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If you'd like to schedule an appointment to meet with me, or to invite me to a community event, please call Milena at 503-823-4124, or email her. The time reserved for constituent meetings is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The slots often fill up weeks or even months in advance, but everyone gets a turn. Every Portlander (and some folks from outside Portland, but Portlanders get priority) has access to meet with me. My scheduler, Milena, saves two half hours every week for anyone to schedule an appointment to come into my office to talk with me. It can be for a school group, a personal meeting, a group presentation, or pretty much whatever you want to do in spending 30 minutes with me.
If you need to bring an issue to my attention more quickly, please call one of my staff and ask to meet with him/her. Call the front desk, 503-823-3008, if you're not sure who to call. I rely on my staff to process requests and brief me, whether or not you meet with me. Meeting with staff can often be a quicker way to get your needs met, and allows for longer, more in-depth discussions on issues that are complex and/or have many participants.
Remember, if you need help and you're not sure your concern is with one of my bureaus, call 503-823-4000 and the Information and Referral experts in the Office of Neighborhood Involvement will connect you with the right person to help in any City, County, or Portland Development Commission department.
The City of Portland is a fragrance free workplace. We ask employees and visitors to refrain from using added fragrances when you will be in City workspaces, to help those with fragrance allergies be able to breathe. Your thoughtful assistance with this request will mean I will be able to focus on your policy concerns when I meet with you.
Wondering why I list "Dinners with family"? My husband works long and weekend hours, too. He leaves for work in Salem before I get up each morning, and is often asleep before I return home after my evening meetings. Posting when we can have dinner together on the web site, rather than in a note on the refrigerator, means he can access the information from work. It also lets Portlanders know I'm very willing to attend evening meetings - just ask Milena, and I'll come if I can.
The engagements I list below are the meetings and events Milena and I have planned for this week, other than routine meetings with my office staff, and time set aside for taking care of constituent issues by phone/email/in-person conversations in my office and around City Hall. There are often multiple changes over the course of the week, as meetings and events are added or canceled. The updated/final lists for past weeks are posted in the links in the right sidebar.
Week of 6/17/13 - 6/23/13:
* Bureau of Development Services "Chat with the Director" all staff
* Andrew Scott, Director of the City Budget Office
* Police Chief Mike Reese
* Mayor Hales
* Mike Abbate, Director of Portland Parks and Recreation
* Commissioner Fish
* Nick Hardig and Elizabeth Whelan, Portland Parks Foundation
* Metro Councilor Sam Chase
* Anna Kanwit, Director of the Bureau of Human Resources, re: bargaining update
* Michael Tom (Director of Oregon Health Science University Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Department) and Dante James (Director of the Office of Equity and Human Rights)
* Paul Scarlett, Director of the Bureau of Development Services
* SWNI (Southwest Neighbors, Inc) Volunteer Recognition
* Regular City Council sessions: Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, and Thursday afternoon
* Tax Supervising and Conservation Committee (TSCC) Hearing
* Portland Parks and Recreation Employee Meeting
* Richard Beetle, Laborers Local 483
* Commissioner Novick
* Portland State University Center for Women, Politics, and Policy "New Leadership Oregon" panel
* Commissioner Fish and Dan Lavey, Gallatin Public Affairs
* Cecil Hatchett, constituent, re: Saturday Market
* Portland Police Bureau Summer Camp BBQ Lunch and Awards Ceremony
* Women Volunteers of America Graduation Ceremony
* An Evening with Wisdom of the Elders
* Secretary of State Kate Brown
* Columbia Slough Watershed Council's Annual Explorando el Columbia Slough
Dinners with family: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday