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Former PBOT director Tom Miller back in City Hall as mayor’s livability director

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 16th, 2021 at 2:39 pm

Tom Miller at a PBOT event in August 2012.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

The latest shakeup to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s staff includes another name that will be familiar to many of you: Tom Miller. After adding former mayor Sam Adams to his team back in January, Wheeler has now brought on Adams’ former chief of staff. Miller was Adams’ most trusted advisor during his ascent in local politics until Miller was named Bureau of Transportation director in 2011.

Now Miller, the former skateboarding activist and major fan of bicycling, is back to work at City Hall as director of sustainability and livability. He takes over a role left vacant when Amanda Watson departed from Wheeler’s office back in July. [Read more…]

Portland Police will de-emphasize minor traffic violations in move toward racial justice

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 22nd, 2021 at 1:31 pm

Mayor Wheeler and Chief Lovell at today’s press conference.

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It’s official: Mayor Wheeler adds Sam Adams to his team

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 28th, 2021 at 4:58 pm

Sam Adams at a Safe Routes to School event in north Portland in 2010.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Former Portland mayor and transportation commissioner Sam Adams is back.

Mayor Ted Wheeler has confirmed a strong hunch we shared earlier this month that Adams would be added to his staff.

In a statement published today, Wheeler said Adams will serve as his director of strategic innovations and, “lead work on key second-term policy priorities.” [Read more…]

Bike-friendly former Mayor Sam Adams could be headed back to City Hall

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 7th, 2021 at 3:46 pm

Wheeler and Adams working together?
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone addresses off-street path safety concerns

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 27th, 2020 at 9:51 am

A rider on the Springwater Corridor path.
(Photo: Michael Andersen/BikePortland)

During a live, online conversation with a supporter Monday evening, mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone was asked how she’d address safety concerns and homeless camping on the Springwater Corridor path — an issue that has challenged Portland leaders for nearly a decade.

The interview was with Portland-based attorney Alan Kessler. Kessler asked Iannarone to repeat an answer about the issue he overheard her share at a recent open house hosted by “cycling lawyers” (who he described as “the lycra folks who go on fast carbon fiber bikes and go for long rides”). [Read more…]

Election open thread: Sarah Iannarone or Ted Wheeler for Portland Mayor?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 16th, 2020 at 11:47 am

(Source: Multnomah County Voter Pamplet)

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Opinion: Police chief and mayor’s handling of vehicular rampage sets a terrible precedent

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 31st, 2020 at 11:27 am

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Mayor Wheeler wants your feedback on his ‘Climate Emergency’ declaration

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 13th, 2020 at 12:29 pm

Time to make some hard choices about “fossil fuel infrastructure.”
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler released a draft version of his Climate Emergency Declaration (PDF) yesterday. The document sets new goals for carbon emission reduction and it issues a call-to-arms for actions to address climate change impacts with an emphasis on a just transition for “frontline communities” (which are defined as, “Black and Indigenous people, communities of color”.)

Wheeler’s cover letter to the official declaration takes on an urgent tone: “We must make the right decisions now to bend the curve to protect our communities and save our planet,” he writes. “2020 is our year for putting the policies, strategies and actions in place that will aggressively reduce our carbon emissions.”

The transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in our region and Wheeler’s declaration mentions transportation-related policies several times. Later today, Wheeler and his council colleagues will consider the Rose Lane Project, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s plan to allocate more road space to transit vehicles which in many ways perfectly embodies the type of actions he calls for in the declaration. [Read more…]

Regional electeds – including Mayor Wheeler – call for EIS on I-5 Rose Quarter project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 13th, 2019 at 12:34 pm

Wheeler agrees.
(Photo: No More Freeways PDX)

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Mayor Wheeler touts need for better bikeways, transit at ‘Climate Crisis’ panel in DC

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 17th, 2019 at 12:32 pm

Mayor Wheeler speaking on Capitol Hill today.

Senate Democrats learned what mayors are doing to combat climate change during the first meeting of their Special Committee on the Climate Crisis held today on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was one of the five mayors invited to offer testimony and answer the Senators’ questions.

Prior to his appearance, Mayor Wheeler tweeted that leaders like him are on the “frontlines of the climate crisis” and, “on the frontlines of climate action.”
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