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Plus, Lyft buys Biketown's parent company and public input sought on notification requirements

Oregon Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman has dismissed activist Mimi German's federal lawsuit against Commissioner Chloe Eudaly.

German, a frequent witness at City Council meetings, had claimed Eudaly violated her rights by barring her from her private Facebook page and being absent during her testimony, among other things. German also complained that Eudaly said she has wasted the council's time with irrelevant testimony.

In his June 29 decision, Mosman said German had not proven her case. As part of his ruling, Mosman said that while German may have an interest in testifying publicly, "she has not alleged a corresponding interest in the presence of a particular council member while she testifies."

Mosman allowed German to refile a portion of her case if she can prove Eudaly used her Facebook page to conduct public business.

Lyft buys Biketown's parent company

Ride-hailing company Lyft announced that it bought the owner of the Biketown bike-sharing company last Monday.

Lyft bought Motivate, the largest bike-sharing company in the country, for $250 million. The July 2 news release says Lyft intends to eventually transition from docking stations to dockless bikes that can be picked up and left practically anywhere.

Portland is one of eight cities, including New York and San Francisco, acquired by Lyft in the deal. It involves around 30,000 rental bikes nationally.

Public input sought on notification requirements

The public now can comment on proposed new requirements for publicizing proposed developments in city neighborhoods.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released a proposed draft of the requirements. They are in response to complaints about the current lack of advance notice voiced during the process to update the state-required Comprehensive Plan to guide future growth.

Among other things, developers would be required to post signs on properties proposed for projects even before building permit applications are submitted. The Planning and Sustainability Commission that advises the bureau will hold a hearing on them Aug. 14.

You can read and comment on the proposed draft at tinyurl.com/y87z6rhw.

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