David Bragdon: Oregon Can Learn from NYC's Accountability on Planning


Former Metro Council President David Bragdon was never shy about voicing his frustration with Oregon's endless planning gridlock. As chief of the Portland area's regional planning agency, Bragdon chafed at what he called the "paralysis by analysis" of Oregon's public process.He went from here to a gig in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration (he was director of long-term planning, ...   More
Friday, January 31, 2014 AARON MESH

David Bragdon Takes Transit Job in New York City


 David Bragdon is taking to the subway.The former Metro Council president has a new gig: executive director of Transit Center, Inc., a New York City nonprofit that promotes public transportation with tax breaks for commuters. Bragdon left Portland in 2010 for a planning job in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office.  Founded by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1983, ...   More
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 AARON MESH

Murmurs: CRC Budget Irregularities and First Responder Bragdon

Today is the first day of the 2016 campaign.

The founder of HemCon Medical Technologies, the bankrupt Portland-based medical bandage company, wasn’t happy to see a blistering letter from one of his investors, divorce lawyer Jody Stahancyk,   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Metro Councillors Move to Oust MERC Boss

Two members of the seven-person Metro Council have joined Council President David Bragdon in a move to take firmer control of the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission, which is part of Metro. The commission has a $40 million budget, owns assets worth $500 million and has an independent board. But that last fact—the independent board—is where the current conflict lies. Although ...   More
Friday, June 5, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

New MERC Commissioners Named: Next Round Looms in Governance Battle (UPDATED with Woolson resigning)

UPDATE: Woolson resigned Thursday evening, as reported here by the Portland Business Journal. Below is the original story WW ran earlier Thursday. Next Thursday, July 9, will bring the next round in the face-off between Metro Council President David Bragdon and Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission CEO David Woolson (above). As previously reported, Bragdon wants to oust Woolson. Through ...   More
Thursday, July 2, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro Council President Race: Bob Stacey Officially In

Our previous reports that 1000 Friends of Oregon executive director Bob Stacey was considering a run for the $114,000-per-year Metro Council President's job next year have advanced a step. Stacey made his candidacy official last week, when he quietly filed a committee with the Secretary of State, as candidates are required to do. The job, which entails heading an agency responsible for land ...   More
Thursday, July 9, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Convention Center Hotel Finally Gets Buried

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Friday, September 18, 2009 HANK STERN

Proposed Mega-Bridge Drifts Toward Gridlock

The big official news recently about the proposed Columbia River Crossing bridge between Portland and Vancouver is the shaving of the price-tag from $4.2 billion to $3.6 billion. Today, the Project Sponsors Council (which includes local electeds, transit officials and Department of Transportation officials from Washington and Oregon) punted on whether to vote to approve the down-sized option. ...   More
Friday, December 4, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

"Unacceptable Impacts:" Local Electeds Call for CRC Changes

Metro Council President David Bragdon, Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Clark County Chairman Steve Stuart today presented governors of Washington and Oregon with a letter that casts new doubts on the future of the proposed Columbia River Crossing bridge between Portland and Vancouver. "Notwithstanding our stated support for a CRC project, we believe that the cost, physical ...   More
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Governors Stiff-Arm Local Pols On CRC: "Project Can't Afford Delays"

Last month, Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Metro Council President David Bragdon, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Clark County Chair Steve Stuart wrote to the governors of Washington and Oregon asking for a meeting "as soon as scheduling will allow." Those local pols' goal? To address their concerns have about the proposed $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing bridge project. The schedules for Oregon ...   More
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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