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Metro leader Lynn Peterson on Friday will discuss agency serving Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Metro Council President Lynn Peterson heads an evolving agency serving Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.Metro Council President Lynn Peterson will discuss the efforts and future of the unusual regional tri-county government agency she heads on Friday, Feb. 26.

The online virtual discussion, which runs from noon to 1 p.m., will discuss the agency's expanding role in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties, whether it is sufficiently accountable to the public, and what the future holds, according to the City Club of Portland, which is hosting the online event.

Following her address will be a discussion between Peterson and Katrina Holland, the executive director of JOIN and a co-founder of Reimagine Oregon, a coalition formed by Black-led organizations to push for policies and programs to address systemic racism.

City Club, a nonprofit civic group, is soliciting questions for the Friday event. Questions can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sent on Twitter with the hashtag #stateofthepossible. Video questions may also be submitted; for more information, sign up here.

Agency's role has expanded

Metro was formed by a ballot measure in 1978, and for a long time focused on planning and land use.

Along the way its mission has expanded to include roles in garbage and recyling, parks, cemeteries, open space, housing and operating facilities such as the the Oregon Convention Center and the Oregon Zoo.

Its efforts to preserve farmland and combat sprawl have been praised over the years by national planning groups, though the agency has at times become embroiled in political clashes, too.

In November, voters rejected a Metro transportation tax. Of late, the agency's vision for a voter-approved supportive housing measure has been questioned.

To watch an earlier version of the event, go here.

XRAY.FM and Pamplin Media Group are media sponsors of the Friday event.

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