Ozzie Gonzalez

Portland Mayor

Ozzie González is an entrepreneur, architect, ecologist and a solutions-oriented problem solver. He’s a proven leader who brings people together to reach ambitious goals. As Mayor, Ozzie will continue putting progress ahead of partisanship – and he will unite the city around a bold and achievable agenda.

Portland’s challenges are solvable. With the right ideas, approach, collaboration, and leadership, we can take on our challenges and solve our biggest problems. Ozzie brings a different perspective and will build bridges across the city.

Ozzie González is an Environmental Scientist and Architect and has dedicated his career to designing solutions for cities that bridge  environmental health with community prosperity and has helped redefine the role cities can play in creating a sustainable world. When elected, Ozzie will be our country’s first Climate Scientist Mayor.

Ozzie is a leader and expert in developing corporate programs for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Ozzie is a small business mentor and champion, entrepreneur, sustainability and equity policy advisor for local agencies and Equity, Inclusion and Diversity policy advisor to
local agencies including ODOT, Prosper Portland, TriMet, Metro and Multnomah County, a green design expert, and a transportation design expert.

Ozzie serves on the TriMet Board of Directors, the Advisory Board for the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME), the Board of the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), the Executive Board of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and when elected, is a founding member of LatinoBuilt, a new business association created to supported Latino Entrepreneurs in the construction Industry.

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I am in support of all fourteen of the measures included in the Democratic Platform, and I have selected the following two in order to demonstrate how I approach their implementation in a forward looking way:

I understand the need for education, representation, and the reparation of historical harms against Black people in Oregon; and I am committed to having the City do its part. My work will begin with ensuring that my cabinet includes people with direct knowledge of the Black experience in Portland. Representation across all city bureaus is one of my priorities in office and the mandate for Black teachers proposed in this platform is in complete alignment with my policy agenda. As an american descendent of slaves myself (albeit from the Mexican side of North America where the history is markedly different than in the US,) I am captivated by the concept of reparations and perplexed about how to go about doing it. How much of the historical lost opportunity do we give people alive today? Do all Black people in Oregon today qualify equally or should it depend on how long they have lived here? While the calculation of lost wealth is underway, my first inclination is to design a new model for social mobility–one that builds up Black households intentionally instead of breaking them down. Business loans, technical assistance, debt forgiveness, zero interest loans with City backing–these are all things we can begin before a study is complete which will impact those alive today directly and does not come with the questions about who qualifies for reparations and how much. A forward-looking redesign of policies and programs with the explicit intention of lifting up our Black community would be a great effort that will bring lasting change. While I’m in favor of the idea of reparations, my approach is more of an intentional recalibration so that Black people can advance faster, easier, and with a support system that makes failure unlikely.

I am thrilled to see such comprehensive reform proposals in this section of the policy platform! Everything from protecting the vote of individuals who are homebound to those who have been incarcerated–this policy is all about protecting our democracy. The campaign finance reform policies are a good start, but I think they need to ensure raising large sums of money to get a baseline level of exposure is not needed in the first place. Through some level of minimum requirements, candidates should be able to qualify for a basic package of media exposure and space on the debate stage so that raising money is not required for a basic level of access to voters. By doing this in addition to all of the other policy provisions in this section of platform, our chances of a robust democracy that puts good candidates forward is greater.

I. Basic Rights
We call on our state legislators to pursue universal publicly funded health care for the state of Oregon.
We call for all members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation to co-sponsor and actively work for the passage of expanded and improved Medicare.
We support the continuation and expansion of Medicaid.
We recognize that there is a housing crisis in our local communities and across the state. We direct Multnomah County and the City of Portland to develop affordable housing for individuals and families with zero to moderate incomes. Agree
We strongly support women’s rights to reproductive freedom of choice including unfettered access to reproductive health care services regardless of their ability to pay.
We oppose any legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood.
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II: Natural Resources Protection and Recovery
We support passage of state legislation to change our goals for economy-wide reduction of Oregon’s Greenhouse Gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and at least 50% reduction by 2035. Agree
We support the development and passage of legislation to provide mandates and incentives to:

• Expand public transportation systems; Advance an early transition to electric and zero-emission vehicles;
• Advance weatherization and structural improvements in existing buildings; Support implementation of solar energy production;
• Advance new net-zero-energy buildings and methane-free new construction; Incentivize energy efficiency in Oregon’s industries;
• Improve tree canopy and rooftop plantings where possible in all urban areas to reduce heat island effect;
• Require that electricity be produced entirely by renewable sources by 2040 and require net zero carbon building codes by 2030.

We support the development and passage of a Forest Protection and Restoration Act that will:

• Eliminate clear-cut forestry on all publicly held and managed lands and maximize climate resilient management;
• Eliminate all tax incentives to industrial forests not employing climate resilient management practices that re-establish multi-species and multi-aged forests, including protecting riparian areas that will lower stream temperature for fish habitat, restore intact functioning watershed areas, reduce landslides, protect municipal water supplies, and restore floodplain functioning to Oregon’s rivers and streams;
• Maintain incentives and subsidize independent landholders who engage in these practices;
• Reduce roads in forests; Develop and implement treatments to restore healthy forest soils;
• Accelerate programs to reduce and eventually eliminate forest stream passage barriers in Oregon;
• And re-evaluate the property tax structure for Oregon’s commercial forests.

We support a ban for any new fossil fuel infrastructure. Agree
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We don’t have a universal definition for “fossil fuel infrastructure” yet, but we should.

III: Education
We call for legislation compelling large corporations to pay their fair share of taxes toward full funding to ensure the future of Oregon education Agree
We support public funding of a full-day, full-year, universal public preschool program for children age 3 to 4 in Multnomah County that is high quality, playbased, culturally responsive, and developmentally appropriate for young children. Agree
We recognize that poverty is a systemic problem embedded in society at large and believe that schools can be responsive in addressing poverty-related traumas, including the effects on highly mobile students. Therefore, we recommend that funding be invested in PreK-12 wrap-around services including mentoring, after-school programs, counselors, culturally relevant curriculum and instruction, and critical race theory initiatives, and other programs that have been proven effective in assuring student success. Agree
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We need to invest in our youth in order for us to expect our community to thrive.

IV: Equity
We call for proactive educational programs for all law enforcement personnel and for all local, city, county, and state government personnel to safeguard black and brown lives and protect them from race-based law enforcement actions that far too often end in death. Agree
We demand equal pay for equal work for women from all employers in Multnomah County. Agree
Black Lives Matter. We call for legislation that provides meaningful protection for African Americans at all levels of the justice system Agree
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Its not just training, but representation that will make a difference in how government serves it citizens.

V: Tribal Sovereignty
We call for universal, publicly funded health care to close health disparities exacerbated by Congress chronically under-funding Indian Health Service. Agree
We demand compliance with treaties between the United States and Tribal nations and hold the federal government to their trust responsibility. Agree
We support legislation that fully funds teams of investigators to work in consultation with Tribal authorities to respond to each murder and disappearance of Native American persons anywhere in Oregon. Disagree
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There has been a mass genocide of indigenous people across North America. To investigate even just Oregon’s portion of the over 17 million deaths to indigenous people is too broad a legislative package for me to sign on to. If the policy could delineate the number of cases and teams this could represent in advance of the policy proposal, I think supporting this policy would be quite easy for me.

VI. Historical and Ongoing Anti-Blackness in Oregon
We call on the Oregon State Legislature to immediately assess the Black correctional populations at the county, city, and state levels.
We also demand that there be review of punishments (bail amounts, sentence lengths, amount of time served before parole) being levied at unfairly high levels on Black Oregonians. This is particularly important for disparities based on gender and race for similar crimes to other racial/ethnic groups.
We demand there be significant Criminal Justice reform in the form of investment into counseling, alternative sentencing, job training, and rehabilitation for Oregon’s over-incarcerated Black population.
We call on the Oregon State Legislature to authorize bank audits to expose patterns of racial discrimination in lending and require these banks to extend loans to Black businesses and Black institutions. Wells Fargo and Umpqua received bailout from taxpayers and owe a debt to all taxpayers regardless of race. Additionally, Wells Fargo has a long and storied history of using predatory schemes to extract wealth from Black communities. Increasing SBA loans to Black businesses would be an excellent way for banks to begin to redress the past harms they have inflicted on Black communities. Agree
The Oregon State Legislature must create a law that mandates public schools in the state teach students about America’s original sin of slavery and the Jim Crow era that followed, with an emphasis on the state of Oregon.
The legislation should also incentivize the training, hiring, and retention of Black American teachers to teach the aforementioned subject matters. This will help address the Black teacher shortage in Oregon.
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VII. Justice
We call for the repeal of all mandatory minimum sentencing in Oregon, substituting Guidelines in its place, and allowing a judge to have discretion in all cases. Agree
We call on the State Legislature to pass pay equity legislation for Public Defenders and Prosecutors and their staffs. Agree
The Oregon Legislature should do away with cash bail, which discriminates against poor people, who are disproportionally people of color. Agree
We believe that the voters of Oregon should abolish the Death Penalty and life without parole sentencing. Agree
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Representation goals in district attorneys and with judges is critical for this to work.

VIII. Election Integrity and Legislative Alignment
We demand campaign finance reform.
We demand that the state Attorney General challenge corporate personhood, and that state and federal legislators pass laws and a constitutional amendment clarifying that corporations are not people and money is not speech
We encourage voters to pass an Oregon constitutional amendment to allow the state to regulate political contributions and expenditures.
We call for Oregon state legislation to set limits on contributions by individuals, PACS, corporations, and unions to candidates, candidate committees, political party committees and any other political committee
We support legislation that requires voter-verifiable paper ballots in all elections, and tabulation software that is open source, non-proprietary, and available for public scrutiny and analysis with source code that is verified using a public method by qualified third parties independent of any political party or vendor, and that guarantees secure chains of custody so there can be no modifications after certification. Agree
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An even playing field and public forums that allow candidates to share their views is vital.

IX. Media
We support a comprehensive net neutral public utility to provide state of the art internet access to serve all end users. Agree
We support the full funding of Public Broadcasting stations and networks, possibly supplemented by small donations from the public, to eliminate the inhibition of investigative reporting of sponsoring entities.
We support the development of ways to assure stable funding well-protected from political interference.
We support corporate responsibility with the management of our personal data. We demand internet media companies pay individuals for use of their personal data, and if there is a data breach to pay for all damages. Agree
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X. Economy
We support breaking up monopolies, starting with barring Internet common carriers (i.e. Google, Facebook) from competing with businesses that use them. Agree
We support the creation of a public bank in Portland/Oregon Agree
We support the creation of either a cap-and-trade program or a carbon tax with dividend to recognize the need to eliminate fossil fuel use as one means to fight global warming. Agree
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XI. Labor and Workers’ Rights
We call for the decriminalization of paid sexual acts between consenting adults and legislation allowing sex workers to organize. Agree
We oppose all legislation that diminishes workers’ rights to organize. Agree
We support legislation requiring retraining of displaced workers. We call for state and federal legislation to provide transition plans as technology and innovation change the workplace Agree
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XII. Immigration
We call on the Federal Government to never take immigrant children away from their detained parents and to reunite families that have already been separated. Agree
We call on every member of the Oregon Congressional delegation to cosponsor and actively work for the passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM Act). Agree
We call on the State and local governments of Oregon to adopt policies that protect immigrants from unlawful enforcement of immigration laws. In addition, we call on the institutions to not participate in the enforcement of Federal immigration laws Agree
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XIII. Infrastructure
We support legislation to promote and implement high-speed rail or other high-speed technology, including monorail, within Oregon and along the West Coast. Agree
We support construction of renewable energy facilities or facilities that include carbon sequestration technology. Agree
We support public funding for electric vehicle infrastructure throughout Oregon. Agree
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Check out my Plan for a Sustainable Economy! I have a zero carbon plan for fuels and material resources.

XIV. Abuse of Power
We support efforts to stipulate that corporations are not people, and money is not speech. Agree
We call for responding to drug addiction with treatment not imprisonment. Agree
We support legislation holding law enforcement personnel liable for inflicting harm through the use of excessive force. Agree
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