This video explains what’s being done now in Oregon to address our climate crisis. An expert panel discusses ways to reduce carbon emissions, while also providing jobs and improving the environment. The speakers represent the Portland Clean Energy Fund, Verde, Oregon Business for Climate, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Listen as they discuss their priorities and projects. Click the arrow below.
Did you vote? There were many important issues on the ballot for the November 6 election—affordable housing, taxes, clean energy, jobs, abortion, the influence of money in politics and how we treat immigrants. We also elected leaders for our national, state and local governments – the people who will represent you in the next two to four years.
The League offered voters lots of nonpartisan information about the 2018 General Election in Oregon.
Your vote can make a difference. Be a voter. Use our website to help you decide how you want to vote.
October 2, 7 – 9 pm
Portland Commissioner Position3, JoAnn A Hardesty vs. Loretta Smith
also October 2:
- Ballot Measure 103, prohibiting taxes/fees for “groceries”
- Ballot Measure 26-201, Portland’s retailer surcharge for clean energy projects.
October 9, 7 – 9 pm
- Multnomah County Auditor, Scott Learn vs. Jennifer McGuirk – in partnership with the City Club of Portland
also October 9:
- Measure 105, repealing the law limiting state and local enforcement of federal immigration laws
- Measure 26-199, Metro affordable housing bonds
- Measure 102, allowing local bonds for financing affordable housing with nongovernmental entities
Both evenings will start at 7 pm in the Multnomah County Boardroom, to the right off the lobby of 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
You won’t want to miss watching these informative forums live in person or via the YouTube recordings on our website. Understand the issues & candidates.
Progress for Clean Energy in Portland!
Press Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 27, 2018
Contact: Damon Motz-Storey 303.913.5634 firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland Clean Energy Fund Campaign Officially Qualifies for November 2018 Ballot
(PORTLAND, OR) – The Portland City Auditor Elections Division sent news late today that the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PDX 04, the “Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Initiative 2018”) received enough valid Portland voter signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot. A sampling of 55,509 submitted signatures revealed 39,755 valid signatures, over 5,000 more than the 34,156 signature threshold for the City of Portland. The announcement means that Portland voters will decide this Fall on funding clean energy projects including housing upgrades, living-wage jobs and job training, and green infrastructure.
“The people of Portland have spoken: the time is now for good jobs, healthy homes, and a clean energy future,” said chief petitioner Reverend E.D. Mondainé, President of the NAACP Portland Branch and Pastor of the Celebration Tabernacle Church in North Portland. “Our broad and diverse community achieved something truly great in submitting far more than enough signatures for this historic measure. We look forward to victory at the ballot this November.”
The Portland Clean Energy Fund would raise more than $30 million per year to support energy efficiency housing upgrades, jobs and job training in clean energy, and new solar power and green infrastructure. The measure will prioritize funding for housing upgrades and living-wage jobs for all underserved Portlanders, particularly low-income residents and people of color. The Portland Clean Energy Fund would be funded by a 1% business license surcharge that would only apply to mega-retailers with more than $1 billion per year in nation-wide gross revenue
More than 150 organizations and businesses and over 50 elected officials, public figures, and faith leaders have endorsed the Portland Clean Energy Fund Campaign.
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
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.)
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.