June 19, 2014 | Oregonlive.com-- Portland transportation officials are moving a street fee town hall for business owners scheduled for next Tuesday from the offices of the Venture Portland business group to a ballroom at the Oregon Convention Center.
Bureau of Transportation officials cited "higher than expected" interest" in the Tuesday meeting to discuss a proposed street fee that could cost businesses thousands of dollars a year as the basis for relocating the meeting.
The 8 a.m. meeting was initially scheduled at the offices of Venture Portland in Southeast. The business advocacy group asked business owners and nonprofits to RSVP to attend the meeting. According to a Facebook group in opposition to the fee, Venture Portland's space only accounted for 50 people. Calls to Venture Portland, the umbrella network of neighborhood small businesses, weren't immediately returned Thursday. A PBOT spokesman confirmed the city would only be able to accommodate 50 people under the previous plan. READ FULL ARTICLE