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Wednesday July 30, 2019
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Code Change Update

Code change Committee and community members gather July 18th

Committee 3.96 met on July 18th, 2019 for their 8th and final meeting. Please find the Committee recommendations here.


What are your thoughts about the updated Code Change language? Please share your comments with us through the community feedback form below.

Community Feedback Form

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.

Finally, due to scheduling and logistic needs, the City Council session to discuss the proposed Code Change language has not yet been confirmed. Once it has been confirmed, we will update our website and share via Civic Life Updates. Thank you for your patience!


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

2019 Spirit of Portland Awards

The City of Portland’s Office of Community & Civic Life has extended the nomination period for the 35th Annual Spirit of Portland Awards! All are invited to nominate a person or group that has helped create a better shared future for us all. Spirit of Portland Award nominations will be extended through August 4th, 2019 at midnight.


The awards ceremony will be held in the month of October 2019.  This year’s award theme is “35 years on the road to 2035 growth, for a more prosperous, equitable, healthier and resilient city.”


Nomination forms are available in the following ways:


Partner Event: Disinformation Age Frontline

In a world of rapidly-accelerating technological transformation, the viral spread of disinformation through social networks is fast becoming one of the urgent complex challenges of our time. MAKE+THINK+CODE is holding a gathering on this topic on August 6th. You can learn more here.

MAKE+THINK+CODE is a technology-focused lab that explores the powerful role that creativity and technology play in the search for imaginative and impactful solutions to complex and urgent problems.

Advisory Board Positions

Apply by August 25th:

Be our advisor! Volunteer Advisory Board positions are open for the following bodies:

  • New Portlanders Policy Commission

  • Cannabis Policy Oversight Team

  • Budget Advisory Committee

  • Noise Review Board

Apply by August 25th!
Learn more>>

Street Response

Street Response supporters with signs made by Street Roots vendors

"Unhoused people should count in a democracy – and not just as objects of concern, but as participants, people whose rights are not superseded by housed people."

Portland Street Response is a plan and pilot program created to explore ways the region could feasibly, quickly and effectively address the crises on our streets in a compassionate and responsive way.

Street Roots Executive Director, Kaia Sand, shared an update from her Director's Desk earlier this week which is a must-read.

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

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