City Hall Update: Police oversight panel approved
The City Council created a Portland Committee on Community Engaged Policing on Wednesday. It replaces the disbanded Community Oversight Advisory Board that was intended to oversee progress implementing the city's settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over complaints of police use of excessive force against the mentally ill.
Mayor Ted Wheeler will appoint the 13 members of the new committee. It will meet monthly, beginning in November. Some meetings may be closed to the public. Protesters repeatedly disrupted the previous board's meetings, contributing to its demise.
"I am very excited about it," Wheeler told reporters on Thursday. "I am committed to making it highly successful."
U.S. District Judge Michael Simon approved the settlement in 2014. One requirement is a citizen oversight body to involve the public in monitoring its progress.
Comment sought on transit, bike projects
The Portland Bureau of Transportation has launched on online survey and scheduled two open houses to help narrow down a list of 18 possible Central City in Motion projects for City Council consideration.
They are intended to increase transit speed and bike use, but cost more than the available funds.
The first open house is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at PSU's Karl Miller Center, 615 S.W. Harrison St. The second is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry auditorium, 1945 S.E. Water Ave.
The online survey and information on the projects can be found at centralcityinmotion.com/#.
Management pay revised
The City Council revised the pay scales for management employees on Wednesday. The changes were the result of a years-long study of non-unionized workers.
The unanimous vote affects around 1,600 employees and eventually could cost up to $3.5 million in additional payroll costs. The previous payment levels had evolved over years and did not necessarily reflect market salaries, the council was told.
Human Resources Director Serilda Summers-McGee testified that the changes will ensure managers are paid "fairly and consistently."