Managing public docks: Mayor Hales worked with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s River Patrol and allocated $90,000 in extra funding to address violations of the three-night maximum stay at City docks, which was generating complaints among Portlanders who use the docks for recreation. The Mayor’s Office is continuing to work with the Oregon Department of State Lands to better enforce limits on mooring in the Willamette and Columbia rivers.
Old Town/Chinatown plan: Old Town/Chinatown community, businesses and residents, came up with a five-year plan, adopted by City Council, to revive their neighborhood — an area that has been passed over by several boom times. The plan includes incentives for both affordable housing and new businesses, a healthy mix for the complete neighborhood Mayor Hales has prioritized. The Portland Development Commission this fall struck a redevelopment deal for the Grove Hotel on West Burnside and Fourth Avenue, a highly visible location in the neighborhood. And the City is funding major renovations of two other buildings in Old Town/Chinatown, and development of a vacant lot is slated to break ground in 2015.
Investing in Lents: The Lents action plan adopted by City Council will direct $20.3 million of investment in Lents Town Center over five years. Under Mayor Hales’ leadership, vacant, publicly owned land will be redeveloped to provide East Portland with more accessible amenities.
North/Northeast affordable housing: Working with Portland Development Commission and Portland Housing Bureau, Mayor Hales allocated $20 million over five years for affordable housing in North and Northeast Portland to address displacement of low-income and minority individuals and families. That increases the affordable housing budget to $36.6 million in the Interstate Urban Renewal Area. The Portland Housing Bureau conducted several community meetings with more than 450 residents, and in early 2015 will announce how money will be invested.
Parks Bond: As a city commissioner, Mayor Hales created the original Portland parks bond — the predecessor to the bond that passed with more than 72 percent support to bring $68 million into the Portland Parks system. The original bond built an indoor pool at the East Portland Community Center; developed seven city parks; acquired land for Gateway Park and Plaza; completed master plans for four new parks in East Portland; expanded Summer Free for All programs in East Portland parks; helped create Gateway Green; and brought together private partners to build a new soccer field at Parkrose High School. The new bond, approved by voters under the leadership of Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz, will repair and reopen as many as 15 play areas, repair bridges and trails, and much more.
Last Thursday: Mayor Hales’ Office has helped the popular Last Thursday event on Northeast Alberta Street strike a balance between a street festival and good neighbor, establishing and enforcing a 9 p.m. end time; noise enforcement for performers; and vendor registration and fees, which will help offset the cost of managing Last Thursday. Now the city is looking for a nonprofit to take over management of the event.
East Portland Action Plan: The East Portland Action Plan has continued to move forward, drawing rave reviews from around the nation for its collaborative approach to addressing the longstanding needs of this historically underserved portion of the city. The Mayor is seeking sustainable funding for the model.
A Home For Everyone: In 2014, Mayor Hales and Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury launched A Home For Everyone, a coordinated approach to reducing homelessness. Directed by Mark Jolin, longtime advocate for the homeless, the coalition brings together public and private agencies that can have a real impact on Portland’s persistent homelessness issues.
Environmental stewardship: Last year Portland received two awards for the city’s environmental accomplishments: Portland was one of 15 cities named a Climate Action Champion by the White House, for its 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 the community’s sustainability efforts.