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Apply to be on the Community Oversight Advisory Board
Press Release: December 11, 2014
CONTACT: Tim Crail, 503-823-3988
Applications Available to Become a Member of the Community Oversight Advisory Board for the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement
Community oversight body will monitor implementation of the Portland Police—
United States Settlement Agreement
Today, Commissioner Amanda Fritz posted the application to become a member of the Community Oversight Advisory Board, the group that will monitor the implementation of the City of Portland’s Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. People who live, work, or go to school in Portland are encouraged to apply for appointment to the Community Oversight Advisory Board by January 9, 2015.
"The Community Oversight Advisory Board’s job is to assess the City and the Police Bureau’s implementation of the DOJ agreement. This is a crucial role, as the Council works with the community to improve the way Portland Police serve individuals experiencing, or perceived to be experiencing, mental health crises," Commissioner Amanda Fritz said. "The COAB must represent a broad spectrum of Portland’s communities and a broad range of perspectives."
The City’s Settlement Agreement calls for reform to Portland Police Bureau policies and training, particularly related to interactions with people who have or are perceived to have mental illness. The Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB) will be comprised of fifteen voting community members and five advisory members from the Portland Police Bureau. The Compliance Officer Community Liaison, an independent monitor, will chair the COAB and preside over COAB meetings.
The COAB will meet regularly to assess the implementation of the Settlement Agreement, and will make recommendations regarding changes to policy and/or practices as required to implement the Settlement Agreement. The COAB will also advise the Chief of Police, Police Commissioner and the City Council on community relations and police accountability, inform the community about the Settlement Agreement and its implementation, and seek public comments and concerns, including at Town Hall meetings and through surveys.
The application, developed with community partners, is available to download from Commissioner Fritz’s website (http://www.portlandonline.com/fritz/index.cfm?c=49247&a=512191). Paper copies are available in neighborhood coalition offices. Interested persons can also apply online: http://bit.ly/COABapplication. Applications are due January 9. A COAB Selection Committee with representatives from a diverse set of community organizations will choose five members the week of January 19. The Portland Commission on Disability and the Human Rights Commission will appoint a COAB member from each Commission, and jointly select three additional COAB members who are
Qualified Mental Health Professionals or persons with 10 years’ lived experience caring for their own or others’ mental illness. The remaining five COAB members will each be appointed by a City Commissioner.
The City strives to eliminate barriers that may prevent persons with disabilities from participating in City programs, services and activities. If accommodations or translations are needed to submit a COAB application, or you have any other questions, please contact Jasmine Wadsworth in Commissioner Fritz’s office at 503-823-3008.
You can find more information on the COAB in the Settlement Agreement here:
You can find more general information on the Settlement Agreement here:
December 11, 2014
City Sock Drive
As you are planning your time off over the Thanksgiving weekend, please consider adding “Socks” to your shopping list. As in past years, my office staff and I are collecting new socks that will be donated to people living outside in Portland. New or gently used hats, gloves, and scarves are also welcome. Sometimes a pair of clean, dry socks can make a significant difference to a person or family enduring Portland’s winter without shelter.
Donation bins will be placed on the first and second floors of City Hall, the entrance to the Portland Building, and at the 1900 SW 4th building.
I encourage you to “shop local” and/or participate in the Little Boxes adventure http://littleboxespdx.com/, remembering that more of your dollars stay in our area economy when you buy at locally-owned small businesses.
The Sock Drive will run through Monday, December 15. Thank you for considering participating. I wish you and your family peace and love over the holiday season.
November 24, 2014
Give your input on a crucial contract NOW!
The Council is in the process of selecting a Compliance Officer/Community Liaison (COCL) to oversee implementation of the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement regarding the Portland Police Bureau's interactions with community members experiencing mental illnesses. The three COCL finalists' presentations are here. Please comment by 10/30 at 5 p.m. on which candidate you prefer.
Additional information and how to comment is posted here. An overview of the process and candidates will be broadcast on Portland Community Media, Channel 30, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday October 29, 2014.
For more information, please contact Cristina in my office at 503-823-4124.
October 28, 2014 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Volunteers needed for Tree Code Oversight Advisory Committee
Volunteers Needed for the Citywide Tree Code Project Oversight Advisory Committee
In April 2011, City Council adopted The Citywide Tree Regulatory Improvement Project (Tree Code Project) that created a new Title 11 Trees. The Tree Code Project will improve long-standing problems with the existing regulatory system and promote the continued viability of Portland’s urban canopy. Budgetary constraints delayed implementation of the Tree Code Project until January 1, 2015. With funding in the Fiscal Year 2014-2105 budget, City staff are working to create a seamless transition from the current Code to the new regulations.
An important component of this work is the formation of a Tree Code Project Oversight Advisory Committee (Oversight Committee) to monitor and evaluate implementation of the new regulations. The purpose of the Oversight Committee is to:
Committee members will be asked to:
The Committee will meet monthly during 2015 and will complete its work with a Report to Council early in 2016. It is not expected to be an ongoing standing committee. Meeting time is expected to be 2 hours once per month, with the time and day of the meeting to be determined by Committee members. City staff will provide technical support to the Committee.
The Committee will form in late October 2015 to begin project outreach and education. It will be comprised of seven members: 2 appointed by the Development Review Advisory Committee, 2 appointed by the Urban Forestry Commission, and 3 at large members. You do not need to be an tree expert to apply. Ideal candidates include individuals 1) with experience participating in local government activities, 2) with an ability to work effectively with staff and other interested parties and work towards positive problem solving, and 3) who represent underserved communities including communities of color.
If you are interested in applying for Tree Project Oversight Committee membership, please contact my Senior Policy Analyst, Patti Howard firstname.lastname@example.org using Tree Oversight Committee Membership as the subject of your message. Send a paragraph about your background and why you would like to serve. Applications will be processed when received, so please contact Patti soon. If you have questions, please contact Patti at 503-823-1120.
September 18, 2014 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Old Town Chinatown plans
I support most of the Old Town Chinatown Plan passed by City Council on a 3-2 vote this month. I voted against it because I disagree with two key elements: subsidizing middle-income housing, and not providing adequate parks amenities for new and current residents. My speech at the vote is posted here: https://www.portlandonline.com/fritz/index.cfm?c=49205&a=500283
August 18, 2014 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Technology Oversight Committee Vacancy
A vacancy has opened up on the City’s Technology Oversight Committee (TOC). I will be nominating a volunteer in the near future. This group oversees large or complex technology purchases and upgrades. Details here: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/?c=26912&a=355277
Please email my Senior Policy Analyst, Tim Crail email@example.com if you are interested, using Technology Committee Volunteer as the subject of your message, and stating within the email your experience and expertise with technology systems. Applications will be processed as received, so please contact Tim soon. If you have questions, please call Tim at 503-823-3988.
Many thanks to Doretta Schrock, who has served as my delegate on the Committee since its inception.
August 4, 2014
Volunteers needed for Development Review Advisory Committee
The Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) is the City of Portland’s primary community advisory group regarding development review and the Bureau of Development Services' actions. The DRAC’s members represent groups with interests in the outcome of policies, budgets, regulations, and procedures that affect development review processes. Back ten years or so ago, as a community activist I worked with Bonny McKnight and others in the Citywide Land Use group to make sure the DRAC has balanced representation from all stakeholders - neighbors, large-scale developers, small-scale developers, nonprofits, etc.
The purpose of the DRAC is to foster a timely, predictable and accountable development review process that implements the City's goals for land use, transportation, housing, economic development, neighborhood livability and the environment. The DRAC advocates for and supports consistent and fair application and implementation of regulations.
The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) provides staff support to the DRAC. BDS is currently soliciting applications for two vacant positions on the DRAC representing these stakeholder groups:
If you are interested in applying for DRAC membership, please contact Mark Fetters at BDS, at (503) 823-1028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the DRAC, please visit the DRAC website: http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=46405. The DRAC meets the third Thursday of each month from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. in Room 2500B (2nd floor) of the 1900 Building, 1900 SW 4th Ave. DRAC meetings are open to everyone.
July 29, 2014 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
How to schedule accommodations for meetings needing American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters
For City of Portland meetings:
* Contact the Office of Management and Finance (Procurement services under the Bureau of Internal Business Services). The website address is: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bibs/26522? The City has recently hired ASL interpreters, on call based on contracts.
For other meetings:
* Contact Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Program (ODHHSP) with the State of Oregon. The website is http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/odhhs/Pages/index.aspx. You can either make a request online or make a call. ODHHSP has recently contracting out with a private interpreting agency to coordinate such requests. Call Jeff, [(503) 947-5183] and see if he could refer you to appropriate private interpreting agency that ODHHSP contracts with.
* Look up on the website under http://asnwonline.com/ and schedule ASL interpreters, either call to (503) 447-5000 or click on the button "Request Online." Do this if the first one or second options are not successful.
June 14, 2014
Portland's oversight of Landslide Hazards
In light of the tragedy in Washington, many are wondering how Portlanders are protected from landslide hazards during review of proposals for new development. My staff in the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) provided the following summary.
BDS regulates and reviews construction and land division projects in areas of potential landslide hazards. Regulations administered by BDS that provide requirements for development on steep and/or sensitive slopes are in City of Portland codes: Title 24 Building Regulations and Title 33 Zoning Code, as well as the Oregon State Structural Specialty Code [Section 1803].
Geotechnical engineers and technicians in the Site Development section of the Bureau review proposals for construction activities on steeply sloped sites, sites located in environmental overlay zones, sites located in “Potential Landslide Hazard Areas” and sites located in Special Plan Districts. Land Divisions in these locations are required to provide geotechnical engineering reports prior to approval of any lot division.
Here are links to two helpful handouts about that process: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/index.cfm?a=72539 and http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/403947
Permit applications for commercial and residential development on steep slopes requires a geotechnical report. The report must include an evaluation of potential geologic and seismic hazards, including slope instability, and provide recommendations for mitigating the hazard. Site Development staff assigned to these permit applications, review landslide inventory maps prepared by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAM), the geotechnical report, and the permit drawings.
BDS works closely with other professionals in our regional government to respond to reports of hazardous landslide conditions and emergencies. Here is a link to the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management’s website that provides helpful links to residents whom would like to view the DOGAMI landslide inventory maps of the Portland Metro area - http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/53935. Commissioner Steve Novick is in charge of Emergency Management. If you have questions about landslide hazards not related to new construction, please contact Erika on his staff.
March 28, 2014 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Outstanding public school students win golf-related scholarships
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is helping send three deserving students to college through our Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment (EAGLE) program and the Western Golf Association Evans Scholarship Foundation (WGAESF) Evans Scholarship.
PP&R offers the EAGLE program as an outreach opportunity to underserved and lower-income sophomores who attend a public high school located within the City of Portland.
PP&R is proud to announce that EAGLE students Olivia Andersen and Meuy Saechao, seniors at Madison High School, and Quy Hoang, a senior at Franklin High School are the 2014 Evans Scholarship winners. They will each attend the University of Oregon this fall on a scholarship (tuition and a housing stipend provided). The scholarship is valued in excess of $50,000.
Andersen, Hoang and Saechao have demonstrated hard work and dedication both at school and as caddies at PP&R public golf courses.
As a part of the EAGLE program, Andersen, Hoang and Saechao served as caddies for 80 separate 18-hole rounds during the 2012 and 2013 summer golf seasons.
The EAGLE program encourages youth to work at golf courses, but also to learn life skills. It’s terrific that a Portland Parks & Recreation program has contributed to their success and helped them pursue higher education. Congratulations to these three Portland Public School students for their impressive success!
In a highly competitive selection process, the Evans Scholars Foundation selected the University of Oregon as the site for a Scholarship House -- the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, and the first new campus for an Evans Scholarship House in 27 years. When the house is complete, up to 50 scholarship recipients who will live together as they pursue their degrees. Only 14 other universities nationwide are residential chapters.
About the EAGLE Program
PP&R has sponsored the Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment Program (EAGLE) program for more than 20 years, providing key opportunities for hundreds of area teens. Including Andersen’s, Hoang’s and Saechao’s awards, nearly 60 of the EAGLE program’s participants have received Evans Scholarships during that time. Scholarships are renewed for up to four years.
The EAGLE program is a unique, cooperative venture between Portland Parks & Recreation and public high schools located within the city of Portland to expose students to all aspects of golf course operation. Qualified students are paid an hourly wage, receive work credit hours, and have a mentor who monitors their progress. In addition, there are scholarship opportunities available from their involvement in our program. 57 students have successfully completed college on Evans Scholarships received through our EAGLE program.
Only sophomores are eligible to apply for this two-year program. Students who are selected for the program work in the clubhouse or on the golf course at minimum wage. All participants are required to work full time during the summer.
Other eligibility requirements are:
* Must have good attendance in school
* Must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5
* Must come from a financially disadvantaged family
* Must go into the EAGLE Program with the expectation of
A history of interest in the game of golf is NOT required. EAGLE students successfully completing the program become eligible to apply and compete for an Evans Foundation Scholarship in their senior year. This scholarship provides college tuition and a housing stipend at the University of Oregon and may be renewed for up to four years, which is equivalent to a total exceeding $50,000.
The summer 2014 golf season is almost upon us, and PP&R’s EAGLE program is now accepting applications from qualified sophomores currently enrolled at high schools located within the City of Portland. Interested parties should contact Carolyn Lee at email@example.com or 503-823-5076.
ABOUT THE EVANS SCHOLARSHIP:
Awarded by the Western Golf Association Evans Scholarship Foundation (WGAESF).
This scholarship provides college tuition and a housing stipend at the University of Oregon and may be renewed for up to four years, which is equivalent to a total exceeding $50,000.
According to the Evans Scholarship website:
“…the award provides a housing stipend and tuition scholarships to deserving caddies across the country. Currently, more than 850 caddies are attending college on scholarship; there are more than 9,000 Evans Alumni across the country. Most Scholars attend one of the 14 universities where the Foundation owns and operates a Scholarship House.
The Evans Program is funded by contributions from more than 100,000 golfers across the country, as well as Evans Alumni and proceeds from the BMW Championship.”
Portland Public Golf manager John Zoller is a proud member of the 9,000+ Evans Scholarship alumni.
Zoller says that famed golfer Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr. grew up in the Chicago area in the early 1900s. Evans earned money by caddying at the local country club. Wanting to go to college, he found that he could not afford it nor was there anyone to help him.
In the early 1920s, Evans won both the US Amateur and the US Open golf tournaments, and with the victories came considerable wealth and notoriety. Determined to help others in his former situation, he started the Evans Foundation. It is currently the largest privately funded scholarship program in the world, with more than 9,000 alumni.
The requirements for an Evans Scholar are based on financial need, good citizenship, being in the top 10% of one’s high school class, and two years either caddying or working in the golf business.
ABOUT PORTLAND PUBLIC GOLF:
One Great City, Five Great Courses
Portland Public Golf offers affordable, quality golf to Portland's residents and visitors. Our five golf courses are conveniently located around the metro area to offer unparalleled access to our nationally recognized courses: RedTail, Eastmoreland, Rose City, and Heron Lakes (Great Blue and Greenback).
Whether you play once a year or three times a week, our beautiful courses provide the perfect venue for a business meeting, charity or corporate event, or just a chance to enjoy the game.
Portland Public Golf provides private and group lessons, banquet and meeting facilities, concessions, and Pro shops at each of our courses.
Please visit our course pages to learn more about the events and amenities at each location, or to reserve your tee time online.
For more information, call 503-823-5300 or visit www.portlandparks.org
March 4, 2014 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Applications invited to join the Parks Board
All Portlanders are invited to consider applying to join the Parks Board, an important advisory group for Portland Parks & Recreation and its Commissioner. Information about the volunteer position is posted here. Appointments are approved by the City Council, acting on the recommendation of the Commissioner in Charge and the advice of the current Parks Board.
The Parks Board currently meets monthly, from 8 - 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. Members are selected to represent the broad range of demographics and parks interests of the city as a whole. If you are interested, but unable to be at City Hall in this timeframe, please email me.
February 25, 2014 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Job opening for Compliance Officer/Community Liaison for the Police-Department of Justice Settlement Agreement
The City of Portland is seeking applicants for the Compliance Officer/Community Liaison position required in the Department of Justice Settlement on police reform. Please see the application information posted here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/mayor/article/479352
and pass it along to anyone you know who is qualified and may be interested.
February 4, 2014 | Comments (1) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Mountain Biking in Forest Park and other Portland Parks
A couple of weeks ago, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) staff and I informed the Northwest Trail Alliance's leaders that we cannot move forward with their proposal to build a mountain biking trail adjacent to Fire Lane 5 in Forest Park. This project was initially considered while Commissioner Fish was in charge of PP&R. There are three main reasons why I have made the decision to halt consideration of a new trail. First, Parks has no funding for a major construction project in Forest Park – neither for a new biking trail, nor for significant natural resource restoration or pedestrian improvements. We have neither staff to plan more projects, nor money to build them. Second, PP&R leaders and I believe that a citywide Master Plan for cycling recreation is needed prior to embarking on individual projects. And third, once we evaluated the proposed trail on the draft criteria in the Forest Park Project Objective Screening Tool [see here], it became clear that the project would likely not pass Environmental Review in relation to the Forest Park Natural Resources Management Plan. The POST is a tool which staff will use for initial evaluation of development and improvement proposals for Forest Park that would have some impacts in relation to the environmental, recreational, and/or wildfire aspects of the Natural Resources Management Plan.
Portland Parks has a list totaling over $400 million in identified Capital Improvement Projects desired in the community. There is very little funding to address these needs. The Parks Budget Advisory Committee has worked hard over the past four months to review the bureau's finances and recommend additional funding requests to be submitted to the Council for the 2014-15 City Budget process. While about $300,000 was added to PP&R's maintenance budget in the fall Budget adjustments, PP&R has over $450 million in deferred maintenance needs - including many projects in Forest Park. While a citywide recreational cycling Master Plan is surely needed, PP&R doesn't have General Fund resources to allocate to the project at this time.
When funding is available, and when all sides are ready to collaborate on a Master Plan for cycling facilities in Portland's parks, we will conduct a citywide public process to discuss and decide where to provide mountain biking trails and skill parks in the City of Portland. This Master Plan process will hopefully include working with other regional park providers. In the meantime, I invite leaders of cycling interest groups to work with PP&R and me to educate cyclists who use Portland’s parks regarding shared stewardship of parks and natural areas, and about the significant funding challenges faced by PP&R.
PP&R will be working to address illegal use of parks and natural areas by cyclists not using approved trails. Our natural areas in particular are essential for providing wildlife habitat and improving water quality by protecting native vegetation and trees. There are inherent conflicts with co-location of certain recreational activities, including safety issues for cyclists, hikers, runners, joggers, birders, and strollers. That’s why we need a City-wide (preferably regional) Master Plan.
There is a range of mountain biking styles from casual rides with family to professional level training rides. Not all parks are suitable for all types of mountain biking. A Master Plan would guide us on what makes sense where, and help to provide a quality user experience for all park visitors. PP&R currently lacks funding and staff for a Citywide Master Plan process. The project will be considered for prioritization in the 2015-16 budget planning public process.
February 1, 2014 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Forest Park Project Objective Screening Tool
In January 2014, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) published the approved version of the Forest Park Project Objective Screening Tool (POST), posted here. This methodology for initial screening of proposed projects in Forest Park was developed by PP&R natural resources staff, with public input over the first six months of my tenure as Parks Commissioner. The POST provides a summary of previous studies relating to this jewel in the crown of Portland's parks and natural areas, with important factors converted into a scoring grid that evaluates proposed projects to see if they would be likely to pass Environmental Review under the Forest Park Natural Resources Management Plan's standards and approval criteria.
Other information about Forest Park Management Initiatives is posted here.
If a project passes the initial test of getting by the POST, staff will evaluate whether there is funding for planning and constructing the facility. If the answer to that question is Yes, then an appliction for Environmental Review will be prepared, with defined levels of public input to the Bureau o f Development Services on whether the proposal meets the applicable standards and approval criteria. If the application for Environmental Review is approved, the project will move to the construction phase after receiving approval of necessary permits.
Currently, there is very little funding available for new projects in Forest Park. The entire PP&R has a backlog of over $400 million on the list of desired new projects, and over $450 million in needed deferred maintenance. Neighborhood parks leaders have formed district/coalition parks committees to give advice on funding priorities in each area of Portland. Please contact your neighborhood office (call 503-823-4000 to find out your local information) and join these discussions. When individuals contact me to advocate for a particular need or park, I refer them to the Parks Committee in their area. There is not enough money to do all the needed improvements, and the Parks Committees are crucial for advising me on making the difficult choices for priorities.
February 1, 2014 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
Two new parks for East Portland
On Thursday, I announced that Portland Parks & Recreation will be investing over $12 million from funds paid by developers of new construction, to build two new parks in East Portland. Full details here.
Over the next few weeks, there will be further announcements about investments to expand parks facilities in every neighborhood district/coalition area of Portland. I appreciate the input of community parks enthusiasts who have helped prioritize where to spend scarce resources. While the amount available is far short of the $400 million needed to provide all the needed facilities on the Parks Capital Improvement Project list, it is wonderful to be able to get started on addressing the backlog.
Please note that this source of funds, System Development Charges, may only be used for new construction, by state law. It may not be used for maintenance or programs. Thanks to an ordinance passed by Council in 2006, all new Parks facilities are allocated additional General Fund ongoing funds to pay for operations and maintenance of the new feature. So adding new parks does not increase the $450 million deficit in Parks maintenance for the entire portfolio of 206 parks citywide.
February 1, 2014 | Comments (0) | Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)
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