Independent District Commission establishes four geographic voting districts for November 2024 election
In response to public comments, the commission revised the previously named “Alder map” to create the final map for the four districts. As required by the charter the districts were assigned numbers. Voters can visit portlandmaps.com to find their districts by entering their address.
At the Aug. 16 meeting the Independent District Commission unanimously selected Portland’s new map that defines four geographic voting districts for election of 12 city councilors beginning in November 2024. Final deliberations were between the two maps of the three draft maps released for public comment. On June 1, the district commission released its draft district plan with three draft maps for community consideration, the maps were named Alder, Cedar and Maple. The commission voted to eliminate the Maple and Cedar map and focus solely on the Alder map. The District Commission ultimately voted on a revised version of the Alder map based on public input and agreed it was the best option for Portland, as it promoted strong collaboration and community engagement for the city’s future.
City leadership shares discussion draft of new organizational structure with employees ahead of city council consideration on Oct. 19
On Sept. 12, Chief Administrative Officer Mike Jordan released his draft recommendation for a new organizational structure that reports up to a city administrator. The reorganization is necessary for a smooth transition to the new form of government that was approved by voters in November 2022.
The City of Portland’s City Organization project is creating a new reporting structure that can be managed by one city administrator, as required by the 2022 Charter Amendments. Transitioning away from the commission form of government allows for a whole-city approach to systems and problem-solving, which is an exciting opportunity for city government to serve all of Portland’s communities more efficiently.
Final salary report from Independent Salary Commission is now available online
The final salary report documents the commission’s final decision on salaries for Portland’s newly elected mayor, auditor and city councilors, who begin their terms in January 2025. After that, a new Independent Salary Commission will convene every two years to evaluate salaries.
After months of research on compensation best practices, guiding principles and criteria – as well as discussion with community — the final report of Portland’s Independent Salary Commission is now available online.
Council to consider revisions to code that directs future council organization and procedures on Sept. 20
Code changes are necessary to align procedures with the voter-approved Charter amendments.
Over the last several months, members of the transition team have been working with City partners and experts from other cities to develop revisions to City Code 3.02, Council Organization and Procedures. The transition team will present these proposed revisions to council on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023.
New community engagement coordinator to support community advisory group and voter education for Portland groups as City transitions
June Reyes (not present in image above), formerly of the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund, is working with the Government Transition Advisory Committee to increase speaking engagements across Portland.
Host a speaker from the Government Transition Advisory Committee at your next community meeting.
Upcoming Transition Events
About the City of Portland Transition Project
In November 2022, Portland voters approved Ballot Measure 26-228 that directs the City of Portland to implement these three connected changes by Jan. 1, 2025:
- Allow voters to rank candidates in order of preference, using ranked-choice voting.
Establish four geographic districts, with three city council members elected to represent each district – expanding city council to a total of 12 members.
- Establish a city council that focuses on setting policy and engaging with community, transitioning day-to-day oversight of bureaus to a mayor elected citywide and a professional city administrator.
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