May 2, 2012

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce the addition of Rolando Cruz to the District 1 team.

Rolando is a native of Mexico City but has called Portland home since 1996. He holds a Bachelor's in Communications from Oklahoma Christian University. In 2008, Rolando joined the Boy Scouts of America as the Director of Hispanic Initiatives. His bi-cultural background and passion for community involvement led him to a number of volunteer and community leadership roles.

Rolando received a Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific College in Portland. During his Masters program he completed a joint internship between the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs. His work focused on health equity for the migrant and seasonal farmworker community.

Rolando will be handing my schedule, constituent contact and outreach, and working on a variety of issues.

As always, my main priority is making sure your questions and concerns get addressed and my staff is here to help do that. Please feel free to call the office if we can be of assistance at (503) 988-5220.

Deborah Kafoury

Please share your priorities for next year's Budget

The County starts our budget process May 3rd. We are interested in feedback from community members as we make these decisions and you can participate in a number of ways.

First, you can take this brief survey. (The survey is also available in Spanish or on paper by contacting 503-988-3450.) The last date to take the survey is April 30, 2012.

There are also three public hearings you can attend to talk to the Board directly. Those are:

  • Wednesday, May 9th 6-8pm - East County Building, Sharon Kelley Room (600 NE 8th St. Gresham, OR 97030)
  • Wednesday, May 16th, 6-8pm - County Headquarters (501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97214, 1st floor Boardroom)
  • Wednesday, May 23rd, 6-8pm - IRCO, 10301 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR

If you are planning to attend be sure to visit the County Budget Website for schedule changes.

As always, you can call or email me with your budget questions or concerns at or (503) 988-5220. 

It's time to vote!

Registered voters should receive their ballots for the May primary by Thursday, May 3. If your ballot hasn't arrived by then, call the Multnomah County Elections Division at (503) 988-3720. Voters can mail their completed ballot with one first-class or forever stamp or drop off their ballots at any official drop site until 8:00 p.m. on election day May 15.

Visit for the list of drop sites in Multnomah County, more information about the May 15 primary or voting in general. Questions about voter registration status, address changes, etc. may be directed to Multnomah County Elections at 503-988-3720.

 Safe Prescription Drug Disposal

I receive a number of calls from constituents asking how they can safely dispose of left over prescription drugs. One ways is to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 28th. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsored event will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Leaving unused prescription drugs around the house is unsafe, and improper disposal can be bad for the environment. Take advantage of this easy, safe, disposal method. For a list of collection sites click here.  

Oregon Queer Youth Summit

In an effort to create awareness in the areas of identity, acceptance, and social change, the Oregon Queer Youth Summit (OQYS) is offering a full-day of intensive training for young people. Their theme "Intersections of Identity" aims to get participants discussing both the uniqueness and interrelatedness of our multiple identities.

The Oregon Queer Youth Summit is also an excellent opportunity for community organizations to come together and show their support for LGBTQ young people. It is important for participants to find encouragement in one another, but also to feel it from their community. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Pass on information about the summit to those you think will be interested in attending.
  • Registration for the summit can be found here.
  • If your organization is interested in tabling, click here. Requests to table are due April 30th.
  • Volunteer at the conference. It takes a group of volunteers to put on a full-day event like OQYS. There are a variety of times and positions available. If you are interested in volunteering click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Ernesto at or by phone at 503.278.3871

Multnomah Food Initiative, Request for Proposals: Community Worksessions

The Multnomah Food Initiative (MFI) is a partnership between community organizations, businesses and local governments, including Multnomah County, to promote a more sustainable, equitable and healthy local food System. The goals of the MFI are to:

  • Increase viable local options in our food system
  • Make the healthy choice an easier choice for all people
  • Build systemic justice, health, and food security
  • Promote a thriving local economy

Annually, the MFI hosts a Food Summit. In anticipation of the 2012 summit, Multnomah County is requesting community proposals for 80-minute Worksessions. Proposals should focus on supporting this year's Food Summit theme of broadening our understanding of food justice within the goals of the Multnomah Food Action Plan.

Learn more at:

Kindergarten Counts

Kindergarten Counts is a community wide campaign in Multnomah County bringing together early childhood and school partners to promote successful kindergarten transitions in SUN Community Schools for children and their families.

Early kindergarten registrations ensure families are connected to their school and receive the support and information they need. If your child will be 5 years old by September 1, you are encouraged to register them by June. Early registration for kindergarten creates a connection to the school to make sure families receive important information and helps schools get ready for the children entering in the fall.

At many schools, it is difficult to register during the summer months. Don't wait; register by June before schools offices close for the summer. Visit the Register for School by June website for new and updated registration details, including dates and times of information events at Schools.