Category Archives: City

Portland to consider expanding, privatizing homeless shelter

Portland's Oxford Street Homeless Shelter. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

The Portland City Council on Monday night agreed to study consolidating, expanding and privatizing the city’s Oxford Street Homeless Shelter, currently Maine’s largest and only municipally run shelter. The word “privatizing” often brings to mind situations where governments hand over the management of public institutions to private corporations, under the auspice that the corporations can […]

City lines up new finance director

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Tonight, the Portland City Council is expected to name Brendan O’Connell the city’s new finance director, the latest hire in what’s been a carousel of department head comings and goings at Portland City Hall since 2011. With O’Connell’s hiring and the December arrival of new Department of Health and Human Services Director Dawn Stiles, the […]

10 bill titles to watch for Portland

Gov. Paul LePage and state Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland -- often political rivals -- appear together at an event last year in Portland. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

This is the time of year when state lawmakers submit bill titles — a sentence or so very generally describing the intent of the legislation — and those titles get fleshed out with text detailing what the bills would actually do and how much they’d cost. It’s a bit of a transitional period when the […]