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I wrote an email thanking a new endorser for her support this evening, and she replied saying, "It's my pleasure. You need to win." I do need to win... but not for myself. I posted on Facebook last Thursday about reading The Lorax to the Access at Sabin School students. One of the most memorable lines of that beloved Dr. Seuss book is, "I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues. And I'm asking you, sir, at the top of my lungs...."

I feel I speak on the Council for those who have tongues, but can't be in City Hall during the business week. Sometimes for those without tongues, like the salmon and yes, even the trees. I'm proud of my work preparing to address the Superfund pollution. I'm proud of having garnered support to pass the Tree Protection policy unanimously. And I remember daily the UNLESS of The Lorax: Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not."

People are counting on me to make life in Portland get better, through caring a whole awful lot. I want to keep being the community's voice in City Hall. And UNLESS you help, and find others to send in their ballots by May 15, that might not happen. Do you care, even a little? Please go to the Volunteer page, and see how you can help.

Stretched thin

I haven't posted much on this site this month, except to add many more wonderful supporters' names to the endorsements page. Check out the latest! One reason for the lack of blogging here is that I've been putting more effort into my Facebook page. You don't have to be a Facebook member to read it, but if you are, I hope you will Like and Follow me. Another reason for the lack of postings here is the effort and time being dedicated to conversations regarding Occupy Portland. I have over 500 emails in my City inbox, many on this issue. Please see my City blog for comments on that.

Weekend of Work

Most weekends since the campaign started, I have spent most of Saturday doing official City of Portland events, then most of Sunday doing campaign stuff. Houseparties, phone calls, emails and letters to supporters, strategy meetings with my team, and so on. The past ten days I have been serving as "Almost Mayor" while Mayor Sam Adams was in Asia, and the duties -- especially assisting in the management of Occupy Portland and responding to media questions about it, like this KGW interview -- left little time for my regular work. I was very glad when Sam arrived back in the country on Saturday, and promptly showed up in person at Jamison Square in the wee hours of the morning to oversee the enforcement of park closure hours there. I love being a City Commissioner, and assisting citizens and the Mayor. I would never want to BE mayor.

Today I spent two hours walking with Native American tribal leaders from the shores of the Willamette in Waterfront Park to the Oregon Convention Center for the start of the National Conference of American Indians, at the request of Chairwoman Cheryle Kennedy, leader of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. The Oregonian's report on the procession is here. After that, I returned home and spent nine hours catching up on responding to citizen emails, reducing the backlog in my public in-box at work from 378 to 234. Then an hour of campaign emails, and this blog post, to round out my day's work.

Madam President

It was a Busy News Week.

I am currently serving as President of the Council, which is usually a largely honorary role with the most significant task involving running the City Council meetings when the Mayor is busy elsewhere. Mayor Adams is currently out of the country on a trade mission to Asia, however, and the role of President of the Council has the potential to be more onerous. I don't have the power to re-assign bureaus, much to my chagrin, but in case of an emergency I would be empowered to make urgent decisions if Mayor Adams can't be reached by phone. I hope there are no emergencies... but if there are, having a former Registered Nurse at the triage station is probably helpful.

Our first $1,000+ weekend

For the first time in my political career, my supporters and I raised over $1,000 this past weekend. This despite the fact that I spent the majority of Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday evening, doing five work (non-campaign) events, as well as the two Sunday campaign gatherings. The $1,000 amount may not seem much to Council candidates who have collected $1,000 or more from a single phone call. But for me, the support raised is more than the dollar value. It represents the donations of about 50 Portlanders, all sincerely commited to helping me win on May 15. And therefore likely 100 or 200 or 500 votes, based on the number of people these 50 super-active supporters will persuade to send in their ballot with my bubble filled in. As the Beatles sang, "Money can't buy me love". Or votes.

Thank you, Communications Workers of America Local 7901, and faithful supporters on Hayden Island, for your time, donations, and words of advice and wisdom. We are on a roll!

If you have been intending to send me $5, $50, or something in between, but haven't gotten around to it yet, please send in your contribution on line or by mail today. I hope to raise 1,000 donations by Thanksgiving, and to get there I need you to send in your contribution, then to ask all your friends and neighbors to join our growing list of contributors.

Weekend update

Thanks to son Luke for converting the image here of a photo taken by Charles Young as number 75 of a "100 Strangers" Flickr group. Click on that link to see the other strangers-no-longer-strangers Charles has photo-documented. The location was the Fun on Foster street fair, which gets bigger and better every year. It was an excellent venue for campaigning - more so than street fair events with curb to curb throngs of visitors. I had multiple inspiring friendly conversations, gave out lots of buttons, and came away with several donations.

Those paying attention will note my blog entries tend to be weekly, at the end of the weekend. That's because I spend most of the week doing the job taxpayers hired me to do, then I devote Sunday afternoons and evenings to the campaign. I worked 77 hours in my paid job this week. Friday evening and Saturday I visited Roosevelt High School in the St Johns neighborhood; downtown for an event supporting Emerge Oregon; Eastmoreland at the League of Women Voters' Legislative Report; Powellhurst-Gilbert at a Know Your Neighbor event at an apartment complex; and back to Foster for the Jobs with Justice Salsa Party I attend every year. I left early this time, though, having been standing in heels from noon onward so by 7 p.m. I could barely walk, let alone dance.


Once again I visited all five sections of Portland this weekend. In my official capacity as your Commissioner, on Saturday at NE Glisan/Sandy's opening of a Tai Chi community center, and in outer SE at the Bureau of Emergency Communications employee family picnic. And then on Sunday, at SE 122nd/Division at the Midway Business Association's end-of-summer Cruise-In. I am a member of the Midway BA and sponsored a trophy for the custom car show.

And then we had a great afternoon of campaigning on Sunday with house parties in Hayhurst (SW), Hayden Island (N) and the Northwest District Association (NW). Many thanks to the hosts and all who participated. If you would like to schedule a time to invite your neighbors to hang out with me for an hour or so and get questions answered on what's happened inside City Hall, and what more we will do together when you help me win re-election, please email me.

Busy weekend again

Taxpayers are paying for me to work for you as your City Commissioner, so campaigning has to be added into time that would otherwise be spent with my family, or sleeping, rather than cutting into work hours. My work hours have been Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., since I took office in January 2009. That's a 72 hour work week, which I usually supplement with several hours of emailing late into the night and on Sunday afternoons.

Now I'm up for re-election, I am working hard to add campaign events in slots that is normally reserved for "family time", rather than taking from work tasks. My schedule on weekends sometimes doesn't fit neatly into "work" or "campaign", however. This weekend, on Saturday I attended the Gateway Area Business Association's First Responder tribute (link to report). I've participated every year since elected, so that counts as "work". It is hugely important to me that GABA, the state's oldest Business Association, awarded me their "Citizen of the Year" accolade this year. Some East Portlanders worry that politicians don't know or care about their interests and wellbeing. GABA's award demonstrates these business leaders and Schools Superintendents know that I both know and care.

200+ signatures in nine hours

Amelia Salvador and Joe Rossi, at dusk at Rossi Farms in Parkrose.
Really, that's what the top photo depicts.
The one below is our booth at the Belmont Street Fair, staffed by Jim, Ellen, Rose and Robert

On Thursday 9/8/11, the first day to file to run for re-election to Position # 1 on the Portland City Council, I submitted the paperwork to collect signatures to file by petition. Candidates for Portland City Council may either pay $30, or collect 100 signatures of registered Portland voters, to get on the ballot. I figure any time I have the power to save $30 (or $30k, or $30m), I should. My application was approved by the City Auditor's Elections Officer on Friday. My campaign manager, Ellen Miyo Ino, and volunteers Robert, Rose, Jim, Mark, Chris, Bill and Ken began collecting signatures at noon on Saturday. By the time I arrived at the Belmont Street Fair after my Gateway Area Business Association Citizen of the Year award event, they had already gathered over 150 signatures.

Full service, including on weekends

Last weekend, I spent much of both Saturday and Sunday out in Portland neighborhoods, doing my job as the community's representative on the Council -- as I have since winning election. See Saturdays are for service and Sunday in the sun on my City blog for details. The photo above with candidate for Portland City Commissioner Position 4, Jeri Williams was taken by Jeri's grand-daughter outside the Concordia New Seasons, where I was volunteering on Latino Network's fundraiser. Jeri works in the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, staffing the Diversity and Civic Leadership program.

We had a huge hearing on the new Office of Equity this past Wednesday, attended by over 100 Portlanders from many, many backgrounds. More on that later. Jeri's work on encouraging people of color and those with different life experiences to engage with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement has been groundbreaking and hugely successful.


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