- and important Skatepark NEWS!!!================
| Howard (L) Portland State Strike,
November 21, 2007
Today I filed with the city auditor's office my intention to run for
the Portland City Council seat being vacated by Commissioner Sam
I have a challenging task ahead of me to collect 1000
individual contributions of $5.00, in order to qualify for public
campaign financing. I have until January 31st 2008 to complete this
first step in my campaign.
I need all of your help and support in this effort and have
set up campaign headquarters here at the shop. Please join my team and
help collect signatures and contributions on my behalf. Come on down
to Cal Skate at 210 NW 6th Ave. in Old Town and we will get you
necessary info (503) 248-0495.
I will be setting up a website as soon as possible at
howardforportland.com and my email address will be firstname.lastname@example.org
as of November 28th.
I will use this page as a blog for the time being to keep you all
up to date.
Thank you all so much for your support and
Where to Start? I grew up in Portland Oregon and became politicized around
1967. Along with many of my generation we believed we could change the
world, beginning with the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement. And
then we were going to end all wars and live in peace the rest of our lives.
I was an Idealist. This time in my life crystallized my belief that each of
us can make a difference and that has been my mantra ever since.
Over the years Iíve become involved with legalizing skateboarding,
building political support for public skate parks and solving the many
social issues that we face. In the 80ís it was deinstitutionalization of the
mentally ill without proper support systems and the availability of
fortified wine to chronic alcoholics by major wine producers. I was able to
effect changes that reduced the murder rate in our Neighborhood from 11 to 2
in one year and the restrictions became permanent and are in place to this
day. I should say that my shop is and always has been in what we call a skid
row or tenderloin district with all of the issues I speak to right outside
the front door. Our Neighborhood has approximately 1700 residents, most with
no or low incomes, living in what we call SROs which are hotels converted to
permanent residencies. We also are the Neighborhood where the homeless and
the mentally ill access service, some city and county-funded, some
Iím currently the Chair of the Old Town/Chinatown Neighborhood
Association and have been for the last 2 years building bridges to every
constituency and bringing them to the table which has grown into a 15 member
board with advocates for the homeless, business leaders, property owners,
faith-based and non-faith-based social services, residents and our cultural
heritage. Iíve spent the last year working on grants though the U.S.
Department of Justice to bring much needed funding to fill the gaps and
needs of this Neighborhood and in the first few months of 2004 we will get
our answer from Uncle Sam.
So there you go, Cal Skate is a center for political discussion and
action and I will continue to use my business to promote good citizenry
through my example. If you want to know more about he Old Town/Chinatown
Neighborhood go to
Peace to you all,
Update - March 28, 2005
On November 2nd 2004 Tom Potter was elected Mayor of
Portland and my work as a volunteer ended. I was on one hand
exhilarated but on the other a bit depressed as I grew accustomed to
the pace and energy of the campaign. On December 31st at
midnight my wife and I were invited to city hall with a small group
of relatives and supporters where Tom was officially sworn in as our
new Mayor. True to his word Tom has opened up the doors of city hall
and started the process of transparency in government. Iím back to
my work in the neighborhood working on homelessness and related
issues as part of my work as chair of the neighborhood association.
I also sit on the Skate Park advisory committee and we are close to
turning in our recommendations to the parks department for a 20 year
plan to build twenty two skate spots across our city with at least
one major regional park.
On the horizon in local politics is campaign finance reform that if
passed would put Portland at the forefront of taking the big bucks
out of politics. The idea is that anyone running for our City
Council, Mayor and City Auditor would have to find 1000 to 1500
folks willing to put up $5.00 towards your election bid, and then
you would qualify for public funds for your campaign freeing you up
to spend your time talking with folks and not dialing for dollars.
This proposal will come before our City Council on April 7th.
Thatís it for now, Take Care,
Tuesday July 13th 2004
Iím still working on
Tom Potterís campaign for Mayor of our fair City, and boy did we make
history already. Tom limited his contributions to $25.00 and many
pundits thought he had no chance against the war chest of his main
opponent who raised over $1,000,000.00 - twice as much as anyone
running for office in Portland! They were wrong and our grassroots
efforts paid off as Tom handily won the race. Unfortunately we needed
50% of the vote plus one to take it in the primary so now we race
Tom raised his campaign contribution limit to $100.00 for the
general election and is working on campaign finance reform by letting
his actions speak for themselves. Iím having the time of my life
volunteering and introducing Tom to a number of people that work
within our many services for the homeless and mentally ill. I continue
to Chair our Neighborhood Association and sit on a number of
committees that serve our Neighborhood and the downtown area as well
including the Skate Park Advisory Group and the Commission To End
Homelessness but my main body of work is for Tom. We have a wonderful
opportunity to elect a leader with compassion and understanding a man
of conscience and integrity that will open up the doors of this city
to citizen involvement and good governance. Wherever you live, involve
yourself as I have and help elect leaders that represent your
The political season is upon us
and I have jumped in with both feet into volunteering on Tom Potterís
campaign for Mayor since last October. I believe he will bring a much
needed breath of fresh air into City Hall . Tom was our Police Chief
in the early nineties and instituted Community Policing, which is a
far cry from where we went with our last Police Chief who hailed from
Los Angeles. Tom also donated $300.00 to the Burnside Project when it
was being built and supported the efforts of the skaters who became
the now-famous Dreamland Skate Park Design Team.
You can check out my blog from Tomís website here very
soon to see what Iíve been up to. I was
invited to sit on Commissioner Stenís Commission to end Homelessness
with a number of dedicated folks working to fill the gaps and needs in
our Mental Health and Housing systems. We started our work last
November and we will meet monthly over the next year as an oversight
group to the 9.2 million dollar federal grant for this work. If you
live in Portland Oregon please vote in the May 18th primary
for Tom Potter for Mayor.
Take care my friends,
-Looks like Glenhaven Park will be
the first site. The Steel Bridge Site was also favored, but the parks levy
doesn't have the money for the whole thing.
Get some more info!!!!!
Skaters for Portland Skateparks
Furthermore, a national organization has been launched to
take skatepark organization to the next level. Shouts out to Tom Miller and Kent Dahlgren!!
for Public Skateparks
One of our new allies is Rod Wojtanik who just came in
with a new website and information campaign regarding the latest action on
Portland Skateparks. He works for the Portland Parks and Rec Dept. and his