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
Download (PDF Document, 346kb)
Operation Safe Summer
Multiple Page Pamphlet detailing Youth Programming and Services for 2014
4/7/14 Rally for Equal Pay for Equal Work April 8
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
RALLY FOR EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK
When: Tuesday, April 8th @ 2pm
Where: Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave.
In recognition of National Equal Pay Day, Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, advocates, and fellow elected officials will rally for the effort to create pay equity for all Oregon workers, sick days as a mandatory right for all workers in Oregon, and the removal of the state’s minimum wage preemption for cities.
“Among many of the efforts to improve workers’ lives, Portland City Council enacted mandatory sick leave last year and now we must move beyond the borders of Portland and ensure that all Oregonians have this fundamental right,” said Commissioner Saltzman. He will join workers, advocates, as well as local and state elected officials in urging our state legislature to make sick days, equal pay, and an adequate minimum wage a right for all working Oregonians.
Contact: Brendan Finn or Stacy Brewster
Phone: (503) 823-4151
3/31/14 City Flag to Be Lowered in Honor of Abused Toddler
On Wednesday, April 2, the flag of the City of Portland will be lowered in honor of 2 year-old Coltin J. Salsbury who died in a motel bathroom on SE 82nd Avenue from physical abuse sustained from his mother’s boyfriend. The suspect has been indicted on murder and assault charges. 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.
“It is unconscionable and unbelievable to me that someone could hurt a child to the point of death,” said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “If there’s an inkling of abuse or neglect, get the child out of the situation immediately. Don’t wait for things to calm down or to get better.”
Also on Wednesday, Commissioner Saltzman will make remarks followed by a moment of silence in honor of Coltin at the 9:30am Portland City Council meeting at Portland City Hall.
The month of April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which acknowledges the role of families and communities in keeping children safe. Last year, Portland Police Child Abuse Team investigated 294 cases of felony child abuse. All Portlanders can have a positive impact on a child by mentoring or volunteering.
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 twelfth time that the flag has been lowered.
If you know of or suspect abuse, call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-509-5439. If you witness abuse, call 911.
Office of Commissioner Dan Saltzman
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 230
Portland, OR 97204