Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 21)

1) Overlook yard sale and free share (July 22-23)
2) Beware of door-to-door scammers
3) Summer Spay Spectacular (August 1-31)
4) Grants available for special projects
5) Walking tours of North Portland (July 27 and Aug. 15)


1) Overlook yard sale and free share (July 22-23)

This weekend is the Overlook yard sale and free share. On Saturday, more than two dozen neighbors will host yard sales. Swing by to catch up with your neighbors and see what treasures they have available.

On Sunday, neighbors who still want to part with things that didn’t sell or weren’t even for sale are encouraged to leave them near the curb with for anyone to take for free. After a day or two, we ask that you bring these items back inside or donate them to Goodwill, Community Warehouse, Salvation Army, or similar organization, to help keep the streets looking clean.

See the map below for all of the participating homes. Through reuse we are helping to minimize our neighborhood’s waste stream as well as reminding each other of the inherent value and embodied energy that all of these material “things” possess.

Every year lots of great deals abound as we turn unwanted items into newfound treasures.

2) Beware of door-to-door scammers

With the warm weather, scammers are out in force going door-to-door. Some even pose as city employees. The Portland Water Bureau offers these additional tips to avoid being scammed:

  • Do not open the door to someone you don’t know.
  • Ask for proper official identification.
  • Look for a city utility vehicle.
  • Call the police if you feel suspicious about someone at your door.
  • Share information about suspicious people with your neighbors.
  • Ask for the person’s purpose for being there.
  • Do not allow anyone unknown to enter your home without a bona fide prior appointment.
  • Water Bureau employees always drive vehicles with a “Publicly Owned” license plate and will carry identification badges.

3) Summer Spay Spectacular (August 1-31)

Have you seen a stray cat wandering the neighborhood? Just gotten a new kitten? In August, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon will offer FREE spay/neuter services for stray and feral cats as part of their Summer Spay Spectacular special. Kittens weighing 2 pounds or greater also qualify for the special. If you are feeding outdoor stray or feral cats, or know someone who is, this special is for you. In addition to being spayed/neutered, the cats receive vaccines, and treatment for fleas, earmites and tapeworms.

Call 503-797-2606 to reserve your spot.

4) Grants available for special projects

The Portland City Council approved $1 million for one-time special appropriations. Residents and groups with projects in mind can apply for grants.

$350,000 has been allocated to The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) for the Portland United Against Hate (PUAH) competitive grants process. Funding may be awarded under the following opportunities:

  • Capacity Building
  • Data Collections and Analysis

The remaining $650,000 will be awarded to projects for:

  • Expanding Opportunities for Youth
  • Community-Based Arts and Culture
  • Expanding Economic Opportunities for Portlanders
  • Community Health

More info on PUAH project. Interested parties also should consider attending an information session on Tuesday, July 25, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Lovejoy Room on the second floor of City Hall.

5) Walking tours of North Portland (July 27 and Aug. 15)

The Architectural Heritage Center will lead two upcoming walking tours in North Portland:

Historic Albina

Thursday, July 27 at 6 p.m.

Once a separate city from Portland, Albina has a lengthy and diverse history – along with some fascinating architecture. This tour explores old Albina from stories of early proprietors and its development as a railroad town, to its transformation into the heart of Portland’s African-American community and the impacts of urban renewal.

Kenton Neighborhood

Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m.

In the early 20th century, Kenton was the heart of Portland’s meat packing industry and home to the largest livestock exchange on the West Coast. Swift & Company, through various subsidiaries, platted, developed, and heavily influenced the industrial, commercial and residential growth of Kenton. This tour shows how a dominant employer influenced the housing stock of management and labor in a neighborhood that possessed many elements of a company town.

Be sure to register online as space is limited.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 14)

1) OKNA General Meeting (July 18)
2) Upcoming events at Adidas
3) Willamette River Festival & Movie in the Park (July 30)
4) Earthquake practice (July 15)


1) OKNA General Meeting (July 18)

Come hang out with your Overlook neighbors on Tuesday at Lucky Labrador Tap room for the July OKNA general meeting. We’ll talk about Adidas, Hazelnut Grove and more.

The full Lucky Lab menu will be available as well as the usual adult and non-alcoholic beverages. Dining during the meeting supports a local eatery and thanks them for hosting our meeting.

Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, July 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lucky Labrador Tap Room (1700 N Killingsworth St.)

 

2) Upcoming events at Adidas

When representatives of the neighborhood met with Adidas about parking and improving relationships between Overlook and the company, one of the promises the company made was to share a calendar of events so that everyone would know when there might be increased traffic or amplified sound.

Adidas is making good on that promise and recently sent its first update.

Adidas Village Events

  • July 25 – Social Purpose Celebration (East side plaza)
  • July 28 – Employee Fitness Challenge (East side plaza and soccer field)
  • Aug. 10 – PT&E Tennis event (Tennis court)
  • Aug. 23 – All Employees Timbers game and Party (TBD)
  • Oct. 11 – Culture Day at the Village (TBD)
  • We’ll continue to update this calendar as we learn about new events.

 

3) Willamette River Festival & Movie in the Park (July 30)

All of North Portland is connected to the Willamette River. We enjoy it even as we are its stewards. The Willamette River Festival is a chance to celebrate this natural resource.

The festival will feature live music, dance, food carts and free kayak tours. For a full list of bands visit WillametteRiverFestival.org.

Free kayak tours led by Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe will allow those first signed up to experience the river first hand with expert guidance. Novices should sign up for the first paddle at 1:30 p.m. that includes instruction.

The event also will include a raffle, bicycle registration, a children’s activity area, walking tour of the future North Portland Greenway Trail and more. Occidental Brewing next to the park will host festival goers.

At dusk, there will be a showing of the movie Upriver, a documentary about the Willamette and current efforts to restore it.

 

4) Earthquake practice (July 15)

A reminder that the Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) of Overlook and Arbor Lodge/Kenton invite you to test your family and community emergency plans during a joint call-up exercise on Saturday.

NET members are trained to provide neighborhood emergency disaster assistance. They will save lives and property until professional responders can arrive.

Learn more.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 9)

1) How to contact Adidas
2) Movie in Overlook Park (July 16)


1) How to contact Adidas

At the recent meeting between Adidas and the Overlook Neighborhood, the company promised to provide an email address neighbors can use to report problems. That address is now live at overlook@adidas.com. Neighbors can share problems with Adidas employees or guests as well as compliments about what Adidas is getting right. The more specific you can be, the better. For example, if a car if blocking a driveway or there is litter, say where and when it occurred. Did you get a license plate number? Include it.

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will continue to work with Adidas on addressing parking issues and improving relationships with the neighborhood.

KGW had a story about the current parking concerns.


2) Movie in Overlook Park (July 16)

Summer is in full swing, and that means that Portland Parks and Recreation is hosting movies and concerts in parks throughout the city. Hundreds of events are scheduled, and you can view the complete list here.

Next Sunday, Overlook Park will host a movie, “El Libro de la Vida” (“The Book of Life”). The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. with music and other entertainment, with the movie starting after dark. The movie will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (July 2)

1) Adidas parking and neighborhood relations
2) Memorial for Brian Spaulding
3) Earthquake preparation
4) No OKNA Board meeting in July
5) Celebrate America’s Independence responsibly and legally 


1) Adidas parking and neighborhood relations

A delegation from the neighborhood met with Adidas on June 28 to discuss parking and other issues. The delegation included three members of the Overlook Neighborhood Association Board – Cynthia Sulaski, Vice Chair Alan Crana and Chair Chris Trejbal – and four Adidas neighbors. We met with Tom Hughes, Adidas’ corporate affairs manager.

The meeting went very well. Learn more about it on our website.

2) Memorial for Brian Spaulding

George and Carolyn Spaulding, long-time Overlook residents, tragically lost their son, Brian, on June 12. Brian grew up in Overlook and attended Beach and Oakley Green Schools. George serves on the OKNA Board.

The Spaulding family will celebrate Brian’s life with family and friends at Tabor Space (5441 SE Belmont St.) on Saturday, July 8, 10:30-1:30. Personal tributes will be made at noon.

3) Earthquake preparation

A reminder that the Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) of Overlook and Arbor Lodge/Kenton invite you to test your family and community emergency plans during a joint call-up exercise on Saturday, July 15.

NET members are trained to provide neighborhood emergency disaster assistance. They will save lives and property until professional responders can arrive.

Learn more.

4) No OKNA Board meeting in July

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will not meet on the first Tuesday of July, which falls on July 4. We hope you will join us for discussion at the OKNA general meeting on July 18, 6:30 p.m., at Lucky Labrador Tap Room on N Killingsworth Street.

5) Celebrate America’s Independence responsibly and legally

On Tuesday, people will celebrate the Fourth of July with community parades, picnics, barbecues and fireworks. Sadly, Independence Day also includes tragic events and injuries resulting from illegal fireworks use and is both traumatizing and harmful to children, animals, and a growing number of war veterans.

Aside from the danger (both legal and personal) of exploding illegal fireworks, there’s a huge risk of fire and property damage now that the hot, dry summer has arrived.

Legal fireworks may be purchased only from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands. Oregon law forbids possession, use or sale of fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air. Bottle rockets, Roman candles and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon.

Residents who see illegal fireworks going off can call 911 if there is an immediate threat to life and property or a serious injury. If there is no immediate threat or injury, people can call the police non-emergency number at 503-823-3333.

Law enforcement receives a tremendous number of calls every July 4 and cannot respond to each one immediately.

The best thing for everyone, then, is not to be stupid. Celebrate America’s Independence, but do it responsibly and legally. Do you really want to be the person who sets the neighborhood on fire or scares your neighbor’s pet into running away?

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Adidas parking update

A delegation from the neighborhood met with Adidas on June 28 to discuss parking and other issues. The delegation included three members of the Overlook Neighborhood Association Board – Cynthia Sulaski, Vice Chair Alan Crana and Chair Chris Trejbal – and four Adidas neighbors. We met with Tom Hughes, Adidas’ corporate affairs manager. Tom will be the point person for the neighborhood going forward.

Our meeting went very well. Tom came in ready to discuss the parking issue and with news that should lead to improvements in coming months. Things won’t change overnight, but plans are in the works to ease the parking pressure.

Continue reading

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (June 23)

1) A busy summer for OKNA
2) Events in and around Overlook this weekend
3) Spirit of Portland Awards accepting nominations
4) Lane closures on Broadway Bridge
5) Free summer meals site


1) A busy summer for OKNA

A few items of interest to Overlook residents:

  • OKNA continues to engage with the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp in a city-directed mediation process with the aim of developing a good neighbor agreement. We’ve had two sessions so far. The next is scheduled for a couple of weeks from now. We hope to have more updates in July as we make progress.
  • A delegation from OKNA will meet with leadership at Adidas next week to discuss concerns about employees parking in the neighborhood and opportunities for better engagement between the neighborhood and one of its biggest employers. We hope to have an update in a week or two.
  • The first OKNA general meeting at the Luck Lab on Killingsworth was a success. Neighbors socialized and asked questions about what’s going on Overlook. We’ll return to the Lab in July.

2) Events in and around Overlook this weekend

It’s a busy weekend for Overlook with multiple opportunities for residents to showcase the neighborhood and also have some fun while trying to forget about the heat.

  • The Brewfest in the Park is underway at Overlook Park. Stop by and sample some craft beer, food carts and more.
  • Sunday Parkways returns to North Portland for its 10th year. Bikers and walkers will get a chance to see the sites of our part of the city, including some of the stunning views from Overlook’s bluffs.
  • The 25th annual Good in the Hood multicultural music, arts and food festival kicked off on Friday with music and more. Given the horrible, racist threats made against this event, we hope that all residents will find time to attend and show their support for Portland’s African American Community. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 a.m. each day in Lillis Albina Park. On Saturday at 11, there will be a parade starting at King Elementary down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and ending at the park.
  • The World Naked Bike Ride takes place on Saturday night. This year the ride will start at Fernill Park in Northeast, but the route remains secret. If you see some naked riders in Overlook on Saturday, don’t be shocked.

3) Spirit of Portland Awards accepting nominations

Celebrated since 1985, the Spirit of Portland Awards Ceremony is an important way for the City to recognize and celebrate those who make outstanding contributions to our community. Each year, there are roughly 20 winners in categories such as Community Leader of the Year, Neighborhood Association of the Year and the Making a Difference Award.

Nominations will be accepted until Aug. 14. If you know of an individual, group or neighborhood association that has helped make Portland a better place to live, work, study and play, please nominate them for one of the 2017 awards.

Learn more and download a nomination form.

4) Lane closures on Broadway Bridge

Starting Monday at 9 a.m., the two outside traffic lanes on the Broadway Bridge will close for a six-month project that will replace four large steel wheels that help open and close the drawbridge for ships to pass. The project will replace four original wheels and the tracks they roll on.  The wheels and tracks are worn and cracked after a century of use.  Each wheel is eight feet in diameter and weighs 88,000 pounds.

The two inside traffic lanes and both sidewalks will remain open at most times. Streetcar and bus service will continue during construction.  Some weekend and night bridge closures will be needed to set up and remove traffic control, and bring in heavy equipment.

Learn more about the project.

5) Free summer meals site

Reach Community Development will serve free and discounted summer meals at Patton Square Park again this year.  The meals are free for all children and teens 18 years and younger and are available Mondays to Fridays noon-12:30 beginning June 26. (There will be no meal service on Tuesday, July 4.)

Adult meals are available for purchase for $4. Youth meals must be eaten in the park and cannot be shared with adults.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (June 17)

1) OKNA summer at the Lab (Tuesday)
2) North Portland Sunday Parkway (June 25)
3) Sign up for the Overlook Yard Sale and Free Share (July 22-23)
4) Save the date for Overlook Ice Cream Social (Aug. 6)
5) Renters now receive notification of land use proposals
6) Earthquake practice (July 15)
7) Take your emergency skills to the next level
8) New development rules proposed for Interstate Avenue


1) OKNA summer at the Lab (Tuesday)

The June general meeting of the Overlook Neighborhood Association will take place on Tuesday at the Lucky Labrador Tap Room on N Killingsworth. (Don’t go to Kaiser Town Hall!) The OKNA Board hopes you will come out to socialize, eat some pizza and share your thoughts about Overlook. The meeting agenda features an update on good neighbor agreement mediation with the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp.

OKNA General Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, June 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lucky Labrador Tap Room (1700 N Killingsworth St.)

2) North Portland Sunday Parkway (June 25)

Next weekend, thousands of people will take to the streets for the North Portland Sunday Parkways. Community members are invited to bike, walk or glide along the scenic 9.5 mile double loop that takes a trip to the Willamette Boulevard and over to Peninsula Rose Garden, Overlook, Arbor Lodge, Kenton, and McCoy Parks. There will be many points along the route to enjoy a spot of good food, good laughs and good music. View the brochure for a full list of events.

3) Sign up for the Overlook Yard Sale and Free Share (July 22-23)

Sustainable Overlook is organizing a neighborhood yard sale and free share again this year. Dozens of homes will make their yards and garages available to sell treasures, oddities and more Saturday June 22. Anything left over can be set out for neighbors to take for free on Sunday. Mark your calendars and come on out.

If you would like to participate in the yard sale and have your house shown on the map that will be advertised to the broader public, Sign up on online by July 16. If you simply want to join in the Yard Sale and Free Share as a deal-hunter, you will be able to view a map showing all of the participating households online starting July 20.

If you have questions, please e-mail Josh at sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org.

Overlook Yard Sale and Free Share
July 22-23
Overlook Neighborhood

4) Save the date for Overlook Ice Cream Social (Aug. 6)

Join your neighbors for this year’s Overlook Kids’ Bike Parade and Ice Cream Social for All on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2-6 p.m.

Kids can decorate their bikes and join the parade. It will begin at the Overlook-Shaver-Castle triangle at 3 p.m. After the parade, head over to the Overlook House for prizes, the annual ice cream social and entertainment provided by Penny’s Puppets and Tallulah’s Daddy for the kids. All Overlook and surrounding neighbors are invited to the event. Stay tuned for more details closer to the date.

The event is being organized by Friends of the Overlook House. They are looking for a number of volunteers to assist in making this a successful event.  Please contact Michelle at the Overlook House at 503-208-7312 or coordinator@historicoverlookhouse.org if interested.

5) Renters now receive notification of land use proposals

Notifications of land use proposals are required to be mailed to the property owners of surrounding lots. The Bureau of Development Services has expanded those notifications to include renters.

Sending land use proposal notifications to renters increases their opportunity to participate in the process, and provides advanced notice of proposed changes before construction starts.

Some examples of land use proposals include large projects such as the design of a new downtown building, subdivisions, or the expansion of a school in a residential zone, as well as smaller projects, such as a request to build a house closer to a side property line than the zoning code would normally allow.

Approximately 800-900 land use applications are processed each year.

To learn more about land use regulations, or view land use proposals, visit the Bureau’s Zoning/Land Use webpage.

6) Earthquake practice (July 15)

The Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) of Overlook and Arbor Lodge/Kenton invite you to test your family and community emergency plans during a joint call-up exercise on Saturday, July 15.

NET members are trained to provide neighborhood emergency disaster assistance. They will save lives and property until professional responders can arrive.

At the joint call-up exercise, the NETs will conduct a practice run of the operations plans for about two hours. The exercise will help everyone assess the staging area, set up medical and other stations, and work with the residents who will gather after a disaster. Teams will account for new site conditions, new learning, new neighbors and new NET members. They’ll also seek input from new participants. You might have important information and insights to contribute, and Overlook NET hopes you’ll join the exercise.

Neighbors will get to meet one another and talk about what preparedness means to various people. You do not need a backpack full of stuff, a barrel of water or an underground bunker. You do need to be interested in the survival and resiliency of your family and community and to attend with eagerness and questions. Stop by one of the staging areas 10-noon.

With more than 13,000 residents in Arbor Lodge and Kenton and more than 6,000 in Overlook, there are far too many people for the NETs to help if a disaster strikes. We need everyone to participate in making our community more resilient.

The Overlook NET holds monthly meetings. If you can’t attend the call-up exercise, we hope you can join us at one.

In case of a real emergency, meet at the staging area closest to your home. View a map of the staging areas and Overlook’s NET operations plans.

NET call-up exercise/Earthquake practice
Saturday, July 15, 10-noon
Three staging areas:

7) Take your emergency skills to the next level

Are you ready to become more involved in the Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team and to learn the skills you’ll need in a disaster? New training opportunities have just been announced. These free training sessions are offered by the city and are very worthwhile. They are open to anyone.

Seventy-five seats have become available in the Hillsdale class that begins on Tuesday, June 20. This is a long-format class that meets every Tuesday night, 6-9, into early September. Learn more and RSVP online.

Meanwhile Portland State University has 25 seats open to the community in their intensive format class that runs all day on June 26, 27, 28 and 30. More information and RSVP.

8) New development rules proposed for Interstate Avenue

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has proposed zoning changes for N Interstate Avenue. The proposal would place a Main Street overlay on and adjacent to a number of properties in the Interstate Corridor. The intense public investments in the corridor have not consistently resulted in the most desirable development. This change may encourage more pedestrian friendly developments.

The Main Street overlay zone regulations encourage higher density residential uses by allowing greater building heights, reducing required building coverage for residential development; and allowing more flexibility in site design. The intent of the zone is to provide transit-supportive levels of residential uses between centers of commercial and mixed-use activity.

Learn more about the changes and how to comment online.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (June 9)

1) Kenton homeless PODs open house (June 9)
2) Summer at the Lab
3) Brewfest in the Park (June 23-25)
4) Traffic and transportation class


1) Kenton homeless PODs open house (June 9)

Before the Kenton PODs women’s homeless village opens on Saturday, they will host a community open house Friday afternoon (today). Overlook residents should check it out. This is the model that we hope will emerge for Hazelnut Grove until a better location for that homeless camp is found outside of a wildfire hazard zone.

After three months of waiting, mediation might finally begin between the Overlook Neighborhood Association and the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp to develop a Good Neighbor Agreement. Vahid Brown, a camp representative, shared great support for the Kenton model at an OKNA meeting a few months ago.

Kenton Women’s Village Open House
Friday, June 9, 4-6 p.m.
2221 N. Argyle St.

2) Summer at the Lab

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will take its general meetings this summer to the Lucky Labrador Tap Room on N Killingsworth Street. Don’t go to Kaiser Town Hall in June, July and August. Come have a beverage, eat some pizza and socialize with your neighbors while we talk about the issues important to Overlook.

Thank you to Lucky Lab for hosting us.

Our next general meeting is Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. We’ll include an agenda in next week’s email.

3) Brewfest in the Park (June 23-25)

Grab your picnic blankets, bikes, the kids and the dog for the first BrewFest in the Park. Kick off the summer beer festival season with 60 beers, ciders and mead — many organically brewed. Eats will feature food carts Bunk Sandwiches, The Dump Truck and Urban German Grill. There will also be vendors a Crater Lake Soda Garden for minors and designated drivers, games for adults, and a children’s area with activities and free face painting.

It’s all coming to Overlook Park, and neighborhood residents get an extra drink ticket with proof of residency. Best of all, you can walk home after tasting some beer. Tickets are available online.

Brewfest in the Park
June 23-25, Friday & Saturday noon-9; Sunday noon-5
Overlook Park

4) Traffic and transportation class

Local traffic and transportation issues, transportation options, and how to get things done in your neighborhood are the focus of this well-respected, ten-week, university course.

More than 1,000 Portland residents have taken this popular class and learned how to negotiate the maze of traffic and transportation agencies and issues.  Here’s your chance to hear about how you can make a difference even in these times of budget cuts and shrinking gas tax revenue.  Speakers include policy and decision makers, planners, and engineers from TriMet, Metro, and PBOT.  The class is facilitated by Rick Gustafson, transportation planning consultant and former Metro executive officer.

Learn more and apply. Full scholarships are available.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (June 4)

1) Be OKNA’s voice on air quality
2) June OKNA Board Meeting (June 6)
3) Help people stay cool on hot days


1) Be OKNA’s voice on air quality

Most residents of the Overlook Neighborhood are familiar with the occasional bad smell that comes wafting up from the rail yards. We aren’t the only neighborhood that faces air quality issues, though. Throughout Portland, some emitters aren’t doing all that they can to keep the air clean.

The Overlook Neighborhood Association, at the May General Meeting, chose to open lines of communications with Portland Clean Air, a group that is working with businesses, lawmakers and government on ways to improve air quality throughout the city. The Board seeks a neighborhood resident to serve as our conduit and representative in working with PCA.

If you’re interested in serving, contact Board Chair Chris Trejbal at overlookna@gmail.com.

2) June OKNA Board Meeting (June 6)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday, June 6. Items up for discussion include BikeTown expansion, content for the next issue of Overlook Views and more. The full agenda is available online.

OKNA Board Meeting
Tuesday, June 6, 6:30-8 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

3) Help people stay cool on hot days

Extreme heat can be very dangerous, especially for the most vulnerable in our community. When severe hot weather hits Portland, Multnomah County’s Aging, Disability & Veteran Services along with community partners step up to open cooling centers as places that older adults and people with disabilities can stay out of the heat. Cooling centers are air conditioned spaces staffed by volunteers, like you, where folks can drink water, eat light snacks and participate in activities.

For the past five years, the Neighborhood Emergency Team has been an integral part of staffing these centers and they are counting on your support again this year. Cooling center locations in 2017 are:

  • Multnomah County Walnut Park Building, 5325 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland
  • Multnomah County East Building, 600 NE 8th St., Gresham
  • Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave., Portland

Service hours are generally during the hottest parts of the day, 5-8 p.m. Heat emergencies can occur at any time in the summer, so your rapid response is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions about volunteering call Mark Noonan at Elders in Action (503-595-7533 or email (mark@eldersinaction.org). Thanks again for your support.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (May 27)

1) Neighborhood cleanup a success
2) Patton Square Block Party (June 2)
3) Trimet closes Adidas bus stops
4) Stop using parking meters
5) Portland’s zoning code – The basics (June 2)
6) Budget and tax reform town hall (June 3)
7) Good Neighbor Agreement with Hazelnut Grove Homeless Camp


1) Neighborhood cleanup a success

Thank yous go out to the two dozen people who came out to help clean up Overlook last weekend. The area around N Killingsworth Street and N Denver Avenue looked fantastic after all of the hard work. Special thanks to organizers Cynthia Sulaski and Alan Crana. Thanks also to Grand Central and Blend Coffee for providing sustenance, to Metro and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability for financial support.

Click here for more pictures.

2) Patton Square Block Party (June 2)

Join your Overlook neighbors, businesses, nonprofits and friends of Trillium School for the Patton Square Block Party on Friday, June 2 hosted by the Trillium Schoolyard Project.

Patton Square Block contains the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, a community-based art center founded in 1982 by Portland’s first African-American elected official, Commissioner Charles Jordan; Patton Park, one of few green spaces along the Interstate corridor; United Advantage, a small, local, nonprofit credit union; and us, Trillium School, a K-12 public charter school founded on the values of self-awareness, preparedness and citizenry.

As this is a benefit for continued upgrades to our schoolyard, student zines, artwork and sweet treats will be available by donation, but music, games, hands-on art and hopefully some catered refreshments – if not potluck fare – are free. If you would like to be a vendor, or table for your organization, please contact kayk@trilliumcharterschool.org.

RSVP online.

Patton Square Block Party
Friday, June 2, noon-5
Trillium Schoolyard (5420 N Interstate Ave.)

3) Trimet closes Adidas bus stops

Trimet has shut down the bus stops on N Greeley Avenue near Adidas. The 35 and 72 lines will no longer stop at the bottom of the stairs. Riders can still catch the bus north of Adidas at the Greeley & Sumner stops.

Trimet unilaterally made this decision without seeking neighborhood or rider input. If you have difficulty making it to the new stop or would like to share comments with Trimet, you can do so using their customer service form online.

4) Stop using parking meters

The Portland Bureau of Transportation, in partnership with Portland State University and Portland Parks & Recreation, has launched Parking Kitty, a new mobile parking payment app.

Users who download Parking Kitty onto their smartphones will no longer need to pull a paper receipt from a City of Portland parking kiosk. Users simply need to enter the parking zone and their license plate number into the app. The app also allows users to remotely monitor how much time they have left and extend their parking time up to the maximum allowed in the parking zone.

Learn more and download the Android or ios app.

5) Portland’s zoning code – The basics (June 2)

Are you purchasing a property in the City of Portland? Need to know what uses are allowed and what standards apply when developing a site? Want to learn where the zoning code is located and how to navigate it?

Join the Bureau of Development Services’ Lunch and Learn presentation to learn how to use the Zoning Code (Title 33) to answer some basic zoning questions.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Summary of how Title 33 is organized
  • What are the Base Zones
  • How are the additional use and development regulations applied
  • What are Overlay Zones
  • Where are the Plan Districts
  • Land Division and Planned Developments
  • Administration and Procedures
  • What are Land Use Reviews and when are they required
  • General Terms and Acronyms
  • Help – Zoning Hotline and Development Services Counter

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Lunch and Learn – Zoning Code
Friday, June 2, noon-1
CH2M, Lincoln Conference Room, First Floor (2020 SW 4th Ave.)

6) Budget and tax reform town hall (June 3)

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek and other lawmakers will host a town hall meeting on Saturday, June 3, to hear from people about the state budget and increasing taxes. The Legislature faces a $1.4 billion budget gap despite record high state tax income. Come out and share your thoughts about how Oregon should spend tax dollars.

Budget and tax reform town hall
Saturday, June 3, 10-11:30 a.m.
Benson Polytechnic High School (546 NE 12th Ave.)

7) Good Neighbor Agreement with Hazelnut Grove Homeless Camp

Thank you to all of the Overlook Neighborhood residents who came out for our recent OKNA general meeting to share their ideas about a Good Neighbor Agreement with the Hazelnut Grove Homeless Camp. The robust conversation and great thoughts about what to include were very helpful as we enter into a mediation process organized by the city.

Residents in attendance asked to see what a GNA might look like. You can view the Kenton Neighborhood’s agreement with a homeless pod project due to open there below. Additional related documents are on the Historic Kenton website. After representatives of Hazelnut Grove spoke positively about the Kenton model at an OKNA meeting a few months ago, the OKNA Board is hopeful that they will embrace something very similar here while everyone works to find a permanent home for the homeless campers at Hazelnut Grove.

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