City of Portland keeps no-confidence vote under wraps

The city of Portland hid a vote of no confidence issued by Portland’s Equitable Contracting and Purchasing Commission, an entity charged with helping open up more contracts to minorities and women.

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It wasn’t until Wednesday that the city released records from an explosive Feb. 18 public meeting – and only in response to questions from The Oregonian/OregonLive. The disclosure came after a city bureau director told commission members that he alone was authorized to speak on behalf of the group.

The dust-up marks the third time in recent months that two separate city committees created to tackle inequities have instead voiced concerns about leadership. Videos of recent meetings and other documents make clear that the city’s Equitable Contracting and Purchasing Commission remains deeply fed up with Portland’s slow progress to provide meaningful data or address inequities.

What’s more, members of the nine-member panel feel ignored by top city officials including chief administrator Fred Miller, purchasing director Christine Moody and Mayor Charlie Hales. The revelations call into question how seriously Portland officials are committed to tackling systemic barriers that limit opportunities for communities of color.

(READ MORE: Oregon Live)

The official “Prime and Sub-Contractor Data” report for Portland’s 2013-2014 fiscal year can be viewed here.

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