Some change, but not a complete 180
On suspending system development charges for two years.
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It wasn't for lack of trying
Says "I never billed a single hour of my time to the City of Portland in the last 10 years -- so, no revolving door."
Sweeping breaks for developers and retailers
Says "I don’t agree with Mr. Hales that we should give a sweeping break to the developers to allow them to build that infill housing without paying for those very basics."
The law is clear
Say that under state law, "systems development charges can only be spent on capital investment."
He's helped schools, just not in 2003
Says "I worked with our Mayor and other commissioners to help save the school year when a budget crisis in Salem threatened to cut four weeks of the school year," including negotiating with teachers to work for free.
He's right on all counts
Says "streetcars carry more people than buses … you attract more riders who don't ride transit now, and actually the operating costs are not any greater than the bus."
Hales had oversight and the bureau did diversify
"When I served as City Commissioner, we made great strides …we successfully fought for, and won, adding women and people of color to the Fire Bureau."
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