Tuesday, March 12, 2002

SUMMARY NOTES: Guidelines Review, Empowerment & Assessment Team, GREAT

City of Portland, Office of Neighborhood Involvement


Members Present:
Patricia Gardner, Co-Chair Pearl District Neighborhood Association
Moshe Lenske , Co-Chair Woodstock Neighborhood Association

Nancy Chapin, Alliance of PDX Neighborhood Bus. Assocs.
Leonard Gard, Southwest Neighborhood, Inc.
Raymond Hites, Lents Neighborhood Association
Brian Hoop, Office of Neighborhood Involvement
David Lane, Office of Neighborhood Involvement
Stanley Lewis, Downtown Community Association
Jerry Powell, Goose Hollow Foothills League N.A.
Michael O'Malley, Irvington Community Association
Charles Shi, Communities Beyond Neighborhood Boundaries
Mark Sieber, Neighbors West/Northwest
Ruth Spetter, City Attorney's Office
William Warren, Central Northeast Neighbors

Cathy Crawford, University Park Neighborhood Association

Kathy Bambeck, Bridlemile Neighborhood Association

Decisions by this group are subject to change at future meetings.
Opportunities for public input at the end of meeting and future workshops.

Approval of Summary Notes

Assistance to Neighborhood Associations
Chapter 3.96.030, Section D according to the new numbering system.

Issue of Grievance Procedures



The ONI section should show a clear process from beginning to end to help citizens understand what steps they need to take to appeal. Can you appeal on merits or only on procedures? Clarify that people can grieve and appeal the process outlined in code and standards. Not individual neighborhood and coalition policies. Language under ONI section needs to address the appeals process. Suggestion to allow people right to complain which is separate from a grievance. ONI should determine whether a process is open and fair. Goal is that issues are to be resolved at the neighborhood level and encourage compromise instead of encouraging people to refer to a higher authority that only fosters frustration and creates enemies. Concern raised that the word open process does not provide for safeguards to protect an individual who is concerned about confidentiality. This may encourage people to refer to the court system as a last alternative. Open means public process. Fair means equitably applied. Suggestion to add language "its officers, board, and agents."

Friendly Amendment


Chapter 3.96.040 - Functions of District Coalition Boards


Discussion on introductory sentence


The Meeting adjourned at 10:00 AM.

The information contained in this document is preliminary and informal in nature and does not necessarily reflect the views or adopted policies of the City of Portland or the final outcomes of this project; the reader should exercise caution in its interpretation.