UPDATED: Steve Novick Wants to Make Portland Arts Tax a Piggyback Tax

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 Portland City Council on Wednesday directed the city revenue bureau to look for more potential changes to the arts tax. City Commissioner Steve Novick has one in mind: He wants to change the very structure of the tax.Novick described the arts tax as "beyond regressive" when it was a ballot measure in November, because it charges every person above federal poverty levels the same $35, regardless ...   More
 
Thursday, March 28, 2013 AARON MESH

City Council Questions FBI Task Force Report

Commissioners, public testimonials raise concerns about civil liberties

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 Even as Portland City Council today accepted the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force's annual report in a 3-2 vote, several commissioners voiced reservations about the lack of specific information in the report about the cases the task force investigates."I had different expectations for the report than what was in it. I was expecting more information," said Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who voted ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 MICHAEL MUNKVOLD

Hales Suspends Permit on Division Street Apartments

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Mayor Charlie Hales is responding to pressure over a controversial 81-unit apartment complex on Southeast Division Street, forcing the developer to apply for a new permit next month.The apartment complex has drawn fire from neighbors since last summer because of its size and lack of on-site parking.Two days ago, the city announced it was reviewing a revised permit for the half-completed building without ...   More
 
Thursday, March 21, 2013 AARON MESH

Fiscal Bluff

The proposed budget cuts city bureaus are betting mayor Charlie Hales won’t make.


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It’s budget season at City Hall, the time of year when we’re told what a dystopian Portland would look like. Streets without cops. Homes burning out of control. Empty swimming pools, vagrants    More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 AARON MESH

Fluoridation 2013: Comparing the Campaign Kickoffs


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Clean Water Portland and Healthy Kids Healthy Portland—the "No" and "Yes" campaigns on fluoride—held their first community meetings over the last two weeks as both sides geared up for battle over Measure 26-151, a city council-approved proposal to fluoridate Portland's water supply, which faces a referendum vote in May. WW stopped by both events to eat both sides' food, drink both sides' booze ...   More
 
Monday, February 4, 2013 by Michael Munkvold

Steve Novick Made Portland a Phone-Hold Music Mixtape

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City Commissioner Steve Novick wants Portland to change its phone-hold music. So he made the city bureaus a playlist. In this week's cover story on changes at City Hall, WW reported that Novick, who took office Jan. 2, has heard frustration from the Water Bureau's customer-service team. Some citizens have complained about the "Listen Local" program played by the city when customers are on hold.Novick ...   More
 
Thursday, January 31, 2013 AARON MESH

City Council Approves Boathouse for Randy Leonard Fire Station 21

Commissioners have reservations about cost and deadline

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The Portland City Council voted today in favor of authorizing Clackamas-based contractor Oregon Iron Works Inc. to build a $1.6 million boathouse for the Portland fire bureau, while voicing reservations about cost and deadline issues in the already controversial project.Several commissioners said they were concerned about the project's April deadline in light of the fact that Oregon Iron Works' subsidiary, ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by Michael Munkvold

Murmurs: Oregon Zoo’s Norovirus Woes

Would you like fries with that?


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The Oregon Zoo has apologized to a family whose 9-month-old son needed emergency medical attention after getting sick following a meal at the zoo’s Cascade Grill. Mitali Kulkarni says she and    More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Steve Novick Blogs Ambitious Agenda

That's great, it starts with an earthquake.

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It didn't take Steve Novick long to lay out his City Council agenda. It took six minutes, in fact. On Dec. 31, the day before Novick was sworn in as a Portland City Commissioner, he launched a blog on the city's website. The first five posts—published between 3:12 pm and 3:18 pm—lay out a series of ambitious policy initiatives.They're not new concepts. Novick, a former environmental lawyer, began ...   More
 
Thursday, January 3, 2013 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Novick Flying Anti-Walmart Flag

News hotter than the Thunderbird Hotel.


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One Portland politician isn’t softening his stance toward Walmart as the retail giant hires local software talent (“Value Shopping,” WW, Aug. 29, 2012). City Commissioner-elect Steve Novick says   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

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