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Boise Neighborhood Association Monthly Community Meeting

Boise Neighborhood Association Review of Drug & Prostitution Free Zone Policy

Following is a series of questions intended to help the membership of the Boise Neighborhood Association (BNA) present at the 12/12/05 meeting clarify the multiple issues involved in the City of Portland's Drug Free Zone (DFZ) and Prostitution Free Zone (PFZ) policy, allowing members to weigh in on both general and specific aspects of that policy, and through a series of votes, select language to be used in a letter submitted to the Mayor and City Councilors on behalf of the BNA. The record of this process will be enclosed with the letter for the sake of transparency and to act as a minority report should any significant dissent divide us.
Boise Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting

Hello Neighbors

Its time for another Boise Neighborhood Association meeting, Monday December 12th, 7pm, at the Albina Youth Opportunity School on the NE corner of Mississippi and Beech. Please come, we have important things to discuss and decide that will affect you.

Agenda: 7-7:05Announcements

7:05-7:10 Introductions of new chairs

7:10-7:20. Marcine Kment will talk about new grant money for Unthank Park. So bring some ideas on what kinds of things you would like to see in the park

7:20-7:35 Bill Cunningham will present info on the proposed Mississippi Lofts at 4138 N. Mississippi and ask for a letter of support from the neighborhood. If you live around the site, or have any opinions on the proposed lofts please come and tell him what you think.

7:30-7:45 Students from PSU will give a short presentation on a recent study they did on the Boise neighborhood.

7:40-7:50 Call out for volunteers for committiees. There are several projects that need people to head them, including the Mississippi street fair and National Night out. If you want to head up one of these projects or have an idea of a project you would like to start please come and well get it going.

7:50-8:20 Drug Free Zone Survey vote. We have come up with a jury style survey in hopes of getting a firmer grasp about how people in this neighborhood feel about the current Drug Free Zone. We will vote on these statements and send a final letter to the city with the results. The survey is attached below for you to read over before the meeting. Please come for this one as it is very important that we let city hall know how we feel since our whole neighborhood is affected by the Drug Free Zone.

8:20-8:25 Presentation of $2000 grant to Kurisu

See yall there!

Justin arnhalt co-chair Emily Kearns co-chair

Here is the survey!

Boise Neighborhood Association Review of Drug & Prostitution Free Zone Policy

Following is a series of questions intended to help the membership of the Boise Neighborhood Association (BNA) present at the 12/12/05 meeting clarify the multiple issues involved in the City of Portland's Drug Free Zone (DFZ) and Prostitution Free Zone (PFZ) policy, allowing members to weigh in on both general and specific aspects of that policy, and through a series of votes, select language to be used in a letter submitted to the Mayor and City Councilors on behalf of the BNA. The record of this process will be enclosed with the letter for the sake of transparency and to act as a minority report should any significant dissent divide us.

Question : Exclusion Zone Policy: Independent Civil Process or Process Tied to Criminal Prosecution?

Please choose one of the following statements:

A. I believe the police should be able to issue a DFZ or PFZ exclusion on a person as part of a civil process that puts the burden of proof of innocence on the accused and does not provide the accused legal representation.

B. I Believe that a DFZ or PFZ exclusion should only be issued as a component of a criminal prosecution that puts the burden of proof on the accuse and guarantees the accused access to legal representation and due process.

C. Given these choices, I abstain.

Question : Exclusions based on Charge or Conviction for a Crime

Please choose one of the following statements:

A. I believe that a DFZ or PFZ exclusion can be issued on someone against whom the District Attorney has filed a criminal drug or prostitution charge based on the substance of that charge, prior to any conviction. ]

B. I believe that a DFZ or PFZ exclusion should only be issued on someone following conviction for a criminal drug or prostitution incident. ]

C. Given these choices, I abstain.

Question : A Suspects Right to Counsel in a Civil Process Appealing Exclusion

Please choose one of the following statements:

A. If a DFZ or PFZ exclusion is issued on a suspect who has been charged with a crime, it is reasonable that the suspect be expected to represent themselves in a civil appeals process if they believe the exclusion was issued wrongfully.

B. If a DFZ or PFZ exclusion is issued on a suspect, that suspect should have access to a public defender for representation in appealing the exclusion order.

C. Given these choices, I abstain.

Question : Should Fixing the Civil Process even be Discussed?

Please choose one of the following statements:

A. My strong conviction that DFZ and PFZ exclusions should only be allowed in the context of a criminal prosecution process leads me to the conclusion that any discussion about "fixing" the current civil process will only prop up an unjust system.

B. Despite my strong conviction on the side of linking DFZ and PFZ exclusions to a criminal process, I acknowledge the importance of having a dialogue about how the current civil process could be made less objectionable.

C. Given these choices, I abstain.

Question : How the Civil Process Could or Should be Amended

If DFZ and PFZ exclusions are to continue being issued under a civil process, the following changes should be made: [vote separately on each of the options below]

A. Appeals should be automatic so all exclusions are subject to judicial review. Yes No Abstaining

B. The time to appeal should be extended to at least 30 days. Yes No Abstaining

C. Persons appealing exclusions should have access to a public defender. Yes No Abstaining

D. The system of issuing variances which excluded persons must carry with them at all times while conducting approved business inside the zones from which they are excluded should be done away with. Yes No Abstaining

E. Any exclusion issued should be void unless the person is cited or booked for a criminal offense by a police officer. Yes No Abstaining

F. Any exclusion issued should be void if no criminal charge is brought by the District Attorney. Yes No Abstaining

G. Any exclusion should be immediately void if the charged person is found not guilty, and they should be notified of that fact. Yes No Abstaining

Question : Assessment & Future Review of the Fairness, Effectiveness & Impact of Exclusion Zones

[vote separately on each of the options below]

A. I am concerned about the disproportionate impact of the Exclusion Zones on people of color. Yes No Abstaining

B. I am concerned about the disproportionate impact of the Exclusion Zones on homeless people. Yes No Abstaining

C. I would like the City to have an independent and in depth study of the effectiveness of the Exclusion Zones in eliminating drug and prostitution crime before the next renewal process. Yes No Abstaining

D. I am concerned that the Exclusion Zones do more to move certain types of crime to other areas of the city than to eliminate crime, and I would like the city to explore this issue further. Yes No Abstaining

E. I would rather see more public resources devoted to giving drug and prostitution offenders access to drug treatment, education, and job opportunities, than to law enforcement policies and practices that will result in higher levels of incarceration. Yes No Abstaining

F. I believe the City should ask the Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute at Portland State University to research the Drug Free Zones so there is more information available about their impact, constitutionality and cost. Yes No Abstaining

G. I believe review of the DFZ & PFZ policy should occur more frequently than every 3 years, perhaps annually. Yes No Abstaining

Question : Approval or Disapproval of the System as Currently Constructed

Please choose one of the following statements:

A. I support renewal of the Drug & Prostitution Free Zones policy as it is currently constructed.

B. I support renewal of the Drug & Prostitution Free Zones with changes.

C. I oppose Drug & Prostitution Free Zones.

D. Given these choices, I abstain

This concludes the Boise Neighborhood Association Review of Drug & Prostitution Free Zone Policy. The results will be used to construct a letter to the Mayor and City Councilors expressing the conclusions reached here as the opinion of the BNA membership. This record of the process will also be enclosed with that letter, and the letter will be prefaced with a short history of the discussions and votes that have already been conducted by the BNA and an acknowledgement of the letter previously tendered by the BNA on this issue."

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Humboldt Neighborhood, too! 11.Dec.2005 20:33

Humboldt NA Board Member

The Humboldt neighborhood is right to the north of Boise, and we're dealing with the same issues, which in some ways are worse, as Boise are dealing with. We also have several unfilled board positions available. We also have a sustainability committee forming and poised to accomplish some very radical, progressive goals.

Our neighborhood meeting is January 9. If you live and/or work in Humboldt, come be a part and make N/NE Portland a free, humane, beautiful home.