12 OCTOBER 29, 2010 | NEWS + FEATURES | THE PORTLAND PHOENIX
COUNCILOR WANNABES IN WHICH WE ASK THE CANDIDATES FOR PORTLAND CITY COUNCIL ABOUT A SELECTION OF THE IMPORTANT ISSUES OF THE DAY. PHOENIX-ENDORSED CANDIDATES HAVE ASTERISKS NEXT TO THEIR NAMES.
DO YOU Believe increasing pay-per-bag prices is an effective way to reduce trash/increase recycling?
I support pay-per-bag as a strategy to reduce trash/ increase recycling, but I do not believe an incremental increase in bag price results in an incremental decrease in trash/increase in recycling.
I think this indeed reduces the people buying the blue bags and possibly increases the people finding Dumpsters to throw their less-expensive Glad bags into, which essentially reduces recycling and increases trash.
I believe the pay-per-bag system generally does serve that purpose effectively, however the recent fee increase seems to have passed a tipping point and has therefore had unintended negative consequences.
Up to a point. Pay-perbag communities like Portland have a much higher recycling rate than other communities. We cannot constantly keep raising the bag fees, however.
I like to think we have enough extremely talented local artists that our public art should indeed be created locally by local artists whenever possible.
Not exclusively. I am in favor of buy-local preferences and of supporting the local arts community, and perhaps weighting proposals with that in mind, but we should always be open to worldclass public art.
No. Portland is a global community and should have a two way flow of art into and out of our city.
More frequent and consistent service.
To be completely honest, I don’t think there is one single best way to increase public use of public transportation short of giving away free bus tickets.
Improve the METRO bus system’s routing, frequency, and visibility/branding to make it more viable to more people, including through the use of tools like smartphone apps and Google Transit integration, and through creative marketing and promotion. And long-term, bring the trolleys back.
Increase the frequency of bus service and install bus shelters with status boards indicating how many minutes until the next bus arrives.
I support an elected mayor for the following reasons: vision-oriented position, recognized leadership, selected by the people, serving long enough to accomplish a mandate of the people.
Yes, but I have heard lots of opposition to the salary and instant-runoff voting elements of the charter proposal from District 3 residents.
Equal voice for equal taxes, equal say in local issues like school budgets, school committee, and council representation. Immigrants would still need to become citizens to vote on state or federal issues, but would be recognized by the community they are invested in by having restored a right legal immigrants had until 1928.
Think Portland’s public art should exclusively be created by local artists?
WHAT IS The single best way to increase Portland residents’ use of public transportation?
DO YOU Support an elected mayor in Portland?
DO YOU Support allowing legal immigrants to vote on municipal issues?