A political action committee opposing the Nov. 8 ballot measure to change Portland's form of government has filed its first campaign contributions report.
The Partnership for Common Sense Government reports raising $13,958 in cash and in-kind contributions. Well-known contributors who gave $1,000 each include real estate investor Albert Solheim, attorney Gregory Kafoury, former legislator and Metro Executive Officer Rick Gustafson, and former Portland Development Commission Director Patrick Lacrosse. Contributing $500 each were former legislator and lawyer Stephen Kafoury and lawyer Steven Moskowitz, who worked for Mayor Bud Clark.
The measure also is opposed by the Ulysses PAC, which previously was formed by Portland City Commissioner Mingus Mapps to support charter reform. It has raised $84,070 and has $15,168 on hand. The largest contribution is $25,000 from Schnitzer Properties LLC.
KOIN 6 News reported on Friday, Aug. 26 that Commissioner Dan Ryan also is opposing the measure.
The measure is supported by Portlanders for Charter Reform, a political action committee supported by Building Power for Communities of Color, the political engagement arm of the nonprofit Coalition of Communities of Color. It has not been required to file any reports yet because the measure has not yet been certified for the ballot. News reports claim it has raised $200,000 so far.
The measure proposed by a majority of the 20-member Charter Commission is intended to end decades of bureaucratic confusion by assigning all agencies to a professional manager and increasing the size of the city council from five to 12, with multiple members elected in four geographic districts by ranked-choice voting. The citywide mayor would only be able to vote to break a tie.
Supporters say the changes will increase representation and diversity on the council.
Opponents warn the potential results are unproven and could cause chaos because no city currently uses rank choice voting to elect multiple members in single districts.
The League pf Women Voters of Portland has scheduled an online presentation about the measure from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7. It is not a debate but a panel discussion with three commission members and the commission's project director. They include commissioners Candace Avalos, Becca Uherbelau and Melanie Billings-Yum, and project manager Julia Meier.
Members of the public who want to attend the live video-conference presentation should register here.
A previous Portland Tribune story on the measure can be found here.
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