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Notice of Receipt of Ballot Title (11/13/2013)


Notice is hereby given that a ballot title for an initiative petition has been filed with the Elections Office of the City of Portland on November 13, 2013.

The City Auditor has determined this measure meets the requirements of Article IV, Section 1 (2) (D) of the Oregon Constitution. An elector may file a petition for review of this ballot title in the Multnomah County Circuit Court no later than 5:00 P.M. on Friday, November 22, 2013.

The ballot title is as follows:


Amends Charter: Imposes trust over water resources, additional City responsibilities.


Shall trust be established, requiring Portland to protect and manage water, sewer resources for human residents, natural communities and ecosystems?



Amends Charter. Establishes trust over all water bodies within City's full or partial jurisdiction and control including Bull Run Watershed, Columbia and Willamette Rivers, other watersheds, wetlands, floodplains, ponds, and current water, sewer projects and infrastructure. Identifies "City of Portland" (defined) as trustee. Trust beneficiaries are present and future residents of the City who represent the interests of "natural communities" and "ecosystems" (defined). "Residents" defined as human beings, not other legal entities.

Residents have right to clean, affordable water. Natural communities and ecosystems granted the "right to exist and flourish." (undefined)

Current Charter provides City with powers, duty to make laws and expenditures to provide water, sewer services. Measure imposes significant new duties, restrictions on City, requires affirmative actions by City regarding water resource management. Residents may bring private lawsuits to enforce trust, rights of natural communities and ecosystems, recover fees, costs. Persons, other entities referred for criminal prosecution for intentionally manipulating scientific results, reports. Requires rules for whistleblower protection; other enforcement provisions.

Ordinances inconsistent with measure repealed; inconsistent permit terms invalidated. Other provisions.