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

Learn more online. Registration is not required.

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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Overlook Neighborhood Update (May 13)

1) Overlook Neighborhood General Meeting (May 16)
2) Neighborhood cleanup (May 20)
3) Vanport Mosaic Festival (May 26-29)


1) Overlook Neighborhood General Meeting (May 16)

Come meet your Overlook neighbors and discuss what’s happening in the neighborhood on Tuesday at the Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m. We have an jam-packed agenda. Topics include

We’ll also receive an update on the Good Neighbor Agreement discussions with the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp and hear residents input on what they’d like to see in that sort of agreement.

View the full agenda.

OKNA General Meeting
Tuesday, May 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)

2) Neighborhood cleanup (May 20)

Have you finished your spring cleaning but now have stuff that you can’t even get rid of at the curb?  There’s a better option than heading to the dump.

Join your Overlook neighbors next Saturday, May 20, at the annual Overlook Neighborhood cleanup.  In return for helping us tidy up the neighborhood, you can drop your bulky waste in our dumpster. You’ll also receive an organic tomato plant and enjoy pastries, coffee and other goodies. (Many thanks to Grand Central and Blend Coffee for their generous donations.)

We will accept block Styrofoam packaging but not the following:

  • Packing peanuts
  • All hazardous materials (including batteries and light bulbs)
  • All construction, remodeling or demolition materials
  • Kitchen garbage, residential yard debris and trimmings
  • Waste and recyclables collected at curbside
  • Items that could be donated for reuse.

Please bring work gloves and dress in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Many thanks to our financial sponsors, Metro and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Annual Overlook Neighborhood cleanup
Saturday, May 20, 10-noon
Bethel Lutheran Church parking lot (5658 N Denver Ave.)

3) Vanport Mosaic Festival (May 26-29)

The Vanport Mosaic Festival is a four-day exploration of the history and legacy of Vanport, Oregon’s second largest city wiped out by a flood in 1948.

Through theater, documentaries, historic exhibit, lectures and tours organizers and attendees honor the experience of those who lived there.

To honor the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the city of Vanport, this year’s festival aims to engage Portlanders in an exploration of community histories around the themes of home, housing, migration and displacement. Several of the events will consider the rippling effects of gentrification on affordable housing, and how unresolved issues with race-based displacement are addressed today. To understand the role gentrification has played in Portland, we must first understand the history of housing discrimination and displacement. Vanport is a critical chapter in this story.

The festival runs May 26-29 at several locations, including in the Overlook Neighborhood. Check out the full schedule online.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (May 7)

1) BikeTown expanding further into Overlook
2) Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) information fair (May 22)
3) Free soccer program for children with special needs
4) Mayor seeks input on Portland’s next police chief
5) Q&A with Rep. Tawna Sanchez


1) BikeTown expanding further into Overlook

Portland’s bicycle sharing program is looking to expand, and Overlook will see new service area. The Portland Bureau of Transportation proposes pushing the current BikeTown service boundary out to N Overlook Boulevard and N Gay Avenue. It will also open a satellite service area on Swan Island. Additional bikes will be available along N Killingsworth. The corral at N Interstate and N Willamette, which has the lowest ridership of all 100 stations citywide, will be removed.

PBOT  is taking comment on the proposals. Give your feedback and learn more on their website. If you take the survey, consider urging PBOT to extend the zone to cover all of Overlook (to Greeley).

2) Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) information fair (May 22)

ADUs – The acronym that Portlanders are talking about now that city and county projects involving these small homes are in the works. Learn more about accessory dwelling units at a North Portland information fair. Topics include:

  • What is and ADU?
  • How do you plan one?
  • How do you finance one?
  • Why live in one?
  • Can it help address affordability? Or aging in place?
  • Why build one?
  • Does it help or harm neighborhood character?

ADU info fair
Monday, May 22, 6-8:30 p.m.
Historic Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon Ave.)
RSVP to Mary Jaron Kelley at mary@npnscommunity.org

3) Free soccer program for children with special needs

Overlook-based Saints Soccer Academy and the Holy Redeemer Soccer Club are hosting a free soccer program for children with special needs in the month of May. TOPSoccer, or The Outreach Program for soccer, is for any child 5 years and older for whom a typical soccer recreational program is not the right support or structure. Children may have varied physical, mental or social-emotional special needs, and the program is designed to meet these individual needs. Register a TOPSoccer player for free or volunteer online.

4) Mayor seeks input on Portland’s next police chief

Mayor Ted Wheeler is looking for a new police chief, and he is asking Portlanders for input on qualifications they want to see in the new chief. Take the survey online by June 12.

5) Q&A with Rep. Tawna Sanchez

State Rep. Tawna Sanchez, whose district includes the southern half of Overlook, will hold a public Q&A session on Saturday, May 20. This constituent coffee hour will be sponsored by the Native Nations Club of ASPCC – Cascades. It will be a time to discuss the ongoing legislative session.

Q&A with Rep. Sanchez
Saturday, May 20, 9-10 a.m.
PCC Cascade, Cascade Hall, Room 310 (705 N Killingsworth)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 28)

1) OKNA Board meeting (May 2)
2) Overlook Neighborhood cleanup (May 20)
3) Remember to vote in the special election (May 16)
4) Where to report trouble
5) PPS Bond town hall with KATU (May 3)


1) OKNA Board meeting (May 2)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday, May 2. Board members will discuss homeless camping, a potential heritage tree on N Maryland Avenue and more. Read the full agenda here.

OKNA Board meeting
Tuesday, May 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

2) Overlook Neighborhood cleanup (May 20)

Mark your calendars for the annual Overlook Neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, May 20. We’ll be showing our love of Overlook by picking up trash and removing graffiti along Denver, Greeley, Killingsworth and Interstate.  As a thank you, volunteers will receive an organic tomato start plus the opportunity to throw some items too big for a garbage can into the dumpster. We will accept block Styrofoam packaging but a few things can’t be accepted. Prohibited items include:

  • Packing peanuts
  • All hazardous materials
  • All construction, remodeling or demolition materials
  • Kitchen garbage, residential yard debris and trimmings
  • Waste and recyclables collected at curbside
  • Items that could be donated for reuse.

Please bring work gloves and dress in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Many thanks to our financial sponsors, Metro and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Annual Overlook Neighborhood cleanup
Saturday, May 20, 10-noon
Bethel Lutheran Church parking lot (5658 N Denver Ave.)

3) Remember to vote in the special election (May 16)

This year’s May election includes several important measures that will shape the future of our community for decades. Don’t pass up your chance to be heard.

Ballots are due to county elections officials by 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 16. You can mail in your ballot (be sure to postmark it a few days early) or drop it off in an official box at a county library, such as Overlook’s North Portland Library at 512 N Killingsworth St.

Thank you for participating in our democracy.

4) Where to report trouble

During a ride on public transit, an afternoon spent at the park or a walk to the grocery store, you might encounter challenging situations in public and not know how to respond. Most residents are aware that they should call 911 for an immediate threat to life or property or a crime in progress. However, there are a number of public safety and livability issues that do not warrant calls to 911. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program has put together a list of who to call about what. Download it here.

5) PPS Bond town hall with KATU (May 3)

Portland voters in May will decide the fate of a record $790 million school bond. Do you think Portland Public Schools desperately need the funds for safety improvements, renovation and new construction? Do you think there’s no way the school board and other leaders can be trusted with so much money after all of their recent debacles?

KATU News is looking for people with diverse perspectives to speak at a town hall on Wednesday, May 3 about how the bond will affect PPS, students and taxpayers. If you’re interested in participating, call the channel at 503-231-4265 and ask for Evon.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 21)

1) City finally starts to arrange mediation with homeless camp
2) Earth Day repair café (Saturday)
3) Art in North Portland


1) City finally starts to arrange mediation with homeless camp

When Mayor Ted Wheeler visited the Overlook Neighborhood Association a month ago, city officials said they would organize mediation between OKNA and the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp in hopes of developing a Good Neighbor Agreement. Finally, today, that process might be starting.

Staff from Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s office contacted OKNA to let us know that mediators will be in touch in the next month. They also indicated that no discussions are underway about the long-term plans for the homeless camp.

OKNA remains committed to finding a constructive path forward to ensure the safety of the neighborhood. We are disappointed that the process is taking so long, especially when the city is already seven months past the deadline by which it had pledge to remove the homeless camp from a wildfire hazard zone along the bluff.

We will continue to keep Overlook neighbors updated in weekly updates and at our regular meetings. Stay tuned.

2) Earth Day repair café (Saturday)

Stop by the North Portland Tool Library on Earth Day (April 22) with your malfunctioning goods. Volunteers will be fixing small appliances, garments and bikes as well as sharpening tools/knives and fixing small engines

Please only bring 2 sharpening items per person.

Earth Day repair café
Saturday, April 22, 10:30-1:30
Kenton Firehouse (2209 N Schofield St.)

3) Art in North Portland

Disjecta, the nonprofit contemporary art center in Kenton, is offering discounted tickets to North Portland residents. The center is currently hosting Spiritrials over the next few weekends as well as a kids-focused program called Hip Hop History for Kids.

Learn more about the events by clicking on the image. If you choose to attend, use the promo code ARTS15 for a discount when you buy your ticket.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 15)

1) No OKNA general meeting in April
2) N Skidmore Terrace sewer extension begins Monday
3) I-5 closures begin this weekend
4) Portland Police Bureau launches open data portal
5) Contacting neighbors about development


1) No OKNA general meeting in April

This is a reminder that the Tuesday, April 18 Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting has been canceled. The board looks forward to seeing everyone in May.

2) N Skidmore Terrace sewer extension begins Monday

Environmental Services, the city’s sewer and stormwater utility, is extending the public sewer system to properties where service is only available through a neighboring property. This is most commonly referred to as a party sewer connection. Under N Skidmore Terrace, this project will install 540 feet of main line sewer pipe, three new manholes, and branch connections to ten properties allowing them to make direct connections the public sewer. This project will help protect public health, water quality, and our environment.

N Skidmore Terrace is a narrow street, and traditional open trench construction would significantly limit the ability of drivers to use the road during construction. In order to increase driver access during construction, crews will use a trenchless method called horizontal directional drilling or directional boring.

Construction hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.

Learn more about the project by clicking here.

3) I-5 closures begin this weekend

The first of four full weekend closures of Interstate 5 in one direction between the Marquam Bridge and North Broadway is underway in the southbound direction. Lanes closed last night and will re-open at 4:30 a.m. Monday. Travelers should make plans now to avoid delays on detour routes. In addition to the southbound closure, crews will close one northbound lane of I-5.

During the I-5 southbound closure, travelers will be diverted to I-405 southbound to reach I-5 south of downtown. A lane of I-5 south will be open for travelers to access I-84 east. Congestion is expected around I-5 in the central city during the closures. Travelers should consider using other routes or taking transit, depending on their travel plans.

The remaining weekend closures of Interstate 5 will take place from 10 p.m. Friday to 4:30 a.m. Monday on the following weekends:

  • April 21-24 (southbound)
  • May 5-8 (northbound)
  • May 12-15 (northbound)

Closing I-5 during the weekends will allow a contractor to perform concrete repairs underneath the Burnside Bridge, which spans lanes of the freeway. Areas of the concrete are degraded and at risk of falling on the freeway. This work is part of Multnomah County’s Burnside Bridge Maintenance project. The closures will also allow ODOT crews to do work on the closed section of freeway, including paving, survey, electrical, inspection and seismic work.

Learn more at burnsidebridge.org.

4) Portland Police Bureau launches open data portal

The Portland Police Bureau has revamped the data portion of its website to be more user-friendly. Community members can view reported crime statistics and download open data at portlandoregon.gov/police/OpenData. An interactive dashboard on the site allows users to view monthly reported crime statistics by Portland neighborhood. The dashboard and open dataset will be updated on a monthly basis with the previous month’s data.

The data includes all offenses reported in Portland since May 2015. The dashboard allows a user to filter and customize analyses based on a variety of factors including neighborhood, month and offense. Users can download the open data, an image or PDF using the Download Open Data tab on the dashboard.

5) Contacting neighbors about development

Are you curious about how residents and businesses are informed when new development is proposed in their neighborhoods? Would you like to help rethink the process for notifying community members about that?

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability invites community members to be part of an informal “sounding board” group to help shape possible revisions to the Neighborhood Contact requirements.

If you are interested in being part of this group, please click here and sign up to get involved.

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