Full Portland City Council to meet Wednesday
The Portland City Council will have all five members when it meets Wednesday, Sept. 16, for the first time since Commissioner Nick Fish passed away in early January.
Longtime school advocate Dan Ryan was sworn in to fill Fish's unexpired term last Thursday, Sept. 10, after defeating former Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith at the Aug. 11 special runoff election.
Mayor Ted Wheeler also used the opportunity to reshuffle bureau assignments the same day. Although he will retain the Portland Police Bureau and the Portland Housing Bureau, he assigned the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and both Portland Parks & Recreation and the Bureau of Environmental Services to Commissioner Amanda Fritz. Wheeler also assigned the Joint Office of Homeless Services and the Bureau of Development Services to Ryan.
In a letter sent to the other council members, Wheeler said the changes would help him focus on "the extreme challenges facing our community."
The bureaus are expected to be reassigned again in January when Latino Network Executive Carmen Rubio succeeds Fritz, who did not run for reelection. Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly are also up for reelection in November.
Among other items, the council will take up measures to keep people in their homes on Sept. 16. They include one to require landlords to provide relocation assistance to renters who choose to move after any rent increase. The current policy is to require the assistance to be paid only if the rent is increased more than 10% in a single year.
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