City Hall Update: As shootings rise, police beef up manpower, reviews
In response to an increase in shootings, the Portland Police Bureau has transferred six more officers and six detectives to the Tactical Operations Division.
As first reported by The Oregonian, the bureau also is starting to hold twice-a-month shooting reviews with division leaders and supervisors from the U.S. Attorneys Office, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, the county's parole and probation office, and neighboring police agencies.
The changes are happening as shootings have escalated in recent weeks and African-American community leaders are calling for a truce between rival gangs.
Council supports movie, TV productions
The City Council passed a resolution to strengthen and streamline the city's role in movies and TV shows that are filmed in Portland on Oct. 25.
The resolution directs the existing Portland Film Office to transition to a self-funded and fee-supported office and to create a "universal permit" to replace the current system that requires separate permits from different city bureaus.
Mayor Ted Wheeler appointed Commissioner Nick Fish as the first council liaison to the office in September.
According to the resolution, with over 180 productions filming in Portland every year, the industry provides thousands of jobs and contributes nearly $200 million into the local economy.
Stormwater management planned for Columbia Slough
The Bureau of Environmental Services is designing a stormwater management project in the Portsmouth neighborhood as part of an agreement with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
The goal is to stop stormwater from carrying pollution from the streets in the area into the Columbia Slough when it rains, which currently happens. The preliminary design includes about 23 green street planters and more than 15 underground stormwater facilities.
BES will erect and staff a large tent next to Northgate Park on North Fessenden Street from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 3, to provide neighbors with more information and to answer questions. To learn more, go to https://tinyurl.com/y9722loq.