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Commissioner Carmen Rubio Announces Proposed Changes To Strengthen and Streamline the Portland Clean Energy Fund

Changes would enable bigger, bolder, and faster investments to reduce carbon and better respond to climate change

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Commissioner Rubio and City Arts Program Announce Grants to Cultural Organizations for Resiliency Support

Responding to COVID-19’s harm to historically under-served communities, Arts & Culture Commissioner Carmen Rubio and the City Arts Program announced the recipients of grants to reinvigorate community-based artistic programming.

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Commissioner Carmen Rubio Names Donnie Oliveira Director for the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Interim Deputy Director Eric Engstrom will also permanently fill that role

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Joint Council Statement for Fentanyl Awareness Day

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Commissioner Rubio and Mayor Wheeler Announce Historic Investments in Climate Work

The Mayor’s proposed 2022-2023 budget will include nearly $2.4 million for climate work

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Joint Council Statement on Ukraine

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Commissioner Rubio's Statement on Heat-Response Grant Recipient

We need to deliver cooling units as soon as next summer for those most at risk from extreme heat events triggered by climate change. Saving lives depends on the successful execution of this heat-response grant. And that’s the bottom line for me.

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Joint City Statement on Hate Crimes

Our core values as a City include anti-racism and equity. Every Portlander and everyone visiting our city deserves to be welcomed and to feel that they belong. They should encounter a Portland free of bias and hate, where they do not fear for their safety and security.

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Statement from Commissioner Carmen Rubio on Zenith Decision

We are serious about moving faster and more aggressively away from fossil fuels. But today’s decision isn’t enough. As the Planning and Sustainability Commissioner, I am committed to going further.

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City and County Leaders Ask Biden Administration To Admit Afghans, Send Them Here

We are a great country, and a safer country, when we lead with integrity and love. Such leadership demands that we ensure the safety of (at least) those who ensured the safety of our citizens, and of those who will be persecuted because of who they are.

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Joint Council Statement on York Sculpture

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Commissioner Rubio and City Arts Program Select New Creative Laureates

Leila Haile and Joaquin Lopez will begin serving on July 1st after Subashini Ganesan completes three and a half years in the role.

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Portland Parks & Recreation Releases Recommended Draft Plan for the South Park Blocks

The Recommended Draft emerges from three phases of robust public involvement that began over two years ago, including extensive community engagement and outreach, and is the first effort to create an integrated, holistic plan and design to guide decisions about the twelve South Park Blocks.

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Statement from Mayor Wheeler and Commissioners Rubio, Ryan, Mapps, and Hardesty on New Impact Reduction Program Protocols

These new protocols reprioritize public health and safety among houseless Portlanders and aim to improve sanitary conditions until we have additional shelter beds and housing available.

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Commissioner Rubio Statement on Portland Street Response

Portlanders have resoundingly told Council that they need us to work together to meet Portland’s challenges. And where we fall short or lack paths forward to meet an urgent need, it is our job to create them.

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