MultCo Budget Priorities Survey

From Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson:

Dear friends & neighbors,

A budget is a reflection of priorities, and Multnomah County’s budget is no different. The programs and projects we invest in should be a reflection of our community’s values, concerns, and aspirations.

That’s why I’d like to solicit your top priorities. Please take a moment to identify your top concerns by filling out this survey.

With Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury scheduled to release her proposed budget on April 26th, I want to know your thoughts as we determine how best to spend the vital funding provided by hardworking taxpayers like you.

Just as last year, I’ll report back on the results, and your feedback will inform my thinking during the budget process.

You can find out more information about the county’s budget, as well as opportunities to weigh in during our budget hearings here. I encourage you to share your thoughts and concerns not only with me but also with my fellow commissioners.

Together, we can continue to make our community one we can be proud of.

Warmly,

Jessica Vega Pederson

Contact Commissioner Vega Pederson:

Phone: 503.988.5217
Email: district3@multco.us
Address: 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 600, Portland, Oregon 97214

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Video from the Candidate Debate on April 14, 2018

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Thank you to everyone who attended our event!  It was great to see so many neighbors come out to vet their potential elected officials.  If you missed our Portland City Council Candidate Debate on Saturday, April 14, 2018, you’re in luck!  Andrew from Village Portland made a great recording of the event, complete with marked time stamps to make it easier to get to the issues that matter most to you!

Events like these don’t happen overnight.  They take hard work and dedication from many volunteers, as well as contributions from the community.  Which is why we  have so many huge thank yous for this event!

-Thank you to our hard working volunteers from Brentwood-Darlington, Montavilla, Lents, and Foster-Powell!
-Thank you to The Gathering Church for letting us use their space and equipment!
-Thank you to Andrew Wilkins from Village Portland for recording our event!
-Thank you to Signing Resources & Interpreters for providing our ASL interpretation!
-Thank you to AlmaLuna LLC for providing our Spanish translation!
-Thank you to New Seasons MarketPuddletown Bagels, and Bee’s Cakes for donating refreshments!
-Thank you to Philip Wolfe, Julia DeGraw, Nicholas Sutton, Corky (surrogate for Nick Fish), Felicia Williams, Loretta Smith, Stuart Emmons, Andrea Valderrama, and Jo Ann Hardesty for participating in our event!
-Thank you to everyone who attended this event!

Love what we do? JOIN US!  Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association is having board elections on May 3rd at our monthly meeting, 7:00-9:00PM at Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Ave, 97206). For more information, click the link above or visit us on Facebook.

Request for Support for Public Safety

From Mayor Wheeler’s Office:

As the 2018-2019 budget season is well underway, the Mayor’s Office would like to encourage our constituents with public safety concerns to give testimony in support of Portland Police Bureau’s budget request. Public safety in our community is in jeopardy.

The bureau is requesting funds for 93 additional sworn officers, and nine additional non-sworn professional positions. These requests support the Mayor’s key priorities of increasing public safety and police accountability, maintaining the City’s critical infrastructure, and enhancing livability. The bureau’s requests for additional ongoing resources will advance the bureau’s mission and goals to provide 21st Century Policing services, to support organizational excellence and inclusion, and to rebuild police units so they can better deliver community policing to all residents.

Staffing within the PPB has been a critical issue for the bureau for many years, and there are several factors that impact this issue: recruitment and hiring, attrition and number of officers.

There are the fewer officers in the bureau as there were a decade ago, despite a 10 percent increase in Portland’s population. This request would increase the number of officer positions by approximately 10 percent–on par with Portland’s growth.

The Portland Police Bureau continues to face challenges in patrol staffing, which has led to declining response times. In the last five years, total 911 call volume has increased by over 22%. These calls include a 97% increase in stolen vehicle calls, 64% increase in unwanted persons calls and a 32% increase in disorder calls.

Without an increase in staffing, the response time for these calls will only grow, threatening the safety of all Portlanders.  We urge constituents with any public safety concerns to voice their support for this proposed budget.

Your voice in this conversation is essential, and we urge constituents to either submit written testimony, contact city commissioners or attend one of the upcoming community budget events:

Community Budget Forums

April 17, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Roosevelt High School
6941 N Central St, 97203
Bus lines 44 and 75
Most testimony by random drawing

Budget Committee Hearings

May 10, 2018, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, hearing to receive public testimony
Council Chambers, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97204

May 16, 2018, 2:00pm, Council Action to approve City Budget, testimony heard
Council Chambers, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97204

Utility Rate Review
May 17, 2018 (first reading), 2:00pm, second reading May 23, 2018, time TBD
Council Chambers, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97204

TSCC Public Hearing
June 6, 2018, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Rose Room, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Council Action to Adopt Budget
June 7, 2018, 2:00pm
Council Chambers, Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Foster Shelter Steering Committee April Update

Next Foster Steering Committee meeting is Wednesday, April 18th

The third meeting of the Foster Steering Committee will be held on Wednesday, April 18th, from 6:00 – 7:30PM at SEIU, 6401 SE Foster Rd.

The main topic will be a discussion of public safety topics relating to the shelter. Representatives from the Portland Police Bureau will be in attendance to provide a presentation on the topic and answer questions.

You can find the minutes and materials from the second Steering Committee meeting here. An agenda for the April 18th meeting will be sent out one week prior.

All meetings of the Steering Committee are open to the public, and have a public comment period at the end of the agenda.

Please contact the Multnomah County, District 3 office if you have any questions at: 503-988-5217 or District3@multco.us

Portland City Council Candidate Debate

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Save the date and don’t be late for this candidate debate!

Join us as we host a debate for candidates for Portland City Council on April 14, 2018, 10:00AM-1:00PM at The Gathering Church (5921 SE 88th Ave, Portland, OR 97266).  Candidates for City Council Position 2 and 3 will debate a series of questions from Southeast and East Portland neighborhood associations and community groups, then stay for a casual Meet & Greet.  Light refreshments served. Supervised activity for children and ASL and Spanish interpretation provided. Neighbors from all of Portland are welcome to attend.  Doors open at 9:30AM.  RSVP to our event on Facebook to stay up to date!

Confirmed attending as of April 11, 2018:  

Position No. 2 – Philip Wolfe, Julia DeGraw, Nicholas Sutton, Nick Fish (via surrogate)

Position No. 3 – Felicia Williams, Loretta Smith, Stuart Emmons, Andrea Valderrama, Jo Ann Hardesty 

Questions?  Email us at brentwood.darlington@gmail.com or message us on Facebook.

Special Guest Commissioner Amanda Fritz in April!

The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association cordially invite all neighbors and business owners to join us at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center on April 5th, 7:00-9:00PM, for our monthly meeting, featuring special guest Commissioner Amanda Fritz.  RSVP to our event on Facebook to stay up to date!

La Asociación de Vecinos de Brentwood-Darlington invita a todos sus vecinos y propietarios de negocios a participar en nuestras próximas reuniones, que incluyen la siguientes invitado especial Comisario Amanda Fritz.

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March Meeting TONIGHT!

Don’t miss our monthly meeting, TONIGHT, April 5th, 2018, 7:00-9:00PM at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center.  Featuring special guest Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson.

Agenda (subject to change) below.  To download and print your own, click here!

La Asociación de Vecinos de Brentwood-Darlington invita a todos sus vecinos y propietarios de negocios a participar en nuestras próximas reuniones, que incluyen los siguientes invitados especiales Comisario Jessica Vega Pederson.