Portland is entering a historic new chapter in city government with an increasingly light wallet. Those tasked with overseeing the government change are now concerned that the city’s budget shortfalls could hinder its ability to start its next chapter off right.
The Oregon Climate Action Commission approved $10 million in investments with the goal to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. The broader goal is to incentivize practices that capture and store carbon in the state’s natural and working lands.
The missed high-speed rail grant from the federal government would have paid for conceptual engineering, environmental analysis and business case development to pin down important, unresolved details for a Cascadia bullet train such as the best routes, timeline, financing and number of stops.
A previous iteration of the council imploded in September after political acrimony and a wave of resignations left the city’s governing body with no members. The Baker County Board of Commissioners appointed new councilors in October, who faced one of their first challenges when they took action on a contentious public safety fee that helped tear apart the last council.