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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Amanda Fritz What Happened?
My first 100 days

Mayor Adams asked the Council in January to present plans for our first 100 business days in office.  One of my goals was to find out how things work in City government, in my first days as a City Commissioner.   One hundred business days passed in May, and the Council was so busy taking care of responsibilities, we didn't even have a press conference.  So here is a summary:

 

In the first five months, my main focus  areas have been:

 

* Economic development

* Bureau efficiency and spending taxpayers' money wisely

* Citizen engagement in affecting decisions and implementing actions

 

Highlights of outcomes:

 

* Established the Office of Healthy Working Rivers, becoming operational with funding in the new fiscal year in July.  The Oregonian published my Op-Ed statement on the Rivers.

 

* Improved regulations governing wireless facilities in the right-of-way, to the satisfaction of both neighbors and industry customers, adding $90,000/year in revenue to the General Fund in increased fees for existing poles

 

* Passed first-in-the-nation Resolution to ask the Federal Communications Commission to re-assess potential health impacts from wireless facilities

 

* Increased number of evening City Council sessions, improving access for working citizens. Four evening Council meetings will have taken place by the end of June, compared with two for the whole of 2008.  The Ordinance we passed on my motion allows the Council to schedule regular sessions any Wednesday or Thursday, with two weeks' notice of the time change.

 

* Coordinated formulation and passage of improvements to Public Campaign Financing regulations, and gathered support for referring it to voters in November 2010

 

* Spoke and voted for citizens on the Columbia River Bridge, Soccer/baseball deal, condemnation of Made In Oregon sign, waiver of sign regulations in Waterfront Park, and Permit Center consolidation.

 

* Extended sunset of Sidewalk Obstructions ordinance until October, to work with Commissioner Fish on analysing the impacts of the ordinance and identifying more solutions citywide for businesses and people experiencing homelessness

 

* Resolved longstanding grievance without going to arbitration, by mediating between union and City Attorney's office.

 

* Began implementing recommended actions in Audit of Cable Communications and Franchise Management.

 

* Helped to turn back legislation in Salem that would have restricted local jurisdictions' right to regulate and raise revenue from internet phone services

 

* Working for passage of health care for low-income children in Salem - success!

 

* All bureau budget requests funded, prioritizing basic services for citizens and providing ongoing funding at adequate levels for Neighborhood Involvement and Human Relations

 

I was charged in January with starting a new bureau to speed implementation of job creation on sites adjacent to the Willamette River. My team quickly determined that the scope of the new Office of Healthy Working Rivers must be broader, to encompass economic vitality and environmental restoration of both the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Also, that organizing it within an existing bureau is more cost-effective and efficient. The Office of Healthy Working Rivers will begin operations in July, housed in the Bureau of Environmental Services and implementing partnerships with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Port of Portland, Portland Development Commission, and multiple other city bureaus and state agencies. Staff and citizens alike have welcomed this new approach.

 

I have worked to improve efficiency within the four bureaus in my portfolio - Neighborhood Involvement, Human Relations, Emergency Communications, and Cable Communications & Franchise Management. I noted in January that my 100 day plan was to ask 100 questions. The answers to those inquiries have already set in motion new ways of doing business and providing even better customer service. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) completely reorganized its budget, achieving 10% cuts from last year's funding level and changing allocations for diverse community participation to ongoing support. Mayor Adams recognized this achievement by funding ONI at the level I requested. Human Relations defined work plans in each of its four target action areas and has initiated successful new programs. Emergency Communications is working on strategies to reduce overtime costs and improve service even more. Cable Communications & Franchise management is piloting a new partnership with the Revenue Bureau, and completed work on several contracts bringing in over $1 million to the General Fund.

 

My staff and I have responded individually to more than 2500 citizen comments and requests in our first 100 business days in office. I met with 198 indivduals and groups in my office, and attended 96 community events. I post weekly updates on my web site, reporting on the content of meetings held the previous week as well as previewing the projected appointments for the upcoming days.  I held three monthly open Meet-and-Greet events where citizens stopped by to share concerns and get their questions answered.

 

My main conclusion after 100 business days in office:

 

It is an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Portland as a City Commissioner.


Table of Contents
Comments on SDC Waivers for Middle-Income Housing in Old Town Chinatown
One Key Question Press Release
One Key Question Resolution
Vending Carts Regulations brochure (pdf)
2013 Span of Control Report (pdf)
Captioned video of Council hearing on Blood Donations and HIV precautions, September 2013
DHM Oregon Opinion Poll 2013
Department of Justice Settlement Agreement
Resolution on Zoning Confirmation Letter, Oct 2, 2013
Right to Dream Too Zoning Confirmation Letter, for Oct 2 hearing
Street Musicians Agreement FAQs
Street Musicians Agreement (pdf)
Occupancy/rental taxes on hotels, rental vehicles, etc.
Adopted Protected Sick Time Ordinance 3/13/13
Adopted Protected Sick Leave Code
Metro Fact Sheet on the proposed Oregon Convention Center Hotel
Statement on proposed Public Utility District, 7/18/13 (pdf)
Comments on Parks and Development Services, one month into my assignment
Corrected Comments at the vote on the 2013 - 14 Budget
Comments at the vote on the 2013 - 14 Budget
Ordinance creating the Office of Equity and Human Rights, 09/21/10
Job Posting 3/15/13, Administrative Assistant/Constituent Services Specialist
Adopted Protected Sick Leave Code 3/13/13
Helen Moss OpEd in the Oregonian on why Sick Leave is needed now
Task Force Issues Summary
Protected Sick Time Code proposal 2-28-13 (clean version)
Protected Sick Time proposal 2-28-13 showing changes since 1-18-13
Sick Leave Task Force Meeting 3 Notes
Sick Leave Task Force Meeting 2 Notes
Agenda, Earned Sick Leave Task Force Meeting 2
Sick Leave Task Force Meeting 1 Notes
Earned Sick Leave Task Force members
Memo to Venture Portland members on Earned Sick Leave (pdf)
PSU Economists' Analysis of Earned Sick Leave costs and benefits (pdf)
Proposed Sick Leave Code
Proposed Sick Leave Ordinance
NW Parking: Phased Implementation (Exhibit C)
NW Parking: Amended TMA Structure (Exhibit B)
NW Parking: Additional Amendments to Map Boundary
NW Parking: Amended Resolution
Adopted Principles for Budget Advisory Committees
Public Involvement Advisory Council
City Budget Office proposed Code changes
City Budget Office proposed Ordinance
3-1-1 Resolution passed 10/10/12
Link to article commenting on Harvard fluoride study
Substitute Resolution on Coal Trains, 9/19/12
Statement of Intent for improvements in Portland Police Bureau policies and practices, and the City's care for people experiencing mental illnesses, 9/13/12 (pdf)
US Department of Justice Findings in Investigation of Portland Police Bureau, 9/13/12 (pdf)
Comments at the Fluoridation vote, 9/12/12
Open Reservoir Work Session Follow-Up Storage Volumes
Open Reservoir Work Session Follow-Up 08-27-12
DRAFT Summary of current City payments of County services
Library District Budget Impacts
Office of Equity and Human Rights Powerpoint Presentation
Office of Equity and Human Rights One Year Work Plan
Letter to the OLCC from Nine Portland-Area State Legislators
2012 Spirit of Portland Awards Nomination Form
Ordinance Related to Licensing Exterior Areas
OLCC Exterior Areas Petition Document
West Portland Crossroads Report by Patty Lee
Council presentation on Portland Harbor from March 28, 2012
Final State Legislature Summary, 3/7/12
Sidewalks Data
PBA Letter on Downtown Marketing Initiative funding, 2/12
State Legislative Update 2/17/12
Team statistics for the 2009 calendar year
State Legislative Update
Final Resolution on Corporate Personhood
Speech from Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen
Cox v. New Hampshire 1941 U.S. Supreme Court decision
Letter from CFO Rich Goward Regarding City Investment of Funds
Office of Equity and Human Rights Seeks Director
Report from the 1st International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities, Dublin, Ireland September 28-30, 2011
Letter to the Postmaster General
Office of Equity and Human Rights
Response to NECN regarding Last Thursday, 7/28/11
Safer PDX Report Powerpoint
Mid-project Presentation to Council, Safer PDX
Proposed Office of Equity Work Plan, 8/17 Public Review Draft
Proposed draft Equity Office creation ordinance, 8/17 public review draft
Garbage Rates and Options, October 2011
East Portland Expo Program 2011 (pdf)
State Legislative Update 6/30/11
Technology Oversight Committee Application information (pdf)
State Legislative Update 6/24/11
State Legislative Update 6/19/11
State Legislative Update 6/10/11
State Legislative Update 5/28/11
Reports on Equity/Disparities
State Legislative Update 4/29/11
BOEC (9-1-1 Center) 2011-12 Budget Advisory Committee presentation
Equity Office Concept - DRAFT 3/22/11
Equity Office Concept - DRAFT 3/22/11
3/3/11 Update on siting of Wireless Antennas in neighborhoods
Video of Portland Broadband Strategic Plan kickoff session
Biographies of 2011 Charter Commission members
Mayor Adams's response on Human Trafficking statistics and the real problem we face
2011 Charter Commission process Q & A
Appointees to the 2011 City Charter Commission
2011 Charter Commission Appointment Resolution
Sidewalk Management Citations Data, June - August 2010
Resolution on Broadband Strategic Plan, 9/22/10
Summary of Proposed Portland Alcohol Impact Area
OLCC information on Alcohol Impact Areas
National Women's Health Week Project Report
Sidewalk Management Plan updates
Planning for SW Parks
Comments on West Hayden Island Resolution 7/29/10
Amanda's Amendments on West Hayden Island Resolution 7/29/10
Public Safety bond referral
Process for review of Cellular facilities in neighborhoods
Schools/Parks Amendments 4/28/10
Memo to Council on Schools/Parks Code project
City report on 2010 Oregon Legislative session
Central City Concern - spending taxpayers' money wisely
Report on Central City Concern's program effectiveness
Tree removal and construction on I-5 in SW
2010 Regional Graffiti All-Stars
Tibet Proclamation
Neighborhoods in the News, Summer/Fall 2009
Dirty Duck Demolition Permit remarks
Human Rights Commission statement on Aaron Campbell shooting
Questions and Comments on Bull Run Land Exchange and new Bull Run Code
US Postal Service letter on schedule for changing address from 39th Avenue to Cesar E Chavez Boulevard
Water Bureau Fulton/Willamette Park Pump Station
Independent Police Review Dec 2009 Quarterly report
Status of the Columbia River Crossing Bridge
Willamette Week article on Riverfest 2009
Potential Health Impacts of Wireless Facilities
Report on Prostitution Advisory Committee on 82nd Avenue (pdf)
Winter shelters information
Sharing Public Spaces Report
Visit with Gateway Area Business Association
Comments on Bull Run water treatment options, 7/27/09
Community Discussion on Sharing Public Spaces, 7/21/09
Community Discussion on Sharing Public Spaces, 7/18/09
Comments on Proposed Stadium in Lents Park
Statement of Concerns on Major League Soccer
Hayden Island Plan
My first 100 days
Report on the Office of Healthy Working Rivers
City Auditor Report on the City Government's Financial Condition
Office of Healthy Working Rivers organizational meetings
The Great Soccer Debate
"Made In Oregon" sign
Progress on defeating Graffiti
Radon Awareness Month