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Code Change Updates

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Join Us On Tuesday, April 30th


Multilingual Community Connections
English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese

Through speaking with over a dozen existing gatherings about this project, holding five community conversations in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese with our community partners, and having over 1,000 people participate in A Survey of Civic Life, Civic Life has been Gathering Perspectives and Adding Voices.

Join Us! Civic Life is hosting a multilingual community party for Portlanders to come together over great food, view the collected community input and see how this input is shaping the work of Civic Life.
Connect with the many communities that we are engaging, learn from one another and see how the intentional process of updating the city code that defines the work of our bureau is so much greater from gathering perspectives from a rich cross-section of Portlanders.


RSVP here >>
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Mercy Corps
45 SW Ankeny Street
Portland, OR 97204
Food and childcare will be provided. For language and ADA accommodations, please contact Sabrina Wilson at least 5 days before the event at

Additional details and updates will be posted on the website as available here: 

Job Postings: Livability

Civic Life's Livability Team has two openings.

Noise Analyst (Code Specialist II)

The Noise Analyst is responsible for investigating community noise-related concerns, explaining codes, policies, laws, and procedures to ensure compliance with Title 18-Noise Control in the City of Portland. Within the Noise Office of the Office of Community & Civic Life, the Noise Analyst is responsible for examining and problem-solving noise concerns and determining violations of Title 18-Noise Control. This individual may attend public or community meetings to explore concerns and potential solutions to urban noise pollution and may also assist the City's Noise Control Officer in the collection of sound and noise data for research and reporting purposes. Due to the nature of when noise concerns occur, the Noise Analyst may conduct after hour and weekend investigations and may be required to negotiate rough terrain, climb ladders and or traverse construction sites, work outdoors in all weather conditions, work in and around traffic, work alone in remote locations, and be exposed to potentially unfriendly or frustrated individuals.

Liquor Licensing Policy Coordinator (Coordinator II)

The Liquor Licensing Policy Coordinator will administer and coordinate the Liquor Licensing Program. This individual reviews and analyzes program metrics to identify trends and gaps in program services and ordinance enforcement, leads community engagement, tracks and monitors program activities, provides information and support to the Civic Life Livability Program Supervisor, Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) Liquor Program leadership, Portland Police Bureau and other related State agencies around liquor licensing policy, program strategy and operations. This individual is the subject matter expert on Time, Place and Manner code enforcement, liquor licensing policy, policy development both locally and at the state level with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. This position provides technical assistance to businesses and neighbors to problem solve liquor-related issues; research and monitor relevant legislative activities; and related special projects. The position is also actively involved in the legislative process, advising on City positions, advocating and testifying on changes that impact the City and the community.  This individual will have a strong equity analysis.  When enforcing code and drafting policy language, understanding the impact to community and specific target communities is necessary for this program to continue to achieve programmatic goal, and in line with the bureau's Racial Equity Plan.

If you are interested in either position, please see the job posting for more information. Please direct related questions to Kenya Williams:

Both postings close on April 29th. 

Team Civic Life Announcement

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Steph Routh: Communications Officer

Steph is in City Hall, working on keeping the basics of our communications operations running as well as working on many special projects, including Code Change. She served as the first Executive Director of Oregon Walks and is co-founder of the Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This? podcast, an exploration of the relationship between justice and the built environment. 

Welcome to the team, Steph!


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