City Hall Update: Cannabis business grants approved
Portland funded two grants totaling $60,000 to two cannabis businesses owned by African-Americans as part of an equity program intended to mitigate the racial disparity of marijuana-related arrests before the drug was legalized.
Green Box, a marijuana delivery service, and Green Hop, a North Portland dispensary, each received $30,000. The funds are part of the $150,000 in cannabis tax revenue distributed by a nonprofit organization called the NuLeaf Project.
The city program is administered by Prosper Portland, the city's economic development agency, because African-American businesses historically have struggled to secure financing.
Civic engagement conversations scheduled
The city is inviting Portlanders to a series of conversations about civic engagement, beginning in February.
The events are being coordinated by Community & Civic Life, formerly known as the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, in collaboration with other community partners. The feedback will inform the process of rewriting the section of the city code that defines the work of the bureau.
The first event is hosted by Hacienda CDC from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6700 N.E. Killingsworth St. The second is hosted by the Somali American Council of Oregon from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at 4415 N.E. 87th Ave. To learn more, go to www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/77951.
Open house set on historic resource changes
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released a discussion draft of changes to the zoning code governing historic resources.
Within the city limits, there are roughly 10,000 buildings, bridges and other landmarks subject to protections in the code. That number will grow as more buildings reach the 50-year mark.
The draft code amendments propose important changes to the rules and procedures for identifying, designating and protecting new landmarks and districts.
Code amendments fall into 10 general themes, ranging from redefining inventory qualifications to revising the duties and powers of the Historic Landmarks Commission.
An open house on the discussion draft will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Architectural Heritage Center, 701 S.E. Grand Ave. You can learn more at www.tinyurl.com/yawl5c89.
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