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Archive for Month: March 2016

Nonpartisan Forums and Information from LWV

2016 PRIMARY ELECTION | NONPARTISAN FORUMS AND INFORMATION The LWV Voters’ Guide, public candidate forums and an issue forum, as well as interviews of selected candidates for state offices, will be available to the public at various venues, on the internet, and elsewhere. These voter resources are being provided by League of Women Voters (LWV) of Portland, well known for their nonpartisan voter information. Portland Public Forums: Thursday, April 14 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm CANDIDATES FOR PORTLAND MAYOR, in partnership with the Buckman Community Association Multnomah County Building, Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Monday, April 25 from 6:00 […]

BEECN Volunteers for Post Disaster Communication

A Basic Earthquake Emergency Communications Node (BEECN)  is a place to go in Portland neighborhoods after a major quake to ask for emergency assistance or to report severe damage or injury. Cell phones, landlines, texting and internet service are not resilient enough to endure the damage anticipated from a Cascadia Subduction Zone Quake. The 48 neighborhood BEECNs in Portland rely on amateur radio to help neighborhoods and local government reach each other. WHAT DOES A BEECN VOLUNETEER DO? BEECN volunteers use a handheld radio from the cache. They talk with an amateur radio operator at the fire station who will […]

Portland City Council authorizes lawsuit against Monsanto Company

Saturday, March 12, 2016, the Portland City Council unanimously passed a Resolution authorizing City Attorney Tracy Reeve to sue the Monsanto Company for contaminating water bodies within the City with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).  PCBs are manmade toxic chemicals which cannot be contained to their original application and which can last for many decades in the environment. “Portland’s elected officials are committed to holding Monsanto accountable for its apparent decision to favor profits over ecological and human health,” Reeve said. “Monsanto profited from selling PCBs for decades and needs to take responsibility for cleaning up after the mess it created.” Portland […]

Portland Harbor Superfund Survey

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to release a cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor in early April (but not on April Fool’s Day). The City of Portland has asked Oregon’s Kitchen Table to create a 10 minute survey to help them better understand what residents want this cleanup to achieve. Columbia Corridor Association was part of the group that helped advise on the survey. This anonymous survey is your opportunity to share what you value most about the cleanup. The survey will be open through March 31. After it closes, responses will be compiled by Oregon’s Kitchen Table, […]

City Budget Forums & Hearing

The City of Portland invites you to participate in upcoming budget-related events. Community Budget Forum Tuesday, April 5th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Wilson High School Cafeteria, 1151 SW Vermont St. Community Budget Forum Tuesday, April 12th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Alice Ott Middle School Auditorium, 12500 SE Ramona St. Budget Committee Public Hearing Thursday, May 12th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm City Hall, Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Ave.   These meetings offer Portland residents the opportunity to share with City Council how they will be impacted by the City’s budget decisions and to express which services are most important to […]

Expand Housing Choice for Everyone

Public Meeting and 30-Day Comment Period Portland Consortium Five-Year Consolidated Plan and Portland Annual Action Plan Meeting Tuesday, April 5, 2016 5:30 – 7:00 pm (Light dinner will be served at 5:30 pm, presentation will begin at 6:00 pm) Portland Housing Bureau  421 SW 6th, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204 Click here to reserve a seat (your reservation helps us plan for food and materials, but is not required to attend). Join us for your chance to learn about the strategies that the City of Portland, the City of Gresham, and Multnomah County will adopt to use their federal funds to address […]

Noise Review Board Rejects Pile Driving Policy Changes

A 4-0 vote Turns Down Commissioner Fritz’s Proposal by Stan Penkin In a surprising vote, the Noise Review Board on March 9th unanimously rejected a noise policy change proposed by Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s office. Following the creation of a citizen noise task force late last year, the group met six times to discuss issues including: a city wide prohibition of impact hammer pile driving; the variance appeal and notification process; and the variance fee structure. The Commissioner’s office took the task force discussions under advisement and presented its proposal that would mitigate noise issues, clarify the appeal process and set […]

Central City 2035

Help shape Central City transportation Comment on the Central City 2035 Plan Discussion Draft before March 31, 2016 What is the Central City 2035 Plan? Central City 2035 will update the plan and policies for downtown and central areas of the City of Portland. It will address challenges and opportunities in the Central City to ensure this unique economic, transportation, cultural and educational hub will be a vibrant resource for all Portlanders over the next 25 years. What is the Discussion Draft? The purpose of the Discussion Draft is to gather your feedback on preliminary proposals to help shape the growth, development, and transportation of […]