Week of 8/31/09 - 9/7/09
Monday 8/31/09, was the fifth Monday, so I asked my trusty scheduler, Amanda Mansfield, to leave it open so I could catch up on responding to constituent emails. It's fortunate I did, as instead I needed to spend part of the day in Salem helping my daughter resolve ongoing housing issues at Willamette University. The first weekend of the time period, I also replenished the family supply of milk in the fridge and cereal in the cupboard. This is how we prioritize basic mommy services these days, in the Fritz household. ASsusual, I was answering emails until the wee hours of the morning most evenings of the week, despite my best intentions.
My schedule starting Tuesday:
* Visited the McDonald Center in NW Portland. The McDonald Center provides assisted living for low-income people with disabilities, and also a visitation program for people (many with mental illnesses) living in the single room occupancy hotels in Old Town. An amazing program. Thanks to Pat, Sarah, and Mary Lee for taking time to inform me about the services.
* Met with Mayor Adams and advocates for/from people living outside, regarding sidewalk issues
* Meeting with Pedro Ferbel-Azcarate, PSU professor, regarding proposal for African-American Oregon museum coming out of the Dept of Black Studies at PSU
* City Council meeting Wednesday morning (I thought that this week it should actually be accomplished in the morning rather than running over. In fact, the six items not on Consent took until after 1 p.m. to complete)
* Met with Mayor Adams's staff regarding Streetcar Plan/Framework
* Met with Fairview Mayor Mike Weatherby and visited Fairview City Council meeting - neighborly visit as Commissioner in charge of Emergency Communications and Cable, both of which are Multnomah County-wide
* Speaker at Lloyd District Community Association
* Meeting with PK Melethil, Zero Waste Alliance, regarding making a video to inform nail salon workers of environmental risks and safeguards
* Meeting with Promise King, Oregon League of Minority Voters
* Meeting with Chris Smith regarding Streetcar Plan/Framework
* Watched Oregon Ducks football opener at Boise State, at home with son Maxwell (Luke was off at camp with the Marshall High School Step Up students)
Note: This is not a work appointment, of course. "A tad disappointing" - the result, the poor play, and the reprehensible behavior of our running back after the end of the game. Not a good start to the season.
* Meeting with Carol McCreary and Lan Nguyen, Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human, regarding various initiatives they are working on
* Interview with David Ashton, East Portland Neighborhood News - one of my favorite publications, for its accuracy and positive attitude
* Twice-postponed meeting with Commissioner Leonard to discuss current issues
* Tour of REACH affordable housing projects with Dee Walsh
* I planted and spread bark dust in Lents for three hours in the pouring rain on Saturday of the Labor Day weekend. Picking blackberries in my back yard was out due to the rain, and making the winter's supply of jelly didn't happen because the Hillsdale Farmers Market was almost sold out of blackberries by the time I got there on Sunday. Maybe next week.
* Labor Day attendence at the AFL-CIO picnic has been a highlight of my year for many years, and again on Monday 9/8/9.
Dinners at home: All but Tuesday