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Commissioner Steve Novick

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City Club of Portland Friday Forum with Commissioner Steve Novick

Date: September 20, 2013 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Speaker(s): Steve Novick, Portland Commissioner, interviewed by Sarah Mirk

Portland’s newest City Commissioner Steve Novick takes City Club’s Friday Forum stage for an interview with Sara Mirk and answer questions from the audience.

Novick has said that his focus as a Commissioner will be on looking for opportunities to "take action now to avoid problems later." On healthcare and economic equity Novick has said, "We can strengthen our economy by making Portland a model for reducing healthcare costs,” and “the use of urban renewal as a primary economic development strategy has too often exacerbated, rather than alleviated, racial and geographic disparities in Portlanders' standard of living."

Novick is the Commissioner-in-Charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM). His early actions as a Commissioner include bolting down his house in the event of a major seismic event, investigating the possible misuse of handicap parking permits, and leading the effort to put up a temporary barrier on the Vista Bridge.

Novick, a former longtime Sellwood-Moreland resident, now lives with his fiancee, Rachel Philofsky, and their Welsh Corgi, Pumpkin, in the Multnomah Village neighborhood.

Sarah Mirk is a Portland-based journalist who often writes about politics, gender, and pop culture. She worked for four years as a reporter at The Portland Mercury and is now the online editor of national feminist magazine Bitch


The Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave.


A SmartPark garage is located one block away from the Governor Hotel at 730 S.W. 10th Ave. The Governor Hotel is accessible by bus, Portland Streetcar and MAX light rail.

Cost & Payment Options:

Luncheon tickets, for City Club members and up to two guests, are $23 each and $30 for nonmembers. Coffee/tea table tickets, for members and up to two guests, are $5 each. Coffee/tea tickets are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. General seating is free for members and $15 for nonmembers, and tickets are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.


Reservations are required for lunches and reservations close at 5:00pm on the Wednesday prior to the event. Coffee/tea and general seating tickets will be available at the door. To reserve a lunch via telephone, individuals (members and nonmembers) should call our voicemail reservation line, 503-228-7231, ext. 110. Tickets for coffee/tea table and general seating are on a first-come, first-served basis at the door. Luncheon tickets reserved after the 5:00pm Wednesday deadline will be subject to an additional $5 charge and depend upon availability.