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

Effort to Recall Hales and Novick Comes Up Short on Signatures

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Portland's not that mad about the street fee.Organizers of an effort to recall Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick announced this morning they haven't gathered enough signatures to make the November ballot."Gathering 50,000 signatures just to get the question before the voters proved to be a higher bar than we expected," chief petitioner Ray Horton writes.Horton, a Tabor neighborhood ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 AARON MESH

Cost of Renaming City Street for Trail Blazers' Jack Ramsay: $2,640

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City Commissioner Steve Novick is not much accustomed to the slings and arrows of a skeptical public or press. He's taken heat from both for the proposed new transportation funding measure he and Mayor Charlie Hales have pursued this year. But this week, Novick will finalize a council that promises to be far less controversial: renaming North Winning Way, a small street adjacent to the Moda Center. ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

"Do-Not-Buy" List Could Leave City With No Options for Corporate Investment, Committee Warns

Portland moving forward with Commissioner Steve Novick's plan for "socially responsible investing."

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Portland is moving forward with City Commissioner Steve Novick’s plan to stop the city from investing its $940 million portfolio in companies that are ethically challenged. But as reported in this morning's Murmurs, the group that guides that portfolio warns the “do-not-buy” list could leave the city with few corporations left to invest in.Novick drew national media attention in May when the ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 AARON MESH

VIDEO: Commissioner Steve Novick Says Uber is "a Tricky Issue" for Portland

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Uber has Portland surrounded.The San Francisco-based ride-sharing startup is now operating in Vancouver, Wash., Eugene and Salem, even as it lobbies to break into the Portland cab market. Uber enlists drivers to use their own cars as de facto taxis, with customers summoning rides with the tap of a phone app. As WW reported last week, Portland remains the largest city on the West Coast where Uber isn't ...   More
 
Friday, July 25, 2014 AARON MESH

New Street Fee Survey Says: Tax the Rich

Novick finds strong support for income tax on people who make more than $125,000 a year.

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City Commissioner Steve Novick has had the city pay for another phone survey—the third this year—trying to find a popular way to raise about $50 million a year to pave Portland streets.He may have found one: an income tax on the city's richest people. The survey, conducted last month by Davis, Hibbitts, & Midghall, shows Portlanders clearly favor an income tax that places the biggest burden ...   More
 
Thursday, July 17, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick Respond to Ray Horton's Recall Effort

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Today's edition of WW features an interview with Ray Horton, the Mount Tabor retiree who is fighting a proposed Portland "street fee" by trying to recall Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick. Horton says he filed his recall petitions on July 11 because Hales and Novick "have a dismissive attitude toward people who express concerns about budgeting."WW asked both officials to respond to ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Aaron Mesh

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