City Commissioner Steve Novick: Uber Still Has to Pay $67,750 in Portland Fines

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City Commissioner Steve Novick says Uber's agreement to back out of Portland for three months doesn't mean it can escape paying $67,750 in city fines for operating illegally the past two weeks."Steve is intent on fining them," says Novick policy advisor Bryan Hockaday. "And he made that clear to the mayor. The mayor's office has not responded yet."Mayor Charlie Hales brokered a deal with Uber on Thursday, ...   More
 
Friday, December 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Uber Has Been Hit With $67,750 In Fines by the City of Portland After 10 Days of Operating Here

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City of Portland transportation officials have issued $67,750 in fines to the ride-sharing company Uber, but have yet to penalize a single driver. Uber has been operating its service in Portland for 10 days, defying city rules for taxis and town cars. The city, led by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick, has sued Uber, seeking a judge's injunction to block the company from operating.City ...   More
 
Monday, December 15, 2014 AARON MESH

10 Things You Need to Know About Uber in Portland

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Portland is now an Uber town—whether city officials like it or not. The San Francisco-based ride-sharing company launched a surprise invasion of Portland on Friday, bringing its service to the only city on the West Coast where it wasn’t operating. City officials like Commissioner Steve Novick, who had so far barred Uber’s cars, vow to retaliate with stings and fines. Uber says it will fight ...   More
 
Sunday, December 7, 2014 AARON MESH

Uber Pledges to Support Drivers, Fight City Fines In Court

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The City of Portland wants to fight Uber? Uber says bring it on.A spokeswoman for Uber, the ride-sharing company that last night defied City Hall by launching its car service in Portland, says it will back its drivers by waging a legal fight against city fines."Uber stands by every driver partner," says Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend, "and will fight unjust citations moving forward."Portland began trying ...   More
 
Saturday, December 6, 2014 AARON MESH

Uber, Defying City Hall, Launches Its Service in Portland Today

City officials, "completely, utterly blindsided" by San Francisco startup, pledge crackdown.

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The ride-sharing service Uber will begin running cars today in Portland, defying Portland City Hall's rules barring the company from operating within city limits."We are launching today," says Uber general manager Brooke Steger. "The city still has not written us into regulations. It's our duty to listen to the residents of Portland."It's a brash and provocative move by the San Francisco-based startup, ...   More
 
Friday, December 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Neighborhood Coalition Demands Transportation Bureau Produce Street Fee Calculations

SE Uplift files an appeal to the Multnomah County District Attorney.

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Among the groups lining up to oppose the street fee, perhaps the most striking is SE Uplift. The neighborhood coalition is overseen and funded by City Hall. SE Uplift represents 20 neighborhood associations in Southeast Portland—the power blocs of Portland retail politics. The support of neighborhood associations is crucial to winning local votes.Unlike the business lobby, SE Uplift has no natural ...   More
 
Friday, November 28, 2014 AARON MESH

Petroleum Lobbyist Rejects Meeting with Mayor Charlie Hales Over Street Fee

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In the past two weeks, the rift between Portland City Hall and the business lobby over a $46 million street fee has grown increasingly antagonistic, as the two sides prepare for a ballot battle. Mayor Charlie Hales and petroleum lobbyist Paul Romain aren't just separated over how the fee should be structured, or whether it should be sent to voters. They can't even agree to meet. Hales' spokesman Dana ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 AARON MESH

Hales and Novick Try to Thwart Public Vote on Street Fee

Portland officials want to make referral more difficult by breaking fee into two votes.

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Documents filed at Portland City Hall today show Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick are trying to prevent a public vote on their $46 million street fee proposal by forcing opponents to gather signatures twice.Hales and Novick have filed two ordinances with the council clerk's office: one for the business fee, and another for the residential income tax. That means City Council ...   More
 
Friday, November 14, 2014 by Aaron Mesh

Hales and Novick Reveal Street Fee Structure Ahead of Dec. 3 Vote

UPDATE: Now called the "Portland Street Fund," it's deductible from federal income taxes.

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UPDATE, 11: 30 am: Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick this morning debuted a $46 million annual "Portland street fund" proposal anchored by an income tax, heavily weighted toward making rich people pay for street paving.Perhaps the most interesting new revelation about the city's proposal: The fee is deductible from state and federal income taxes."No one likes taxes," Hales said at ...   More
 
Monday, November 10, 2014 AARON MESH

Portland City Council May Open the Door Slightly to Letting Voters Have Their Say on the Street Fee

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Portland City Council is nearing consensus on how to structure a street fee to raise $40 million for road repairs and safety projects. What they don't agree on: whether Portland voters will get a say.As Portland commissioners discuss the shape of the street fee this afternoon, WW has learned Mayor Charlie Hales is considering having two City Council votes in November: One would be on the fee itself, ...   More
 
Monday, October 13, 2014 AARON MESH

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