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SE Hawthorne-Salmon Area Green Street and Sewer Project Open House: October 15, 2015

Meet the construction team. Learn more about the project. OPEN HOUSE Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 6:30 – 8:00 P.M. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Fraternal Order of Eagles 4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97215

SE Hawthorne-Salmon Area Green Street and Sewer Project Update: October 1, 2015

Environmental Services will begin construction as early as November 2015 on the SE Hawthorne-Salmon Area Green Street and Sewer Project which will include installing 23 green street planters, planting 100 street trees, and repairing or replacing over 10,000 feet of public sewer pipe. These improvements will extend the service life of our sewer system and protect public health, property and the environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases into streets, homes and businesses. This project is part of the Tabor to the River Program.

For more information regarding the project, please go to the project website at Download the latest newsletter on the project site or by clicking here.

Meet the construction team.

Learn more about the project.


Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

6:30 – 8:00 P.M.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Presentation starts at 7:00 p.m.

Fraternal Order of Eagles

4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Portland, OR 97215

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Matt Gough

Community Outreach

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000

Portland, Oregon 97204

Phone: 503-823-5352 l Cell Phone: 503-823-6622


Working for clean rivers

Over one-third of Portland’s 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Projects to replace or repair aging sewers are important for protecting water quality, public health and the environment. Learn more at

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Free Stormwater for Challenging Sites workshops begin Oct 4

Introductory Workshop: Sunday, October 4th, 9AM-3PM, Multnomah Arts Center, Room 33, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Trimet #44. Build the Best Practices Demonstration Workshops: Sunday, November 1 and November 15, 9AM-1PM, Site locations provided with registration confirmation. Register at

Stormwater for Challenging Sites

Introductory Workshop

Sunday, October 4th


Multnomah Arts Center, Room 33

7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Trimet #44

Build the Best Practices Demonstration Workshops

Sunday, November 1

Sunday, November 15


Site locations provided with registration confirmation

Register at:

Many people find themselves stuck in the mud when trying to figure out how to manage stormwater on their property. Internet searches and literature can generate ideas, but don’t always leave folks with the hands-on skills and experience to successfully implement a project on their own property.

Enter the “Stormwater for Challenging Sites” workshop series, which began in SW Portland in early 2014, now in its third iteration.

The series is a partnership of SW Watershed Resource Center, Green Girl LLC, Stamberger Outreach, and Independence Gardens, and made possible with funding from West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.

This year’s series begins on Sunday, October 4th with an introduction to stormwater and its relationship to watershed health, followed by field visits to two residential sites for assessment and identification of constraints such as poorly infiltrating soils or steep slopes.

On November 1st and 15th, participants will meet again at those sites. Instructors will explain the design process, and attendees participate in the construction of a project. The workshops will also include a discussion of maintenance requirements.

Workshops are free, and open to all. Participants can attend one, or all three. Space is limited. To find out more and register, visit or call 503-823-2862.

Jennifer Seamans
Watershed Resource Center Manager
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.

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Commissioner Fritz Announces New Staff Appointments


City Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced today the appointment of Tim Crail as her new Chief of Staff.  “I am very pleased that Tim will be taking on this responsibility on a permanent basis,” Fritz said.  “Tim and I have worked together for over twenty years, first as community volunteers and now in City Hall for almost seven years.  He has been fulfilling many of the roles of Chief of Staff periodically over the past several months, and has demonstrated his ability to support our team in working with others in City Hall and the bureaus to get results for Portlanders.”  Fritz noted the creation of the City Budget Office in 2012, and the 2015 Council directive assigning half of all one time budget surplus money to infrastructure maintenance, as examples of initiatives for which Crail led the staff work.

Crail has worked as a policy advisor and bureau liaison in Fritz’s office since her first day in office, January 2, 2009.  Since June 2013 he has served as a liaison to Portland Parks & Recreation, a role he will continue in part as Chief of Staff.

“I am looking forward to taking on this new responsibility and appreciate the opportunity that this position provides,” Crail said. “Commissioner Fritz is working on several policy initiatives which we are excited about, in addition to our bureaus’ work.  We aim to get a lot done by the end of the year.”

Prior to his Parks liaison responsibilities, Crail served as a liaison to the Bureau of Emergency Communications and the former Office of Cable Communications and Franchise Management (now the Office for Community Technology).  He has also served as Fritz’s budget advisor, media liaison, and labor liaison, responsibilities he will continue to cover as Chief of Staff.

Crail is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School and a member of the Oregon State Bar Association.  He worked at the State Capitol in Salem as a Legislative Assistant for the 1995, 1997, and 1999 sessions.  He was Amanda’s campaign treasurer, steering committee chair, and chief advisor during her City Council campaigns in 2006 and 2008, successfully navigating the challenges of the initial cycles of Portland's Public Campaign Financing system.  For nearly ten years, Tim was a home-parent to his two children, volunteering at Markham Elementary School, including three years on the Site Council.  He served on committees at Metro, SW Neighborhoods, Inc., City of Portland, and Portland Public Schools, and for nine years on the Multnomah County Planning Commission. Outside of working with Commissioner Fritz, he enjoys reading fiction, listening to a wide variety of music, and travel.

Current Chief of Staff, Tom Bizeau, will continue to work part-time for Commissioner Fritz.  “I greatly value what Tom brings to the City and my team, and I look forward to his continued involvement in my office,” said Fritz.  “I am grateful to Tom for nearly seven years of leadership and dedication as my Chief of Staff, and thankful for his willingness to continue working with me on important policy initiatives after 30 years in public service.”  Fritz cited Earned Sick Leave and the revised Neonicotinoid Policy to protect pollinators as two examples of Bizeau’s leadership.

Commissioner Fritz also announced other staffing changes, in her first major office restructuring since 2009.  Senior Policy Analyst Patti Howard will be the lead liaison to Portland Parks & Recreation.  Senior Policy Advisor Claire Adamsick is the lead liaison to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.  Cristina Nieves and Jasmine Wadsworth are promoted to Policy Advisors, in addition to their responsibilities as Executive Assistant and Community Services Specialist, respectively.  Senior Policy Analyst Dora Perry was recently appointed Equity and Policy Manager at the Bureau of Development Services in June, leaving after six and a half years working with Fritz’s team.

“It has been a challenging year,” said Commissioner Fritz.  “My new Chief of Staff and I are looking forward to stepping up our commitment to serving the people of Portland even more.”

Commissioner Novick, Mayor Hales and Commissioner Fish announce next generation bike share proposal for Portland

The proposed system will be operated by Motivate LLC, the nation’s leading bike share operator. Bicycles will be provided by Social Bicycles, a company on the cutting-edge of integrating new software and hardware technology into its products. The proposal will be considered by City Council on Wednesday, September 16th.


Commissioner Novick, Mayor Hales and Commissioner Fish announce next generation bike share proposal for Portland


PORTLAND, OR (September 9, 2015) — Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick, Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Nick Fish announced an innovative bike share system for Portland. The proposed system will be operated by Motivate LLC, the nation’s leading bike share operator. Bicycles will be provided by Social Bicycles, a company on the cutting-edge of integrating new software and hardware technology into its products. The proposal will be considered by City Council on Wednesday, September 16th

Together, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Motivate and Social Bicycles have designed one of smartest, large-scale bike share systems in the nation. This smart bike technology – which puts all communications and locking technology on the bike itself – will allow Portland’s system to operate with fewer docks and kiosks. This will save money and allow users to lock bicycles at many existing city bike corrals. The technology will also allow the City and Motivate to pilot an innovative approach to rebalancing bicycles that will reduce the reliance on rebalancing vehicles. This will help to make Portland’s bike share system one of the greenest in the nation. Overall, the system will make it substantially easier to find, reserve and park a bike.

The proposed initial system of 600 bikes is one of the most affordable bike sharing systems in the United States. The system also integrates principles of the High Road Standards that prioritizes accessibility to underserved communities and includes training and hiring opportunities for living-wage careers.

“This proposed contract is a great business decision for Portland,” said Commissioner Steve Novick. “We’re working with the leading bike share company in the country. As Motivate has proven in New York, Chicago, Boston and Washington DC, bike share systems provide a valuable transportation amenity for residents and tourists alike.”

“With this next generation bike share system, Portland has once again shown why we’re the country’s best city for bicycling,” said Mayor Charlie Hales. “The proposed system will be one of the country’s most technologically sophisticated and environmentally sustainable. It’s a system that Portlanders can be proud of.”

“I have been a proud supporter of bike share since 2011,” said Commissioner Nick Fish. “It will provide another healthy and sustainable transportation choice. Congratulations to Steve and Leah on reaching this important milestone for Portland bike share.”

“Bringing bike share to Portland is one of my top priorities,” said Leah Treat, Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “Bike share is a very effective way to raise the visibility of bicycling and to encourage new people, especially women, to try biking as a transportation option.”

“More choices to get around means less time in traffic and more access to opportunity,” said Metro Councilor Sam Chase. “I’m excited to see bike share become yet another great option for people in this region, particularly with this system’s commitment to affordability and equity.”

Motivate CEO Jay Walder said, “Portland is one of the best bike cities in the country, and we’re tremendously excited to be a part of expanding bicycling in a community with such a robust bike culture. We’ve designed a system that will transform Portland into an innovation laboratory for bike share.”

Executive Director of Oregon Tradeswomen Inc., Connie Ashbrook, championed the proposal by saying, “We’re excited about the employment opportunities that Portland’s bike share system will offer our graduates.  It will also provide our students and graduates an affordable, flexible transportation choice.” Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. is a non-profit that prepares low income women for high-wage, high-skilled construction careers.

The cost of the bicycles will be funded with $2 million in federal grants allocated through Metro’s regional flexible funds process. User revenues and anticipated sponsor support will pay for operating the system. No City money will be used for bike share operations.

City Council will consider the proposed bike share system in its morning session on Wednesday, September 16th.

About Bike Share: A bike share system makes public bicycles available to ride from one point to another for a small fee. Bike share systems operate in over 60 US cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Boise and Austin. 500 cities worldwide also have bike share systems. These systems have proved popular, safe and successful. They provide residents and visitors a convenient and fun transportation option for trips around the city. Bike share systems have proven effective in introducing bicycling to new groups of riders.

About Motivate: Motivate ( ) is a global leader in bike share. A full-service bike share operator and technology innovator, Motivate works to re-envision how people experience and move around cities.  Motivate currently manages all of the largest bike share systems in the United States and many of the largest systems in the world, including Bay Area Bike Share (CA), Citi Bike (NYC), Divvy (Chicago), CoGo Bike Share (Columbus, Ohio), Capital Bike Share (DC metro.), Hubway (Boston metro.), Pronto (Seattle), Bike Chattanooga (TN), Bike Share Toronto, and Melbourne Bike Share in Australia. Motivate’s newest system is Citi Bike Jersey City, NJ, that will be compatible with New York City’s Citi Bike program.

About Social Bicycles (SoBi): Social Bicycles (SoBi) is a transportation technology company based in Brooklyn, NY. The company produces a bicycle with an integrated GPS-enabled locking system that users can book via mobile app, website, or RFID access card. The company has deployed over 2,500 bikes across 18 projects in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Social Bicycles offers one global account, and users can access bikes in their expanding network of cities which includes Santa Monica, Orlando, Tampa, Phoenix, Boise, Topeka, Hamilton (Ontario), and Ottawa.

About PBOT: The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility.



John   Brady, 503-823-7375

Portland   Bureau of Transportation


Chris   Warner, 503-823-4682

Office   of Commissioner Steve Novick