Portland’s Proposed “Ban the Box” Ordinance

Dear EPCC Members,

This is an email sent by the Portland Business Alliance:

On Wednesday, March 25, Mayor Charlie Hales will hold a first reading on an ordinance that may significantly impact your business’ hiring practices. We have significant concerns with the proposal and are asking members to consider testifying at Portland City Council on Wednesday, March 26 and/or writing to members of council. Please find the details below.

About the proposed Ban the Box ordinance:

Multiple jurisdictions have adopted “ban the box” laws, which prohibit the question about criminal history on an employment application. The Portland Business Alliance supports “banning the box” on employment applications in order to remove barriers to employment. But we also believe employers need flexibility to design hiring processes that meet the need of their particular circumstances. The proposed ordinance goes far beyond what most other jurisdictions have done, creating significant risk exposure, inhibiting the ability of employers to ensure the safety of their workplaces for other employees and customers, and interfering in hiring practices to the detriment of both employers and prospective employees.

The ordinance forces employers to wait until after a conditional offer of employment to do a criminal background check, removing the opportunity for an honest discussion during the interview. While that may work for some employers, it may not work for all. Further, the ordinance limits the criteria an employer can consider in making a determination regarding the relevance of a criminal history. The ordinance, which was developed largely without the input of the private employers it would impact, is a one-size approach that fails to recognize every work site, employer, job requirement and applicant is different. The ordinance language can be found here.

Take action now, and tell Portland City Council to include employers in the discussion: 

Please consider speaking at the public hearing on Wednesday, March 26, at 3 p.m. about this issue. Alternatively, please write the Mayor, along with other Commissioners, at the emails below to tell them to slow down and include business in the discussion. It’s helpful to include information about your specific business and hiring needs, in additional to the following points:

  • Support for “banning the box” contingent on allowing timely criminal background checks.
  • Oppose the proposed ordinance as drafted.
  • Ask to slow down the ordinance and set up a process to that allows all stakeholders to have a dialogue and provide input.
  • Urge the city not to dictate hiring practices and presuming they understand the needs of your business.
  • Express the need for an ordinance that has additional flexibility to accommodate various business needs and work environments.

Mayor Charlie Hales: charlie@portlandoregon.gov

Commissioner Nick Fish: nick@portlandoregon.gov

Commissioner Amanda Fritz: amanda@portlandoregon.gov

Commissioner Steve Novick: steve@portlandoregon.gov

Commissioner Dan Saltzman: dan@portlandoregon.gov

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EPCC MEMBER ALERT!

EPCC members:

We received the communication below from the Oregon Chamber of Commerce that actively follows the legislative activities with chamber members’ interests in mind.  We are sharing it with you so that if you would like to express your opinion about this bill (HB 2386) to your representative.  A call or an email from a constituent has immense impact on your legislators, so if you share your opinion with them, you can have an impact.  We have added contact info for the representatives from East Portland at the bottom of this email if you wish to contact them.

Dear OSCC members:

As you know, OSCC has been following and actively lobbying in opposition to HB 2386.

The Oregon House of Representatives Committee on Business Labor passed HB 2386 yesterday morning on a 6-5 vote.

HB 2386 authorizes the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) to issue temporary cease and desist orders if the Labor Commissioner has “reason to believe” an employer has violated certain employment laws including prevailing wage, wage and hour, and general employment law statutes.

The bill will now go to the House floor likely next week.

OSCC opposes this measure because it allows BOLI to issue cease and desist orders without having to go to court. Once the order was issued, an employer would have the burden and cost of going to circuit court to prove they were NOT violating the law, and request that the order be lifted.  We ask that you contact your Representative by phone or email to voice how this bill could impact your business, and ask them to vote NO on the House Floor.

OSCC Government Affairs

House Representatives that cover East Portland:

EPCC Government & Economic Affairs Committee Members

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Invite a guest and join the East Portland Chamber for Speed Networking @ SE Works | March 18th 7:30-9:00am

Speed Networking

Portland Speed NetworkingPlease join the East Portland Chamber for Speed Networking on March 18th. This event is a great opportunity to meet current members and new businesses. Please invite guests and bring at least 25 business cards.

March 18th | 7:30-9:00am
SE Works
7916 SE Foster Rd | MAP
Parking is available in the Junior Achievement parking lot.
Coffee and breakfast goodies will be served.


After Hours Event | March 19th

Please join Karen Kane, owner of Insurance Solutions NW, for an After Hours event at Enso Urban Winery & Tasting Room. Wine, beverages and appetizers will be served. This evening is a great opportunity for a more casual evening of networking and socializing with chamber members and Karen’s clients, vendors and guests. Come out and meet some new people!

Insurance Solutions NorthwestEnso Urban Winery
March 19th | 5:30-7:00pm
1416 SE Stark St | MAP
Please RSVP!


SpeedPro Imaging | March 2015 Member Spotlight

Speed Pro LogoCo-owners Justin Hansen and Rod Carlson come from a deep background in the print industry and seek to utilize that knowledge to provide impactful signage and displays to attract attention to local companies, organizations, and their promotions.

Priding itself on customer service, the highest quality graphics, and ease of accessibility; SpeedPro is eager to partner with the Portland business community to provide solutions that will create a visible presence that will raise awareness and drive business to their clients.

For more information, you can visit www.speedpropdx.com or call 503-384-2633 for consultation.


Non-Profit Events

Human Solutions | Soar With Us Auction

Saturday, April 11, 2015 | Melody Ballroom
615 SE Alder St | Portland OR 97214
Individual Tickets: $75 ($125 after April 8, 2015)
Table of 10: $600

It’s going to be spectacular evening with Hors d’oeuvres, Cocktails, a Fabulous Dinner, Live Music, Dancing, Oral and Silent Auctions.
REGISTER HERE

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Shirley Craddick Addresses the East Portland Chamber of Commerce

EPCC GEAC meeting

March 11, 2015

Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick

Sponsor minute from Oregonians Credit Union.

The featured business district was 82nd Avenue of Roses business association, presented by Richard Keily, president. He gave examples of how the BA has been working with the residential coalition to improve the image of 82nd Avenue.

Kevin Minkoff introduced Councilor Craddick. She is a runner, a Gresham resident and was a Gresham city councilor. She has a background in medical research. She was elected to metro council in 2010.

What does metro do? It is a regionally elected government with each councilor elected by the people in their geographic area. Metro includes 1.5 million people and 25 cities. There are four councilors that touch east Portland. This is a unique structure of government because the councilors are elected by voters.   They plan projects that cross jurisdictions, such as the East Metro Connection plan which looks at the most important transportation projects in East Multnomah Co. The US is in a crisis for transportation funding. Each city has their own transportation service plan (TSP) and Metro puts those all together.

Metro and the cities are looking at the whole region to decide what projects are the highest priority. Among them are:

Powell-Division: This project includes more buses and public transit from downtown to Mt Hood Community College. There will be a rapid transit route through the corridor. The project will include significant development on the route – sidewalks, lighting and platforms.

Regional attractions and facilities: Metro operates all of the 5 performing arts centers, the Expo Center and the Oregon Convention Center. They are working on a new hotel near the convention center. Metro also manages the Oregon Zoo which is getting a 4 year upgrade as a result of a 2008 bond measure. Current focus is on Elephant Lands, which includes a new route for the train.   A major initiative is happening with the Willamette Falls Project. There is a new property owner who is working on the design phase. There will be some viewing areas where you will be close enough to the falls to feel the spray.

Sustainable Living: Metro protects the waterways, and works to keep the water temperatures down. They make sure the transportation system includes walking, bicycling, parks and trees. There are grants available for neighborhoods for nature restoration.

Transportation Crisis: The gas tax has not been raised for 22 years. Part of the highway trust fund now comes from the state general fund. Metro is looking at getting funding from Federal and State. This year they are trying to get a transportation package out of Salem that could include a gas tax or a tax for miles driven, to raise money for road maintenance.

Metro owns and operates the rails and the bus system.   Rail is least costly to operate but most expensive to build.   Challenge of orphan highways that are owned and operated by ODOT but run through urban areas. ODOT doesn’t do much to care for those such as Powell-82nd Ave – so, Metro is working with cities and the state for a joint solution. ODOT is working on a project to redesign outer Powell, from I-205 to Gresham to make it safer. It is a separate project that will cost about $1million per mile.

Goal of Reducing Greenhouse Gases 20% by 2023: The state passed the mandate and gave it to Metro to enforce.

Shirley.craddick@oregonmetro.gov or 503-797-1547

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Chamber Day at the State Capitol

The Oregon State Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Chamber Day at the State Capitol in Salem.

Date: April 1, 2015

Time: 8:00 AM1:00 PM PDT

Who Should Attend:

The day is designed for Chamber Executives and Chamber staff, Board Chairs and Vice-Chairs and Chairs of the Chambers’ Public Policy Committee or PAC Boards.

Topics to include:

  • The latest information regarding key state issues
  • Inside the legislative process – what you need to know

     

    For more information, click HERE

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Government & Economic Affairs AM | March 11th

Please join the East Portland Chamber for our next Government & Economic Affairs AM where Shirley Craddick, Metro Councilor, will be presenting.

March 11th | 7:30-9:00am
Adventist Medical Center
Lower Level, Education Room B
10123 SE Market St | MAP

Shirley CraddickSworn into office on Jan. 4, 2011, Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick represents District 1, which includes Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Damascus and portions of East Portland.

I ran for the Metro Council in 2010 to help increase access to good jobs and a range of housing choices in the east part of the region, and to ensure that our community has an effective voice at the regional table. Since I’ve been on the Metro Council, I enjoy visiting with communities across my district and learning about their aspirations for the future.

I am excited about some recent projects that will improve the quality of life in the east part of the region from the Powell/Division transit and development study to groundbreaking for Nadaka Nature Park to the completion of the Blue Lake trail in Fairview. I’m proud that Metro has been able to play a role in these developments and look forward to working with the community on these and other efforts.

Councilor Craddick came into office with a set of goals for District 1 that she will work to achieve throughout her time as Metro Councilor. Her goals center on increasing economic prosperity in the eastern part of the region while protecting natural areas and the environment, increasing jobs, and fostering vibrant and active town centers. She would also like to see District 1 have an enhanced voice at the regional table and help jurisdictions work together to achieve their aspirations. Read more…

Shirley Craddick | Metro
shirley.craddick@oregonmetro.gov


After Hours Event | March 19th

East Portland Chamber of Commerce Member, Insurance Solutions NorthwestPlease join Karen Kane, owner of Insurance Solutions NW, for an After Hours event at Enso Urban Winery & Tasting Room. Wine, beverages and appetizers will be served. This evening is a great opportunity for a more casual evening of networking and socializing with chamber members and Karen’s clients, vendors and guests. Come out and meet some new people!

Enso Urban Winery
March 19th | 5:30-7:00pm
1416 SE Stark St | MAP
Please RSVP!


SpeedPro Imaging | March 2015 Member Spotlight

Co-owners Justin Hansen and Rod Carlson come from a deep background in the print industry and seek to utilize that knowledge to provide impactful signage and displays to attract attention to local companies, organizations, and their promotions.

Priding itself on customer service, the highest quality graphics, and ease of accessibility; SpeedPro is eager to partner with the Portland business community to provide solutions that will create a visible presence that will raise awareness and drive business to their clients.

For more information, you can visit www.speedpropdx.com or call 503-384-2633 for consultation.


Non-Profit Events

SnowCap 13th Annual Auction

March 14th | 5:00-9:00pm
Holiday Inn
8439 NE Columbia Blvd
$65/person

The night will feature live and silent auctions, dinner and cocktails. Purchase tickets.


Human Solutions | Soar With Us Auction

Saturday, April 11, 2015 | Melody Ballroom
615 SE Alder St | Portland OR 97214
Individual Tickets: $75 ($125 after April 8, 2015)
Table of 10: $600

It’s going to be spectacular evening with Hors d’oeuvres, Cocktails, a Fabulous Dinner, Live Music, Dancing, Oral and Silent Auctions.
REGISTER HERE

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SpeedPro Imaging | March 2015 Member Spotlight

SpeedPro logo 3Opened in September 2014, SpeedPro Imaging is a large format print studio that specializes in event graphics, tradeshow items, wall murals, window applications, vehicle wraps and other projects that require large dynamic graphic solutions.

Co-owners Justin Hansen and Rod Carlson come from a deep background in the print industry and seek to utilize that knowledge to provide impactful signage and displays to attract attention to local companies, organizations, and their promotions.

Priding itself on customer service, the highest quality graphics, and ease of accessibility; SpeedPro is eager to partner with the Portland business community to provide solutions that will create a visible presence that will raise awareness and drive business to their clients.

For more information, you can visit www.speedpropdx.com or call 503-384-2633 for a consultation.

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2015 EPCC Golf Tournament

Support the voice of East Portland by joining us for our 8th Annual Golf Tournament. Golfers can enjoy a full day of golf on a world class golf course with awesome prizes for the top three teams and challenge winners.

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June 19, 2015
8:00am Registration
8:30am Shotgun Start
Glendoveer Golf Course
14015 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97230
$95/Individual | $355/Foursome
$25/Lunch Only

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Good News from the Portland Bureau of Labor Statistics!

Generally good economic news lately!

Preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics employment estimates have the Portland region growing faster than most of the US.  The unemployment rate declined by almost half a percentage point over the last 12 months to 6.4 percent.  We’re seeing a broad based economic recovery with job growth across almost every major sector in 2014.  Multnomah County has been growing by about 10,000 jobs a year over the last four years, a historically strong growth run for the County.

Portland Economic Indicators – January 2015 (pdf)

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Member Hosted AM – February 18th

Deb Thomas with Hood Therapeutic Massage and Mike Devlin with Devlin Properties will be co-hosting a Member Hosted AM on February 18th. Please join us for coffee and breakfast treats and find out more about these chamber businesses.

February 18th | 7:30-9:00am
Hood Therapeutic Massage
2442 SE 101st Ave, Ste 206 | MAP


New Member Showcase | Feb 25th

New members are invited to host a table in the East Portland Chamber of Commerce New Member Showcase. The showcase is a benefit to new members and is an opportunity to introduce yourself, your business and your products and/or services to the general membership. Space is limited so RSVP early!

Feb 25th | 7:30-9:00am (setup 7:00-7:15am)
CherryWood Village | 1417 SE 107th Ave
FREE (size of table depends on number of RSVPs)
Please RSVP by February 23rd


February Member Spotlight:

Kevin R. Minkoff, CPA, PC
Kevin specializes in taxation, computerization and management consulting for small and medium sized businesses.

Kevin Minkoff photo He is a member of the Oregon CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Kevin currently serves on the Government and Economic Affairs Committee of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce. Kevin has served on the boards of Snow-CAP, the Troutdale Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce. From December 1996 through October 1997, Kevin authored a weekly column in the central California daily newspaper, The Hollister Freelance, on tax and business management issues. More…

Kevin R. Minkoff, CPA, PC
503-252-3988


PGE 2016 Price Increase

On Feb. 12, 2015, Portland General Electric asked the Oregon Public Utility Commission to approve price changes in 2016 to pay for a new power plant when it goes into service next year. This request for a potential overall price increase of 3.7 percent is the first step in a 10-month review process with several opportunities for public input.

Investing in new plants to help meet customer needs
PGE brought two new power plants online to serve our customers in late 2014 – the 267-megawatt Tucannon River Wind Farm near Dayton, Washington and the 220-megawatt natural gas-fired Port Westward Unit 2 facility near Clatskanie, Oregon. These two new generating plants are now helping PGE meet state renewable energy standards while maintaining a reliable supply of affordable power for customers. They were brought into PGE’s prices in January 2015 with an overall, OPUC approved increase in customer prices of about one percent.

Baseload plant will come online in 2016
Now, PGE is in the process of constructing a third new plant near Boardman, Oregon. The 440-megawatt Carty Generating Station will fulfill a different role, providing reliable, efficiently generated baseload power PGE can call on to serve customers under any conditions. Click here to learn more.


Non-Profit Events

Human Solutions | Soar With Us Auction
Saturday, April 11, 2015 | Melody Ballroom
615 SE Alder St | Portland OR 97214
Individual Tickets: $75 ($125 after April 8, 2015)
Table of 10: $600

Human Solutions logo It’s going to be spectacular evening with Hors d’oeuvres, Cocktails, a Fabulous Dinner, Live Music, Dancing, Oral and Silent Auctions.
REGISTER HERE


Ride Connection | Going Places Gala

Going Places Gala
Friday, February 27th | 5:30-8:00 pm
The Oregon Zoo

The night will feature live and silent auctions, cocktail hour, dinner and live music. For more info or to purchase tickets online visit www.rideconnection.org.

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