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Notice of Receipt of Ballot Title (01/08/2014)


Notice is hereby given that a ballot title for an initiative petition has been filed with the Elections Office of the City of Portland on January 8, 2014.

The City Auditor has determined this measure meets the requirements of Article IV, Section 1(2)(d) and (5) of the Oregon Constitution. An elector may file a petition for review of this ballot title in the Multnomah County Circuit Court no later than 5:00 P.M. on Friday, January 17, 2014.

The ballot title is as follows:


Amends Charter: Imposes trust over water resources, additional City responsibilities.


Shall trust be established requiringPortlandto protect and manage water, sewer, stormwater resources for human residents and local ecology?


Amends Charter. Establishes trust over all water resources within City's full or partial jurisdiction and control including rivers, watersheds, wetlands, floodplains, ponds, and current water, sewer, stormwater projects and infrastructure. Identifies "City ofPortland" (defined) as trustee. Trust beneficiaries are present and future residents of the City, representing interests of "natural communities" and "ecosystems" (defined). "Residents" defined as human beings, not other legal entities.

Residents have right to clean, affordable water. Establishes right of “local ecology” (defined) to "exist and flourish." (undefined)

Charter currently provides City with powers, duties to make laws and expenditures to provide water, sewer services. Measure imposes significant new duties, restrictions on City, including annual accounting, audit of water resources, restricting issuance of permits, additional conflict restrictions, other affirmative actions regarding water resource management. Residents may file lawsuits to enforce trust, rights of “local ecology”, recover attorney fees, costs. Persons, other entities subject to criminal prosecution for intentionally manipulating scientific results, reports. Requires rules for whistleblower protection; other enforcement provisions.

Ordinances inconsistent with measure repealed; inconsistent permit terms invalidated. Other provisions.