VIDEO: City Commissioner Nick Fish Berates Airbnb Lobbyist

"You want to have your cake and eat it too," Fish says. "This has shades of Uber all over it."

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Uber isn't Portland's only fight with a sharing-economy startup. The love affair between City Hall and Airbnb is publicly fraying. City Commissioner Nick Fish has been pushing a crackdown on Airbnb hosts who don’t get safety inspections. Airbnb sent a lobbyist to a City Council hearing Dec. 18 to object to new rules compelling the company to provide the addresses and city permit numbers of its hosts. ...   More
 
Monday, December 22, 2014 AARON MESH

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

Drivers, Wanted

The city can’t back up its tough talk about cracking down on Uber.


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It’s been nearly two weeks since Uber invaded Portland with a ride-sharing service that defies the city’s taxi rules. Portland officials pledged to take Uber to court, levy hefty fines and imp   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 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

Murmurs: Where the Uber Meets the Road.


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Portland, your Uber is arriving—in court. The city of Portland on Dec. 8 sued the ride-sharing company and is asking a federal judge to block Uber from operating here until it’s willing to f   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Hot Takes: Top 5 Comments of the Week, Dec. 3-9

Extra Special Uber Edition!

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 We herewith collate—with minimal commentary—the most cogent, interesting, thoughtful, strange or witty comments to have washed up on our virtual shores this week. Congratulations, commenters: You have won nothing but our esteem. Extra special Uber edition of Hot Takes. Uber declared it was entering Portland in defiance of Portland City Hall, and said it would back drivers against ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The City of Portland Sues Uber

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Portland city officials aren't taking Uber's invasion lying down. Instead, they're taking the ride-sharing company to court.Portland officials today filed an injunctive lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court, asking a judge to order the company to stop operating until City Hall grants Uber permission."If Uber thinks there should be no maximum price on what they charge Portlanders, they should make ...   More
 
Monday, December 8, 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

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