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The City of Portland, Oregon

Office of the Ombudsman

A division of the Portland City Auditor's Office

phone: 503-823-0144


1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 310, Portland, OR 97204

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Access to administrative justice: Ombudsman recommendations leads to City Council approval of changes to City Code in order to eliminate barriers to accessing administrative appeal processes. April - May 2015.


Ordinance 187151 - "Eliminate barriers to accessing administrative appeal processes add Portland City Code 3.130, amend 22.10"

Ordinance passed by City Council; May 27, 2015

City Council meeting videos

City Council meeting video from April 22, 2015

Agenda item 412 - Auditor's Office presentation begins at 69:15 within video

City Council meeting video from May 20, 2015 - discussion of ordinance amendments

Agenda item 512

City Council meeting video from May 27, 2015 - City Council vote

Agenda item 544 - Council discussion and vote begins at 157:35 within video

Media releases

Auditor to Ask City Council to Remove Barriers to Administrative Justice - April 20, 2015

Auditor's Media Release

Auditor's Access to Administrative Justice Ordinance Passes with Unanimous Council Vote - May 27, 2015

Auditor's Media Release


You Can Appeal Most City Decisions! Chances Are You Either Don't Know That Or Can't Afford It

Article from the Portland Mercury, April 22, 2015

Should it be easier to fight City Hall? Portland officials propose changes

Article from The Oregonian, April 23, 2015

Portland fee reform; Beaverton medal misstep: Editorial Peaks and Valleys

Article from The Oregonian Editorial Board, April 24, 2015

It just got easier to fight Portland City Hall, and City Council is thrilled

Article from The Oregonian, May 27, 2015