BikePortland Reports Trouble For a Best of Portland Honoree

Here's an update, as first reported today by BikePortland, on Dan Christensen, who was among the honorees in this week's Best of Portland as "Best Bet Against Sam Adams in a Municipal Twitter Smackdown": TriMet placed Christensen on administrative leave today after Christensen wrote a piece on his blog with the headline, "PORTLAND! KILL THIS BICYCLIST!" BikePortland reports in this piece that ...   More
Thursday, July 22, 2010 HANK STERN

TriMet and Drivers At Contract Impasse

TriMet and its drivers union have gone through months of bargaining on a new contract after the existing deal expired last Nov. 30. That was followed on June 7 by mediation between TriMet and the 2,000-member Amalgamated Transit Union, Division 757. Mediation failed to bring a new deal, so now both sides told the state Employment Relations Board they're at an impasse. And that means each side ...   More
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 HANK STERN

Feeling Cranky Toward TriMet? There's a Protest For You.

When TriMet's nickel fare increase and service cuts take effect on Sept. 1, there will be a demonstration in downtown Portland to protest on that same day. So mark your calendars if you're ticked about TriMet's higher fare and reduced service (or even about TriMet's recent decision to ask voters to OK a $125 million bond this fall) to show up outside City Hall at 4 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 1 for ...   More
Monday, August 16, 2010 HANK STERN

Money Watch: New Big Donors to the Portland Fire Bond Campaign

City Commissioner Nick Fish and Beam Construction and Management are the latest large donors to the Yes campaign on the city of Portland's $72.4 million bond measure for the Fire Bureau. Fish and Beam Development each ponied up $2,500 to the fire bond campaign. (Fish, who won his re-election to City Council in May, also tapped his campaign fund for a much smaller donation of $250 to Democratic ...   More
Thursday, August 19, 2010 HANK STERN

Protesters Rally In Response to TriMet Fare Increase

City Hall this afternoon drew dozens of protesters concerned about recent changes at TriMet. Today, of course, marked the first day of TriMet's nickel fare increase, a move that raised the cost of riding a TriMet bus across two zones to $2.05. Meantime, TriMet has continued to cut services even as it prepares to ask voters for a new $125 million bond in November. While denouncing the service ...   More
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 Jason Slotkin

TriMet Union's Response to McFarlane Memo

As we reported yesterday, TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane laid out some grim news on wages and health care costs for union and non-union employees. Well, the union—Amalgamated Transit Union #757—responded today with a "not so fast" letter from president Jon Hunt, in which he called McFarlane's message a "crude attempt to incite anxiety in folks" or as Hunt put it, "blatant ...   More
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 HANK STERN

New TriMet Boss' Bad-News Memo to Union and Nonunion Employees

TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane told non-union employees at the transit agency today their wage freeze of the past two years will continue in 2011—and they'll have to pick up more of their health-care costs. He also told union employees, who are at a bargaining impasse with TriMet, there will be a new wage freeze for them this December as well as a requirement they pick up some share ...   More
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 HANK STERN

TriMet Cans Driver Caught with Kindle

TriMet this afternoon fired Lahcen Qouchbane, the driver who navigated Interstate-5 on Sept. 16 while seemingly reading a Kindle. TriMet announced the decision this afternoon saying Qouchbane, an employee for 10 years, posed "an immediate threat to public safety" and violated TriMet's policy that "all personal electronic devices be turned off while operating a bus or train." The videotape of ...   More
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Latest Trimet Audit Highlights Rising Cost of Healthcare

All eyes may be on TriMet's upcoming bond measure and today's news that the feds gave the transit agency $6 million to buy new buses. But TriMet faces a bigger financial hurdle than getting voters to approve a new $125 million bond amid a recession. The agency's latest annual audit [PDF] from the Moss Adams accounting firm brings the transit agency's growing health-care costs and ongoing labor ...   More
Monday, October 4, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Protest and TriMet Alert: The Obama Edition

Here are a couple of things readers should know about President Obama coming to Portland this Wednesday Oct. 20 to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber at the Oregon Convention Center. 1) Anti-war protesters plan to rally from 3:3o pm to 6:45 pm near the convention center urging the president to end both wars and close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. 2) TriMet ...   More
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 Jason Slotkin


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