City Hall Update Panel meets in effort to improve community policing
The 13-member Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing held its first meeting Wednesday evening.
The group is required by a settlement between Portland and the U.S. Department of Justice intended to reduce the Portland Police Bureau's historic use of excessive force against the mentally ill.
After the first committee appointed by former Mayor Charlie Hales failed, Mayor Ted Wheeler established this one.
The committee's mandate is to report on how the bureau can do a better job engaging with and policing the communities they're sworn to serve. You can learn more about it at: portlandoregon.gov/wheeler/76741
Truck tax stays the same
The City Council decided not to increase the temporary heavy-vehicle use tax Wednesday, even though it will raise $2 million less than expected.
When the 10-year tax was passed in 2016, it was expected to raise $10 million to help repair damage to city streets caused by heavy trucks. The council recently learned that it will raise only $8 million, however, because fewer trucks are covered by it than predicted.
The majority of the council felt raising the tax 60 percent in its remaining year to make up the difference was too much of an increase.
The tax was passed along with the temporary 10-cent-a-gallon gas tax to fund street repairs and safety improvements. The newest Fixing Our Streets project will close Southeast 17th Avenue between Tacoma and Spokane streets through Dec. 12 for repaving work.
Southwest transportation projects discussed
The Portland Bureau of Transportation held an open house Thursday in Southwest Portland to discuss potential improvement projects in that part of town. Feedback also will be sought through an online survey.
The project list is being developed through PBOT's Southwest in Motion process. Priorities include walking and biking connections to the proposed Southwest Corridor MAX line and the development of low-traffic neighborhood greenway streets.
Approximately $15 million worth of projects already have been identified. To learn more and sign up for the online survey, go to the project website at: tinyurl.com/y87spmv2