Portland Street Fund put on hold

This message was sent to us by Heather Hoell, Venture Portland Executive Director: In another surprise twist, late yesterday Mayor Hales announced he would defer further debate on the proposed Portland Street Fund – and cancel the May ‘advisory vote’ of the public – while the State Legislature is in session in hopes of a statewide transportation funding package. Earlier this month, House Speaker Kotek, D-Portland, and Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, announced they would pursue a large transportation funding package in the legislative session, however, specific projects won’t be proposed until sometime after Feb. 2, when the Legislature convenes.... read more

Portland Street Fund Update

  Heather Hoell, Venture Portland Executive Director, sent Venture Portland business district members the following update:   On December 3 City Council again debated the proposed Portland Street Fund.  As a reminder, this debate was a second ‘First Reading’ of the ordinance to address the inclusion of a six-year sunset clause.  In addition, Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick introduced an amendment to maintain current levels of funding for street maintenance during future budget years.  This proposal still isn’t yet in final form. During the hearing, as per The Oregonian article, Commissioner Novick said, “I think we’ll be cooking up another... read more