Interview (and your questions) with Newest PDX Commish
Portland’s newest City Commissioner Steve Novick takes City Club’s Friday Forum stage for an interview with Sara Mirk and answer questions from the audience.
Novick has said that his focus as a Commissioner will be on looking for opportunities to "take action now to avoid problems later." On healthcare and economic equity Novick has said, "We can strengthen our economy by making Portland a model for reducing healthcare costs,” and “the use of urban renewal as a primary economic development strategy has too often exacerbated, rather than alleviated, racial and geographic disparities in Portlanders' standard of living."
Novick is the Commissioner-in-Charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM). His early actions as a Commissioner include bolting down his house in the event of a major seismic event, investigating the possible misuse of handicap parking permits, and leading the effort to put up a temporary barrier on the Vista Bridge.
Novick, a former longtime Sellwood-Moreland resident, now lives with his fiancee, Rachel Philofsky, and their Welsh Corgi, Pumpkin, in the Multnomah Village neighborhood.
Sarah Mirk is a Portland-based journalist who often writes about politics, gender, and pop culture. She worked for four years as a reporter at The Portland Mercury and is now the online editor of national feminist magazine Bitch.