Ride or Die: Six Things You Need to Know About Tuesday's Pivotal Vote on Uber

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Uber is back, baby. Lyft is almost legal. Portland's cab companies are wild with rage.And everything hinges on a City Council vote Tuesday night.Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick ended three months of waffling with a bold play announced Friday afternoon. Their new plan is the first breakthrough on ride-hailing apps in PDX since Hales shooed Uber out of town last December. It could let ...   More
 
Monday, April 20, 2015 AARON MESH

Charles McGee Mulls Portland City Council Bid


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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

Portland City Hall May Allow Uber's "Surge Pricing"—Except in Emergencies

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Uber is rolling back into Portland this month. And it looks like the company will be allowed to bring its controversial "surge pricing" with it.Draft recommendations from Portland officials, who are creating new rules for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, show the city plans to mostly allow Uber's "surge pricing"—which hikes fares when demand is high. The exception? Portland will bar surge pricing ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Anna Walters and Aaron Mesh

City Council Set to Discuss Uber for the First Time Since It Left Town

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Last December, Mayor Charlie Hales cut a deal with ride app Uber to temporarily leave Portland while city officials crafted new rules for so-called "ride-sharing" companies.Just a little over a month remains until April 9, the date Hales promised Uber it could return to Portland—and the City Council has yet to publicly debate the coming upheaval in the taxi market.That silence is about end.City Commissioner ...   More
 
Friday, March 6, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Steve Novick's Best Advice to Gov. Kate Brown? Get a Corgi

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Gov. Kate Brown's sudden rise to power last week unleashed a flurry of demands and requests on the new governor's time—she extended former Gov. John Kitzhaber's moratorium on the death penalty before it expired in a few weeks, for example—as well as lots of free advice from other politicians.Example: Former Gov. Barbara Roberts, at a Feb. 14 celebration at the Oregon Historical Society, said ...   More
 
Monday, February 23, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Mayor Charlie Hales Will Ask Portland Voters to Pick Their Favorite Street Fee in May Advisory Vote

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Unable to find a workable version of the Portland street fee after a year of trying, Mayor Charlie Hales is asking Portland voters to recommend one.The mayor's office this afternoon announced it will place three to six transportation funding options on the May 2015 ballot for a public advisory vote."We will ask the voters to pick from the array of funding options," Hales says in a press release, "and ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 AARON MESH

Portland Considering Permits for 377 New Taxis

Competition for Uber could include EcoCab and Rainbow Cab

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When Uber returns to Portland in April, it could face new competition. City Commissioner Steve Novick has told the city’s taxi board to tackle its backlog of 377 permit applications from 10 cab companies. (Portland now has just 460 licensed cabs.) The Private-for-Hire Transportation Board of Review has been accused of protecting the interests of existing taxi companies. But the board's manager, Frank ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 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.

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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

Street Fee Opponents Pledge to Send Portland City Hall's Transportation Fund to the Voters

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It no longer matters what City Hall comes up with for a street fee to fund transportation projects: An opposition group tells WW it will circulate petitions to force the proposal to the ballot. Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick’s ever-shifting plan would raise $46 million a year to pay for road repairs and maintenance. Hales and Novick say the city is way behind in keeping up the ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Meet The New Year. A Lot Like The Old Year.


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Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is finally fulfilling her long-delayed promise to tackle campaign finance reform. Oregon is one of only four states that places no limits on political contri   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

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