Foster Road Streetscape Construction Scheduled to Begin in Mid-May

Rich Newlands from the Portland Bureau of Transportation attended last night’s April meeting of the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association to share the latest updates about the Foster Transportation Streetscape Project.

And there’s good news: The wait is almost over! Streetscape construction is scheduled to begin in mid-May and be substantially completed by October.

Get all the details, including a map of construction, here. You can sign up for email updates at www.saferfoster.com.


What Do You Have to Say About the 2018-19 City Budget?

The City of Portland invites you to the following public meetings about the annual budget. The purpose of these meetings is for the Mayor and City Council to receive testimony from Portland residents regarding the citywide budget.

Community Budget Forum
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
6:30pm – 8:30pm
David Douglas High School, South Cafeteria
1500 SE 130th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97233
Bus lines: 20, 73

Community Budget Forum
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Roosevelt High School, Commons
6941 N. Central, Portland, Oregon 97203
Bus lines: 44, 75

Budget Committee Public Hearing
Thursday, May 10, 2018
6:00pm – 8:30pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204 

Testimony tickets will be available an hour and a half prior to start time. They will be drawn at random throughout the course of the event. Each speaker will have two minutes to address the Council.

Please see these links for details about the budget process and for other ways to make your voice heard:


Portland Parks Faces a Potential Budget Reduction, Requests Community Input

Dear Friends and Partners,

When I last updated you in January 2018 on the City of Portland Budget Process, it was to share that we had just submitted the final Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Requested Budget. In accordance with the Mayor’s budget direction, we submitted a proposed budget that identified reductions equaling approximately 5% of our ongoing General Fund Budget (approximately $3.27 million). Our Requested Budget closely mirrored the recommendations of the Parks Budget Advisory Committee (BAC).

City Budget Office Budget Review
After we submitted our Requested Budget, it was reviewed by the City Budget Office (CBO) whose job is to analyze and highlight the key budget and program performance issues that the CBO believes Council should consider during the budget process. Recently, the CBO released their review of our budget. In their Budget Review, the City Budget Office recommended to that Council take 4% of the reductions submitted by PP&R. This would amount to reducing the PP&R budget by $2.1 million. This level of cuts will significantly impact our programs. In addition to the ongoing General Fund reductions, the CBO also recommends an ongoing increase to our major maintenance funds and some one-time funding for campsite cleanups and capital projects.

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