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Code Change Update

Photo: code change presentation at South Tabor Neighborhood Association

The City Council session on City Code 3.96 is scheduled for mid-November, so please save the date!


Portland City Council Session
City Code Chapter 3.96

Thursday, November 14, 2019
5:00pm - 8:00pm


What to expect at the City Council Session

  • Ordinance that includes the proposed code language will be presented. View this update for clarifications to section 3.96.060.

  • Draft Administrative Rule per proposed section 3.96.060

  • Presentation and Reports 

  • Resolution to convene a multi-bureau workgroup to review cross-referenced functions in city code and work with a diverse range of stakeholders to make recommendations to Council for modernizing practices to equitably provide city services to more Portlanders.

  • Public Testimony

Thanks to your questions and feedback to date, we have developed these Frequently Asked Questions about Code Change. We look forward to expanding and honing these questions as we move forward with this process.

 Thank you again for joining us on this journey. Visit for more information on the project.

Community Safety in Cully

Safety is a universal value and has benefits for all of us. The Community Safety Program, formerly known as the Crime Prevention Program, is re-imagining safety with an emphasis on bringing neighbors and communities together and supporting their collective efforts—not just around crime and policing—so that neighbors can know and support each other. Shifting to a more holistic model of community safety invites greater civic participation and shared investment in creating inclusive, resilient, and safe communities.


At Cully's recent National Night Out event, we asked folks what community safety means to them. Check out their answers in the video!


(The following clip(s) is part of a series with production support by James Wright, Video Production Specialist at Portland Fire and Rescue.)

"What does community safety mean to you?" National Night Out 2019 in the Cully Neighborhood.

An example of the shift to Community Safety is our Neighbors Together approach rooted in collaborative solutions going beyond the traditional Neighborhood Watch “on the other side of the fence” outlook on safety—The Justice for Families organization Night Out for Safety & Democracy expressed this thought well with their poster- “I Don’t Watch My Neighbors. I See Them. We Make Our Community Safer Together”. 
With Neighbors Together, we seek to strengthen partnerships for a coordinated, solution-centered approach—addressing pedestrian needs, emergency preparedness, and personal safety—increasing access to resources, such as Safe Routes to School or Neighborhood Emergency Teams. We currently have three teams of Community Safety Coordinators that are guiding groups through trainings that are adaptable to a group’s unique safety needs.
We are in the early stages of implementing the Community Safety Program; and we will be learning together and engaging with our partners in the community to strengthen our efforts.

2019 Spirit of Portland Awards

The City of Portland’s Office of Community & Civic Life is pleased to invite you to the annual Spirit of Portland Awards. This is a family-friendly event. Please save the date!


2019 Spirit of Portland Awards

October 15, 2019
Doors open at 5:30pm (featuring fun activities)
Program 6:00 - 8:00pm

Redd on Salmon Street
831 SE Salmon St, Portland, OR 97214

"Since its inception in 1985, the Spirit of Portland Awards has recognized activists, community advocates, and a wide range of committed individuals who serve to advance the Portland community.  Awardees embody our city’s culture, goals, and an overarching dedication to enriching the lives of their fellow Portlanders."                                           
—Chloe Eudaly, Commissioner


Census Update

Are you Census-curious? Please join us this month to learn about Census 2020 and the #WeCountOregon campaign. 

Census 2020 Information Session

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Portland Parks & Recreation East Portland Community Center
740 SE 106th Ave., Portland, OR 97216

Our Office will present on  current developments, and involvement with Hard-to-Count (HTC) populations. Discover the importance of the Census and how your community can participate in this civic engagement action, and what resources and guidance are available.

Light snacks and childcare will be provided.

Staff Updates

This month, we celebrate 25 years of service to the City by David Muir, Information & Referral Specialist! If we can imagine an "Ask Me Anything" thread in human form, we might start to appreciate just one of the many facets of David. As a lover of the opera, we hope that David feels time has flown by, perhaps like Reynolds' ‘The Sands of Time’ as opposed to Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Mark Wells – Community Safety Program Coordinator is leaving Civic Life and his last day with us is today.  Together with the Community Safety team and partners at Civic Life, Mark has connected thousands of amazing Portlanders from all walks of life and helped create many safer communities along the way.  


Our deep thanks to Mark for his work and commitment!

Touk Keo – Adaptive Integration Supervisor
Touk Keo (they/them) was raised in Salem, Oregon after both of their parents fled the Khmer Rouge in April of 1975. Through witnessing and experiencing the impacts of genocide, Touk has taken upon themselves to find mentors like Grace Lee Boggs, to help them understand the world they see themselves thriving in by, "re-spiriting, re-building, and re-imaging” what that could look like. Much of their work in the community is centered on empowering Black and Indigenous folxs through fundraisers, community gatherings, and with their farm animals.

Perla Sitcov – Communications Coordinator
Born and raised in Seattle, Perla moved to Portland in 2013 in search of a new adventure. Six years later, this city continues to inspire her with its strong arts community and immediate access to nature. On most weekends, you can find her taking hikes on Sauvie Island or checking out the latest show at the Portland Art Museum. Perla's most recent position was for the statewide education nonprofit, Chalkboard Project. She is really excited to contribute to the incredible work of Civic Life because she believes that everyone should feel welcome, safe, and engaged in their community.

Partner Spotlight: Humanity in Perspective

Offered by Oregon Humanities, Humanity in Perspective (HIP) is a free, for-credit college-level class for adults who are living on low incomes and facing challenges to continuing their education. Students explore their experiences and relationships to ideas about power, justice, knowledge, identity, and community in an engaging and supportive environment.

Applications for the 2019–20 class of Humanity in Perspective are open and due on September 15. Learn more and apply here!

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Visit our online calendar featuring community, neighborhood, and events of interest to the activist community.

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