A nonprofit did what it had done dozens of times before: submitted what’s known as a “draw request” to the city housing bureau, asking to withdraw some of the money awarded to them — this time for $1,468,775.59. The city did what it does many times every day: paid it. Only this time, the money went somewhere else.
“There is no connection between myself and my office and People for Portland. I haven’t spoken to anyone from the organization. I have not even seen a People for Portland ad,” Mapps told OPB this week. “I don’t have a TV.”
Liv Vasquez filed a civil right complaint against the city of Portland after tear gas was deployed near her home. She says exposure to the chemicals caused irregular periods and severe cramping, forcing her to move out of her neighborhood.
This summer, Portland city employees received a survey aiming to answer a basic question: how satisfied are City Hall’s Black staff? One hundred-three employees responded. Eight of them reported feeling supported in their jobs.
The city council unanimously approved changes earlier this week to their bereavement leave policy that advocates say puts Portland on the cutting edge of abortion rights legislation. With that vote, advocates say the city became the first in the nation to allow public employees to take paid time off after an abortion.
Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who oversees the bureau, announced the departure in a joint statement with Office of Community & Civic Life departing leader Suk Rhee. The announcement followed widespread allegations of severe workplace dysfunction and abusive management within the department.