OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email Update 12-12-14

1) Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck (Tonight! Dec. 12)
2) Overlook general meeting canceled (Dec. 16)
3) De-Gentrifying Portland movie to screen in North Portland (Dec. 13)
4) New trees coming to North Portland (Dec. 20)
5) Keep safe after dark
6) N Mississippi Avenue featured in New York Times
7) Santa’s visit to Overlook House

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1) Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck (Tonight! Dec. 12)

Celebrate the holidays with your neighbors at the annual holiday potluck party. There will be plenty of holiday cheer to go around. Door prizes given out.

Please bring an entrée, side salad or dessert to share and lets socialize.  Dress casually.

Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck
Friday, Dec. 12, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Cohousing Common Room
2525 N Killingsworth St.

 

2) Overlook general meeting canceled (Dec. 16)

This month’s Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting at Kaiser Town Hall is canceled. The Neighborhood Association wishes everyone Happy Holidays.

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3) De-Gentrifying Portland movie to screen in North Portland (Dec. 13)

Join Know Your City, Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) and artist and Project Coordinator Sharita Towne for the public premiere of short films made by local youth of color that address the topic of gentrification and changing neighborhoods in Portland. In addition to the student films, there will be work screened by other artists from Portland addressing similar themes, as well as an art show of photographs by youth from Self Enhancement, Inc., clothes by local designers, and appearances by local musicians and guest speakers.

Learn more at the Know Your City website.

De-Gentrifying Portland — North Portland screening
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m.
Sons of Haiti Lodge
3503 N. Mississippi Ave
Cost: Free and open to the public

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4) New trees coming to North Portland (Dec. 20)

The lovely Omaha Boulevard between Killingsworth and Rosa Parks is getting some new trees, courtesy of the diligent organizational efforts of Arbor Lodge tree steward Liz Stevenson and Karl Dawson of the city’s Urban Forestry section of Parks & Rec.

Please join the planters. No experience in tree-planting necessary, tools will be provided. Coffee and other refreshments will also be provided!

Tree planting
Saturday, Dec. 20, 9-11 a.m.
Gather at 6421 N Omaha Ave.

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5) Keep safe after dark

With the Winter Solstice arriving on Sunday, Dec. 21, Portland’s nights are at their longest. The Portland Bureau of Transportation reminds everyone that remaining visible when out walking or biking is the easy and the best way to make sure you’ll be around to see the Summer Solstice in June.

High visibility gear and clothing is made of fluorescent colors with added reflective tape or designs. To best be seen in all conditions – during the day, at dusk and at night – you should be wearing both fluorescent and reflective items.

Learn more online at PBOT’s website.

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6) N Mississippi Avenue featured in New York Times

The New York Time’s fascination with Portland continued this week with a feature about Mississippi Avenue.

North Mississippi Avenue in Portland delivers a hipster experience as reliably as the rain. The street’s commercial district, which runs five blocks from North Fremont Street up to North Skidmore Street, has coffee-roasting equipment, saltwater aquariums, chandeliers made with recycled wine bottles, jewelry cast from animal sex organs and possibly the best corned beef hash ever fried.

Read the rest of the story.

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7) Santa’s visit to Overlook House

Santa visited the Overlook House recently, bringing Holiday joy and merriment for children of all ages. Friends of the Overlook House wish to thank Fire Station 24 for delivering Santa by fire truck. Below are a few pictures of the fun. To see more, visit the flickr page.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email Update 12-5-14

1) Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck (Dec. 12)
2) Santa to visit Overlook House (Dec. 7)
3) North Portland Land Use Group meeting cancelled
4) Ockley Green Middle School’s backpack program for kids
5) 10th Birthday Celebration for North Portland Tool Library (Dec. 9)
6) New trees coming to North Portland

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1) Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck (Dec. 12)

Celebrate the holidays with your neighbors at the annual holiday potluck party. There will be plenty of holiday cheer to go around. Door prizes given out.

Please bring an entrée, side salad or dessert to share and lets socialize.  Dress casually.

Overlook Annual Holiday Party Potluck
Friday, Dec. 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Cohousing Common Room
2525 N Killingsworth St.

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2) Santa to visit Overlook House (Dec. 7)

Santa Claus will visit Overlook House on Sunday, Dec. 7. Come tell Santa what you want  for the holidays and have your picture taken. There will be face painting and other fun activities as well.

Santa Claus
Sunday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Overlook House
3839 N Melrose Dr.

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3) North Portland Land Use Group meeting cancelled

The December meeting of the North Portland Land Use Group has been canceled. The next meeting will be on Jan. 22. ‪The agenda is still being developed, but it will include tree code, design guidelines and more.

Happy Holidays! We’ll see you next year.

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4) Ockley Green Middle School’s backpack program for kids

Ockley Green Middle School is in need of food items for the backpack program for kids for weekends and holidays.  Right now we are sending home 300-350 pounds of food for the weekends weekly in 35 backpacks. At the holidays, we will attempt to send home closer to 1600 lbs.

Below are nine ways you can help the students. The most helpful (and often the most economical) way to buy for us is from Costco or from grocery stores in quantity (example: 10 boxes of crackers when they go on sale for a dollar or 8-packs of soup or Chili from Costco, etc).

For our holiday boxes we will be collecting food all the way up to Wednesday, Dec. 17. This will include fresh fruit, holiday treats, and bathroom tissue. Folks are welcome to drop them off at the Ockley Green office or send me an email if they would like to drop off larger quantities.

We will be packing 40 holiday boxes.

Here are 9 ways you can help support our local school the next time you go shopping.

  • Four jars of store brand peanut butter
  • Three boxes of granola bars
  • Five cans of tuna or chicken
  • Cans of chili or beef stew
  • Instant oatmeal packets
  • Bar soap
  • Dish soap
  • Deodorant

For more information and pickup please call or message Jill Hoddick at hoddick@up.edu or call 503-286-9803.

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5) 10th Birthday Celebration for North Portland Tool Library (Dec. 9)

Come support the North Portland Tool Library, where all sorts of tools are available to residents of our neighborhood. PAUSE is generously donating 25% of all food and beverage sales from 5-10pm to the North Portland Tool Library (NPTL) – so please eat and drink up!

10th Birthday Celebration for North Portland Tool Library
Tuesday, Dec. 9,  5-10 p.m.
PAUSE Kitchen & Bar
5101 N Interstate Ave, Portland

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6) New trees coming to North Portland (Dec. 20)

The lovely Omaha Boulevard between Killingsworth and Rosa Parks is getting some new trees, courtesy of the diligent organizational efforts of Arbor Lodge tree steward Liz Stevenson and Karl Dawson of the city’s Urban Forestry section of Parks & Rec.

Please join the planters. No experience in tree-planting necessary, tools will be provided. Coffee and other refreshments will also be provided!

 Tree planting
Saturday, Dec. 20, 9-11 a.m.
Gather at 6421 N Omaha

 

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 11-28-14

1) The Santas are coming! (Dec. 6)
2) Take a ride on the Holiday Express
3) Some local grocers to cease bottle redemption
4) Fourth annual adopt-a-neighbor program
5) Street fund, Residential income tax and business fee (Dec. 3 and 10)
6) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board meeting (Dec. 2)

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1) The Santas are coming! (Dec. 6)
The Santacon in North Portland, otherwise known as the NoPdx Anticon, takes place on Saturday, Dec. 6. As always, the starting point will be the Paul Bunyan statue at 12:30 p.m.

Hundreds of Santas will descend on our neighborhood. For more details, visit NoPdx Anticon website.

Santacon
Saturday, Dec. 6, 12:30 p.m.
Paul Bunyan Statue in Kenton

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2) Take a ride on the Holiday Express

Need to enjoy some family holiday fund? Maybe escape from rampaging Santas? Start off the holiday season with an adventure on board a holiday train!

The Holiday Express is a wonderful vintage steam engine.  It takes passengers on a holiday excursion, along the beautiful Oregon Pacific Railroad.

The family-friendly ride starts at Oaks Park Station, and is about 45 minutes long.  During the ride, Santa and his helpful elves make an appearance and visit passengers!

The Holiday Express is put on by the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation.  The foundation preserves Portland’s historic locomotives and railroad artifacts.  It provides education to the public about Oregon’s railroad history.

The Holiday Express train rides begin the day after Thanksgiving! Visit the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation’s website for more information.

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3) Some local grocers to cease bottle redemption

A whole new system for redeeming bottles and cans is coming to the Overlook Neighborhood. The new BottleDrop Redemption Center, located at 1176 N Hayden Meadows Dr., will open in mid-December. Several of the grocery store bottle rooms in our area will close due to participation in this new project.

For more information, visit the BottleDrop website.

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4) Fourth annual adopt-a-neighbor program

Overlook neighbors have shown amazingly selfless spirits the past three years, and REACH Resident Services is anxious to get the ball rolling for 2014. Families like those living at Patton Park Apartments (5272 N Interstate) often are left out of gift-giving and receiving due to the hardships of primarily focusing on meeting basic needs.

Through your donations of a new toy, clothing item or basic necessity (food, diapers, bus tickets), a sense of community and hope is restored. REACH Community Development’s Patton Park Apartments is home to more than 90 residents living below median income. We seek Overlook interested in adopting a neighbor for the holidays should contact Patricia Haggerty, REACH Resident Services Coordinator, at (503)546-1662, phaggerty@reachcdc.org.

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5) Street fund, Residential income tax and business fee (Dec. 3 and 10)

Portland City Council will consider amendments to the proposed Portland Street Fund at 10 a.m. Dec. 3. Council is expected to vote on the amended proposal on Dec. 10.

Commissioner Steve Novick will offer an amendment that would have the fund expire or “sunset” after six years without council action. Under the amendment, the residential income tax and non-residential fee would be charged for tax years 2015 through 2020. It would not be continued after tax year 2020 without action by city council or a vote of the public to extend it.

Another amendment will be offered to ensure that city funding for pavement maintenance in future years from non-Street Fund sources shall be no less than the amount of such funding from non-Street Fund sources currently allocated for fiscal 2014-15 if the street fund is approved by council. It would add to the city’s annual pavement maintenance budget relative to current spending, more than doubling the total amount spent each year.

Council invites public testimony on the amendments on Dec. 3. Testimony will be limited to the proposed amendments, however testimony on the entirety of the income tax, business fee and overall street fund proposal is welcomed in writing. Comments and questions may be sent to mailto:ourstreetspdx@portlandoregon.gov.

Learn more about the street fund and find updates at OurStreetsPDX.com and on Twitter at @PBOTinfo, and #ourstreetspdx.

Portland City Council Meeting
Wednesday, Dec.3, 10 a.m.
City Hall (1221 SW Fourth Ave.)

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6) Overlook Neighborhood Association Board meeting (Dec. 2)

Overlook Neighborhood Association regular board meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Overlook House

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 11-21-14

1) Santa to visit Overlook House (Dec. 7)
2) City utility oversight listening session (Nov. 24)
3) Pancake breakfast to support Roosevelt High School softball (Nov. 22)
4) Grants available for community watershed stewardship

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1) Santa to visit Overlook House (Dec. 7)

Santa Claus will visit Overlook House on Sunday, Dec. 7. Come tell Santa what you want  for the holidays and have your picture taken. There will be face painting and other fun activities as well.


Santa Claus
Sunday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Overlook House
3839 N Melrose Dr.

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2) City utility oversight listening session (Nov. 24)

A public meeting of the Portland Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission will be held on Monday, Nov. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room C, 2nd Floor, Portland Building, 1120 SW Fifth Avenue.

The purpose of the meeting is for the commission to hear from members of the public on recommendations that have been presented to city council by the commission regarding oversight and accountability of the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services. The Commission’s focus is on streamlining communications and transparency of the rate-making process. Members of the public and interested organizations are invited to come to share their views.

The draft recommendations and other commission resources can be found on Commissioner Fish’s website.

This location is ADA accessible. For more information, or if you have special needs and require special accommodation such as interpretation services, please contact Claudio Campuzano, City Budget Office, 503-823-6848. TDD: (503) 823-6868.

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3) Pancake breakfast to support Roosevelt High School softball (Nov. 22)

On Saturday, Roosevelt High School softball will host its inaugural Pancake Feed at Kenton Station Restaurant & Pub. In the spring, the varsity team softball team will travel to San Diego for the first time in school history.  All money raised will help support these outstanding student athletes to pay for that trip and cover other necessary items for this upcoming season.  The team relies on fundraising for 100 percent of its expenses, including travel expenses, gear and uniforms.

Pancake breakfast
Saturday, Nov. 22, 7:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Kenton Station Restaurant & Pub
8303 N Denver Ave.

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4) Grants available for community watershed stewardship

The Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) is accepting pre-applications for stewardship grants. The deadline to submit pre-applications is 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6. A grant review committee will then invite selected applicants to submit full applications in April.

CWSP provides stewardship grants of up to $10,000 for projects that help Portlanders make improvements in their neighborhoods and communities, while improving watershed health. Projects funded by CWSP grants include replacing pavement with native plants; adding plants and trees to neighborhoods; and cleaning up and restoring streams.

CWSP has scheduled three grant-writing workshops to answer questions and provide help writing applications:

Saturday, December 6, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue

Tuesday January 6, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Boulevard

Saturday January 17, 2014
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
St. Johns Library, 7510 N Charleston Ave

For help developing project ideas and putting together an application, contact CWSP Coordinator Rosa Lehman  at rosa.lehman@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7917 or go to http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/43077.

CWSP encourages applications for projects that involve the leadership and meaningful participation of people of color, immigrants, elders, youth, those with disabilities, low-income residents and other under-represented groups.

CWSP is a partnership between Environmental Services and Portland State University. Since it began in 1995, CWSP has granted more than $1 million for watershed projects and helped organize more than 40,000 volunteers to work on community projects.

For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 11-14-14

1) Overlook House holiday craft bazaar (Nov. 15-16)
2) Overlook Neighborhood Association Meeting (Nov. 18)
3) Office of Neighborhood Involvement budgeting (Nov 17)
4) Portland’s Saturday Farmers Market now open year round
5) Support the North Portland Tool Library at Pause (Dec. 9)

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1) Overlook House holiday craft bazaar (Nov. 15-16)

Shop for local, handmade gifts at this year’s Overlook House holiday craft bazaar this weekend. It’s a great opportunity to begin your holiday shopping in the neighborhood. More than 30 artisans and crafters will fill all three floors of the Overlook House. You will find it bursting with stocking stuffers as well as that perfect gift for someone special.

Several new vendors will join some old favorites. Items include scarves, quilts, tea towels, table covers, aprons, clothing, bath & body products, caramels, fruit spreads, jewelry (beaded, resin, button, upcycled), purses, reflective accessories, felt animals, cards, journals, photo prints, drawings & paintings, dolls, doll clothes, fairies, and more.

Stop by the dining room for delicious baked goods – both savory and sweet – prepared by your neighbors.

Do you have a favorite treat you would like to make and donate to the bake sale table? Bring them on Friday, Nov. 14, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., or on Saturday morning around 9 a.m. All proceeds go toward future programming at the Overlook House.

Overlook House holiday craft bazaar
Saturday, Nov. 15, 9-5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 16, 9-4 p.m.
Historic Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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2) Overlook Neighborhood Association Meeting (Nov. 18)

The monthly meeting of the Overlook Neighborhood Association will take place on Tuesday evening. Join your neighbors the hear about what’s going on in Overlook. This month’s meeting will include a CPR presentation by members of Station 8.

OKNA general meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave., across from Overlook Park)

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3) Office of Neighborhood Involvement budgeting (Nov 17)

It is budgeting time again!  The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) is starting its annual community process to review programs and to develop a budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16. In addition to budget deliberations ONI is into our fifth month of discussion about developing a funding equity strategy for our civic engagement programs.

ONI invites community partners and the general public to participate in this very important process at the next budget meeting.

ONI budget meeting
Monday, Nov. 17, 5:30 p.m.
Portland Building (1120 SW 5th Ave.)
Second floor, Room C

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4) Portland’s Saturday Farmers Market now open year round

The flagship Saturday market at Portland State University, located on the south Park Blocks in the heart of the PSU campus, previously operating mid-March through mid-December, will now remain open year-round.

This season, the Winter Market at PSU will be open every Saturday from Jan. 3 to Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Winter Market footprint will be one block, from Montgomery to Harrison, expanding back to the full two-block footprint in March, when it resumes its regular hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Two other markets will be open for Thanksgiving shopping this year – King Market on Sunday, Nov. 23 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) in NE Portland and Shemanski Park Market on Wednesday, Nov. 26 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) in downtown’s south park blocks.

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5) Support the North Portland Tool Library at Pause (Dec. 9)

Do you need a tool or two to complete a project around the house? The North Portland Tool Library, located in the historic Kenton Firehouse, probably has just what you’re looking for. This community resource survives thanks to the generous public support.

Pause Kitchen & Bar will dish up support for NPTL, a great community resource celebrating a decade of service to the community. The even t on Tuesday, Dec. 9 will feature delicious food and raffle drawings for items and gift cards from local businesses. Admission is free. Pause will donate 25 percent of all food and beverage sales from 5 to 10 p.m. to NPTL. Additional donation will be welcomed.

NPTL fundraiser at Pause
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 5-10 p.m.
Pause Kitchen & Bar (5101 N Interstate Ave.)

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 11-7-14

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting time changes
2) Overlook House holiday craft bazaar (Nov. 15-16)
3) Providence Bridge Pedal 2015 registration (Nov. 10)
4) Don’t worry if your water looks a little funny
5) New city tree code is coming
6) Get on your bike this winter

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1) Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting time changes

OKNA logoOur OKNA general meetings have a new time. Starting with the Tuesday, Nov. 18 meeting, the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. (Formerly meetings had begun at 7 p.m.) This time change occurs to meet requirements of our kind hosts at Kaiser Town Hall and will continue for future meetings. Don’t be late to find out what’s going on in your neighborhood.

OKNA general meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave., across from Overlook Park)

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2) Overlook House holiday craft bazaar (Nov. 15-16)

Shop for local, handmade gifts at this year’s Overlook House holiday craft bazaar next weekend. It’s a great opportunity to begin your holiday shopping in the neighborhood. More than 30 artisans and crafters will fill all three floors of the Overlook House. You will find it bursting with stocking stuffers as well as that perfect gift for someone special.

Several new vendors will join some old favorites. Items include scarves, quilts, tea towels, table covers, aprons, clothing, bath & body products, caramels, fruit spreads, jewelry (beaded, resin, button, upcycled), purses, reflective accessories, felt animals, cards, journals, photo prints, drawings & paintings, dolls, doll clothes, fairies, and more.

Stop by the dining room for delicious baked goods – both savory and sweet – prepared by your neighbors.

Do you have a favorite treat you would like to make and donate to the bake sale table? Bring them on Friday, Nov. 14, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., or on Saturday morning around 9 a.m. All proceeds go toward future programming at the Overlook House.

Overlook House holiday craft bazaar
Saturday, Nov. 15, 9-5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 16, 9-4 p.m.
Historic Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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3) Providence Bridge Pedal 2015 registration (Nov. 10)

Anticipation is building for next year’s Providence Bridge Pedal.  As part of the event’s 20th anniversary, TriMet has invited Providence Bridge Pedal to be the inaugural public event on the Willamette River’s newest bridge, Tilikum Crossing. The ride will take place Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015.

Riders on the 11-bridge, 9-bridge and 7-bridge routes will all bike across Tilikum crossing. The car-free upper decks of the Marquam and Fremont bridges will also be part of each ride.

Providence Bridge Striders will walk across the Marquam Bridge and Tilikum Crossing.

In response to anticipated high levels of interest, Providence Bridge Pedal 2015 registration begins on Monday, Nov. 3 at noon.  Find more details and register online.

To minimize congestion on Tilikum Crossing and to ensure all participants can finish their routes within the time limits required by event permits, registration will be limited.  Register early to make certain you, your family and friends will be part of the celebration.

Providence Bridge Pedal 2015
Registration begins Monday, Nov. 10 at noon.
Bridge Pedal ride occurs Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015
ProvidenceBridgePedal.org

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4) Don’t worry if your water looks a little funny

Leaves aren’t the only thing that changes color in Portland with the coming of fall. Sometimes the drinking water changes, too. You may notice slight color changes in your drinking water. Don’t panic! It’s normal – and harmless.

Heavy fall rains cause tannins (natural organic materials) to wash into streams that feed the Bull Run Watershed. Tannins do not change the quality of water, just the color. The Bull Run provides some of the world’s best drinking water.  Because it’s so high in quality, we do not need to heavily filter and treat our water – so the fall colors may show up in your faucet.

The Portland Water Bureau closely monitors our water systems.  It ensures that it meets all state and federal quality and safety regulations – providing you with the best water possible.

Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website for more information.

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5) New city tree code is coming

On Jan. 2, 2015, the Portland Bureau of Development Services and the Bureau of Parks and Recreation will implement elements of the Citywide Tree Policy Review and Regulatory Improvement Project (“Tree Project”) through a new Tree Program. To help city residents better understand the new rules, the city is hosting a series of training dates on different aspects of it. View the complete schedule online.

The tree-related regulations that the City of Portland administered prior to the implementation of the new tree code were adopted in a piecemeal manner over many years. The result was a patchwork of complex, inconsistent regulations that were difficult to understand, administer, and enforce. Community members complained that the City’s tree regulations were confusing and did not adequately preserve and protect trees, particularly large trees and tree groves. Developers found the tree regulations frustrating and difficult to meet. City staff also found the current rules frustrating and challenging to administer.

To address these concerns, the Citywide Tree Project was created. The Citywide Tree Project was a multi-bureau effort to examine the city’s current policies and regulations relating to trees.

Read the new tree code online.
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6) Get on your bike this winter

Let Portland By Cycle keep you active and on your bike all winter long. Just in time for the rainy weather, PBC is offering a free All-season cycling class on Thursday, Nov. 13, 6:30-8 p.m. at the PCC Climb Center. Attendees will learn:

Simple bike maintenance tips for winter including strategies for staying warm and dry without breaking the bank, bike handling techniques for wet weather, and more.

For some additional motivation for trying out your new skills, join PBC for the Coffee and Donuts Ride on Saturday, Nov. 15, 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting from Irving Park at NE Fremont and 7th Avenue.

This ride will be an easy paced loop with several stops along the way to refuel and is great for folks new to biking or new to the area. The approximately 14-mile route will follow mostly low-traffic streets and neighborhood greenways with some off-street paths. As always, the ride is free but helmets are required.

Be sure to bring your own cup for coffee and cash for snacks. As an added incentive, there will also be a free raffle at both the class and the ride.

All-season cycling class
Thursday, Nov. 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
PCC Climb Center (1626 SE Water Ave.)

Coffee and donuts ride
Sat. Nov. 15, 9:45-1 p.m.
Begins at Irving Park (NE Fremont Street at 7th Avenue)

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 10-31-14

1) Overlook Neighborhood Board Meeting (Nov. 4)
2) City leaf pickup service scheduled for some of Overlook (Dec. 5)
3) Daylight savings (Nov. 2) and a pedestrian sting (Nov. 5)
4) Madrona Hill Café applies for liquor license
5) Proposed city street tax and improvement projects (Nov. 5 & 20)
6) Willamette Speaks storytelling (Nov. 16)

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1) Overlook Neighborhood Board Meeting (Nov. 4)

OKNA logoThe Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at the Overlook House. All residents are welcome to attend and observe.

OKNA board meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7-9 p.m.
Overlook House, 3839 N Melrose Dr.

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2) City leaf pickup service scheduled for some of Overlook (Dec. 5)

The City of Portland’s annual Leaf Day Pickup Service begins on Sunday, Nov. 2, and extends through Dec. 17, offering a one- or two-day leaf collection and composting service in neighborhoods with mature trees. The Overlook Triangle (South of N Going Street) is scheduled for pickup Friday, Dec. 5

The Portland Bureau of Transportation urges all residents to keep streets and storm drains clear of leaves in the coming weeks to prevent slippery conditions and street flooding, which can occur when storm grates become clogged or when leaves are left in the street. PBOT asks residents to sweep up leaves as they fall and place them in yard debris roll carts for collection and composting.

Symphony 999 | Wikimedia Commons

Symphony 999 | Wikimedia Commons

The city’s leaf pickup service is provided to 30 designated leaf removal districts in neighborhoods whose high concentration of street trees need a higher level of service than residents’ and the city’s regular street cleaning operation can provide.

The Transportation Bureau composts all leaves that are picked up through the program at its Sunderland Recycling Facility. Last year, the Leaf Day service collected 12,681 cubic yards of leaves, turning them into 2,536 cubic yards of compost and zero waste.  One cubic yard is roughly the amount that can fill a small pickup truck.

Residents in leaf districts have received letters and brochures notifying them of the service, which costs $15 for the single-day pickup in Overlook. The letters also show how to opt out of the service for residents who wish to remove leaves themselves. The last day for opting out is Nov. 1.  People may verify their dates of service and find other information online. Residents with questions may call 503-865-LEAF (5323).

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3) Daylight savings (Nov. 2) and a pedestrian sting (Nov. 5)

Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, which means the clock turns back one hour and darkness arrives earlier in the afternoon. Don’t forget to fall back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night!

The city urges all travelers to be visible and look out for each other, especially as people adjust to the time switch and low light conditions of late fall and winter.

Drivers can do their part by driving at safe speeds and continuously scanning the environment for pedestrians and people on bicycles and being ready to stop as needed.

Bicyclists, by state law, must have a white front light and rear red reflector or red light at a minimum during “limited visibility conditions.”

Pedestrians are encouraged to be more visible by wearing retro-reflective wear, carrying a flashlight or blinking strobe, and investing in bright and contrasting outerwear

The City police and transportation bureaus are holding this month’s crosswalk enforcement action during the evening rush hour to reinforce the need for drivers to stop and stay stopped for pedestrians in the crossing at all times.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk enforcement action on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the intersection of N Lombard Street and N Leavitt Avenue to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Crosswalk enforcement actions involve a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people who are driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws.

Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation.

The N Lombard Street at N Leavitt Avenue crossing has a marked crosswalk (marked on one leg), curb extensions, and signage to alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians in the crossing.

Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus do enforcement actions about once each month in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about the Transportation Bureau’s safety work and pedestrian rights and responsibilities online.

Crosswalk enforcement
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4:30-6 p.m.
Lombard Street at N Leavitt Avenue

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4) Madrona Hill Café applies for liquor license

green-brown-logo-cropThe City of Portland received an application for a liquor license from Madrona Hill Café at 5937 N Greely Ave. View the complete application and comment on it online. Comments are due by Nov. 13.

For more information about the café, visit its website at madronahillcafe.com.

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5) Proposed city street tax and improvement projects (Nov. 5 & 20)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites the public to learn more about the Our Streets PDX transportation funding effort and provide comments at two upcoming public meetings.

Discussion of a transportation user fee was started earlier this year by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick. One study group analyzed how to lessen the impact of a transportation fee (and other City utilities) on low-income residents as well as non-profits and public institutions. Another study group consisted of leaders in the business community who considered how to refine the business and non-residential component of the fee.

Instead of a transportation user fee based on average daily trips, the workgroups recommended a personal income tax and a business flat fee. The workgroups’ full recommendation report is available at OurStreetsPDX.com.

An open house about the personal income tax, business fee and potential transportation improvement projects will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Carvlin Hall at St. Philip Neri Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave. Enter Carvlin Hall from the parking lot, which can be accessed from SE 16th Avenue or from SE Tamarack St. PBOT subject matter experts will be available to answer questions and the public is welcome to provide comments that will be forwarded to the City Council.

A City Council hearing and first reading on an ordinance for the funding effort will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, at City Council Chambers, 1221 SW Fourth Ave. A second reading and vote are expected in December.

Learn more at www.OurStreetsPDX.com. Ask questions or provide comments at ourstreetspdx@portlandoregon.gov. Talk about it on twitter using hashtag #ourstreetspdx or see @pbotinfo

Street fee information session
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Carvlin Hall at St. Philip Neri Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave.

Portland City Council street fee hearing and first reading
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m.
City Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Ave.

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6) Willamette Speaks storytelling (Nov. 16)

The Willamette Speaks Oral History project seeks to gather community wisdom and reconnect residents with the Willamette River through storytelling.

Stories from a native American perspective as well as others who worked and played on the lower Willamette. Superfund advisors will be on hand give updates. The event is free to the public and refreshments will be provided. More information can be found on their Facebook page.

Willamette speaks

 

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 10-24-14

1) Little Children’s Halloween Party (Oct. 31)
2) Overlook Village Business Association Halloween Crawl (Oct. 31)
3) North Portland is the most popular Sunday Parkway again
4) How dangerous is Overlook Neighborhood?
5) Adidas will sell Reebok
6) North Portland Tool Library Survey

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1) Little Children’s Halloween Party (Oct. 31)

Children aged 5 and younger can still have a spooky good time on Halloween. Join us with your little ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes at the Overlook House. We’ll have games, prizes, crafts, healthy snacks and disco-ball dancing!

The event is free, though donations will be gratefully accepted.

Helpers are still needed (and appreciated!) so email us (OverlookHouseEvents@gmail.com) if you can lend a hand decorating, helping during the event, bringing a snack, or cleaning up afterwards.

Friends of Overlook House is sponsoring the event for the children of Overlook Neighborhood.

Little Children’s Halloween Party
Halloween! Friday, Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m.
Overlook House, 3839 N Melrose Ave

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2) Overlook Village Business Association Halloween Crawl (Oct. 31)

Enjoy some Halloween trick-or-treating with children from 5-7 p.m. and with the over 21 crowd from 7-9 p.m. Pick up a passport at a participating business and visit each location for candy or specials to get your passport stamped. Once your passport is full, turn it in to any participating location for a chance to win a gift certificate from an Overlook Village Business Association business. Come enjoy some safe trick-or-treating fun in Overlook and support your local small businesses in the process! Hosted by the Overlook Village Business Association.

Halloween Crawl
Friday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. (kids) and 7-9 p.m. (21+)
N Killingsworth Street & N Greeley Avenue

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3) North Portland is the most popular Sunday Parkway again

Sunday ParkwayAnother year of Sunday Parkways is in the books, and once again the North Portland route is the most popular among bike riders, walkers, skaters and everyone else. About 31,100 people came out this year. The North Portland route this year passed through the Overlook Neighborhood and several other North Portland neighborhoods.

The Portland Sunday Parkways occur in each of the city’s five quadrants each summer. About 109,000 participants turned out for the five events.

Read the full 2014 Sunday Parkways Report online.

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4) How dangerous is Overlook Neighborhood?

GoLocalPDX crunched the numbers to find Portland’s most dangerous neighborhoods, and Overlook Neighborhood made the list … the bottom of the list. Overlook ranked 32nd out of 35 neighborhoods in a measure of calls to police, fire incidents and dangerous intersections. To put that another way, Overlook is the third safest on the list!

Read the full story at GoLocalPDX.

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5) Adidas will sell Reebok

The Wall Street Journal reports that Adidas will sell Reebok to a group of investors. Adidas has managed its Reebok arm from its campus in the Overlook Neighborhood, but the Portland Business Journal says that the deal will not have much effect locally. As of last year, Adidas employed about 850 people in Portland.

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6) North Portland Tool Library

Do you use the North Portland Tool Library? Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey about your experience using the North Portland Tool Library. On behalf of the City of Portland and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the library is participating in a research project to learn more about the impacts of tool-lending libraries. Your responses will be anonymous-and very helpful to this research.

Access the survey online by clicking here.

Please respond by October 28, if possible. We will have paper copies available at the Tool Library, this Saturday, if you prefer.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 10-17-14

1) OKNA meeting – Learn about this year’s ballot measures (Oct. 21)
2) Overlook Village Business Association Halloween Crawl (Oct. 31)
3) Portland Parks & Recreation Takes Over Management of Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
4) Bike lane improvements sought on Interstate Avenue
5) Crosswalk enforcement action (Oct. 22)

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1) OKNA meeting – Learn about this year’s ballot measures (Oct. 21)

Join your neighbors for the monthly Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting.

At this month’s meeting, election experts will answer questions about this year’s crop of ballot measures. Driver’s cards for undocumented immigrants, a top-two primary election sytem, legalized recreational marijuana, and more. Be an informed voter.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7-9 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building
3704 N Interstate Ave.

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2) Overlook Village Business Association Halloween Crawl (Oct. 31)

Enjoy some Halloween trick-or-treating with children from 5-7 p.m. and with the over 21 crowd from 7-9 p.m. Pick up a passport at a participating business and visit each location for candy or specials to get your passport stamped. Once your passport is full, turn it in to any participating location for a chance to win a gift certificate from an Overlook Village Business Association business. Come enjoy some safe trick-or-treating fun in Overlook and support your local small businesses in the process! Hosted by the Overlook Village Business Association.

Halloween Crawl
Friday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. (kids) and 7-9 p.m. (21+)
N Killingsworth Street & N Greeley Avenue

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3) Portland Parks & Recreation Takes Over Management of Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

For the past four years, Portland Parks & Recreation and Ethos, Inc., a non-profit music-focused arts organization, have partnered with other local multi-cultural arts organizations to operate the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC), located at 5340 N Interstate Avenue. Effective Dec. 31, Ethos will return general management responsibilities of the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center to the City of Portland. Per Ethos’ mission, Ethos’ board and staff have agreed to redirect resources to low-income kids living in underserved communities in Oregon. Portland Parks & Recreation will assume management responsibilities at IFCC moving forward.

The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center is a former firehouse that has been renovated into an arts facility consisting of a dance studio, art galleries, and a theatre, all of which are ADA accessible. Since 1982, the IFCC facility has provided a venue for multicultural arts programming in Portland. Over the years, IFCC has served as an art and cultural center, a theatre, an event space, a summer camp location, a community center, an after-school program facility, a gallery space, a dance studio, a venue for performing artists, and an educational facility for the arts.

Find out more about the Interstate Cultural Center and these changes.

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4) Bike lane improvements sought on Interstate Avenue

larrabeeThe share of people who bike from North Portland is lower than many other places in Portland because one of the most direct routes to Southeast Portland and parts of downtown is Interstate Avenue which has a ‘pinch point’ between Tillamook and the Broadway Bridge.

Blake Goud and Ted Buehler sent a letter to Commissioner Novick, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat and Mayor Charlie Hales asking for simple changes to improve safety and for further study into longer-term solutions for this key connection for people who live in North Portland. OKNA has endorsed this request!

To see the changes proposed, please visit their website or email Blake at blake.goud@gmail.com. The best way to help is to request specific changes from the letter by calling 503-823-SAFE or emailing safe@portlandoregon.gov.

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5) Crosswalk enforcement action (Oct. 22)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people who are driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws.

Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation.

Crosswalk enforcement action
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:30-9 a.m.
N Lombard Street at N Leavitt Avenue

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 10-10-14

1) Help conserve Overlook green space (Oct. 19)
2) Daimler’s construction on Swan Island
3) Share your thoughts about the Portland Water Bureau (Oct. 16)
4) Grants available for neighborhood conservation
5) Portland City Council to review transportation funding options (Oct. 13)

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1) Help conserve Overlook green space (Oct. 19)

oakShow your support for the environment in Overlook by joining Friends of Overlook Bluff (FOOB) at its fall work party at the Overlook Bluff Oak Savanna (meadow) on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The oak savanna/meadow in the 3900 block of N. Overlook Terrace is home to a gigantic Heritage Oregon white oak tree that shelters deer, birds and other wildlife.  FOOB is commitment to conserving and restoring the native plants and environment of this special place, an environmental gem in our neighborhood.

FOOB has received a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods grant to help acquire this property from the private owner and thus save it from development.  We need the support of Overlook residents to make this a reality,  Our neighborhood’s stewardship of the property is an important part of demonstrating that we value this open space.

Participants on Oct. 18 will have an opportunity to learn about the oak savanna environment from Jim Schiller, Bureau of Environmental Services Revegetation Specialist, who will oversee the project and share his expertise and energy.

Please join FOOB in caring for native plant beds, planting more native shrubs and grasses, and getting to know this site, which will be a public natural area if FOOB can raise the necessary matching funds for the Metro grant.

This event is sponsored by SOLVE. Please register online in advance.

For more information, visit the Friends of Overlook Bluff Facebook page and the group’s website.

Meadowscaping on Overlook Terrace (map)
Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Register online.

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2) Daimler’s construction on Swan Island

Have you heard the pounding coming from Swan Island every day? That’s the sound of pylons being set for Daimler Trucks North America’s new corporate headquarters. The folks there were kind enough to share this rendering of what the building will look like when it’s done.

Daimler

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3) Share your thoughts about the Portland Water Bureau (Oct. 16)

A public meeting of the City of Portland’s Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, 6-8:30 p.m. in the Portland Building, Room C, 2nd Floor.

The purpose of the meeting is for the Blue Ribbon Commission to hear from members of the public on draft recommendations by the commission regarding oversight and accountability of the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services. The Commission’s focus is on streamlining communications and transparency of the rate-making process. Members of the public and interested organizations are invited to come to share their views.

Commission resources can be found on Commissioner Fish’s website.

Draft recommendations and agenda will be available on the website prior to the meeting.

This location is ADA accessible. For more information, or if you have special needs and require special accommodation such as interpretation services, please contact Claudio Campuzano, City Budget Office, 503-823-6848. TDD: (503) 823-6868.

Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission public listening session
Thursday, Oct. 16, 6-8:30 p.m.
Portland Building
Room C
Second Floor
1120 SW Fifth Avenue

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4) Grants available for neighborhood conservation

Education grants

Do you have an idea to connect people with nature? Teach people about water quality, fish and wildlife habitat or to support healthier communities? A conservation education grant from Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods program could help your program grow.

Small grants up to $25,000 and large grants up to $100,000 are available for projects that connect neighborhoods with nature. A wide variety of projects can fit the bill, such as nature education for school-aged children, job training or internships for nature-based careers, or building capacity for groups to connect their communities to nearby natural areas.

How to apply

Click here to learn more about the conservation education grants and fill out a simple application by Jan. 13, 2015.

To learn more and ask questions, attend a grant workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 at Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland. Or contact the grants coordinator, Crista Gardner, at Crista.Gardner@oregonmetro.gov.

Capital Grants

Have ideas on how to make nature thrive in your neighborhood, park, school or city? Apply for a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods capital grant to help make your vision a reality. These grants are funded by the voter-approved 2006 natural areas bond measure and support efforts to preserve or enhance natural features and habitats that will benefit communities now and for generations to come. Grants fund only capital investments, but a wide variety of projects can fit the bill such as property acquisition, integrating habitat in urban redevelopment projects, restoring a degraded stream or helping your neighborhood become a place for people to interact with nature.  Grant requests can range from $50,000 up to $750,000 with $2.25 million available in the 2015 review cycle.

How to apply

Click here to learn more about the capital grants, get a copy of the handbook and see all the Nature in Neighborhood Capital Grants that have been funded to date.

Need help?

Contact Mary Rose Navarro at 503-797-1781 or maryrose.navarro@oregonmetro.gov to discuss your idea, get advice on project planning, connect with potential partners and hear lessons learned from successful projects.

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5) Portland City Council to review transportation funding
options (Oct. 13)

The Portland City Council will discuss the Our Streets PDX transportation funding approaches recommended by two workgroups at a work session at 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13 in City Council Chambers.

The work session will be the first opportunity for council to review the workgroup recommendations. No decisions will be made at the work session. Public comments may be submitted in writing to TUF_Administrator@portlandoregon.gov. A first reading of a transportation funding proposal is currently scheduled during the Nov. 12 regular Council meeting.

The workgroups’ recommendations were published on Sept. 26 and are available at www.ourstreetspdx.com. The report summarizes areas of agreement and differences. Additional details of a funding proposal will be refined by Council in the coming weeks.

Areas of agreement by workgroup members include the following: our transportation system needs more resources, impacts on low-income residents should be minimized, and new transportation funds should be spent on prioritized maintenance and safety needs. The workgroups also recommend funding mechanisms that collect revenue from businesses through a fee correlated with transportation use and from residents through an income tax.

Consensus was not reached on the following four areas:

  • Safety and maintenance split: Some workgroup members support allocating 50 percent of funds to maintenance and 50 percent to safety (e.g. sidewalks, crossing improvements, etc.). Some support a higher percentage for maintenance.
  • Residential income tax rates: For the highest income residents, workgroup members considered three cap options at either $20 a month for taxpayers making over $250,000 (annual gross income for 2-person, joint filers), $100 a month for taxpayers making over $500,000 (annual gross income for 2-person, joint filers), or $200 a month for taxpayers making over $500,000 (annual gross income for 2-person, joint filers). Since all options are designed to raise the same amount of money, a higher cap for high-income people translates to lower taxes for some people with lower incomes, while a lower cap for high-income people translates to higher taxes for some people with lower incomes.
  • Sunset: Some support automatically ending the program after six years of implementation, unless it is approved by voters at that time. Some support referring it only if an oversight committee and the city council decide to refer it, after six years.
  • Reallocating current City resources: Many workgroup members supported a reallocation of additional City general fund resources. Some recommend increasing the share of Utility License Fee revenue to transportation.

Web Site Update

At the www.ourstreetspx.com web site, the public can learn more about transportation funding. The web site has been updated with three two-page summaries describing the planned investments in preventive maintenance, plus safety and maintenance on busy streets and residential streets.

Background

Public involvement in the Our Streets PDX funding effort began in January, when the Transportation Needs and Funding Advisory Committee was formed to advise Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick. In the months since, PBOT held nine town hall meetings, conducted two public opinion surveys, convened advisory committees and gave staff presentations at more than a dozen neighborhood coalition and business group meetings.

A Business Workgroup and a Nonprofit and Low-Income Workgroup were both formed in July to provide additional input from stakeholders. Throughout the summer, committee and workgroup members met to review the Transportation User Fee proposed in May and to provide feedback on alternative residential and business funding mechanisms. The members represent diverse interests from across Portland, including neighborhoods, businesses, low-income residents, community organizations and public institutions.

For more information, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

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