Viewing by month: January 2013

Metro receives AAA bond rating from Standard & Poors again in 2013

"We consider Metro's management practices 'strong"' under our Financial Management Assessment methodology," S&P said. "An FMA of 'strong' reflects our view that practices are strong, well embedded, and likely sustainable."

Columbia Slough Watershed Council to honor former Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder, scientist Katy Weil

Katy WeilThe Columbia Slough Watershed Council will honor two people connected to Metro next week at its annual celebration of the wildlife-rich waterways tracing the Columbia River.

Missing Canemah Bluff link purchased at courthouse auction

CanemahIn less than three minutes on a rainy Monday in front of the Clackamas County Courthouse, Metro claimed the missing link in a stretch of bluffs it owns along the Willamette River.

City approves Oregon Zoo's 10-year land use plan

Tasul takes a dip in the icy waters of the Oregon Zoo polar bear habitat, an area that will undergo big changes in the years ahead. The City of Portland has granted land-use approval to the zoo for 10 years’ worth of community-supported improvement projects.The City of Portland has granted land-use approval to the Oregon Zoo for improvements to be made across the zoo site over the next decade. The decision, which took effect Jan. 28, allows work to proceed on the full complement of zoo projects approved by metro-area voters in 2008. In all, these projects will transform nearly 40 percent of the zoo site.

Suburban transit a key piece of tailpipe emissions study

Transit connectionsIn the suburbs, hour-long commutes and mid-day service dropoffs make it hard to justify going somewhere on a bus. Would an increase in service help the region meet a state mandate to reduce tailpipe emissions? If so, can we afford it?

Metro in the Media: Jan. 28, 2013

News media references for the week of Jan. 22-Jan. 28, 2013.

Geezer Gallery brings the works of elder artists to Portland Center for the Performing Arts

Portland’s ground-breaking Geezer Gallery has expanded its reach to the Portland Center for Performing Arts, where a special showing of works by elder artists opens Thursday, Feb. 7.

Get the scoop on the Mount Scott/Scouter Mountain Trail at Jan. 31 open house

The Mount Scott/Scouter Mountain Trail would link the Springwater Corridor and Powell Butte in the north with Mount Talbert and the Clackamas River in the south, bringing together town centers, neighborhoods, schools and natural areas – including the 100-acre Scouter Mountain Nature Park.

Southwest Corridor investment strategy begins to take shape

The Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee met Monday Jan. 14 to discuss future transit connections and review approaches to building shared investment strategies that will support, strengthen and connect communities in the Southwest Corridor. 

Metro’s Public Engagement Review Committee convenes for the first time

NavaHow can Metro engage a diversity of people from throughout the region, be accountable for how public input affects council decisions, effectively evaluate outreach activities and build public trust? That's what the new Public Engagement Review Committee wants to help Metro figure out.