Calendar: January 11 to January 18

Tuesday, January 11

10:30 a.m. — Metro Council District 6 Vacancy Public Hearing

Metro’s public hearings are conducted on Zoom. This hearing will include interviews of candidates to fill the District 6 vacancy through the beginning of 2023. The Metro Council is expected to vote on candidates during the meeting. Members of the public can request to testify or attend in person.

12 p.m. — Metro 2022 Investment and Innovation Program Grants Information Session

Metro is hosting an information session on grants to support local efforts to better manage waste, including improving inequalities in local waste management. Attendees must register in advance for the session, which will take place on Zoom. For-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, and institutions of higher learning are eligible for grants.

6 p.m. — Portland Public Schools District Board Meeting

Portland Public Schools board meetings are broadcast on YouTube. The agenda for this meeting is online and includes an update on transitioning some schools to temporary distance learning and a discussion on the future of Harriet Tubman Middle School.

Wednesday, January 12

9:30 a.m. — Portland City Council Meeting

Portland’s city council meetings are broadcast live on YouTube. The agenda for this meeting is online and includes public testimony about a proposed ban on the sale of foie gras.

1:00 p.m. — Metro Quarterly Trails Forum

Metro’s quarterly forum on trails is an opportunity to learn about new trails planned in Metro’s area of service. The meeting will be held over Zoom and registration is required. The agenda for this meeting is online.

5:30 p.m. — Portland Independent Police Review Committee on Crowd Control and Use of Force

Portland’s IPR Citizen Review Committee is holding a public meeting on Zoom. A short agenda is available online and includes a presentation by the ACLU on updated standards for crowd control and use of force. The meeting will also include time to discuss future meeting topics.

Thursday, January 13

12:00 p.m. — World Oregon Talk on the Struggle to Govern the World’s Oceans

World Oregon, a local organization educating and connecting members with global issues, is hosting a talk by David Bosco, the author of The Poseidon Project: The Struggle to Govern the World’s Oceans(available through libraries). Bosco will cover how international laws governing the world’s oceans evolved and are enforced, including in the context of environmental concerns. The event is online and requires registration.

6:00 p.m. — Portland Water Bureau Neighbor Update Meeting on Bull Run Filtration

Portland’s Water Bureau is holding a meeting to update the community on the design process for the Bull Run water filtration project, which is intended to reduce lead in Portland’s water. The meeting will be held on Zoom and registration is required.

Friday, January 14

Survey Closing — Portland Bureau of Transportation Survey on the Future of Freight

PBOT is conducting an online survey of Portlanders to prioritize needs for the future of moving goods within the city. The survey’s results will be used in creating the 2040 Portland Freight Plan.

9:30 a.m. — Joint Hearing to Fill Oregon Senate District 16 Vacancy

Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill County commissioners will hold a hearing to appoint a replacement to complete Betsy Johnson’s term as state senator for District 16. Johnson resigned to focus on her run for governor. Democratic precinct committee representatives have nominated three potential replacements. The hearing will be broadcast on GoToMeeting and a short agenda is online.

Saturday, January 15

Deadline — Enrollment for 2022 Health Coverage through Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace

The last day to enroll in health insurance plans through is Saturday. Free help selecting and enrolling in plans is available through a variety of community organizations.

Deadline — Applications to Join the Portland Bureau of Transportation Pedestrian Advisory Committee

PBOT is recruiting for committee members to advise the city on walking as a form of transportation. Committee members serve a two-year term and meet once per month. Thirteen committee seats are currently open. No payment is available, although public transportation costs for members may be covered if meetings are held in person in the future. The application is online.

Monday, January 17 — Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day

9:00 a.m. — The Skanner Foundation’s 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

The Skanner Foundation will host a virtual event to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day. The event will be streamed on YouTube. During the breakfast, the Skanner Foundation will honor a local community member and announce scholarship recipients.

By Thursday Bram

Thursday Bram founded PDX.Vote after making numerous zines, newsletters, and other media about politics in Portland, Oregon. Thursday has also written for publications ranging from to Entrepreneur Magazine. You can find more of Thursday's work at