Poll Shows City Looking at $12-a-Home Street Fee to Fund Transportation Bureau

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Do you want to pay $12 a month for a new city “street maintenance and safety” fee? That’s the question being put to voters in a telephone survey paid for by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. And the phone survey—first reported by BikePortland.org and obtained by WW—points to how Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick will try to raise money for the bureau.The new fee ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 AARON MESH

Tigard Voters Block Southwest Light-Rail Plan

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Tigard voters have thrown a spoke in the wheel of a possible new light-rail line through Southwest Portland to Tualatin. Unofficial tallies from Tuesday's special election show Tigard voters passed a ballot initiative requiring public approval for any light rail or bus rapid transit project through the city.The initiative has passed by 5,066 votes to 4,846 votes—a margin of 220 ballots—with all ...   More
 
Thursday, March 13, 2014 AARON MESH

26 Reasons to Love Portland Right Now


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What comes to mind when you think about why you love Portland? Powell’s, beer, strippers, third-wave coffee, food carts, weird doughnuts, water fountains that don’t stop running, plastic hor   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 WW Staff

Hales Says New Taxes for Walking Safety Could Be on November Ballot

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Mayor Charlie Hales has responded to calls for increased walking safety in East Portland by saying he’s focused on finding new taxes and fees to fund streets and sidewalks. His office says a new fee plan, pushed by Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick, could be on the November ballot. “That’s likely to go to voters this year,” says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes. “And that’s a real, long-term ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Advocates Demand City Hall Response to East Portland Walking Deaths

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The deaths of two people crossing streets in East Portland this weekend have sparked a renewed campaign pressuring City Hall to spend more money on walking safety. Pedestrian advocacy group Oregon Walks launched a petition this morning demanding Portland leaders, including Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick, commit to "Vision Zero"—a policy of street-safety investments designed ...   More
 
Monday, February 17, 2014 AARON MESH

Tunnel Vision

Steve Novick says Portland can’t afford sidewalks, but he wants $650,000 for new light rail.


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City Commissioner Steve Novick has spent the past two months saying Portland can’t find the money for basic transportation services such as streets and sidewalks.   But Novick’s city    More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Maybe Kitzhaber Can Start Tolling City Sidewalks.


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Anybody want to buy a sidewalk? City Commissioner Steve Novick has been sniffing out new taxes to fund the Portland Bureau of Transportation (Murmurs, WW, Dec. 4, 2013). He now knows what Portlanders    More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Steve Novick Scraps with Portland Business Alliance Over Who Pays for Downtown Tourism Ads

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A representative of the Portland Business Alliance has refused to sign off on City Commissioner Steve Novick's proposed budget for the Portland Bureau of Transportation—usually a formality in the city budget process.What's the hangup? Novick wants to end a deal where PBOT pays for downtown marketing campaigns in exchange for higher rates on downtown parking meters. Bernie Bottomly, the PBA's representative ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 AARON MESH

Novick Using Committee, Phone Survey to Decide What Transportation to Fund

UPDATE: Phone survey costs $28,000

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UPDATE, 2:03 pm Friday, Jan. 24: The Portland Bureau of Transportation's phone survey, designed to decide how much money the city will seek to raise for the cash-strapped bureau, will cost the city $28,000.As WW previously reported, PBOT is paying for the poll, which is being conducted by Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall.PBOT released the cost estimate today in response to a request by WW.The survey's ...   More
 
Friday, January 24, 2014 AARON MESH

Steve Novick Trash-Talks The Oregonian, Dubs City Hall the "Council of Boom"

City commissioner goes Richard Sherman on the daily paper.

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Don't you open your mouth about the Novick.Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick today struck back at The Oregonian and its recent criticism of City Hall. His response is an homage to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman—whose post-victory trash talking has been the subject of some media attention.Novick's rant, posted on his city blog, takes a personal shot at Oregonian publisher N. Christian ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 AARON MESH

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