The City Attorney has promised the court since the injunction that City Council will fully repeal the placard and disclosure ordinances.

After a summer of excuses that City Council could not coordinate a vote, the City Attorney, in a status conference yesterday, asked Federal Judge John Acosta to trust that City Council will repeal the ordinances in Council Sessions on October 23rd and 30th.

The 23rd for the first reading and the 30th for the vote.



The last section of the order includes ordering the City to stop refusing owner(s) ability to remove buildings from the URM list.

It was brought to our attorney's attention that the City is refusing to process appeals. The court order directs the City to stop this obstructive practice


“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…” 


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