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10/4/11 Introducing the Office for Community Technology (OCT)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2011

 

Contacts:
David C. Olson, OCT Director (503) 823-5290
Brendan Finn, Chief of Staff, Commissioner Saltzman (503) 823-3110

 

With unanimous approval of the Portland City Council (September 21, 2011) the former Office of Cable Communications and Franchise Management (OCCFM) of the City of Portland is now the Office for Community Technology (OCT).


The new title responds to continuing input from citizens and Council members in recent years regarding the need to update the name of the bureau to adequately reflect, among other things, the Office’s:

  • substantial role (with the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission) in administering and overseeing community technology grants and resources allocated annually throughout Multnomah County; and
  • support and facilitation of critical community technology extensions and services to schools, libraries and local governments through oversight of Comcast’s Institutional Network system and its interconnection with the City’s IRNE system (operated by the City’s Bureau of Technology Services).

The Office, originally created by the Council in 1980 as the Office of Cable Communications in conjunction with the City’s initial citywide cable franchising effort, last had its title updated in 1987 when the Council assigned the Office responsibility for handling utility franchising and administration of the City’s Utility License Fee (ULF). The Office also serves as the City’s key “point bureau” in public policy aspects of external telecommunications issues and (beginning in the late 1990s) broadband policy. In the early 2000s, the Office was further assigned the responsibility for licensing and overseeing wireless attachments in the public rights of way. The Office’s broader role in these matters was on recent City Council agendas with adoption of the City’s Broadband Strategic Plan (September 14, 2011) and acceptance of the Bureau’s Report on a decade of cable franchise community investments (August 3, 2011).


Bureau Director David Olson commented “The new title is user-friendly and far better describes the ongoing work of the agency. Moreover, it reflects a critical insight regarding the Office’s core mission: overseeing legal arrangements (including compensation) for privately-owned 'community technologies' (such as cable, telecommunications, gas, electric, pipelines, etc.) that use City streets or operate within the City. The word 'for' emphasizes the proactive work of the Office in advocating for community benefits and a local voice in community technologies that rely on public resources.”


Dan Saltzman, Commissioner-in-charge of the office commented: “I am happy to join with Commissioner Amanda Fritz in bringing forth this long-overdue name change, and gratified that the change was approved with unanimous Council support. This Office has for many years accomplished exemplary, nationally-recognized work on behalf of the City and I trust citizens will join with me in celebrating a shorter, more accurate name that better describes the good work of the office.”


Table of Contents
8/12/14 City Flag to be lowered in honor of newborn Krystal Mangus
6/4/14 City Flag to be lowered in honor of Maribella Willard & Lazaro Fuentes-Burgos
4/13/14: Press Release: Short-term rental fees and affordable housing
PHAC Seeks New Members (Deadline: Friday, May 30)
3/17/14 National Window Safety Week Reminder
4/7/14 Rally for Equal Pay for Equal Work April 8
3/31/14 City Flag to Be Lowered in Honor of Abused Toddler
3/6/14 City Employees Fight Hunger With First Repack Event
1/27/14 Announcement: Hiring of a Compliance Officer & Community Liaison
1/14/13 Press Release: New Funds Available for Affordable Rental Housing Development
12/20/13 Notice of DOJ Settlement Agreement Fairness Hearing
11/5/13 City Flag to be lowered in honor of 15-year-old Abukar Madey
8/29/13 Statement on Proposed Fire Sprinkler Ordinance
7/3/13 Message from Chief Jannsens regarding 4th of July
7/3/13 Statement to City Council Regarding Arizona firefighters
6/14/13 Homelessness Street Count Report 2013
6/4/13 Surrender and Return of Firearms FAQ
6/4/13 City Flag to Be Lowered In Honor of Newborn Girl
6/3/13 Firearms and Domestic Violence, Press Release
3/13/13 Statement on Paid Sick Leave Policy
10/18/12 PBEM Releases Draft Map of Emergency Communication Sites
9/30/12 City Employee Mary Beth Henry Receives Herman Kehrli Award
9/18/12 Commissioner Saltzman proposes Healthy Purchasing Initiative
9/12/12 Statement Regarding Water Fluoridation
6/25/12 City lowers flag in honor of 5-year old Mahanarye Noa
5/1/12 Oregonian Op-Ed on Bureau of Development Services
1/23/12 Portland Children’s Levy Names Julie S. Young to its Allocation Committee
1/11/12 Commissioner Dan Saltzman Calls for Common Sense on Police Fitness Test Requirement
11/29/11 City lowers flag in honor of 13-year old Julio Marquez
11/8/11 Commissioner Saltzman visits Open Meadows' Step Up Program
10/4/11 Introducing the Office for Community Technology (OCT)
9/1/11 Reading of Names at Portland City Hall to Commemorate September 11, 2001
7/19/11 Council Worksession on proposed Independent Utility Commission
7/15/11 Grand Opening of the Miracles Club Today, July 15 @ 11AM
7/6/11 Public comments on IUC Proposal
6/20/11 Governor Kitzhaber signs sex trafficking bills with Saltzman amendment to prosecute traffickers
6/6/11 Commissioner Dan Saltzman Proposes Independent Utility Commission
5/2/11 Commissioners Saltzman and Fish join Metro Councilor Barbara Roberts in announcing large land acquisition
3/30/11 City of Portland response to today's Google announcement
3/18/11 Help support survivors in Japan
3/3/11 Bridge Meadows opening soon
2/24/11 BES partners with Portland Parks and Metro to acquire property in Argay-Wilkes neighborhood
2/11/11 Special Appropriation and Budget Requests
2/2/11 City Strengthens Oversight of Information Technology Projects
1/20/11 Free Geek Partnership Continues to Benefit Community
1/5/11 Commissioner Saltzman's remarks from his swearing-in
1/4/11 Commissioner Saltzman to be sworn in for fourth term.
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11/04/10 Safe & Supportive Foster Parents Needed for LGBTQ Youth
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09/08/10 Gateway Center grand opening media advisory
07/28/10 Saltzman statement regarding Chasse settlement
07/27/10 The Skanner article "U.S. Department of Justice Confirms 'Patterns and Practices' Probe of Portland Police"
07/26/10 Response from U.S. Department of Justice regarding Aaron Campbell investigation request
07/06/10 Miracles Club Groundbreaking
04/21/10 Dept of Justice response regarding Aaron Campbell investigation
04/20/10 Gateway Navigator Informal RFI
04/08/10 Recommended Action Items Regarding the Intersection of the Police & The Mental Health System in Portland
Domestic Violence Forum: Listening Session
03/31/10 Information about green streets and bike boulevards
03/24/10 Request to District Attorney Michael Schrunk
03/08/10 Actions Taken in Response to the Shooting Death of Aaron Campbell
02/19/10 Wyden/Blumenauer letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
02/19/10 U.S. Department of Justice press release
02/19/10 Letter to Senator Wyden
2/17/10 Actions Taken in Response to the Shooting Death of Aaron Campbell
02/12/12 Commissioner Saltzman responds to Grand Jury
02/10/10 The Oregonian "City memo: Pass 2030 Bike Plan sans Saltzman's funding plan"
02/10/10 BikePortland.org "Saltzman: Amendment would "jumpstart" bike plan funding"
02/08/10 The Oregonian "Yes, a grand jury; but more, too"
02/06/10 The Oregonian "Hundreds attend Portland funeral for brothers Timothy Douglass and Aaron Campbell, who died hours apart"
02/05/10 The Oregonian "Portland police commissioner pushes to make grand jury probe of fatal police shooting public"
01/29/10 The Oregonian "My adventures in the Portland City Council"
01/28/10 The Oregonian "Major League System in Portland a go, but Beavers baseball still stymied"
01/27/10 The Oregonian "Portland computer system gives some city workers fits"
Statement from Commissioner Saltzman
Statement regarding Portland Police
Chapman Elementary School visit
Statement on proposed discipline for officers in James Chasse case
Portland Police Burea Policy Changes
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06/20/08, Oregonian: Saltzman asks for delay to urban renewal vote on David Douglas school
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02/23/06: Portland Business Journal: payday ordinance includes rules on rollover, right to cancel
01/10/06: Downtown Rotary Speech
01/09/06: Commissioner Saltzman's Comments Regarding Judge Alito Confirmation Hearings
01/04/06, Willamette Week: Gunning for Saltzman
12/18/05, Oregonian: Getting a grip on the fast-cash industry
11/25/05, Portland Business Journal: City Council takes aim at payday loans
07/25/05: City Club Speech - Bureau Assignments
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10/23/03: Patriot Act Resolution
Friends of Public Health Speech (undated)
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