City Hall Update: Neighborhood office gets a new name
The Portland City Council voted to change the name of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement to the Office of Community & Civic Life on Wednesday. It also voted to create a committee to recommend changes to the City Code to better reflect the current operations of the office.
The vote followed more than two hours of public testimony. Some neighborhood association representatives worried the changes will undermine the public involvement system first created in 1974 that emphasizes neighborhood-based feedback on land use and other issues.
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who is in charge of the office, said the changes are intended to expand the city's public involvement process, not limit any part of it.
Biketown hits two-year mark
The Portland Bureau of Transportation celebrated the two-year anniversary of the Biketown short-term bike rental program Thursday.
According to PBOT, since the Nike-sponsored service was launched June 19, 2016, users have taken 700,464 rides on its 1,000 distinctive orange bikes. The system has seen a 24 percent increase in ridership in the past 12 months, with more than 387,000 trips occurring since last July 17.
The Biketown service area expanded by 70 percent in June, reaching from downtown and inner neighborhoods out to Northeast and Southeast 53rd Avenue.
"The city is tremendously grateful for successful public-private partnerships like Biketown," said Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees PBOT. Motivate, the company that owns the bikes and docking stations, recently was purchased by the Lyft ride-sharing company.
Algae testing information posted
The Portland Water Bureau has posted information on its algae-testing program on the city's website.
The information is being provided in response to the potentially harmful cyanobacteria bloom in Detroit Lake, the source of Salem's water, earlier this year.
The bureau says it tests for algae in the Bull Run Reservoir every week and has never detected potentially harmful toxins.
You can find the page at http://portlandoregon.gov/water/77253.
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