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Aug. 2, 2010 Community Engagement Town Hall Listening Session Summary (Text)

Tally of Participant Votes

Community Engagement Town Hall Listening Session

August 2, 2010

 

NOTE: The following is a summary of issues raised by community representatives during the August 2nd listening session meeting and from online submissions after the listening session was conducted. Participants were asked to indicate what Portland geographic area they represented when they voted on their top 3 priority issues. The areas noted on this summary are North (N), Northeast (NE), East (E), Inner Southeast (SE), Southwest (SW), West (W), Central City and Citywide.  The votes for each issue and the geographic area(s) for each voter are noted on this summary.    

 

Portland Plan Topic Area(s)

Issue

Votes

Geographic Area

1.Prosperity & Business Success and Arts, Culture & Innovation

Increase state and city tax incentives to recruit film and video companies to Oregon

9

4-citywide

2-citywide

1-N

1-NE

1-SW

2.Neighborhoods & Housing

Address affordable housing and homelessness

8

3-W

3-citywide

2-NE

3.Human Health, Food & Public Safety and Equity, Civic Engagement & Quality of Life

Limit number of liquor licenses that can be issued within a certain neighborhood for certain establishments (for example: strip clubs) taking into account the ratio between the number of residents and the number of liquor licenses issued 

7

6-N

1-SW

4.Sustainability & the Natural Environment; Transportation, Technology & Access and Design, Planning and Public Spaces

Advocate for a state law protecting adjacent property owners from liability issues associated with public walkways and trails

6

1-SE

4-SW

1-W

5.Equity, Civic Engagement & Quality of Life

Assure that addressing equity occurs and is a transparent process that includes performance measurements to ensure accountability

6

3-NE

1-E

1-N

1-citywide

6.Other –Financial Reform 

Advocate for kicker reform

6

3-citywide

1-NW

1-NE-SW

7.Equity, Civic Engagement & Quality of Life and Human Health, Food & Public Safety

City must address the issue of industrial air pollution with DEQ by improving air quality  (also in “Human Health, Food and Public Safety” section)

5

2-NW

2-N

1-SW

8.Prosperity & Business Success and Equity, Civic Engagement & Quality of Life

Direct resources to reduce disparities with underrepresented communities and focus resources on addressing chronic unemployment within underrepresented communities

5

2-N

1-NE

1-citywide

1-N

 

9.Prosperity & Business Success and Equity, Civic Engagement and Quality of Life

Change urban renewal law to allow expanding the use of tax increment financing (TIF) funds on non-capital projects and use to promote community development

4

2-NE

2-N

10.  Prosperity & Business Success

Provide incentives for employers to hire immigrants and refugees (tax breaks, for example)

4

2-citywide

1-NE

1-N

11.  Education & Skill Development and

     Human Health, Food & Public Safety

Keep community rooms open at Portland Police Bureau precincts to provide safety education to residents

4

2-E

2-SE

12.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety

Increase beer tax from 3/4 of a penny  to $0.25 per container at point of sale 

4

1-SE

2-citywide

1-NW

 

13.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety

Address poor air quality on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis and work with DEQ to apply stringent standards to improve air quality in neighborhoods and schools. City should use nuisance law to deal with air pollution from multiple sources.  (Also under “Sustainability”)

4

1-NW

1-SW

1-citywide

1-W

14.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety and Transportation, Technology & Access

Support for City authority to control speed limits within the City.

4

3-SE,

1-SW

15.  Transportation, Technology & Access

Support investments in alternative transportation options

 

4

3-SW

1-W

16.  Equity, Civic Engagement & Quality of Life

Provide more opportunities for students to get experiences outside the classroom

4

4-E

17.  Equity, Civic Engagement & Quality of Life

Assure that an equity “filter” is used when planning 20-minute neighborhoods

4

1-SW

1-SE

1-citywide

1-E

18.  Education & Skill Development and Equity, Civic Engagement & Quality of Life

Schools boards need to have diverse representation that mirrors the student population

3

3-E

19.  Sustainability & the Natural Environment

Sustainability should involve protecting the planet--air/water pollution; habitats; climate change; health consciousness, education

3

2-SW

1-citywide

 

20.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety

Advocate for more funding for outpatient community-based mental health services, increase police training to improve interactions with mentally ill individuals and oppose civil commitments.

3

1-citywide

1-NE

1-NW

21.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety

Advocate for legislation that will stop human trafficking

3

1-SE

1-NW

1-SW

22.  Transportation, Technology & Access

Protect legal rights of pedestrians on trails and/or streets. 

3

3-SE

1-SW

23.  Prosperity & Business Success

Advocate for the creation of a state bank to help support small businesses

3

1-citywide

1-NE

1-N

24.  Transportation, Technology & Access

Review transportation options for Sandy Blvd. by considering having an electric bus line rather than a streetcar line. Involve Rose City Neighborhood Association in the decision marking process.

3

3-NE

25.  Prosperity & Business Success and Design, Planning & Public Spaces

Public should have right to vote on expansion, extension or creation of urban renewal districts

3

1-E

2-NE

26.  Equity, Civic Engagement & Quality of Life

Find ways to help the refugee community be engaged, prosper and contribute to our community

3

2-SE

1-E

27.  Education & Skill Development and Sustainability & the Natural Environment

City should support proposed “Cool Schools” initiative—a bipartisan effort to provide funding for school retrofits statewide.

2

1-SW

1-NE

28.  Education & Skill Development

Support summer youth employment programs for students

 

2

1-E

1-NE 

29.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety

Support proposed state legislation that will offer paid family leave

2

1-SW

1-citywide

30.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety and Equity, Civic Engagement & Quality of Life

 

Support omnibus legislation being introduced by Rep. Fredericks to improve police training standards

2

1-SW

1-SE

31.  Transportation, Technology & Access

Increase funding for the “Safe Routes to Schools” program

2

2-SW

32.  Transportation, Technology & Access

City should request the authority to establish a bicycle license and registration fees with 50% of the revenue raised dedicated to the Sellwood Bridge

2

1-NE

1-E

33.  Arts, Culture & Innovation

Arts needs to stay on the agenda

2

2-citywide

34.  Other-Elections  

Support Voter Owned Elections

2

2-citywide

35.  Prosperity & Business Success

Advocate for financial sustainability and equity

1

1-N

 

36.  Sustainability & the Natural Environment

Support opportunities to increase residential energy retrofits by making Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Technology Loan Program (EEAST) a statewide program and increase funding for energy efficiency programs

1

1-SW

37.  Transportation, Technology & Access

Require online testing when a drivers license is renewed to determine the licensee’s competency in sharing the road with bicyclists, pedestrians and public transportation

1

1-citywide

38.  Transportation, Technology & Access

Support no-idling bill for commercial vehicles and advocate that the no-idling bill include non-commercial vehicles.

1

1-SW

39.  Transportation, Technology & Access

Provide local input into Tri-Met board selection to ensure neighborhood issues are addressed

1

1-SW

40.  Transportation, Technology & Access

Assure that all crosswalks are legal—marked and unmarked

1

1-SW

41.  Transportation, Technology & Access

Identify pedestrian rights relative to bicyclist rights

1

1-W

42.  Transportation, Technology & Access

Revenue generation through the enforcement of traffic and noise regulations

1

1-NW

43.  Neighborhood & Housing

Advocate for more affordable and accessible housing for senior citizens funded by a real estate transfer fee

1

1-W

44.  Other category-environment  

Need biodiversity

1

1-Central City

45.  Other—environment

Advocate against Hawaii sending their waste to Oregon

1

1-citywide

46.  Sustainability & the Natural Environment

Honor the 1855 Treaty with Native Americans to protect Columbia River salmon runs

No votes

 

47.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety

Improve health care through Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) waivers

No votes

 

48.  Transportation, Technology & Access

Build trolley between OMSI and Oaks Park

No votes

 

49.  Equity, Civic Engagement & Quality of Life

Assure education equity in all six Portland school districts per the City’s school policy

No votes

 

50.  Neighborhood & Housing

Support efforts to do more residential energy retrofits on older homes (example: fix knob and tube wiring)

No votes

 

51.  Neighborhood & Housing

Advocate for state to allow seismic code upgrades on residential properties to be done by volunteers 

No votes

 

52.  Prosperity & Business Success

Sustainability should involve protecting the planet and be linked to economic development

 

No votes

 

53.  Arts, Culture & Innovation

Advocate for multi-cultural centers to be more accessible to arts and performance organizations

 

No votes

 

54.  Other-Equity

Address social equity

No votes

 

55.  Other-financial reform 

Increase the state’s rainy day fund

No votes

 

56.  Other-financial reform 

Change the way we deal with lottery revenue

No votes

 

 

 

 

 

 

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS

 

 

57.  Sustainability & the Natural Environment

Advocate for legislation that will stop exploratory drilling for natural gas in order to protect underground water sources.

 

 

58.  Sustainability & the Natural Environment

Advocate stopping the Nestle company from siphoning Oregon’s mountain spring water for bottled water production. 

 

 

59.  Sustainability & the Natural Environment

Oppose Port of Portland's proposed development for two terminals on a West Hayden Island wetland site. 

 

 

60.  Sustainability & the Natural Environment

Outlaw rainwater collection in other states Utah, Colorado and Washington have rainwater collection bans limiting the free use of rainwater 

 

 

61.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety

Simplify OLCC rulemaking, 183.705(l)   

 

 

62.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety

Ban the media from broadcasting 911 calls on the news on all statewide call centers; use Multnomah County guidelines where caller must release their approval to the broadcast media 

 

 

63.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety

Secure national security 911 funds to train Neighborhood Response Teams and provide teams with tools necessary to aid their neighbors in the event of any emergency; e.g., snow and Ice storms, river(s) floods, earthquake, natural gas line breaks, etc.        

 

 

64.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety

Oppose efforts to allow OLCC to implement two-year licensing of establishments. Two-year licensing would stifle the opportunity to comment on problems that arise from licensed premises. License renewals offer an opportunity for problem solving both formally and informally

 

 

65.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety

Advocate for OLCC to stipulate that all licenses must be consistent with local laws

 

 

66.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety

Support SB 966, creating Oregon Family Leave Insurance, which gives employees 6 weeks of paid leave for a new child or ill family member.

 

 

67.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety

Support the city or local jurisdiction to have control of vehicle speed limits

 

 

68.  Human Health, Food & Public Safety

Improve traffic safety with traffic calming measures and continue to educate the public on the merits of these changes

 

 

69.  Transportation, Technology & Access

It is important for South Portland neighborhood (and the rest of Portland) that the issue of liability be resolved regarding trails on public rights of way. Portland must seek change the state law to clarify these liability issues

 

 

70.  Neighborhood & Housing

Disallow approving microwave antennas to be installed on rooftop apartments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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