Sources: Hearing on rewrite of neighborhood groups scheduled
The first Portland City Council meeting on the controversial rewrite of the civic engagement process will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Self Enhancement Inc., 3920 N. Kerby Ave.
The document to be considered was not been released by press time.
The proposed rewrite has been criticized for proposing to remove references to neighborhood organizations from the engagement chapter of the City Code in order to encourage more civic participation by all Portlanders. It is being drafted by the Office of Community and Civic Life at the direction of the council.
Public comment will be accepted at the meeting. It is unclear whether the council will be asked to vote on something. At one time, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who oversees the office, said she will present the proposed rewrite as a report, but that could change. Doors will open at 5 p.m.
Nonprofit will rate homeless agencies
In another sign of growing public dissatisfaction with the regional response to the homeless crisis, a new nonprofit organization has been formed to help people decide which social service agencies are most worthy of supporting.
Several board members of the Hope for the Homeless Foundation have worked with homeless and affordable housing organizations, including President Doug Marshall, who served on the board of Fairhaven Recovery Homes, and Jerry Mason, who co-founded HOST (Home Owners Street at a Time) Development.
Marshall said the foundation will raise money for organizations that its members believe are addressing the root causes of homelessness.
The foundation will have its first annual fundraising event at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 S.W. Salmon St. It is open to anyone willing to make a minimum $1,000 contribution that will go to the approved organizations.
Push to legalize psychedelics
Think legalizing marijuana for medical purposes and recreation didn't go far enough? Then maybe you'll support the potential ballot measure to legalize "natural psychedelics" in Portland.
A prospective initiative petition to legalize the personal use of currently illegal plants and fungi with psychedelic compounds was filed with the City Auditors Office on Oct. 25. It would cover mescaline cacti, psilocybin mushrooms and plants containing bufotenine and ibogaine.
"Natural medicines and the plants of the Earth should be a common treasure for all humankind and should remain accessible to all regardless of race, orientation, gender and class," says the petition, which deplores that psychedelic plant medicines "have been unjustly and immorally criminalized since the Nixon administration."
The petition was withdrawn Nov. 1 to correct a typo. Co-sponsors Nicholas Combest and Bryan Kim refiled it on Nov. 5.
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