Mayor Charlie Hales and Steve Novick Didn't Disclose Meeting with Uber Lobbyist. Why Not?


This week's issue of WW includes a story on political consultant Mark Wiener and his work lobbying for Uber, a setup that has raised eyebrows at Portland City Hall. Wiener helped get Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Steve Novick elected. He then accepted money from Uber—he won't say how much—to help persuade Hales, Saltzman and Novick to let the ride-sharing app enter ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Fred Stewart Readies a Challenge to City Commissioner Steve Novick


Commissioner Steve Novick may be the most vulnerable member of Portland City Council in a long time, but he’s yet to see a major candidate willing to challenge him for re-election next year.Concordia University instructor Nick Caleb dropped his brief campaign against Novick on July 14. The next day, real estate broker Fred Stewart, 50, filed registration papers with the state Elections Division to ...   More
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 WW Staff

Murmurs: President Trump Will Stop the Megaquake.

Does the city lawfully own the trademark to the neon “Portland Oregon” sign? Legal observers will have to wait for an answer now that city officials have employed a creative maneuver to quash a la   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 WWeek News Staff

Uber vs. Portland Gets the Bloomberg Businessweek Feature Treatment


How big a deal was Portland City Hall's standoff with Uber? It just made Bloomberg Businessweek. The financial magazine's feature story, "This is How Uber Takes Over a City," recounts city regulators' uphill battle with Uber in the days following the $41 billion ride-hailing behemoth's invasion into the Portland market in defiance of city rules. "In Portland, the 28th-largest city in the U.S., 10 people ...   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 AARON MESH

Sellwood Cycle Owner Mulls City Council Run Against Steve Novick


Portland Commissioner Steve Novick may have another opponent in his 2016 re-election campaign. Erik Tonkin, the 40-year-old owner of Sellwood Cycle Repair, says leaders in the bicycle community and others have approached him about running for Novick’s seat. The small business owner (no relation to the family of car dealers) says it’s not the botched street-fee proposal that’s motivating ...   More
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Ride or Die: Six Things You Need to Know About Tuesday's Pivotal Vote on Uber


Uber is back, baby. Lyft is almost legal. Portland's cab companies are wild with rage.And everything hinges on a City Council vote Tuesday night.Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick ended three months of waffling with a bold play announced Friday afternoon. Their new plan is the first breakthrough on ride-hailing apps in PDX since Hales shooed Uber out of town last December. It could let ...   More
Monday, April 20, 2015 AARON MESH

Charles McGee Mulls Portland City Council Bid

Charles McGee, co-founder of the nonprofit Black Parent Initiative, says he's interested in perhaps running for the Portland City Council in 2016.He declined to say whether he's interested in the seat belonging to Commissioner Amanda Fritz or Commissioner Steve Novick, who are both up for re-election in 2016. Fritz has already announced she's running for a third term. Novick says he also plans to run ...   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Portland City Hall May Allow Uber's "Surge Pricing"—Except in Emergencies


Uber is rolling back into Portland this month. And it looks like the company will be allowed to bring its controversial "surge pricing" with it.Draft recommendations from Portland officials, who are creating new rules for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, show the city plans to mostly allow Uber's "surge pricing"—which hikes fares when demand is high. The exception? Portland will bar surge pricing ...   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Anna Walters and Aaron Mesh

City Council Set to Discuss Uber for the First Time Since It Left Town


Last December, Mayor Charlie Hales cut a deal with ride app Uber to temporarily leave Portland while city officials crafted new rules for so-called "ride-sharing" companies.Just a little over a month remains until April 9, the date Hales promised Uber it could return to Portland—and the City Council has yet to publicly debate the coming upheaval in the taxi market.That silence is about end.City Commissioner ...   More
Friday, March 6, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Steve Novick's Best Advice to Gov. Kate Brown? Get a Corgi


Gov. Kate Brown's sudden rise to power last week unleashed a flurry of demands and requests on the new governor's time—she extended former Gov. John Kitzhaber's moratorium on the death penalty before it expired in a few weeks, for example—as well as lots of free advice from other politicians.Example: Former Gov. Barbara Roberts, at a Feb. 14 celebration at the Oregon Historical Society, said ...   More
Monday, February 23, 2015 by Beth Slovic


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