Accept and appropriate grant in the amount of $63,500 from State of Oregon Transportation Safety Office for the English as a Second Language Driver Program and authorize future Transportation Safety Office grant program agreements


The City of Portland ordains: 

Section 1. The Council finds: 

  1. The State of Oregon’s Transportation Safety Office (TSO) has notified the City it will award a grant in the amount of $63,500 for the Portland Police Bureau English as a Second Language (ESL) Driver Education Program;
  2. The State of Oregon will reimburse the City a maximum of $63,500 for approved program expenses incurred by the Police Bureau and its partners in grant-related activities during the lifetime of the grant;
  3. The grant period is October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023; and
  4. Local match in the amount of $15,550 will be provided through in-kind volunteer time.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Council directs:

  1. The Mayor or his delegate is authorized to accept on behalf of the City of Portland a grant from the State of Oregon Transportation Safety Office in the amount of $63,500 and to execute a Grant Agreement substantially similar to Exhibit A.
  2. The Mayor or the Chief of Police is authorized to provide information and assurances to the State of Oregon if required by the agreement authorized by this Ordinance.
  3. With the acceptance of the grant awards, the FY 2022-23 budget is hereby amended as follows:
    Fund - 217
    Business Area - PL
    Bureau Program Expenses - $63,500
  4. The Office of Management & Finance Grants Division is authorized to perform all administrative matters in relation to the grant application, grant agreement or amendments, requests for reimbursement from the grantor, and to submit any grant documentation required by the State of Oregon.
  5. The Chief of Police or their designate is authorized to enter into Intergovernmental Agreements, contracts, and memoranda of understanding as required to complete activities authorized by the grant award. 
  6. Except for state of Oregon TSO program agreements or amendments that require a transfer of City funds, the Mayor or the Chief of the Police is authorized to execute future TSO program grant agreements and grant amendments with the state of Oregon, including agreements that contain in-kind matching requirements.

An ordinance when passed by the Council shall be signed by the Auditor. It shall be carefully filed and preserved in the custody of the Auditor (City Charter Chapter 2 Article 1 Section 2-122)

Passed by Council

Auditor of the City of Portland
Mary Hull Caballero

Impact Statement

Purpose of Proposed Legislation and Background Information

  • Since 2013 Portland Police has responded to a large volume of crashes involving immigrants/ refugees/New Portlanders' drivers (IRNPs) who have been self-taught drivers, are not familiar with local laws.
  • Traffic crashes involving people whose 1st language is other than English are growing rapidly. Additionally, it is estimated that 15% of hit and run suspects in Portland are IRNPs who flee the scene out of fear of what police may do and/or fear of deportation.
  • This grant will provide funding for the Portland Police Bureau to provide driving instruction and traffic safety training to Portlanders who speak English as a second language (ESL) or have limited English proficiency (LEP).
  • PPB will utilize partners such as Oregon Impact, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Oregon Driver Education Center (ODEC), and Oregon Department of Transportation Safety Team to assist with education components.
  • PPB provided these courses in 2016-2019 using private and City grants. Nearly 800 New Portlanders have attended previous courses.  These have been a catalyst for understanding and relationship with our diverse communities, breaking down fear of police, and providing greater understanding for PPB members.

Financial and Budgetary Impacts

This action will increase the Police Bureau’s Grant Fund appropriation by $63,500 for FY 2022-2023.

Community Impacts and Community Involvement

PPB will work with local colleges, cultural groups, community heads, Oregon Impact, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODEC (S.W.I.M.), DMV, IRCO, AAA, Thrivent, and the Office of Community & Civic Life to provide at least two classes for ESL/LEP community members.

100% Renewable Goal

  • This action neither increases nor decreases the City’s total energy use.
  • This action neither increases nor decreases the City’s renewable energy use.

Budgetary Impact Worksheet

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Agenda Items

990 Regular Agenda in November 30, 2022 Council Agenda

Passed to second reading

Passed to second reading December 7, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

1025 Regular Agenda in December 7, 2022 Council Agenda


  • Commissioner Mingus Mapps Yea
  • Commissioner Carmen Rubio Yea
  • Commissioner Dan Ryan Yea
  • Former Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty Yea
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler Yea

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