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May 2013 Meeting Minutes

Date: May 15, 2013

Time: 4:30 p.m. –  6:30 p.m.

Location: Central Northeast Neighbors ∙ 4415 NE 87th Ave. Portland, OR 97220

Committee Attendees: Antonio Chimuku, Capt. Chris Uehara, Donita Fry, Damon Isiah-Turner, Patricia Ford,  Asst. Chief Larry O’Dea, María Lisa Johnson, Allan Lazo, Jamie Dunphy, Capt. Pat Walsh, (HRC/CPRC Candidate Sam Sachs)

Staff Attendee: Jeff Selby

Audience: Six community members

Welcome and Introductions

  • Chair Donita Fry called the meeting to order at 4:44 p.m. and all committee members and attendees introduced themselves.
  • Sandra Lefrancois from Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) welcomed the committee and gave a brief explanation of CNN and its support of eight neighborhoods in NE Portland.

Receive Minutes and Approve Agenda

    • Approve minutes.
      • Approve agenda.

New appointees

  • Capt. Chris Uehara joined the CPRC as recommended by Asst. Chief O’Dea.
  • Sam Sachs will be confirmed to the HRC (and subsequently the CPRC) after meeting with the Commissioner in charge of OEHR and the Mayor, being confirmed by Council, and sworn in.

Committee Protocols

  • María Lisa introduced the Committee Protocols with an added attendance section (attached).
  • Jamie Dunphy noted a typo and formatting recommendations.
  • Committee Protocols with added attendance section will be presented to HRC for vote.

Brochure draft review

  • Group consensus drove the following edits:
    • Headline: Our Community & Portland Police: Building Better Relationships Through the Community and Police Relations Committee
    • Change “Training Subcommittee” to “training subcommittee”

Community Outreach Strategy

  • Jamie Dunphy led the discussion on the community outreach strategy handouts (attached).
  • María Lisa mentioned that the CPRC should have quarterly focused meetings and not to move around the community unless there is a specific focus on that area.
  • Stephanie Reynolds, Crime Prevention Program Manager from Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), recommended the Kelly Building (SE Precinct) as an ideal location for the CPRC to meet during the times where meetings aren’t focused on specific communities.

Public Comment

  • Dan Handelman from Copwatch said handouts should be available for the public, if these are public meetings. Dan is confused about City employees serving on the Committee (referring to Sam Sachs, HRC Candidate). He is also wondering why the Strategic Plan discussion was not on the agenda. He also handed out a document that showed the percentage of African Americans subject to police action (attached).
  • Sandra Lefrancois said she is concerned about being approached by media in wake of a shooting in the Cully Neighborhood. She asked if there was a strategy to address this type of issue with the media.
  • Donita said the CPRC does not always respond to public questions brought forward at meetings and that perhaps the Public Outreach Plan will address some of the issues that arise.
    • Allan Lazo said that the CPRC focusing on specific communities in quarterly meetings is a good start.
    • Antonio Chimuku said that the CPRC used to discuss community issues at the top of the meeting and wondered if that could be brought back.
    • Patricia Ford said that during Public Comment, the public speaks but the CPRC doesn’t respond. She said she thinks that at least during the focused community meetings the CPRC should respond to the public’s questions.
      • Hold eight regular (non-quarterly) CPRC Meetings at the Kelly Building starting in June.
        • Hold the first quarterly meeting in August at New Columbia
        • Rochelle Silver from IPR Citizen Review Committee (CRC) said the IPR Director has resigned. Constantin Severe will move into that position. The CRC will have three new members sworn in on June 12, 2013. Meetings are the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.


  • Committee members gave their personal reflections.
  • Food was provided by Ohana. Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.