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plus, the 20s Bikeways are celebrated and $1.25 million in livability grants are still being offer

Chris Uehara was sworn in as Interim Portland police chief on Thursday. He succeeds Mike Marshman, who retired after 26 years of service at the bureau when Mayor Ted Wheeler announced he had chosen Oakland Police Deputy Chief Danielle Outlaw as the next permanent chief.

Uehara is the 47th chief and the first Asian/Pacific Islander-American to lead the Portland Police Bureau. He will serve until Outlaw passes a background check and is sworn in.

"As we prepare for Chief Danielle Outlaw, I will continue building on our relationships in the community, so that every Portlander knows the Portland Police Bureau exists to serve them with integrity, compassion and respect," Uehara said.

Newest bike corridor celebrated

Portland transportation officials and community partners celebrated the substantial completion of a series of safety improvements along Southeast 20th and 30th avenues through the city known as the 20s Bikeways on Thursday.

The improvements are included on the avenues along a 9.1-mile route from the Springwater Corridor at the south end to Northeast Lombard Street at the north end, going through many of the neighborhoods with among the highest rates of bicycle commuting in the United States.

Participating at the Thursday press conference were Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat, Kerns Neighborhood Association Chair Jay Harris, and Hopworks Urban Brewery founder and brewmaster Christian Ettinger.

Livability grant sessions announced

Prosper Portland is continuing to offer $1,250,000 in livability grant funds for community-based organizations proposing projects in six urban renewal areas — Lents Town Center, Gateway Regional Center, Central Eastside, Interstate Corridor, Downtown Waterfront and River District — with funds in the latter two URAs focused specifically on the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood.

The deadline for applying is Sept. 29. Priority will be given to projects to foster vibrant, healthy neighborhoods, benefit communities of color or people with low incomes, and improve prosperity of area residents and businesses.

Since 2006, the former Portland Development Commission has awarded more than $6.3 million in community livability grants. Staff will be available at different locations in the city beginning this week for organizations interested in applying. To learn more, visit: prosperportland.us.

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