6/4/14 City Flag to be lowered in honor of Maribella Willard & Lazaro Fuentes-Burgos
On Wednesday, June 4, the flag of the City of Portland will be lowered in honor of 2 children who were victims of homicide last month. Four year-old Maribella Rose Willard died alongside her father, who was suffering from mental illness. That case is closed. Four days later, 16 year-old Lazaro Fuentes-Burgos was found fatally shot inside a vehicle. Authorities are still investigating, and anyone with information should contact Portland Police.
The City flag will be lowered at City Hall, the Portland Building, Portland fire stations, the World Trade Center, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and Providence Park.
“I am saddened that we’ve lost two children this past month,” said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “Maribella was the quintessential Portland girl who loved visiting the zoo, the Portland Children’s Museum, OMSI, and the nearby park. She was supposed to start kindergarten this autumn at Beach Elementary.”
“While there are many questions around Lazaro’s death, we know that he left behind a family that loved and cared for him. I send condolences to Lazaro’s parents and to his extended family,” said Saltzman.
Also on Wednesday, Commissioner Saltzman will make remarks followed by a moment of silence in honor of Maribella and Lazaro 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 thirteenth time that the flag has been lowered.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case, and tipsters can remain anonymous. You can leave a Crime Stoppers tip online, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.
4/13/14: Press Release: Short-term rental fees and affordable housing
For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Brendan Finn, 503-823-4151
May 13, 2014
Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman to propose short-term rental fees dedicated for affordable rental housing
PORTLAND – In June 2014, Portland City Council will be considering a proposal to legalize more short-term rentals (such as Air BnB and VRBO). Part of this proposal would require short-term rentals to pay the appropriate lodging fees. Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman will propose to dedicate 25 percent of the City’s portion of those lodging fees to an affordable rental housing fund.
Commissioner Saltzman said, “We are at a tipping point in the future of Portland and we need to ensure we still retain affordable rental housing so that families who work in Portland can afford to live in Portland.” Saltzman added, “We have a crisis of availability; we need more resources to build more units to keep pace with the needs of current residents.”
Short-term rentals have the potential to exacerbate Portland’s current housing shortage of affordable rental units. Portland has the second tightest rental market in the nation behind New York City. In just the last year, Portland rents increased more than 11 percent, while family incomes have stayed flat.
Combined with the news that Air BnB’s North American Operational Headquarters in Portland will bring 160 new jobs to the city, Commissioner Saltzman’s affordable rental housing proposal creates a win-win for Portlanders.
PHAC Seeks New Members (Deadline: Friday, May 30)
April 17, 2014
Contact: Jeff Selby, Interim Public Information Officer
Portland Housing Advisory Commission Seeks New Members
Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC), a volunteer public advisory body that advises Portland Housing Bureau’s Director, Housing Commissioner, and Portland City Council on a range of housing policy and program issues, seeks new members.
The mission of the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) is to focus community resources on the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland. We accomplish this with expertise and direction from the PHAC.
PHB looks to the PHAC to bring ideas, analysis and diverse perspectives to the table; to highlight opportunities for influence between the City’s housing system and other systems; and to provide an inclusive forum for public input on housing issues. The PHAC promotes improvements within PHB and the larger housing system, advises on issues of equity in access and outcomes for Portlanders in PHB programs, and increases the profile of PHB in the community. The PHAC functions as the PHB Budget Advisory Committee, satisfying local requirements for citizen participation in the City’s annual budget process. In this role, the PHAC assists in aligning PHB’s resources—including federal funds, local general fund, and the "Affordable Housing Set-aside" of tax increment funds generated through urban renewal—to PHB's mission. The PHAC also plays a role in federal regulatory compliance.
We encourage you to apply to be a member of the PHAC or a sub-committee. Please click here for the application or find it posted here, http://www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/article/434287. Return the completed application to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), who will forward your application to the PHB. Complete instructions are available on the form.
For more information, contact Daynelle Banks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-823-3403.
3/17/14 National Window Safety Week Reminder
As the weather gets nicer and we start opening our windows, we all must do our part to help educate parents and caregivers on how they can keep children from falling out of windows.
Last week brought a special message from Chief Erin Janssens of Portland Fire & Rescue about National Window Safety Week. This week we'd like to echo the Chief's message and highlight a great book, a great video, and a great store to get the safety products you need for your family.
The moving video comes to us from one of our very own Portland firefighters and his wife regarding the fall their young son took from their second story window. We thank them for opening up and sharing their stories so that other parents do not have to go through what they have gone through. They also wrote a book for children and families called If Kids Could Float: A Window Fall Prevention Story which you can find in print or as eBook here and here.
Legacy Emanuel Hospital's Safety Center also has a safety store that "offers a variety of below-retail cost-safety products, hands-on practice and one-on-one education."
More info on all of this can also be found at the Stop at 4 Campaign website.
Portland Parks - Spring Summer 2014 Activities
Bureau of Parks and Recreation Webpage for Programming and Activities
Services Resource List (Draft)
Portland Metro Area Service Listing - Updated in March 2014
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