Tuesday, March 15
The Police Equity Advisory Council is responsible for holding PPB accountable for implementing the bureau’s racial equity plan. As of Tuesday morning, no agenda for the meeting is available. The meeting will take place on Zoom.
Wednesday, March 16
9:30 a.m. — City of Portland council meeting
Portland’s city council meetings are broadcast live on YouTube. The agenda for this meeting is online and includes a discussion on a settlement between the City of Portland and a protester who was injured by a police concussion grenade in June 2020. ). Attendees who wish to testify must register before 4:00 p.m. today (Tuesday) and use Zoom for the meeting.
This week’s meeting will also have an afternoon session starting at 2:00 p.m, to vote on accepting the 2000-2020 Tree Canopy Monitoring report and authorizing a new contract to provide policing within the Clean and Safe Enhanced Service District.
Multnomah County’s charter review commission will hold a meeting that includes a panel discussion with members of the City of Portland’s charter review commission. The agenda for this meeting is online. Attendees who wish to testify must register before 4:00 p.m. today (Tuesday). The meeting will be held over Zoom.
Thursday, March 17
All day — Free parking at Metro parks
Parking at Metro’s parks will be free all day. Parks affected include Oxbow Regional Park, Blue Lake Regional Park, Broughton Beach, Chinook Landing Marine Park, and the M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp. Parking at all other Metro parks is free year-round.
The Police Accountability Commission, which is responsible for developing a new oversight system for the Portland Police Bureau, will discuss a draft document covering the scope of the commission’s work, as well as a framework for community engagement. An agenda for the meeting is online and includes time for public comment. The meeting will be held on Zoom.
Friday, March 18
The State of Oregon’s OSHA division is currently accepting public comments on proposed rules that would provide more legal protections for workers facing extreme heat and wildfire smoke. Northwest Labor Press has a breakdown of what the proposed rules would do, including a few issues you can submit comments on. Comments may be submitted by phone (833-604-0884 or 503-947-7396), email ( OSHA.email@example.com), and mail (Oregon OSHA, PO BOX 14480, Salem OR 97309-0405).
The inaugural show at the Elisabeth Jones Art Center for Social and Environmental Justice, “Power Positions: A Dismantling of Phallacies,” closes Friday. The show brings together five women’s art on power and gender. Multiple types of media are represented, including sculpture, painting, and film.
Saturday, March 19
2:00 p.m. — Black News Future: Politics and Media
University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication is hosting a panel on how journalism influences campaigns around Black issues. Panelists include State Senator Akasha Lawrence Spence, Portland Charter Review Commissioner Candace Avalos, and Winta Yohannes, the executive director of the Albina Vision Trust. Bruce Poinsette will host the panel. The panel will be held on Zoom and attendees must register in advance.
Sunday, March 20
12:00 p.m. — Albina Queens II screening
The Portland Art Museum will host a screening of Albina Queens II, a short documentary celebrating Black femininity in Northeast Portland. The documentary is a follow up to Joy Alise Davis’ photography project in partnership with Imagine Black, Albina Queens. The screening will take place in person. Please note that the Portland Art Museum no longer requires visitors to wear masks.
Monday, March 21
The City of Portland is recruiting new members for the Historic Landmarks Commission. The commission establishes and removes historic and conservation landmark statuses for locations in Portland, as well as reviewing development proposals for projects in historic and conservation districts. Applicants must have demonstrated interest in or knowledge of historic preservation. Commission members serve four-year terms and do roughly ten hours of work per month.
10:00 a.m. — Spring whale migration live stream
While the State of Oregon’s whale watching center in Depoe Bay is closed, Oregon State Parks will offer a live stream on YouTube to watch the spring whale migration. The live stream will be available daily from March 21 to March 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management is holding a training on how its emergency communication system works. The BEECN system is meant to provide communications in the event of an earthquake. The training will be conducted over Zoom and attendees must register in advance.