Calendar: January 25 to January 31

Tuesday, January 25

DEADLINE — “Let’s Talk” Listening Sessions Sign Up

A partnership of multiple news organizations and non-profits are organizing virtual listening sessions with Oregon voters to learn about voters’ impressions of the gubernatorial election, as well as what topics voters would like to hear about from candidates. To join a listening session, voters must express interest by the end of the day today.

3:00 p.m. — Coalition of Communities of Color Community Forum on Behavioral Health

The Coalition of Communities of Color is hosting a community forum to share their findings on statewide research into behavioral health in Oregon’s communities of color. The forum will be held on Zoom and registration in advance is required. The forum will be recorded and shared on the Coalition of Communities of Color’s YouTube.

Wednesday, January 26

Reopening — Applications for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program portal will resume accepting applications for rent relief. The program will likely only be available for a limited time, due to availability of funds.

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 lead in Portland’s water, as well as a hearing on body-worn cameras for Portland police officers. Attendees who wish to testify must register before 4:00 p.m. today (Tuesday, January 25) and use Zoom for the meeting. The meeting will have an afternoon session starting at 2:00 p.m. to approve amendments to the consent decree from the U.S. Department of Justice on Portland’s police.

Thursday, January 27

DEADLINE — Portland Bureau of Transportation Survey on Temporary Platforms

PBOT requests feedback on the use of temporary platforms used at transit stops through their survey, which closes January 27.

9:30 a.m. — Multnomah County Board Meeting

Multnomah County’s board of commissioners’ meetings are broadcast live on YouTube. The agenda is online and includes a hearing and a resolution on appointing a new Oregon State Representative for District 44, which Tina Kotek resigned from earlier this month.

5:00 p.m. — DCTU Rally for Fairness

The District Council of Trade Unions is holding a rally at Portland City Hall to demand a fair contract for city employees belonging to DCTU’s member unions prior to calling a strike.

5:30 p.m. — Portland Police Accountability Commission Meeting

The City of Portland’s Police Accountability Commission is holding a meeting on Zoom. The agenda is online and includes equity training as well as a review of the timeline for PAC.

Friday, January 28

DEADLINE — Portland Floodplain Resilience Plan Draft Public Comment Period

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability requests feedback on the Floodplain Resilience Plan, which is intended to reduce the impacts of flooding on Portland residents as climate change increases the risk of flooding. The survey is conducted through the Map App, which also allows you to see the flood risks to a specific address.

Saturday, January 29

10:00 a.m. — Portland Metro People’s Coalition Meeting on Building a City Charter for All People

PMPC is holding an educational meeting to explore community-led solutions for changing governance in Portland through the charter review process. Attendees must register in advance for the session, which will be held on Zoom.

2:00 p.m. — Closing Ceremony for “Mending the Social Fabric”

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education’s exhibit of artist Bonnie Meltzer’s participatory work “Mending the Social Fabric” will close this weekend. A closing ceremony will be held Saturday afternoon. Visitors can also join Meltzer in mending bees on Thursday, January 27 and Friday, January 28. Admission is $8 and visitors are asked to wear masks and show proof of vaccination.

Sunday, January 30

DEADLINE — Portland Central City in Motion Working Group Applications

The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s advisory working group on the Central City in Motion and Rose Lane Project plans seeks new members. People who live, work, worship, attend school, or play in Portland are eligible to apply. Applications are due on January 30.

Monday, January 31

DEADLINE — Portland Tenants United Survey on Housing Experiences

PTU needs feedback on housing experiences in Portland on their survey, which closes January 31. The survey is one of the few collecting data from renters on their needs and challenges.

DEADLINE — Oregon’s Teacher of the Year Nominations

The Oregon Lottery awards a yearly prize for Oregon’s Teacher of the Year. You can nominate public school teachers from anywhere in the state. Each of the 19 education service districts will select a regional winner and the state-wide winner will be selected from those 19 names. Regional winners will receive $500 and the statewide winner will receive $5,000.

DEADLINE — Portland Survey on Body-Worn Cameras for Police

The City of Portland requests feedback on implementation of a body-worn camera policy for Portland police officers through their survey, which closes January 31. Please note that this survey assumes the value of body-worn cameras for police officers.

Looking Ahead

February 17 — Portland Charter Review Commission Meeting

Sign ups for public testimony at the next Charter Review Commission Meeting are now open. Due to time limits during the meeting, registration to speak at these meetings typically closes well in advance.

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