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“Good citizens are the riches of a city.” - C.E.S. Wood
Community engagement is a key feature of Portland decision-making, and the City Council is committed to meaningful public involvement.
This morning, the Council held a Work Session to discuss proposed reforms to the City’s public involvement practices.
Commissioners Eudaly and Fish have partnered on a package of eight proposed changes and updates, summarized in a handout linked here.
Their recommendations include uniform application forms, disclosures and bylaws, a database of all the City’s boards and commissions, and training for members of all advisory bodies.
On May 3, Council will consider a Resolution directing bureaus and staff to compile information on the approximately 150 existing boards and commissions, including rosters, bylaws, and policies for recruiting and appointing members.
After further community consultation, the goal is to return to Council by Labor Day with an Ordinance containing final recommendations for review and approval.
Thanks to Commissioner Eudaly for her partnership, and to Judy Prosper of the City Attorney’s office for guiding this process and helping to develop the proposal.
This Friday, Commissioner Nick Fish will challenge the Portland business community to convert 1,000 single-stall restrooms to all-user restrooms. He will be joined by members of Venture Portland, the Portland Business Alliance, the Main Street Alliance, the Portland Area Business Association, Yelp, and the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association.
The City of Portland is committed to treating all people with respect and dignity, and to removing artificial barriers. On September 23, 2016, Commissioners Nick Fish and Amanda Fritz celebrated the successful conversion of 600 of the City’s single-stall restrooms to all-user facilities. The policy was crafted with community partners including Elders in Action, Multnomah County, SMYRC, Basic Rights Oregon, PHLUSH, and Disability Rights Oregon. These restrooms are now accessible to everyone in our community– older adults, parents with young children, people with personal attendants, and transgender people.
On Friday, Commissioner Fish will challenge the business community to step up and go even further.
“The City of Portland successfully converted 600 single-stall restrooms to all-user restrooms. I am formally challenging the business community to meet us, and beat us,” said Commissioner Fish. “The goal is 1000 all-user restrooms in the next 150 days. The support so far from public spirited businesses has been overwhelming. I am confident the business community will exceed our expectations.”
“We applaud the City for making this a challenge rather than a mandate,” said Sandra McDonough, President and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance. “Portland businesses share the City’s value of making our community a welcoming place for everyone, and we look forward to working with Commissioner Fish and other members of Council to make progress on the goals being announced today.”
For more information, visit portlandoregon.gov/alluserchallenge
On December 17, 2015, Commissioner Nick Fish introduced Resolution #37175, which affirmed the City’s commitment to “removing barriers to a safe and inclusive workplace for employees, to creating spaces which are welcoming to all visitors, and to treating all people with respect and dignity.” It was approved unanimously by City Council.
On June 1, 2016, Council adopted the new policy which applies to “City-controlled” buildings – those that are both owned and occupied by the City.
On September 23, 2016, Commissioners Nick Fish and Amanda Fritz celebrated the successful conversion of 600 single-stall restrooms in City facilities.
Every American deserves access to justice
In this week's edition of Street Roots, Nick makes the case for opposing President Trump's proposal to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corporation.
He says, "It is my sincere hope that Congress rejects any cuts to the LSC, and that we continue the proud American tradition of bi-partisan support for equal justice under law."
You can read the op-ed in Street Roots here.