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Help, Hope for Housing

City Hall Exhibit Celebrates Housing Program

TUESDAY, AUG. 13, 2013 – The Portland Housing Bureau works to address the unmet housing needs of the people o fPortland. One way the bureau does that is by preserving existing affordable homes, particularly those serving seniors and people with disabilities.

Exhibit at City HallIn 2008, the bureau identified 11 privately owned buildings at risk of losing their affordability by 2013. Because of their highly desirable locations, more than 700 affordable homes were susceptible to being converted to market-rate rentals or sold as condominiums, displacing vulnerable residents.

Exhibit at City HallAn exhibition of the 11x13 Project is on display in the atrium, first floor of City Hall,1221 S.W. Fourth Ave. To learn more about the project, go to the City Housing Bureau's webpage.

National Night Out – Tuesday, Aug. 6

Great Opportunity to Celebrate Portland and to Keep Neighborhoods Safe

Firefighters at NNOTHURSDAY, AUG. 8, 2013 – Portlanders from all corners of the community came out Tuesday to celebrate the 30th annual National Night Out by connect or reconnecting with neighbors.

Details are available at

“Yes, this is an opportunity to take back our streets, and to send a message about lawlessness, but it’s also an opportunity find out more about our great city,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “Step 1: Pick a neighborhood and have fun. Step 2: Make our community safer. Through National Night Out, we can do both!”

The Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement has helped Portlanders celebrate National Night Out.

Chief Reese at NNONational Night Out promotes crime and drug prevention in neighborhoods around the nation, on the first Tuesday in August every year, for the last 30 years. When neighbors gather and know one another it sends a message to criminals that the neighborhood is strong, organized, and people care what happens.

To see a list of National Night Out events in Portland, click here.  

mayor at picnic

Peninsula Park

First LadyAvel Gordly

Independence Day

Portland Fire & Rescue Ask You to Enjoy the 4th Safely and Legally

WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2013 – Portland Fire & Rescue wants to take this time to remind Portlanders to enjoy their holiday safely and legally.

Fire Chief Erin JanssensEach year, people come together on the Fourth of July not only to celebrate America’s freedom, but also to spend time with family and friends, barbeque and maybe even set off a few fireworks. 

Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens said it’s easy to remember which fireworks are OK, and which cross the safety line. “Oregon law bans possession, use, or sale of any fireworks that fly, explode, travel more than one foot into the air, or more than six feet on the ground,” Janssens said. “These fireworks are illegal.”

Why are most fireworks illegal in Oregon?  It’s not rocket science: Oregon law states that fireworks outside the definition listed by the chief are dangerous and strictly limit the use of these to professional displays only. 

Illegal fireworks cause:

• Countless injuries including trauma and burns from unplanned explosions

• Reoccurring trauma to many returning veterans suffering the effects of their service to the nation

• Enormous property loss each year by causing fires to residences, landscape, and wildland

• Emotional trauma and anxiety to many small children and animals, who are especially vulnerable

• Environmental pollution, measureable in both air and noise

Portland Fire Commissioner Dan Saltzman said geography plays a role in the confusion. “In Portland, our difficulty is that many of the fireworks that are illegal in Oregon are legal in Washington and readily available to anyone who can drive across the Columbia River,” he said.

Given the physical, emotional, environmental, and economic costs, as the population becomes more aware about these real consequences, it will become increasingly clear that illegal fireworks in the hands of amateurs is no longer '”patriotic.”

“Of special note this year: with our recent extremely hot and dry weather, the risk of fire from both legal and illegal fireworks has increased,” Commissioner Saltzman added.

As in past years, Portland Fire & Rescue will conduct "Operation Lower the Boom" to address illegal fireworks.

“In addition to a public information campaign, we will work with Portland Police to confiscate illegal fireworks and fine offenders,” Chief Janssens said. “I encourage you to report illegal firework activity through the City’s non-emergency number, (503) 823-3333.” 

PF&R supports this time of celebration with our families and friends, and looks forward to watching the professional displays in our region. These displays are well planned events conducted by professionals in low-hazard areas.  People wishing to avoid the noise of these explosions can plan ahead to protect themselves and their loved ones.  However, people should be able to trust that their neighbors will obey the laws and not place them in jeopardy through this illegal activity. Also, for those intent on breaking the law, know that it is not safe to "go outside of the city." In addition to the physical risks and emotional anxiety, fireworks represent an enormous fire hazard to parks, forests, and the wildlife living there. 

“PF&R’s goal is to make the 4th of July safe and enjoyable for all,” Janssens said. “Please help keep your neighborhood safe and pleasant by not bringing illegal fireworks to Oregon, and educating the Oregonians you know about the law (and the dangers) before they buy illegal fireworks.”

Summer's Here - Ain't It Cool?

Tips for having fun and staying safe in summer heat

JULY 2, 2013 – Summer is here, and with it comes hot weather.

Portland Parks & Recreation reminds everyone that it’s possible to have fun and stay safe.

“Summer is a wonderful time to experience what Portland Parks & Recreation has to offer,” Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz said. “From our community centers, camps, classes and the Summer Free for All series of movies and concerts in our parks, there is plenty to choose from.”

Fritz encouraged all park-goers to follow the Parks & Recreation guidelines for staying healthy and having fun:

• Stay hydrated: Water works best, and you should drink at least 8 glasses per day (8 oz. each, drink more if you are working, playing or exercising.)

• Sleep well: Rest is important to the daily recovery of muscles and your body and brain function.

• Choose food wisely: A sugar rush is usually followed by sugar burnout, about 30 minutes later. Instead, choose whole food proteins, healthy fats and natural sources of carbohydrates. If it wasn’t around a thousand years ago or is made by man (and not nature), chances are you don’t need it.

For more smart food choices, please see

• Don’t burn: Remember to pack and use sunscreen.

• Cooling centers: People in need of heat relief are encouraged to visit or to call 211 for the locations of cooling centers in your area. Other places to get out of the heat include Portland Parks & Recreation Communty Centers, libraries, shopping malls, and nonprofit organizations.


City’s Water


Our H20 is NOT too low: The Portland Water Bureau assures us that Portland’s current water use is normal for this time of year.

The Bull Run reservoirs have plenty of water to meet the higher summer demand that comes with hot weather.

Anyone with questions can call the Portland Water Bureau Customer Service Center at (503) 823-7770.


Keep Cool In a PP&R Pool


Portland Parks & Rec pools offer open play swims, water exercise classes, junior lifeguard training, junior swim training, summer swim teams, and special events.

For more information on how to register for swimming lessons or participate in other summer activities, contact the pool in your area or the Aquatic Administration Office at (503) 823-5130.

Outdoor Pools:

Creston Pool

(503) 823-3672

4454 SE Powell

Grant Pool

(503) 823-3674

2300 NE 33rd

Montavilla Pool

(503) 823-3675

8219NE Glisan

Peninsula Pool

(503) 823-3677

700 NPortland

Pier Pool

(503) 823-3678

9341N. St. Johns

Sellwood Pool

(503) 823-3679

7951 SE 7th

Wilson Pool

(503) 823-3680

1151SW Vermont

Indoor Pools:

Buckman Pool


320 SE 16th



(503) 823-3669

7701 N   Chautauqua Blvd

Dishman Pool

(503) 823-3673

77 NE Knott

East PortlandPool

(503) 823-3450

740 SE 106th

Mount Scott Pool

(503) 823-3183

5530 SE 72nd

Southwest Pool

(503) 823-2840

6820 SW 45th


Splash Pads are Open


Portland Parks & Recreation’s splash pads around the city are open to help you stay cool. Through the end of September, hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Splash pads at the following parks are open:

Columbia Park - North Lombard & Woolsey
Essex Park - SE 79th & Center
Earl Boyles Park - SE 112th & Boise
Elizabeth Caruthers Park - 3508 SW Moody
Farragut Park - North Kerby & Farragut
Grant Park - NE 33rd & US Grant Place
Kenton Park - 8417 North Brandon
McCoy Park- North Trenton & Newman
Northgate Park - North Geneva & Fessenden
Peninsula Park - 700 North Rosa Parks Way
Pier Park - North Lombard & Bruce
Raymond Park- SE 188th & Raymond
Stark Street Island - SE 106th & Stark
Woodlawn Park - NE 13th & Dekum


For more information, call (503) 823-5300 or visit


Mayor Welcomes Microsoft to Downtown

Store Opens in Pioneer Pace

Microsoft openingTHURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013 – Mayor Charlie Hales was on hand to welcome the new 3,200-square-foot Microsoft store, which opened at 300 S.W. Yamhill St., at Pioneer Place in downtown Portland.

Microsoft capped the morning by giving out $1.25 million in software grants to Impact Northwest, Central City Concern and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

The first 200 customers in line also netted tickets to the Microsoft-sponsored Weezer concert Friday evening at Pioneer Courthouse Square and passes for a meet-and-greet with the band.


Dancing at Microsoft opening