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Proclamations highlight contributions of council clerk, a 'little orchestra' and civic activist art patron.

COURTESY PHOTO - Portland's house band Pink Martini will be honored Wednesday, Dec. 16, with a City Council proclamation.Mark your calendars. Wednesday, Dec. 16, belongs to retiring Portland City Council clerk Karla Moore-Love. Thursday, Dec. 31, belongs to Portland's house band Pink Martini. And, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, belongs to Portland art patron/activist Anne Hughes.

City commissioners will hear three proclamations Wednesday morning, Dec. 16, during the regular online council meeting to honor Moore-Love, Pink Martini and Hughes. Mayor Ted Wheeler will read the proclamations during the 9:30 a.m. virtual meeting.

According to the proclamations, the city is honoring Moore-Love for more than 30 years of work for the city. She began in the city's Bureau of Licenses and in 2001 became council clerk. She worked with five mayors, 11 city commissioners and three city auditors.

City officials say Moore-Love has "consistently modeled the best attributes of a public servant in her interactions with community members seeking to engage their government through communication and comment at City Council meetings."

She retired on Aug. 1, but stayed on the job through this month to "ensure a smooth transition of her council clerk responsibilities to her successor and to meet one last challenge: helping the City Council launch and carry out virtual meetings during a global pandemic," according to Wheeler's proclamation.

Pink Martini and its leader, Thomas Lauderdale, are being honored as "one of Oregon's most important exports, acting as a global ambassador, finding common connections across perceived cultural, political and generational divides," according to the proclamation.

Lauderdale and his "little orchestra" have performed for more than 25 years, including at citywide events like the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and New Year's Eve parties. The band has its own recording label, Heinz Records, and has donated talent and time to local political and civic causes.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Portland art patron, businesswoman and activist Anne Hughes will be honored with her own special day, according to a City Council proclamation.Hughes, known for her Portland art gallery and coffee shop (home of weekly literary and political gatherings), will be honored for her support of local arts and her civic activism. Hughes was among the people who created Portland's Saturday Market in 1974. She was a "pioneering local businesswoman and one of the first women stockbrokers in the state," according to the city's proclamation.

Hughes, 76, was active in the local anti-Vietnam War movement in the 1960s and 1970s, she was a United Nations election observer in Nicaragua in 1990 and she worked in Jordan as a Peace Corps volunteer when she was 66.

Wheeler's proclamation honors Anne Hughes Day on Sept. 21, 2021, her 77th birthday.

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