August 5, 2013 | Oregonlive.com-- Portland Commissioner Steve Novick on Monday backtracked from his decision to buy parking meters under the bribe-tainted contract orchestrated by former parking manager Ellis McCoy.
"I changed my mind," Novick said.
Novick's about-face came two days after The Oregonian highlighted his plan to spend at least $1.3 million for more meters. McCoy, who pleaded guilty to accepting bribes, steered through the contract for a Florida company called Cale Parking Systems USA Inc.
Continuing coverage of a federal public corruption investigation involving Ellis McCoy, Portland's parking manager, and Portland's SmartMeters.Novick said he's talking with city purchasing officials about next steps. He said the city would launch some sort of competitive process and Cale will be allowed to bid.
As a result, Novick conceded that parking meters won't be installed in Northwest Portland in January.
Novick said he changed his mind in part after hearing from city employees who were READ FULL ARTICLE