Action Committee

Action Committee meetings

All League members are welcome to attend Action Committee meetings. Contact Action Chair Debbie Aiona with questions: action@lwvpdx.org

Fall 2019 Action Committee meetings

The September Action Committee meeting featured two presentations: one by Friends of the Library representative Kirsten Leonard, who spoke about the services and critical space needs of the Multnomah County Library System, and another by PSU Professor Mary C. King, who is advocating for free universal preschool. A report on their presentations is in our October 2019 eVoter newsletter.

October Action Committee Meeting

  • Friday, Oct. 25 | 1:30–3:30 pm
  • League Office Conference Room | 618 NW Glisan Street, Room 303
  • Topic: Civic Engagement in Portland and the 3.96 Code Change Project
  • Guest: Winta Yohannes, policy adviser to City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

The Office of Community and Civic Life and Commissioner Eudaly’s office are developing a proposal for significant changes to the city’s public engagement program and process. This includes possible changes to the Neighborhood Association system. Winta Yohannes will provide an overview of the work done to date, respond to League questions, and discuss next steps. More information on the project is available at the Office of Community and Civic Life website.

 Winter & Spring 2019 Action Committee meetings

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