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 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!
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 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.
Second only to housing, is Commissioner Eudaly's focus on climate change and environmental protections. Commissioner Eudaly made the Portland Harbor Superfund Site part of her 2016 campaign. The campaign produced a video about he harbor in English and Spanish, and helped drive record-breaking public comment to the EPA site, which ultimately led to a stronger clean-up plan for Portland.
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 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. She also supports the DREAM Act and defunding the targeting and deportation of immigrants at the federal level.
Commissioner 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 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 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?
Commissioner 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 City Hall. You can seen this throughout all of Commissioner 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.
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 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.