2016 City Council Scorecard

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VoteEthan Strimling 83%Jon Hinck 78%Spencer Thibodeau 67%Justin Costa 56%Jill Duson 56%Belinda Ray 47%David Brenerman 44%Nick Mavodones 42%Ed Suslovic 37%Fake
Elks Lodge Property Rezoned for Offices, Not HousingProgressive Vote = NO The council voted to rezone the Elks Lodge property on Congress Street across from the Portland Jetport for offices instead of housing, despite a lack of middle class housing in the city and skyrocketing rents. | Motion passed 6-3, January 20, 2016Opposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteProgressive voteCast progressive voteOpposed progressive voteProgressive voteOpposed progressive vote
Reducing Fee Increase for Developers. Progressive Vote = NO While debating a proposal to increase building fees from 1.1 percent to 1.6 percent to pay for increased staffing to speed the processing of building permits, a motion was made to reduce the fee increase to 1.5 percent. | Motion passed 7-0, March 7, 2016Opposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteAbsentOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteAbsentOpposed progressive vote
Incentives for Green Buildings. Progressive Vote = YES The council considered exempting buildings that meet green building standards from an increase in building fees. | Motion failed 3-4, March 7, 2016Cast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteOpposed progressive voteAbsentOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteAbsentOpposed progressive vote
Exempting Grandfathered Developers from New Permit Fees.Progressive Vote = NO After voting to increase building fees, the council voted to grandfather developers who applied for permits before March 31, a windfall for wealthy developers like Federated Companies. | Motion passed 6-2, March 21, 2016Cast progressive voteCast progressive voteAbsentOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive vote
Finance Committee Vote to Shutter India Street Health Clinic.Progressive Vote: NO The India Street Health Clinic provided healthcare to more than 1,000 patients and was the only place in greater Portland that provided low-cost STD testing, free STD treatment, clean needles, and HIV care under one roof. | Budget including India St. shutdown passed, 3-0, April 21, 2016No MarkNo MarkNo MarkNo MarkNo MarkOpposed progressive voteNo MarkOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive vote
Ban State-Funded Travel to Anti-LGBT States.Progressive Vote: YES The council voted to ban nonessential state-funded travel to Mississippi and North Carolina in response to laws allowing businesses to refuse service to LGBT peoples. | Motion passed 9-0, April 25, 2016Cast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive vote
Partial Restoration of Funding for India Street Health Clinic.Progressive Vote = YES The council voted to restore funding for the lease at the India Street Health Clinic for one year, allowing the needle exchange, HIV/STD testing and treatment, and Free Clinic to remain open, but closing the HIV Positive Health Care Clinic. | Motion passed 9-0, May 16, 2016Cast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive vote
Fiscal Year 2016–2017 Budget.Progressive Vote = NO The final budget included the closure of the Positive Health Care Clinic at India Street. | Motion passed: 8-1, May 16, 2016Opposed progressive voteCast progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive vote
Raise Minimum Age to Buy Tobacco to 21.Progressive Vote = YES The council voted to increase the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, an important public health measure. | Motion passed: 9-0, June 20, 2016Cast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive vote
Remove Transgender Restrictions from the City Health Care Plan.Progressive Vote = YES The council voted to remove exclusions for transgender health coverage for city employees, bringing the city’s plan in line with a federal prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex in health programs receiving federal funding. | Motions passed 9-0, June 20, 2016Cast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive vote
Ocean Avenue Landfill Solar Array.Progressive Vote = YES The council approved a major solar project at the city’s closed Ocean Avenue landfill that will generate enough electricity to power City Hall and Merrill Auditorium. | Motion passed 9-0, September 7, 2016Cast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive vote
Tax Break for ImmuCell Corporation.Progressive Vote = NO ImmuCell received a tax break worth $375,000 to expand its Riverside-area campus. The council rejected proposals to require ImmuCell to hire 25 percent of its workers from Portland and meet “prevailing wage” standards. | Motion passed 8-1, September 19, 2016Cast progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive vote
Energy Use Disclosure for Large Businesses and Residences.Progressive Vote = YES To encourage increased energy efficiency, the council enacted “benchmarking” to require large businesses, residential buildings with more than 50 units, and most city-owned buildings to report their energy usage. | Motion passed 6-3, November 7, 2016Cast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive vote
Fast Track Moratorium on Retail Marijuana Sales.Progressive Vote = NO The night before the Nov. 8 vote on Question 1 to legalize marijuana statewide, the council considered an emergency moratorium on retail marijuana establishments. Portland voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2013 with nearly 67 percent of the vote. | Motion failed 3-6, November 7, 2016Cast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteOpposed progressive voteCast progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive vote
Thames Street Below-Market Land Sale.Progressive Vote = NO The council voted to sell a city-owned parcel of waterfront land appraised at nearly $900,000 to a developer for just $400,000. The conditions of the sale also required the city to spend $1.2 million to extend Thames Street, a net $800,000 loss for taxpayers. | Motion passed 8-1, November 21, 2016Cast progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive vote
Ban Section 8 Discrimination.Progressive Vote = YES Many Portland landlords routinely and openly refuse to accept Section 8 housing vouchers as payment. This amendment would have explicitly banned Section 8 discrimination. | Motion failed 4-5, November 21, 2016Cast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive vote
Leeway for No-Fault Evictions.Progressive Vote = YES The council considered a proposal to increase the notice required for evictions from 30 days to 90 days with landlord options to “buy out” tenants faster for specified dollar amounts. | Motion failed 3-6, November 21, 2016Cast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive voteOpposed progressive vote
Development Moratorium to Protect Fort Sumner Park.Progressive Vote = YES Saulnier Development’s proposed six-story building at 155 Sheridan St. would have blocked views of Mt. Washington and the Back Cove from Fort Sumner Park. | Motion passed 9-0, November 21, 2016Cast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive vote
Office of Economic Opportunity.Progressive Vote = YES The Office of Economic Opportunity was created to help immigrants and others who face discrimination find work and job training, allowing the city to address the shortage of skilled workers in the region. | Motion passed 9-0, December 19, 2016Cast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive voteCast progressive vote


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