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Apology, Clarification and Invitation

I am very sorry for the harm I have caused with my comments on all-user restrooms in the Portland Building.  My words were ill-informed and hurtful, and I apologize.  I am particularly sorry that I have added to the level of concern being experienced by many Portlanders due to actions by the federal government.  Now is the time to unite, not divide. I deeply regret having contributed to divisions within our community. 


The letter I wrote to staff in my bureaus is here. 


Words once said cannot be unsaid.  I will work harder to connect with community members and listen before speaking up.  I will strive to make something good come out of this.

March 10, 2017

Successful City Sock Drive 2016

THANK YOU to all City employees and visitors who donated to this year’s City Sock Drive. We collected 602 socks, 43 scarves, 56 gloves, 35 hats, 4 slippers, 4 clothing articles, and 113 diapers.




Special thanks to Sock It To Me, who once again partnered with the City's effort to provide warm socks to folks living outside. Carrie Atkinson, Founder of this great local business, donated 768 pairs of her wonderful socks to Janus Youth, 456 pairs to Street Roots, and 672 pairs to Transition Projects. Please support Sock It To Me! They have some really awesome socks.


With Sock It To Me's huge donation, plus City employees' generosity, the total number of socks donated in December 2016 were 2,498.  It is sobering to recognize that this wonderful number in the context of warm-hearted donations still may not be enough to provide one pair of clean dry socks to everyone living outside, in shelters, vehicles, or doubled up with relatives in Portland. Below, staff from Janus Youth, volunteer sorter Carmen, Janine Gates who led the project this year, and a happy Commissioner who is truly grateful for all the wonderful City staff and visitors who once more gave clothes as warm as their hearts.



January 13, 2017

Portland Parks & Recreation offers Winter Break swimming


Portland Parks & Recreation offers Winter Break swimming!


Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) indoor pools are offering extra family swims and open swims when schools are out during winter break (December 19–30, 2016).


Come enjoy the winter break at your local PP&R pool!


Open swims are for all ages. Non-swimmers and children under 48 inches tall must be supervised in the water by an adult swimmer.


During Family Swims, children under 18 years old must be accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian.


Please remember that safety is a team effort. Lifeguards and parents share the responsibility to ensure that children have a safe and fun swimming experience.





East Portland Pool                  (503) 823-3450     December 19-23, December 26-30

740 SE 106                                                  11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-4:00pm                  Open Swim

                           (Fri. Only; Teen Force FREE*)     4:00-5:30pm                  Open Swim

                                      (Mon/Wed/Fri. Only) 7:00-9:00pm               Open Swim 

                                                                   December 31

                                                                   11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-5:00pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   January 1

                                                                   11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-5:00pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   January 2

                                                                   11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-4:00pm                  Open Play Swim

                                                                   7:00-9:00pm                  Open Play Swim

Admission:  $3.75 youth; $4.25 seniors/teens; $5.50 adults

East Portland Pool is CLOSED on December 24 & 25.


Matt Dishman Pool                 (503) 823-3673     December 19-30 (Monday – Friday)         

77 NE Knott                                                 1:30-3:45pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   December 24

                                                                   12:00-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-3:00pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   December 31

                                                                   12:00-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-3:00pm                  Open Swim

Admission:  $3.00 youth; $4.00 seniors/teens; $5.00 adults

Matt Dishman Pool is CLOSED on December 25 & January 1.


Mt. Scott Pool                (503) 823-3183     December 19-22 & 26-29

5530 SE 72nd                                                         11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-4:00pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   December 23 & 30

                                                                   11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-8:30pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   December 24 & 31

                                                                   Regular schedule until 2:30pm

                                                                   January 2

                                                                   11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-4:00pm                  Open Swim

Admission:   $3.75 youth; $4.25 seniors/teens; $5.50 adults

Mt. Scott Pool is CLOSED on December 25 & January 1.


Southwest Pool   (503) 823-2840              December 19 – 22 & 26-29

6820 SW 45th Ave                                         11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                                                   1:00-9:00pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   December 23 & 30

                                                                   11:00-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                                                   1:00-9:00pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   December 31

                                                                   11:30-1:00           Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-2:30pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   January 1

                                                                   11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-5:30pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   January 2

                                                                   11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                                                   1:00-9:00pm                  Open Swim           

Admission:   $3.75 youth; $5.00 seniors/teens; $6.50 adults

Southwest Pool is CLOSED on December 24 & 25.



*Teens are always welcome during Open Swim times. However, Teen Force passes (free entry for youth ages 10-20 at five PP&R community centers) are only valid during designated times.


For more information, call 503-823-5300 or visit portlandparks.org.

December 19, 2016

Portland Commission on Disability seeks new members



Portland Commission on Disability seeks new members



December 19, 2016



PORTLAND – The Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) is looking for new members. PCOD is a volunteer body of persons who have disabilities or have a relationship with people with disabilities through work, friendship, or family. Community members who live, work, play, and/or worship in Portland are encouraged to apply.

The commission is our City government and staff’s advisory body on issues that affect people with disabilities and operates under the Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights umbrella. 

Expectations of Commissioners:

  • PCOD members are expected to serve on at least one working group/subcommittee.
  • PCOD members will present at City Council meetings and participate in briefings with the Mayor, City Commissioners, Bureau directors, and with community stakeholders, to discuss PCOD initiatives, as needed.
  • Members are expected to serve their full appointed term of three years.
  • There is no monetary compensation made to commissioners for their service as such.

“The time commitment for Commissioners is about 6 to 10 hours a month, which includes meetings and special projects,” said Nickole Cheron, Equity Policy and Commission on Disability Coordinator. 

Volunteers who wish to serve as commissioners should plan on attending at least three commission meetings before applying. The meetings are public and a light lunch is served.

For more information and an application for selection to the commission, please look at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oehr/67948 

About the Portland Commission on Disability

The mission of the Portland Commission on Disability is to guide the city in ensuring that it is a universally accessible city and one that promotes equity for all. As an advisory body with a diverse membership, PCOD addresses issues across the broad spectrum of disability.


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December 19, 2016

Public Hearing for Proposed Short Term Rental Enforcement



November 15, 2016

Contact: Mike Liefeld, michael.liefeld@portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-7332.

Notice of Public Hearing for Proposed Administrative Rule: Accessory Short Term Rental Enforcement

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is proposing a new administrative rule, Accessory Short Term Rental Enforcement. The proposed rule 1) establishes a citation based enforcement process for violations of Accessory Short Term Rental regulations of Portland City Code (PCC) 33.207; and 2) establishes administrative review and appeal procedures for those violations.

Currently, when violations of Accessory Short Term Rental code are confirmed, property owners are given a 30-day compliance period to cease unpermitted activities or obtain permits for activity, where allowed. If uncorrected, fines of $707-$1,414 are assessed on a monthly basis depending on the length of the violation.
Under the proposed Accessory Short Term Rental Enforcement Administrative Rule, property owners will not have a 30-day compliance period, and will be issued citations of $1,000-$5,000 per occurrence. Citations may be issued for each day of continued violation. Citations may be reviewed administratively, and then appealed to the Code Hearings Officer. The Code Hearings Officer may request additional documentation including, but not limited to, bank records, relevant tax records, and information from online platforms as a basis for their decision.
Any violation of PCC 33.207 would be subject to the rule, including but not limited to, operating an accessory short term rental without a required permit, renting out more bedrooms than allowed by a permit, allowing more than 5 overnight guests, or utilizing a property as an accessory short term rental without a primary long-term resident.
View the draft administrative rule or at BDS at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 5th floor. Copies will also be available for review at the hearing.

A public hearing on the proposed administrative rule will be held in December.
                   Date:                Friday, December 16, 2016
Time:               12:00-2:00 p.m.
Location:         1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 4a (4th floor)
Comments will be accepted in person at the hearing or in writing. Written comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016. Submit written comments to Mike Liefeld at BDS, michael.liefeld@portlandoregon.gov

To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.






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November 15, 2016

Council Work Session on the Marijuana Policy Program

On November 8, the Council is holding a Work Session on the City’s Marijuana Policy Program. Please click on the following link to access a digital copy of the documents contained in the information packets for our presentation tomorrow.   


I concerned about the potential life-safety hazards associated with some marijuana businesses. The application requirements include proof of finalized building permits for all business. This requirement is for all businesses in Portland regardless of type. The local marijuana regulatory code requires proof  of compliance in order to issue a Marijuana Regulatory License for a business to operate legally within Portland city limits. This requirement allows us to be proactive in minimizing the possibility that licensees would be operating out of compliance with the Building Code and/or Zoning Code.


I am including some links to stories about marijuana processor-related explosions. Please see the links below:


Explosion at an Astoria Processor (extraction) facility

  • Explosion likely caused by a legal butane hash oil enterprise in Astoria

VIDEO of such an explosion

  • Butane leak, commercial operation; two workers badly burned, spent weeks in the hospital

Colorado had 12 such explosions in 2013, and 32 such explosions in 2014

  • Summary of a number of explosions in Colorado as of 2015

NY Times piece on a summary of such explosions

November 8, 2016

Legislative Agenda Issue Identification & Training

Get Ready for the 2017 State Legislative Session!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

6:00 to 8:45 p.m.

Tabor Space

5441 SE Belmont St.


Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel:  6 PM – 7:35 PM

This “Advocacy 101” event will provide community members with tips on how to be an effective advocate for your community or neighborhood during this upcoming 2017 state legislative session. A panel of elected officials and professional advocates will share their advice and answer questions about how the community can make an impact on public policy at the state level.



  • Martha Pellegrino, Director, Office of Government Relations



  • Karmen Fore, Transportation and Sustainable Communities & Transportation Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Brown
  • Representative Lew Frederick (HD 43)
  • Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa and Fair Shot Coalition member
  • Invited - Representative Carla Piluso (HD 50)


Information you will gain from the panel:

  • How to work effectively with legislators and their staff
  • Strategies for mobilizing your base of membership or coalitions to maximize advocacy impact
  • Lobbying do’s and don’ts


Legislative Agenda Community Forum: 7:35 PM – 8:45 PM

Commissioner Amanda Fritz invites you to participate in a Community Forum to give

your input into the City’s state legislative agenda.


Opportunity for interactive engagement with Commissioner Fritz:

  • Overview and explanation of the City’s draft legislative priorities
  • What are the issues your community is facing?  What issues would you like to see advanced by the legislature?
  • Group exercise to identify community and neighborhood priorities.


For more information or to address accessibility needs:

ASL Interpretation will be provided at this event. The City of Portland will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities and people needing assistance

with language interpretation and translation. Please notify us by Tuesday, November 22 if you need assistance.

PHONE: (503) 823-3093

EMAIL: marco.mejia@portlandoregon.gov

TTY: (503) 823-6868

Oregon Relay Service at 711



The event is located on the #15 - Belmont/NW 23rd bus line and a few blocks from #71 – 60th Ave. www.trimet.org

November 3, 2016

Portland Police Association contract

The most significant issue this week is the approval of the Union Contract between the Portland Police Association (PPA) and the City.  A summary of Frequently Asked Questions, with the Mayor's responses, is posted here.  


I gave a long speech while voting, because reforms in the contract leading to safety for all community members is a hugely important issue. 


Short summary: Police staffing has fallen to unacceptable levels, due to retirements, not enough recruits, and 12 terminations/resignations in lieu of termination, over the past three years.  


Officers are working huge amounts of overtime, and those in specialty units such as domestic violence investigators are being pulled to regular patrol shifts to cover 911 dispatches.  Tired workers are more likely to make poor decisions.  The contract ratified this week provides incentives for new recruits, and for retirees to augment staffing by allowing the Chief to re-hire valued retired officers to assist with shift coverage.  The need to provide incentives to boost applications to join the Bureau and/or delay retirements is real, and urgent.


Many testifiers at the two public hearings where dozens of Portlanders spoke, asked me to delay action on the PPA contract until after Mayor Wheeler assumes control of the Police Bureau.  Two factors influenced my decision to ratify the contract now.  First, Mayor-elect Wheeler has followed the discussions, and didn't ask me to delay ratification.  And second, staffing in the Police Bureau needs emergency actions now, not waiting for 2017. 


It takes at least six months to conduct background checks on applicants wishing to join the Portland Police Bureau.  The background investigators check the 8 references given by the applicant, and ask each reference to provide two or three additional references. The secondary references are then asked to give two or three more.  By doing this, hiring panels have much more information than just relying on the references given by the applicant.  After initial hiring, recruits are trained for 18 months before being cleared to work independently. 


Many Portlanders requested the Council to delay action on the contract until Mayor Wheeler takes office.  If we wait another six months to provide recruitment incentives, staffing levels would fall to unsafe levels - unsafe for officers, and unsafe for the communities they serve.


In return for investments in recruitment incentives and higher pay for all officers (which will likely increase lateral transfers of experienced officers from nearby jurisdictions), the Council achieved a victory that has been demanded by community advocates for many years - deletion of the "48-hour rule".  Previous contracts with PPA have included a restriction than officers are not required to be questioned on use of deadly force incidents until 48 hours after the event.  Community activists have railed against that clause repeatedly, in my time on the Council since 2009.  This week's vote deletes that restriction from the PPA Union Contract.  By accepting the contract, the Union also accepted the Discipline Guide, which sets clear standards for action when officers don't follow bureau policies.


I voted to approve the Contract largely because of those two clauses - recruitment incentives, and deletion of the 48-hour rule.  More details on my thinking are in the very-long statement I read at the vote.  This issue was very difficult for me, to choose the right action considering all the information I received from many Portlanders.  I understand why some Portlanders disagree with my decision.  I pledge to continue working towards a Portland where all residents and City staff are safe, and where all Portlanders value community conversations intended to create mutual respect and understanding - even when we disagree on decisions regarding the pathways needed to reach the goal.


October 12, 2016

Information on Proposed Union Contract with the Portland Police Association

Thank you for visiting my web site.  There are several important issues currently stimulating conversations in our community this month.  One of the most significant is the proposed Union Contract between the Portland Police Association and the City. 


A summary of Frequently Asked Questions, with the Mayor's response, is posted here.  If you have comments or further questions after reading this information, please email me. 


October 5, 2016

Hoyt Arboretum Friends Foundation is Hiring an Executive Director

Hoyt Arboretum Friends Foundation (HAF) is seeking a new Executive Director to join their team. HAF is a membership-based, nonprofit organization working in partnership with the City of Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau and Hoyt Arboretum’s curator, Martin Nicholson, to manage Hoyt Arboretum.


HAF is looking for a dynamic leader to develop the organization’s vision to create new business and growth opportunities, in collocation with the Board to position Hoyt Arboretum as a national leader in protecting and preserving access to one of the country’s largest plant collections.  This is a special opportunity for someone seeking an exciting, challenging and important non-profit leadership position.


Summary of Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership to ensure Hoyt Arboretum has the necessary resources to successfully fulfill its mission through general and allocated fundraising, communicating with the public, growing a diverse membership, building relationships and producing the Forage in the Forest annual fundraising event and other cultivation activities.
  • Working closely with the Board, the ED develops policies and strategies for the organization and holds primary responsibility for development and implementation of the strategic plan. 
  • Ensures development and delivery of educational, public, and outreach programs.
  • Is the chief spokesperson for HAF and represents the organization and its mission to city government, Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau, Explore Washington Park and other key constituencies including the media, neighborhood associations, and affiliate non-profit organizations inside and outside Washington Park.


For More Information

Please see the complete job description and how to apply here.   Apply by October 6, 5:00pm, PST.

September 20, 2016

2016 Spirit of Portland Nominations now open

2016 Spirit of Portland awards

Nominations now being accepted through Monday, Sept. 26


The City Council presents Spirit of Portland Awards each year to individuals and groups who make a difference to the greater community.  Please nominate an individual, business, organization, neighborhood or business association that has created a project, service or event that has helped Portland shine!


Spirit of Portland web page


Spirit of Portland awards ceremony date:       


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM     

Place TBD


How do I nominate someone?


  • Step One:     Complete the nomination form for the organization or individual you want to nominate.

               WORD version of nomination form: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/401783

               PDF version of nomination form: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/409720


  • Step Two:     Submit a one to two page narrative describing how your nominee exemplifies any of the categories and attach it to this nomination form. Use a 12-point font or greater. The Selection Committee will not review additional pages.
  • Step Three:   Submit this form with your narrative to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, please see contact information below.


Award recipients will be chosen based on the following Awards categories:


Outstanding Individual Leadership Awards

Community Leader of the Year (2 awards)

Young Leader of the Year (1 award)

City Employee of the Year (1 award)

Outstanding Organization Leadership Awards

Community Group/Organization of the Year (1 award)

Neighborhood Association of the Year (1 award)

Business of the Year (1 award)

Business District Association of the Year (1 award)

Outstanding Individual or Organization Leadership Awards

Equity in Practice Partnership of the Year (1 award)

Making a Difference Award (1 award)

Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship of the Year (1 award)


Deadline for submitting nominations is 4 pm, Monday, September 26, 2016


Send completed nomination forms to: 


USPS:          Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Attn: SOP

4747 E Burnside Street, Portland, Oregon 97215

Email: spiritofportland@portlandoregon.gov

Fax:    503-823-2909


ADA or ESL accommodations

To help ensure equal access to programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities and/or for those for whom English is a Second Language. Call 503-823-3093 or TTY 503-823-6868 or email marco.mejia@portlandoregon.gov to request assistance with accommodations.


We will soon be posting the nomination form in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Somali, and Vietnamese at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/29024



Marco Mejia: 503-823-3093 or marco.mejia@portlandoregon.gov

August 15, 2016

Risks of Exposure from Wireless Devices

David Morrison, a wireless network emission safety advocate, presented the following information

to City Council on July 6th, 2016: 




David recommends using the speaker on your cell phone, rather than holding it to your ear.


He also showed the images below, of the effect of radiation on young, tween, and adult brains.  He recommends:


* Don't keep your phone next to your body - carry it in a bag or holder, rather than in a pocket.  


* Limit cell phone use by children


* Don't use your phone on the bus - it has to work harder to pull in the waves, so it's more damaging (and also makes the battery run out faster).


* Put your laptop on a table, rather than on your lap or knees.


* Use wired connections whenever possible, rather than WiFi.


* Don't have cordless or cell phones by your bed at night.


* Turn off your WiFi at night and when not in use.


July 6, 2016

How to report concerns regarding people living outside

Mayor Hales has established resources to assist Portlanders in getting services to areas where people are living outside.  The contact information is:


One Point of Contact



Homelessness Toolkit www.portlandoregon.gov/toolkit


Online Campsite Report Form www.portlandoregon.gov/campsite


Please note that all reports of Car and RV camping should come to the One Point of Contact, preferably via the online form (www.portlandoregon.gov/campsite) . The Mayor's staff have updated the report form to include questions asking about vehicle camping and license plate numbers. Protocols are being fine-tuned with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)'s Abandoned Autos program for coordinated responses.  Often, vehicle camping is accompanied by other issues, tents camping nearby, trash, etc. Also the “campsite” report type on the PDX Reporter app is now operational. You can find more information about the PDX Reporter app here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/?c=53613.


Thank you for using the One Point of Contact system to report concerns.  If you need to call, or whenever you have an issue and aren't sure who to call, please call the Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Information and Referral staff at 503-823-4000.

June 20, 2016

Council Agenda Posting Changes

On October 7, 2016 Council passed a Resolution to conduct a six month pilot project to amend administrative procedures in order to increase time for public review of the City Council public meeting Agendas. For many years, the Council Agenda was not posted until 5 p.m. on Fridays for the following week's hearings.  The pilot tested procedures necessary to post the Agenda by Thursday afternoon. 


After receiving feedback from City employees and the Council Clerk, the Auditor and I are asking Council to modify the pilot, with a second trial period of new timing.  Effective on June 21, 2016, the Council Agenda will be released by noon on Fridays.  With this change, items carried over from Thursday afternoon hearings may be heard the following week, instead of being held over for two weeks.


If you would like to provide feedback on this change, please call Justine at 503-823-3008.


Many thanks to Jasmine Wadsworth on my office team, who has led our work on preparing for Council hearings for over three years.  After exemplary service to the communities of Portland, Jasmine today heads to a swing state in her new job with the Democratic Party working to elect our next President.  I am excited for this terrific opportunity to take her organizational and community-building skills to the national stage.

June 14, 2016

Information on lead issues in Parks facilities

The following is the Press Release sent to community journalists on Sunday, June 5.  More information will be shared as soon as available.


The community conversation around lead levels in drinking water in schools has prompted Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) leadership to review past testing results in parks facilities, as well as to begin testing on priority sites in the coming weeks as a voluntary precautionary measure. 


After technical consultation with Portland Water Bureau (PWB), PP&R determined priority sites are those that meet two or more of the following criteria: 

1.     Any sites where there is likelihood for prolonged access to drinking water by vulnerable populations (specifically children under the age of 6 and expectant mothers) (https://www.epa.gov/lead/learn-about-lead#exposed

2.     Any sites where the building or its plumbing was built or updated between 1970 through 1985 (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/572193

3.     Any sites with previously tested elevated lead levels as outlined by the EPA at or greater than 15 parts per billion


As of June 4, 2016, PP&R determined priority sites to be Multnomah Arts Center (MAC), Portland Children’s Museum and Fulton Community Center. Only one of these sites, MAC, has had test results that cause concerns.  Consequently, drinking fountains have been taken out of service and all sinks have been labeled "Do not drink" at MAC.  At Fulton and Portland Children’s Museum, we have initiated a flushing protocol prior to opening the facility each day, in partnership with the community operators of those sites. 


Multnomah Arts Center 

PP&R leadership learned late in the day on Friday, June 3, 2016, that in 2013, drinking fountains at Multnomah Art Center (MAC) had elevated lead test results, and were replaced or installed with filters on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.  The reason for the delayed action is under review. The fountains have not yet been retested to confirm that remediation is complete. PP&R leadership also learned on June 3 that elevated levels of lead were detected in 2011, 2012 and 2013 for some sinks at MAC. Some corrective actions were taken for sinks by 2013, but PP&R is still reviewing those records. As a precautionary measure until all retesting is complete, PP&R has shut down the fountains and marked that sinks are not for drinking, and will provide bottled drinking water for all MAC staff and visitors until retesting is completed and all necessary corrective actions are confirmed.  Test results available for viewing here: 



“I am sorry that Portland Parks & Recreation did not notify the Commissioner in Charge or the MAC community of these test results when they occurred, and that we did not ensure that protocols were in place to ensure immediate and complete remediation," said PP&R Director Mike Abbaté.   “Over the coming weeks, we will review what happened and institute new safety and reporting protocols. We are retesting the site so that our staff and visitors can be assured that lead levels for drinking water are within EPA guidelines. Working with our partners at the Portland Water Bureau, we will also prioritize testing at Fulton Community Center and the Portland Children’s Museum, even though we have no previous elevated lead level results at those sites.  We will publish testing results as soon as possible.” 


“I have directed PP&R to institute immediate testing of the three priority park sites, and to work with technical experts to review the potential need for periodic systematic testing throughout our facilities,” said Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “I have also requested information on remediation work that has occurred in the past at all Parks facilities, and an explanation of the delay in taking action at Multnomah Arts Center. We know that many Parks buildings have infrastructure such as pipes that needs replacing.  I will continue to prioritize public safety and prudent investments to keep working on fixing our aging parks.” 

Other priority sites: Portland Children’s Museum & Fulton Community Center 
PP&R does not have historical testing information for either of these sites, however with all that we understand at this time, PP&R believes the risk of potential lead exposure in drinking water at these sites is very low. Therefore, while testing of all fountains and sinks is being completed in the coming weeks, PP&R is working with staff at the sites to perform a daily “flushing” protocol every morning.


Guidelines for “flushing”:

o   EPA: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/toolkit_leadschools_guide_3ts_leadschools.pdf - Page 55, Item 5.2 and

o   PWB: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/123081



“We will review available scientific and engineering information, and work with the Portland Water Bureau and partners at Multnomah County in public health to determine any other priority sites, as well as system-wide testing needs. We will be transparent with Portlanders about our decision-making along the way," said Commissioner Fritz, a retired Registered Nurse.  “I encourage anyone who has concerns about lead exposure to lead to check with their licensed medical provider. Free testing is available for children under six through Multnomah County.”


1. To understand the science behind lead exposure, call the Lead Line at 503.988.4000 or click here: https://multco.us/health/lead-poisoning-prevention 


2. Everyone can play a role in limiting their own or their family’s exposure to lead in water. Learn more about reducing lead exposure at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/lead  

June 8, 2016

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Successful City Sock Drive 2016
Portland Parks & Recreation offers Winter Break swimming
Portland Commission on Disability seeks new members
Public Hearing for Proposed Short Term Rental Enforcement - 12/16/16, 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Council Work Session on the Marijuana Policy Program
Legislative Agenda Issue Identification & Training - December 1, 2016
Portland Police Association contract
Information on Proposed Union Contract with the Portland Police Association
Hoyt Arboretum Friends Foundation is Hiring an Executive Director
2016 Spirit of Portland Nominations now open
Risks of Exposure from Wireless Devices
How to report concerns regarding people living outside
Council Agenda Posting Changes
Information on lead issues in Parks facilities
Applications being accepted to join the Portland Parks Board
The Plan for ending Houselessness
Successful City Sock Drive 2015!
City Sock Drive 2015
Dog Whistle Politics
Portland Parks Foundation seeks new Executive Director
Hearing on SB 921, the Fritz-Fairchild Act, Monday April 6 at 1 p.m.
Speech on rejoining Joint Terrorism Task Force, 2/25/15
Apply to be on the Community Oversight Advisory Board
City Sock Drive
Give your input on a crucial contract NOW!
Volunteers needed for Tree Code Oversight Advisory Committee
Old Town Chinatown plans
Technology Oversight Committee Vacancy
Volunteers needed for Development Review Advisory Committee
How to schedule accommodations for meetings needing American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters
Portland's oversight of Landslide Hazards
Outstanding public school students win golf-related scholarships
Applications invited to join the Parks Board
Job opening for Compliance Officer/Community Liaison for the Police-Department of Justice Settlement Agreement
Mountain Biking in Forest Park and other Portland Parks
Forest Park Project Objective Screening Tool
Two new parks for East Portland
Volunteers needed for Golf Advisory Committee
Volunteers needed for Adjustment Committee and Historic Review Commission
Response to mistletoe selling without a permit
Winter Shelter options
Really really interesting statistics
Landlord Education Classes
Agreement reached on moving the historic Rayworth House
At-Large Members needed for Washington Park Transportation Management Association Board
Thoughts on Development Services and Parks, four weeks later
The Power of One
Speech at the vote on the City's 2013 - 14 budget
Response to Petition on Saving the Mounted Patrol
Reminder: Front desk job opening in my office, applications due Sunday 5 p.m.
Job opening in my Office
Portland Passes Protected Sick Leave ordinance
Volunteers needed for the Portland Utility Review Board
Draft Police Use of Force Policy revisions posted
Email of the Week, on gun violence
Comment period open for Regional Transportation investments
Foreclosure assistance that works
Earned Sick Leave forum and process
Earned Sick Leave Proposal
Lower cost Landline Phone Service, Cell and Internet Options
NW Parking Plan - Proposed Amendments
Thankful for Street Roots, and local businesses
Feast for Southeast on Thanksgiving Day
Comments regarding Department of Justice Settlement Agreement
City Budget Office, Next Steps
OHSU Magnet Celebration
City Budget Office proposal
City moves further into the 21st Century
Sunday Parkways in East Portland
Transit Tickets for Oct 3 Stand Down Day for Veterans
Statement on Appeal of Frashour ruling
Cascade Aids Project walk
Feeling suicidal? Don't call 9-1-1. Call 503-97-23456
Central City Concern Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Hooper Program
Recycling Facility Tour
The Big Float 2012
Golden Leaf Education Foundation Fundraiser
Honkin' Huge Burritos Day
City Commits to Formalize Relationships with Tribal Partners
Police Bureau Recruiting Community Police Officers
Submit Nominations for Awards! Plan a Party!
A family's experience with Autism
Help Prevent Homelessness for Larry
U.S. Conference of Mayors adopts Four Portland Initiatives
Expanded Coverage for Autism Treatment
City of Portland family's Kate Sinnott is Rose Festival Queen
Sunnyside Environmental School students visit City Hall
Community Empowerment Funding
Franklin HS graduation, and Kali Ladd on the City's Support for Education
Starlight Parade 2012
Comments on the new Urban Renewal Area for PSU
Visitors from Turkey
Promise Walk for Pre-eclampsia
Graffiti Cleanup with the 2012 Rose Festival Court
Lisa Jackson, EPA head, visits Portland
Why upcoming GirlStrength/WomenStrength classes matter
Congratulations, Portland Public Schools
NAMI Walk 2012
Walk to Work Day
2011 High School Graduation Rates
Buckman Pool - Budget meeting tonight
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Willamette Pedestrian Coalition Annual Meeting
Willamette River Recreation Strategy
PCC Future Connect Scholarship Program
Pirates of Madison High
President F.W. de Klerk's visit
Job openings in the 9-1-1 center
ANB Camp 49 Event
Publicizing Fundraisers
Introducing Dante J. James, Director of the Office of Equity and Human Rights
2011 By the Numbers - Report Card
East Portland Action Plan Annual Report
State Legislative Update 2/3/12
Piccolo Park Water Fountain Fundraiser
Love World Run
Earthquake Preparedness
Proposed Changes to the Portland Charter
Dr. Herman Frankel on the City Council's Corporate Personhood resolution
26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Skanner Foundation breakfast
TriMet budget survey
City Socks Drive Successful Again
56 days that changed my life
Iraqi Society of Oregon Cultural Integration Series Graduation
Great jobs in the Plumbers and Steamfitters trades
Hillsdale Mural Celebration
Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen
Willamette River Recreation Strategy - comments requested
Volunteers of America Home Free Event
Service Coordination Team Graduation
A young life lost - How you can help
Sisters of the Road Auction on now through Dec 1
Constitutional Rights of assembly and governance
Native American Heritage Month Marketplace
Patience and sleep-deprivation
City of Portland's bank use
Office of Equity and Human Rights Seeks Director - Job posting sent nationwide - please forward to qualified people who may be interested
Occupy Portland camps endanger vulnerable people
Central City Concern Homeless Action fundraiser
Emergency TEST this Wednesday Nov 9 - do NOT call 9-1-1
Spirit of Portland Awards
Clara Peoples, Mother of Junteenth in Portland
Margaret Carter PCC Technical Education Building Dedication
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Gretchen Kafoury
Occupy Portland
Letter Carriers Union Rally
Shine a Light on Addiction and Recovery
Changing Police policies and procedures
Please complete the Street Roots survey
City Internship, City Job
Improvements to the Time, Place and Manner ordinance governing liquor licensed establishments
Parkrose Centennial Celebration
Walk to End Alzheimers, Walk to Defeat ALS
Remembering 9/11/01, in Portland 2011
Gateway First Reponder Tribute and Citizen of the Year
Office of Equity Creation Hearing
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber fundraiser dinner
Sunday in the sun
Saturdays are for Service
Portland should seek relief on EPA Drinking Water mandates
My vote against the bike rental project
Equity Office Creation Ordinance, Public Review Draft
Somali American Council of Oregon
MAX Red Line successful, Ten Years on
National Night Out
Delightful Sunday Events in SW, NE, SE and North Portland
Weeding the grounds, or building community pride?
East Portland Expo Extravaganza
World Cup Winners
Apply to Serve on the Public Involvement Advisory Council
BOEC User Board citizen members
Volunteers invited for Technology Oversight Committee, and for 2011 Charter Commission
Job Opening in my Office, and other City hiring opportunities
State Legislative Update 6/24/11
Knights of Rosaria
State Legislative Update 6/19/11
State Legislative Update 6/10/11
State Legislative Update, end of May
Information on the Clean and Safe Program, for May 2011
City opens 2011 Spirit of Portland Award nominations
SB 346: Common Sense protections for callers to 9-1-1
The 9-1-1 computer: On time, under budget, and it works
Op-Ed in Street Roots on Street Performers
Vote daily to help Capitol Hill School
Parade Season kicks off on 82nd Avenue of Roses
State Legislative Update 4/29/11
Comments on JTTF Vote 4/28/11
Mid-term statistics
Hollyrood Kindergartners Cuter, Better Singers than Sam and Amanda
Portland's Homes for Heroes program
Rosemary Anderson High School's Roberta Phillip Scholars
Mud, trees, and David Douglas High students
Frosty Trio
News from the Oregon Legislature, 3/21/11
Marshall's Last Princess
Update on Wireless Facilities in neighborhoods
Another example of the benefits of the Commission form of government : the JTTF debate
2011 Charter Commission convenes today, 1/24/11
Street Roots' Analysis on Ending Homelessness
Portland Police 2011 Awards Ceremony
Thank you for using my web site
Successful Second Sock Drive
Oregon Civil Rights Stories Project
Charter Commission, Part 1
FREE Street Stories Film Festival this weekend
Apply to be on the Oversight Committee for the Historical Society Levy
Children, Parents and Partners of Prisoners
Thankful for people with the Spirit of Portland
Portland Community Media Workshop on Digital Storytelling
Updated Information on Leaf Removal Options
Monday Nov 8 Veterans' event at Reynolds High School
Citizen Involvement Statistics from the Auditor's Annual Survey
Questions/concerns about the Leaf Collection program/fee?
Help Beaumont School win a $100k grant
New Record
Congratulations, Commissioner!
Sidewalk Management Citations data
Update on Alcohol Impact Area proposal
Beautiful Mural to combat Graffiti
Proposed Alcohol Impact Area
Opting out of receiving Phone Books
Cigarette butts are a problem
National Women's Health Week
Graffiti Grants announced in Southeast Uplift
My office philosophy
West Hayden Island Resolution 7/29/10
What to do with West Hayden Island?
Funding for basic emergency services
Community Service Volunteers
Uncut version of Wireless OpEd
Council Resolution on Arizona S.B. 1070
Weekend Update
Positive events in East Portland
Great Blue Heron Week
Saving money, sending money
G.R.E.A.T. Graffiti Cleanup
Nominate citizens for the Sy Award
Council Wellness Challenge Activities
Nominate Portlanders for the Governor's Volunteer Awards
Ruffled feathers
Proposed Amendments on Schools and Parks Code Project
Please sign up for the NAMI Walk, 5/23/10
Memorial Coliseum planning
Please cut our budget
Urban beauty
Vote every day, to win Google
Actions for improving community mental health care services
New members needed for the Portland Utility Review Board
Springtime in Portland
Portland's application to Google
Regional Graffiti work
Elder Friendly
$20 million "for bike projects from sewer rates"?
Additional Public Hearing on Independent Police Review changes
Working Waterfront
What you should know about the Census
Prescription Drug Turn-in event this Saturday
Ship Photography
Southeast Uplift wins Community Solar Leadership award
Community and Police Relations work
Working River
Statement on funding for MLS soccer
Filing Non-emergency Police Reports on line
Proud of Portland's 9-1-1 service
Register and Vote
Take a fire safety quiz and help Portland Fire & Rescue
City Superheroes Support Sock Solicitation
Hawthorne Bridge
Spirit of Portland Awards feedback requested
Your Voice requested, on community information technology
Frozen stiff
Safety and Fines on the Portland Mall
Crime Statistics from Multnomah County
Hollywood Veterans' Day Parade
Crime Prevention, Business Promotion, and Community Building in Overlook
Burnside Bridge
Guidance on when to seek medical care for flu symptoms
Coming Down The Pike
Cute Blazer Fan and Terry Porter
Lower Cost Comcast Cable Options
Council Supports H.R. 676, National Health Care Act
Useful Police Services links
Useful Transportation and Street Services links
Oaks Bottom
Preparing for flu season
Sharing Public Spaces Report
Still Soaring
Comments on Transit Oriented Tax Abatement
Labor of Love and Landscaping in Lents
Prescription drug turn-in event
Our Urban Willamette
TriMet Passes for City Employees
Multnomah Days Parade, and more
Sign Up for Kids' Health Care today!
National Night Out parties
YWCA Fundraiser
Comments on the Sharing Public Spaces meetings
Interesting Article on Portland Soccer funding
Conversing about Race
City Lights
Interested in the Rose Quarter?
Restorative Listening
Marquam Bridge
Women/Children's Health Survey
Division-Clinton Parade
Comments on Bull Run water treatment
Bull Run Watershed tour
Comments on PGE Park deals
Recreational River
Yay for Portlanders!
Remember December?
Good discussion!
City of Roses
Comments on Soccer/Baseball
More Progress on Health Care
Thoughts on helping people living outside
Citizen Representative Needed
Comments on 39th/Chavez Street Renaming
Good in the Hood Parade
Good article on Neighborhood Associations
Help with Health Insurance Coverage
2009 Pride Parade
Help Affording Prescription Drugs
Renting and worried about foreclosure?
Starlight Parade
Resolution on Potential Health Impacts of Wireless Facilities
Progress on providing health care coverage for children
Parade season!
Short-term extension on Sidewalk Obstructions Ordinance
Roseway Mural Dedication
From Amanda's Mailbox, on Helping with Homelessness
Made in Oregon sign - update
World Water Day, Sunday 3/22
The Great Soccer Debate
City Council hearings
Columbia River Bridge Discussion
Westside Express Service
Radon Awareness Month - Radon in your home can kill you, and you don't need to move to fix the problem
Citizen Representatives needed - Bureau of Communications User Board
Go Blazers! - Amanda at the January 2nd Portland Trailblazers game
Visual breaks
Join my team
Barge Launch with Tom Sass