Action Committee

 

Winter & Spring 2019 Action Committee meetings

Action Committee meetings will resume in September 2019.

The April Action Committee Meeting was on Friday, April 26, 2019, with Nui Bezaire, Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services, and Melissa Arnold, Home Forward, Community Services program supervisor, speaking on Permanent Supportive Housing.


The March Action Committee meeting was on Friday, March 22, 1:30-3:30. The subject was “Compassionate Change District – Central Eastside Industrial District.” Sandra Comstock, Right 2 Survive and Compassionate Change District representative, was the speaker.


The February Action Committee meeting was on the City of Portland’s Role in the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The speakers were Cindy Ryals, technical program manager for Portland Harbor Superfund, and Jessica Terlikowski, senior community outreach and information representative for Portland Harbor Superfund. They both work for the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. The slide presentation that they prepared for this meeting may be viewed by clicking here.


The January Action Committee meeting was on Proposals for Tax Reform in Oregon, with John Tapogna, ECONorthwest, president/partner



Fall 2018 Action Committee meetings

The September Action Committee meeting featured a presentation by staff members from the Portland City Budget Office. Shannon Fairchild, Senior Financial Analyst, and Josh Harwood, Chief Economist, explained the budget process and answered the committee’s questions. A full report about this meeting was in the November issue of the Voter newsletter.

The subject of the October Action Committee meeting was Oregon’s Air Quality. Mary Peveto, president of Neighbors for Clean Air, spoke to committee members. An article about this meeting was in the December issue of the Voter newsletter.

The November 2018 Action Committee meeting was on juvenile justice. A report will be in the January newsletter. For more information about the Action Committee, contact Debbie Aiona at action@lwvpdx.org.

Winter and Spring 2018 Action Committee meetings

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.

Contact Action Chair Debbie Aiona with questions: action@lwvpdx.org

Recent Testimony

On February 13, 2019, the Portland League was one of many citizen groups that urged the City to withdraw from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.  The City Council voted in favor (3 – 2) of ending its membership in the JTTF.  Read the League’s testimony here.

On February 5, 2019, the Portland League sent a memo to the Portland City Council on the OIR Group Sixth Report on Police Shootings.  The OIR Group is under contract with the Auditor’s office to conduct periodic retrospective analyses of police shootings and make recommendations. The Portland League urged the Police Review Board to follow up on the OIR Group recommendations for better training on tactical decisions that could reduce the use of deadly force. We also advocated for 1) allowing survivors or families of victims to request Citizen Review Committee reviews of their cases, 2) interviewing officers involved in shootings before the end of their shifts, and 3) giving shooting victims prompt medical attention. Read the memo here.

On December 20, 2018, the Portland League sent a memorandum to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expressing concerns about proposed changes to the clean-up plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The League opposes revisions to the clean-up plan to allow a higher level of the contaminant benzo (a) pyrene (BaP), so soon after the Record of Decision was finalized. You can read the full memo here.

On November 13, 2018, the Portland League sent a memorandum to the City Council about proposed restrictions on the time, place and manner in which demonstrations may be held, when there is concern about violence. The League urged the Council to form a short-term work group  to research how other jurisdictions handle violent protests.  We recommended that this group consider  U.S. and Oregon constitutional and legal issues, explore existing laws and methods that could be used more effectively, and determine whether there is a need for new legislation. You can read the memo here.

On October 1, 2018, the League of Women Voters of Portland sent a memorandum to District Judge Michael Simon, commenting on the City’s updated plan for the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP). As shown below, the Portland League has been following police oversight for many years and, in recent years, we have monitored Portland’s compliance with the U.S. Department of Justice Settlement Agreement with the City. The memo was sent to Judge Simon for his consideration before the Interim Status Conference on the Settlement Agreement. It can be read here.

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 endorsed several ballot measures that passed in the November 2018 election, including the Metro bonds to build more affordable housing, campaign finance reform for Portland City candidates and the Portland Clean Energy Fund.