Week of 5/10/09 - 5/17/09
* Monthly meeting with Maria Lisa Johnson, Director of Office of Human Relations - update on budget and bureau work
* Met with Linda Laviolette, Portland Parks Foundation, regarding potential future partnerships with the Office of Healthy Working Rivers
* Met with Commissioner Saltzman regarding rates increase to fund positions in the Office of Healthy Working Rivers
* Met with Commissioner Fish to review temporary workers contract extension, also potential solutions for soccer/baseball, urban renewal, etc.
* Met with Mayor Adams to review budget issues, particularly ongoing funding for all four positions in the Office of Human Relations, and potential re-investment in graffiti abatement
* Monthly meeting with Ken Rust, Chief Administrative Officer - computer system, update on private for-hire transportation and soccer
* PSU Urban Pioneer event at Oregon Historical Society. I try to attend this event each year in honor of Ernie Bonner, a previous winner, who introduced me to the celebration. Talked with Urban Pioneer Gretchen Kafoury, Governor Barbara Roberts, Muriel Leszak, and Susan from Albina Bank, amongst others.
* Attended Portland Police Memorial event in Waterfront Park
* Spoke at event for All China Youth Federation/Mercy Corps-Social Innovator Leadership Program. Turns out this is a group for future ambassadors and government officials.
* Attended East Columbia Neighborhood Association meeting, complete with newly-annexed residents from Deltawood.
* City Council Wednesday morning. The agenda as predicted was done by noon this week - with about 15 minutes to spare.
* Attended Metro Policy Advisory Committee meeting. Discussion of potential need to annex land into the urban growth boundary for industrial development, versus the fact that any land annexed will be agricultural land which is already a valuable industry.
* Attended Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Graffiti Summit. Over 100 people listened to presentations from experts for over 3 hours.
* Met with Dan Handleman and other members of Portland Copwatch, regarding Sidewalk Obstructions law, Independent Police Review, and other issues.
* Met with Mary Ann Schwab regarding 911 privacy issues.
* Met with Sokkom Tauch, CEO, IRCO to be introduced more to what the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organizing program does. It employes 175 people full time, mostly with federal funds, to help people relocated from refugee camps. They get benefits for only 8 months before they are expected to be self-sufficient.
* Raphael House, Advocate for Change event, honoring Commissioner Saltzman
* Met with Bertha Ferran, PDC Commissioner, and Erin Flynn, PDC Urban Development Dept Director to discuss PDC's economic development strategy
* Met with Sylvia McDaniel, Executive Director of Portland Community Media, and Joann Bowman, chair of board, to review current issues.
* Attended Fundraiser performance of Storm Large's Crazy Enough. Oh. My. Goodness. Go if you can, unless you're offended by someone whose "mouth-cop" is defunct. An amazing performance, which spoke to me especially as a psychiatric nurse, daughter, and mother. If you are or are related to anyone who is a psychiatric nurse, daughter, or mother, I heartily recommend this show. And I love Storm Large just the way she is.
* Helped with SOLV Down By The Riverside cleanup event at Cathedral Park on the Willamette
* Watched Gunderson Marine's barge launch - still a thrill!
* Meet-and-Greet in St. Johns, attended by old friends and a few neighbors who I hope became new ones
* Neighborhood House annual dinner
* National Alliance for Mental Illness fundraiser walk. Talked with my friend Cathy who is the mother of my son Maxwell's tennis doubles partner from Wilson High School.
Dinners at home: Sunday