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Hales, Novick recall campaign continues

by: KOIN 6 NEWS - Commissioner Steve Novick was not able to defuse the recall drive when he appeared at its July 19 organization meeting.The campaign to recall Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick is going forward, despite Novick appearing at the first organizational meeting and defending the street fee he and Hales have proposed.

Recall organizer Ray Horton has now set up a new website where recall petitions can be downloaded. On the site, Horton explains that the proposed street fee is just one reason why he has started the campaign.

"I have undertaken this simply as a lifelong resident and citizen of Portland because of what actions I have seen in the last five years by the City Council that I feel are detrimental to the quality of life in Portland and the effective management of our city and our public funds, though there are certainly myriad other issues that I feel justify this action," writes Horton, a retired graphic designer.

The new website is at www.rethinkportland.com. The campaign needs 34,921 valid Portland voters signatures on heach petition in order to force recall elections in October for both Hales and Novick.

See video from the recall meeting where Novick spoke, go to www.koin.com/2014/07/19/81360/