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This week’s council agenda includes community grands, amended rules for unreinforced masonry, and equitable housing strategy.

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Mayor Wheeler Introduces Eight Notable Items in City Council This Week

This week’s agenda includes community grands, amended rules for unreinforced masonry, and equitable housing strategy.

Portland, OR–This week, Mayor Wheeler introduced eight notable items in City Council. A brief description of each is below. For more information, view this week’s Council Agenda. Please contact me for quotes from the Mayor on any item, or if you have further questions.

Item 1016-1: Special Council Meeting for FCC Lawsuit

In the last three months, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a series of reports, orders and declaratory rulings that seek to significantly limit the City of Portland’s ability to manage its rights of way. The City Council’s resolution authorizes the City Attorney’s Office to file a complaint, or join as a co-plaintiff in a complaint, against the federal government and its officials to maintain local control of, and reasonable compensation for access to, the City of Portland’s public rights of way.

Item 1024: Indigenous People’s Day Proclamation

This proclamation will proclaim October 8 to be Indigenous People’s Day in Portland, and encourages all residents, business, organizations and public institutions to observe this day by reflecting upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous Peoples on this land, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that Indigenous Peoples add to our city.

Item 1025: Elders In Action Grant

This ordinance authorizes a $165,667 grant for Elders In Action to provide services and advocacy for older adults in the City of Portland. The grant is part of the City of Portland’s commitment to provide the older adult community with an opportunity to engage civically, though volunteerism and leadership building of elders.

Item 1026: Latino Network Grant

This ordinance authorizes a $44,737 grant for Latino Network for its making open and accountable elections work for all Portlanders program. Open and accountable elections is an important program offering an alternative path to run for elected office in Portland, offering the opportunity to expand the pool of those who run and those who support candidates.

Item 1027: Metropolitan Family Services Grant

This ordinance authorizes a $200,000 grant for Metropolitan Family Services for its Experience PDX program to continue critical academic support to children at academic risk and to enhance outcomes at four low-resourced Portland schools.

Item 1033: Establishes the Office of Portland Children’s Levy (Introduced by Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Saltzman)

This ordinance will establish the Portland Children’s Levy as its own office in the City of Portland. In May 2018, Portland voted for the Children’s Levy to be renewed for a third time. Establishing the Office of the Portland Children’s Levy creates a bureau structured constituently with other city bureaus rather than maintaining the Children’s Levy as a specific project embedded in a commissioner’s office, as it has been for previous years.

Item 1039: Placards and Tenant Notification for Unreinforced Masonry

This ordinance will amend the Seismic Design Requirements for Existing Buildings to require owners to provide placards for unreinforced masonry buildings and notify tenants living in them.

Item 1040: Adopt the Southwest Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy

The resolution will adopt the Southwest Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy and direct early implementation actions. The strategy was designed to respond the impacts a major transit investment can have on low-income households and communities of color.

Background: In 2016, City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to develop a Southwest Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy in anticipation of a regional investment in light rail transit improvements, with the goal of ensuring a new Southwest Corridor light rail line benefits rather than displaces the most vulnerable households. The City recognizes that past housing strategies related to new light rail did not successfully prevent the displacement of communities of color and low-income households. In forming this strategy, the City of Portland and the City of Tigard worked with community-based organizations working directly with low-income households and communities of color in the corridor to engage those populations and ensure the Southwest Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy reflects the priorities of those households most impacted by institutional and structural racism and the increasing cost of living in our region.