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At-Large Members needed for Washington Park Transportation Management Association Board

I am seeking At Large members for the Washington Park Transportation Management Association Board.  The Washington Park TMA Board meets the second Thursday of each month at 8:00-9:30 at the World Forestry Center, Merlo Hall.  The first meeting for the new at-large members would be October 10th.  In addition, the time commitment is probably 1-2 additional hours per month regularly.  We will also be looking for volunteers as the pay parking program rolls out in October, and at key times like Zoolights during the first year, but this would not be ongoing.


New members would need a few hours of initial start up time to meet with Board members, Heather McCarey (the new ED), and to review documents to get up to speed.  My staff would, of course, assist with the orientation and ongoing staffing needs.


Here is the organization’s purpose from the draft bylaws:


The Corporation's purpose is to implement governmental & nonprofit agreements to help ensure the long-term success of the City of Portland’s Washington Park and its venues and to minimize the impact of Park visitors on the Park and adjacent neighborhoods by maximizing safe and convenient access to, from and within Washington Park, its venues and adjacent neighborhoods. 


Please ask send me an email to express interest.  There isn’t an application form, just email me giving reasons why you want to serve on this Board, and we’ll go from there.  I am particularly looking for people who normally drive to use the park facilities; for park visitors from east of the Willamette, deep SW Portland, and/or Washington/Clackamas Counties; and for representatives from low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

September 8, 2013

Thoughts on Development Services and Parks, four weeks later

It's been four weeks and two days since Mayor Hales announced the assignments for which member of Council is in charge of each bureau.   Since I wasn't expecting to be the Commissioner in Charge of the Bureau of Development Services (BDS), and Portland Parks & Recreation (PPR), my staff and I have spent time learning about the bureaus.   My initial comments on these bureaus are posted here


I have not opened comments on this post, as I am leaving on vacation after my community events on July 4, and won't be following either this blog or my email.  I'm visiting my 83-year old mother, who doesn't believe in new fangled Internets (but is better than me at texting).  Please contact my staff for assistance while I'm gone, or call 503-823-4000 for the City's wonderful Information and Referral staff. 


I look forward to re-engaging with Portlanders when I return on July 24.

July 3, 2013

The Power of One

Last week, the final vote on the Fiscal Year 2013 - 2014 City of PortlandBudget was held at a public meeting in Council Chambers on Thursday June 20. I voted No, as I had done on May 29 when the Council voted provisionally on the budget. Read why, in my speech here.  


While some improvements were made since May, notably Mayor Hales agreeing to my request to fund an additional inspector for sub-standard rental housing in East Portland, there were no discussions or changes on my core objections. Several significant reductions and additions to the Budget had gone counter to the spirit of the zero based budget approach.  In particular, services provided to survivors of human trafficking were reduced by $117,000 - a cut of 24% from current year funding.  That is a significant cut.  I understand that we had to cut over $20 million from current services in this Budget, however the Adopted Budget added back programs that are not necessary to core values and services.  And $117,000 in a General Fund budget of $397 million? What could be more important than assisting women and children who are being sold into prostitution here in our community? 


I appreciate many, many people who emailed me and stopped me in the community to tell me you support my stand. I voted No on the overall Budget at the 2 p.m. session on Thursday, to stay true to what I believe are our community's priorities. Then I left to hurry up to PSU, where I joined former Senator Margaret Carter and former Superintendent of Education Susan Castillo, in a panel speaking to young women from all over Oregon participating in the week-long New Leadership Oregon (NLO) training. I apologized for being late, saying, "It was perhaps a complete waste of my time and yours that I stayed to vote, because it didn't make any difference to the outcome, but I felt I needed to say what needed to be said."


It turned out my No vote did matter.


My staff called during the NLO presentation to tell me the vote on the Budget was an Emergency Ordinance, requiring all present to vote in favor. By voting No, even though I lost 4-1, I was the prevailing party. The motion failed, and unless I returned to City Hall and changed my vote, the City government might have to shut down at midnight on June 30. No Adopted Budget, no funding for City services. I hadn't realized it was an Emergency Ordinance and had never intended to create that outcome.  Suddenly, one vote, one person, made a huge difference.


While walking back to City Hall, I spoke with the City Attorney, Jim Van Dyke, and assured him I would 'move to reconsider'. As the prevailing party, only I could do that. Note to aspiring politicians: Learn Roberts' Rules of Order, and volunteer in a role that allows you to practice using them. I will always be grateful to the SW Neighborhoods, Inc. Board, and the late great Patty Lee, for training me in Roberts' Rules.


Arriving back in City Hall, I asked to meet with Mayor Hales. I said, "If I'd realized the Budget was an Emergency Ordinance, we would have had this conversation on Monday, but now that we both know it is, let's talk." While I could have demanded more, I proposed a reasonable compromise that would keep the Mayor's budget and City services on track.  The Mayor graciously agreed.


Council reconvened in the chambers, after a hastily-noticed Emergency Session. I moved to reconsider the previous vote, then voted Yes on the Budget -- with the stated understanding that I will bring an ordinance to Council later this calendar year, requesting additional funding for services provided to survivors of human trafficking. I plan to convene discussions with leaders of agencies and non-profits offering those programs, to determine collaboratively what is most urgently needed.  I will return to Council with a request to draw on the City's contingency reserve for funding.


Last November, voters re-elected me with almost 60% of the vote. This past Thursday, I felt very happy that I worked so hard to win that campaign, with the support of many ardent community volunteers.  My husband and I invested our family savings in that election -- in our community -- and voters trusted me, so that I can continue to be your voice in City Hall. Sometimes, one vote does make a difference.

June 24, 2013Comments (0)Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)

Speech at the vote on the City's 2013 - 14 budget

I was going to title this blog post "Comments ...", but when comments run close to 15 minutes and are read from a script, it's a speech.


So, my comments/speech on the 2013 - 14 City Budget are posted here.


The short version: I can't vote for a budget allocating $397 million in discretionary spending, that cuts $117,000 (24%) from services to children and women escaping human trafficking.  Especially when at the same time, the Portland Police Bureau is planning to cut 22%, four of 18 officers, from the Family Services Division that investigates child abuse, elder abuse, and domestic violence.  We should prioritize spending to provide more support for the most vulnerable people in our community.  While the Budget approved by the majority of the Council today does that, in part, by allocating full funding to the Housing Safety Net, the Approved Budget reduces the City's commitment to resolving the horrors of prostitution. 


Commissioner Saltzman asked a good question at the end of the hearing.  In response, we learned that the current General Fund total for 2012 - 13 is approximately $502 million, the new total General Fund is $493 million.  In "discretionary resources", current is $413 million, upcoming year $397 million.  So in six months, the gap has gone from $25 million to $16 million.  Some reasons for that are the state PERS legislation; resolution of the CenturyLink law suit confirming the City's right to equalize telephone taxes on land lines, as enacted by the 2012 Council; and expected agreements from City unions to accept a lower Cost of Living Adjustment than the inflation index.  I was disappointed the Council was not more involved in deciding which cuts to add back to the funding list, after it became clear the deficit was less extreme than first appeared.


There may be some minor changes to the Approved Budget when it is formally adopted in June.  Questions were raised at the hearing about cuts to City Hall and Portland Building security staff, and also about adding another inspector for the Enhanced Rental Inspection program in East Portland.  But for the most part, the 2013 - 14 City of Portland Budget is done.  Congratulations to Mayor Hales and his staff, the City Budget Office, and everyone who advocated successfully for funding for jobs, programs, and services.  Thank you to all who sent comments and participated in the six Community Budget events.  Community involvement made many differences in which services will be provided starting in July.

May 29, 2013Comments (2)Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)

Response to Petition on Saving the Mounted Patrol

In the past three days, I have received 217 emails notifying me that people (some Portlanders, some not) have signed an on-line petition asking to preserve funding for the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol.  Unfortunately, the web site generating this petition does not provide me with the emails of those signing, so I have no way to reply to each person individually.  I am therefore posting this response in the hope that some of the petitioners will read it.  This is not a particularly satisfying human interaction, more my computer posting information in response to the petitioner's computer, but the best I can do.  Note: On line petitions are far less effective than direct individual emails, even if you send just one sentence of your own thoughts!


This is a difficult budget, slashing at least $20 million after four years of cuts.  There are few easy targets, and many who support each service currently being funded.  I will work with my colleagues on the Council, considering all community input, to make decisions that provide the most services to the people and principles most in need of support.  We will be making choices such Mounted Patrol vs winter shelter for homeless women?  Mounted Patrol vs 9-1-1 operators?  Mounted Patrol vs after school programs for disadvantaged kids?  These are just a few examples of the stark realities – we don’t have enough money for all of the worthy programs currently being funded, and donations from Friends of the Mounted Patrol don’t come close to covering the ongoing expenses.


The challenge is not only the extra funding needed for the horses, rather prioritizing which police functions are more vital in crime prevention and community safety than others.  We likely need to cut at least 40 police officer positions.  So the choice is Mounted Patrol officers vs School Resource officers?  Mounted Patrol officers vs Gang Enforcement officers?  Mounted Patrol vs child abuse investigators?  Mounted Patrol officers downtown vs District Patrol officers in outer neighborhoods?


I would be interested to read Portlanders' priorities on these funding choice examples.  Please send your comments directly to me at Amanda@portlandoregon.gov  You are welcome to post your opinions here to discuss with others, however I will be using my time to respond to direct emails rather than interacting on the comment string here.

May 5, 2013Comments (2)Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)

Reminder: Front desk job opening in my office, applications due Sunday 5 p.m.

Although we have already received over 100 applications for my office team's Front Desk/Constituent Services Specialist opening, additional submissions are still welcome.  Details here. Applications received by 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 will be considered first. Please be sure to include a cover letter telling me why you want to work with my staff and me, and a resume that includes your current and past volunteer community service.

April 6, 2013

Job opening in my Office

I am seeking an energetic, self-motivated, positive individual with customer service experience to join my office team as an Administrative Assistant. The successful applicant will staff the front desk and serve Portlanders as my Constituent Services Specialist, answering phone, email and letter communications and coordinating office management. Details here. Applications received by 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 will be considered first. Please pass along this information to anyone who may be interested.

March 15, 2013

Portland Passes Protected Sick Leave ordinance

On March 13, 2013, the Portland City Council unanimously adopted the ordinance that provides Protected Sick Leave to all employees, starting in January 2014.  The adopted Code is here.  The standards require all businesses to provide Protected Sick Leave for employees who work more than 240 hours in a calendar year within the city of Portland. Businesses with 6 or more employees will have to provide up to 40 hours of paid Sick Leave annually, earned at one hour of Sick Time per thirty hours worked. Smaller businesses will be required to allow employees to earn and take up to 40 hours a year of unpaid leave without fear of being fired for missing work, due to personal health care needs, safety from domestic violence, or caring for a sick child.  The ordinance will take effect on January 1, 2014.  Information on the process leading to adoption of the Ordinance is here.


My comments when voting for the Ordinance:


This is an historic moment for human rights in the United States of America.  This is about public health and well being, the health of workers, their families and consequently the health of our community.  


I thank the members of the Everybody Benefits Portland coalition - led by Andrea Paluso, Sharon Bernstein, Lisa Frack and other staff from Family Forward Oregon. And thanks to coalition members:

  • UFCW Local 555, led by Jeff Anderson
  • Main Street Alliance, led by Lee Mercer and Jim Houser
  • VOIS Business Alliance, led by Tony Fuentes     
  • Oregon Working Families Party, led by Steve Hughes
  • Working America, led by Amy Herzfeld and Tara Murphy
  • Causa, led by Francisco Lopez
  • Center for Intercultural Organizing - led by Kayse Jama
  • APANO - led by Joseph Santos-Lyons     
  • ONA - led by Sarah Baessler and Jenn Baker     
  • AFSCME - led by Joe Baessler and Eva Rippeteau

There are many others who joined in this grassroots campaign. Thank you to every one.


 Supporters after the vote. Chief architect and craftsman of the ordinance,

my Chief of Staff Tom Bizeau, is out of the limelight on the far right


Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Do what you believe in your heart is right, because you will be criticized anyway."


I believe in my heart that this is right.  It will provide people and businesses with a means to maintain their health, which means satisfaction in the job and consequently productivity, which means thriving, sustainable businesses. 


People matter.  Jobs matter.


There will be costs to businesses, and there are other ways that the Council will support businesses in the coming months.  This Code was crafted as simply as possible, to minimize the administrative burden on businesses.  Thanks to Bernie Bottomly of the Portland Business Alliance, and Heather Hoell of Venture Portland who along with others participated in the Task Force process which improved the Code details after the hearing on January 31.  Thanks to Commissioner Dan Saltzman who proposed the Task Force process and co-led it with me.  The standards adopted today are better because of that process.


Real change does not come without sacrifice.


The stories that I have heard from the workers who have had to come to work sick or be fired, or not be able to make the rent, or not be able to care for a child or a loved one, made me understand the scope of the problem that we are trying to solve.  These people now have names that I know, since many Portlanders both for and against the ordinance have participated in the public review.


Many businesses here in Portland already have paid sick leave benefits.  Sixty percent of all employees receive some paid leave.   These are the true pioneers of this regulation because they provided it without government having to ask.  Now, we need to take care of the other 40% who need protection and pay when they need to stay home due to illness. 


We have worked hard to accommodate the needs of businesses, especially the smaller ones. I believe the true cost of this benefit will be a minimal expense in comparison to all the other expenses that a business is confronted with.  And it comes with responsibilities.   Employees work for money and job security, the Employer needs good workers who know the job and can be good long term workers because it saves them money as well.   We are all in this together.  We need to care for each other, and this regulation seeks to do that. 


I am hopeful that the State will pass as good or better requirements state-wide as we are passing here today.  I am already lobbying to pass HB 3390 and SB 801.  As Senator Steiner Hayward said when I visited Salem on Friday, "It's not fair that employees in Portland should have a benefit that employees in Medford don't have."  The more workers covered by paid sick leave, the better.  I hope this will become a national standard.


I thank all my colleagues who recognize how important it is to Portland, to the State and to the people that are in real need of protection.  I thank all those legislators in the County and at the state who have supported and continue to strive for broad and lasting regulations outside the City of Portland.  


Our President, Barack Obama, said in his State of the Union speech this year:


"You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time - not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals. Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom."


As an elected official, I make decisions based on facts and broad public input, seeking the long term public good for the whole city, with shared benefits and responsibilities for all Portlanders present and future. 


Thank you for engaging in making this decision with your Council.  I am happy to vote Aye.

March 13, 2013Comments (0)Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)

Volunteers needed for the Portland Utility Review Board

Here's a great volunteer opportunity!  Most of the following information is from Janis Adler, citizen chair of the Portland Utility Review Board (PURB):


The PURB reviews proposed water, sewer, solid waste and recycling rates and makes recommendations regarding adoption of the proposed rates from a citizen and business user’s perspective, to the Portland City Council.  Advised by high-level staff from the Portland Water Bureau, the Bureau of Environmental Services, and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the PURB receives administrative assistance from the Office of Management and Finance.   They also consider comments from affected ratepayers.  While the PURB's recommendation is advisory rather than mandatory in the rate-setting process, it is an important Board whose advice the Council considers carefully.   


The PURB is intended to be a 9-person board.  Currently, there are two vacancies: one at-large position and another member representing commercial/industrial ratepayers.  Ideally, one or both of these positions would be filled with someone with an engineering background. 


The PURB as a valuable, on-going resource to help gauge community sentiment on utility rates and related issues.  The PURB meets monthly at 4:30 PM, on the third Thursday of the month in the Lovejoy Room at City Hall. 


Please contact Patti Howard in my office if you are interested in volunteering for this important Board. 

February 28, 2013Comments (0)Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)

Draft Police Use of Force Policy revisions posted

The Portland Police bureau has posted proposed changes to the Use of Force policy, here.


Comments on the proposed policy should be sent to Matt Robinson and Chad Stover in the office of Mayor Hales.  You are also welcome to copy Dora Perry in my office, since Dora is tracking public safety issues with me.

February 24, 2013Comments (0)Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)

Email of the Week, on gun violence

I have received many messages related to the issue of violence using guns.  This weekend, Portlander Betsy Toll sent me the following, which I consider especially pertinent:


"Missing from most discussion about gun violence are some stark facts  as to who tends to commit violent crimes. If we are choosing to target specific demographic groups for restrictions, rather than, or in addition to, weapons, we must acknowledge that alcohol and drugs are implicated in violent crime at a dramatically higher rate than mental illness.  


In homicides, armed assaults, and domestic violence, a huge number of perpetrators are either under the influence or have a history of alcohol and/or drug abuse. As noted in a New York Times article on Dec. 17, 2012, Dr. Richard A. Freeman reports that: 


"Alcohol and drug abuse are far more likely to result in violent behavior than mental illness by itself. In the National Institute of Mental Health’s E.C.A. [Epidemiologic Catchment Area] study, for example, people with no mental disorder who abused alcohol or drugs were nearly seven times as likely as those without substance abuse to commit violent acts." 


That bears repeating: People with no mental disorder who abused alcohol or drugs were nearly seven times as likely as those without substance abuse to commit violent acts.


Restricting the gun rights of anyone with any alcohol or drug offense history would be an important step in reducing the tens of thousands of gun-crimes and suicides that occur in our country every year.  I urge you to bring this perspective to the gun rights debates that will be happening in coming months."  


Thank you, Betsy, for this thoughtful comment.

February 25, 2013Comments (0)Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)

Comment period open for Regional Transportation investments

Susan Patterson-Sale on the Metro staff informs me that from Friday, February 22, to Monday, April 8, 2013, Metro will hold a 45-day public comment period on proposed project list changes for the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). Susan says:


"The RTP establishes a comprehensive policy direction for the regional transportation system and recommends a balanced program of transportation investments to implement that policy direction. The RTP is updated every four years, as required by federal law.  In between full updates to the RTP, it may be necessary to amend the plan in response to changing local conditions and newly adopted plans. To be eligible to build a project with federal funds, the project must first be amended into the RTP.


Comments made during this period will be presented to decision makers for consideration before taking action in May. Proposed changes to the RTP project list include projects in Washington County, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Portland, East Multnomah County and Oregon Department of Transportation projects along I-205.  You can also comment on analysis of how these changes may affect regional air quality. 


For project information or to comment online, see: www.oregonmetro.gov/rtp, mail comments to 2013 Amendments to 2035 RTP, Metro 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232, or email to rtp@oregonmetro.gov. Comments must be received by Metro by 5 p.m., Monday, April 8, 2013."

February 24, 2013

Foreclosure assistance that works

Last June, I wrote about Larry Cross and his unusual appeal for help in what has become a much-too-usual problem - threatened foreclosure on his home in SE Portland.


Last week, I received a joyful email from Larry.  He writes:


<<I signed the necessary papers today to prevent my foreclosure.

Special thanks to Kaitlin Gaffney, Constituent Services Advocate from U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley’s office.  She provided me the crucial piece of information to prevent the foreclosure:  the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative.

I completed my application on October 24.  I signed papers today, with another individual who also qualified.  She and I were the 3rd and 4th people to sign papers through the Hacienda Community Development Corporation non-profit.

The counselor noted that over 1,100 people have applied.  He stressed that others should also apply, since slots are still available.  See here to apply.


Funds came from the federal “Hardest Hit Fund.”  These funds, that prevent foreclosure, pay the arrears in full as a 5-year loan that is “forgiven” at the end of the 5-year period.  The State of Oregon maintains a “junior lien” on the property for the 5 years.  >>



As noted in a Huffington Post article,  


<<“Long a national leader in keeping its populace caffeinated, Oregon can claim bragging rights in another category: spending federal dollars to help its homeowners avoid foreclosure.


As of June 30, Oregon had drawn down $107 million of the $220 million allocated under the Hardest Hit Fund, a $7.6 billion program administered by the Treasury Department that pushes bailout dollars to housing agencies in states especially battered by the foreclosure crisis. Oregon has spent $63 million of the funds it has withdrawn, mostly in the form of no-interest loans to help unemployed homeowners make their mortgage payments, according to state housing officials.


.... Oregon -- long a national leader in espresso carts and artisanal cupcake bakers -- can add another feather to its cap. The state has proven relatively efficient at getting Hardest Hit Fund aid into the hands of residents in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure.


"We took a lot of homeowner applications at the beginning," said Margaret Van Vliet, the director of Oregon's housing finance agency, which oversees the state's program, in explaining why her state's program has distributed more aid than average. "We got out of the gate faster.">>



Margaret Van Vliet in the Huffington Post?  I know her!  She was Commissioner Fish's first Director of the Portland Housing Bureau, before moving up to the state.  Yay Margaret! Yay us!


So, there is still plenty of money left to assist qualifying homeowners in need of a new loan to prevent foreclosure.  Please pass this information to anyone who may need it.


Congratulations, Larry!  And thanks to State Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, who joined me in encouraging Larry while he worked with Senator Merkley's great staff and with responsive mortgage experts at Wells Fargo Bank.  Also to Fernando Guzman, the Hacienda CDC counselor who helped Larry negotiate the process, and the State Legislature and staff who provided assistance.  Please pass on the information to anyone who may be eligible. 

January 26, 2013Comments (0)Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)

Earned Sick Leave forum and process

About 65 people attended the forum I hosted on Earned Sick Leave on Wednesday evening.  Employers and employees of both large and small businesses, all-local through multinational corporations, participated and gave constructive feedback on the proposal, posted here.  I greatly appreciate all the input, and the constructive, courteous approach of all attendees.  Please email your comments and any suggested amendments to all members of the Council (thus comments are not open on this blog post).


I will file the Ordinance and Code proposal on Thursday 1/24, for posting on Friday prior to the hearing next Thursday, January 31st, in City Hall starting at 2 p.m.  There may be changes in the filed documents, compared with the previously posted versions, based on feedback received.


After the hearing next week, Commissioner Saltzman and I will co-chair a Task Force to identify and discuss potential amendments to the proposed Code.  I anticipate 11 - 13 people, invited by Council members to represent the broad range of stakeholder communities, meeting weekly for three weeks. A report from the Task Force will be posted.  Council members may choose to propose amendments identified in the report, or suggested by others submitted via open public input.  A second hearing will be held at the end of February to consider amendment requests, with a Council vote anticipated the first week of March.  The new standards would be implemented January 2014.


I hope the Legislature will pass a statewide Earned Sick Leave standard.  I am open to revisiting Portland's ordinance if that happens.  I will also lead the work to identify benchmarks and gather data before, during, and after implementation, likely with a monitoring committee comprised of Portland employers and employees.  If the Code is implemented in January 2014 as currently proposed, I will bring a follow-up report Council mid-2015.  I believe sick leave standards are necessary and reasonable, and I appreciate the constructive engagement of Portlanders on all sides to identify the details for the Code the Council will vote on at the end of February or beginning of March.

January 23, 2013

Earned Sick Leave Proposal

Portland City Council to consider Earned Sick Leave policy January 31st

Informational Forum scheduled for January 23rd


Although an estimated 60% of employees working in Portland are currently provided paid time off when they are ill, up to 40% of Portland’s workers can’t take even a single day off to recover from contagious diseases, accidents, or major surgery.  Some are even threatened with losing their job if they don’t show up at work due to illness.   This issue is of particular concern during the flu season, and with recent outbreaks of Norwalk virus, with illnesses spreading when people who are sick don’t stay home to recover.  But almost everyone gets sick sometimes.


Like minimum wage and safe employment conditions, ideally standards on emergency sick leave would be set by the State Legislature. The Portland City Council adopted a State Legislative Agenda this week that includes asking for statewide Paid Sick Time regulations.  In the meantime, I am proposing a local measure that would be implemented for employees working within city boundaries.  My proposal will only go into effect if the Legislature fails to adopt standards that are equal or better in safeguarding public health and employee rights.  As a retired Registered Nurse, former public school mom, and now Commissioner in charge of wellness for over 5,000 City employees, I believe protected sick leave is an important element of workplace safety and public health.


My proposal would allow employees who work in Portland for more than 240 hours in a year to earn one hour of sick time per 30 hours worked, and then use up to five days of earned sick time per year for specified emergency absences.  Employees in businesses with six or more employees would be eligible for paid sick time.  Those working in businesses with five or fewer employees would not be paid for time off due to sickness, but they would have the right to use their earned sick leave without fear of retribution.


The proposed Ordinance and Code are posted here.


I will host an informational forum next Wednesday, January 23, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the PortlandBuilding, Room C on the 2nd floor, 1120 SW 5th Avenue.  This event will give an overview of the proposed standards, with an extended question and answer opportunity.  It is a public meeting, but for review of the proposal rather than a hearing designed for proponents and opponents to advocate for or against the proposal.


The Council will hold a hearing on the proposed Protected Sick Leave Ordinance and Code on Thursday, January 31st in City Council chambers starting at 2 p.m.  


Following that hearing, I will convene a stakeholder Task Force which will meet weekly for three weeks to discuss the details and potentially propose amendments for Council members to consider presenting at the second hearing at the end of February.  Following the Council vote, administrative rules used in implementation of the new code will be adopted in collaboration with the City Attorney’s office and the state Bureau of Labor and Industries.   If adopted by City Council, the new sick leave standards would then be in effect January 1, 2014.

January 17, 2013Comments (2)Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)

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U.S. Conference of Mayors adopts Four Portland Initiatives
Expanded Coverage for Autism Treatment
City of Portland family's Kate Sinnott is Rose Festival Queen
Sunnyside Environmental School students visit City Hall
Community Empowerment Funding
Franklin HS graduation, and Kali Ladd on the City's Support for Education
Starlight Parade 2012
Comments on the new Urban Renewal Area for PSU
Visitors from Turkey
Promise Walk for Pre-eclampsia
Graffiti Cleanup with the 2012 Rose Festival Court
Lisa Jackson, EPA head, visits Portland
Why upcoming GirlStrength/WomenStrength classes matter
Congratulations, Portland Public Schools
NAMI Walk 2012
Walk to Work Day
2011 High School Graduation Rates
Buckman Pool - Budget meeting tonight
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Willamette Pedestrian Coalition Annual Meeting
Willamette River Recreation Strategy
PCC Future Connect Scholarship Program
Pirates of Madison High
President F.W. de Klerk's visit
Job openings in the 9-1-1 center
ANB Camp 49 Event
Publicizing Fundraisers
Introducing Dante J. James, Director of the Office of Equity and Human Rights
2011 By the Numbers - Report Card
East Portland Action Plan Annual Report
State Legislative Update 2/3/12
Piccolo Park Water Fountain Fundraiser
Love World Run
Earthquake Preparedness
Proposed Changes to the Portland Charter
Dr. Herman Frankel on the City Council's Corporate Personhood resolution
26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Skanner Foundation breakfast
TriMet budget survey
City Socks Drive Successful Again
56 days that changed my life
Iraqi Society of Oregon Cultural Integration Series Graduation
Great jobs in the Plumbers and Steamfitters trades
Hillsdale Mural Celebration
Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen
Willamette River Recreation Strategy - comments requested
Volunteers of America Home Free Event
Service Coordination Team Graduation
A young life lost - How you can help
Sisters of the Road Auction on now through Dec 1
Constitutional Rights of assembly and governance
Native American Heritage Month Marketplace
Patience and sleep-deprivation
City of Portland's bank use
Office of Equity and Human Rights Seeks Director - Job posting sent nationwide - please forward to qualified people who may be interested
Occupy Portland camps endanger vulnerable people
Central City Concern Homeless Action fundraiser
Emergency TEST this Wednesday Nov 9 - do NOT call 9-1-1
Spirit of Portland Awards
Clara Peoples, Mother of Junteenth in Portland
Margaret Carter PCC Technical Education Building Dedication
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Gretchen Kafoury
Occupy Portland
Letter Carriers Union Rally
Shine a Light on Addiction and Recovery
Changing Police policies and procedures
Please complete the Street Roots survey
City Internship, City Job
Improvements to the Time, Place and Manner ordinance governing liquor licensed establishments
Parkrose Centennial Celebration
Walk to End Alzheimers, Walk to Defeat ALS
Remembering 9/11/01, in Portland 2011
Gateway First Reponder Tribute and Citizen of the Year
Office of Equity Creation Hearing
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber fundraiser dinner
Sunday in the sun
Saturdays are for Service
Portland should seek relief on EPA Drinking Water mandates
My vote against the bike rental project
Equity Office Creation Ordinance, Public Review Draft
Somali American Council of Oregon
MAX Red Line successful, Ten Years on
National Night Out
Delightful Sunday Events in SW, NE, SE and North Portland
Weeding the grounds, or building community pride?
East Portland Expo Extravaganza
World Cup Winners
Apply to Serve on the Public Involvement Advisory Council
BOEC User Board citizen members
Volunteers invited for Technology Oversight Committee, and for 2011 Charter Commission
Job Opening in my Office, and other City hiring opportunities
State Legislative Update 6/24/11
Knights of Rosaria
State Legislative Update 6/19/11
State Legislative Update 6/10/11
State Legislative Update, end of May
Information on the Clean and Safe Program, for May 2011
City opens 2011 Spirit of Portland Award nominations
SB 346: Common Sense protections for callers to 9-1-1
The 9-1-1 computer: On time, under budget, and it works
Op-Ed in Street Roots on Street Performers
Vote daily to help Capitol Hill School
Parade Season kicks off on 82nd Avenue of Roses
State Legislative Update 4/29/11
Comments on JTTF Vote 4/28/11
Mid-term statistics
Hollyrood Kindergartners Cuter, Better Singers than Sam and Amanda
Portland's Homes for Heroes program
Rosemary Anderson High School's Roberta Phillip Scholars
Mud, trees, and David Douglas High students
Frosty Trio
News from the Oregon Legislature, 3/21/11
Marshall's Last Princess
Update on Wireless Facilities in neighborhoods
Another example of the benefits of the Commission form of government : the JTTF debate
2011 Charter Commission convenes today, 1/24/11
Street Roots' Analysis on Ending Homelessness
Portland Police 2011 Awards Ceremony
Thank you for using my web site
Successful Second Sock Drive
Oregon Civil Rights Stories Project
Charter Commission, Part 1
FREE Street Stories Film Festival this weekend
Apply to be on the Oversight Committee for the Historical Society Levy
Children, Parents and Partners of Prisoners
Thankful for people with the Spirit of Portland
Portland Community Media Workshop on Digital Storytelling
Updated Information on Leaf Removal Options
Monday Nov 8 Veterans' event at Reynolds High School
Citizen Involvement Statistics from the Auditor's Annual Survey
Questions/concerns about the Leaf Collection program/fee?
Help Beaumont School win a $100k grant
New Record
Congratulations, Commissioner!
Sidewalk Management Citations data
Update on Alcohol Impact Area proposal
Beautiful Mural to combat Graffiti
Proposed Alcohol Impact Area
Opting out of receiving Phone Books
Cigarette butts are a problem
National Women's Health Week
Graffiti Grants announced in Southeast Uplift
My office philosophy
West Hayden Island Resolution 7/29/10
What to do with West Hayden Island?
Funding for basic emergency services
Community Service Volunteers
Uncut version of Wireless OpEd
Council Resolution on Arizona S.B. 1070
Weekend Update
Positive events in East Portland
Great Blue Heron Week
Saving money, sending money
G.R.E.A.T. Graffiti Cleanup
Nominate citizens for the Sy Award
Council Wellness Challenge Activities
Nominate Portlanders for the Governor's Volunteer Awards
Ruffled feathers
Proposed Amendments on Schools and Parks Code Project
Please sign up for the NAMI Walk, 5/23/10
Memorial Coliseum planning
Please cut our budget
Urban beauty
Vote every day, to win Google
Actions for improving community mental health care services
New members needed for the Portland Utility Review Board
Springtime in Portland
Portland's application to Google
Regional Graffiti work
Elder Friendly
$20 million "for bike projects from sewer rates"?
Additional Public Hearing on Independent Police Review changes
Working Waterfront
What you should know about the Census
Prescription Drug Turn-in event this Saturday
Ship Photography
Southeast Uplift wins Community Solar Leadership award
Community and Police Relations work
Working River
Statement on funding for MLS soccer
Filing Non-emergency Police Reports on line
Proud of Portland's 9-1-1 service
Register and Vote
Take a fire safety quiz and help Portland Fire & Rescue
City Superheroes Support Sock Solicitation
Hawthorne Bridge
Spirit of Portland Awards feedback requested
Your Voice requested, on community information technology
Frozen stiff
Safety and Fines on the Portland Mall
Crime Statistics from Multnomah County
Hollywood Veterans' Day Parade
Crime Prevention, Business Promotion, and Community Building in Overlook
Burnside Bridge
Guidance on when to seek medical care for flu symptoms
Coming Down The Pike
Cute Blazer Fan and Terry Porter
Lower Cost Comcast Cable Options
Council Supports H.R. 676, National Health Care Act
Useful Police Services links
Useful Transportation and Street Services links
Oaks Bottom
Preparing for flu season
Sharing Public Spaces Report
Still Soaring
Comments on Transit Oriented Tax Abatement
Labor of Love and Landscaping in Lents
Prescription drug turn-in event
Our Urban Willamette
TriMet Passes for City Employees
Multnomah Days Parade, and more
Sign Up for Kids' Health Care today!
National Night Out parties
YWCA Fundraiser
Comments on the Sharing Public Spaces meetings
Interesting Article on Portland Soccer funding
Conversing about Race
City Lights
Interested in the Rose Quarter?
Restorative Listening
Marquam Bridge
Women/Children's Health Survey
Division-Clinton Parade
Comments on Bull Run water treatment
Bull Run Watershed tour
Comments on PGE Park deals
Recreational River
Yay for Portlanders!
Remember December?
Good discussion!
City of Roses
Comments on Soccer/Baseball
More Progress on Health Care
Thoughts on helping people living outside
Citizen Representative Needed
Comments on 39th/Chavez Street Renaming
Good in the Hood Parade
Good article on Neighborhood Associations
Help with Health Insurance Coverage
2009 Pride Parade
Help Affording Prescription Drugs
Renting and worried about foreclosure?
Starlight Parade
Resolution on Potential Health Impacts of Wireless Facilities
Progress on providing health care coverage for children
Parade season!
Short-term extension on Sidewalk Obstructions Ordinance
Roseway Mural Dedication
From Amanda's Mailbox, on Helping with Homelessness
Made in Oregon sign - update
World Water Day, Sunday 3/22
The Great Soccer Debate
City Council hearings
Columbia River Bridge Discussion
Westside Express Service
Radon Awareness Month - Radon in your home can kill you, and you don't need to move to fix the problem
Citizen Representatives needed - Bureau of Communications User Board
Go Blazers! - Amanda at the January 2nd Portland Trailblazers game
Visual breaks
Join my team
Barge Launch with Tom Sass