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Nominate Your Heros

The Coalition for a Livable Future is seeking nominations for its 2007 Robert L. Liberty Regional Leadership Award. The Regional Leadership Award recognizes and rewards leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the livability of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region during the past year. Community members are invited to nominate an individual who has demonstrated initiative and creative leadership for community health and vitality, social justice and/or environmental protection in our region during the past year. The award will be presented at this year’s Regional Livability Summit on April 19, 2007.

The deadline for nominations is March 19, 2007.

The Award is named after Robert L. Liberty in recognition of his outstanding service to the citizens of the Portland metropolitan region, and to the protection of community livability. In past years the Regional Leadership Award has been presented to Diana Lobo, Damascus area citizen leader; Jim Labbe, Urban Conservationist for the Audubon Society; and Jeri Sundvall, Executive Director of Environmental Justice Action Group. All have been tireless advocates for protecting and improving the region’s quality of life, and ensuring that all our region’s residents have the opportunity to live in healthy and sustainable communities.

To submit a nomination for the award, please send an email to that includes your name and contact information, your nominee’s name and contact information, and 500 words or less describing why this nominee should receive the Regional Leadership Award. To download complete nomination information, visit:

Why Transportation Activists Should Pay Attention to Portland’s Form of Government

Last week, Portland City Council, upon the recommendation of a Charter Review Commission, forwarded four Charter amendments to the May 15 ballot.

What does this have to do with transportation?

Well, one of these amendments would change Portland’s form of government from our current Commission form to a Mayor-Chief Administrative Officer-Council form. So executive authority – including management of transportation – would move from an elected Commissioner to the CAO and the Mayor.

Given that much of our success in transportation can be attributed to three strong Commissioners-in-charge: Earl Blumenaur, Charlie Hales and now Sam Adams, transportation activists should pay attention to this one.

Since 1913, voters have turned down 6 attempts to eliminate the Commission form. If you’d like to help stop the 7th attempt, you can sign up at

[Full disclosure: I am co-chairing the Committee for Accountable City Goverment with former Mayor Bud Clark, opposing the form of government change.]