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Local government 101
Sun shines on the front of Portland City Hall, where the local government operates.
Let’s shine some light on the difference between city and county resources. | Photo via Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives
Class is in session, Portland. We’re teaching PORGOV 101, where we break down different aspects of our local government so we can become engaged citizens who create healthier (and more effective) communities.

For today’s lesson, we’re discussing the differences between city and county services — because let’s be honest, they can get muddled sometimes.

🏛️ Multnomah County

The county of Multnomah is one of Oregon’s 36 counties and it encompasses part of Portland, Maywood Park, Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, Corbett, and Dunthorpe.

When it comes to countywide services, you can expect to find those related to health and welfare, social systems, libraries, and criminal justice programs. On the county’s website, you can:
  • Find public and property records, restaurant inspection reports, adoptable pets, affordable housing
  • Request birth and death certificates, adult immunizations and travel vaccines
  • Apply for child support services, financial and food assistance, marriage licenses
  • Report child abuse, county-maintained road issues, environmental health violations, pest infestations
  • Pay library fines and late fees
A Portland voter drops their ballot in a Multnomah County ballot box.

Multnomah County handles voter registration and coordinates with Portland for elections.


Photo via @multnomahcounty

🏛️ City of Portland

Within Portland’s boundaries, our city is responsible for services like police and fire, parks, public works, water, animal control, and waste. On the city’s website, you can:
  • Find city job openings, trash collection schedules, parks and rec activities and programs
  • Learn about rent control, emergency preparedness, what to recycle, where to access public Wi-Fi
  • Report abandoned vehicles, graffiti, illegal dumping, code violations, crime
  • Pay invoices for city services and fees, citations and parking tickets, development or code permits
So, how was that for a civic lesson? Let us know what other areas of our local government you’d like us to explore next.
Wednesday, Sept. 27
  • The All-American Rejects | Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 7 p.m. | RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, 17200 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield | $35-$48.50 | Hear a “Dirty Little Secret” — this 2000s rock band is ready to rock Southwest Washington on its Wet Hot All-American Summer Tour.
  • Saint Motel | Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 8:30 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., Portland | $28 | If indie pop is just your type, this is a must-see show.
Thursday, Sept. 28
  • WRISE PDX Wine Event | Thursday, Sept. 28 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Stem Wine Bar, 3920 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland | Free | Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy is hosting this professional networking opportunity with wine, cheese boards, and good vibes.
  • International Fly Fishing Film Festival | Thursday, Sept. 28 | 7-10 p.m. | Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Portland | $15 | These cinematic reels of serene rivers, rainbow-hued trout, and the art of casting will have you hooked.
  • Special Event: Melissa Villaseñor | Thursday, Sept. 28-Saturday, Sept. 30 | Times vary | Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE Ninth Ave., Portland | $24-$40 | Get ready to laugh with this “Saturday Night Live” alum whose hilarious impressions and relatable comedy will have you rolling.
Friday, Sept. 29
  • LO Portland - Canoe Event | Friday, Sept. 29 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Cathedral Park, North Edison Street + Pittsburg Avenue, Portland | Free | Join Latino Outdoors for a day on the river, which includes a complementary burrito for your hard work paddling.
Saturday, Sept. 30
  • The Medicinal Bounty of Your Garden | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 10-11 a.m. | Portland Nursery Division, 9000 SE Division St., Portland | Free | Unlock the knowledge of how to use plants and herbs growing in your own backyard to improve your well-being.
  • Portland Mid-Autumn Moon Festival | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 3-10 p.m. | Shun Fat (SF) Supermarket, 5253 SE 82nd Ave., Portland | Free+ | Celebrate and support the AAPI community at this night market featuring 60+ vendors, delicious food, and cultural performances.
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News Notes
Plan Ahead
  • Sonic booms will shake the sky when the Oregon International Air Show returns to McMinnville Airport, Friday, Sept. 29-Sunday, Oct. 1. The US Navy Blue Angels will pull off incredible aerial maneuvers, and you can even take a ride in a P-51D Mustang.
The Word
  • Snow cheese. The white cheddar powder is a popular topping at fried chicken restaurants in Korea; it’s also a showstopper for Portland’s 2023 Food Cart of the Year, according to The Oregonian. Frybaby in the Buckman neighborhood serves up crispy drumsticks, gochujang-blasted sandos, plum soda, and more. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
  • One last ride. To celebrate Filmed by Bike Festival’s outgoing founder and director Ayleen Crotty, Cinema 21 will host a Greatest Hits Show, taking the audience on a journey through the archives on Oct. 26. For $15, attendees will see “award-winning films, crowd favorites and rare gems.”
  • Cosmic Tripsters, lend us your ear. If you can’t get enough of everything McMenamins, you should check out the new podcast “The Red Shed Tapes.” Episodes unveil the history, art, lore, and more behind the iconic chain of breweries, restaurants, hotels, and theaters, with host Shannon McMenamin as your guide. (Portland Monthly)
Coming Soon
  • La Palma is the name of the Mexican-inspired restaurant coming to Multnomah Village. It will open in early October in the two-story house that once contained Journeys, a travel-themed bistro. Guests can also expect agave-forward libations at the cocktail bar. (Portland Tribune)
  • The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the recreational use advisory for Willamette Cove in North Portland, which was originally implemented in July due to cyanobacteria blooms. An advisory remains in place farther upstream for the Ross Island Lagoon. (OPB)
  • Looking for the perfect group outing for teams, coworkers, families + more? Axe the stress of party planning, and take your crew to Blade & Timber Axe Throwing instead — you’ll enjoy delicious food, drinks, and axe-throwing fun. Book your private event for the holidays.*
  • Love whiskey? Join Vinovest’s exclusive whiskey investing community and own your own casks hassle-free. Sell casks for a profit, or opt to bottle them to drink.*
🚫 Seeing red
The outside of Target in downtown Portland.
Whatever replaces Target downtown will need to be a bullseye solution. | Photo by Steve Morgan
A major retailer in Portland has circled a date to close three of its stores in the city. On Saturday, Oct. 21, Target will shutter its locations in the Hollywood District, on Southeast Powell Boulevard, and downtown in the Galleria building, citing “theft and organized retail crime.”

The decision reflects a multi-state move, with stores also shutting down in Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, and New York City. In a press release, the company stated that it “will be partnering closely with all eligible team members to offer them an opportunity to transfer to other Target locations.”

Rose City can only look forward, so we want to hear your ideas for replacements — what would you like to see move into the soon-to-be-open spaces?

A food hall or brewery? Perhaps some sort of art gallery? Let’s throw solutions at the wall and see what sticks.
Try This
  • Freshen any room with a new candle scent from Six & Main. From floral to spicy, you’ll find the perfect scent for your space. Shop now.
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