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Two new parks for East Portland

On Thursday, I announced that Portland Parks & Recreation will be investing over $12 million from funds paid by developers of new construction, to build two new parks in East Portland.  Full details here.


Over the next few weeks, there will be further announcements about investments to expand parks facilities in every neighborhood district/coalition area of Portland.  I appreciate the input of community parks enthusiasts who have helped prioritize where to spend scarce resources.  While the amount available is far short of the $400 million needed to provide all the needed facilities on the Parks Capital Improvement Project list, it is wonderful to be able to get started on addressing the backlog.


Please note that this source of funds, System Development Charges, may only be used for new construction, by state law.  It may not be used for maintenance or programs.  Thanks to an ordinance passed by Council in 2006, all new Parks facilities are allocated additional General Fund ongoing funds to pay for operations and maintenance of the new feature.  So adding new parks does not increase the $450 million deficit in Parks maintenance for the entire portfolio of 206 parks citywide.

February 1, 2014Comments (0)Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)

Volunteers needed for Golf Advisory Committee

Portland Parks and Recreation and I seek new members for the Golf Advisory Committee


The 10 member Golf Advisory Committee advises the Parks & Recreation Director and the Commissioner in Charge of Parks on Golf program related matters.  These include the Golf program’s Strategic Plan, operating budget and capital improvement projects, concession sales, management and lease contracts and proposals, marketing of the system, attracting more participants, and any other matter that furthers the public interest toward the development and operation of one of the best municipal golf systems in the country. 


Members of this Committee are appointed to a three year term.  Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at noon.  Serving on the Committee provides members with complimentary passes to allow each volunteer to play at each of the five public golf courses once each season (20 passes annually), in order to be aware of conditions, needs and opportunities at each course.


Our 90 year old system is one of the best in the nation. Our public courses provide affordable recreation, and multiple environmental and neighborhood benefits on more than 600 acres of valuable urban open space.  People representing underserved communities, such as youth, socioeconomically-disadvantaged players, and diverse areas of the city are especially encouraged to apply.


I would like to hear from anyone who is interested in preserving and expanding this legacy for generations to come by serving on the Golf Advisory Committee.  Please contact Tim Crail in my office at 503-823-3988 to request an interest form.  Applications are due no later than noon on Wednesday, January 8.   I hope you will share this invitation with those who may be interested. 

December 18, 2013Comments (0)Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)

Volunteers needed for Adjustment Committee and Historic Review Commission

The Bureau of Development Services and I seek volunteers to serve on two important community advisory groups that make decisions on development applications.


The Adjustment Committee holds public hearings to consider appeals of Adjustment decisions rendered by Bureau of Development Services staff.  Adjustments are requests to modify the development standards of the Portland Zoning Code (Title 33).  The Adjustment Committee meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, if necessary, during normal business hours.  Each meeting typically lasts approximately 2 to 3 hours.


Committee members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed  The terms are a maximum of four years with a maximum of two full terms.  The Committee consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office.  The Committee must include three persons representing the public at large; two members in urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture; and two members experienced in engineering, financing, construction, building management or land development.


There are currently two vacant Adjustment Committee positions.  One must be filled by an individual representing the public at large (not from one of the named professions), the other by a professional representing engineering, financing, construction, building management or land development interests.




The Historic Landmarks Commission hears proposals for large scale infill and new development in Historic Preservation and Conservation Districts.  They also review appeals of smaller scale proposals to existing designated Landmarks, and alterations to existing structures in Historic Preservation and Conservation Districts.  The Historic Landmarks Commission meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month, during normal business hours.  The meetings can last from 2 to 4 hours each time.


Commission members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed.  The terms are a maximum of four years with a maximum of two full terms.  The Commission consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office.  The Commission must include a historian with knowledge of local history; an architectural historian; an architect; two members from the following: landscape architecture, real estate, construction, community development, urban planning, archeology, law, finance, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, or related disciplines; and two members at-large.


There are currently two vacant positions on the Historic Landmarks Commission, both in the "public at large" category.


Applications should be submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement with a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest, background and experience, or a resume.  Applications should be submitted by January 8, 2014.


Applications from underrepresented communities such as people with disabilities, bilingual and/or bicultural individuals, and community/neighborhood advocacy groups are particularly welcome.  Appointments are made by Council, with recommendations from the Commissioner in Charge (me!) and my staff.


We hope to have the positions filled in January 2014, with a potential start date at the end of January 2014 for the Historic Landmarks Commission, and February 2014 for the Adjustment Committee.  For more information about the Adjustment Committee, please contact Douglas Hardy with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7816, or Douglas.Hardy@portlandoregon.gov


For more information about the Historic Landmarks Commission, please contact Tim Heron with the Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7726, or Tim.Heron@portlandoregon.gov.


Interested citizens should contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement at 503-823-4519 for the application form.  The form may also be accessed through the ONI website at www.portlandonline.com/oni.


December 18, 2013Comments (0)Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)

Response to mistletoe selling without a permit

The following is the response I sent earlier this week to Ashton Root and his daughter Madison, the Lake Oswego family who felt the young girl should not have to comply with Portland's regulations:


Dear Ashton,


Thank you for your message.  I hope you agree that rules should apply to everyone.  As I was raising my three children, and even now that they are in their twenties, I have found things go better if the rules are clear and evenly applied.


Saturday Market is a commercial venture where people selling goods and services pay a permit fee to be part of a magnet that attracts buyers from all over the Metro region as well as tourists.  It would not be reasonable to charge a vendor in the Market to sell mistletoe, while allowing anyone to sell just outside the Market area without a permit. 


Portland Parks has a permit/license agreement with Saturday Market. They control who gets to sell what at the Market.  Your daughter should contact Saturday Market to them about permission to sell mistletoe at the Market.  Their web site is here: http://www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com.  My understanding is that your daughter was told by Saturday Market’s security that she couldn’t sell there, not by Parks Rangers or Portland Police.


Portland’s parks are public spaces where permits are required to sell goods and services.  Otherwise, parks all over the city could be full of vendors every day, potentially impacting the park experience for those who go to get away from the hustle and bustle of life in a big city.


Oregonians value free speech and freedom of expression.  Our Constitution gives more weight to these values than the United States Constitution.  People are allowed to ask for money, to play bucket drums and ask for tips, and to ask for signatures on ballot measures, both in parks and on sidewalks.


It would be legal for your daughter to stand near Saturday Market with bags of mistletoe and a sign that said, “Mistletoe – donations welcome.”   When I was a little older than your daughter and began my career by earning money babysitting, I did not set a fixed price per hour for my services.  I told those who hired me that whatever they felt was fair was fine with me.  I found that I was paid more than my contemporaries who charged a fixed amount per hour.  Your daughter may find that she makes more money suggesting she would welcome donations than by selling at a fixed price.


I hope this clarifies the rules for both Saturday Market and Parks/sidewalk policies.  One component in success in business is knowing the rules and following them.  I trust that the publicity this experience has garnered will help your daughter’s sales. I look forward to the day when dental care will be covered by the Affordable Care Act, so no child or parent has to worry about how to pay for braces. 






Follow-up: Portland Saturday Market leaders contacted the Root family and offered a free permit for her to sell within the market.  The Oregonian's Shane Kavanaugh reported on additional outcomes:



December 7, 2013Comments (1)Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)

Winter Shelter options

Severe Weather Notice: The National Weather Service forecasts overnight lows between 12° and 24° F, lower with wind chill, for the evenings of Thursday, December 5th, Friday, December 6th, Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th, 2013.

Anyone seeking shelter should contact 211info, reached by dialing 2-1-1. 211info will be available to identify shelter and warming center resources 24/7.
Additionally, shelter information is available at www.211info.org.

Service providers who would like to update information about services they offer during Severe Weather Notices, please call Troy Hammond at (503) 504-9867.

In addition to existing year-round facilities, the following warming center facilities are available:

Family Winter Shelter
12505 NE Halsey Street, Portland Oregon (on Halsey near 126th Avenue)
This is a walk-in facility. It is not necessary to call beforehand. No one will be turned away.
Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM
Serves: Families with children under 18 and women in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy

Women’s Winter Shelter
Check availability at Bud Clark Commons, 650 NW Irving,
Walk in Mon-Fri 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Sat/Sun 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
or call 503-280-4700
Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM
Serves: Single women

Red Cross Severe Weather Emergency Warming Center at Imago Dei Church
1302 Ankeny Street, (near 13th Avenue in Inner SE)
This is a walk-in facility. Pets allowed, some space for carts, accessible location
Evenings of Thursday, December 5th, Friday, December 6th and Sunday, December 8th
Hours: 9:00 PM - 7:00 AM
Serves: Families, single adults, and youths
Transportation: Bus #12, 19 and 20 from Union Gospel Mission

Red Cross Severe Weather Emergency Warming Center at Shaarie Torah
920 NW 25th Avenue at Lovejoy
This is a walk-in facility. Pets allowed, some space for carts.
Evening of Saturday, December 7th
Hours: 9:00 PM - 7:00 AM
Serves: Families, single adults, and youths
Transportation: Bus #20 and NS Streetcar Line from Union Gospel Mission

Union Gospel Mission
15 NW 3rd Avenue, 503-228-0319
This is a walk-in facility.
Evenings Thursday, December 5th through and including Sunday, December 8th
Hours: 9:30 PM - 6:00 AM
Serves: Families, single adults, and youths

Sanctuary Church – Anawim Christian Community
19626 NE Glisan Street
Evenings of Thursday, December 5th and Friday, December 6th
Hours: 8pm-8am
Serves: Single men and women, very limited space for families

St John’s Covenant Church
6265 N Columbia Way
Evening of Thursday, December 5th
Hours: Meal served at 7pm, shelter open from 8pm-8am
Serves: Single men and women, very limited space for families

The following expanded day center service is available during the Severe Weather Notice:

Red and Black Cafe
400 SE 12th Avenue, 503-231-3899
Provides warming space in cafe, no purchase necessary
Thursday, December 5th through and including Sunday, December 8th
Hours: 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Serves: All

Rose Haven
627 NW 18th Avenue, 503-248-6364
Thursday, December 5th and Friday, December 6th
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Serves: Women and children

Saint André Bessette Catholic Church (Downtown Chapel)
601 W Burnside Street, 503-228-0746
Provides hot beverages, some snacks and movies
Thursday, December 5th and Friday, December 6th
Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Serves: Adults

Union Gospel Mission
15 NW 3rd Avenue, 503-228-0319
This is a walk-in facility. Meal will be served.
Thursday, December 5th through and including Monday, December 9th
Hours: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Serves: Families, single adults, and youths

Please call 211info with questions regarding other shelter and transportation resources.

December 5, 2013

Really really interesting statistics

At the City Council's first Budget session for the 2014-15 fiscal year, we were treated to informational presentations from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the state of Oregon, and polling expert Adam Davis of DHM consultants.  Really, really interesting.  Honestly.  Please read them, and post comments below.


Portland Jobs Analysis 2013 (Powerpoint presentation)



Portland Today – Council Work Session Slides



Job Polarization Study



Oregon Opinions Survey 2013



There is also information from the City Budget Office, which gives the good news that there is likely to be a small amount of money above current service level costs, in the next budget.


FY 2014-15 Budget Outlook




November 6, 2013Comments (0)Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)

Landlord Education Classes

Fall 2013 Landlord Training classes


The Bureau of Development Services, Portland Police Bureau, and Portland Fire and Rescue will hold four training sessions for landlords, on 11/16, 11/19, 12/14, and 2/16.  The content is the same at each, just pick the time and location most convenient for you. 


The training will help individuals be effective property managers, become aware of maintenance obligations, and learn techniques to stop the spread of illegal activity and property damage on rental property. If you would like to register for a class, please click here.  The trainings are provided without cost to attendees.

November 6, 2013

Agreement reached on moving the historic Rayworth House

Press release issued on 9/16/13:


On Friday, September 13, 2013, Portland Parks & Recreation, Roy and Kim Fox, and the Boise and Humboldt Neighborhood Associations entered into an agreement to save the historic Rayworth House while also protecting street trees. The agreement formalizes a modified move route for the house, and a commitment to assess the actual (rather than estimated) impacts to trees when the move of the house is completed, now limited to $10,000. The date for the move has yet to be finalized but is expected to occur in the next week.

For the past ten days, City staff in Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Bureau of Transportation, and Commissioner Amanda Fritz's office have worked diligently to locate a revised moving route which will have much less impact to trees. The moving permit, to be finalized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation later this week, reduces significant damage from up to 16 trees on the original route, to nine or fewer with the route revisions identified by City staff. The initial estimate for mitigation costs on the original route was over $50,000.

The City has estimated the cost of tree impacts along the revised route for moving the Rayworth House at $30,000, but has offered to limit the maximum mitigation fee to $10,000 even if more compensation would be required when trees are damaged or removed as the house moves. The adjacent Neighborhood Associations will be partnering to facilitate planting of more street trees, reducing the long-term impact of trees removed or pruned by the move.

"Our community's values include both historic preservation and protection of neighbors' interests along the moving route," said Commissioner Fritz. "Safeguarding and caring for trees is a core component of Portland Parks & Recreation's mission, managed by our Urban Forestry department.  Street trees are an important public resource for everyone in Portland, providing shade and wildlife habitat, filtering rainwater and cooling our City, while enhancing livability and property values for adjacent neighbors. I'm glad we are able to protect more trees, save this historic house, and be responsive to the desires of the neighbors and historic preservation advocates. I also appreciate Commissioner Novick's role with the Portland Bureau of Transportation in approving the permit for the move, and his recognition of the range of public values involved."

All parties extend their thanks to property developer Andre Koshuba, who has graciously postponed the home's previously planned demolition several times. The home is believed to have been built in 1890 by Edwin Rayworth.

September 16, 2013Comments (2)Post a Comment (Sign-In Required)

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

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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