Audit Says Portland "Provides Little Supervision" To Its Construction Inspectors

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Do you know what Portland’s construction inspectors do on the job? A new city audit says their employer, the Bureau of Development Services, has no idea, either. WW reported earlier this year that the bureau suspended four commercial electrical inspectors and fired one after an investigation found they routinely enjoyed long brunches on city time at a Northwest Industrial District diner. City ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Murmurs: Sincerely Yours, the Breakfast Club.


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The Bureau of Development Services has suspended four commercial electrical inspectors and fired one after an investigation found they were loafing at a Northwest Industrial District diner. Sources fa   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

City Hall: Council Votes 4-1 to Borrow Funds for Computer Upgrade

Commissioner Amanda Fritz

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When City Council voted 4-1 yesterday to approve a funding plan to pay for computer upgrades at the Bureau of Development Services, Commissioner Amanda Fritz was the lone "no" vote. No surprise there—it's a position she's found herself in before, but the plan and its back story combine for a more interesting tale.The computer upgrading plan—to borrow $6.6 million secured by the city's general fund—comes ...   More
 
Thursday, March 10, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Bureaucrats Urge Caution Over Randy Leonard's Computer Plan


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The final item on tomorrow's City Council agenda likely will produce the most contentious debate among commissioners. That item concerns the Bureau of Development Services' recent request for money to implement a new computerized permit-tracking system. BDS, which Commissioner Randy Leonard oversees, issues building permits. Amid the recession, revenue has fallen precipitously, prompting massive ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Bureaucrats Urge Caution Over Randy Leonard’s Computer Plan


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  The final item on tomorrow’s City Council agenda likely will produce the most contentious debate among commissioners. That item concerns the Bureau of Development Services’ recent request for money to implement a new computerized permit-tracking system. BDS, which Commissioner Randy Leonard oversees, issues building permits. Amid the recession, revenue has fallen precipitously, prompting ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 by Kendra Clune

Bureau of Development Services Slashes Jobs After Director Promises Otherwise


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On May 21, 2009, Paul Scarlett, director of Portland's Bureau of Development Services went before City Council to talk about a fee-increase proposal. BDS is heavily dependent on fees from permits and fines to pay for its operations. But since fewer people have been seeking building permits amid the recession, the bureau has had to dip into its rainy-day funds. Since July, the bureau has spent $5.8 ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

City Council Quick Hits: Tax Breaks, Soccer, Furloughs and Merit Pay


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Portland City Council has waded through a number of topics this morning and afternoon, after its marathon session last night on the topic of renaming 39th Avenue for Cesar E. Chavez. Mayor Sam Adams referred a proposal to give a 10-year tax break to a new housing complex back to his office Commissioner Nick Fish's office. A handful of neighbors from North Portland had testified against the proposal ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Tenants in Aging Buildings Lose Housing Inspection Team


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The cuts keep coming at Portland's Bureau of Development Services, which announced in June it would slash half of the bureau's 300 jobs. Last month, that news was tempered (however slightly) by the fact the reductions would happen in waves, with 45 people losing their jobs in July and another 45 people getting pink slips in August. By December, the bureau would eliminate a total of about 150 people, ...   More
 
Thursday, July 16, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Bureau of Development Services Wants General Fund Money, New Computer System


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Commissioner Randy Leonard has asked for a $5.2 million loan from the City of Portland's general fund for his Bureau of Development Services, whose reserve fund is dwindling, to help maintain staffing levels and buy a new computer system. As of July, the bureau's reserves stood at $8 million. Leonard's ask comes at an difficult time amid the current recession. Last summer, BDS announced the need ...   More
 
Friday, February 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Bureau of Development Services Asks For $1.5 Million, Now


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Commissioner Randy Leonard's Bureau of Development Services is so broke it's asking for an immediate $1.5 million loan. In a resolution that will go before City Council on Wednesday, the bureau asks for interim funds from Portland's "Bancroft Bond Interest and Sinking Fund," a pot of local improvement district money that topped $15 million at the start of this fiscal year. If approved, the loan ...   More
 
Monday, March 8, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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