Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who oversees the bureau, announced the departure in a joint statement with Office of Community & Civic Life departing leader Suk Rhee. The announcement followed widespread allegations of severe workplace dysfunction and abusive management within the department.
City officials contend the low rate is because there are not a lot of these firms prepared for the job. But some contractors of color insist they’re out there — they’re just not being given a chance to compete.
The city’s in a tough spot financially due to the pandemic. Funding streams that City Hall relies on from sources like lodging taxes, parking meters and permit fees have taken a nosedive. Anticipating a continued dip in revenue over the next fiscal year, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler asked most city bureaus to propose budgets that take into account a 5% cut in money from the city’s general fund.
We learn about the proposal to strengthen the office of the Portland City Auditor, welcome podcaster Roman Mars & Radiotopia to town, and wrap the hour with a look at a proposal to change the way businesses are taxed in Oregon.