Eudaly wants three-year extension in neighborhood rewrite process
Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly wants a timeout in the contentious process of rewriting the role of neighborhoods and other groups in the city's civic engagement process.
On Thursday, Nov. 14, Eudaly will ask the City Council for a three-year extension of the process. The extension will push the final decision well past the 2020 general election. Eudaly will be on that ballot for re-election if she is not defeated in the May primary.
During that time, she wants an interagency work group formed to review all civic engagement provisions in the city code and to help prepare recommendations for the council to consider in a year. The final vote would not happen until 2023.
Eudaly also wants the council to approve three years of funding the coalition offices that assist neighborhood associations.
A resolution to achieve these goals was released by the Office of Community and Civic Life, which is in charge of the rewrite, on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The office is overseen by Eudaly.
The proposed rewrite has divided the city. It is intended to increase civic engagement among all Portlanders. But it has been criticized for proposing to delete reference to neighborhood associations, neighborhood coalition offices and neighborhood business groups from the code.
"Portland is built on a history of active community engagement, and your participation has helped Civic Life to evaluate our assumptions, process and engagement, and adapt to the needs of the community. We appreciate how many Portlanders are invested in this conversation, and we will continue to improve our own public involvement practices as we move Portland forward, together," read the Wednesday announcement.
The council meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Self Enhancement Inc., 3920 N. Kerby Ave., Portland.
No vote on the resolution is expected at the hearing. You can read the resolution at www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/article/746603.
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