Opening, three minutes:
Thank you, City Club, and every Portlander following this race. This is an historic election. For the first time ever, two progressive pro-choice women are competing in November for election to the Portland City Council. I ask voters to re-elect Amanda Fritz, so I can keep pushing on issues you care about. Basic services including public safety, paved streets and sidewalks, lower water rates and improved customer service. Spending taxpayers money wisely. Collaborating in City Hall, with other government partners, and with the people of Portland.
When I spoke here in the primary, I covered some of my achievements in the first three years of my first term. Today, I will focus on accomplishments since May, and my specific plans for Portland for the next four years.
Six months ago, there were questions about what the Office of Equity will accomplish. Today, the Office of Equity and Human Rights is already so successful, both Mayoral candidates have said it is so important they will keep it in their portfolio. It is focused on making sure everyone has opportunities for City jobs, contracts, and services. The Work Plan was accepted unanimously, with quarterly benchmarks to make sure progress is measurable and achieved. The Office of Equity and Human Rights has flourished because it has two champions on the Council, and the buy-in of the other Commissioners. I will continue to guide the equity work, in partnership with the new Mayor. We must continue to succeed in this crucial initiative.
Since the primary, the Portland Police union withdrew their grievances regarding the new 9-1-1 computer. It is working well, and providing front line providers, management and elected leaders with accurate information leading to accountability and better provision of services.