Survey Shows Cracks in Public Support for $12-a-Month Street Fee

UPDATE: Adding businesses to fee system could raise $52 million a year.


A phone survey ordered by City Commissioner Steve Novick shows weak support for an $8-a-month or $12-a-month “street maintenance and safety” fee, with as many as 50 percent of voters opposed.The survey found only 44 percent of voters supported a street fee of $12 a month per Portland household. But that number rose to 51 percent once pollsters explained what the fee would fund: road maintenance ...   More
Thursday, April 10, 2014 AARON MESH

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


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 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

City Gets 44 Applications to Run Transportation Bureau


 Turns out plenty of people would like a shot at running the Portland Bureau of Transportation.The city has received 44 applications for the open transportation director job, officials say. It's been a hot seat to occupy: Mayor Charlie Hales fired former PBOT Director Tom Miller before taking office in January after catching criticism for a backlog of street maintenance. Interim director Toby ...   More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 AARON MESH

Does Anybody Want to Be PBOT Director?


The Portland Bureau of Transportation has been chewing up directors lately.Tom Miller, a protege of former Mayor Sam Adams, was undone by reports about the city's backlog of unpaved roads and media donnybrooks over bicycle projects. Mayor Charlie Hales fired him and told interim Toby Widmer to find money for road paving—but when Widmer cut a sidewalk project on Southeast 136th Avenue, he was caught ...   More
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales Halts PBOT Job Rumored for Amy Ruiz

Sam Adams' former chief of staff goes to Basic Rights Oregon


Mayor Charlie Hales has told the Portland Bureau of Transportation not to fill a public affairs manager position that was reportedly set to go to ex-Mayor Sam Adams aide Amy Ruiz. The Oregonian reported in November that PBOT director Tom Miller was looking to fill the position—essentially a deputy director of the bureau—and that he had set his sights on Ruiz, a former Portland Mercury reporter ...   More
Thursday, January 3, 2013 AARON MESH

Portland Parking Manager Ellis McCoy Amends His Resignation

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City of Portland parking manager Ellis McCoy, who has been on paid administrative leave since a raid of his office by federal investigators earlier this month, submitted his resignation today. Investigators reportedly suspect McCoy of taking kickbacks from a parking contractor.McCoy actually submitted two letters, one dated yesterday, the other today. WW reproduces them below. The Oregonian was first ...   More
Friday, September 2, 2011 COREY PEIN


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