Steve Novick has a decades long record of accomplishment in public policy and as a progressive activist - from winning landmark cases at the Justice Department, to playing a key role in defeating right-wing ballot measures and successfully advocating to increase the funding schools get from the Lottery by decreasing the amount going to subsidize taverns, he has dedicated his life to tackling the tough issues and making a difference for working families.

Since being elected to the Portland City Council in 2012, Steve has learned some very important lessons - and thanks to his experience over these past few years, he's been fortunate to have grown as a community member and lawmaker as well as gaining an understanding of how to make real, substantive change in our city; and by collaborating with community members and fellow lawmakers, he's accomplished a great deal. Steve has demonstrated that he can get things done, and also that he will continue to grow and adapt to the needs of our changing city.


Putting Working Families First

Steve believes that all workers have a right to a fair minimum wage, a workplace that is safe - and one that prioritizes anti-discrimination policies and fair treatment of all workers. He believes in employees' freedom to organize as a union and take part in collective bargaining. Workers know that Steve will continue to fight for the issues that matter for them the most - which is why he is the only candidate in the race to have earned the support of more than a dozen labor unions, that together represent hundreds of thousands of  workers in our city and state. 

As a member of Council, Steve Novick has enthusiastically supported his fellow commissioners' policies to help workers, voting to pass Commissioner Amanda Fritz's policies that ensure that all Portland workers can earn paid sick leave and to raise the minimum wage for all full-time city employees to $15.  And he is currently leading the fight to end abusive scheduling practices for hourly workers.

  • Novick persuaded his colleagues to address staffing shortages in 9-1-1 (BOEC), making a significant investment in this vital public safety bureau.
  • Novick and the Council established a rational process whereby developers will pay for street improvements. In the old system, we often let developers of new houses avoid paying for any street improvements; or we required street improvements that did not make much sense – such as floating “sidewalks to nowhere.” Now, developers will pay into a fund that will be used to make meaningful street improvements that are community priorities.

  • Novick joined with his colleagues in successfully lobbying the Legislature to lift the ban on inclusionary zoning, committing nearly $30 million to housing and homeless services in the 2016-17 budget, and passing the construction excise tax to pay for more affordable units.

  • Provided discounted downtown parking for low-income late shift workers.


Fighting Climate Change and Making it Safer and Easier to Bike, Walk, and Take Transit

In addition to making smart investments in infrastructure, Steve's worked hard to make it easy for Portlanders to get around the city without needing to depend on personal vehicles - which is good for the climate, and great for our health.  

  • Novick led the conversion of streetlights to LED lights, saving taxpayers millions and reducing carbon emissions.
  • Voters approved Novick’s proposal to to establish a local revenue source for street repair and traffic safety, something that has been needed but Council failed to act on for nearly 30 years.

  • Novick launched BIKETOWN, an innovative bike share system that – unlike many other systems – will NOT involve taxpayer subsidy of operating costs. 

Responding to Community Priorities


When Steve was first running for the Portland City Council, East Portland residents told him that they needed better bus service on 122nd Avenue. At first, Trimet said they couldn’t do it - but would reconsider if the city made improvements near 122nd to make it safer to walk to bus stops. As soon as the city had money available, Steve worked to get $4 milion to pay for those safety improvements.  Now, because of the advocates for East Portland and the collaborative work they did with Steve Novick and his staff, Trimet has agreed to improve bus service. This fall, TriMet will upgrade service on 122nd.

  • Novick implemented the new “text to 911” system so hearing impaired people, victims caught in domestic violence situations, and folks who for any reason can't safely talk in an emergency can get the help they need. 
  • Novick moved the City from towing cars of drivers with enough delinquent parking tickets to booting the cars instead - which ensures payment of parking tickets without imposing the unnecessary additional expense of towing fees on those booted. 

  • Novick spearheaded the policy change that freed up 700 parking spaces downtown by adopting a new approach to disabled parking placards.

  • Novick has continued to support PBEM Director Carmen Merlo's efforts to better prepare the city and its residents for disasters. Among other accomplishment. 

  • Novick was the first in City Council to add a position in his office specifically dedicated to learning about issues that matter most to Portlanders living east of 82nd. 


Protecting Civil Liberties and Building Trust

Key members of the community - especially the City’s Muslim and Arab communities - told Steve that City participation in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force would sow distrust in the community and weaken the relationship they have with the Portland Police. Steve Novick believes community members have to trust that they can go to our police to warn us of real potential threats. Steve opposed handing control of our local police officers over to the JTTF.