Letter from our ECNA chair

City Code chapter 3.96 has to do with neighborhood associations and gives us standing within city government.  It is this portion of City Code that is being rewritten and has caused a city-wide stir.  To be sure, emotions are running strong around the city as the proposed code change moves forward.  Of course, there are some supporters, but the most vocal voices are opposing it as currently written.  I believe we will end up with revised language but in my opinion the process is seriously flawed and got off to a very bad start.

This portion of City Code impacts neighborhoods and other groups that exist to foster civic involvement. I encourage anyone with an interest in this topic to do some research and then call or write the office of each City Commissioner and the Mayor to voice an opinion.  I’m told that phone calls are being tabulated XX in favor, and YY as opposed.  You will probably get the staff person that answers the phone, so don’t be afraid to voice your opinion even if you have not researched the issues extensively.  A good place to start is by reading the following:

• City Auditor's report 2016 https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditservices/article/597834

• Community Connect - https://www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/article/182408

• Planetizen article - https://www.planetizen.com/features/105399-et-tu-portland

• League of Women Voters letter - https://lwvpdx.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/LWV-Code-3.96-committee-7-19.pdf

More information can be found on the City’s Civic Life web site.  I encourage you get the latest code wording there, then call and voice your opinion.