Portland observer. (Portland, Or.) 1970-current, March 02, 2016, Page Page 3, Image 3

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    March 2, 2016
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Week in Review
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Sponsored by:
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Honoring Gladys McCoy
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New building will
retain leader’s name
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Gladys McCoy, a name synonymous with ad-
vancing the cause of the black community in
Portland and defending the rights of families and
children, will remain the name of the Multnomah
County Health Department headquarters when it
moves to a new location, downtown.
The decision to retain the honorary name was
approved by the Multnomah County Commission
last week in a resolution presented by Commis-
sioner Loretta Smith.
McCoy was elected to the Multnomah County
Board of Commissioners in 1978 and re-elected in
1982. In 1986, she was elected county chair and
re-elected again before her death in 1993.
She earned a master’s degree in social work
from Portland State University in 1967 and her
social services work for Portland Head Start pro-
pelled her to run for public office. She was elected
to the Portland School Board in 1970 and served
two four-year terms.
Smith’s resolution honors McCoy for her con-
siderable accomplishments, including setting up
a social service program in the former Columbia
Villa housing project, relentlessly working to stabi-
lize county funding, expanding and meeting county
affirmative action goals, increasing citizen partic-
ipation in government, increasing minority repre-
sentation on county boards and commissions, and
standardizing the county’s charitable contribution
Gladys McCoy
Multnomah County is undergoing the planning
and design process to relocate its vital health de-
partment headquarters from the Gladys McCoy
Building at 423 S.W. Stark St. to Northwest Sixth
Avenue, between Hoyt and Irving streets in Old
Packed Agenda for Lynch Visit
Attorney General on
community policing tour
Arts &
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Loretta E. Lynch has set a full schedule for her
planned visit to Portland Wednesday with stops at
George Middle School in north Portland and the
Blazers Boys and Girls Club in northeast Portland
as part of an agenda to show local success with com-
munity policing and crime reduction.
It will be the second part of a tour she launched
last month to visit jurisdictions around the country
that have excelled in strengthening relationships be-
tween law enforcement officers and the communi-
ties they serve and protect.
U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams of Oregon said
Portland is known for innovative approaches to
community problem solving and local law enforce-
ment, residents and community leaders will share
with Lynch how these relationships and partnerships
are enhancing public safety in our community.
While in Portland, she will observe and partic-
ipate in the G.R.E.A.T (Gang Resistance Educa-
tion and Training) program, a gang and violence
prevention program built around school-based, law
enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula
targeted toward elementary youth.
Lynch will also hold a press availability at the
Loretta E. Lynch
Blazers Boys and Girls Club on Northeast Martin
Luther King Jr. Boulevard, visit with Portland Po-
lice Bureau officers and thank them for their ser-
vice to the community and visit staff at the U.S.
Attorney’s Office of the District of Oregon.
The Attorney General’s national Community
Policing Tour builds on President Obama’s com-
mitment to engage with law enforcement and other
members of the community to implement key rec-
ommendations from the President’s Task Force on
21st Century Policing final report.