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Commissioner Saltzman questions City spending on Sunday Parkways

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
Sunday Parkways NW 2011-32-31
Sunday Parkways is not a core
city service says Saltzman.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman has fired the first shot across the bow in what is likely just a preview of what's to come in bruising fight over next year's budget.

On the agenda at the City Council meeting this morning was a two-year $248,500 contract expense for local company Good Sport Promotion to manage the hundreds of volunteers it takes to put on PBOT's Sunday Parkways events. According to Beth Slovic at The Oregonian, Saltzman spoke out in opposition to the contract — and funding for the event in general — at the council meeting. (more...)

City's Bike Advisory Committee steps back from Saltzman proposal

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The City of Portland's Bicycle Advisory Committee -- a 13 member group that advises the City on "bicycle-related matters" -- has released their letter in response to Commissioner Dan Saltzman's Bike Plan funding proposal.

The BAC initially intended to draft a letter in support of Saltzman's idea (after he pitched it to them in person at their monthly meeting on Tuesday), but now they have put some conditions on that support. (more...)

Saltzman: Amendment would "jumpstart" bike plan funding -- UPDATED

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
Commissioner Saltzman and his chief of staff
Brendan Finn at tonight's BAC meeting.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman made a rare appearance at the City's Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting tonight in order to present his idea to raise up to $1 million per year to help pay for projects in the 2030 bicycle plan.

When the plan comes up for adoption by City Council this Thursday, Saltzman said he'll propose an amendment to use revenue from the City's Utility License Fee to pay for bike projects. The Utility License Fee is paid to the City by companies and agencies (like PGE, Comcast, Northwest Natural, and so on) that use the City's public right of way to perform a variety of services -- from telecommunications to natural gas and sewer line maintenance.
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