The state’s largest newspaper has placed a six-figure lien against the Bend home of Cylvia Hayes, the fiancée of former Gov. John Kitzhaber, who resigned in February 2015 over allegations that Hayes used her position as first lady to lobby for clients of her consulting firm.
The Oregonian, based in Portland, filed the lien with the Deschutes County Clerk on Jan. 11. It places a lien on Hayes’ home in southeast Bend in an attempt to recoup a $124,837 judgment against Hayes.
The state attorney general had agreed to release some of the 72,000 emails to and from Hayes during Kitzhaber’s time in office. Hayes filed a lawsuit seeking to block the release. A judge ruled in the Oregonian’s favor and in May 2016 found Hayes liable for the Oregonian’s attorneys’ fees.
Charles Hinkle, an attorney for the Portland law firm of Stoel Rives LLP, who filed the lien on behalf of the Oregonian Publishing Company LLC, did not return a phone call requesting comment. Whitney Boise, of the Portland law firm Boise Matthews LLP, who represents Hayes, said he had not seen the lien and therefore declined comment.
A lien against a property makes it difficult for the owner to sell or re-finance without first clearing the lien. It can also be enforced to block the purchase or sale of other property owned by the property owner in the same county. According to county records, Hayes’ home has a current assessed value of $225,140. The Zillow.com real estate sales site lists the property as having a likely sale value of just under $265,000 in today’s market.
Records do not show Hayes owning any other property in Deschutes County.
Hayes also faces $110,000 in possible fines by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission for violations of state law.
The legal and financial issues come as Hayes prepares to speak Saturday at TEDxBend, a local offshoot of the hyper-popular TED annual conference now held in Vancouver, B.C.
Created in 1984, TED is an acronym for its original focus on “technology, entertainment, and design.” TEDx was created to bring the conference concept to hundreds of local communities as a nonprofit exchange of ideas.
According to TEDxBend promotional materials, Hayes is to speak on “a complete shattering” of her public persona and how she has rebounded from the experience.
According to the official program for TEDxBend “Cylvia Hayes is an author, speaker, coach/consultant and award-winning environmental and anti-poverty activist. Her unique experience as former First Lady of Oregon (and as world-class clickbait) has taught her that in our darkest moments, we learn the most about who we really are and how we can best serve. In overcoming a complete shattering of her own public identity, Hayes became committed to bringing light, hope and breakthrough to anyone struggling with shame, identity crises and terrible mistakes to help them become powerful change makers in the world.”
In advance of the talk, Hayes sent out a tweet asking. “How do you define Ego? I’m doing a TEDx talk next week on ego and finding freedom from fear. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this question.”
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