Murmurs: Maybe Kitzhaber Can Start Tolling City Sidewalks.

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


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


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.


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


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


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


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

Novick Says Although Vista Bridge Still Attracts Jumpers, Temporary Barriers are Working

"Suicide bridge" closed as cops talk to despondent man


The Vista Bridge has been closed since about 10 am, as Portland Police attempt to keep a man from jumping from the span known as "suicide bridge."The adult male, police say is outside of the protective fencing that the Portland Bureau of Transportation installed this summer in hopes of stopping a blight of suicides from the Southwest Portland bridge. Five people jumped from the bridge this year before ...   More
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Steve Novick's Bolting Portland


Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick is serious about the great Cascadia subduction zone earthquake that's supposed to happen any old minute now.Like, so serious that he's having his house bolted down while he's on vacation.Novick sent this message to media Wednesday: "This falls into the category of 'I feel awkward talking about something I’m doing personally as a news item but I also feel I ...   More
Thursday, August 22, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Novick's DIRECTV Football Flap Lands Him Conservative Scorn


Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick has exasperated the conservative Weekly Standard so greatly, the only words they could find were in French.In a blog post titled "Portland, C'est Moi," Associate Editor Ethan Epstein blasts Novick for using his city blog as a forum to share what he felt was a scam by DIRECTV over a football package.On July 30, Novick blogged that when got the satellite service, ...   More
Friday, August 9, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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