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Mayor Charlie Hales

City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Phone: 503-823-4120

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204

Winter Market

Looking for the Farmers and Food Vendors? Look North

Winter Market at Shmanski Square

THURSDAY, JAN. 23, 2014 –  Go to the Portland State University campus on a Saturday in winter and the Park Blocks might look a little empty.

That’s because the city’s beloved tradition, the Saturday Farmers Market, has moved north to Shemanski Park.

Farmers Market

Dubbed The Winter Market, the stalls are open each Saturday in January and February in Shemanski Park, Southwest Park Avenue and Salmon street. The usual vendors will be there: all the farmers and food artisans offering everything from fruits, vegetables, seafood, pastured meats, eggs, artisan baked goods, charcuterie, cheeses, honey, pickles, preserves, hot food and more.

The Winter Market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday through Feb. 22.

Go online to the Market’s website to find its links to Twitter, Facebook Flickr and the Portland Farmers Market blog.

The Farmers Market at Portland State University will reopen March 15.


Farmers Market


Go online to the Market’s website to find more.


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Compliance Officer/Community Liaison

City Seeks Compliance Officer/Community Liaison To Assist with DOJ Settlement

MONDAY, JAN. 27, 2014 – The City of Portland is seeking a person to serve as a Compliance Officer and Community Liaison, to assess the City’s implementation of a Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Compliance Officer/Community Liaison will gather data and input from the public, in order to create reports about the city’s compliance with the agreement. This new position will not be attached to any one city office, will not be a City of Portland employee, and will be wholly independent of the police bureau. The person hired will be responsive to the entire City Council, the public and the Justice Department.


The application follows:



I.              Introduction


The City of Portland seeks qualifications from experienced individuals able to serve as a Compliance Officer and Community Liaison (COCL) to assess the City’s implementation of a Settlement  Agreement . The Settlement Agreement strengthens initiatives already begun by the City to ensure that encounters between the City’s police officers and persons experiencing mental illness do not result in an unreasonable use of force. The full and sustained implementation of the Agreement is intended to protect the constitutional rights of all members of the community, continuously improve the safety and security of the people of Portland, keep police bureau employees safe, and increase public confidence in the City’s police bureau, all in a cost- effective, timely, and collaborative manner. To access information about the Settlement Agreement and the City’s implementation to date, please visit the DOJ tab on the Portland Police Bureau’s website.


II.                 Background


In July of 2011, the United States began a 14-month investigation of the City’s policing practices. In September of 2012, the United States reported its finding that most uses of force they reviewed were constitutional. But they did find reasonable cause to believe that systemic deficiencies in the City’s policy, training, and supervisory oversight mechanisms had resulted in a pattern or practice of police officers using unreasonable force against persons who have or are perceived to have mental illness. The United States sued the City of Portland in United States District Court for the District of Oregon (Case No. 3:12-cv-2265). The United States and City reached a proposed Settlement Agreement to remedy the identified problems.

On February 18, 2014, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon will conduct a Fairness Hearing to determine whether to accept the Settlement Agreement as a fair, adequate, and reasonable resolution to the problems identified in the complaint. The City will not enter into a contract with the successful applicant unless the Court accepts the Settlement Agreement. To access key documents in the case and information about the Fairness Hearing, please visit the court’s  website.



III.                     Scope of Work


The COCL will synthesize data and gather input from the public to create reports about the City’s compliance with the Agreement for the City Council, Department of Justice (DOJ), and the public. The COCL is not attached to any one City office, is wholly independent of the police bureau, and shall be responsive to the entire City Council, the public, and DOJ. A detailed description of the COCL’s specific duties is set forth in the Agreement at paragraphs 74-77, 85-88, 95, 141-144, 149, 154, 160-169, 173-176.


IV.                  Period of Performance


The City intends to enter into a professional services contract with the successful applicant; the COCL will not be an employee of the City. The term of the COCL contract will expire once the Settlement Agreement is terminated. The Settlement Agreement will be terminated once the City has substantially complied with all provisions of the Agreement and maintained substantial compliance with all provisions for one year. The United States and the City anticipate that the City will have substantially complied with all provisions of the Agreement no later than October 12, 2017.


V.              Funding


The City is prepared to negotiate a contract with the selected applicant, which will not exceed $240,000 annually.


VI.                  Work Performed by the City


The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has assigned a Compliance Coordinator to oversee the action items listed in the Agreement. The Compliance Coordinator will respond to requests from the COCL and service requests for information and data from the City. The COCL will need to supply their own administrative support for the Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB), which will be created as part of the duties of the COCL outlined in the Agreement and necessary reporting.



VII.                       Place of Performance


Services will be performed primarily at the COCL’s facility. Periodically, the City may provide temporary work space for specific tasks/work deemed necessary for completion of this project. The COCL must be available for regular in-person contact during the week and on short notice due to the established timelines in the Agreement. Attendance at community meetings, including during the evening and on weekends, may be required.


VIII.                           Selection Process


The selection process has three distinct phases and is expected to take approximately six months from beginning to end. The City will involve diverse community organizations throughout the process.

Phase 1 consists of a review of submitted materials and an extensive interview process. Phase 1 should be completed by March 2014. The City requires any community member who participates in Phase 1 activities to keep applicant information strictly confidential.

The application deadline is Monday, March 10.

Phase 2 consists of the public introduction of three potential candidates and a thirty-day public comment period which is required by the Settlement Agreement. Phase 2 should be completed by April 2014.

Phase 3 involves candidate selection and contract negotiation.

The anticipated start date for the COCL is June 2014.

Because the City is a public body, records submitted to it are presumed to be subject to public disclosure under Oregon’s public records law unless an exemption applies. The City recognizes that disclosure may deter qualified persons from applying if names and applications materials are publicly disclosed during Phase 1. In order to encourage such persons to apply, the City will oblige itself in good faith pursuant to ORS 192.502(4) not to publicly disclose the names and application materials of candidates who do not move on to Phase 2 if they include the following statement on their application materials:  “I am submitting to the City application materials for the COCL position on the condition that they be kept confidential from public disclosure.”

The COCL will hold a position of public trust that demands a high degree of personal integrity. In addition, the COCL may receive information obtained from criminal justice information systems (CJIS) or may have unescorted access to secure areas, such as police precincts, where CJIS computers are housed. In order to bolster public trust and comply with federal and state laws regarding CJIS, the City will require applicants to pass a background check prior to being moved to Phase 2.



IX.                  Submission Requirements


Interested individuals should provide a résumé and letter of interest describing: (a) current or recent experience relevant to the tasks described in the Settlement Agreement; (b) how the applicant meets the minimum qualifications; (c) whether the applicant possesses any of the desired qualifications; and (d) other personnel whom the applicant may employ. The resume and letter must not exceed 10-pages having 1-inch margins and 12-point Arial or Verdana font. Applicants must also describe methodology and answer a supplemental question in a document that must not exceed 5-pages having 1-inch margins and 12-point Arial or Verdana font. Submit application materials to

Minimum Qualifications: Demonstrated expertise in the following three areas:


  • Police practices
  • Crisis intervention
  • Community engagement


Supplemental Question: Mental illness affects people of every race, sex, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, and sexual orientation.  In order to have credibility and trust in all segments of the community, the COCL must have an awareness of and respect for the diversity of people in the Portland community. In addition, the COCL must be or should become well informed about the challenges of persons experiencing mental illness, and the local dynamics surrounding the provision of mental health care and other social services. Describe in detail your knowledge, skills, and background in working with diverse segments of the community, including relevant work with people experiencing mental illness or people in crisis.

Desired Qualifications: Previous experience with several:

  1. effectively managing complex projects;
  2. law enforcement policies, practices, and data regarding use of force;
  3. service delivery systems for persons experiencing mental illness;
  4. engaging the community in public processes and incorporating their feedback into actionable information;
  5. appearing in legal proceedings as a judge, monitor, counsel or expert witness;
  6. directly managing or overseeing police personnel;
  7. engaging community members interested in policing issues;
  8. evaluating processes for supervisors and managers who oversee accountability in a large organization;
  9. working with people experiencing mental illness and/or other disabilities;
  10. working with leaders and/or elected officials in changing the culture and outcomes of a large organization;
  11. assessment of compliance with court-enforceable settlement agreements;
  12. auditing the performance of large organizations via written reports;
  13. collaboration with multiple stakeholders including federal agencies, municipal employees, collective bargaining units, elected officials and community advocates;

Methodology:  The methodology for assessing police performance is still at an early stage, and there is no complete set of statistical tools and techniques for measurement and analysis. Based on your review of the Settlement Agreement and your experience, please describe the processes and methodology you would use to review the City’s compliance with the Settlement Agreement.

Personnel: Please describe any areas of expertise in which you may want to employ the assistance of others and provide their names and qualifications.



Fairness Hearing

A Hearing before Judge Simon Draws Near

TUESDAY, JAN. 4, 2014 – U.S. District Judge Michael Simon will hold a fairness hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 18, to receive testimony from the public on whether a settlement agreement on a package ofPortlandpolice reforms is fair, reasonable and adequate to solve problems identified by the U.S. Department of Justice.

"The city first invited the DOJ in to examine this matter, and now the judge will get a chance to hear from the various sides. This is a big and important milestone," Mayor Charlie Hales said. "I encourage anyone who wishes to, to participate."

Information on the fairness hearing is available at the Court’s website. The site includes the proposed settlement agreement and a testimony form.

The fairness hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Courtroom 13B of the federal courthouse,1000 S.W. Third Ave. It will be open to the public.

The Justice Department last fall found thatPortlandpolice engaged in a pattern or practice of using excessive force against people with actual or perceived mental illness. The settlement agreement calls for reforms to police policies, training and oversight.

The Court invites members of the public to testify, in writing or orally, on the following topics:

• Is the Agreement fair to everyone affected?
• Is the Agreement reasonable?
• Is the Agreement adequate to solve the problems identified in the complaint?

Google Fiber

Portland and regional cities are in the running for ultra-fast broadband services

Council Vote Clears Way For Google.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014 -- The Portland City Council unanimously OK'd a franchise agreement with Google, to provide super-fast Internet service to the home by 2015. The Oregonian's Mike Rogoway covered the week's news:

Five Cities Ante Up For Super-Fast Internet


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19, 2014 – Portland is on a short list of cities working with Google to explore the possibility of bringing the ultra high speed Google Fiber broadband network to the city.

Four mayors“Google is looking for communities that serve as hubs for innovation. And that’s Portland,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “Our culture of creativity and coalition-building makes this the ideal spot for ultra-high-speed broadband.”

Portland is among 34 cities nationwide being considered for inclusion in Google Fiber’s high-speed network. Places like Kansas City, Kansas, and Provo, Utah, have led the way. Among this new class of potential sites are Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tigard and Hillsboro.

“There is no question that the Internet has literally rewired how we work and live, and it still has so much potential to improve our lives,” Hales said. “Abundant, high-speed broadband access will make our community stronger and will lay the foundations of economic development for our future.”

Kevin Lo, general manager of Google Fiber, said the company will work closely with Mayor Hales and city leaders on a joint planning process to explore what it would take to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering these gigabit speeds throughout Portland. Google will begin compiling a detailed study of local factors that might affect construction plans.

Simultaneously, Mayor Hales and city leaders will begin meetings with Google to discuss what it would take to plan and prepare the city for a fiber project of this scale.

“Communities with abundant high-speed Internet grow stronger because there’s greater potential to create jobs, drive economic growth, and help students and families get access to essential resources” Lo said. “City leaders like Charlie Hales are stepping up to see what they can do to make their cities ready for the fiber-optic networks that are the future. We look forward to working with Portland in the coming months to see if we can build the next chapter of the Internet together, on gigabit speeds.”

Google will provide an update on which cities will get Google Fiber by the end of this year, Lo said.

Google Fiber is an Internet and TV service that provides Internet connectivity that is up to 100-times faster than the basic broadband, along with hundreds of HD TV channels. Google Fiber currently is available in Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Mo., and Provo Utah, and will be available in Austin,Texas, later this year.

For more information about this announcement, visit the Google Fiber blog


Governing for Racial Equity

Conference slated for March 25-26 in Portland

Governing for Racial Equity 


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014 -- Portland's Office of Equity and Human Rights is co-sponsoring the Governing for Racial Equity Conference, Monday and Tuesday, March 25 and 26, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Portland.

The GRE Network is a regional partnership of government jurisdictions working to achieve racial equity. Participants work to eliminate institutional and structural racism: the root causes of racial inequities. The network's goals are to strengthen alliances, build organizational and institutional skills and commitment, share promising practices and develop and implement policies that promote racial equity.

The Conference also will feature workshops and presentations on incorporating a racial equity lens for training, policy development, health, transportation, planning and more.

Elected leaders are invited to enroll in a facilitated executive session to discuss the opportunities and challenges of governing for racial equity.

The Conference will culminate with the official launch of the GRE Network.

Government employees and elected officials from around the United States have registered.


Registration information can be found here.