Just Say Novick

City Commissioner Steve Novick is vulnerable—but few dare challenge him.

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Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick has a lot of explaining to do to voters. He enters the post-Labor Day election season with unusually low favorability ratings—more than 40 percent of voters   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

No Poking!

Multnomah County juvenile detention officials responded this week after learning they had employed a former Portland Public Schools teacher who allegedly poked a PPS colleague “in, on or around”   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 WWeek News Staff

Auditor: Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick Violated Lobbying Code

Mary Hull Caballero issues warnings to both for failing to record meeting with Uber lobbyists on public calendars.


Portland's independently elected auditor, Mary Hull Caballero, issued warnings to Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick on Tuesday, saying the two city leaders had violated city code by failing to record on their public calendars a December 2014 meeting with Uber lobbyists at the home of political consultant-turned-lobbyist Mark Wiener."The failure to record the meeting on your public calendar ...   More
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

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


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