March 23, 2010  3:31 PM

In the news: Metro media hotsheet, Mar. 23, 2010


Read recent news coverage of Metro and related topics in local and national media. Link to online stories from newspapers, radio, television and blogs.

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Who's running for Metro president?

The Wilsonville Spokesman, Mar. 23, 2010

Three candidates visit Wilsonville to answer questions from local business leaders. Why he's running. Burkholder: "I bring three things: experience, record of leadership and record of leadership for the Metro region..." Hughes: "I come to the candidacy for Metro president with 30 years of experience in local government..." Stacey: "I think my career combines public interest advocacy, and understanding of the needs the private sector has in land development and hands-on experience with growth management, land use and transportation." Go to the article

How do you feel about a bike excise tax?, Mar. 23, 2010

2010 will be a year of major discussions about how to finance America's transportation system. As the use of bicycles is taken more seriously and more money is spent on bike-centric facilities, calls for a revenue stream taken directly from people who ride bicycles - as opposed to the gas tax - are sure to grow louder. One idea that seems to be growing in support is a bicycle excise tax that would be charged at the point of sale of new bikes and/or bike parts. The idea is obviously popular with people who represent highway users, but I've noticed a growing number of high-profile bike advocates, politicians, and organizations express their support as well...Support for a bike excise tax has also been supported by Metro, our regional Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Go to the article

Metro awards community nature grants to Tigard, West Linn

The Oregonian, Mar. 23, 2010

The cities of Tigard and West Linn were among the five grant recipients in the latest round of awards from the Metro Natural Areas Program. Last week the regional government awarded $1.9 million in community nature grants to metro-area projects. The money comes from a 2006 voter-approved bond measure. Go to the article

Salmon set to return to urban Portland river, Mar. 21, 2010

Crystal Springs Creek is a small river in Southeast Portland with big potential. Thanks in part to a $311,480 grant from Metro's Nature in Neighborhoods program, it appears Crystal Springs will reach its potential-not in 50 years or 25 years-but in ten years... "This investment in restoration will promote the return of steelhead and salmon in the middle of our region," said Metro Councilor Robert Liberty. "In a time of growing concern about our environment, this work gives all of us hope for a better future." Go to the article

Metro grants TriMet funds for green park & ride MAX station, Mar. 21, 2010

Metro has awarded a $349,305 grant as part of its Nature in Neighborhoods program to the "Re-greening Park Avenue Park & Ride" project which will create the region's first sustainable, habitat-friendly light rail station and parking garage. Headed by TriMet and Urban Green, a local environmental activist group, the project will also restore and expand a nearby natural drainage and riparian forest area known as Courtney Springs Creek. Go to the article

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First day of spring with the I-205 project

Growth Rings, Mar. 23, 2010

Volunteers at Friends of Trees' March 20 tree planting along the I-205 corridor in Southeast Portland ranged from toddlers to retirees. They came from diverse backgrounds and groups, including nonprofits, regional and statewide agencies, nearby neighborhoods, high schools, and local businesses. But all agreed on two things: Planting trees is good; and planting trees on a sunny first day of spring is even better. "The variety of people and organizations involved is tremendous," said Metro Council President David Bragdon as he paused next to a tree that he was about to haul up the slope to plant. Go to the article

Other items of interest

City will own ‘Made in Oregon' sign

Portland Business Journal, Mar, 23, 2010

Rudolph's nose will blink again. Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard reports on his blog that Ramsay Signs is donating the "Made in Oregon" sign on top of the University of Oregon's building in Old Town to the city, which will change the sign to "Portland Oregon." The maintenance of the sign, electricity and the costs of conversion to read "Portland Oregon" will be paid for with revenues from a city-owned parking lot under the Burnside Bridge, Leonard wrote. Go to the article

L.A., Washington receive top rankings for green buildings, Mar. 23, 2010

Los Angeles and the nation's capital rank first and second, respectively, for having the nation's most Energy Star-qualified buildings, according to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). (It) found that Los Angeles continues to lead the nation in green buildings, with 293 energy-efficient buildings. Washington, D.C., followed with 204 buildings... Among other major U.S. metropolises, Boston landed in 13th place, Miami in 19th place and Philadelphia in 24th place. Portland and Seattle, two cities known for their environmentally friendly approaches to city living, placed 12th and 14th, respectively. Go to the article

UN report: World's biggest cities merging into 'mega-regions' 

The Guardian, Mar. 22, 2010

The world's mega-cities are merging to form vast "mega-regions" which may stretch hundreds of kilometres across countries and be home to more than 100 million people, according to a major new UN report. The phenomenon of the so-called "endless city" could be one of the most significant developments - and problems - in the way people live and economies grow in the next 50 years, says UN-Habitat, the agency for human settlements, which identifies the trend of developing mega-regions in its biannual State of World Cities report. Go to the article 

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