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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

2015-Howard Weiner

Howard Weiner embodies the community spirit of the Pennington Award. Howard has been a community activist and leader in Portland for over three decades. When he chaired the Livability and Public Safety Committee for the Old Town-Chinatown Neighborhood Association, he helped to increase community participation. Fed up with the blatant drug use and drug dealing in the neighborhood, he organized a livability and public safety committee that would ultimately help develop the "Drug Impact Area" ordinance. In order to help improve safety during peak entertainment hours in the neighborhood, Howard helped in the planning process of a regular street closure program. The entertainment district street closure has resulted in a 30% decrease in crime along NW 3rd Avenue during street closure hours. Howard has taken an active role in engaging the community in problem solving efforts and continues to have a passion for public safety.