City Hall Update: Two more bureau directors leave
Mayor Ted Wheeler announced the departure of the directors of two bureaus under his control on Thursday.
Portland Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager resigned effective the next day. Assistant Housing Director Shannon Callahan was named interim director. And Office of Equity and Human Rights Director Dante James will leave on Dec. 15. Koffi "Jean-Pierre" Dessou, a program manager in the office, was named interim director.
The mayor's office will launch a search for permanent replacements. Seven bureau directors have left since Wheeler took office in January.
Saltzman demands Uber data
Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman has written to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi demanding the company turn over information about a massive 2016 data breach that it failed to disclose until last month.
In the letter, Saltzman said Uber may have violated the city code by withholding the disclosure and demanded to know how many company drivers and passengers in the city were affected. Portland has objected to Uber's operation in the past and, most recently, demanded assurances the company has ended its admitted use of "Greyball" computer software to evade regulators.
"To learn now that Uber deliberately concealed a massive data breach involving both customer and driver information for a period of over a year adds to the already strained relationship the City has with Uber," Saltzman wrote.
Council approves more affordable housing
As part of its increased commitment to funding affordable housing, the City Council approved up to $21.7 million in North Macadam Urban Renewal Area funds for the construction of the RiverPlace Parcel 3 development last Wednesday.
When completed, the 13-story project will offer 201 units of apartments affordable to households earning less than 80 percent of the area median income, with many priced well below that. They include 10 units reserve for veterans and 20 for those transitioning from homelessness.
"RiverPlace Parcel 3 furthers our commitment to providing affordable housing and supportive services for our most vulnerable neighbors, and building vibrant, diverse neighborhoods for all Portlanders," Mayor Ted Wheeler said of the city's contribution to the $86 million project.