Michael Jordan, Oregon's Former Chief Operating Officer, Hired to Run City's Bureau of Environmental Services


City Commissioner Nick Fish this morning said he's hired Michael Jordan, the state of Oregon's former chief operating officer, to head the Bureau of Environmental Services. Fish announced the hire in email to all BES employees. Jordan replaces Dean Marriott, the longtime BES chief whom Fish forced out earlier this year after cost overruns on a a BES construction project. Jordan brings his own baggage ...   More
Friday, May 8, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Sewer Office Building Investigation Says City Bureaus Should Report When Projects Get Bigger


An outside investigation of a $11.5 million office building for sewer workers that tripled in cost recommends Portland city bureaus provide elected officials with detailed reports when the scope of a construction project changes.City Commissioner Nick Fish asked law firm Barran Liebman to review the project, which eventually cost longtime Bureau of Environmental Services chief Dean Marriott his job.On ...   More
Thursday, February 19, 2015 AARON MESH

Portland Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott Resigns


Longtime Portland bureau director Dean Marriott has agreed to resign in the wake of a Bureau of Environmental Services building project that went out of control.Marriott, who has spent 20 years atop the city's sewer and stormwater bureau, will receive one year's salary—$199,160—plus $49,000 in legal expenses, according to the terms of a deal announced in the City Council agenda and confirmed ...   More
Friday, January 2, 2015 AARON MESH

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."


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

Portland City Hall Preparing to Compel Airbnb Safety Inspections


Portland city officials say they will finally crack down on Airbnb hosts who don’t get safety inspections. WW reported last month that only 4 percent of Airbnb hosts in Portland had bothered to seek a city permit to operate. Getting a permit requires paying a $180 fee, agreeing to operate under new city rules and passing a safety inspection. Portland Revenue Bureau director Thomas Lannom has ...   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 AARON MESH

Portland Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott Placed on Leave After City Audit of Sewer Office Building


A longtime Portland bureaucrat has been put on paid administrative leave as the result of a city audit into a Bureau of Environmental Services building project that went out of control. BES director Dean Marriott was sent home Tuesday because of the $11.5 million services building that opened this spring at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. The audit was triggered by stories in WW ...   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Aaron Mesh

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


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

City Commissioner Nick Fish Asks for Independent Review of Portland Water Bureau's Rainy-Day Fund


City Commissioner Nick Fish says he will ask for an independent review of the Portland Water Bureau's use of a reserve fund that could lower utility rates. WW reported Wednesday morning how that "rate stabilization fund" grew to $32 million over the past five years, even though Water Bureau sales to customers were in decline. (Such funds are often used to lower rates when water sales don't meet projections.) ...   More
Thursday, September 18, 2014 AARON MESH

Here Are Nick Fish's 11 Unanswered Questions on the Portland Street Fee

UPDATE: Steve Novick suggests Fish should lower water and sewer bills for the poor.


City Commissioner Nick Fish has a lot of questions about the Portland street fee.He tried to raise those questions at last night's public hearing, but was rebuffed by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick. Today, he sent them by email to all City Council offices. The fee, which would eventually charge most households $144 a year, is being pushed to rapid approval by Hales and Novick, ...   More
Friday, May 30, 2014 AARON MESH


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