Category: finances and funding

Facing a series of legal challenges to hotel project, Metro asks court to hear them all at once

Hotel renderingFaced with the potential of years of litigation about the proposed convention center hotel project, Metro announced Tuesday that it's turning to a somewhat obscure bit of law in hopes of answering all of the legal challenges at once.

Metro's proposed 2014-15 budget reflects signs of economic recovery

In her proposed budget, Metro chief operating officer Martha Bennett calls for about $118 million in general fund spending for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

At climate summit, leaders support transportation investments

More buses. Smarter roads. Better sidewalks and bikeways. All gathered support from the morning gathering of dozens of elected officials. That support isn't surprising. The leaders were spending on a currency of moral imperative, guided by a budget they've already laid out in policies that have been adopted from city councils and county commissions from across the region.

Citizen-Oversight Group Praises Zoo Bond Implementation

Elephants at the ZooThe Oregon Zoo continues to deliver on promises made in 2008, when the region’s voters approved a $125 million zoo bond measure promoting animal welfare and sustainability, a citizen-oversight group reports. At a meeting of the Metro Council yesterday, the Oregon Zoo Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee commended Metro and zoo staff for their effectiveness in implementing a host of projects funded by the community-supported bond measure as well as for its responsiveness in addressing committee recommendations and questions.

Solid waste rates change at transfer stations

Residents of the Portland region could see a decrease in their monthly garbage bill if the Metro Council approves an ordinance this week. But rates for composting will go up as a result of the same action.

Opponents' new lawsuit says state law requires vote on Hyatt project

Opponents of the finance plan for a proposed hotel near the Oregon Convention Center have turned to a new tool for their opposition to the $198 million project – Oregon Revised Statutes.

Communities looking at smaller transit systems to address local needs

Local groups take charge of public transportation as TriMet looks for community partners.

CRC will join list of other stalled projects in region's transportation plans

RIP CRCThe Columbia River Crossing may be dead, but it'll likely live on in the region's primary transportation plan, at least for another few years.

Gladstone bridge stands despite river's push, giving hope to trail advocates

The Clackamas River gave its best shot at an old bridge near downtown Gladstone, but the old iron hulk might not be down for the count.

Sides moving forward after judge's hotel ruling

On Monday, Multnomah County Judge Eric Bloch ruled that opponents of the proposed Hyatt project couldn't ask Multnomah County voters to override the county commission's approval of a finance plan for the hotel.