In my first term on Portland City Council, I passed renter relocation assistance, the FAIR ordinance to stop rental discrimination, and championed thousands of units of affordable housing.
The next four years is vital to protect these victories and go further to prevent mass evictions and foreclosures. We need rent and mortgage forgiveness. Housing stability is vital for our health, safety, and basic needs.
I have earned the endorsement of Community Alliance of Tenants Action Fund, Portland Tenants United, housing advocates Israel Bayer, Dr. Lisa K. Bates, Laura Moulton, and more.
Housing is a basic need and a fundamental human right. Portland's failure to treat it as such has directly led to our ongoing housing crisis, which was decades in the making. There's no single solution that can make up for past failures while addressing the current housing unaffordability crisis across the region. And it will not be solved without the support of Regional, State, and Federal partners. This is why Commissioner Chloe Eudaly is continuing to focus on local policy solutions while working with colleagues across the state and throughout the country to develop comprehensive affordable housing policies.
We must take swift action to preserve a livable climate for present and future generations. Creating good, green jobs and investing in BIPOC communities must be central to environmental and climate policy.
I have earned the endorsement of the Sunrise Movement PDX, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, and environmental/climate champions Khanh Pham, Bob Sallinger, and Travis Williams. I have taken the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge.
We have less than 10 years to take meaningful action to avert the worst-case climate change scenarios. Commissioner Chloe Eudaly was the only Portland City Council member in 2018 to endorse the Portland Clean Energy Fund, and since then endorsed the Oregon Green New Deal. Commissioner Chloe Eudaly made equitable cleanup of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site part of her 2016 campaign. The campaign produced a video about the harbor in English and Spanish, and helped drive record-breaking public comment turnout to the EPA site, which ultimately led to a stronger clean-up plan for Portland. Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has vocally opposed the I-5 freeway expansion and Zenith crude oil terminal.
I've championed legal representation for immigrant facing threat of deportation and spoken out against I.C.E. I earned the endorsement of Unite Oregon Action and will continue to fight against deportations and defend immigrants and refugees.
Immigrants and refugees have faced consistent attacks by the Trump administration. Both through a concerted effort to end our immigration system as we know it and the detainment and deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants. Chloe Eudaly is committed to continuing to limiting law enforcement and government collaboration with ICE, increasing access to universal representation, and promoting criminal justice reform to keep people out of the deportation pipeline. Chloe Eudaly also supports the DREAM Act and defunding the targeting and deportation of immigrants at the federal level.
I championed the Rose Lane project to improve public transportation and reduce traffic congestion. Racial justice, equity, and climate goals must be central to all transportation policies.
I earned the endorsement of the Street Trust Action Fund, Sunrise Movement PDX, and many notable transportation advocates.
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has been the Commissioner-In-Charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation since September 2018. It is a huge and challenging bureau, but it's quickly become one of Commissioner Chloe Eudaly's strongest areas of interest. Solving Portland's transportation challenges is deeply entwined with solving its housing challenges. It is critical to safety, equity, and sustainability. As the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) considers every major project or policy development, it is necessary to ask ourselves two questions: How will this advance our climate change goals, and how will this advance our racial equity goals?
40 people have been shot and killed by Portland police since they killed Kendra James in 2003.
My opponent is endorsed by the Portland Police Association, the union that has shielded the over five dozen officers who have pulled the trigger in those killings from any responsibility. I will work to hold police accountable for their racism and violence.
I have earned the endorsement of Unite Oregon Action, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, and have taken the No Cash From Cops pledge.
Since the first protest I attended in 1990, where I witnessed police brutality against peaceful protesters, I have been a vocal critic of the Portland Police Bureau. I personally know numerous individuals who have been victims of police brutality, including James Chasse, a customer at my bookshop who was killed by PPB in 2006, and a member of my extended family who was shot and killed by police (not in Portland) experiencing a mental health crisis, in 2014.
In my first two years on Council, despite multiple attempts to address crowd control methods, "less lethal" weapons, and the militarization of our police force, I hit one barrier after another. Past Councils have bargained away so much of our power that we have to pay settlements to get rid of bad cops. With the election of Jo Ann Hardesty to City Council that began to change. Because of the leadership of Commissioner Hardesty, we have withdrawn from the Joint Terrorism Task Force, eliminated problematic specialty units, and cut $15M from the police budget. It is clear that after 100+ nights of protests and more than 75,000 emails received by Council offices that we have a mandate to dramatically transform our approach to public safety and policing. I am excited to work with my colleagues and community members, especially BIPOC communities, to advance this work.
It's clear that decades of police reform, including changes in hiring and training practices, have not made Black Portlanders safer. It's time for a different approach. We must reallocate resources to efforts that benefit communities, address the root causes of our social ills, and minimize police interactions with community members.
We must support small businesses and the arts in weathering the crisis of COVID-19. I secured the nation's largest CARES Act allocation for arts and culture venues and oversaw the PBOT program to allow expanded patio seating for safe outdoor dining.
I have earned the endorsement of the Portland Association of Teachers, PROTEC17, Jim Brunberg, Michael Alexander, and the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association.
Organized labor and community advocates have led successful campaigns in Oregon to raise the minimum wage, guarantee paid sick days, and provide predictable scheduling to workers. These efforts have collectively improved the lives of millions of Oregonians. Chloe Eudaly is working to continue this progress on the local level, by supporting worker organizing, raising standards across industries, and strengthening union power. She is committed to advancing a vision of equitable development that ensures opportunity for those left out of our city's prosperity.
I am committed to expanding access to City Hall and supporting civic engagement for all of Portland's diverse communities.
I have earned the endorsement of Next Up Action Fund, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, a Basic Rights Oregon green light, and more.
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly is deeply committed to civic engagement and participatory democracy. She comes from a background of grassroots activism, and has been a conduit for community voices at Portland City Council. You can see this throughout all of Commissioner Chloe Eudaly's work--from tenant protections to transportation--she works hand-in-hand with the community to develop equitable policies that will benefit the least well-served members of the community and avoid unintended consequences and disparate outcomes.
In my first term on Portland City Council, I have earned the support of:
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt
Former Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick
State Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer
State Senator Sara Gelser
Metro President Lynn Peterson
Metro Councilor Bob Stacey
Metro Councilor Shirley Root Craddick
Metro Councilor Christine Lewis
Metro Councilor Juan Carlos Gonzalez
Kathleen Saadat, Civil Rights Leader
Reverend Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Civil Rights Leader
Eric K. Ward, Civil Rights Leader
Cameron Whitten, Housing, Racial Justice, & LGBTQIA Advocate
Portland has a lot to be proud of. We've been ahead of the curve on so many progressive movements and innovations, from urban planning to public transit to bicycle infrastructure to combating climate change. And we didn't earn the nickname "Little Beirut" for being complacent or bowing to authority. Yet time and time again, we have fallen short on our best-laid plans. Blame our form of City government--which can lead to inconsistent leadership and lack of collaboration--or human nature. It's a lot easier to assert an opinion or devise a grand plan than it is to do the hard work of making real change.
A little over three years ago, I took my seat on City Council. That day, I inherited decades of gifts and challenges, triumphs and shortcomings, handed down to me by my predecessors. Since the beginning, I've prioritized the least well-served and most vulnerable members of our community, including people experiencing homelessness, cost-burdened renters, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities, and people with disabilities. I've tackled tough challenges from strengthening tenants' rights and fighting displacement to defending our immigrant communities to expanding our civic engagement network to addressing climate change through improving our transit system. And I've ruffled some feathers--change is hard--but every decision I've made has been in service to building a more just, equitable, and inclusive city. Because when we understand and address the needs of the least well-represented and well-served among us, we create a better future for all of us.
I believe progressive Portlanders share my vision for the future of our city. A city where everyone has a safe, stable, affordable roof over their head. A city where all residents, regardless of their zip code, enjoy healthy, safe, and vibrant neighborhoods. A city that raises the bar on environmental standards for the rest of the country from combating climate change to building a green economy. A city that learns from its mistakes, and doesn't just acknowledge historical wrongs, but acts to remedy them. Our city is what we make of it, and together we can make it work for everyone!