Evictions, sanctuary city protections on list of city's federal-state legislative priorities
The proposed priorites were developed by the city Office of Government Relations, in partnership with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.
Portland's City Council will consider adopting its priorities for the new sessions of Congress and the Oregon Legislature on Thursday, Jan. 11.
Among the most controversial are calls for the Legislature to establish a just-cause eviction standard and allow local governments to enact rent control policies. Both are in response to the increasing number of people being priced out of housing in Portland. They are expected to be opposed by rental property owners.
Reduced federal spending to sanctuary cities is also opposed. President-elect Donald Trump has proposed cutting back the federal funds to cities that do not cooperate with the federal government on enforcing immigration laws, like Portland.
Many of the proposed priorities are requests for addition federal and state funds for a variety of programs. They include affordable housing, housing assistance, mental health services, infrastructure, reinforcing the Columbia River levees, and the Vision Zero Action Plan intended to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries crashes by 2025.
Proposals also include opposing attempts to limit the city's ability to collect revenue from a variety of sources. They include system development charges, franchise fees, right of way management charges, utility license fees, urban renewal taxes, transportation taxes and fees, public contracting, local improvement districts, and alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis taxes.
Limitations on civil rights ordinances, worker protections and public contracting would also be opposed.
The proposed priorites were developed by the city Office of Government Relations, in partnership with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Both hosted the Dec. 1 community event called "Advocacy 101" to help community members become effective advocates at both the state and federal levels. It was attended by more than 70 members of the public and featured a panel of state legislators, advocates, gubernatorial staff, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and Commissioner-Elect Chloe Eudaly. ONI conducted broad outreach to a diverse set of community groups and all neighborhood associations in advance of the event.
Read the city's proposed priorities at www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/26997.