A new survey by the office of Portland's elected auditor said residents' opinion of the city's livability has dropped to a new low since it was first conducted 25 years ago.
Their views of city services fell to record lows, particularly when it comes to road repair. And Portlanders feel they have less influence in city government decisions.
Next week, the Portland City Council will likely pass yet another mandate, this one requiring homeowners to purchase a "home energy audit" at a cost of $200 to $300 prior to putting their home on the market. Copies of the audit result will be required to be supplied to prospective purchasers as well as to the city. Last year, the city council passed a "tree fee" mandate requiring landowners to submit a proposal to the city - along with a substantive (nonrefundable) fee - before "trimming, removing, or substantially altering" any tree on "their property". Homeowners must now receive approval from the city for any tree alterations, and if the city agrees to permit the homeowner to remove a tree on "their property", the owner is required to purchase a replacement tree from the city's approved species list and plant it. Failure to comply will result in the city purchasing and planting a tree on the affected property; the owner will be billed and a lien placed on the affected property until such time as payment is received.
These mandates are intended to "fight global warming" because homes create carbon emissions and trees are "necessary to preserve the urban canopy".
But the mandates should not affect overall livability....
6.6% of the population moved out of the Portland metropolitan area in 2015, and we hope to join that exodus in the coming months.
Meanwhile, state Sen. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) plans to introduce legislation mandating that employers in Oregon schedule staffing in accordance with how Willamette Valley Democratics (who have never run a business) feel is best.
Sandra McDonough, president and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance, added, “We haven’t seen a specific proposal, but we think that in the long term, some of these rules actually have a negative impact on employees. The reality is that when employees get sick, they should stay home. And when they do, an employer needs the flexibility to call on another employee to take their place.”
Dembrow, however, plans to go forward with the legislation.
There's a reason why I refer to him as Dumbo.