Promoting public involvement is central to the Portland League’s mission. We believe our democracy works best when the public is involved in decision making.
Letter to City Council
On July 16, we advocated for more public involvement in the process of changing city code. (Click here to see our earlier post.)
Now, we are urging our City Council to involve the public when the City negotiates the next Portland Police Association (PPA) contract.
Our July 30 letter says in part:
…we recommend a robust public engagement process leading into the 2020 negotiations. …we urge you to ensure that the upcoming process involves the community so that their input will have an impact on the outcome.
Portland is a stronger and more vibrant place when its people can bring their skills, knowledge, and lived experiences to the policymaking process.
You can read the entire letter here.
A Related event
The Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform is sponsoring a forum about the contract. Here are details.
- Community forum on the Portland Police Association Contract
- Monday, August 26 from 6-7:30 PM
- Maranatha Church, 4222 NE 12th at Skidmore.
- A 20-minute presentation on background; then community input.
The public needs more opportunities to be involved
The League of Women Voters of Portland has sent a letter to Commissioner Eudaly and Director Suk Rhee of the Office of Community and Civic Life. We are asking for more transparency and public involvement in the work of the committee proposing changes to the section of the City Code that governs community involvement and Neighborhood Associations. We believe most Portlanders don’t know about the Code 3.96 Committee’s efforts to change the City Code. The public should have their say on changes to policies that may affect how the public interacts with our city government and the livability of Portland’s neighborhoods.
You can read the City’s information about the Code Change Committee and its proposal here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/77951
“The League recommends that once the Code 3.96 Committee determines its proposal is ready for public review, it should schedule one or more public forums to address questions and accept comments and suggestions from interested community members.”
“It is hard to tell from the initial code language available on the website what the proposed changes will mean for Neighborhood Associations and other community organizations.”
“How will the public be provided avenues to stay informed and participate in a way that ensures a conduit for public input?”
“We understand the existing contracts district coalitions have with the City may be reconfigured and other entities could be chosen to replace them sometime in the future. If that is the case, will those entities provide services to Neighborhood Associations that are similar to the services provided by the district coalition offices?”
Our Mission: Encourage Public Participation
The League works to inform all people about policies that could affect their lives and to help them have a voice in government decisions. We believe the Neighborhood Associations have “the potential for serving the public good by providing important opportunities for civic participation and improving neighborhood livability.” And, “If the current system isn’t working for community members, the League is interested in understanding why and how new systems would be better.”
You can read the whole letter here: LWV Code 3.96 committee 7-19