PDX Update



Golovan home on market

Volodymyr Golovan, a key figure in the 'clean money' campaign financing scandal, is selling his house.

Golovan, a Ukrainian activist, has been charged with fraud and theft for allegedly using forged signatures to obtain public campaign financing for City Council candidates Emilie Boyles and Lucinda Tate in the 2006 primary election.

Golovan's property holdings and finances are an issue because he asked for a state-funded lawyer to represent him.

Feb. 7, Golovan argued that he was entitled to a lawyer because he and his wife are divorcing and he'd signed away his property rights to avoid having to pay future child support.

Multnomah County Circuit Judge Julie Frantz denied his request and recommended that Golovan ask his wife to reconsider their agreement.

The hearing featured evidence that Golovan and his wife owned two homes on adjoining properties in the Centennial neighborhood of Southeast Portland, one of them just built.

Based on comparable homes nearby, the newer home appears to be worth more than $400,000. The older one was listed for sale on the Regional Multiple Listing Service with an asking price of $269,900 in January.

The significance of the sale is unclear; Golovan has declined to speak with reporters.


State wants to steer

The Oregon Transportation Commission has signaled its unease with Metro's efforts to make its updated Regional Transportation Plan promote land-use planning goals instead of prioritizing specific transportation projects.

Metro officials repeatedly have said the change is necessary to help accommodate the 1 million more people expected to move to the region over the next 20 years. The population increase comes at the same time that state and federal transportation funds are declining.

But now, in a letter to Metro President David Bragdon, transportation commission Chairman Stuart Foster said the updated Metro plan needs to comply with state plans intended to manage car and truck traffic flows.

Stuart said the commission, which sets transportation policy for Oregon, is 'not comfortable' that the Metro proposal is moving away from the state's mobility standards. He reminded Bragdon that next fall, both the state commission and the Federal Highway Administration will review the final draft of the transportation plan for compliance.

The Feb. 28 letter was distributed Thursday to Metro's Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation by member Jason Tell, the Region 1 manager of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

At the meeting, the advisory committee formally endorsed the direction that the draft transportation plan is taking. Tell abstained from voting on it, however.

The draft plan approved at the meeting included a new mandate to address climate change, which it called 'a serious and growing threat to Oregon's economy, natural resources, forests, rivers, agricultural land and coastline.'

- Tribune staff