VIDEO: Rep. Jeff Reardon Says Unmanned Speed Cameras Will Prevent Walking Deaths in East Portland


Rep. Jeff Reardon (D-Happy Valley) tells WW he's proposing to change state law to allowed unmanned radar cameras to catch speeders because he wants to reduce pedestrian deaths in East Portland."Basically, my premise is kids walking to school, or people walking to get to their job or to get groceries, shouldn't have to worry quite so much about getting killed," Reardon says.WW first reported Wednesday ...   More
Friday, September 26, 2014 AARON MESH

Portland Wants to Change State Law So the City Can Catch Speeders with Unmanned Radar and Cameras


City transportation officials may have found a new means to raise millions of dollars: installing unmanned radar and cameras to catch speeders in school zones and on roads with lots of car crashes. The problem is, the cameras are illegal in Oregon. WW first reported in Wednesday's Murmurs that Rep. Jeff Reardon (D-Happy Valley) plans to draft a bill to make unmanned photo radar legal. State law currently ...   More
Thursday, September 25, 2014 AARON MESH

Portland's New Street Fee Proposal Would Limit Costs for Businesses


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick are considering scrapping the unpopular "street fee" that would charge businesses thousands of dollars a month and replacing it with a monthly business fee of no more than $135 a month. City officials floated the possibility of the slimmed-down fee Monday at a citizen work group that's trying to find a compromise plan to fund Portland's ...   More
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Police Charge PBOT Employee in Car Theft Conspiracy


Portland Police have arrested a city Transportation Bureau employee for her alleged role in a wide-reaching conspiracy to steal abandoned cars and crush them for scrap metal. The arrest was first reported this afternoon by The Oregonian.Barbara Lorraine Peterson, 53, was arrested after she arrived at her job this morning at the Portland Bureau of Transportation Abandoned Auto Section. The arrest comes ...   More
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Kate Willson

PBOT Shows Businesses Their Possible Street-Fee Bill

How much would a brewpub pay into the new transportation fee? $604 a month.

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Portland businesses could pay bills ranging from $6 a month to $2,241 a month if the city creates a new "street maintenance fee" to fund the Portland Bureau of Transportation.City Commissioner Steve Novick and PBOT director Leah Treat debuted the commercial side of the fee plan to a meeting of business owners on Wednesday morning.The business fees would be matched with an $8-a-month or $12-a-month ...   More
Friday, April 18, 2014 AARON MESH

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


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