“All public and private persons, businesses, entities, and organizations who or
which are subject to the Ordinance are not required to
comply with any provision of the Ordinance…” 


  1. Commissioner Dan Saltzman admitted placards were to place economic pressure.

  2. Economic pressure on the buildings was to encourage loss of rent.

  3. Dan Saltzman concluded that this would force retrofits or demolition.

  4. City staff unilaterally deleted other risky buildings and science from the final report.

  5. City staff deleted the buildings and science before City Council received the report.

  6. They ignored 1,100 URM single and dual residential homes in Multnomah County.

  7. The City URM database list accuracy was not proven by the city in court.

  8. If the City wasn't sure about a building - it was left on the list.

  9. If the City found a new building, but were not sure, it was left off the list.

  10. If the building was on the 1993 list, it stayed on the list no matter what.

  11. A City Engineer testified that there are MANY URM's not on the list.



We call on the City of Portland to stop, listen and work with the community and lead a comprehensive and holistic approach to city resiliency. We ask the City to continue the conversation with a wider view of all buildings, both old and new and in liquefaction zones vulnerable in a major earthquake and engage the entire community to look for opportunities in education and infrastructure improvements.

Portland is thinking small by targeting small building owners and community members without a plan and funding. With costs exceeding most building values, the likelihood of success without displacement and demolition is slim. To date, the project has been carried by fear. No good decisions are made through fear.

Portland can do better.


The City of Portland to let updates to Title 24.85 of the Code work. To listen to those who will be impacted. To understand that each building is unique and each owner has a unique financial situation. That "Mom and Pop" businesses and building owners do not have the ability to borrow or the capacity for hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.

To address each building individually. To abandon the proposed broad-brushed mandate void of a plan, funding or support to avoid demolition and displacement of thousand’s of our beloved buildings.

  • 7,000 Residential Units (1,800 City Funded Low-Income)

  • 1,500 Condo Units

  • 1,415 Commercial Main Street Buildings (1,000's of Small Businesses)

  • 43 Portland Public Schools

  • 38 Churches