Robby Hammond, current Assistant City Manager, will take over as Interim City Manager in January. The appointment was decided during a special city council meeting on Monday, October 15.
This November, residents of the Portland Metro Area—which includes cities in Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas Counties—will find two separate measures on their ballot related to affordable housing. While Measure 102 and the Metro housing bond will each be voted on separately, they are most efficient and impactful when implemented together. Measure 102 is an amendment to Oregon’s constitution that would allow housing bonds and other affordable housing funds that come from the government to be used by private (usually) nonprofit affordable housing developers. Without this amendment, all affordable housing funded through bonds has to be built and owned by the government. The thinking behind Measure 102 is that nonprofit developers are better equipped and able to build, maintain, and operate[…]
Last week a group of high school students pitched City Council with a complete policy that would ban plastic bags in Hillsboro. Council’s response: they like the idea, but the student-designed policy doesn’t go far enough.
Hillsburrito is a slang name for our city mostly used by a particular subset of old white guys, intended as a derogatory reference to our Hispanic population.
A top Metro official recommended expanding the Metro urban growth boundary south of Witch Hazel, increasing the odds that 850 homes could be built in a 150 acre plot of land there.
Affordable housing touches on just about everything a city government does. That’s why it’s so complicated. Which brings me to last week’s city council meeting. Your city council attended an hour and a half work session on homelessness. City employees outlined the history of the problem and how it’s growing here in Hillsboro. The chief of police talked about how officers are approaching the issue. A couple of homeless individuals told heart breaking stories of falling through the cracks in our society. It was a comprehensive overview of the problem, from a variety of perspectives. And it was followed by a great example of why it’s so hard to do anything about it. City Council voted on what is essentially[…]
The City of Hillsboro took another step toward rolling out municipal fiber this week, authorizing a $180,000 contract for consultants who will help develop things like marketing and customer service workflows.
There are three open seats on the Hillsboro City Council this year, but the elections are largely uncontested.
Not sure whether you live in Hillsboro, but afraid to ask your neighbors? Don’t worry, we won’t judge you.
Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) plans to add 125,230 square feet to their Hillsboro campus in the next 10 years, potentially employing 190 additional people.