* I met with staff from Human Relations, visionPDX, Rivers, Cable, and the Bureau of Development Services; and with Police Chief Rosie Sizer.
* I attended the Citizens Campaign Commission meeting, to request input and hear discussion on the details for Public Financing for the open Auditor's position election.
* I had the first routine monthly meeting with Chief Administrative Officer Ken Rust, and with Commissioner Randy Leonard and his chief of staff, Ty Kovatch.
* I talked with Debbie Aiona and Carol Cushman of the League of Women Voters, and Janice Thompson of Democracy Reform Oregon, on Public Campaign Financing.
* I had interviews with Beth Slovic of Willamette Week, and with staff at the Portland Observer. I had my photograph taken by Cathy Cheney, for the Portland Business Journal.
* I dropped in to the Black Citizens Coalition of Neighborhoods, and chatted with Willie Brown, Executive Director. I heard his views on funding and accountability for gang outreach.
* I met with Carol Stahlke, President of AFSCME Local 189. We discussed strategies the union would like considered to address the budget shortfall.
* I met with Art DeMuro, chair of the Historic Landmarks Commission, regarding the Old Town/Skidmore amendments soon to be considered by Council.
* I met with Zari Santner, director of Portland Parks & Recreation, to discuss how we will work together in the context of Commissioner Fish being in charge of PP&R. In particular, Parks will be involved in the projects undertaken by the Office of Healthy Working Rivers.
* I attended public meetings as noted on my calendar - budget meetings of ONI and Human Relations, the Citizens Campaign Commission, 82nd Avenue ODOT fence meeting, Metro Policy Advisory Committee, and of course City Council on Wednesday
* Mayor Adams announced the Economic Stimulus package in a press conference at City Hall on Tuesday, and the "Better Together" community-building initiative on Thursday at the Oregon Food Bank, with the Council in attendance.
* Thursday afternoon, all Commissioners volunteered at the Food Bank. I hitched a ride with Commissioner Leonard and Ty Kovatch, and we discussed a variety of issues relating to bureau practices. We also talked about the proposal on the 1/22/09 Agenda for Public Campaign Financing.
* I made another round of 1:1 check-ins regarding Public Campaign Financing with each Council office, and talked on the phone with Citizens Campaign Commission chair Leslie Hildula.
* I gave the official welcome to participants in the Center for Intercultural Organizing
s PILOT program, which is a year-long leadership training program for people wishing to help under-represented communities.
* Saturday morning, I planted trees in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood. Land-use chair John McDonald showed me development and lack of infrastructure on SE 136th. I visited the Gilbert Hydropark and talked with Water Bureau and PDC employees participating in the tree planting, regarding local issues. I gave a brief interview with David Ashton, editor of EastPDXnews.com.