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The city is currenlty recruting memebres for the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund grant committee, he Unreinforced Masonry Building Work Group, and the South Portland Design Guidelines Community Advisory Group.

WHAT IS HAPPENING? The city routinely seeks residents to serve on advisory boards and commissions. This is a way for Portland to become more involved in their government short of running for office. Much of the recruiting is done by the staff of the bureau of Community & Civic Life through its website.

WHAT POSITIONS ARE OPEN? Recruiting is underway for several new and existing advisory committees. Perhaps the best known is the nine-member citizen committee that will review and recommend Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund grants to the City Council.

The fund was created when voters overwhelmingly passed Measure 26-201 at the November 2018 general election. It imposes a 1% tax surcharge on many large retailers that do business within the city limits.

The surcharge is expected to generate up to $71 million per year to be spent on projects that support the city's Climate Action Plan, and which will benefit communities that have historically been discriminated against.

The committee will review grant applications from nonprofit organizations and recommend which ones to fund to the City Council.

Although all residents can apply, the city is especially interested in those who understand and support the purpose and objectives of the fund, and who live east of 82nd Avenue.

Applications are due by June 14.

WHAT OTHER POSITIONS ARE OPEN? The city also is recruiting for up to 24 members of the Unreinforced Masonry Building Work Group, which is charged with helping to reduce the risk of such buildings collapsing in earthquakes.

It was created after some building owners challenged the council-approved requirement that they post earthquake-warning signs. The council wants the committee to propose financial and other incentives to reduce the cost of earthquake-proofing such buildings.

The council will consider its recommendations even if the sign requirement is struck down.

Applications will continue to be accepted until all members are appointed.

The city also is recruiting for a five- to seven-member South Portland Design Guidelines Community Advisory Group to help the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability update the design guidelines in that part of town. Applications are due Sunday, June 2.

WHAT'S THE CATCH? All who serve on city advisory and other committees are considered public officials and must file conflict of interest disclosure forms that could reveal financial and other personal information.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE? Learn more about all of the open positions on the Community & Civic Life website at www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/76482. You also can be added to the notification list for each new posting by emailing a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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