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Thank you, Portland

I am proud to serve you as your mayor. Together, we will work to shape Portland into a world-class city where everyone has the opportunity to work, live, and recreate. Let's get started!

Inaugural State of the City Address


Last Friday I gave my first State of the City Address at The Sentinel Hotel, hosted by the City Club of Portland. In my speech I highlighted the incredible opportunity we have to shape our City as it continues to grow to ensure everyone has access to affordable housing, livable wage jobs, recreation, and safe. 

Click here for the full text of the speech and click here for recorded video.

Urge Salem to Help in Housing Affordability Effort

 
Portland, and much of Oregon, continue to experience a housing crisis. Housing prices and rents have surged. In Portland, average rent for a two-bedroom apartment hiked 18.2% between 2015 and 2016; average rent for a three-bedroom unit hiked 14.7%. We have also witnessed cases of dramatically higher increases—even doubling—of rents.
 
Portland has taken a comprehensive approach to addressing the housing crisis, but we can’t do it alone. HB 2004 will allow Portland to put an end to no-cause evictions and to openly debate whether rent stabilization policies will work in our city.
 
I want to thank the legislators who have stepped forward to sponsor this legislation and urge the Legislature to move it forward.
 
Read More Here

Kenton Supports Portland's First Tiny Home Village


Increasing the number and kinds of shelter available for those experiencing homelessness is critical to addressing our housing crisis. Together we are pioneering solutions that are a key part of our efforts to find humane alternatives for people living on the streets.

Earlier this month, the Kenton Neighborhood voted overwhelming in support of the first tiny home village in Portland. This pilot is the culmination of an effort and collaboration of neighbors, advocates, and the service provider, Catholic Charities. Thank you to the Kenton Neighborhood for partnering on this innovative approach.

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Commissioner Saltzman and PBOT Launch Pothole “Patch-a-Thon”


Patch-a-Thon is an effort launched by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, which is overseen by Commissioner Dan Saltzman, and seeks to fill more than 1,000 potholes in Portland. During Patch-a-Thon, PBOT will increase the number of crews working on our roads. Instead of the usual two to three, there will now be 12 to 15. I did my part and filled a pothole downtown.
 
Portlanders are encouraged to report potholes by sending a detailed description and photos to PBOT dispatchers by email pdxroads@portlandoregon.gov or by using the PDX Reporter App. They can also call 503-823-1700, PBOT's 24-hour maintenance line. View the interactive pothole map, so you can track Patch-a-thon's progress. 
 
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LEAD® Pilot Program Aims to Divert Low-Level Drug Offenders from Jail to Services
 

With Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD, we have an opportunity to find better solutions to improve our community and the lives of individuals impacted by drug use. I support this effort.
 
The traditional model of picking someone up for a low-level drug offense and bringing them to the jail, prosecuting them, and then releasing them back into the community is not working. It is not helping that individual address the underlying need for addictions and/or mental health services. It is not helping our community be any safer.
 
Instead of picking up a person for a low-level drug offense to bring to jail, law enforcement officers have the opportunity to refer people with LEAD eligible offenses for intensive case management. This important shift in paradigm will build individual and community relationships with law enforcement.
 
Read More Here
Upcoming Events

Mayor's Listening Session 
When: Monday, April 3rd, 6:00-7:30PM
Where: Unite Oregon, 700 N Killingsworth St

These listening sessions are an opportunity for us to connect on issues important to you. Please be advised that due to time constraints the first 20 folks that sign up will receive an audience of 2-3 minutes. Doors open 15 minutes in advance of the meeting and is when sign-in begins. I will be holding these listening sessions at least twice a month, so please stay tuned for future opportunities!

Community Budget Forum 1
When: April 11th, 6:30-8:30PM
Where: Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan St.

Community Budget Forum 2
When: April 18th, 6:30-8:30PM
Where: Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave

For more information regarding the Community Budget Forums, please visit the City Budget Office website.
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