urbanMamas talk Housing & Parks with Nick Fish
Way back in Spring 2008, we met with city council candidates to talk about the city's policies for families. We even hosted a mayoral forum to raise consciousness about family issues and hear what candidates were planning to make Portland a family forward city.
You helped us to create a casual list of priorities that we called "the mamagenda." We have not forgotten! Some of the items on that list remain important to us, like: smoke-free parks; affordable, near-work child care; quality after-school programs; support for walking & biking to schools; healthy school lunches at PPS; paid family leave for city employees, and the list (of course) goes on. Some of these issues have seen progress, others not so much. It's been a year since all that talk and action. What's on your list now? Has it changed? Is it the same?
A few urbanMamas have the opportunity to sit down with Commissioner Nick Fish later this week to discuss ways he may be able to help us further a mamagenda. Commish FIsh (heh! We just had to ... it rhymes!) oversees the Portland Housing Bureau and Portland Parks & Recreation. Are there issues within these two realms that are on the forefront for you and your families?
[Thx to Derek Coetzee & FLickr CC for the perfect city hall image]