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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Amanda Fritz

Welcome to Commissioner Amanda Fritz's site! 

 

Dear Neighbor, 

 

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is seeking volunteers to join the Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC).  See here for information: https://www.portlandonline.com/fritz/index.cfm?a=498440&c=49233

 

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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 contact Diana in my office at 503-823-3994 with questions, or email SickTimeInfo@portlandoregon.gov.  See also the Sick Time tab on my web site, for quick reference to trainings, links, and resources.

 

 

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My assigned bureaus are Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R or Parks), and the Bureau of Development Services (BDS).  Both are bureaus with hundreds of employees, 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.

 

 

For 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 from my office after asking BDS staff to address your concern, please contact Dora Perry (503-823-3229) for policy questions, or Jasmine Wadsworth (503-823-3008) for assistance with permits and processes.

 

Please note that Mayor Hales moved the Noise Officer out of BDS and into the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, so please contact the Mayor and his staff for unresolved noise concerns. Call 503-823-7350, the Noise Hotline for the City for noise concerns.

  

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Please call 503-823-4000 or email cityinfo@portlandoregon.gov if you need urgent attention or 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.

 

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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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** See here for information about the new July 2013 Garbage and Recycling services and rates.  Some rates even went down!

 

Please check it out.  There are many options to fit different needs, such as monthly or on-call garbage pick-up, or just recycling, so you can pay for only the services you use.

 

A link to the website where you can see your own 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