Hales Says New Taxes for Walking Safety Could Be on November Ballot

sidewalk-free street

News
Mayor Charlie Hales has responded to calls for increased walking safety in East Portland by saying he’s focused on finding new taxes and fees to fund streets and sidewalks. His office says a new fee plan, pushed by Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick, could be on the November ballot. “That’s likely to go to voters this year,” says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes. “And that’s a real, long-term ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Advocates Demand City Hall Response to East Portland Walking Deaths

murmurs_sidewalk_3918

News
The deaths of two people crossing streets in East Portland this weekend have sparked a renewed campaign pressuring City Hall to spend more money on walking safety. Pedestrian advocacy group Oregon Walks launched a petition this morning demanding Portland leaders, including Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick, commit to "Vision Zero"—a policy of street-safety investments designed ...   More
 
Monday, February 17, 2014 AARON MESH

Tunnel Vision

Steve Novick says Portland can’t afford sidewalks, but he wants $650,000 for new light rail.


News Stories
City Commissioner Steve Novick has spent the past two months saying Portland can’t find the money for basic transportation services such as streets and sidewalks.   But Novick’s city    More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Maybe Kitzhaber Can Start Tolling City Sidewalks.


Murmurs
Anybody want to buy a sidewalk? City Commissioner Steve Novick has been sniffing out new taxes to fund the Portland Bureau of Transportation (Murmurs, WW, Dec. 4, 2013). He now knows what Portlanders    More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Steve Novick Scraps with Portland Business Alliance Over Who Pays for Downtown Tourism Ads

sleighbells

News
A representative of the Portland Business Alliance has refused to sign off on City Commissioner Steve Novick's proposed budget for the Portland Bureau of Transportation—usually a formality in the city budget process.What's the hangup? Novick wants to end a deal where PBOT pays for downtown marketing campaigns in exchange for higher rates on downtown parking meters. Bernie Bottomly, the PBA's representative ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 AARON MESH

Novick Using Committee, Phone Survey to Decide What Transportation to Fund

UPDATE: Phone survey costs $28,000

novicksanta2

News
UPDATE, 2:03 pm Friday, Jan. 24: The Portland Bureau of Transportation's phone survey, designed to decide how much money the city will seek to raise for the cash-strapped bureau, will cost the city $28,000.As WW previously reported, PBOT is paying for the poll, which is being conducted by Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall.PBOT released the cost estimate today in response to a request by WW.The survey's ...   More
 
Friday, January 24, 2014 AARON MESH

Steve Novick Trash-Talks The Oregonian, Dubs City Hall the "Council of Boom"

City commissioner goes Richard Sherman on the daily paper.

novicksanta

News
Don't you open your mouth about the Novick.Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick today struck back at The Oregonian and its recent criticism of City Hall. His response is an homage to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman—whose post-victory trash talking has been the subject of some media attention.Novick's rant, posted on his city blog, takes a personal shot at Oregonian publisher N. Christian ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 AARON MESH

City Carbon Tax Gained "No Traction Whatsoever" in Phone Survey

novicksanta

News
Mayor Charlie Hales is compiling of wish list of potential new taxes and fees to fund the cash-strapped Portland Bureau of Transportation. But he won't be calling any of them a "carbon tax." WW reported in November that Hales had ditched his proposed city carbon tax—a combination of gas tax and power utility tax—once a phone survey showed voters disliked it.Hales confirmed that decision to The ...   More
 
Friday, December 27, 2013 AARON MESH

Novick Seeks $2.5 Million for Portland Bike Share's Second Phase

citibike5_shinyasuzuki

News
City Hall still can’t get to phase one of its long-delayed Portland Bike Share, but City Commissioner Steve Novick is already making a play for money to fund phase two. Novick is seeking $2.5 million from the Oregon Department of Transportation to expand proposed locations for bike-share stations, including to the North Portland industrial enclave of Swan Island. "Bike share will improve mobility ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 AARON MESH

Novick, Hales Hunting for New Transportation Taxes and Fees

news2_3910

News
When Mayor Charlie Hales took office last winter, he said Portland City Hall wouldn't pursue new taxes for streets and sidewalks until "after we show we mean it with black tar."The city has patched 76 miles of streets this year, closing in on the mayor's goal of 100 miles. And Hales apparently thinks the time is right to start the money search. As first reported by WW in this week's Murmurs, Hales ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 AARON MESH

0|3
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close