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News Release: The Portland Bureau of Transportation Announces Members of the Fixing our Streets Oversight Committee

(September 14, 2016) Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced the members of the Fixing our Streets Oversight Committee. The committee will play an important role in ensuring the accountability of the transportation safety and maintenance program voters created when in May they passed Measure 26-173, the four-year, ten-cent Portland gas tax. 

Fixing Our Streets LogoBy ordinance, the Oversight Committee will:

  1. Provide guidance to City Council on the effective use of new resources.
  2. Monitor revenues, expenditures, and program/project implementation.
  3. Review program priorities, spending, and any necessary revisions to project lists/financial plans, including the annual program audit. May make recommendations to City Council for project list revisions.
  4. Monitor construction impacts to businesses and neighborhoods.
  5. Monitor utilization of minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small businesses to support community benefits.
  6. Provide an annual report to City Council containing the above information.

The Oversight Committee's first meeting will take place on September 19th at 4 p.m. in the Rose Room of Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. After this initial meeting, the committee will meet quarterly. All committee meetings will be open to the public.

Measure 26-173 is expected to raise $64 million over four years. The program’s project list includes paving, sidewalks, crossing improvements, neighborhood greenways, safe routes to school, high crash corridors, protected bike lanes and alternative street design that will have a significant impact on neighborhoods across Portland. The full project list and other information about Measure 26-173 and the Fixing Our Streets Program can be found at:

The members of the Oversight Committee are:

 Carolina Iraheta Gonzalez

Carolina Iraheta Gonzalez

Carolina Iraheta Gonzalez currently serves as Verde’s Data Impact Manager. Carolina has a B.A. in Latin American Area Studies from University of California Berkeley and an M.A. in Organizational Development and Systems from the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) at Saybrook University.

Gonzalez’s professional experience includes over 15 years’ worth of community organizing experience in the Portland area. She also worked for seven years with the City of Portland’s Safe Routes to school program, a nationally recognized model, leading school and community efforts to create safer neighborhoods for walking and biking.  She is one of the co-founder of Portland’s Mujeres en Movimiento, an all-female cycling group whose aim is to making biking more accessible to Latina women.


Elaine Freisen-Strang

Freisen-Strang’s professional career was in social services, the last 20 years directing a state contracted guardianship program.  She has long been an advocate for the transportation and pedestrian needs of older adults and people with disabilities.  She served on the Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Low Income and Non Profit Workgroup for the proposed Transportation User Fee. She currently serves on Portland’s Age Friendly Transportation Committee and chairs the Elders in Action Commission Transportation Committee.  She is also a member of the Access and Functional Needs Sheltering Task Force, the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services, and is the Volunteer State President for AARP Oregon, where she is an advocate for their Livable Communities Initiative and a volunteer for NeighborWalks.

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Elliot Levin

Elliot Levin is the Research Director and Oregon Legislative Advocate for the Professional and Technical Employees Local 17. For the past 13 years, he has provided budget and policy analysis, classification and compensation research, negotiation support, and survey design for the nearly 9,000 public sector employees represented by Local 17 across Washington and Oregon. Additionally, he advocates on behalf of PTE Local 17’s Oregon members at the Oregon Legislature regarding issues including transportation funding, collective bargaining rights, and contracting. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Reed College in Sociology, and a Masters Degree in Pubic Affairs from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, where he specialized in environmental economics and cost-benefit analysis.

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Gerik Kransky

Gerik Kransky is the Advocacy Director with the Street Trust, formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. For the last 18 years, Kransky has been leading public policy and advocacy campaigns focused on public health, environmental, and transportation issues. Highlights of his campaign victories include increasing tobacco taxes to fund children's health insurance in Montana, defending Oregon's statewide land use planning program, and dedicating tens of millions of federal and local transportation dollars to bicycle, pedestrian, and transit projects.


Herb Jenkins

Herbert Jenkins is the innovator behind the Smart Traffic Control Cones System concept.  With more than 13 years of experience in temporary traffic control, Jenkins is shaping the future of the traffic control industry through mentoring and classes crafted to educate individuals pursuing traffic management careers.

As a seasoned work site traffic manager and Traffic Control Supervisor, Jenkins has amassed a deep expertise in the hazards associated with temporary traffic control.  The perils of working in an inherently dangerous environment inspired the idea for the Smart Traffic Control Cones System and propelled Jenkins into entrepreneurial innovation.  Mr. Jenkins dedicates himself to serving others through his training courses and his leading edge traffic control system.


Jennifer Rollins

Jennifer L. Rollins is an attorney with Elliott, Ostrander & Preston, PC. She assists clients with business, real estate, and nonprofit matters, and she especially enjoys providing general counsel to closely held companies. Rollins is an active member of the City Club of Portland, and she recently chaired the club’s research study on funding Portland’s streets.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bridges Middle School and an associate member of Portland Mountain Rescue. Originally from New York, Rollins moved to Oregon in 2000 after graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Justinian Ramos

Justinian Ramos currently works as the bilingual resident and services coordinator with Home Forward at Rockwood Station. His primary efforts are dedicated to strengthening community access to resources, building community through engaging programs & partnerships and resident advocacy. For the past 3 years he has dedicated his time to social services primarily running programs for k-12 youth in addition to adult self-efficacy programs. Prior to Portland he served as a sustainable community tourism Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala for two years. He specialized in environmental education and community development in the areas of health, nutrition, recycling, waste reduction and resource stewardship. Justinian studied natural resource management and Spanish at Colorado State University and is passionate about social & environmental justice, equity, accessibility and civic engagement.


Maryhelen Kincaid

A native Oregonian, Maryhelen Kincaid is a retired Project Manager having worked for 22 years with AAA Oregon/Idaho working in Travel Services, Accounting, and Project Management. A dedicated community advocate, Kincaid was involved in efforts to acquire and preserve 47 acres of natural habitat in the East Columbia neighborhood for the Columbia Children’s Arboretum and Blue Heron Wetlands and helped organize the inaugural Vanport Mosaic Festival, celebrating the history of Vanport. Kincaid was awarded the Port of Portland Compass Award for 2016. She currently serves on a number of committees, including chair of the Development Review Advisory Committee, member of the Public Works Appeal Panel, Public Involvement Advisory Committee, PDX Citizen Advisory Committee, and Levee Ready Columbia which is the Oregon Solutions Marine Drive Levee Certification Committee.

Mike Albrecht

Mike Albrecht was born and raised in Portland. He lived in the Parkrose district and graduated from Parkrose High school. After completing high school, he went to work as a mechanic for a local logging equipment company. That experience enabled Mike to advance to a crane operator’s job in a small local ship yard. When that business closed, he used his mechanical skills for employment at Oregon Auto Spring, where he spent the next 29 years. During those years he advanced to Service and Production Manager. His career advanced a few years ago when he accepted the Fleet Manager position for the Portland division of Franz Bakery. Since joining the “Franz Family”, Mike has been an active member of the Portland Freight Committee.

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Mitch DeFreitas

Mitch DeFreitas currently works in public transit as a Contract Administrator at TriMet. Prior to his work at TriMet, DeFreitas worked for 12-years in public works roadway construction. DeFreitas has a unique perspective as a roadway contractor, transit employee, automobile driver, transit rider, pedestrian traveler, and bicycle rider and has a  thorough understanding of the public works process and the steps it takes to deliver successful projects that benefit the community.


Raihana Ansary

The government relations manager for the Portland Business Alliance, Raihana Ansary advocates for issues that support commerce, community health and the region’s overall prosperity.

Prior to working for the Alliance, Ansary worked at the office of former Mayor Sam Adams where she provided policy support to his economic development and planning and sustainability teams.  She helped on a number of projects ranging from the creation of the Education Urban Renewal District to managing the implementation of the Downtown Retail Strategy.

Ansary earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and a Real Estate Development Certificate from Portland State University where she was also a Sidney Lezak Fellow. She received her bachelor’s degree in international studies and political science from the University of Oregon.

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Samuel Gollah

Sam Gollah has over a decade of experience in entitlement processing, including land use and permit compliance as a public and private planner throughout the Willamette Valley. Gollah has also provided zoning and equity consulting services for the City of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan update (2035). He currently serves as a member of the City of Portland’s Transportation Expert Group (TEG).

Steph Routh

Steph Routh is a Content Manager with NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network. She is the former Executive Director of Oregon Walks and serves on the Jade District Policy & Equity Subcommittee and ODOT's Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation.

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Tony Lamb

Tony is a graduate of Portland State University’s Community Development program with a focus on community empowerment, economic development and the creation of a livable community for all without displacement. He currently serves as the Director of Economic Development for The Rosewood Initiative. Tony has served on numerous social justice and economic development initiatives including among others: Social Justice and Civic Leadership Cohort with the Urban League of Portland, East Portland Action Plan Economic Development Subcommittee, and PBOT’s Transportation Expert Group.

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William Henderson

William Henderson cofounded Knock Software, Inc in Portland, whose Ride Report software provides crowd-sourced bike maps and tools to consumers and city planners around the world. He is also a founding member of the Portland Independent Chamber of Commerce (PICOC), an organization for local businesses that value Portland's affordability, equity and sustainability. He graduated from Reed College with a degree in Mathematics.

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Xao Xiong

Born in Wisconsin, Xao moved with her family to the west coast in the summer of 2008, and fell in love with Portland’s MAX light rail system. The MAX equaled freedom at the age of 16, especially because Xao commuted from her home on 82nd Avenue to school in Troutdale every day. By the time senior year rolled around, Xao had commuted via almost every transportation mode (unfortunately the street car doesn't operate quite that far).

After graduating from Reynolds High School, Xao became a diehard Duck at the University of Oregon and found her interest in City Planning via parklets. After graduation, Xao joined AmeriCorps and served as the Outreach Coordinator for East Multnomah County’s Safe Routes to School program. Throughout her term with the county, Xao navigated the local school system and created a Needs Assessment for the county's program to better serve the community's needs.

News Release: The Portland Bureau of Transportation Announces Members of Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee

(September 12, 2016) Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced the members of its newly reconstituted Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee. An important tool for public engagement, PBOT's Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee informs the bureau's annual transportation budget; reviews program priorities and infrastructure project lists; and provides input on the strategy and direction for incorporating equity into PBOT's work and engaging communities that PBOT has traditionally underserved. 

All City of Portland bureaus are required to have Budget Advisory Committees. These committees provide residents the opportunity to provide important input into the budget priorities of the individual bureaus. In 2015, Director Leah Treat expanded the bureau's Budget Advisory Committee into the Bureau Advisory Committee in an effort to offer a more robust avenue for public input.

"PBOT believes that smart policy and programs start with the community," said Director Treat. "That is why we seek a diversity of voices. We want to better understand the people we serve and their concerns. The committee members represent a fantastic cross-section of Portland's transportation stakeholders. Their insights will be of tremendous value and help PBOT create projects and policies that serve all Portlanders."  

In July, PBOT asked Portlanders interested in PBOT and transportation policy to apply for the committee. The bureau received over thirty applications and has chosen seventeen Portlanders to serve on the committee. 

The members of the committee are:

Arlene Kimura

Arlene Kimura

An East Portland supporter/activist since 1992. Arlene initially became involved through the neighborhood system with land use planning, transportation issues, including urban trails, and environmental concerns. As East Portland has changed, Kimura has also become interested in health and economic development opportunities.

David McCune

David McCune

David has been working for PBOT for the last 22 years as a surveyor, which gives him a unique view of our city's infrastructure. He has been serving as an officer for AFSCME Local 189 for the past 8 years.  

David Sweet

David Sweet

A resident of Cully, David Sweet focusses on projects to make his neighborhood, the city, and the region more equitable, sustainable and resilient. I have been a neighborhood advocate on land use and transportation issues for some years.  A co-founder of Portland For Everyone, a coalition advocating for diverse, abundant and affordable housing in all Portland’s neighborhoods, Sweet is also active in the Central Northeast Neighbors coalition.

Elaine O'Keefe

Elaine O'Keefe

Elaine O’Keefe worked in local government for more than two decades. Including over a decade with Portland Fire and Rescue. Currently, she is a board member of the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League (SMILE), a member of the SMILE Transportation Committee, and a member of the Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee.


Heather Bowman

Heather Bowman

Heather Bowman is a partner with the law firm Bodyfelt Mount where her litigation practice includes employment discrimination and professional liability defense. Bowman’s practice includes engagement in civil rights issues and other volunteer work includes examining equity issues in legal practice. She uses all forms of transportation, and particularly appreciates transportation cycling.

Heather McCarey

Heather McCarey

Heather McCarey has a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech and works with Transportation Management Associations in urban, suburban, and park settings. McCarey is currently the Executive Director of Explore Washington Park, one of the first Transportation Management Associations in the nation created to address transportation issues both to and throughout a city park.


Kaliska Day

Kaliska Day

Kaliska Day, is a native Oregonian and an Alaska Native of the Tligint/Haida Tribe. With a degree in Construction Management from Arizona State University, Day has multi-year experience in the construction management sector, including serving as a construction management consultant for various public works agencies in California and Oregon.


Laura Becker

Laura Becker

Currently the Operations Manager at Northeast Coalition of Neighbors, Laura Becker has more than 15 years of nonprofit and public sector experience. She is Board Secretary of Oregon Walks, a non-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting walking and making the conditions for walking safe, convenient and attractive for everyone. Oregon Walks has been working on bringing Vision Zero to the Portland metropolitan region as well as statewide since 2013.

Meesa Long

Meesa Long

A resident of Southeast Portland, Meesa Long is a Reading Specialist in an East County Middle School and is also passionate about serving her community and neighborhood. In her work with transportation issues in Portland, Long’s main goal has been to increase safe pedestrian travel for children and families within under-served neighborhoods, and to think outside the box to create positive and equitable transportation improvements within the city.


Momoko Saunders

Momoko Saunders

Momoko Saunders is an software engineer at Rigado and resident of East Portland. She is on the board of the non-profit Bike Farm, which she co-founded in 2007. Momoko is also an active volunteer for App Camp 4 Girls and Portland Society.




Orlando Lopez Bautista

Orlando Lopez Bautista

The son of migrant farmworkers, Orlando Lopez Bautista worked side by side with his parents and other migrant workers during summers growing up in Woodburn. Bautista’s parents were some of the first members of Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), helping organize other Mixteco farmworkers to improve pay and working conditions. A Bus Riders Unite organizer with Organizing People/Activating Leaders (OPAL), Bautista will soon receive an interdisciplinary degree in Political Science and Sociology from Western Oregon University.

Pia Welch

Pia Welch

Pia Welch began her career with Flying Tigers in California which was later acquired by FedEx Express. She has since worked for FedEx for close to three decades. Welch has served as President of Portland Air Cargo Association, Board Member American Association of University Women, and member and Vice Chair of the Portland Freight Committee. She is currently the Chair of the Freight Committee. She has been involved in city projects including; The Comprehensive Plan, Airport Way Project and various sub-committee groups when topics required more in-depth study.  

Ruthanne Bennett

Ruthanne Bennett

An civil engineer with PBOT, Ruthanne Bennett represents PTE Local 17/COPPEA Chapter. She has been a union member for 20 years and a COPPEA Steward for five years.  She has consistently advocated for transportation priorities, including supporting the Fix Our Streets package and the COPPEA Value Capture program. She was instrumental in creating the COPPEA Value Capture program, which is an innovative program to encourage and fund the construction of safe street infrastructure during development projects. In addition to her B.S. in Civil Engineering she has a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from Portland State University.  

 Ryan Hashagen

Ryan Hashagen

Ryan Hashagen is a volunteer with Better Block PDX. A Professional Tricyclist, he has founded and run several tricycle based businesses in Canada & the U.S. Hashagen won the Cargo Messenger World Championship in 2003 & 2004 in Seattle & Edmonton. He enjoys working to connect, collaborate, and facilitate tactical urbanism projects with a wide range of organizations, businesses, and agencies.

Samuel Gollah

Samuel Gollah

Sam Gollah has over a decade of experience in entitlement processing, including land use and permit compliance as a public and private planner throughout the Willamette Valley. Gollah has also provided zoning and equity consulting services for the City of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan update (2035).  He currently serves as a member of the City of Portland’s Transportation Expert Group (TEG).



 Thomas Karwaki

Thomas Karwaki

Thomas Karwaki chairs the University Park Neighborhood Association, an organization with over 9,000 members and that includes the University of Portland. Karwaki coordinates land use, public safety, emergency response, communication and public relations efforts of the UPNA.



Tony Lamb

Tony Lamb

Tony is a graduate of Portland State University’s Community Development program with a focus on community empowerment, economic development and the creation of a livable community for all without displacement. He currently serves as the Director of Economic Development for The Rosewood Initiative. Tony has served on numerous social justice and economic development initiatives including among others: Social Justice and Civic Leadership Cohort with the Urban League of Portland, East Portland Action Plan Economic Development Subcommittee, and PBOT’s Transportation Expert Group.

The first meeting of the Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee will be September 15, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the Rose Room of Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. The meeting is open to the public and interested Portlanders are encouraged to attend. After the initial meeting, the committee will meet monthly on the third Thursday of each month.

Advisory: Night construction at 1st and Jefferson SmartPark Garage begins September 12

(Sept. 8, 2016) Beginning on September 12, the 1st and Jefferson SmartPark parking garage will undergo construction from approximately 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. for about 30 days. This project is to repair and resurface floors 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the parking garage.

Due to the nature of this project, stalls and multiple floors will be closed throughout the duration of the project. Parking garage levels 9 and 7 will also be closed to public access for two weeks starting the last week of September. Additional SmartPark garages in downtown will be open during construction, including the garages at 3rd & Alder and 4th & Yamhill.

During the application of surface sealer to the garage floors there will be odors for a short time that should dissipate within a few hours. To mitigate the exposure to odors, the contractor will use fans, work at night and cover the garage’s intake grills. However, there may still be some lingering odors in the morning. The surface sealer will not have a hazardous effect to the public. However, the public is advised to stay away from the areas receiving the sealer between the hours of application (approximately 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.).

For additional questions about this construction project, please contact the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation at (503) 823-5185.

Traffic Advisory: NE 33rd Drive Bridge closed Sept. 10-11

(Sept. 8, 2016) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that the NE 33rd Drive Bridge will be closed from Saturday, September 10 at 6:00 a.m. through Sunday, September 11 at 11:00 a.m. to apply an epoxy overlay on the bridge’s concrete deck.

NE 33rd Drive will be closed between NE Columbia Road and NE Marine Drive. People traveling westbound/northbound between Columbia and Marine Drive are asked to detour via NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard / 99E. People traveling eastbound should detour via NE 122nd Avenue.

We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards, and obey detours.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

News Release: PBOT to start booting vehicles with unpaid parking tickets on Wednesday

(Sept. 6, 2016) The Portland Bureau of Transportation on Wednesday will begin booting vehicles that have orders to tow issued by Multnomah County Circuit Court.

“I asked the Council to allow PBOT to boot, rather than tow, vehicles with outstanding parking citations and fees,” said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT. “I wanted to make this change largely because the towing and vehicle storage fees are an unnecessary penalty that is particularly burdensome for people with low incomes. Booting gives folks the opportunity to pay their citations or appear in front of a judge at Multnomah County Court to resolve their outstanding citations, before they start getting hit with additional towing charges.”

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PBOT Parking Enforcement staff demonstrate booting a vehicle. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Frequently Asked Questions about the City of Portland’s new booting policy for parking enforcement

What’s the current process for towing vehicles due to overdue citations and fees?

The Multnomah County Court generates a “tow list” of vehicles with orders to tow issued by the court. The list is sent to PBOT parking enforcement and if they come across a vehicle that is on the list, PBOT contacts the contracted tow company and the vehicle is towed.

What does this change do?

On Aug. 3, 2016, the City Council gave PBOT code authority to “immobilize” vehicles for booting. Instead of towing the vehicle right away, it will be booted for up to 36 hours. This gives people the opportunity to see a judge, make payment, or set up a payment plan before they accrue the additional charges associated with tows.

How does a vehicle get on the tow list?

Vehicles that have unpaid parking citations and fees totaling more than $500 and/or six delinquent citations are put on the tow list by the Multnomah County Court.

How is the Multnomah County Court involved?

As a result of legislation from the 1970s, Multnomah County Circuit Court handles all of the City’s parking and traffic citations.

How much does it normally cost for tow and storage?

The current contractual cost of a tow is $168. The cost to store a towed vehicle past the initial four hours is $25 per day.

Is there an additional booting fee?

A booting fee is not currently proposed.

How long will boots stay on vehicles in the ROW?

Boots will stay on vehicles for 36 hours before being towed. If the customer is making arrangements with the Court and more time is needed, PBOT will accommodate that. It is not the intention of PBOT to store vehicles in the ROW for a significant amount of time, however.

Will vehicles accrue parking citations while it remains on the street?

Not currently proposed.

How do customers pay the Court or see a judge?

Customers can pay the Court through the normal process in person. Payment plans can be scheduled with the Court, if needed. Customers can also see a judge at Drop in Court, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. without an appointment. PBOT will not boot on Fridays, to allow vehicle owners to contact the Court during normal business hours and not have to wait over the weekend to have their vehicle released. 

The court provides these additional details for people who have vehicles immobilized or towed. If your vehicle was immobilized or towed because of an order to tow issued by the court due to unpaid parking citations, to obtain a release for the vehicle, you MUST:

  • Be the registered owner; AND
  • Have a valid government issued photo ID; AND
  • Pay, in full, all outstanding citations with cash, a money order, a cashier’s check or credit/debit card that is in your name. Payment plans may be available, if authorized by a judge.

If you wish to use a credit/debit card that is in another person’s name, the cardholder must appear with you and present a valid government issued photo ID. You cannot pay for a vehicle release over the phone or online. You and the person paying for the release of the vehicle MUST appear in person at the Multnomah County Circuit Court, Parking Citation Office, Room 106, 1021 SW 4th Avenue in Portland.

How will the boot be removed?

After the customer makes arrangements with the Court, PBOT parking enforcement will remove the boot immediately. PBOT projects the estimated wait time would be less than an hour.

How much will the equipment cost PBOT? 


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