The January Action Committee meeting was a presentation and discussion about Prosper Portland, formerly the Portland Development Commission – Portland’s Economic Development agency. A report on this meeting was in our March newsletter.
The February Action Committee meeting featured a discussion about Metro’s Equitable Housing Initiative, with Metro Councilor Sam Chase. For more background information on the topic, refer to the fact sheet here. There was a report on this meeting in our April newsletter.
The March Action Committee meeting was a discussion about Criminal Justice Reform with Kate Gonsalves, political director, Oregon Justice Resource Center. There was a report in our May newsletter.
The April Action Committee meeting featured a discussion about Protecting and Improving Portland’s Water Quality and Environment, with speakers from Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services:
- Sallie Edmunds, Central City, River and Environmental Planning Manager
- Jeff Caudill, South Reach Project Manager
- Mindy Brooks Environmental-zone Map Correction Project Manager
All League members are welcome to attend Action Committee meetings.
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On April 17, the League of Women Voters of Portland submitted recommendations to District Judge Michael Simon at the Fairness Hearing on amendments to the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement with the City of Portland. Our comments focused on improving transparency and public involvement in police oversight. You can read our testimony here.
On February 15, the League of Women Voters of Portland sent testimony to the Portland City Council about the most recent report of the OIR Group on Portland Police Officer-Involved Shootings. The League has been involved in Police Oversight since the 1980s. Our testimony expressed concerns and offered recommendations about the findings of the OIR Group on the shortcomings of the Police Review Board and delays in obtaining medical help for injured individuals. You can read our testimony here.
To read our other testimony on police oversight, click here.
Other Action News
LWVPDX Endorses “Portland Climate Action Community Benefits Initiative”
The League of Women Voters of Portland has added its name to the list of endorsers for the Portland Climate Action Community Benefits Initiative. If enough signatures are collected and the initiative qualifies for the ballot, voters will decide in November whether to enact a surcharge on large retailers for the purpose of funding projects aimed at reducing the city’s carbon footprint and increasing job opportunities and training for disadvantaged community members. Read the full text of the initiative, which is available from the City Auditor, here. Additional information is available at this website.