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EDUCATION AM | MAY 4TH

City of Portland | Marijuana Policy Program
May 4th | 7:30-9:00am
CherryWood Village
1417 SE 107th Ave | MAP

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Victor Salinas and Brandon Goldner with the City of Portland’s Marijuana Policy Program will address the following issues and address your questions. They work in collaboration with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Livability Center Manager, Theresa Marchetti; Marijuana Policy Program staff, and other City Bureaus and Community Partners to coordinate the ongoing development of local policy on marijuana and administer the marijuana regulatory framework under Portland City Code 14B.130.

  • The responsible integration of the industry
  • Environmental impacts related to livability and public safety, including saturation
  • Security of the industry
  • Community expectations: realistic attainable regulations
  • Unlicensed locations / Illegal operations (State has no statutory authority)

Víctor Salinas – Marijuana Policy Program Coordinator | Email

Víctor has been working for the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement since January of 2014; serving as a Community Engagement Coordinator. In May of 2015 he joined the Marijuana Policy Program to assist with the development of the program. Most recently, Víctor worked at Latino Network, a nonprofit organization, coordinating leadership and civic engagement programming, and at Portland State University as an adjunct instructor in the Chicano/Latino Studies Program.

Brandon Goldner – Marijuana Policy Program Assistant | Email

Brandon has been with the City of Portland’s Marijuana Policy Program since October of 2015. Before coming to the City, Brandon worked for Governor Kate Brown’s Regional Solutions Office, for Oregon Representative Mark Johnson, and for Oregon State University’s Office of Government Relations, among other experience.


Government & economic affairs AM | MAY 11TH

Homeless & Affordable Housing Plans for the Portland Area
May 11th | 7:30-9:00am
Adventist Health
10123 SE Market St, Lower Level Eduction Room B | MAP

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Panel of Participants:
Dan Saltzman, Portland City Commissioner
Andy Miller, Executive Director of Human Solutions
Cameron Whitten, Executive Director of Know Your City

Each participant will be given 5 minutes to talk on the subject and then we'll open it up to questions and answers to our members and guests.

Dan Saltzman, Portland City Commissioner - Dan is currently serving his fifth term as a Portland City Commissioner and has been the Commissioner in Charge of ten city bureaus in his 16-plus years in office. He oversees the Bureau of Development Services, the Portland Housing BureauPortland Fire & Rescue, the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services and the Portland Children's Levy. The Commissioner also acts as liaison for the city to Home Forward, the League of Oregon Cities, Travel Portland and the Visitors Development Fund.

Dan was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Beaverton High School, received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, and an M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent many years in the private sector as the principal in an environmental engineering firm. He also served as a staff assistant to Congressman (now Senator) Ron Wyden.

Dan served as Multnomah County Commissioner from 1993-1998 and has also served on the Board of Directors for Portland Community College. Dan's focus continues to be the well-being of our children and families as well as protecting Portland's natural and economic environment to achieve a more sustainable future.

Andy Miller, Executive Director of Human Solutions - Andy Miller assumed the role of Executive Director at Human Solutions in July, 2015.  Andy brings to Human Solutions over 25 years of experience and leadership advancing the cause of social justice in Oregon and beyond.

Before joining the team at Human Solutions, Andy served as Chief Operating Officer at Volunteers of America Oregon, where he oversaw agency operations, facilities, housing, strategic planning and program development for a high-impact social service agency serving the Portland, Oregon region’s most vulnerable residents.

Andy spent 13 years with the Portland Housing Bureau, where he provided executive leadership in a variety of positions for the bureau charged with solving the unmet housing needs of Portland residents.  Andy was appointed by the City’s Housing Commissioner to serve as the Bureau’s Interim Director and navigated a complex merger with the Housing Department of Portland's urban renewal agency. 

Cameron Whitten, Executive Director, Know Your City - Cameron is a writer, civic entrepreneur, and an economics student at Portland State University. He has been engaged with nonprofit, civic and political causes in Portland for his entire adult life. His passion of advocating for human rights and marginalized communities was catalyzed in 2011, the year the Occupy Movement was born. Cameron currently serves as a member of the Housing Development and Finance Committee for REACH CDC, the Multnomah County Oregon Historical Society Levy Oversight Committee, and the Board of Trustees for Pioneer Square. Cameron’s biggest pride is that he’s a first-time uncle to one-year-old Dominick Daniel Whitten.


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