Recent Testimony and Action

Portland Harbor Superfund Site:  Explanation of Significant Differences

In a memorandum to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 20, 2018, the Portland League expressed concerns about an EPA proposal that would increase the allowable levels of Benzo(a)pyrene in Willamette River sediments.  You can read the memo here. A final decision is expected by the end of 2019.

OIR Group Sixth Report on Police Shootings

In a memorandum sent to the Portland City Council on February 5, 2019, the Portland League strongly urged adoption of recommendations from the OIR Group. The OIR Group is under contract with the Auditor’s office to conduct periodic retrospective analyses of police shootings and make recommendations. We asked 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.

City of Portland Membership in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)

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