Today is Valentine’s Day, and Oregon’s birthday to boot. For it’s birthday, the Beaver State gets a new governor, as John Kitzhaber will resign next week.
- The Willamette Week takes a look at Oregon’s governor-to-be, Kate Brown. As Governor, she will have the power to fire and appoint TriMet’s board of directors. She has plenty of opportunity to make her mark on the agency–currently there is one vacancy on the board, and four directors who are serving beyond the end of their terms as Governor Kitzhaber did not nominate replacements. She’s familiar with the agency on many other fronts–she helped secure state matching funds for the PMLR bridge, and her office led the recent audit of the agency.
- Speaking of which, TriMet has recently announced that it has implemented the recommendations of said audit.
- It’s time, once again, for another five-year review of the Urban Growth Boundary (and possible expansion). Disagreement in Clackamas County, though, may slow down the process. (And the expansion areas in South Cooper Mountain and South Hillsboro are still being planned at this time, and haven’t seen any development yet).
- From Joseph Rose at The Oregonian: Portland is preparing to issue nearly 300 more taxi permits. The Sellwood Bridge replacement is over budget, but Portland is balking a bit at paying its share of the cost overruns. And despite the impression one would get if one follows @trimet on Twitter, Twitter users are friendlier to TriMet than transit riders in many other cities are to their local transit authority.
- The Southwest Corridor steering committee has further culled some alignments and accessory elements from the scope of the project (a good summary of the changes is not yet available). And Bike Portland has spent the past week taking an extensive look at SW Portland.
- Metro is soliciting public comment on Powell/Division through a new online tool; the steering committee for that project expects to make alignment decisions in mid-March. If you want to comment using the tool, feedback needs to be submitted by March 4.