Down The Drain: Single-Sex Swimming And Other Proposed Parks Bureau Cuts


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A 16-month experiment with single-sex swim sessions at Buckman Pool appears to be coming to an end. This month, as City of Portland bureaus head into their next round of budget cuts, Portland Parks & Recreation has prepared its proposal for eliminating 4 percent of costs from its 2010-2011 budget. On the chopping block? A women-only swim time that was created to accommodate the customs ...   More
 
Monday, January 25, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Bike Plan for 2030: Transportation Bureau Responds to Portland Budget Gurus


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A Murmur in this week's paper described how Portland's Bureau of Transportation and its Office of Management and Finance are continuing talks about the cost of fully implementing the city's Bicycle Plan for 2030. OMF analysts reviewed PBOT's $613 million figure for the plan and wrote, in a memo to City Commissioners last week, that that number may have underestimated the price of building the ...   More
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: Bureau of Development Services Wants General Fund Money, New Computer System


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Commissioner Randy Leonard has asked for a $5.2 million loan from the City of Portland's general fund for his Bureau of Development Services, whose reserve fund is dwindling, to help maintain staffing levels and buy a new computer system. As of July, the bureau's reserves stood at $8 million. Leonard's ask comes at an difficult time amid the current recession. Last summer, BDS announced the need ...   More
 
Friday, February 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Hall: More Staff Cuts at Bureau of Development Services


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Almost a year after announcing drastic layoffs, the City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services is making more personnel cuts. This morning bureau director Paul Scarlett told the 160 remaining workers in an all-staff meeting that he would need to eliminate 15 to 18 more jobs immediately. At this time last year, the bureau had 300 people on the payroll. The cuts come as revenue from construction ...   More
 
Monday, May 3, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Updated: City of Portland Inches Toward Contract Settlements


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The City of Portland is still in negotiations with its largest labor group, the District Council of Trade Unions, which represents almost one-third of Portland's 6,000 workers. Much of those talks remain under wraps. But the Northwest Labor Press has a union-friendly account of negotiations thus far. According to the union newspaper, the two biggest outstanding issues relate to outsourcing ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City of Portland Enters Mediation with DCTU. Union Rallies.


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Today marks the first day of mediation for the City of Portland and the District Council of Trade Unions, the umbrella group that represents about 2,000 city employees. Next week, on Wednesday, Sept. 29, the union will stage a rally at City Hall urging a resolution to the months-long process. Here's a summary from the union [PDF] of significant issues still at play. The city has reached agreement ...   More
 
Thursday, September 23, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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