November 2019 Voter’s Guide

Multnomah County Democrats

November 2019 Ballot Initiative Endorsements

For the November 2019 Election, the Democratic Party of Multnomah County Central Committee, following the research of the Endorsement Task Force, recommends the following votes on the November 2019 ballot measures.

Important dates and ballot drop sites for the November 2019 Multnomah County Election

Quick Links

Ballot Measure 26-203

Jurisdiction: Metro

Metro Parks Bond

In Brief: Issues new bond paid for by property taxes at the rate currently provided by expiring bonds (from 1995 & 2006) to protect and provide new access to clean water, natural areas and parks. Uses funds to acquire land from private sellers in 24 target areas including local river headwaters, creeks and wetlands for restoration and protection. Uses funds to award neighborhood capital grants, take care of Metro parks and maintain or create 39 new trails for biking & walking.    Bond centers indigenous, historically marginalized and communities of color in awarding contracts, determining priorities, awarding grants and designing nature access.

Public Supporters Include: East County Rising, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Unite Oregon, Verde, Portland Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Depave, Urban Greenspaces Institute, The Sierra Club, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Portland Business Alliance, The Main Street Alliance, AFSCME 3580, Metro President Lynn Peterson, APANO, Nike, NW Natural, REI.

Public Opponents: Cascade Policy Institute ( which in 2009 produced “Climate Chains,” a climate change denial video, and whose funding is tied to ALEC and Charles Koch) and Taxpayers Association of Oregon of Measure 37 fame (whose funders include Grover Norquist and ALEC).

Analysis: Visionary nature access bond centering racial justice in its decisions.  This is the kind of measure/bond that represents a broad approach to transforming our relationship with the land, land stewardship and broadens the Metro community’s access to nature in a manner that specifically seeks to decouple nature recreation from privilege.

Multnomah Democrats Recommendation:  VOTE YES

Sources:  

https://www.oregonmetro.gov/public-projects/parks-and-nature-investments/future-funding

https://www.oregonmetro.gov/sites/default/files/2019/06/03/Resolution-19-4988_20190603.pdf

https://lwvpdx.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/BM-26-203-Metro-2019-Bond-final-.pdf

https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Cascade_Policy_Institute

https://www.portlandmercury.com/news/2017/07/19/19173909/a-national-right-wing-group-wants-to-keep-big-money-in-county-elections

(Back to top)

Ballot Measure 26-204

Jurisdiction: City of Portland

Bull Run Watershed Protections

In Brief: Solidifies protections for the Portland Metro Area’s drinking water.   Prohibits land uses that would impact the ecosystem where our water originates and restricts public access thereto. 

Originator of Measure: Portland City Council, specifically Commissioner Amanda Fritz as head of the Portland Water Bureau.

Public Supporters: Portland City Council.

Public Opponents: There are no notable public opponents.

Analysis: Common sense protections for our most critical natural resource.   Water is life and protecting it is real homeland security.

Multnomah Democrats Recommendation:  VOTE YES

(Back to top)

Ballot Measure 26-205

Jurisdiction: City of Portland

Emergency Mutual Aid Agreement

In Brief: Gives City Council authority to fund the use of Portland city emergency responders, equipment and expertise in the case of an emergency interruption of water services for nearby government entities, tribes and utilities.

Originator of Measure: Portland City Council, specifically Commissioner Amanda Fritz as head of the Portland Water Bureau.

Public Supporters: Portland City Council.

Public Opponents: There are no notable public opponents.

Analysis: Codifies the golden rule of mutual aid: allow us to provide the aid we would wish to receive in the case of an Emergency.   Allows Portland staff to gain valuable experience helping with emergencies elsewhere. 

Multnomah Democrats Recommendation:  VOTE YES

(Back to top)

Ballot Measure 26-202

Jurisdiction: City of Troutdale

Troutdale Old City Hall Renovation

In Brief: 21 year Bond taxing property values to fund $7 Million deep renovation of the currently uninhabitable historic city hall building.  Would also make building earthquake-ready, ADA accessible and create parking lot.

Public Supporters: Troutdale City Council, Troutdale Historical Society

Public Opponents: Paul J. Wilcox, retired truck driver and former Troutdale City Council candidate narrowly defeated by City Councilman Nick Moon in 2018.

Analysis: An issue local to Troutdale property tax payers and citizens about whether to continue to pay rent for city service offices or renovate a historic building up to current code and safety standards.   Price tag for renovation is estimated to be $7M plus maintenance costs while current rent is stated to be $75k per year. Given the FFA Architecture estimate the the usage life of the renovated historic city hall would top out at 30 years, construction of a new city hall would be more cost-effective.

Multnomah Democrats Make No Recommendation

Sources: 

https://lwvpdx.org/vote/november-5-2019-special-election/

(Back to top)

Ballot Measure 26-207

Jurisdiction: Portland Public School District

Teachers Levy Renewal

In Brief: Renews expiring 5-year levy funding Portland Public School teachers from 2014.  

Public Supporters Include: PPS Board, Earl Blumenauer, Ginny Burdick, Michael Dembrow, Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Robert Wagner, House Speaker Tina Kotek, Rob Nosse, Tawna Sanchez, Barbara Smith Warner , Susheela Jayapal, Ted Wheeler, Nick Fish City, Amanda Fritz & Chloe Eudaly.

Public Opponents: There are no notable public opponents.

Analysis: 825 Teacher salaries are dependent on renewal of this levy.

Multnomah Democrats Recommendation:  VOTE YES

(Back to top)

Ballot Measure 26-206

Jurisdiction: Sauvie Island Rural Fire Protection Disctrict

Sauvie Island Firefighter Levy

In Brief: Renews Sauvie Rural Fire Protection District’s five year levy to fund general operations allowing the continuation of emergency medical and fire services to the residents of Sauvie’s Island.

Public Opponents: There are no public opponents.

Analysis: Common sense continuation of a basic public service.

Multnomah Democrats Recommendation:  VOTE YES

(Back to top)

Important dates: When to drop off and mail your ballot

  • Oct 16 – 22 – Ballots mailed to voters
  • Oct 31 – Last day for voter to safely mail ballot (postage required).
  • Nov 5 8:00 p.m. Ballots are due

More information

Ballot drop sites

Online voters’s pamphlet