruits and vegetables. Help us fill those bins!
Lift Urban Portland aims to reduce hunger and improve the lives of low-income residents of Northwest and downtown Portland, collecting and distributing food; maintaining community gardens; and sponsoring educational programs that encourage healthy life choices.

Mayor, First Lady support Dine Out For Life, Portland restaurants

#DineOut4LifePDX lunch date with First Lady Nancy Hales at The Original Dinerant, Southwest 6th and Oak Street. Today eat at participating restaurants and a portion of the revenue will go to organizations that support people living with HIV and AIDS Enjoy Portland's tremendous restaurants for a tremendous cause. #dineoutfightaids

Mayor and First Lady at The Original Diner Mayor, First Lady at The Original Dinerant

Mayor Hales talks to CNBC about allowing Uber, Lyft in Portland

Mayor Hales on Wednesday talked to to CNBC about the new transportation network regulations that allowed ‪‎Uber‬ and ‪‎Lyft‬ in Portland. From the story: "Given Portland's vibrant community of start-ups, the mayor added he "intends to make it work" with Uber and Lyft. ... The city is no stranger to welcoming the growing sharing economy that leverages technology, and peer-to-peer consumption of products and services. Portland was the first city nationwide to allow ‪‎Airbnb‬ to operate, and to collect and remit hotel taxes. Airbnb's platform features property owners offering short-term rentals."

Mayor, First Lady stop by PSU's Learning Gardens Laboratory

#‎latergram‬ At the Learning Gardens Laboratory this weekend. Such a cool project by Portland State University, teaching 6th graders about science and sustainability. Photo via Dilafruz Williams, a PSU education leadership and policy professor, who sent along this nice note:
"It was a pleasure to have you at the Earth Day event at the Learning Gardens Laboratory. I co-founded LGL in 2004 and each time I go there I feel humbled and blessed by the hundreds of Lane Middle School kids and community members being served and benefiting from our PSU partnership there.

As an intricate web of partnerships that we have created, LGL is touted regionally, nationally, and internationally. Our kids and communities most in need are benefiting."

Mayor and First Lady with Learning Lab kids

Mayor to speak on sharing economy panel at TechFest NW

Join us TONIGHT, April 30th as TFNW discusses the economic, political and social impact of the Sharing Economy with Uber, the Mayor, Instacart and more. Tickets on sale now!

Portland Police, Portland State team up to create Crime Data site

Thanks to Portland Police and Portland State University for this resource: Portland Police Bureau and Portland State University Partner on New Crime Data Website. PPB has been working with the community to increase transparency and accountability, and this is another tool in that toolbox. This is a tool for the public and the media to better understand how crime looks in our city so they have the information to hold us accountable. I don't quote Ronald Reagan very often, but "trust but verify."

Crime Data website: Assault: Domestic map

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland are looking for summer workers

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland are offering a great opportunity for summer jobs mentoring kids. Mentors are critical in keeping kids on the right path. And as we know, volunteering is a privilege. So let young people know about this opportunity to be paid to make connections and form relationships with kids, making a difference in their lives. More on the job fair, Saturday, 10 a.m., and the Blazers Boys & Girls Club.

Mayor announces plan to purchase land for new Right 2 Dream Too site

The City of Portland is in negotiations to purchase a plot of land in the Central Eastside that could become the new home for the Right To Dream 2 rest area.

The site is owned by the Oregon Department of Transportation. It is 9,073 square feet at Southeast Third Avenue and Harrison Street.

For almost four years, R2DToo has provided shelter on Burnside Street at Northwest Fourth Avenue, at the entrance to Old Town/Chinatown. An estimated 70 people per night stay there, and organizers say more than 200 people found housing while being supported at the site. The rest area for Portland’s houseless population has proven to be an effective model for a self-governing operation. However, the land upon which it sits is under contract to be sold.

Read the full press release.

Council considers Spring Supplemental Budget

Council today is considering the Spring Supplemental Budget, a budget adjustment that occurs when actual revenue is different than budget-writers' conservative guesses. For this $3.1 million adjustment, Mayor Hales is proposing:

“These one-time expenditures will provide tremendous benefits to valuable organizations, services, and programs in our city,” Mayor Hales said. “I've prioritized expenditures that make recreation more accessible and fair, support services for the city's most vulnerable populations, and will help Portland grow with intentionality.”

Watch Council LIVE:

More on the city's budget:

Wall Street Journal: 'Tech Expansion Overruns Cities in California's Silicon Valley'

I wonder if any of these companies are moving to Portland? The Wall Street Journal reports that companies' office space needs are far outpacing availability: Tech Expansion Overruns Cities in California's Silicon Valley. For example, in Mountain View, Calif., Google and LinkedIn have proposed adding more than 5 million square feet of office space for an area where the city has planned to allow just over 2 million square feet over 20 years. Vacancy rates have tumbled, causing rents to inch close to $100 per square foot; it's $97.57 in Palo Alto! That's THREE TIMES what it is in Portland. With Portland's livability and tech-friendly atmosphere, we're likely to see an even greater influx of these Silicon Valley companies to our city.

Mayor on Portland's progress in supporting its young people


Mayor, community members work to find connections to support kids

Mayor Hales is spending the morning with more than 80 stakeholders working to connect needs with available resources, in order to provide safe activities for more kids. "We'll make our community safer and create better futures for Portland's kids by investing in pro-social, accessible programs for youth," he says.

Stakeholders work to connect resources, needs

Mayor, CBO host first budget public hearing

TONIGHT, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 SE Washington St., Mayor Hales and the City Budget Office will host the first public hearing on the 2015-16 budget. Public hearings are a chance for the public to voice priorities for the city's annual budget. Information about the city's resources and bureau spending requests:

To submit feedback electronically:

Bloomberg Business: Portland leading the west's boom

Bloomberg Business looks at the westward movement of population and economic growth: When Your Kid Moves Out West, She Takes the U.S. Economy With Her. The trend has led to a boom in Portland: "Nine of the 10 large metropolitan areas with the highest rates of gross domestic product growth since 2008 are in the West or Southwest, led by Portland, Oregon, at 22.8 percent." But also negatives, like income inequality. Mayor Hales' priorities include breaking down barriers so all Portlanders can take advantage of the city's boom:

How you can help following the disaster in Nepal

Press release from Mayor Hales' Office: Oregonians Can Assist with Nepalese Tragedy 

From the New York Times: Villages Near Nepal Earthquake’s Epicenter Are Desperate as Death Toll Tops 3,800

An excerpt from the NYT: "Residents of remote mountain villages at the epicenter of Nepal’s powerful earthquake said on Monday that they were running out of food, and that two days after the quake they had seen no sign of outside assistance. ... Villagers described a landscape of destruction. There had been 1,300 houses in Saurpani, but one resident, Shankar Thapa, said, “All the houses collapsed.” ... The magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook a vast portion of central Nepal on Saturday, from Mount Everest to Katmandu and points west. But as rescue teams began to arrive from around the world, much of the stricken area remained inaccessible, locked in mountainous terrain with some roads blocked by landslides."

The Oregonian's Casey Parks profiles the East African All Stars boys' basketball team

The Oregonian's Casey Parks spent months reporting, photographing, video recording the story of young immigrant men forging a positive path in Portland. Her work is tremendous. Read about the East African All Stars -- my office's favorite basketball team (close second: Portland Trail Blazers!), outfitted by Nike, and a great example of good kids overcoming steep barriers. Thank you, Casey. And E.A. All Stars: We're rooting for you!


Mayor: 'Stretch yourself. Be a mentor.'

Mayor Hales at the ACE Mentor Program luncheon talked about what the juxtaposition of income inequality, population and economic growth means for kids. In part: All crime in Portland is down -- except for gang violence. "Every day kids are making the decision to join gangs. They're going the wrong way," Mayor Hales said. "What you're offering is hope. Literally: You're offering hope for a good life. Each kid matters. Each connection matters. For some kids, it's literally a matter of life or death." Stretch yourself: Be a ‪#mentor‬.

Mayor joins mayors to support passenger rail

I'm joining mayors like Kitty Piercy of Eugene in support of passenger rail in the Willamette Valley. Vibrant passenger rail, up and down the Willamette Valley, is good for the environment and good for business. This year, a funding increase for transportation is a priority of Gov. Kate Brown and Speaker of the House Tina Kotek. I support their efforts to increase funding for transportation. And smart rail transportation is an important element of that. Read the full story:

Mayor talks sustainability at Lewis & Clark College

Mayor Hales spent Earth Day evening at Lewis & Clark College celebrating the school's pioneering and award-winning sustainability efforts. "There is a relationship between Lewis & Clark and the community," Mayor Hales said in his remarks. "Lewis & Clark is a place of ideas. Movements are fueled by ideas. Ideas like a comprehensive land use plan, ecosystem preservation, environmental justice." Listen for what Mayor Hales means by the "virtuous circle of sustainability."

Wall Street Journal highlights trend in company locations

A Wall Street Journal story highlights a trend that a City Observatory report detailed this year: Large companies are moving back into city centers. Downtown Portland has welcomed two transplants from Hillsboro -- Lattice Semiconductor and Zapproved. The draw of walkable neighborhoods and easy access to amenities is proving a boon for Portland's economy, making Portland a hub for diverse industries. This is an exciting time for Portland!

Read the Wall Street Journal story.

Mayor interviewed by 10-year-old interested in civic life

With 10-year-old Penny yesterday after she interviewed me about being mayor, as part of a school project. This is the best part of my job — getting young people involved in civic life. We need new, young voices in the civic dialogue, and this is a great way to get them started early. Look how comfortable she is in the mayor's chair! She's a future leader.

With Penny, a 10-year-old student

Earth Day: Environmental metrics go live on city dashboard

Live on Earth Day‬: New environmental measures on Dashboard: Portland by the Numbers. Track Portland's progress on reducing carbon emissions (relative to population and economic growth), waste generation, energy use, and complete neighborhoods -- which means amenities are within walking distance of residences, reducing the footprint of daily activities. As a city we've done a great job living sustainably; let's continue to live and grow in a way that improves these metrics. Check out the metrics in the Livable Neighborhoods section of the dashboard.

Earth Day: Council passes environmental agenda items

Council today considered environmental items — fitting for ‪#‎EarthDay‬ 2015. Items include adopting the 2015 Sustainable City Government Principles and 2030 Environmental Performance Objectives; implementing a comprehensive update to the City Green Building Policy; and accepting energy performance reporting for commercial buildings

Portland celebrates Earth Day

Mayor Hales votes to allow 120-day pilot for Lyft, Uber

Mayor Hales, along with Commissioner Novick and Commissioner Saltzman, on Tuesday night voted to launch a 120-day pilot program that allows Lyft, Uber and other transportation network companies to operate in Portland, in addition to cabs.

"This change is very fast. The question is, can government keep up with it?" he said. "This isn't a referendum on taxis' or ‪#‎Uber‬'s or ‪#‎Lyft‬'s popularity. It's government trying to regulate in a different world, and we regulate because not everyone will follow the rules."

LISTEN to his full remarks on SoundCloud:

Looking back: Mayor Hales discussed transportation network companies live on Twitter

This evening, 5 to 9 p.m., City Council will hold a public hearing and vote on whether to establish a 120-day pilot program that would allow ‪#‎Uber‬ and ‪#‎Lyft‬ to operate legally within city limits, and would also loosen some taxi regulations. Mayor Hales hosted a Twitter Town Hall on the topic in February. Read his answers to questions tweeted at him.

More information on the proposed pilot program: Council agenda (click on No.'s 388 and 389):

Attend the meeting to offer public comment, or watch the live stream online:

Council holds hearing, vote on allowing Uber, Lyft, other transportation network companies

This evening, 5 to 9 p.m., City Council will hold a public hearing and vote on whether to establish a 120-day pilot program that would allow ‪#‎Uber‬ and ‪#‎Lyft‬ to operate legally within city limits, and would also loosen some taxi regulations. The following news release contains further information: Click on No.'s 388 and 389 for more on the agenda items:

The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which will include public comment, or view it via live stream online at the following link:

Parks wins big federal grant for Thomas Cully Park

From Parks & Rec: HALF A MILLION BUCKS! Portland Parks & Recreation, Verde, Secure Major Federal Grant for Thomas Cully Park

As a member of the nationwide Mayors for Parks, I'm thrilled about this news! A complete neighborhood includes good streets, schools, jobs, shopping … and, of course, parks and recreation. The entire Cully Neighborhood will benefit from this project.

The project, spearheaded by Verde

Oregon House hosts 8.5-hour hearing on background checks

After passing the Oregon Senate last week, the House is taking up the bill that would close loopholes on background checks to purchase firearms -- an important law to ensure that law-abiding citizens do not unknowingly sell guns to someone who plans to hurt themselves or someone else. More from Mayor Hales' testimony: The House Rules Committee tonight is hosting a public hearing from 1 to 10 p.m. Details from The Oregonian. For the agenda and video of the hearing:…/…/Legislative-Video.aspx

City Council meets four times this week

This week City Council‬ is meeting Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The full agenda:

  • Tuesday, 5 to 9 p.m., Council will consider private-for-hire transportation. Click on No.'s 388 and 389 on agenda for details. 
  • Wednesday Council is at 9:30 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. The morning session will take on sustainability items -- and on ‪‎Earth Day‬! Click No. 405 on agenda for details.
  • Thursday Council will meet at 2 p.m.

This week city council

Video: Singin' in the Square

Had a great time this weekend at Singin' in the Square. It's a free event that uses one of Portland's great spaces -- Pioneer Square -- for one of its favorite pastimes -- music. 

South Korean mayors visit Portland, other U.S. cities

Korean mayors at City HallLast week Mayor Hales welcomed a delegation of eight Korean mayors to Portland. The U.S. Department of State chose these South Korea Mayors through the U.S. Embassy in South Korea to participate as part of a project designed to explore American values and traditions of the U.S. political system; it was organized locally by the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

The delegation visited Portland, Washington D.C., Sacramento and San Francisco in an effort to understand diversity of U.S. local systems of governance; learn how mayors shape both local and national policy in the U.S.; and understand evolving U.S.-Korea security policies and how they will affect local governments.

Among the visiting mayors was Mr. Sung Min Park, district-level mayor to Portland sister city Ulsan, South Korea.

"Portland and Oregon have many ties to South Korea -- Portland-Ulsan Sister City Association, the Korean American Coalition - Oregon, launched in 2014," Mayor Hales said. "This was a great opportunity to talk candidly about governance in our countries and common challenges and themes we face as mayors."

Mayor, First Lady join Singin' in the Square event

Beautiful day for Singin' in the Square, which brought a huge crowd to Pioneer Courthouse Square to sing along with some of Portland's favorite bands -- Pink Martini and The Von Trapps -- as well as PHAME Academy, which does great work making the arts accessible to adults with disabilities. This is what happens when we tear up a parking lot; we create a paradise — the story of Pioneer Square and The Portland Way.

Mayor, First Lady, PHAME singers  The Von Trapps sing

Mayor, Commissioner Novick announce pilot program with Uber, Lyft, other transportation network companies

News Release: Hales, Novick propose 120-day pilot program for taxis and Uber, Lyft and other Transportation Network Companies

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick today proposed a 120-day pilot program that will modernize for-hire transportation in Portland and ensure fair competition between all private-for-hire operators, including both taxis and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft.

An excerpt from the press release:

Under the proposal by Hales and Novick, the City would lift the cap on taxi fares, so taxis and TNCs could both set their own fares without city regulation. Both taxis and TNCs would be required to provide service to people with disabilities, provide service 24 hours a day/seven days a week, and certify that their drivers have passed City-approved background checks. The City will audit these records to enforce compliance. The resolution directs Transportation Director Leah Treat to create and sign an administrative rule launching the pilot program.

“This is an historic deal,” Hales said. “We were able to move from confrontation to collaboration, with an open process and tough negotiations that have come up with a result that will improve our transportation system and create a real win for consumers.”

Mayor rings in new art installation on Tilikum Crossing

Honored today to celebrate the Chinuk artwork displayed on Portland's newest bridge, Tilikum Crossing. Artist Greg Robinson, member of the The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, named the three-piece installation, "We Have Always Lived Here." Tilikum's name and art installation recognize an important piece of Portland's history: its deep Native American heritage. More photos: Story from KOIN 6…/chinuk-sculptures-installed-at-tilikum-c…/. Video of MAX going over Tilikum from TriMet

Mayor Hales speaks in front of Tilikum Crossing Drummers with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

Youth Orchestra performs with Oregon Symphony

Bravo, Youth Orchestra! Playing with the Oregon Symphony in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. I love music‬, and as mayor I've seen firsthand how music creates community. Thanks to Oregon Symphony for its work getting young people involved.

Youth Orchestra performs  With Concertmaster Sarah Kwak

Mayor, First Lady read names for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day

Residents from throughout the community came together in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Thursday for Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. All throughout the day, people read aloud the names of those who died in the Holocaust. In Portland, the annual remembrance is sponsored by the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.

First Lady Nancy Hales

Track Town USA wins 2021 IAAF World Championships

This will keep momentum going from the ‪#‎Portland2016‬ IAAF World Athletics Club World Indoor Championships coming our way next March!

Portland and Eugene are becoming forces in the world for track and field -- exciting for our economy and in access to world-class athletes and events. Thanks, Track Town USA!

Thanks to Nasdaq for the message in #TimesSquare in NYC. Excited for the 2021 IAAF World Championships coming to #TrackTownUSA. First time this event has ever been held on USA soil.

NASDAQ board in Times Square

Op-ed in Portland Tribune in support of energy performance reporting

More from the Portland Tribune: An op-ed in support of Mayor Hales' energy performance reporting proposal, written by Kevin J. Cosgriff, president and CEO of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, and Gary Young, business representative of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 48.

The policy would require commercial buildings 20,000 square feet and larger to track energy performance, calculate energy use, and report to the city. The goal is to reduce energy costs for building owners and carbon emissions for the city -- among Mayor Hales' goals to keep Portland living up to its green reputation.

An excerpt from NEMA's and IBEW's op-ed of support: 
"The citizens of Portland have the opportunity to address energy waste, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create quality local jobs in the process. Enacting an energy performance reporting policy is beneficial for the environment, for local businesses, and for workers. It is beneficial for Portland."

Nice Portland Tribune piece on the city budget

The Portland Tribune does a nice job explaining the city budget situation. One of the mayor's assignments is to work with the City Budget Office to create the Mayor's Proposed Budget. This year, the city is fortunate to have a $30 million surplus -- but nearly $70 million of asks. An important note: The budget process is still underway, trying to balance needs and wants with resources.

The Mayor's Proposed Budget will be released the first week of May. More on the budget process:

Story by Steve Law:

Council hearing on energy performance reporting happening now

Watch the live stream of the Council hearing on energy performance reporting: The policy would require commercial buildings 20,000 square feet and larger to track energy performance, calculate energy use, and report to the city. The goal is to reduce energy costs for building owners and carbon emissions for the city -- among Mayor Hales' goals to keep Portland living up to its green reputation.

Reducing building energy use is the single biggest opportunity for carbon reductions in the entire county. But right now in Portland, of the city's 5,000 commercial buildings -- spending $335 million annually on energy -- only 81 are ENERGY STAR certified. Buildings that track energy use with save an average of 2.4 percent on energy costs per year. If all 1,000 buildings covered by the policy saved 2.4 percent, that effort would save millions of dollars each year.

The City is leading by example. The City's target is a 2 percent reduction in building energy use per year. And City Hall and the Portland Building receive ENERGY STAR certification. This policy puts our sustainable city in the ranks of others: Austin, Boston, Cambridge, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Read more about the policy:

City seeking new Housing Director

From Commissioner Dan Saltzman: Our recruitment has begun for a new Housing Director. Follow this link for more info, and spread the word. 

Civic Scholars address City Council

Parkrose High School senior Jade Bradford, left, speaks to the Portland City Council on Wednesday regarding the Civic Scholars program through the City Club of Portland, a program coordinated by Amanda Shore, right. Bradford was among the students who interviewed Mayor Hales after this year’s State of the City address:

Parkrose student addresses Council

Mayor hosts Twitter Town Hall 

TOMORROW Mayor Hales will host his fourth Twitter Town Hall, discussing the upcoming Energy Performance Reporting policy for commercial buildings. More on the policy: 

Twitter Town Hall, 1 p.m. April 15

Council hosts work session on incorporating Lyft, Uber into city rules

Tune in 3 to 5 p.m. to watch a live stream of the Council work session on the Private-For-Hire Transportation Innovation Task Force recommendations it heard last week: Currently private-for-hire rules govern taxis; the task force was working to incorporate transportation network companies, such as ‪#‎Lyft‬ and ‪#‎Uber‬.

Council members requested the work session to discuss questions about the report's recommendations. Read the recommendations:

The work session is open to the public, but will not include public testimony or a Council vote.

Mayor Hales discussed the effort to incorporate transportation network companies into Portland's private-for-hire economy during a Twitter Town Hall:

Background check bill passes Oregon Senate

A measure that would require criminal background checks for private gun transfers passed the Oregon Senate today and heads to the House. This policy will make Oregon safer. It's such a simple, common-sense decision, and I thank our senators for their leadership on this issue. I testified in support of this bill

Leaders on this issue have included Eugene State Sen. Floyd Prozanski and Portland Sen. Ginny Burdick, a chief sponsor of the bill and longtime advocate for gun safety.

“I am proud to be a member of the Oregon Senate today,” said Sen. Burdick. “By passing universal background checks, we are honoring the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Oregonians who want to prevent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from getting easy access to guns.”

This Week City Council, April 15

#‎ThisWeekCityCouncil‬ is at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday. The full agenda: Click on No.'s 387 and 376 for details on the highlighted items. 
Join Mayor Hales for a Twitter Town Hall at 1 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the 2 p.m. Council session, to discuss the first highlighted item, energy performance reporting. Tweet to ‪#‎SustainableCity‬.

City Council is Wednesday

Idaho passes gas tax increase; Portland should too

The Idaho Senate has passed a gas tax increase, with a bipartisan coalition recognizing the tremendous need for funding to maintain roads and bridges. "If Idaho can do it, Oregon certainly should be able to," Mayor Hales said.

Like leaders across the country, Mayor Hales has been grappling with a lack of state and federal funding to maintain the city's largest asset -- its streets. He has asked the Oregon Legislature to index the state gas tax so that it keeps pace with maintenance needs ( Last week the mayor joined leaders across the country in a ‪#‎StandUp4Transportation‬ campaign, calling on Congress to adequately fund transportation.

But Mayor Hales predicts funding street safety and maintenance will fall to the local level: "I wish Congress would do its job. I wish they would pass a transportation reauthorization bill. I wish they would move the gas tax from where it’s been stuck for 21 years at 18 cents. That’s crazy. What did $0.18 buy 21 years ago versus now? Well, not as much asphalt. I can tell you that. So Congress is inert and running for cover, and those of us at the local level are going have to step up on this stuff."

More on Mayor Hales' transportation funding efforts: 

Mayor stops by charette for Redd on Salmon

Mayor Hales this morning stopped in on the Ecotrust charette on Redd on Salmon, its planned maker space for food service companies and a unified delivery network. The group of private, public and nonprofit minds brainstormed scenarios for developing the former steel fabrication facility into a site for multiple small-scale food production businesses, as well as wholesale, marketing, education, restaurant and distribution facilities -- all on the same footprint.

"I want to see more ideas like this," Mayor Hales said. "The Redd is the future -- sharing economy for food businesses. How can your business use the sharing economy? We, the city, want to help."

Get involved! Apply for Socially Responsible Investments Committee

A way for adults to get involved: Apply for the city's new Socially Responsible Investments Committee. Applications are due Monday, April 13!
In December of 2014, City Council passed a resolution creating the committee and established the following social and value concerns as principles for the committee to weigh in on:
* Environmental concerns
* Health concerns including weapons production
* Concerns about abusive labor practices
* Concerns about corrupt corporate ethics and governance
* Concerns about extreme tax avoidance
* Concerns about exercise of such a level of market dominance so as to disrupt normal competitive market forces
* Concerns about impacts on human rights

Encourage young people to apply for Multnomah Youth Commission

The Multnomah Youth Commission is seeking young people interested in policy, activism, community organizing, and improving their communities to be Youth Commissioners. MYC, a partnership between Multnomah County Office of Diversity and Equity and City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, is made up of Youth Commissioners who consult on city and county issues -- having a real impact on their communities. For example, two weeks ago MYC Youth Commissioners talked with Mayor Hales and Portland Police Bureau (Portland, Oregon) Captains about police interactions with young people. "I've talked to so many young, future leaders -- Parkrose High School students after State of the City, Nabi Amin at the Portland Workforce Alliance breakfast, current Youth Commissioners at a community dialogue -- so I know these motivated young people are out there," Mayor Hales said.

"I encourage all young people to have some engagement with their community, whether civically or service learning or volunteering," Mayor Hales says. "It's especially important in Portland, because individual citizens make a difference here. Power is not confined to elected officials. So young people need to be heard; it's important that their views are represented in policy, so we need to hear from them."

Online application form. 

Mayor, leaders across the country call on Congress to fund transportation

Last fall Mayor Hales talked with The Urbanophile about Portland, touching on the need for transportation funding. Mayor Hales has been grappling with a lack of state and federal funding to maintain the city's largest asset -- its streets. Now he is standing with leaders across the country to call for Congress to adequately fund transportation. ‪#‎StandUp4Transportation

An excerpt from the interview: "I wish Congress would do their job. I wish they would pass a transportation reauthorization bill. I wish they would move the gas tax from where it’s been stuck for 21 years at 18 cents. That’s crazy. What did $0.18 buy 21 years ago versus now? Well, not as much asphalt. I can tell you that. So Congress is inert and running for cover, and those of us at the local level are going have to step up on this stuff." ‪#‎MayorsDo

Mayors call for funding in #StandUp4Transportation campaign

Today more than 60 mayors across the country are joining New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to call on Congress to invest in our infrastructure. Mayor Hales has called on the Oregon Legislature and Congress to do their part to provide adequate funding for street maintenance and safety ( The current state of the streets is unsafe, and the lack of funding is unacceptable. Today, mayors ‪#‎StandUp4Transportation.

Congressman Blumenauer speaks at Portland Building

Congressman Earl Blumenauer returned to his roots Wednesday, speaking to an estimate 100 staff members of the City of Portland. Blumenauer served on the City Council from 1987 to 1996, where he championed transportation issues, including light rail and bicycle use. He continues to do so in Congress as a steady partner in calling for much-needed federal transportation funding: 

U.S. Re. Blumenauer

Video: The Somali work-out plan, featuring East African All-Stars

Great video by The Oregonian's Casey Parks on our friends, the East African All-Stars. This group of Somali young men has worked hard, and we're proud we've been able to help out a bit along the way:

Keep an eye out for Casey's big feature about the team.

This Week City Council, April 8

#‎ThisWeekCityCouncil is Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Thursday at 2 p.m. The full agenda: Click on No.'s 370 and 364 for details on the highlighted items.

More information on 3 to Ph.D. investments: 

City Council is Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

West Coast mayors lift travel ban to Indiana

ANNOUNCEMENT: West Coast Mayors Lift Travel Restrictions on Indiana

Today, the mayors of Portland, Oakland, San Francisco and Seattle announced that, after consulting with each other and reviewing the changes to Indiana law, they have agreed to lift their cities’ respective bans on City-funded travel to Indiana.

The issue came about after the Indiana Legislature and Gov. Mike Pence passed a law that codified discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in that state. Cities throughout the nation immediately rose to condemn the action, along with counties, states, and independent businesses. Late last week, the governor and legislature clarified the intent of the Indiana law, stating explicitly that the law may not be used by most private businesses to defend against discrimination claims. The clarification identifies – for the first time in Indiana law – that sexual orientation and gender identity are characteristics for which nondiscrimination protections may exist.

The decision to lift travel bans is announced today by Mayor Charlie Hales of Portland; Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland; Mayor Ed Lee (mayor) of San Francisco; and Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle.

With Indianapolis Mayor Greg BallardMayor Hales said the changes in Indiana are a good first step, and he will lift the travel ban today: “Indiana as a state should follow the leadership of the great city of Indianapolis, and of City of Indianapolis - Mayor Greg Ballard,” Hales said this week. “In Indianapolis, protections for ‪#‎LGBT residents are clearly delineated. Indianapolis understands that which so many other cities and states know: that protecting all residents, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, is sane, smart, practical and ethical.”

Read comments from the other mayors:

Help inform Portland Police Bureau policy

Help inform Portland Police Bureau (Portland, Oregon) policy: The bureau currently is seeking public feedback on four policies:

  •  Police Response to Mental Health Crisis
  •  Peace Officer Custody (Civil)
  •  Police Response to Requests for Mental Health Custody
  •  Police Response to Mental Health Facilities

Public feedback on police policy is an ongoing piece of the bureau's reform, making its processes accountable and transparent. Learn more about police reform:

To submit feedback:

Background check bill advances to Oregon Senate 

Great news from ‪#‎ORLeg: The expanded background check bill, SB 941, advanced to the Oregon Senate. The bill would require background checks on private gun sales -- ensuring there are no loopholes that make it easy for criminals to get guns. No law-abiding person wants to sell a gun to someone who's going to hurt someone else in a gang confrontation, drug sale or other crime, or themselves in a suicide. This bill will help reduce gun violence. READ MORE: 

Mayor joins more than 70 cities, counties supporting President's immigration executive action

More than 70 cities and counties from across the country joined a legal brief filed today asking an appeals court to allow President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions to move forward. Millions of Americans are united to move forward with the reforms needed to grow our economy and keep our families together. “Cities are strongly affected by immigration. The old, dysfunctional immigration policies hurt our economies, our neighborhoods, our businesses and our residents," Mayor Hales said. "The President is attempting to interject common sense and humanity. We are grateful for his efforts and we stand with him.”

MORE from Cities United for Immigration Action: 

Love the Portland Fish Market! And being more sustainable

I love ‪Woodstock's Portland Fish Market — all local and wild-caught. ‪‎Sustainability tastes great!

Mayor at Portland Fish Market

(And check out the owner, Ben, with a HUGE halibut.)

Portland Fish Market

The Fish Market is the epitome of Portland's localism and drive to be a good environmental steward. Our Climate Action Plan is part of that. This is the last week to comment on the proposed plan, an important roadmap for Portland's environmental stewardship. Comment by April 10! Learn more in this video.

Portland leaders talk environment; highlight importance of commenting on Climate Action Plan

In this video, Portland leaders discuss why taking care of our environment matters. The city's Climate Action Plan -- open for public comment for one more week, until April 10 -- is an important roadmap for Portland's environmental stewardship.

The plan is aimed at achieving an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. Portland can get there: Already the city is making tremendous progress on reducing carbon emissions. Portlanders recycle or compost 70 percent of solid waste; have planted 3 million new trees and shrubs since 1996; and have built 390 ecoroofs covering 20 acres of rooftops. And Portland's attention to livable neighborhoods can have a greater impact: We’ve had an outsized, catalytic effect on the world. I was at the C40 conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in that gathering of mayors from around the world, everybody knew Portland. We have influenced the conversation and action around the world, and we need to continue to do so.

Visit the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability site to learn what you can do immediately to reduce your carbon footprint, and to comment on the proposed plan:

Mayor Hales hosts third community dialogue

Community facilitatorsMayor Hales last weekend hosted the third of six community dialogues, this one focused on teens and police. Teens from the Multnomah Youth Commission, an intern from the Mayor's Office, and other young people attended, as did Portland Police Bureau (Portland, Oregon) captains and former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Paul DeMuniz, who is working with the Portland COCL & COAB.

The mayor emphasized the need for young people's civic engagement, helping to shape policies that affect their lives.

"Individual citizens DO make a difference here -- that's the great thing about Portland," Mayor Hales said. "Power is not confined to elected officials. People can roll up their sleeves and make a real difference."

"Don't think you need a title to be a leader in your community," added King Bishop Stylze, a community facilitator who helped organize the meeting. "You can make a difference."

Discussion focused on how police officers can connect with young people. Teens said seeing police outside of their official role -- e.g. attending sports games -- could help build a rapport. Police Capt. Vince Elmore said there is an onus on police officers to reach out. "We need to build relationships so when you kids see me, I'm not Capt. Elmore, I'm Vince," he said. "Officers have to have that trust."

Teens discussed how getting to know police officers develops that trust. Stephon, an intern in the Mayor's Office, pointed to an School Resource Officer who had stuck with the same cohort of students through elementary school up to high school. "He worked with us and got to know us, and we trusted him," Stephon said. "I think he was successful because he didn't take petty disrespect personally; he knew we were just kids."

Capt. John Scruggs let teens know about the activities police host for young people, such as:

 The next community dialogue will be at the end of April.

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