ONI Budget Process

Please help guide the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) program and budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2016-17.

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) is starting our annual process to develop a budget for FY 2016-17 (July 1 2016 through June 30, 2017). Please view the full invitation online. Anybody interested in participating is invited to attend.

ONI Budget Kickoff:
Monday December 14th, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Portland Building, 2nd Floor Room B, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Portland OR 97201


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Archer at 503-823-2294 


1.    All are invited to participate
While our ONI Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC) will be at the core of this budgeting effort, we are looking to expand participation to include as many diverse stakeholders as possible to help inform our decisions. Please consider this memo an invitation to join ONI’s FY17 Budget Advisory Committee, and please forward it to any others you believe may be interested. This is an important opportunity to serve your community and we need and welcome your involvement. Please contact Amy Archer to be added to the member list.

2.    Note that a general budget orientation is available online AND ONI staff are available to meet with you personally if you are new to the budget process.
Whether you know you want to participate or are not sure and want to learn more, this orientation is intended to give a general overview of budgeting at the City and what it means to participate in ONI’s process. If you would like a personal meeting to orient to budgeting at the City and ONI, please contact Amy Archer. In person we could provide a basic overview and answer any questions you may have to prepare to fully participate in our process. We are also available over the phone or email if you have questions but are unable to meet in person.

3.    How to get involved
The first full budget kickoff meeting is on Monday December 14th (see above).

All ONI BAC meetings are public meetings and anyone is welcomed to attend.  However, if you want to go a step further and become an official working member of this Budget Advisory Committee please let Amy Archer, ONI Operations Manager know as soon as possible.  This will help ensure that you are on the list of participants and receive meeting announcements and materials.

4.    Overview of current budget opportunities
What we know about the budget development this year:
·         ONI’s base budget for all programs is about $7.8 million.
·         The Mayor released budget guidance that directs general fund bureaus to propose 5% cuts/reductions of general fund and overhead funding, which for ONI results in a cut target of $393,555. It also allows for one-time and ongoing add packages but encourages focus on highest priority areas and using realignment of existing resources where possible.
·         ONI’s Bureau Advisory Committee has already spent several months on the Funding Equity Strategy issue learning about and reviewing existing data and developing a strategy for addressing funding gaps when new funding is available. Unfortunately, as we enter a cut year we do not anticipate progress on this effort during this budget cycle, but are sensitive to not worsening the issue as we consider cuts.
·         The ONI BAC makes decisions by a modified consensus model. All participants have the opportunity to ask questions, share information and contribute to the decisions.

5.    Expectations of ONI Budget Advisory Committee members
·         Must be committed to attending and participating in all or most meetings, which typically occur downtown in the Portland Building.  Parking vouchers can be provided for SmartPark locations or TriMet tickets can be supplied to committee members preferring to use public transportation. Food will be served when appropriate.
·         Must be willing to communicate to ONI staff and partners what materials and information they need to best understand ONI’s budget and to make the most informed decisions.
·         Must be willing to go back to their constituency group (coalition, neighborhood, community-based organization, staff, contractor, etc.) and if appropriate hold one or more focus group discussions as necessary to incorporate a broader point of view into ONI priorities.
·         Must be willing and able to put the interests of their constituency group(s) in a larger context and first and foremost represent the best interests of neighborhoods and communities citywide.

6.    Expected Timeline
·         ONI Budget Advisory Committee kicks off on Monday December 14th, 2015.
·         The City budget season goes from the kick-off date through the end of June of 2015. The bureau’s requested budget is typically due at the end of January or beginning of February, so the most intensive meeting schedule is between December and January;
·         The workgroup will generally meet on scheduled evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Meetings are located at the Portland Building (2nd Floor, 1120 SW 5th Ave). Following are the currently scheduled meetings:
·         Monday, December 14th, 5:30-8:30pm (Budget Kick-off) – Room B
·         Monday, January 4th, 5:30-8:30pm  – Room C
·         Monday, January 11th, 5:30-8:30pm – Room C
·         Tuesday, January 19th, 5:30-8:30pm – Room C
·         Monday, January 25th, 5:30-8:30pm (tentative, if needed)- Room C
There may be additional daytime or evening meetings scheduled as needed, most likely between December and January.

Through this process participants will: gain understanding of ONI’s programs and budget; review program prioritization; generate budget ideas that could result in realigning programs/services; present ONI’s final budget to the Commissioner-in-Charge (along with ONI staff); testify about the budget decisions before Council throughout the budget process, both at City Hall and at community budget forums.

After the Requested Budget is submitted in February, the Bureau Advisory Committee will return to meeting on the second Monday of the month from 5:30-7:30 pm

Please contact Amy prior to the meeting at 503-823-2294 or if you want to add your name to the list to receive future communications regarding this budget process. There is an online orientation and ONI staff are also available to provide orientation to new participants prior to the December 14th meeting.

Food will be provided. Parking vouchers are available if you park in the Smart Park (closest located on 1st and Jefferson, we cannot validate any parking that is not Smart Park). Bus tickets are also available if you use public transportation.

·         To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-2294, or the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900 no less than five (5) business days prior.  www.portlandoregon.gov/OMF/CivilRights      www.portlandoregon.gov/OMF/ADA
·         If you are unable to view the online information, please contact Amy Archer to make alternative arrangements for materials.
·         Language Interpretation services available upon request. Please contact Amy Archer at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting to make arrangements.
·         Although resources do not allow us to provide childcare for the meetings, the meeting room is large enough that your child(ren) may be able to play quietly in the room under your supervision if necessary. ONI can bring some toys/books to the meeting upon request. Please contact Amy Archer at least 2 hours prior to the meeting to make arrangements.

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Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel

Get Ready for the 2016 and 2017 State Legislative Sessions!

Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
6:00 PM to 8: 00 PM
Portland Building, 2nd floor, Auditorium
1120 SW 5th Ave., Portland

Legislative Advocacy 101 will provide community members with tips on how to be effective advocates for their community or neighborhood during the upcoming 2016 and 2017 state legislative sessions and the 114th Congress. A panel of elected officials, congressional staff, and community advocates will share their advice and answer questions about how the community can make an impact on public policy at the state and federal levels.

·         Oregon State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (SD 17)
·         City of Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz
·         Johnell Bell, Field Director for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
·         Kayse Jama, Executive Director, Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO)
·         Moderator, Martha Pellegrino, Director, City of Portland, Office of Government Relations

Information you will gain from the panel
·          How to work effectively with legislators and their staff
·          Strategies for mobilizing your membership base or coalitions to maximize advocacy impact
·          Lobbying do’s and don’ts

Language Accessibility
Spanish and ASL interpretation will be provided at the event.
The City of Portland will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities and people needing assistance with language interpretation and translation. Please notify us by Wednesday, November 25 if you need assistance.

PHONE: (503) 823-3093
EMAIL: arolia.mcswain@portlandoregon.gov
TTY: (503) 823-6868
Oregon Relay Service at (800) 735-2900

Transit Access
The event is located on the downtown transit mall next to Yellow, Green, and Orange MAX lines. www.trimet.org

Questions about specific legislative items? Contact the Mayor and City Commissioners

If you have questions about specific legislative issues, please contact City Council Offices. You can find contact information at this link (see photos of Mayor and Commissioners on left side of page): http://www.portlandoregon.gov.

Co-Sponsored by the City of Portland, Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Office of Government Relations, and Office of Commissioner Amanda Fritz

For more information contact
Arolia McSwain
Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), Community and Neighborhood Involvement Center (CNIC)
PHONE: (503) 823-3093
EMAIL: arolia.mcswain@portlandoregon.gov

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Town Hall on Current Policy Issues

Commissioner Amanda Fritz cordially invites you a Town Hall meeting to share information, ask questions and give feedback on current policy issues in Portland.

Date: Monday, November 30, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location: PCC SE Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave. Portland, OR 97216. Community Hall Annex (COMX).

Light refreshments will be provided. The closest parking is in Lot F on 79th Ave. TriMet operates bus 4 and 72 near the SE Campus.

Topics will include:

  • City of Portland Budget, with particular focus on priorities in Portland Parks & Recreation
  • Parks Workers pay and working conditions
  • Tree Code (Title 11)
  • Right to Dream Too (R2DToo) potential relocation
  • Open forum for you to share issues of concern


Spanish language translation will be available.

Please contact Jasmine Wadsworth at 503-823-3008 or email her at Jasmine.wadsworth@portlandoregon.gov with questions. To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-2036, TTY 503-823-6868 with such requests or visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bibs/article/454403. Requests must be made by Friday, November 27, 2105.

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Comp Plan Hearings

City Council kicks off public hearings for Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan

On Thursday, November 19, the first of several public hearings on the draft 2035 Plan begin; Portlanders are invited to testify in person, on the Map App, via email or letter. 

WHO: Portland City Council, members of the community

WHAT: First public hearing on the Comprehensvie Plan Recommended Draft

WHEN: Thursday, November 19, 2015

2 – 3 p.m.
Testimony heard on the Economic Opportunities Analysis, Growth Scenarios Report and other supporting documents

3 – 6 p.m.
Testimony heard on the Recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan Goals, Policies and Land Use Map

WHERE: Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

WHY: Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan will guide growth and development in the city for the next 20 years. Many Portlanders have been involved in the creation of this long-range plan over several years, and all community members are welcome to share their feedback on the Recommended Draft. Commissioners will consider public testimony before adopting the city’s new Comprehensive Plan in 2016.


Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6 – 9 p.m.

Testimony heard on the Recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan Goals, Policies and Land Use Map
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy

Thursday, December 10, 6 – 9 p.m.
Testimony heard on the Recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan Goals, Policies and Land Use Map
Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver St


You must sign up to testify. Testimony sign-up sheets will be available one hour before the start of each hearing. Testimony will be taken in the order that people sign in. Individuals must sign in for themselves. Testimony will be limited to two minutes per person. You must be present when your name is called from the testimony sign-up list or you will lose your turn.

When signing up, please include your name and mailing address. Without this information, the City is not able to send you notification of the Council’s final decision, and you may not be able to appeal it.

Additional public hearings may be scheduled. Please check the City Council website to confirm dates, times and locations for all hearings.


Can’t make it to a hearing? Share your feedback with City Council one of these other ways

Online via the Map App: www.portlandmaps/bps/mapapp

Email: Send to cputestimony@portlandoregon.gov with “Comprehensive Plan Testimony” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Letter: Send a letter with your comments to:
Council Clerk
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 130
Portland, OR 972014


Under state law, all Oregon cities must have comprehensive plans showing how 20 years of job and housing growth can be accommodated. These plans must be updated periodically (state Periodic Review). Portland’s first Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 1980. Part of the plan was updated in the 1990s, but this is the first complete overhaul of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan.

About the Project

Portland’s Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan that will help manage the location of population and job growth, land development and conservation, and public investments in infrastructure (such as streets, sidewalks, parks and stormwater systems) over the next 20 years. For more information, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/pdxcompplan

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Couch Park Open House

Couch Park flyer 2015.12.03

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Noise Task Force Update

Noise Task Force Holds Meetings

Pile Driving Under Discussion

Reported by Stan Penkin

Following up the Portland City Council adoption of changes to the pile driving noise ordinance, Commissioner Amanda Fritz created a noise task force to review additional revisions. Under discussion are: a city wide prohibition of impact hammer pile driving; the variance, appeal and notification process; and zoning designations wherein ”EX” industrial zones could be changed to commercial.

A change to commercial zoning in neighborhoods that have become primarily residential, such as the Pearl District, would reduce allowable decibel levels. This would permit the City’s Noise Control Officer greater flexibility for enforcement.

Advocates have stated that impact hammer pile driving is harmful to people’s health. They further added that innovative techniques such as the quieter auger cast method is an acceptable alternative. Advocates further urge the total prohibition of impact hammer pile driving with certain qualified exceptions.

The nine member citizen task force met six times with the outcomes of the meetings to now be reviewed and analyzed by Commissioner Fritz’s office. The Commissioner is not expected to bring any possible recommendations to City Council before February.

Additional information can be found online

The public is welcome to submit comments by email

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Emergency Preparedness Training

Monday, October 26th
6:30 pm
Chapman Elementary School

The Map Your Neighborhood program is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level and teaches neighbors how to organize to help each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police or utility responders arrive. Please join us for this free training hosted by Southwest Hills Residential League in partnership with the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management. We encourage you to register here to help us plan enough materials for all attendees.

The Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program guides you and your neighbors through simple steps to help enhance your preparedness for an emergency.

The program focuses on a train-the-trainer model, where a neighborhood participant attends the training led by an emergency management official and is given information on how to facilitate an emergency planning meeting in his or her neighborhood. Our trainer for this event is Alice Busch, EMT, CEM, Training and Exercise Coordinator for the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Program Overview:
1. Learn the 9 steps to take immediately following a disaster to secure your home and protect your neighborhood.
2. Identify the skills and equipment each neighbor has that are useful in an effective disaster response.
3. Create a neighborhood map showing the locations of natural gas meters and propane tanks (about 67% of house fires following disasters are caused by leaking gas) and other areas of concern; and the locations of each neighbor who may need extra help in a disaster,such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, or children who are home alone during certain times of the day.
4. Pick locations for a Neighborhood Gathering Site and Neighborhood Care Center.

Map Your Neighborhood is an award-winning program that was implemented state-wide by the State of Washington’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) in 2006 and is now used in 34 states. Map Your Neighborhood is a very useful approach to organizing your block that is easy to understand and easy to carry out.

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Gas Tax

Momentum builds for Portland gas tax to fund street repair and traffic safety

For almost thirty years, Portland’s streets have been deteriorating due to inadequate transportation funding. Every year, the problem gets worse because the longer you wait to repair a street, the more expensive it is to fix. Meanwhile, there are parts of the city where, because of dangerous intersections or gaps in sidewalks along busy streets, it is unsafe for children to walk to school and for seniors to walk to bus stops.

Over the past month, however, momentum has been building for a new funding source for street repair and traffic safety: A local gas tax.

The City Club of Portland, in its recently released report, Portland’s Streets: Ending the funding gridlock, endorsed a local gas tax as a much needed, new funding source dedicated to transportation investments. The Portland Business Alliance indicated support for a local gas tax in a September 8, 2015 letter to Commissioner Novick. Mayor Hales has also stated support for a gas tax, as has his primary opponent, Treasurer Wheeler. The Portland Tribune and Oregonian editorial boards have both expressed support for a gas tax. Additionally, the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods recently surveyed its members and found that a gas tax was the most popular way to fund transportation.

Now, a new scientific survey of 400 Portland voters shows that voters support a ten cents per gallon, four year gas tax for street repair and traffic safety by a margin of 55% to 37%. The survey was conducted by Lake Research Partners September 24-28, 2015.

“For decades, City Hall has known we have a transportation funding problem, but has kept sweeping it under the rug,” said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick. “The voters recognize that if we keep kicking the can down the road, there won’t be any road left. We need to act as soon as possible – and that means we should send a four-year ten cent gas tax for street repair and traffic safety to the ballot in May 2016.”

“I don’t think anyone can argue that our roads are in dire need of maintenance. Revenue from the proposed gas tax will help make significant improvements to our transportation infrastructure, which is long overdue,” said local businessman, Greg Goodman. “In my opinion, the user-based gas tax is an appropriate way to raise revenue and encourages people to use mass transit and alternative means of transportation, which in turn support our land use planning efforts.”

David Hampsten, longtime East Portland transportation activist, stated, “For too long, transportation has been underfunded in Portland. This is especially true in East Portland. I very much support Steve’s efforts to find more funding for safety projects where they are most needed. Like in East Portland.”

“Our fine city has great needs for transportation improvements and maintenance. Not only do we need well-maintained roads, but also we will need to continue to invest in low-cost improvements that add capacity for transit, walking and biking,” said Rob Sadowsky, Executive Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

He added, “The Bicycle Transportation Alliance is excited to partner with Commissioner Novick, city leaders, and business and community partners to find new revenue to support transportation. Examining the potential to add resources through a city gas tax deserves consideration.”

A ten cent gas tax would raise $58 million over four years. Commissioner Novick asked the Portland Bureau of Transportation to prepare a sample list of paving and traffic safety projects showing what a $58 million investment would look like. The example project list is offered to prompt discussion in the community. It includes major street repair projects, funding for safe routes to school throughout the city, and traffic safety improvements in high crash corridors.

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Portland Bike Commuting Set Record in 2014

Portlanders set a record for bike commuting in 2014, with 7.2 percent of commuters choosing to bike to work, according to new figures published today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
An estimated 23,347 Portlanders commuted to work by bike in 2014, an increase of 27 percent, or 5,010 commuters from the year before.
“Two of the greatest threats we face are climate disruption and rising health care costs,” said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “Bicycles are potent weapons against both threats, because when you’re riding a bike, you’re getting healthier and you’re not emitting greenhouse gases. Many people understand that, but assume that only a tiny fraction of people will ever ride a bike. But that’s not true. The numbers can grow — and now we know that they are growing.”
“Portlanders should be proud that we continue to use bikes at the highest rate of any major city in the nation,” said Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat. “Today’s record rate of bike commuting is a result of decades of investment in projects that make it safer for people to use bikes and programs that encourage people to try biking. When we make it safer for people to bike, we all benefit with cleaner air, lower carbon emissions and a healthier community.”
In 2013, Portland had a bike commute rate of 5.9 percent and in 2004 the rate was 2.8 percent.
The figures come from the Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimate. The 5,010 increase in bike commuters exceeds the margin of error by 2,050. The figures for Portland commuting can be found at the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder web site.
To learn more about PBOT’s efforts to encourage bicycle use and make safer routes for bicycling, see the bureau’s Active Transportation web site.

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Rx Drug Turn In and Document Shredding

Shred Rx turn in flyer final

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