TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2014 — In his second year as mayor, Charlie Hales has worked to fulfill his “back to basics” promise — taking care of basic infrastructure and achieving financial stability — while also refocusing the Police Bureau on community policing and ensuring opportunity for all Portlanders. An overview of Mayor Hales’ progress, by the numbers:
15 uniforms donated by Nike to the East African All Stars basketball team, after the Somali American Council of Oregon, active in city public safety and economic development groups, asked Mayor Hales for help.
100 miles of city street fog sealed or re-paved per Mayor Hales’ “back to basics promise,” compared to around 30 miles repaved before the mayor took office in January 2013.
10 Portland Police Bureau officers assigned to walking beats in downtown and on Southeast Hawthorne. After the successful pilot, Mayor Hales has a goal of expanding walking beats to more neighborhoods.
2,000 contacts with people experiencing by police officers on walking beats, which Mayor Hales revived in an effort to re-focus on community policing. Walking beat officers wrote just 21 citations in summer 2014.
50 protesters with the group Don’t Shoot Portland, which organized a series of demonstrations in downtown this winter, met face-to-face with Mayor Hales to discuss their concerns.
25 community leaders met with the future Police Chief Larry O’Dea and Mayor Hales shortly after the announcement of a smooth transition in Police Bureau leadership to discuss community interests and issues.
65 mayors with the U.S. Conference of Mayors Cities of Opportunity coalition, including Mayor Hales, called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
2 awards for Portland’s environmental accomplishments: One of 15 cities named a Climate Action Champion by the White House, for our greenhouse gas reduction and climate change mitigation; and one of 10 cities awarded a City Climate Leadership Award from C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group for our sustainable community efforts.
194 use-of-force incidents in the third quarter of 2014, down from 450 in 2008. New police training emphasizes de-escalation techniques.
20,500 soccer fans attended the Major League Soccer All-Star Game at Providence Park, drawing the world’s eyes to Portland to watch the best domestic players of the American league play the Bayern München football club of Germany.
1,300 single-family short-term rental units legalized with policy reform addressing vacation rental businesses like Airbnb and HomeAway. 2,085 multi-family units will be legalized after final City Council approval of policy, expected at the beginning of 2015.
$75,000 budgeted for a mental health specialist in the fall supplemental budget to aid police reform and assist the city as a whole in addressing those in mental health crisis.
20 representatives with the Police Bureau, U.S. Department of Justice, local hospitals, coordinated care organizations, and state and county health departments convened by Mayor Hales planning an emergency psychiatric center for people in mental health crisis, a part of an effort to address the region’s mental health needs.
4 individuals and organizations honored by the mayor with a Spirit of Portland Award, including the Andre Baugh, Amber Starks, Rosewood Initiative, and Portland Mercado.
$10.1 million of unspent resources from last fiscal year available to budget, thanks to conservative budgeting under Mayor Hales. When he took office, Mayor Hales confronted the city’s largest-ever budget deficit — $21.5 million — and balanced the budget.
$20.3 million invested by Portland Development Commission in Lents Town Center, with the goal of making the East Portland neighborhood more complete with easily accessible amenities.
3 values guiding budget development: Equity and Opportunity, bolstering economic and housing opportunity for all Portlanders, as well as equity in service delivery; Complete Neighborhoods, extending Portland’s vaunted livability to more areas of the City; Emergency Preparedness, equipping bureau operations and our citizens to better withstand a disaster.
$20 million committed to affordable housing in North and Northeast Portland; Mayor Hales attended community meetings and met with community leaders to discuss how to properly allocate the funds.
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200 low-income students participated in Shop with a Cop. For 12 years the partnership between the Police Bureau and Fred Meyer has ensured youths can show up to the first day of school looking and feeling their best.
109 gang-related incidents of violence, including a spike in violence during the summer, prompted the North and Northeast Portland community to form an “Enough is Enough” campaign, supported by Mayor Hales and his Office of Youth Violence Prevention, as a stand against that violence in their neighborhoods.
100 neighborhoods marked National Night Out with picnics and gatherings, demonstrating their commitment to safety and community.
$1 million budgeted to support human trafficking survivors through partnerships with the Police Bureau and service providers.
1,600 city workers represented the District Council of Trade Unions, a coalition of 7 unions, reached a four-year contract agreement with the city.
$44 million of new revenue proposed, in partnership with Commissioner Steve Novick, to maintain and repair crumbling streets, and to build needed safety infrastructure.