Despite opposition, Senator Lee Beyer sails through OTC nomination meeting

“I’m concerned about the roads for Oregon’s economy… I like to say that Oregon’s economy moves on wheels and those wheels need something to roll on.” -Lee Beyer Yesterday afternoon, the Oregon Senate Interim Committee On Rules and Executive Appointments heard from the more than 60 of Governor Kate Brown’s nominees to various state boards … Read more

Opposition to Governor Brown’s OTC pick strengthens

An unprecedented level of opposition has formed against Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s nomination for a seat on the Oregon Transportation Commission. The powerful, unelected, five-member body oversees the Oregon Department of Transportation and decides how to spend the state’s $5.1 billion transportation budget. Brown nominated outgoing State Senator Lee Beyer to a four-year term that … Read more

Candidates for Oregon governor sound off on freeway expansion projects

We have several elections here in Oregon that are being closely-watched across the country, but none more so than the race for governor, in which unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson and Republican candidate Christine Drazan both stand a chance at beating Democrat Tina Kotek and ending Oregon’s decades-long streak of blue leadership. Drazan, Johnson and Kotek’s … Read more

Transportation reform groups push Governor Brown to reconsider commission pick

On Monday we hinted that the nomination of outgoing State Senator Lee Beyer to one of five spots on the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) would be very unpopular with transportation reform activists. And on Tuesday, the leaders of eight advocacy groups signed onto a letter to express specific grievances. Their campaign isn’t focused on Senator … Read more

Judge rules against Business Alliance challenge to charter reform

The Multnomah County Circuit Court has ruled against the Portland Business Alliance (PBA) challenge to a voting and governance measure slated for November’s ballot. The PBA had argued that the broad package of changes referred to the ballot by the Charter Review Commission violated the state constitution’s single-subject requirement. In today’s ruling, Judge Stephen K. … Read more

Former PBOT Commish Eudaly is back with ‘Street Wonk’ media outlet

I’ve been wondering for a while now: “What happened to Chloe Eudaly?” Now I know. The former Portland City Commissioner and head of the transportation bureau left office with some very choice words for “the bike community” (and for me personally, but whatever) after losing a re-election bid to Mingus Mapps in 2020. After that, … Read more