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~~TAKE ACTION (15) posted October 17, 2018

1. VOTE - New 24-hour Official Ballot Drop Box in Parkrose Neighborhood: Located at  4390 NE 102nd Ave., (on NE 102nd across from MHCC Maywood Park Campus) find all the #MultnomahCounty Official Ballot Drop Sites at bit.ly/MultCoDropSites #OregonVotes.

2. Portland Parks & Recreation Bond Survey:  Click the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PGSMDYT. Closes Thursday, October 18th at Noon. Now that we have completed the third year of the Bond program, we want to hear what you think. Tell us how transparent we are and how we can improve. The Parks Replacement Bond was passed with the support of 73% of Portland voters in November 2014, and the first funds were released in July 2015. You can read more about the Bond’s progress in our most recent Annual Report: short report | long report.

3. City of Portland Police Bureau Citizen Assessors Needed: The Portland Police Bureau is preparing for the next Sergeant and Lieutenant Promotional Assessment Centers. To do this, we need assistance from community members who are able to serve as assessors. Your involvement in this process is vital in helping shape the leadership of the Police Bureau both now and in the future. Potential assessors MUST be available for the entire length of the assessment center that you volunteer for, as they are week-long processes in which we cannot switch out assessors from day to day (you do not need to be available for all three assessment centers, just the entire week of the assessment center that you would like to volunteer for).  The assessments will be from approximately 8 am to 5 pm each day. Lunches, snacks, beverages and reimbursement for mileage will be provided. Portland Police Assessment Centers = Sergeant - Friday, October 19, 2018 and/or Lieutenant – Monday, October 29, 2018 – Friday, November 2, 2018. If you are interested and available for one or more of the above listed Assessment Center’s, contact Emily Craig (emily.craig@portlandoregon.gov) to request an application. The Portland Police Bureau is strongly interested in the participation of assessors who are women and/or of diversity.

4. Portland Police Bureau Training Advisory Council: Eight vacant positions. The application deadline is October 20th: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/656174. This council was established in 2012 by the Portland City Council to advise the Chief of Police on training standards, practices, and outcomes by examining training content, delivery, tactics, policy, tools, equipment and facilities.
The Training Advisory Council meets a minimum of six times a year. Meetings are at the Portland Police Bureau Training Complex at 14912 NE Airport Way on the second Wednesday of every other month starting in January. Members are occasionally expected to commit additional flexible hours outside of regular meetings. The term of service is two years. Selected applicants will be required to undergo a standard criminal background check and will participate in a series of orientation activities that will prepare them to be an effective member of the council. Selected members will also need to provide a brief public biography.

5. Nominations for Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights Award Event: Nominations in three categories will be accepted until October 24th: Emerging Leader; Outstanding Organization; and Lifetime Achievement.
Recipients in each category will be selected based on their efforts to eliminate discrimination and bigotry, to strengthen inter-group relationships, and to foster greater understanding, inclusion and justice for those who live, work, study, worship, travel and play in the City of Portland. To nominate an individual or group for a Human Rights award, please visit our website to download the nomination form. For more information contact: tatiana.elejalde@portlandoregon.gov.
Event on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at
Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan St. Portland.

6. Expand Housing Choice for Everyone - 2018 Community Need Hearing: Thursday, October 30, 5:45 - 7:45 pm (Dinner at 5:45pm) at Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark St Join us to discuss the economic, social services, and housing needs in your community. Your input will help Portland, Gresham, and Multnomah County prioritize resources for 2019−2020. (Reunion en Espanol; Spanish language hearing, English interpretation available)

7. 122nd Ave. Plan - Safety, Access & Transit Open House: Wednesday, November 7th - 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Midland Library (805 SE 122nd Ave). What improvements should the City of Portland make on 122nd Ave? Drop in anytime to hear what we’ve learned so far in our outreach and planning. The Portland Bureau of Transportation is developing a plan for 122nd Ave and project to be built in 2020. Potential changes include safety improvements, more crossings, improved bike lanes, bus lanes, and signal changes to support frequent bus service along this essential multimodal corridor, all while balancing the needs of auto and freight movement. You’ll get a chance to ask questions and give us feedback on potential improvements. Visit the website to join our email list & learn more information: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/122ndAve

8. Metro 2018 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Public Hearings and Action: November 8 at 2 PM at Metro Center, 200 NE Grand Ave. on adoption of the 2018 RTP and strategies for transportation safety, transit improvements, freight movement and emerging technology. Find out more about the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan at oregonmetro.gov/rtp.
Metro Final RTP Public Hearing and Council Legislative Action: December 6 at 2 p.m. at Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave.

Survey to Promote Friendship and Caring: You have until November 30, 2018 to submit your answers. Centennial Community Association and the Rosewood Initiative invite ALL East Portland residents to participate in this community survey to learn more about the ways we can promote friendship and foster a sense of concern and caring among people in outer East Portland neighborhoods: Click here to take the survey in Spanish.  and
Click here to take the survey in English.

9. Metro Has Openings on 3 Influential Advisory Committees: Applications accepted until Oct. 22, 2018. Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee =  Find out more and apply; Public Engagement Review Committee = Find out more and apply; and Parks and Nature Equity Advisory Committee = Find out more and apply. Find out more about Metro's advisory committees at oregonmetro.gov/committees

10. City of Portland Public Campaign Finance Commission (a.k.a. Open and Accountable Elections Commission) Members: To apply, please fill out the application form as soon as possible: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/article/696115 and submit it to mail to: susan.mottet@portlandoregon.gov. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/?c=60027&a=697188

11. Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) Agenda: View the tentative upcoming PSC agendas and meeting schedule here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/312882. All PSC meetings are held at the 1900 SW 4th Building, 2nd floor, unless otherwise noticed. PSC meetings are streamed live on the BPS YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/portlandbps and tape delayed on Channel 30.

12. City Council Agenda: View upcoming City Council agenda items here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/378315. All City Council meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. All Council meetings are broadcast live at: www.portlandoregon.gov/article/230361<http://www.portlandoregon.gov/article/230361.

13. Childcare Reimbursement for Meeting Support: Politisit.org http://politisit.org/ will provide reimbursement to qualified community members for childcare while parents or caregivers attend community and civic engagement meetings. You can learn more about how this works, or sign up, here https://www.politisit.org/. Next time you want to attend a meeting or civic engagement activity but can't pay for childcare, give this a try.

14. Multnomah County Budget Advisory Committees: Budget Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public, and you can view upcoming meeting dates on our online calendar. We will begin learning about county departments' plans for the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

15. Register to Vote: You can register to vote or update your voter registration online! Visit oregonvotes.gov/myvote. Multnomah County Elections wants all voters to be able to vote easily, privately and independently, understand the steps in voting, understand elections rules, and know who to ask for help. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/?c=56136&a=658375

TAKE ACTION (14) posted September 25, 2018

1. Portland City Council Candidates Candidates’ Forum with our Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC): October 1, 6-8:15 PM at the IRCO gym10301 NE Glisan St.  You can learn more (and RSVP!) on Facebook or Eventbrite. The Forum is  with Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith on Why Arts & Culture Matter. We are working towards making this event as accessible as we can by providing language and ASL interpretation as well as childcare (as requested). We are also approaching this event with an intersectional lens and want to make the conversation focus on the impact of arts and culture on issues such as houslessness, immigration, education, activism etc. We want to bring in as many voices into the conversation and hope we are making it as accessible as possible.

2. City of Portland Public Campaign Finance Commission (a.k.a. Open and Accountable Elections Commission) Members: First round of review will be October 1. You may submit applications after October 1. To apply, please fill out the application form as soon as possible: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/article/696115 and submit it to mail to: susan.mottet@portlandoregon.gov. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/?c=60027&a=697188

3. City of Portland Parks Bond Survey: Tell us how we're doing! Several East Portland projects have been built, please share your appreciation. Comments are due October 1st at 9 am: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PGSMDYT.  Now that we have completed the third year of the Bond program, we want to hear what you think. Tell us how transparent you think we are, how we are doing in communicating with you, and how we can improve. See our annual report at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/77497

4. City of Portland Bicycle Parking Code Update: Read and comment on the Bicycle Parking Code Update Project Discussion Draft by October 1, 2018: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/?c=39132&a=694284

5.  City of Portland Bureau of Development Services Online Permitting System Customer Advisory Committee Members: Interested in City permitting and development processes? Have you applied for a business or land use permit before and wish the process were easier? https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/576322 or  
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/?c=60027&a=695663.

6. Community Engagement at Multnomah County Survey: Let us know what you think and take our survey nowor, click here to download a paper copy of the survey and return it to: Office of Community Involvement, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Suite 192, Portland, OR 97214. We will accept survey responses through Monday, October 8th. Help us update our engagement-focused advisory body, the Community Involvement Committee (CIC), by completing our community involvement survey. For more information about this project, visit http://bit.ly/cicreview. Disclosure: recent CIC members were all dismissed. 

7. Multnomah County’s Land Use Planning Division Planning Commission Recruitment: Applications are due by close of business on Monday, October 8, 2018. An online application is located at: https://multco.us/landuse/webform/planning-commission-application. A hard copy of the application sent by US mail may be requested by calling 503-988-0168 or emailing adam.t.barber@multco.us. Applications may be submitted online or by mail. The Multnomah County Planning Commission addresses rural land use planning issues to meet state planning requirements and policies set forth by Multnomah County’s Board of County Commissioners that apply to the county’s rural areas. The commission consists of nine members who serve four-year terms and are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Click here to learn more about the Multnomah County Planning Commission.

8. City of Portland Planning & Sustainability Better Housing by Design Proposed Draft: City of Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission (PSC) has scheduled work sessions on specific proposals with staff-prepared work session material: Tuesday, October 9 (1 p.m.) East Portland standards and street connectivity and Tuesday, November 13 (2:30 p.m.) Visibility, building design and parking. Please confirm dates, times and agendas one week prior by visiting the PSC Calendar.  Project website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/betterhousing. Bill Cunningham: 503-823-4203 or betterhousing@portlandoregon.gov

9. City of Portland Police Bureau Citizen Assessors Needed: The Portland Police Bureau is preparing for the next Sergeant and Lieutenant Promotional Assessment Centers. To do this, we need assistance from community members who are able to serve as assessors. Your involvement in this process is vital in helping shape the leadership of the Police Bureau both now and in the future. Potential assessors MUST be available for the entire length of the assessment center that you volunteer for, as they are week-long processes in which we cannot switch out assessors from day to day (you do not need to be available for all three assessment centers, just the entire week of the assessment center that you would like to volunteer for).  The assessments will be from approximately 8 am to 5 pm each day. Lunches, snacks, beverages and reimbursement for mileage will be provided. Portland Police Assessment Centers = Sergeant - Monday, October 15, 2018 - Friday, October 19, 2018 and/or Lieutenant – Monday, October 29, 2018 – Friday, November 2, 2018. If you are interested and available for one or more of the above listed Assessment Center’s, contact Emily Craig (emily.craig@portlandoregon.gov) to request an application. The Portland Police Bureau is strongly interested in the participation of assessors who are women and/or of diversity.

10. Multnomah County Budget Advisory Committees: Budget Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public, and you can view upcoming meeting dates on our online calendar. We will begin learning about county departments' plans for the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

11. Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) Agenda: View the tentative upcoming PSC agendas and meeting schedule here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/312882. All PSC meetings are held at the 1900 SW 4th Building, 2nd floor, unless otherwise noticed. PSC meetings are streamed live on the BPS YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/portlandbps and tape delayed on Channel 30.

12. City Council Agenda: View upcoming City Council agenda items here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/378315. All City Council meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. All Council meetings are broadcast live at: www.portlandoregon.gov/article/230361<http://www.portlandoregon.gov/article/230361

13. Childcare Reimbursement for Meeting Support: Politisit.org http://politisit.org/ will provide reimbursement to qualified community members for childcare while parents or caregivers attend community and civic engagement meetings. You can learn more about how this works, or sign up, here https://www.politisit.org/. Next time you want to attend a meeting or civic engagement activity but can't pay for childcare, give this a try.

14. Register to Vote: You can register to vote or update your voter registration online! Visit oregonvotes.gov/myvote. Multnomah County Elections wants all voters to be able to vote easily, privately and independently, understand the steps in voting, understand elections rules, and know who to ask for help. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/?c=56136&a=658375