*231 Establish rules of conduct, ejection, and exclusion procedures for City Council meetings and at City Property and establish responsibilities of City Council Presiding Officer, the Bureau of Internal Business Services Director, and Persons in Charge for enforcement of rules and procedures (Ordinance; amend Code Chapters 3.02, 3.15, and 5.36; add Code Chapter 3.18) 1 hour requested
Over the past few years, City Council meetings have been repeatedly interrupted by the
disruptive or aggressive behavior of some individuals of the public attending the meetings. This
loss of civility and disruption has become more frequent, almost to the point it has become the
new "norm". More and more often the disruptive behavior continues, despite the direction of the
Mayor or presiding officer to cease the behavior. In some cases, this disruption becomes so
significant that the Mayor/presiding officer needs to calls a recess of the Council meeting until
the individuals causing the disruption are removed from the meeting. Such disruptive behavior
not only delays the ability of the City Council to effectively conduct City business, in some cases
the behavior creates a hostile or threatening environment for Council members, City staff, and
other members of the public in attendance.
Our office is committed to maintaining an open door policy to all community members. We strive to create relationships with everyone, and want to have direct conversations with community members who unheard. We encourage anyone seeking to have a voice at City Hall to contact us and set up a meeting. We want to hear from you!
Agenda Item #231 https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/631040
Portland City Council Agenda Wednesday March 1, 2017: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/26997