Amanda Fritz to Oversee Portland's Marijuana Policy


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales last week publicly embarrassed City Commissioner Amanda Fritz by abruptly yanking her control of the bureau that oversees real-estate development. Fritz had angered developers with fee hikes and policies targeting skinny houses. The mayor reassigned the Bureau of Development Services to Commissioner Dan Saltzman. Fritz got the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Commissioner Amanda Fritz—An Uber Foe—Is Still Allowing Taxis to "Go Wild" Right Away


She may be Portland City Hall’s biggest Uber hater, but City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is not standing in the way of letting the deregulation of cabs in Portland to wait at the curb.On Tuesday, City Council voted to legalize Uber and other ride-hailing companies. Fritz voted against the plan, put forth by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick, that welcomed Uber and its competitor Lyft ...   More
Thursday, April 23, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Charles McGee Mulls Portland City Council Bid

Charles McGee, co-founder of the nonprofit Black Parent Initiative, says he's interested in perhaps running for the Portland City Council in 2016.He declined to say whether he's interested in the seat belonging to Commissioner Amanda Fritz or Commissioner Steve Novick, who are both up for re-election in 2016. Fritz has already announced she's running for a third term. Novick says he also plans to run ...   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Pay to Playground

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz proposes overhauling fees on developers to fund parks.

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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is proposing a massive increase in some of the fees the city charges developers of new homes and commercial buildings. Fritz is proposing an overhaul of the fees   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 AARON MESH

Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz Will Seek Third Term


Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz says she will seek a third term on the City Council in 2016. She hadn’t planned to run again but changed her mind after her husband, Dr. Steven Fritz, died in a September car crash on Interstate 5 near Salem. “I was hoping to be able to retire and spend time with my husband,” Fritz tells WW. “I have lots of goals for the city, and ...   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by Aaron Mesh

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz Says She'll Vote Against Latest Street Fee Proposal

She says City Council should send its plan to voters.


Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick's proposed street fee to raise money for Portland road repairs and safety projects may not have enough votes to get out of City Hall. City Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced this afternoon that she will not support Novick's latest proposal for a residential fee, which estimates gas use based on income. She says the new plan places too large a ...   More
Monday, January 5, 2015 by Aaron Mesh

Portland Street Fee Didn't Have Crucial Third Vote: City Commissioner Amanda Fritz


Here's one of the reasons Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick today announced a five-month delay in passing a street fee: Commissioner Amanda Fritz, their crucial third vote, told them she wasn't ready to vote for it.Fritz tells WW she informed Novick and Hales she didn't think their proposal was ready after a contentious May 29 public hearing."After the hearing, it was very ...   More
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 AARON MESH

Former Portland Finance Chief Jack D. Graham Will Sue City for Racial Discrimination


The City of Portland's former finance chief, Jack D. Graham, has filed notice of his intent to sue the city for racial discrimination and defamation.The tort claim filed by Graham this afternoon says Graham intends to individually sue three city commissioners—Nick Fish, Amanda Fritz and Steve Novick—for comments they made about a city investigation into his handling of a money transfer."Even more ...   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 AARON MESH

Fritz Forgives $123,000 Loan to City Hall Campaign

She tells supporters to donate to Jeff Merkley instead.


City Commissioner Amanda Fritz rang in the new year by dropping some campaign debt from the old. Fritz has forgiven $123,418 in loans she made to her own campaign last year. That's a holiday gift to the supporters she'd been asking to reimburse her self-funded election.She had been accepting donations to recoup the money she spent on a hotly contested 2012 race for her City Council seat against former ...   More
Thursday, January 2, 2014 AARON MESH

Hales Wants Right 2 Dream Too in This Old Town Warehouse

UPDATE: Camp likely to reject offer, its lawyer says.


UPDATE, 5:30 pm: The lawyer for homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too says the camp is likely to turn down the warehouse site offered by Mayor Charlie Hales today. "It does not appear that the Hoyt Street option is a viable option," Mark Kramer says. "It would put Right 2 Dream Too out on the street in 15 months."Kramer tells WW he'll meet with the Right 2 Dream Too board tomorrow, but that he still believes ...   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Aaron Mesh


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