3/6/14 City Employees Fight Hunger With First Repack Event
Portland’s City Hall Atrium will be a beehive of activity as over 50 employees from City of Portland offices and bureaus across the city, including Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Dan Saltzman, will volunteer their time to repackage and label health bars for the Oregon Food Bank. The repackaged bars will then be distributed to hundreds of food pantries serving low-income residents.
The Oregon Food Bank believes that hunger is solved by everyone working together. This event, coinciding with a two-week food drive going on now through March 11 at Portland City Hall and the Portland Building, is designed to increase hunger awareness and inspire individuals to help.
“Thousands of Portland residents face hunger every day,” said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “Around this time of year, the bounty of holiday donations begins to dwindle and food pantries look to fortify their shelves. We at the City want to do our part.”
WHEN: Friday, March 7, 2014, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WHERE: Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave, Ground Floor Atrium
CONTACT: Stacy Brewster, Commissioner Saltzman’s Office
(503) 823-4151 or email@example.com
1/27/14 Announcement: Hiring of a Compliance Officer & Community Liaison
The U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Portland have entered into an agreement to ensure that encounters between the City’s police officers and persons experiencing mental illness do not result in an unreasonable use of force. A key part of that agreement is the hiring of a Compliance Officer & Community Liaison (COCL).
Please read about the announcement of Requests for Resumes and Letters of Interest for this important position.
1/14/13 Press Release: New Funds Available for Affordable Rental Housing Development
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12/20/13 Notice of DOJ Settlement Agreement Fairness Hearing
Notice of Department of Justice Settlement Agreement Fairness Hearing
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m., Courtroom 13B
United States District Court, District of Oregon
1000 SW Third Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
For more information see this link http://ord.uscourts.gov/fh .To read more about the hearing and access a form to submit testimony regarding this matter please see the following attachments:
11/5/13 City Flag to be lowered in honor of 15-year-old Abukar Madey
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
On Wednesday, November 6, the flag of the City of Portland will be lowered in honor of 15 year-old Abukar Madey, who was a victim of homicidal violence. The City flag will be lowered at City Hall, the Portland Building, the World Trade Center, Pioneer Courthouse Square, at Jeld-Wen Field, and at several fire stations.
“Abukar had just turned 15 years old a few days before his life was cut short,” said Commissioner Dan Saltzman. "All of us feel the pain of losing this child, especially the Somali community."
Also on Wednesday, Commissioner Saltzman will make remarks in honor of Abukar at the 9:30am Portland City Council meeting at Portland City Hall.
City Council approved a resolution in April 2009 to lower the City’s flag in honor of children who die from abuse, neglect, or homicidal violence. This marks the eleventh time that the flag has been lowered for this purpose.
8/29/13 Statement on Proposed Fire Sprinkler Ordinance
In order to make certain that the public is safe, and potentially save lives, I am proposing an ordinance that would require all Portland nightclubs to have fire sprinkler suppression systems regardless of when they opened for business.
Mayor Hales assigned me oversight of Portland Fire & Rescue a little over 2 months ago and in that intervening time my staff and I have been attempting to get up to speed on the incredibly diverse and important work your firefighters perform every day. One very important role they perform that doesn't get a lot of attention is inspecting the buildings and facilities we all use to make sure they are safe. This is performed under the authority of Portland Fire Marshal Nate Takara's office and is vital to keeping Portland safe.
However a gap in this system has come to my attention and I believe it is time to fill that gap. It can be a bit technical, so bear with me. There are different occupancy classifications for different uses of buildings and facilities. All bars and nightclubs are considered an A2 occupancy. And if you wanted to open up a new bar or nightclub that had capacity for over 100 people you'd have to make sure that building had a fire suppression sprinkler system. Falling in the gap are bars and nightclubs that have been operating before the A2 sprinkler requirement was put on the books and didn’t have to install fire sprinkler suppression systems.
I believe the unique characteristics of nightclubs (loud music, large crowds, intoxicated patrons) pose a serious safety concern and should be required to install fire suppression sprinkler systems regardless of when they opened for business. The documents here on my website are the ordinance I filed with City Council for the 2:00 PM hearing September 4, 2013 as well as some Frequently Asked Questions that can provide more insight on this proposal.
I will note that the majority of nightclubs are already operating in buildings with fire suppression sprinkler systems and the universe of property owners and businesses this new regulation will impact looks to be less than 20, although the final number will not be known until a new round of inspections occurs in the coming months.
As always please feel free to contact me regarding this and any issue your city government is involved with. If you have more specific questions about this nightclub sprinkler requirement, please contact my Policy Manager Matt Grumm – (503) 823-4151, firstname.lastname@example.org -- for more information.