On November 12, 2019, the League submitted comments to the City Council about the process for changing City Code Chapter 3.96. This part of the City Code governs the way the Office of Community and Civic Life engages with people in Portland. Action Chair Debbie Aiona also testified at the Council’s November 14 hearing.
The City Council resolution calls for a multi-bureau work group to carry out the next phase of this process. The League urges opening the work group’s meetings to the public for observation. We also recommend following up the work group’s proposals with a thorough public process that includes a broad group of Portlanders.
Are you worried about the influence of BIG money on politics? The League is! Come weigh in on next steps for campaign finance reform in Oregon.
Representative Dan Rayfield, who helped lead the charge for campaign finance reform in the 2019 Legislature, is hosting a series of forums around Oregon.
PORTLAND AREA FORUMS
Tuesday, September 10th, from 7:00-8:30pm
Clackamas Community College, Harmony Community Room–7738 SE Harmony Rd, Milwaukie, OR 97222;
OR Wednesday, September 11th, from 6:00-7:45pm
Midland Library –805 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97233
What will be covered
Each forum will include:
a 20-minute presentation on the history and politics of campaign finance reform in Oregon
a 20-minute discussion of the recently passed campaign finance reform legislation
a 40-minute community discussion on various campaign finance limit goals and proposals
Oregon is one of five states without campaign contribution limits.
“We believe this statewide tour will help drive a local conversation about campaign finance reform and keep pressure on the legislature to pass a campaign contribution limits,” said Rebecca Gladstone, President of the League of Women Voters of Oregon.
“We made real progress on campaign finance reform during the session, but it’s not enough,” said Rayfield.“We need to do more in 2020 and I want to hear directly from Oregonians on what they want their campaign finance system to look like.”
see what the League is doing
The League of Women Voters of Portland and the Oregon LWV have filed a “Friend of the Court” brief in the Oregon Supreme Court. It supports the campaign contribution limits passed by voters in Multnomah County. See our earlier post here.
See the list of Upcoming Events in our sidebar to the right.
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At our May 13 Local Convention of LWV of Portland members, we elected a new board president and new members of the Portland Board. All these leaders are volunteers. They serve our community by providing civic and voter information and advocacy for the public good.
The new Board and other leaders for the League of Women Voters of Portland (L-R top row: Marion McNamara, Adrienne Aiona, Amber Nobe, Judy Froemke, Carol Cushman, Eileen Chase, Debbie Aiona; L-R bottom row: Peter Englander, Debbie Kaye, Linda Mantel, Margaret Noel, Maud Naroll, Nancy Donovan, Anne Davidson. Missing Kim Mason, Phil Thor). Our new president, Debbie Kaye, is holding the bouquet of yellow roses.
Let your elected officials know about your opinions on how to use our tax dollars and which services our country, state and region need. Here is the League’s guide to how to reach all your elected government officials – from President Trump to your Soil and Water Conservation District!