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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

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

Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission

Deadline for Applicants: October 15, 2019

Staff Liaison: Elisabeth Perez, Elisabeth.h.perez@portlandoregon.gov

Application: https://bit.ly/2lWli69 (Instructions below.)

Purpose and Background

It is important for people who are interested in serving on the committee to understand and support the background and mission of this volunteer committee.

The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission advocates for and protects the public interest in the regulation and development of cable communications systems in Multnomah County and the Cities of Fairview, Gresham, Portland, Troutdale and Wood Village; monitors and helps resolve cable subscribers' concerns in these jurisdictions; and participates in the planning and implementation of community use of cable communications technologies which make use of the public right of way. 

Primary Responsibilities of Commissioners

  • Provide direction to MHCRC staff on financial and policy objectives.
  • Oversee financial matters of the Commission, including developing and presenting an annual budget for recommendation to Portland City Council.
  • Attend Commission meetings (about 10 per year) and participate on at least one committee.
  • Attend annual, one-day Commission planning retreat (usually a Saturday in the Spring).
  • Provide regular reports and liaison to elected officials the City of Portland.
  • Keep informed and educated about issues related to Commission activities.

Committee Activities

  • Determines grant recipients for the Community Technology Grants, an annual, competitive funding opportunity, which historically allocates about $800,000 annually to libraries, local governments and non-profit community organizations.
  • Directs the TechSmart Initiative for Student Success, an 8-year, $18 million initiative aimed at supporting effective instructional practices that use technology to improve academic outcomes for all students.
  • Facilitates the Institutional Network (I-Net) partnership and related capital funds to ensure reliable and affordable fiber connectivity and use and that network resources are available to local public institutions such as schools, libraries, and public agency sites.
  • Oversees contracts with two community media centers: Open Signal, serving Portland, and MetroEast Community Media, serving the east Multnomah County area.
  • Enforces cable company compliance with franchise agreements.
  • Provides consumer protection for citizens and subscribers in cable television matters, including complaint resolution.
  • Conducts cable franchise negotiations, renewals, and transfers of ownership.
  • Promotes community and institutional uses of cable communications technologies.
  • Participates in advocacy efforts for legislative activities and FCC proceedings.

Total number of advisory seats: 3

Number of seats available: 2

Who can join

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

What We Look For

We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • You believe government is better when community is involved
  • You are an advocate for racial equity: you want positive and long-lasting outcomes for racial and ethnic communities who have been left out before. You can bring discussion about racial and ethnic communities who need it the most.
  • You have a perspective on physically navigating the community with a disability.
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions

Time Commitment

  • Monthly meetings will take place on weekday evenings alternately between Open Signal and Metro East Community Media.
  • Members are involved for a duration of 3-year terms, or no more than 8 consecutive years.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance. 

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

How to Apply

Applications are due on October 15, 2019.

Application: https://bit.ly/2lWli69

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 17, 2019. Interviews will take place the afternoons of October 24 and 25th.

Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee. We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions. You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email AdvisoryBodies@portlandoregon.gov to request a Word version.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at Elisabeth.h.perez@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0039.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The City uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. Questions about this may be sent to AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov.

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the bureau. http://mhcrc.org/

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Elisabeth.h.perez@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0039.