Haunted House's Proposed TriMet Ads Mock Street Fee, Fluoride and Reservoir Urination

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Nothing sends a chill down Portlanders' spines like paying taxes for road paving or chemically treating the tap water. That's the gist of new advertisements haunted house FrightTown plans to plaster on the side of TriMet buses. The transit agency tells WW the ads will begin this month.The proposed signs, purchased to promote the annual Halloween attraction in Veterans Memorial Coliseum, take aim at ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 AARON MESH

Portland's New Street Fee Proposal Would Limit Costs for Businesses

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick are considering scrapping the unpopular "street fee" that would charge businesses thousands of dollars a month and replacing it with a monthly business fee of no more than $135 a month. City officials floated the possibility of the slimmed-down fee Monday at a citizen work group that's trying to find a compromise plan to fund Portland's ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 AARON MESH

KATU Looks at Traffic Injuries Near City Parks

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As Portland officials continue searching for a way to fund crumbling streets and build missing sidewalks, the City Council is scheduled this week to send a tax measure to voters: a $68 million property-tax bond to fund repairs in city parks. A new report by WW's news partner, KATU-TV, shows city safety needs are at the intersection of those two efforts. The station analyzed Oregon Department of Transportation ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 22, 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

Novick to PBOT: "We Shall Fight in the Streets"

Yes, that's Churchill.

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City Commissioner Steve Novick wrote a mass email this week to employees at the Portland Bureau of Transportation, reasserting his commitment to raising $50 million a year for road repair with a "street fee."In the July 7 email, Novick pledges his dedication to finding new money by quoting Winston Churchill's 1940 speech to the British House of Commons vowing to defeat Nazi Germany. “'We shall fight ...   More
 
Thursday, July 10, 2014 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Steve Novick

The City Commissioner talks about his (so far) unsuccessful fight to raise $50 million a year for streets.


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Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick’s road forward is uphill. The freshman councilor has begun a goodwill tour to heal the rancor from his attempt this spring to cram a citywide “street    More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 WW Staff

Portland's Mean Streets Are Getting Dirtier: The City Is Cutting Back On Street Sweeping

The cuts come as Mayor Charlie Hales asks for more transportation money through a street fee

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Mayor Charlie Hales wasn’t messing around when he said that Portland city streets are a “crisis.” Now, they’ll be a bit dirtier as well.             KATU reports the city of Portland is cutting back the number of times it will clean Portland streets each year. Starting July 1, the city will reduce the number of cleanings of neighborhood and side ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 ERIN CAREY

Watching the Wheels

Portland’s road-paving backlog has grown in the past decade while city officials have delayed filling the hole.


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This week, Portland officials are navigating a switchback trickier than the Terwilliger curves.  They’re telling residents the city needs more money to fix its roads, even as they passed    More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Challenges Portlanders to Find a Wasted Dollar in His Budget

"I'll show up on your doorstep with $10 & a TV reporter"

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales concluded a heated hearing on his proposed "street fee" by challenging angry business owners and anti-tax activists to find a single wasted dollar in his city budgets.The mayor then took to social media and repeated his challenge—which includes a cash reward.Hales' tweet says:"In response to pet project accusations: If you can find misspent money in my budgets, I'll show ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 AARON MESH

Portland Street Fee Didn't Have Crucial Third Vote: City Commissioner Amanda Fritz

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Here's one of the reasons Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick today announced a five-month delay in passing a street fee: Commissioner Amanda Fritz, their crucial third vote, told them she wasn't ready to vote for it.Fritz tells WW she informed Novick and Hales she didn't think their proposal was ready after a contentious May 29 public hearing."After the hearing, it was very ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 AARON MESH

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