Wilson Community Conversation

Thursday, September 26, 6 pm
Multnomah Arts Center Auditorium
7688 SW Capitol Hwy

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Co-hosts: Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran and Hillsdale Neighborhood Association.

Join a community conversation, with Wilson High School students, parents, Portland Public Schools administration, board members and interested community members, about incidents of racism and anti-semitism that have taken place at Wilson High School, and concerns about student health and safety.

Wilson students experienced racist and anti-Semitic incidents that culminated in a student walkout in May 2019. Students have called for public acknowledgement of these issues and their impact on student health, safety and wellbeing. As a community we support students with conversation about these issues and call on PPS to respond. Please join us for this important conversation which affects all members of our community.

More information about some of the incidents:

Contact: Hillsdale Neighborhood Association President Marie Tyvoll, 503-998-6338 or mtyvoll@gmail.com.

Stormwater Stars

Stormwater Stars Workshops Flyer

FREE Stormwater Stars Workshops*

Saturday, October 5, 10am-2pm in Hillsdale Neighborhood
Saturday, October 19, 1030am-1230pm in Maplewood Neighborhood
Friday, November 1, 3-5pm in Ashcreek Neighborhood

*Addresses provided upon registration 

Stormwater Stars workshops provide ideas on how to manage rain that falls around your home, school, workplace, or place of worship. You’ll receive an overview of the best ways to handle stormwater issues, and get plenty of hands-on practice in restoring soils, naturescaping with native plants, creating pervious pathways, and more!

All are welcome at this family friendly event. For requests for physical, cultural, technological and/or any other accommodation to this event, please contact us. 

Pre-registration is required. You can learn more and sign up here: www.swni.org/stormwater. For questions, email watershed@swni.org or call 503-823-2862.  

Stormwater Stars is a program of SW Neighborhoods Inc and the Westside Watershed Resource Center, and is funded by generous contributions from West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services.

Proposed Revision of Civic Engagement City Code 3.96 

City Code Chapter 3.96 creates a framework by which the people of the City of Portland may effectively participate in civic affairs and work to improve the livability and character of their Neighborhoods and the City. This Chapter sets out the basis for City recognition of Neighborhood Associations and District Coalition offices. An audit of the bureau highlighted the need to update Bureau practices and City Code to ensure Portlanders have equal access to City decision-making.

SWNI Summit held July 31, 2019

Contact City Council 

Consider calling or writing to Portland City Council regarding your thoughts about the proposed Code Change 3.96. 
Options for Communicating with City Council (pdf)

Council Member Name Phone Email
Mayor Wheeler 503 823-4120 mayorwheeler@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Eudaly 503 823-4682 Chloe@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Fish 503 823-3589 Nick@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Hardesty 503 823-4151 joann@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Fritz 503 823-3008 Amanda@portlandoregon.gov

Background

November 2016, Portland City Auditor submitted to City Council: COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD INVOLVEMENT: Accountability limited, rules and funding model outdated

"Conclusion (page 19) - Portland has dedicated volunteers in neighborhoods, business districts, Diversity and Civic Leadership organizations, and many other community groups. These volunteers give significant time and effort on projects ranging from advocating for improved City services to responding to land use proposals to hosting movie nights in local parks. Improving accountability and updating the code and funding models would help ensure their work leads to meaningful results and that the City’s funding is well spent."

July 2018, City Council responded with Resolution 37373

"NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Bureau shall convene a Code Change Committee that will recommend changes to Chapter 3.96 that reflect: a unified set of culturally-responsive practices for engaging a diverse range of community partners; an updated description of the Bureau's responsibilities; and a set of voluntary guidelines that represent best practices for civic engagement. These recommendations shall be presented to Council by July 2019."


Listen to OPB Think Out Loud program (July 18, 2019)
Big Changes for Portland Neighborhood Associations

Watch on YouTube: City Club of Portland Friday Forum (July 12, 2019)
The Changing Landscape of Civic Engagement

More at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/77951

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Portland's Neighborhood System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCn_jqO4HwM

Sherry Arnstein's "Ladder of Citizen Involvement" 

The ladder is a guide to seeing who has power when important decisions are being made. It has survived for so long because people continue to confront processes that refuse to consider anything beyond the bottom rungs. (From citizenshandbook.org).

Sherry Arnstein's Ladder of Citizen Involvement