Week of 4/13/09 - 4/19/09
* Meetings with Directors of Human Relations, and Emergency Communications, regarding monthly update on bureau operations and management, and work plans/budget
* Met with Director of Office of Neighborhood Involvement to review budget challenges and ways to address shortfalls
* Spoke at Bureau of Emergency Communications annual staff dinner - a delightful event, highlighted by staff awards including twelve "Lifesaver" reports where good work by 911 dispatchers saved lives.
* Meeting with Director of Cable Communications & Franchise Management, with Mayor Adams, to review pending audit report and recommendations
* Council work session to review proposed regulations for wireless facilities in the right of way in the Office of Cable Communications & Franchise Management, followiing community meeting last week. See Coming Down the Pike for information.
* Meeting with John Hunt, city fleet manager, to review their operations and budget. Fleet management has made significant improvements since John took over four years ago. It is now rated the 4th-best managed fleet in the country.
* Meeting with Corky Collier and Debbie Silva, from the Executive Committeee of the Columbia Corridor Association, regarding their work and the Office of Healthy Working Rivers
* Meeting with Ken Rust, Office of Management and Finance, regarding the Headquarters Hotel proposal
* Meeting with Doug Obletz regarding Rose Quarter issues and alternative proposal for adaptive re-use of the Coliseum
* Attended Gateway Green open house, at invitation of Linda Robinson and Ted Gilbert, community leaders in the project. Plans for a proposed bicycle park by I-205 were reviewed. Commissioner Fish will be providing leadership for the city, as Parks Commissioner
* Attended last Blazer game of the regular season with entire office staff, in Rip City row. Note, everyone paid for their own tickets. We love the Blazers!
* Meeting with Jeff Curtis, Rose Festival Association, regarding volunteering in their activities. I mentioned why I don't support waiving the Code for the sign on top of the Yeon building in Waterfront Park.
* Meeting with Carl Talton, Portland Family of Funds, regarding their work in the community
* Meetings with Commissioners Fish and Saltzman, and their staff, to help fix the Permit Center consolidation proposal (see below)
* Regular monthly meeting with Commissioner Leonard - we took a walk to the Yeon building to see improvements there (and to get some exercise while talking)
* Meeting with Jan Oliver regarding the University of Oregon's Portland campus
* Meeting with Monica Goracke and multiple other members of the SAFE committee, regarding Street Access For Everyone ordinance (aka "sit-lie")
* City Council meetings Wednesday morning and Thursday at 6 p.m. The first Thursday evening City Council session since we changed the Code to allowe evening meetings any Wednesday or Thursday. Major success in two ways - we packed the house and had to open the upstairs seating, and we averted full consolidation of Permit Center staff by opting for a co-location model. You either know what I'm talking about here, or you likely don't want to know. The outcome was A Good Thing, in my opinion. Or at least not as bad as it might have been.
* Meeting with Hiram Sachs of Sachs Communications, who was the consultant who helped me win the election with targeted mailers. No particular issues on the agenda.
* Spoke on Saturday morning at the Main Street Portland Coalition workshop, on the Portland Plan and appropriate infill in neighborhoods. I was enchanted as usual by land use discussions, and stayed the entire 3+ hours.
* Attended Roseway Neighborhood's mural dedication ceremony
* Attended Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility Awards Ceremony and Dinner
Dinners at home: Sunday, Friday, Sunday.