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Hales, Novick recall campaign schedules first meeting

The campaign to recall Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick because of their handling of the proposed street fee is moving ahead. It now has a Facebook page, a scheduled Saturday kickoff meeting, and interest from the company that collected more than enough signatures to place the Portland Public Water District measure on the May 20 Primary Election ballot.

No agreement has been reached between the recall leader Ray Horton and Encore Political Services, however.

"I'm not working with anyone yet," says Horton, a Southeast Portland resident and graphic designer who must collect nearly 35,000 valid signatures from registered Portland voters on each petition by early October to force the recall elections.

Hiram Asmuth, who owns the signature collection firm, says he hopes to help Horton, however.

"Hales has let the city down on multiple levels. The street fee is just the most recent of his terrible regressive ideas. Novick's callousness on that issue deserves to be repaid in kind. Both of these politicians seem to forget they're technically employed by Portland. They should be fired," says Asmuth, whose firm collected more than the required 29,786 signatures to place the water measure on the ballot. It was overwhelmingly defeated by Portland voters, however.

Horton, a graphic designer who says he voted for Hales and Novick, has started a Facebook page for his campaign at www.facebook.com/Hales.and.Novick.Recall. It includes an announcement of the first organizational meeting and petition training workshop at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 19, in Muir Hall at TaborSpace, 5441 S.E. Belmont.