The Mayor’s Office Ensures Carriage Horses Will Have More Protections

Mayor Sam Adams stood up for working carriage horses when he directed the Revenue Regulatory Division to develop new regulation code language for their protection. Seeking input from a well-rounded committee that included carriage-horse operators and company owners, In Defense of Animals, and the City’s Police Mounted Patrol, the Mayor’s Office and the Revenue Bureau believe the new regulations will help protect carriage horses and the public without over-burdening the drivers and carriage companies.

Following are some of the new provisions:

  • Drivers, companies and vehicles must fulfill basic requirements for training, insurance, equipment, care of horses and safe operation.
  • Horse-drawn carriages may not operate when the temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, or when the combination (sum of) of temperature and humidity exceeds CONA standards, recommended at 150.
  • Owners, operators and drivers must monitor the condition of each horse and won’t allow a horse to work when there are signs of exhaustion, dehydration, sickness, disease, injury or severe stress.
  • Annual veterinary certification of the fitness of the carriage horse is required.
  • Annual inspection of horse stabling facility is required.
  • Horse-drawn carriage companies may not operate during weekday rush hour, or along streets with MAX or streetcar tracks, except under limited circumstances.

The public is encouraged to send comments until October 7 regarding the proposed regulations before they're submitted to the Private For-Hire Transportation Board and the City Council. To make sure your voice is heard send comments to Frank Dufay of the Private For-Hire Transportation Program in the Revenue Bureau at:

Central City 2035 Kicks Off With Public Open House

Central City 2035 Kicks Off With Public Open House

The 1988 Central City Plan made some good changes to downtown, and some not so good changes. That’s why a new plan, the CC2035, is being launched this year. The 25-year venture is connected to other city efforts like the Portland Plan and River Plan: Central Reach.

Portland residents are invited to an open house on Tuesday, October 12, to learn more about the CC2035 and ask questions. The event is from 4-7 p.m., at the Main Lobby, 1900 SW Fourth Avenue.

For more information, contact Elisa Hamblin at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability: 503.823.9714. The project web site is

Free Property Management Training Programs Available to Landlords

Free Property Management Training Programs Available to Landlords

Aspiring and experienced landlords can get free training on property management this fall through the Bureau of Development Services (BDS). The training program is designed to help property owners prevent crime or loss of their investment value, screen applicants and recognize signs of dishonesty, create rental agreements, and handle crisis resolution or eviction, among other important issues.

Housing inspectors, crime prevention specialists, and Police Bureau Neighborhood Response Team officers will be presenting at the training sessions and available to answer questions.

The training sessions are 8 hours long and free of charge. At the end of each session attendees are given a certificate that can be used for real estate continuing education credits. Attendance also is required for the Enhanced Safety Properties program through the Portland Police Bureau and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention.

Since its conception 20 years ago, over 14,900 landlords have attended the training program, which is facilitated by Campbell DeLong Resources, Inc. In addition, nearly 600 cities and counties nationwide have adopted the program, and it’s been recognized through the U.S. Department of Justice for its benefits.

Advanced registration for Fall 2010 Landlord Training Program: Keeping Rental Property Safe and Free of Illegal Activity, is recommended and available at: (Use the quick link to Landlord Training) Day of class registration/sign-in starts at 8 a.m., class starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. and concludes by 5:00 p.m. Dates and locations for the Fall 2010 sessions;

Tuesday, October 19
Adventist Medical Center - Amphitheatre C
10123 SE Market St., 97216

Friday, October 22
Kaiser Permanente Town Hall - Ballroom
3704 N Interstate Ave., 97227

Monday, November 8
Portland Building - Auditorium
1120 SW Fifth Ave., 97204

Saturday, November 13
University of Portland - Buckley Center Auditorium
5000 N. Willamette Blvd., 97203

Direct questions pertaining to the training sessions to Crystle Cowen, Neighborhood Inspections, 503.823.7324.

The Public’s Chance to Comment on the City’s 2011 State Legislative Agenda

The Public’s Chance to Comment on the City’s 2011 State Legislative Agenda

The second Community Town Hall on the City’s 2011 State Legislative Agenda is quickly approaching. The public is invited to preview the draft Agenda before the scheduled October City Council state legislative agenda work session. Community input on Tuesday, October 19 is critical! 

The review will be held in the Portland Building, 1120 SW Fifth Ave., 2nd Floor, Room C., 6:30-8 p.m.. RSVP to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement by calling 503.823.3075, emailing or going to