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Parade Ordinance & PJTTF Update

October 10th, 2001 City Council meeting passes Parade Ordinance, with a number of changes. Votes to stifle debate on PJTTF.
The Parade Ordinance passed, with a number of changes. The following requirements were eliminated for sidewalk and small street functions (less than 750 attendees):
- $70(+) event fee
- Insurance requirement
- Monitor names and contact info
- Monitors will not be required for sidewalk demo's;
- For small street events, monitors can be identified simply by appearance the day of the demo - no further contact information need be provided
- Civil penalty provision was deleted

Another welcome change: route planning will be handled by the traffic oversight agency, not the police.

The presence of vehicles and animals are noted as things that may change the nature of an event, thus the type of permit needed. Below is some clarification, based on the Council meeting:
- Vehicles, for the purpose of this ordinance, will mean automotive vehicles, as opposed to things like bicycles. (per Sam Adams, mayoral aide)
- Though common sense would indicate that the presence of animals in a procession, for the purposes of a parade ordinance, would mean "performance-type animals," the term seemed less than well-defined. However, dogs were given the green light, especially if they are aided-living companions. (based on general assent and statement of Sam Adams, mayoral aide)

Other points worth noting:
- If 75% of the expected number attending an event are not present within 15 minutes of the start time, the event may be re-categorized and some resources re-allocated. It is generally understood that the aforementioned "15 minutes" means 15 minutes after the start time, not before. But, as is, the wording does not state that specifically.
- If a permit is revoked, an "attempt" must be made by the police department to contact the event organizer.

Protocol for Events without Permits:
- Police will use their discretion in enforcing street and sidewalk regulations
- Commander of the Central Precinct, Rosy Sizer(sp?) mentioned the precinct considers the size and composition of an event when deciding what resources to use and what procedure to follow. There were no more specifics regarding police procedure other than that the police use their "discretion" to decide how to proceed.

Dan Handelman, of Portland CopWatch, expressed concern about the following:
- Police "discretion" policy is too vague
- Permit revocation process needs to be clearer and more concrete
- Language should be included specifically protecting events involving political dissent

The Licensing Bureau reaffirmed its stance that the ordinance should remain "content neutral," not contain language specifically protecting one type of event more than another. This ignores the fact that events involving political dissent are more likely to need protection from 1st amendment violations, obliquely illustrated by Commander Sizer's(sp?) attempt to describe what is involved in police "discretion," ie: type of event, "composition" of event attendees.

Regarding PJTTF:

Dan Saltzman moved to accept only written testimony in further deliberations on the PJTTF issue, as "we've already heard six hours of discussion about this matter." The motion passed. (Apparently the Bill of Rights and government intrusion into private lives is not a hot issue for the Council at large.)

Copyleft October 2001
PJTTF CAPS & COPWATCH reports 11.Oct.2001 14:20

forward from list

Hello, CAPS members and supporters:

Attached is a report from Copwatch concerning the city
council meeting of 10/10. Please remember to GET YOUR
TESTIMONY IN before the end of the day Tuesday, Oct.
16.

In a slight change of plans, I would like to ask
people to COPY ME ON YOUR TESTIMONY
( redemma13@yahoo.com). If you have already sent it
in, please retrieve a copy and forward to me. If you
haven't sent it yet, put me in the "bc" field. CAPS
may end up trying to produce a big stack of testimony
for a press conference or other public event early
next week.

IF YOU WANT TO VERBALLY ADDRESS THE CITY COUNCIL,
there is still a way to do that, although you will
have to use the "citizen comment" process, and your
comments will not be heard until after the vote. Dan
explains the process more thoroughly in the attached
message. IF YOU WANT TO DO THIS, YOUR DEADLINE IS 5PM
TODAY (THURSDAY 10/11)!

Some other ideas that have been put forward: have a
picketing action before Wednesday's vote, have people
sit in the front row while they're voting with a "bar
code" stamp on our foreheads (a visual gesture of
protest that was used at last week's hearing.) If you
want to be a part of deciding what CAPS does in the
next few days, please COME TO OUR NEXT MEETING:

Friday, Oct. 12
6:00 pm
Bread and Roses Center
819 N. Killingsworth

Everybody keep on keepin' on!
Kathleen


Note: forwarded message attached.


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"People say that war is hell. They don't know. War
is not hell. Hell is a romantic walk on a beach
compared to war."

--Vietnam Vet and member of NW Veterans for Peace,
speaking at a rally in downtown Portland, October 7, 2001

__________________________________________________

Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 12:52:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Portland Copwatch" < copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org>
To: "Portland Copwatch" < copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org>
Subject: PJTTF Update: Report on City Council hearing

In an unsurprising move, the City Council denied
public testimony about the non-emergency PJTTF resolution today and ended
without any discussion.Commissioner Saltzman read a motion that appeared to
have been written for him by the Mayor, requesting that public testimony be
taken in writing
_prior to the end of the work day on Tuesday the
16th_.

For the record, in order to suspend the Council rules
they needed an affirmative vote of four members of the Council, but
Mayor Katz simpley said "any objections? hearing none, the motion
carries." And the City Attorney present said he thought that was
"sufficient."

And for my part, I used the last 45 seconds of my
testimony about the parade permits (more later) to suggest that it is
Council's suppressing and ignoring the public that leads to the kind of
unrest that happened last week, and it would be good for them to hear
testimony on the PJTTF today. I noted that there was new information to
review, that there were very few people at Council, and that they could always
cut discussion short if they wanted to. I was roundly ignored.

In any case, it really looks like the vote will pass
next week. These are the steps we're recommending now:

1) WRITE ANYWAY: Go ahead and send in written
testimony if you were planning to anyway. CC us or your contact organization
on this issue.

2) REQUEST AN INTERIM HEARING: You might want to add a
request that Council hold a hearing within the next 6 months so
that the community's concerns can be addressed when (a) the political
atmosphere isn't so charged and (b) the urge to renew the Task Force
doesn't force a hasty vote. The hearing should include a full report on the
activities of the Task Force to the extent allowed by law. (The proposed
ordinance sunsets on September 30, 2002.)

3) TESTIFY ON WEDNESDAY MORNING*: If you are so moved,
and if you have time, and we're sorry we didn't think of this last
week, sign up for a "communication" to Council for next Wednesday morning,
the 17th. You must ask the Council Clerk Karla Moore-Love (503) 823-4086/
 kmoore-love@ci.portland.or.us for three minutes on the agenda before the
end of the day Thursday (tomorrow, 10/11). Then, you will be allowed to
address Council for 3 minutes after the end of their regular
business next Wednesday, which means *they will have
already taken thevote (again, sorry we didn't think of this before).

I think there were about a dozen people down at Council this morning to
see what went down. People should come next week if they can to bear
witness and of course to testify if they want. I'll touch base with
Kathleen again to see what's up with a news conference.
--dan


--Portland Copwatch
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (office)
(503) 321-5120 (incident report line)
 copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org
 http://www.portlandcopwatch.org