NEGATIVE PLACARDING APPROVED BY
A vote was taken on October 10th to pass an ordinance for placards and disclosures to tenants. This vote on placards and disclosures was taken without any notification to building owners, businesses, churches, condo owners or tenants. There were no public meetings or public process prior to the hearings.
Ayes: Mayor Wheeler, Commissioner Fritz, Commissioner Saltzman
Left the chambers for vote (then returned): Commissioner Eudaly, Commissioner Fish
We, along with the groups below, oppose this YES vote for placarding.
• 22 out of 33 people testified at City Council
• The NAACP
• Portland Business Alliance
• Venture Portland (Representing 50 business districts)
• Music Portland
• Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
NO NEGATIVE PLACARDING
No “Scarlet Letter” (on individual buildings)
Fix the City list of URMs (city admits it is not accurate)
Educate the community on earthquake readiness (liquefaction zones, schools, gas lines and safety plans)
PLACARDING AND TENANT
The placard shall be 8”x10” durable placard with lettering in a 30-point bold font, posted in a conspicuous location on the exterior at the main entrance with the following message: “This Building is an Unreinforced Masonry Building. Unreinforced Masonry Buildings may be unsafe in an event of a Major Earthquake.”
URMs ARE OUR MAIN STREETS - APARTMENTS - CHURCHES - SCHOOLS - NON-PROFITS
7,000 Residential Units (1,800 City Funded Low-Income)
1,415 Commercial Main Street Buildings (1,000's of Small Businesses)
43 Portland Public Schools
With ZERO verified or guaranteed funding, financing or tax credits, the city plans to pass a mandate on small building owners throughout the city, while blatantly practicing in favoritism by special deals, cut-outs and exemptions for:
City owned buildings
Large residential buildings
The city also shows favoritism in that Prosper Portland has earmarked $5 million for Old Town/China Town. This favoritism and inequity picks "winners and losers" based on geography.
Council voted to form two work groups to further study the mandate for mom and pop building owners and non-profits, including churches. Mom and Pop building owners are currently the only group fast tracked to retrofit, regardless of ability to finance or without regard to the feasibility of the costs.
An application process will be set up by the city. We will provide that link when it is available.
THE LIST - Click Here:
Thank you to all who testified at the June 13th Council Meeting and gave compelling testimonies.
We are proud to stand together in this fight to preserve the very heart of our communities, our churches of worship, our meeting places, our community centers, our start-ups, our music venues, our restaurants/pubs and our “Main Streets.” This is an assault on the very soul of Portland.
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