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.
It's no surprise Fritz didn't like the idea: Before the vote, Fritz was outside City Hall doling out high fives to cheering cabbies who opposed the plan.
Fritz abstained from voting on the second part as opposed to voting "no." Here's why: The code changes needed to be passed unanimously. Without them, cab companies would have been stuck with fare restrictions for another month, while Uber would be able to charge whatever it wanted.
According to her office, Fritz wanted to vote down the ordinance changes as well, but since Uber and Lyft were already being allowed back, she instead decided not to vote.
"Commissioner Fish and [Fritz] both voted against the resolution and she intended to vote against the ordinance as well," says Fritz's policy analyst Tim Crail. "When she made that intention clear, Commissioner Fish was concerned it would create this un-level playing field. She did not want to support it, but a 'no' would have delayed it."