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Demonstrations

September 22, 2020 14:46

The Portland Police Bureau is preparing for a variety of mass gathering events being planned for Saturday, September 26, 2020. At this time, one group has been announced they will hold an event at Delta Park at noon. Another group is planning an event at Peninsula Park from noon until 3 p.m. These parks are geographically separated by over three miles.

Based on publicly available information, these events are being promoted by individuals or organizations with differing ideologies. Numerous past mass gathering events in the City of Portland, involving individuals and groups with differing ideologies, resulted in criminal behavior by some participants, including but not limited to assaults, vandalism, weapons violations, as well as a recent homicide following a rally. Some incidents have resulted in arrests; others remain under investigation.

“We are working closely with the Mayor’s Office and other local and regional partners and we will deploy our collective resources based on the latest information we have,” said Chief Chuck Lovell. “Across our region we have witnessed devastation and loss of life from COVID to wildfires to gun violence. It is up to all of us to make sure we do not have an event where further loss of life results. Lawful engagement in First Amendment rights is acceptable; attendance with the intent to harm or intimidate others is not appropriate or safe for anyone.

“Due to the heightened rhetoric and many recent events where crimes occurred, we are developing a thorough plan to do everything possible to keep everyone safe. It is crucial for anyone who plans to attend to refrain from engaging in criminal activity, report dangerous or criminal conduct to the police, and adhere to lawful orders given by public safety officials. We will continue to keep the public informed and ask for the public’s help in keeping us informed so we can work together to have a safe day.”

The Portland Police Bureau’s liaison team attempts to work with all event organizers to establish an environment where community members may safely practice their First Amendment Rights of speech and assembly. The Police Bureau Liaison Team is available to assist event organizers in planning a safe event for participants, Portland community members, and businesses. Liaison Officers may be contacted at: PPBLiaison@portlandoregon.gov or through its Twitter account: @PPBLiaison

Prior events resulted in traffic and public transportation disruptions and delays. The Portland Police caution drivers that roadways may be impacted on Saturday, including I-5, which is already affected due to the northbound span I-5 bridge closure. For more information about the bridge closure, visit: http://interstatebridge.org/ To check traffic, visit: https://www.tripcheck.com/

TriMet may adjust service if an area becomes unsafe, blocked or is closed. TriMet riders should check trimet.org/alerts ahead of time to see if their bus or MAX line is detoured or disrupted. Users of the Portland Streetcar should check portlandstreetcar.org.

The Police Bureau encourages demonstration event organizers and organizations to follow established guidelines for obtaining a permit to use a federal or City of Portland park and/or use City of Portland streets for protest events.

Anyone with information about individuals planning to commit criminal activity at any of the September 26 events is asked to share that information with the Portland Police Bureau. Information can be sent via email to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov.

For persons requiring anonymity, information may be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Oregon.
Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823
Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Expect more information to follow in the coming days. To stay informed of these updates, follow us on Twitter (@PortlandPolice) or sign up for our press releases at https://www.flashalert.net/ or check for posted press release updates on our website at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/29797

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Smith & Bybee Lakes

There is an opening in the Smith and Bybee Lakes Advisory council coming up. Pat Opdyke is retiring and offering work with her replacement to ease their transition into this position.  Anyone interested should let me know so I can nominate them for consideration. – Gary Kunz 503-799-1803

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From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

Welcome to Thursday, everyone! We have three updates and one reminder for you regarding the Portland Harbor Superfund Site:

1. *Next Wednesday, 7/8 at 6:30pm Pacific* RSVP Now! Virtual Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting Information

  • Topic – Community Workshop on Making Portland Harbor Cleanup Information Accessible. This workshop will be hosted online by the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, the City of Portland, and the Oregon Department of State Lands

2. *Comment by next Wednesday, 7/8/2020* State Seeks Comment on Temporary Closure of Willamette Cove

  • View the news release from the Oregon Department of State Lands

3. *Recording & Materials Available* Follow-Up from the virtual June 10th Portland Harbor Public Forum. A recording of the Public Forum and all materials from this event are now available on EPA’s Portland Harbor website in the ‘Public Participation Opportunities’ section!

4. *Reminder* Photo Request for the Final Portland Harbor Community Involvement Plan (CIP)

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Please read below for more information about these items:

1.*Next Wednesday, 7/8 at 6:30pm Pacific* RSVP Now! Virtual Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting Information

  • When: NextWednesday, July 8th at 6:30 pm
  • Topic:  Community Workshop on Making Portland Harbor Cleanup Information Accessible. Join the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, the City of Portland, and the Oregon Department of State Lands online July 8 at 6:30pm for a virtual workshop and share how YOU would like to learn about the river cleanup. RSVP to reserve your spot. Learn more here!
  • How: Virtually! Please RSVP to reserve your spot and receive information on how to attend the meeting!
    • Please Note:  The July 8 online workshop is focused on understanding community members’ information needs. Tribal governments, public agencies, businesses, and waterfront properties are encouraged to contact project manager Dawn.Sanders@portlandoregon.gov to learn about the input opportunities tailored for each of those audiences.

·        Have questions? Please email Jessica Terlikowski, City of Portland, Community Engagement Coordinator at jessica.terlikowski@portlandoregon.gov

2.*Comment by next Wednesday, 7/8/2020* State Seeks Comment on Temporary Closure of Willamette Cove. The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) is currently accepting public comments on a proposal to close Willamette Cove to boating and other river uses from mid-August through October 2020 to allow sediment and water samples to be collected. Please read below for more information:

  • Why is there a State comment period on Willamette Cove?  The Willamette Cove In-water Remedial Design Group (City of Portland, Oregon Department of State Lands, Port of Portland) are excited to start design work where they will determine how the approaches to address the contamination outlined in EPA’s cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, such as capping and dredging, will be used. This first phase requires sediment and water samples to be collected by boats on the water. To facilitate these cleanup efforts and minimize health and safety risks to the public and project personnel, the Oregon Department of State Lands is considering closing the area mid-August through October 31, 2020.
  • When may I comment? The comment period is open June 8 through July 8. Comments must be received by July 8 to be considered.
  • How may I comment? Written comments may be submitted to DSL’s Richard Fitzgerald by email at richard.w.fitzgerald@dsl.state.or.us, or by mail at 775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100, Salem, Oregon 97301.
  • More information: 

3. *Recording & Materials Available* Follow-Up from the virtual June 10th Portland Harbor Public Forum. Thank you to everyone who attended the June 10th quarterly EPA Portland Harbor Public Forum (with DEQ and CAG support). A webinar recording and other materials from this event are now available both on EPA’s Portland Harbor website in the ‘Public Participation Opportunities’ section and below:

4. *Reminder* Photo Request for the Final Portland Harbor Community Involvement Plan (CIP):  Thank you to everyone who has already sent us photos! Even though the public feedback period is closed for the Portland Harbor CIP, EPA is still looking for high resolution photos to include throughout the CIP as we finalize the document. If you have photos that you would like to be considered, please send them along with the source of the photo to kprusia@triangleassociates.com.

Thank you!

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