September 5, 2014 | Oregonlive.com-- Steve Novick acknowledges a controversial proposal to ask Portlanders to pay more money for road maintenance and safety projects is the key moment of his political career so far.
So why did the first-term commissioner leave town Thursday for a three-week vacation, just as citizen working groups his transportation bureau created and called on for advice are continuing to chip away at his plan?
The quick answer is that Novick, 51, was married this summer, and he and his now-wife scheduled their honeymoon in Italy and Washington, D.C., back in February. Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales had hoped their monthly street fee proposal would be a done deal by now, but they tabled the plan on the eve of a scheduled vote in June.
Novick says it's not essential for him to be in town right now. He's been hands off, he said, taking a step back to let the work groups do their thing. But at the end of the day, Novick said, READ FULL ARTICLE