PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Protesters angry over a proposed street fee in Portland began collecting signatures toward a recall of Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick.
The group, led by Southeast Portland resident Ray Horton, needs 35,000 signatures to get it on the ballot in a special election in November.
Horton and supporters had an organizational meeting on Saturday that Novick attended. The commissioner said he wanted to learn what they were so angry about and he answered a few questions.
One of the recall supporters, Joe Walsh, called Hales “a schoolyard bully.”
Using a bullhorn on a street in front of Portland City Hall, Walsh said, “If you go to school, it will cost you money. If you own a business it will cost you money. By the time they finish you will be broke.”
The group has not revealed how many signatures they have collected to date.