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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Amanda Fritz

Welcome to Commissioner Amanda Fritz's site! 

 

Dear Neighbors,

 

In partnership with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, I am convening a short-term Noise Code Task Force to address specific issues pertaining to the City’s Noise Code (Title 18).

 

I am currently seeking 2-3 at-large community representatives and 2-3 construction or development representatives to participate on the Task Force.

 

The Task Force will meet between September and November 2015 to discuss three primary issues that emerged in recent City Council hearings:

 

  • The Noise variance and appeals process 
  • The possibility of greater regulatory authority around specific types of construction equipment as it pertains to the Noise Code

  •  Considering Noise Code regulations in employment “EX” zones

Please see the interest form for more details on the task force and on how to apply. You can contact Claire Adamsick in my office at claire.adamsick@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-3021 with questions or to request an application be sent to you via email.

 

The deadline to apply for a seat on the Task Force is Thursday, August 27th at 5:00 p.m.

  

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THANK YOU to everyone who has offered support to me in the past few months, after my husband, Steven Fritz MD, was killed in a car crash on the way to his work at Oregon State Hospital in Salem on 9/24/14.  Portlanders' kindnesses great and small have made this awful happening more bearable for me and for Steve's children - Luke (29), Maxwell (27), and Ali (25).  

 

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Are you concerned about the rules governing new development in neighborhoods?  Land divisions, demolitions, design standards, other issues?  Now is your opportunity to change those rules!  Participate in Portland's Comprehensive Plan Update, led by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability under Mayor Hales.  See here for information.

 

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* Portland's Protected Sick Time standards went into effect January 1, 2014.  The City has a comprehensive web site providing information and resources, here:

 

www.portlandoregon.gov/sicktime

 

Additional training for employers scheduled - check the web page, and sign up now! 

 

Please email SickTimeInfo@portlandoregon.gov with questions.  See also the Sick Time tab on my web site, for quick reference to links and resources.

 

 

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My assigned bureaus are Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R or Parks), and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI).  Both are bureaus dealing with multiple services, and it's important that you have easy, clear paths to receive assistance from the appropriate departments and staff.

 

For Parks, call 503-823-PLAY as your first point of triage.  If your question isn't answered, email Director Mike Abbate.  On my staff, you may contact Patti Howard (503-823-1120) and/or Tim Crail (503-823-3988), if you need assistance after trying those first two steps.  For problems when you are in a park:

 

  • If there is a crime in progress, if a serious threat or problem is developing, or if there is an emergency, PP&R staff and citizens should call Emergency 9-1-1.
  • For non-emergency park-related problems or special situations, call the Park Rangers at 503-823-1637.
  • For dog attacks or other serious situations involving animals, call Multnomah County Animal Control at 503-248-3790 or call Police Non-Emergency at 503-823-3333.
  • You can also report a park problem online at Park Scan: www.parkscanpdx.org
  • For park maintenance problems, call 503-823-1600.
  • Contact Jasmine at 503-823-3008 if you encounter difficulties with the above resources.

For the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and for all City, County, and Portland Development Commission issues, please call 503-823-4000 or email cityinfo@portlandoregon.gov   This route works both if you need urgent attention, and when you don't know which bureau handles the issue you're concerned about.  This is by far the most efficient way to find out which bureau/staff can best solve your problem.  My staff and I often call 823-4000 to seek advice and information on navigating Portland's Commission form of government.  For policy questions and comments regarding ONI, please contact Claire Adamsick in my office at 503-823-3021.

 

I am no longer in charge of the Bureau of Development Services (land use reviews, building permits, rental housing health/safety concerns, and nuisance inspections).  Contact Colleen Poole who will assist in directing your questions to the appropriate staff.  Her phone number is 503-823-7889.  File housing/zoning nuisance reports here.  If you need help after asking BDS staff to address your concern, please Matt Grumm in Commissioner Saltzman's office.

 

 

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If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or having another kind of mental health crisis, call 503-972-3456 instead of 9-1-1, to talk with mental health professionals and trained volunteers at Lines for Life, a community non-profit.  Last year, they took 19,000 crisis calls, and resolved 99% of them by the phone conversation.  If you need mental health help, call 503-972-3456.

 

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** Here's a useful link to the website where you can see your personal recycling/garbage/yard waste collection schedule, and sign up for a reminder email each week:

http://www.portlandonline.com/bps/index.cfm?c=54938&.

 

 

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Let us embrace the call to action of our President, Barack Obama. In his second Inauguration Speech on the holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President Obama said,

 

 

 

"You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time - not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals. Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom."

 

  

Thank you for engaging in making decisions with your Council.   

 

 

Amanda's Signature

 

 

Our Office Mission:

 

As public servants and advocates, we provide effective leadership by using resources wisely, promoting cityzen* engagement, listening to and analyzing input, and sharing information and access.

 

* "cityzen" denotes a person who lives, works, pays, plays, or prays in Portland, regardless of whether they are a Citizen of the United States of America eligible to vote in Portland.

 

My role:

 

As an elected official, the Commissioner makes decisions based on facts and broad public input, seeking the long term public good for the whole city, with shared benefits and responsibilities for all Portlanders present and future.

 

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Sign up now for health care coverage for kids! 

See here on my blog.

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 Helpful phone numbers:

 

City/County Information - 503-823-4000

Call this number to find the answer on any local issue

 

Multnomah County Crisis Line, for people experiencing mental illnesses - 503-988-4888

 

Statewide Information - 1-800-SAFENET (723-3638)

Call this number for State of Oregon services

 

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 FamilyPride

Photo by Robert Wilson

 

The 2009 Pride Parade was especially fun for me, as my three children

Luke, Ali, and Maxwell

carried the banner for our group.

Many thanks to everyone who cheered and clapped for us.

 

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Where's Amanda? 

See here for summaries of last week/next week's calendars

 

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My team's goal for this web site is that it will be one of your favorite places for finding out information quickly, and for giving feedback on projects and issues you care about.  For instance, check Coming Down The Pike for frequent updates informing you of upcoming meetings and events we believe you may find interesting.

 

I believe the people of Portland, when given accurate, inclusive information that isn't full of acronyms and insider-speak, make good choices about what's worth spending time and money on, and what isn't. As a community organizer, I experienced problems with finding that accurate, clear data. It shouldn't be so hard for citizens to find out what is going on in City government. I promised during my campaign for City Commissioner to work to make it easier, and this site is part of the process of honoring that commitment.

 

Click here for tips on how to use my site to stay connected with what's happening at City Hall, in my bureaus, and in Portland's neighborhoods.

  • If there is a crime in progress, if a serious threat or problem is developing, or if there is an emergency, PP&R staff and citizens should call Emergency 9-1-1.
  • For non-emergency park-related problems or special situations, call the Park Rangers at 503-823-1637.
  • For dog attacks or other serious situations involving animals, call Multnomah County Animal Control at 503-248-3790 or call Police Non-Emergency at 503-823-3333.
  • You can also report a park problem online at Park Scan: www.parkscanpdx.org
  • For park maintenance problems, call 503-823-1600.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz

 Amanda Fritz photo

 

 

Commissioner Amanda Fritz

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 220

Portland OR 97204

(503) 823-3008

Amanda@portlandoregon.gov