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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

The Weekly Catch

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson

Oregon Secretary of State Richardson Dies Following Struggle with Cancer

Jeff Mapes in OPB News

 

Oregon Lawmakers Say Goodbye to Dennis Richardson

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

Unreinforced Masonry

Portland Delays Sign Requirement for Buildings Vulnerable to Big Quakes

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

Portland City Council Passes Amendments to Controversial Earthquake Safety Policy

Blair Stenvick in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland’s Trying to Prepare Brick Buildings for an Earthquake—But at What Cost?

Blair Stenvick in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland Delays Earthquake Warning Sign Ordinance

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

 

Council Delays, Changes Quake Warning Requirements

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

City Council Delays Ordinance Requiring Quake Warning Signs on Vulnerable Buildings

KATU News

 

Portland City Council Delays Controversial URM Signage Requirement

Fox 12 News

Transportation

Portland’s New Ride Hailing Dispatch Service for Disabled Residents Might be Imperiled by a New Bill in State Legislature

Elise Herron in Willamette Week

 

The Latest Flashpoint in the Debate Over Portland’s Housing Costs? Bike Parking.

Sophie Peel in Willamette Week

Arts and Film

Spring Arts Guide

Willamette Week

 

What’s Your Favorite Public Art Work in Portland?

Sam Gehrke in Willamette Week

 

‘Oregon’s Black Pioneers’ Premieres Tonight on OPB and Online

The Skanner News

In Other News

At the Heart of The Latest Portland Police Dispute? Meet Ryan Lee

Nick Budnick in the Portland Tribune

 

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Signs Nation’s First Statewide Rent Control Law

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

 

LGBTQ Community Bands Together After Hate Crime Reports

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

The Weekly Catch

Parks

Sources: Parks Director Faces Challenges

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland at All Hours - Cully Park, Northeast Portland

Willamette Week

JTTF

Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler Objects to Portland's JTTF Withdrawal

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

Housing

Catholic Church to Get 300 Chronically Homeless Off Street; Housing Emergency Extended

Reed Andrews in KATU News

 

'Zombie Homes' On Portland City Council Agenda

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Unreinforced Masonry

NAACP-Led Coalition Isn't Satisfied with Proposed Changes to Earthquake-Unsafe Building Rules

Blair Stenvick in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland City Council Reconsiders Rules For Unreinforced Masonry Buildings

OPB News

 

Council Gets Earful from Unreinforced Masonry Building Owners

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Your City Hall: City May Delay Quake Warning Rule for Buildings

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland City Council May Pause Seismic Placards

Lisa Balick in KOIN 6 News

Portland Green Energy Fund

City Starts to Turn Clean Energy Initiative into Reality

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

City Council Makes the Portland Clean Energy Fund Official

Blair Stenvick in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland City Council Approves Ordinances to Write Portland Clean Energy Fund into City Code

The Skanner News

In Other News

Someone is Posting Fake Anti-Camping Signs in SW Portland

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

Mayor Wheeler, Enviros Vow to Block Expanded Oil By Rail Shipments

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Jazz Master

Jason Vondersmith in the Portland Tribune

 

The Uncertain Future of KMHD and Jazz Radio in Portland

Robert Ham in the Portland Mercury

 

Airbnb Guests Feel Right at Home in Portland

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

The Weekly Catch

Welcoming Parks Director Adena Long!

Nick Fish Blog

 

Portland Parks & Recreation Announces New Space Grants for Artists

Nick Fish Blog

 

Portland’s Big Pipe Is Keeping Poop Out of the River

Elise Herron in Willamette Week

JTTF

Commissioner Fish’s Statement on City’s Withdrawal from the Joint Terrorism Task Force

Nick Fish Blog

 

Council Votes to Withdraw from Terrorism Task Force

Nick Budnick in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland’s Terrorism Task Force Vote Splits Anti-Hate Coalition

Nick Budnick in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Commissioners Grill FBI, DOJ Over Terrorism Task Force

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

Portland Withdraws from Federal Joint Terrorism Task Force, Again

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

Portland Leaves the Joint Terrorism Task Force Again, Becoming Second U.S. City to Cut Ties

Katie Shepherd in Willamette Week

 

Portland City Council Votes to Leave Joint Terrorism Task Force

Maggie Vespa in KGW News

 

Portland City Council Votes to Pull Out Of JTTF

KOIN 6 News

 

Portland City Council Votes to Leave FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force

FOX 12 News

 

Portland City Council to withdraw from Joint Terrorism Task Force

KATU News

 

Citing Deep Distrust, Portland Pulls from FBI Anti-Terror Panel

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian

 

City Council Votes to Remove Portland Police from FBI Task Force

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

City Votes to Get Out

KXL News

 

Editorial: Joint Terrorism Task Force Critical to Portland’s Safety

The Oregonian Editorial Board

Unreinforced Masonry

Judge Temporarily Blocks Required Earthquake Warning Signs

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Judge Delays Portland Earthquake Warning Ordinance as City Weighs Changes

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

Non-Belief Ordinance

Fritz: Non-Religious Rights Should Be Protected

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland City Council Looks to Add Discrimination Protections for Non-Religions

KATU News

In Other News

Native American Culture and Tradition Thrive Through Canoe Journey

Danika Sandox in OPB News

 

31 Reasons to Love Portland Right Now

Willamette Week

 

‘Experience Oregon’ Launches on State’s 160th Birthday, Showcasing ‘Good, Bad, and Ugly’ of Region’s History

Douglas Perry in The Oregonian

 

The Willamette River and Its Polluted Past

Emily Green in Street Roots

 

How the Diversity of Portland Compares to That of Its Elected Officials

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Portland Pump Station Releases 2,700 Gallons of Sewage into Tributary of Tanner Creek

FOX 12 News

 

Texts Between Portland Police and Patriot Prayer Ringleader Joey Gibson Show Warm Exchange

Katie Shepherd in Willamette Week

Commissioner Fish's Statement on City's Withdrawal from the Joint Terrorism Task Force

February 13, 2019

I have a formal statement I want to read.

But before I do, I want to say to my many friends in this room – I’ve heard loud and clear the concerns and values you’ve shared with us today.

I’ve been proud to stand with you on opposing White nationalism, protecting our Sanctuary City status, and challenging President Trump’s Muslim travel ban in court.

While I believe that the relationship between the City and the Joint Terrorism Task Force can be strengthened, I also share many of your concerns.

Now to my prepared statement:

This is the third time I’ve voted for Portland to be part of the JTTF.

Each time we’ve debated this question, I’ve concluded that Portland is safer when we have a relationship with federal law enforcement.

And we are in good company. Progressive cities like Oakland, New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles have made the same judgement.

Nobody disputes that Portland faces serious terrorism threats – both domestic and international.

My confidential briefings from federal law enforcement have reinforced this sobering reality.

The question is – can we balance safety and security on one hand with protecting civil liberties on the other? I believe our experience since we rejoined the JTTF in 2015 proves we can.

The two Portland Police officers assigned to the task force – Matt and Brian – are required to follow state law, City Code, and bureau policy directives. The Mayor, Chief Outlaw, the U.S. Attorney, our City Attorney, the FBI, and the two officers have all confirmed that they do.

Let’s take a moment to review some of the criticisms of our current relationship:

President Trump. His election has certainly changed things for the worse. But when I asked the two officers during our work session yesterday if anything changed between the Portland JTTF under the Obama administration and under the Trump administration, they both, emphatically and unequivocally, said no.

The FBI’s history of civil liberties abuses dating back to the days of J. Edgar Hoover. History is history. And that’s why, in any relationship, we must trust but verify. Yesterday’s work session, annual briefings, and updates to our Memorandum of Understanding are all opportunities to do that.

The FBI has not been transparent in their annual reporting. I agree, that’s why I am prepared to propose an amendment to not only require more robust reports, but also to put that requirement in our Memorandum of Understanding with the FBI.

Our participation violates Oregon’s sanctuary law. When asked, Mayor Wheeler, Chief Outlaw, the U.S. Attorney, the FBI, and the two Portland Police officers assigned to the JTTF all confirmed that, in spite of differences between federal and state law, our officers are exclusively bound by state law – and follow it.

Our participation undermines trust in the Portland Police and causes concerns in marginalized communities. I acknowledge that we have a lot of work to do to strengthen the public’s trust in the Portland Police. And I take seriously the concerns raised by community members who feel targeted. I also take seriously the concerns of organizations like the Jewish Federation who support our participation and feel targeted by acts of terrorism.

Our participation somehow corrupts our values. I'm not sure I understand this argument. The FBI will do this work whether or not we continue participating in the JTTF. I’d rather have our values at the table than have the FBI continue on without local supervision. Why would we walk away and forfeit our opportunity for ongoing information and oversight of their work?

I reject the binary choice that is being presented to Council today that we must be all in or all out. I believe there is a third way – strengthening our agreement through a series of amendments I have prepared, to be officially codified in the Memorandum of Understanding.

Council had a work session on Tuesday and Portlanders have just started to engage this big question. There is no reason to rush to judgement.

Many respected community voices including Musse Olol, the Jewish Federation, the Citizens Crime Commission, anti-hate leaders like Randy Blazak, local jurisdictions like Hillsboro and Gresham, the Oregon State Police under the leadership of Governor Kate Brown, and the Major Cities Chiefs Association have expressed their support of Portland remaining in the JTTF. Their voices deserve the same consideration as those of critics.

Mayor, thank you for facilitating this process to date.

This is a good debate. I regret that we’ve been forced to decide this question without adequate time to engage the whole community.

Few issues that come before the Council are as fundamental or as important as this. We have two options before us – the path set forth in this resolution, or the path of setting a national standard for this work. The choice is ours.

I vote no.

Media

Opinion: Portland is Safer in the Joint Terrorism Task Force

Nick Fish in The Oregonian

 

Portland Commissioners Grill FBI, DOJ Over Terrorism Task Force

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

Portland Leaves the Joint Terrorism Task Force Again, Becoming Second U.S. City to Cut Ties

Katie Shepherd in Willamette Week

 

Council Votes to Withdraw from Terrorism Task Force

Nick Budnick in the Portland Tribune

 

Citing Deep Distrust, Portland Pulls from FBI Anti-Terror Panel

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian

 

City Council Votes to Remove Portland Police from FBI Task Force

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland City Council Votes to Leave Joint Terrorism Task Force

Maggie Vespa in KGW News

 

Portland City Council to withdraw from Joint Terrorism Task Force

KATU News

 

Portland City Council Votes to Pull Out Of JTTF

KOIN 6 News

 

Portland City Council Votes to Leave FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force

FOX 12 News

 

City Votes To Get Out

KXL News