Signing Initiative Petitions

Signature Gatherers want you to sign!

It’s that time of year. People with clipboards (including some League members) are asking voters to sign petitions to put ballot measures on the November ballot. Should you sign? You definitely should think about whether you really support the petition and would like it to become law. Ask for an explanation of what the measure would do and read the ballot title. The League of Women Voters cautions you to “Think Before You Ink.” Here’s some information to consider before you sign.

The league is supporting some initiatives

Portland Clean Energy Fund 

As of July 6, this initiative appears to have enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. The Portland LWV supports this proposal. Our support is based on our Climate Change and Equality of Opportunity positions. It would fund renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and clean-energy jobs training for disadvantaged workers. Income for the Fund would be from a 1% supplemental business license surcharge on large retail corporations with over $1 billion a year in national revenue and $500,000 in Portland sales. (Revenue from groceries and medicine would be exempted.)

Initiative 43, regulating sales of assault weapons

Our support of this initiative was based on our position on gun safety. However, the coalition of clergy members, youth and other advocates, “Lift Every Voice,” has withdrawn the initiative and will refile it for 2020. The initiative proposed two steps to make Oregon a safer place. The first was to require semiautomatic weapons and large capacity magazines to be registered by responsible gun owners. The second step would have been to prohibit the future sale of these weapons and magazines in Oregon. This effort is delayed, but not over.

Reducing Portland’s Carbon Footprint – Highlights

Highlights Videos

This short video on Reducing Our Carbon Footprint is one of a series of videos that are excerpts from longer recordings of forums. We take the most interesting statements from the panel discussions.

What you can learn about reducing your carbon footprint

Find out what you, your city and your business can do to protect our planet. How can we cut  carbon emissions and limit the harm to our environment, climate and health? Three speakers talk about what the City of Portland, Oregon businesses and individuals are doing now. Then they discuss their visions for the future. There are many exciting ideas about how our lives will change in the next few decades, if we want to reduce the harm caused by carbon emissions.

Watch the best 20 minutes of this discussion by clicking the arrow below.

Videos of Highlights from 2017-18 Civic Programs

What are Highlights Videos?

Highlights videos are shortened versions of recorded panel discussions about important civic issues. The League presents these panel discussions during many months of the year. The full discussions often last more than an hour. But now you can see a shorter version with the most important points.  Highlights videos are typically 20 minutes long.

View the highlights of what was said by clicking on the titles below.

Gun Safety Highlights

Oregon Budget Highlights

Lobbying the Legislature Highlights

Civil Discourse Highlights

Homeless Voices Highlights

Reducing Portland’s Carbon Footprint Highlights

 

Watch the Video on Reducing Portland’ Carbon Footprint

How can we as a city, as individuals and as businesses help solve the problem of climate change and significantly reduce our carbon emissions? The panel discussion hosted by the League of Women Voters of Portland on March 13 addresses these questions. Here are some answers from Michele Crim of the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Nancy Hamilton of the Oregon Business Alliance for Climate and Liz Zavodsky of the Northwest Earth Institute. Click below to watch a video of the forum. See more about our current work.

Reducing Portland’s Carbon Footprint – March 13

Reducing Portland’s Carbon Footprint

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30),

Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne, Portland, OR

Free and open to the public.

How can our city, county and residents reduce carbon emissions and limit our impact on climate change?

Did you know that the City of Portland and Multnomah County have a Climate Action Plan that provides a roadmap for cutting our carbon emissions? If successful, by 2050 we will cut our carbon emissions by 80 percent. There is a role for everyone: government, businesses, and individuals.

The League of Women Voters of Portland will present an educational panel discussion to explore how Portland is working to reduce its carbon footprint. The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will give us an overview of the plan, including the goals and our progress so far. The Northwest Earth Institute will explain what individuals can do to lower their personal carbon footprint, and will offer opportunities for involvement in Earth Day activities and beyond. Local businesses will discuss what they are doing to thrive and grow while lowering the carbon footprint of their businesses.

If you are interested in what our city is doing to reduce our carbon footprint and what this will mean to you, please come to our March Civic Education Panel Discussion or listen online. The program will be recorded by MetroEast Community Media for rebroadcast after the program and will be available on the League of Women Voters website, lwvpdx.org. Funding for the recording is provided by the Multnomah Bar Foundation.

Parking is available on the street. Multnomah County Building is easily accessed by public transportation. Trimet options include bus lines 4, 6, 10, 14, 15 and the Portland Streetcar.

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