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National Work Zone Awareness Week

This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week. It brings national attention to motorists, bicyclists, workers safety, and mobility issues in work zones.

 

With the dry weather ahead, travelers in Portland will likely see more construction work. The majority of the work is to upgrade water mains and sewer pipes and repair roads, which may increase traffic delays.

 

National studies indicate that driver distraction is the biggest factor in work zone collisions along with excessive vehicle speed.

 

The Portland Water Bureau recommends the following safety tips to keep in mind while you’re cruising down Portland streets:

  • Use an alternate route. When you can, avoid streets with posted work zones.
  • Expect delays. Plan to leave early so you can drive safely through the work zone and avoid having to rush.
  • Be alert. Pay attention to the driving task and watch the cars ahead of you.
  • Obey all speed and warning signs. They are there for your safety and will help prevent a collision.
  • Do not tailgate.  Double the following distance
  • Carefully move over.  When possible give workers more room between them and your vehicle, but do not veer into on-coming traffic lane.
  • Watch for vehicle access. Be aware that temporary construction may impact either side of the road, or adjacent streets.
  • Stay clear of construction vehicles.  Heavy vehicles travel in and out of the work areas and can make sudden moves

Check out the Water Bureau’s website for more information.


April 13, 2016

Ethics Reform

The City of Portland is committed to open, transparent and accountable government.

 

Tomorrow, Nick will bring an ordinance to Council, establishing new disclosure and reporting requirements for “Political Consultants.” It builds on ethics reforms adopted by the City to cover lobbyists, and is modeled after reforms pioneered by the City of San Francisco.

 

Political Consultants help to elect City officials, and enjoy privileged, confidential access to them. Locally and nationally, they increasingly play an important role in shaping public policy. Consultants who provide advice to elected officials may also act as registered lobbyists.

 

Nick’s proposal would require disclosure of the relationships between City elected officials and their Political Consultants.

 

In developing this new policy, Nick worked with the elected City Auditor and the City Elections Officer, as well as public interest groups including the Oregon League of Women Voters, Represent Us, Common Cause Oregon, Portland Alliance for Democracy, and the ACLU of Oregon.

 

The public has a right to know who is influencing the City Council’s public policy decisions. This reform will bring more sunshine to the City’s work. 

 

Ordinance

 

Ethics Reform FAQ

 

Proposed ethics rules at City Hall deserves Council's support

The Portland Tribune Editorial Board

 

Council to consider lobbying ethics reforms next week

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Hall Monitor: Campaign Operatives, Catalogued?
Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 


April 12, 2016

Art Spark

Join the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) on April 21st for Art Spark!

 

Located at the wonderful Portland Mercado in southeast, Art Spark is celebrating its 8th year connecting artists and art lovers from all around our community.  

 

This year’s Art Speak features the RACC Arts Education Program. The Program provides resources and support to local artists, organizations, and schools to strengthen arts and culture learning experiences for youth in our community.

 

Artists and teachers will be on hand to share their experience of how Arts Education is making a huge difference in our local schools.

 

Art Spark is partially funded by RACC. Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to the RACC, as it’s committed to funding diverse and accessible arts programs that reach all people in our community.

 

Check out Art Spark’s website for more information.

 

Art Spark

Portland Mercado

Thursday, April 21, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

7238 SE Foster Rd.

 

Photo courtesy of Art Spark.


April 12, 2016

The Weekly Catch


April 8, 2016

Venture Portland Grants

Last week, Venture Portland awarded $34,000 to our wonderful neighborhood business districts for 13 Spring/Summer Grant Projects.

 

The projects include delightful summer Street Fairs, building dynamic new websites, the Festival of Nations, and much more. The grants are expected to leverage over $220,000 in private business investment – that’s nearly a 7-to-1 match!

 

Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Venture Portland, which is focused on investing in the smart, strategic growth of our neighborhood small business districts.

 

Our neighborhood small businesses are the backbone of our community. They bring character and strength to our neighborhoods, create jobs, and encourage economic growth. For every dollar spent a local small business, nearly 70 cents stays in Portland’s local economy.

 

Check out Venture Portland’s website for more information and a list of grant awardees.  


April 7, 2016

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

 

Sexual assault is a devastating public health, human rights, and social justice issue in our community, and around the world.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted before the age of 18.

 

It’s up to us to support survivors of sexual assault.

 

Check out the US Department of Justice’s website that’s dedicated to education and prevention of sexual violence. Learn how to talk to your children about sexual assault, how to recognize abuse, and how to help and support survivors.    


April 5, 2016

Rick Bartow

We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of local Native American artist Rick Bartow.

 

Rick was an Oregon treasure.

 

We are proud to have one of his works, Kestrel Stalling, on display in my office.

 

I’m even prouder that one of his signature works, We Were Always Here, was installed in Washington D.C.

 

We join with the Oregon arts community in expressing condolences to his family and friends.

 

A death in the family: Rick Bartow

Oregon Artswatch


April 4, 2016

The Weekly Catch


April 1, 2016

Bringing More Sunshine to City Hall

The City of Portland is committed to open, transparent and accountable government.

 

This week, Nick will file an Ordinance to increase transparency in decision-making at the City. His proposal would establish new disclosure and reporting requirements for “Political Consultants.” It builds on the ethics reforms adopted by the City to cover lobbyists, and is modeled after reforms adopted by the City of San Francisco. It will be heard by Council on April 13.

 

Political Consultants advise City elected officials and enjoy privileged, confidential access to them. Locally and nationally, they increasingly play an important role in shaping public policy. Consultants who provide advice to elected officials may also act as registered lobbyists. When a Political Consultant acts as a registered lobbyist, and lobbies her own client, she is in effect representing both the “buyer” and the “seller” in the same transaction.

 

Nick’s proposal would require disclosure of the relationships between City elected officials and their Political Consultants.

 

In developing this new policy, Nick worked with the elected City Auditor and the City Elections Officer, as well as public interest groups including the Oregon League of Women Voters of Portland, Represent Us, Common Cause Oregon, Portland Alliance for Democracy, and the ACLU of Oregon.

 

This Political Consultant proposal builds on a number of actions Nick and the Council have taken to bring more sunshine and accountability to the public’s business.

 

Nick led the creation of two new citizen oversight bodies – the Portland Utility Board, which provides community oversight of the Water Bureau (PWB) and Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), and the Portland Housing Advisory Commission, which oversees the work of the Portland Housing Bureau. He established a unique new partnership with the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon (CUB), and directed his bureaus to place contracts of $500,000 or more on the Council’s discussion (Regular) agenda rather than the Consent agenda.

 

Finally, he supported the City Auditor’s proposal to waive fees for citizens challenging City decisions, worked with Commissioner Fritz to establish the independent City Budget Office, and pushed for reinstatement of the Chief Financial Officer role at the City.

 

Ethics Reform FAQ

 

Ordinance

 

Code


March 29, 2016

Year of the Monkey

 

Last night, Nick was honored to attend the Bing Kong Chinese News Year’s dinner celebration at Wong King’s Restaurant in Southeast Portland.

 

Nick joined many leaders in our Chinese-American community, including Stephen Ying, Raymond Wang, Steven Louie, as well as visiting dignitaries from Oakland, San Francisco and Seattle.

 

We are grateful for the many contributions of the Chinese-American community in our region, and we wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy New Year!


March 28, 2016

The Weekly Catch


March 25, 2016

Temporal Ecologies

The Portland Building’s newest art installation transforms the installation space into an activated environment, made entirely of brown paper bags.

 

Talented artist Jenna Reineking encourages viewers to rethink simple, mundane items with her installation, Temporal Ecologies. Her carefully sculpted paper bags metamorphosed into an incredible installation, reminiscent of barnacles.

 

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series. Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art.

 

Temporal Ecologies runs through April 15 in the Portland Building’s lobby. Check out RACC’s website for more information.

 

Portland Building Installation Art Series

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm

 

Photo courtesy of RACC.


March 24, 2016

World Water Day

Today is World Water Day!

World Water Day is an international observance day that dates back 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly designated the special day in response to global environment and development needs related to water.

 

This year’s theme is "Water and Jobs". It highlights the power that water and jobs have to transform people's lives for the better.

 

World Water Day coincides with Women’s History Month. The Portland Water Bureau is observing both occasions by sharing stories of women employees of the Water Bureau who have dedicated their careers to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

 

Check out the Water Bureau’s Water Blog all week to learn more about some of the talented and hard-working women who provide Portlanders with clean, safe, and reliable drinking water.

 

And, visit the United Nation’s Water website to learn about World Water Day.  


March 22, 2016

Planting party

Love planting? This Friday, join Rose Community Development in the Lents neighborhood for the Beyer Court Planting Party.

 

Last summer, volunteers from Depave and Rose Community Development worked hard to remove a section of concrete from the Beyer Court Apartments parking lot, to make way for a new rain garden.

 

Now with spring upon us, it’s time for planting. The new rain garden will clean stormwater runoff and add lovely landscaping to the neighborhood. It’ll also function as a mini-habitat for pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

 

The project is funded by the Bureau of Environmental Services’ (BES) Community Watershed Stewardship Program. The program provides grants to innovative projects that help improve Portland’s neighborhoods and communities, as well as watershed health.

 

Anyone is welcome to help out! Rose Community Development will provide gardening tools.

 

Contact Eden at eden@rosecdc.org or (503) 788.8052 x 19 for more information.

 

Beyer Court Planting Party

Friday, March 25, 1 pm – 5 pm

Beyer Court Apartments

9305 SE Harold St.


March 21, 2016

The Weekly Catch


March 18, 2016

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