OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 8-22-2014

1) Bluegrass concert/BBQ for Beach School (8/23)
2) Movie and Costume Contest in Overlook Park (deadline 8/27)
3) Overlook NET Meeting: Newcomers Welcome! (9/4)
4) Free Earthquake Classes from Bureau of Emergency Mgmt (9/17 & 18)
5) Water Bureau Seeks Input re: Boil Water Alert
6) Concerned About Demolitions and Development?
7) TriMet Service Enhancement Announcement

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1) Bluegrass concert/BBQ for Beach School (8/23)

Local bluegrass band, The Loafers, will play at The Overlook House Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.

5-9 PM (band will play from 6-8:30).

Historic Overlook House: 3839 N Melrose Drive.

The Beach School Fundraising Committee is hosting this family-friendly event: a free concert with concessions (beer, wine and food) being sold to benefit Beach School.

Please come join us and support Beach School!

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2) Movie and Costume Contest in Overlook Park (deadline 8/27)

Don’t miss the showing of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark at Overlook Park on Sunday of Labor Day weekend (8/31). At 7:00, OKNA will hold a Costume Contest (for 18 years & under). Kids can dress as any character from the film. They will be judged in three groups: 5 years and younger, 6-12 years and 13-18. All contestants will win a prize. The top three winners will get – first prize: a 27" x 40" Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie poster; second prize: "Pizza School" at Pinky’s Pizzeria; third prize: a New Seasons gift certificate.

Participation is limited, so make sure the child or parent registers soon–the deadline is 8/27. Email child’s name, age and contact number to movie@overlookneighborhood.org. For more information, read our article in the Fall 2014 issue of the "Overlook Views" newsletter. http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/news

And, if you’re planning to attend our event, consider wearing a fedora or proper adventurer’s wear yourself. Sorry, no prizes for adults. Just some fun and satisfaction of enjoying the last days of summer in proper fashion!

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3) Overlook NET Meeting: Newcomers Welcome! (9/4)

Speaking of preparedness (yes we were!), it’s about time for the…..

Overlook NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team) quarterly meeting

Thursday, September 4th

6:30-8pm

Lucky Lab Tap Room, 1700 N Killingsworth @ Concord

This is an invitation to anyone living in (or near!) the Overlook neighborhood. Some of us have gone through the NET training (and we encourage others to do so). But, if not, we’re thrilled to have more neighbors involved. ‘Cause that’s how we’re going to weather whatever storms find us. So bring a friend, too.

Our main order of business will be discussing the Overlook Operations (‘Ops’) Plan, which, yes, that would be the OOP. 13 other neighborhoods have submitted drafts already; we need to start pulling one together for us. My guess is that ‘Ops Plan Changes’ will be a standing agenda item for some time. We’ll try to get a draft out a few days in advance.

Co-Captain Mitch Bixby’s interest leans towards developing our radio networks. While this falls under the Ops Plan, there’s been quite a lot of motion around wireless communication, so this might be another topic of discussion. That also relates to non-disaster communication and outreach, which could be a third agenda item.

If you would like to see other agenda items, please send them to Mitch at travelmoretoo@gmail.com

Let us know if you think you’ll be joining us, and, of course, if there are any questions.

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4) Free Earthquake Classes from Bureau of Emergency Mgmt (9/17 & 18)

Do you know what to do before an earthquake to make your home more resilient? If not, register for PBEM’s two free classes:

Wednesday, Sept. 17 – Don’t get smooshed

Thursday, Sept. 18 – How it shakes out at home

Register & information: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/article/499940

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5) Water Bureau Seeks Input re: Boil Water Alert

In late May of this year the Portland Water Bureau sent a drinking water advisory (boil water notice) to customers telling them to boil their drinking water because of potential contamination.

While the Water Bureau is always working to keep our drinking water safe, we would also like to improve how we communicate important information to you in an emergency situation.

We want to hear from you about your experience during the drinking water advisory in May. Please go to the link below and complete a short survey. The survey will ask you how you received information and advice on what to do during the incident.

We will use this information to improve the way we communicate with you and other community members in the future.

Please click on the link below to complete the online survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PortlandDrinkingWaterAdvisory

For more information or if you have questions, please contact:

Portland Water Bureau Water Line

503-823-7525

www.portlandoregon.gov/water

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6) Concerned About Demolitions and Development?

Demolition/Development Summit II:

United Neighborhood Associations for Reform

Despite initiatives advanced by individual neighborhood associations or small groups of neighborhood associations that have resulted in a number of homes being spared from destruction, as well as modest reform from the Bureau of Development Services in the area of demolition notification, the demolition/development “epidemic” continues to roar along. The Comprehensive Plan Update is one avenue toward substantive, long-term reform, but the final product is months, maybe years away. Meanwhile, developers transform our neighborhoods, seemingly without regard to character and heritage. Given the immediacy and urgency of the problem, prompt building code reform is essential.

If you are concerned about these issues and would like to represent Overlook in this Summit II, please contact us for more information. info@OverlookNeighborhood.org

Premise: Strength is numbers

Objective: Follow-up meeting to last spring’s Summit I for the purpose of collectively drafting a building code reform proposal to present to City Council

Rationale: Demolition/Development epidemic warrants Council’s urgent action

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7) TriMet Service Enhancement Announcement

Starting Sunday, August 31, we’re adjusting schedules on various bus lines and MAX.  Enhancements include more weekday evening trips on frequent service bus lines, more buses for reduced crowding and schedule changes for improved on-time reliability. Please check the new schedule to see how these changes may affect your trips on TriMet.

See what’s changing and view the new schedule for your line(s)

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 8-15-2014

 

Safety Alert Update: The suspect in two assaults in Overlook this past week has been arrested and charged with multiple crimes. You can read about the result here: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/08/suspect_in_overlook_neighborho.html

Why attend your neighborhood block party or OKNA event (Neighborhood Picnic! Movie in the Park!)?
“These events are a fantastic way to get people out into their neighborhoods,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “A united neighborhood strengthens the fabric of community — critical for safety and prosperity.”
We all do better together. Get together with your neighbors soon!

1) This Week! OKNA Picnic: Tuesday, August 19th
2) Overlook House Holiday Bazaar
3) The Willamette Speaks Oral History storytelling event (8/23)
4) Bluegrass concert/BBQ for Beach School (8/23)
5) Overlook Views Delivery Heroes: Thank You!
6) OLCC Notice of Liquor License Application
7) Comp Plan Conversation/Explanation (8/22 & 8/26)
8) The Tour de Lab bicycle ride (9/7)

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1) This Week! OKNA Picnic: Tuesday, August 19th

Join your neighbors for our annual summer gathering, held this year at the new Atomic Pizza location at 1936 N Killingsworth (@ N Denver Ave). Owners Jenna and Bill have arranged a buffet spread for us to choose from, at $8 per person. Expect varied slices of pizza, including vegan options, green and spinach salads, cookies/sweets and fountain soft drinks. Beer, wine, bottled sodas and Ruby Jewel ice cream will be available for purchase.

Come see the newly remodeled space and meet your neighbors in the beautiful gardens!

WHAT: OKNA Picnic
WHEN: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Atomic Pizza, 1936 N Killingsworth @ Denver Ave
WHY: To get together with neighbors and enjoy a natter over dinner; come meet someone new!

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2) Overlook House Holiday Bazaar

Plans are underway for the Overlook House Holiday Bazaar November 15 and 16.

We are seeking interested vendors who sell handmade, crafted items. For information to become a vendor please contact us at OverlookHouseEvents@gmail.com with the word BAZAAR in the subject line.

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3) The Willamette Speaks Oral History storytelling event (8/23)

We often see it and cross it, but do we appreciate the lower Willamette River? Do we see it’s uniqueness and vital connection to our community both past and present, or recognize it as the commons? The Willamette Speaks Oral History sponsored by the superfund community advisory group seeks to reconnect community members with the lower 11 miles on the river through storytelling. The first of three storytelling events will explore the river as the commons and will feature three speakers. Superfund advisors will also be on hand to answer questions about the clean up, and offer avenues for feedback to the EPA and local leaders.

The Willamette Speaks Storytelling
August 23, Saturday
6:30 to 8:30pm
BES Water Lab, 6543 N. Burlington on the St. Johns waterfront
FREE – all are welcome!
Light refreshments, Starbuck’s coffee, tea, juice, available

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4) Bluegrass concert/BBQ for Beach School (8/23)

Local bluegrass band, The Loafers, will play at The Overlook House Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.

5-9 PM (band will play from 6-8:30) at Historic Overlook House: 3839 N Melrose Drive.

The Beach School Fundraising Committee is hosting a family-friendly event at the Overlook House in North Portland the evening of August 23rd. It’s a free concert with concessions (beer, wine and food) being sold to benefit Beach School.

Please come join us and support Beach School!

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5) Overlook Views Delivery Heroes: Thank You!

In my usual rush to complete the last newsletter and include everything, I forgot one of the most important items: My deep thanks to all the Overlook neighbors who have volunteered their time and shoe leather to deliver your neighborhood newsletter to you.

As often as every other month, the Delivery Heroes take a route of 100 or more papers and drop one to every residence and business possible in Overlook. This dedication has kept the print edition of Overlook’s important events in everyone’s hands, whether they have internet or not.

More importantly, these are neighbors practicing what we all preach, getting out and meeting people face to face. I think this has contributed immensely to the sense of community we enjoy and Delivery Heroes regularly tell me how much they enjoy being of service to Overlook in this way.

A friend and I were recounting delivery stories this week, and noticing how turning up on someone’s doorstep can illicit a combative first impression, but as soon as they see that neighborhood newsletter, it’s all smiles and usually a new friend.

Thank you, all of you over the years, for your rain or shine delivery duties and an extra tip of the cap to the Delivery Coordinators who have kept the routes covered and made it easy for everyone to volunteer: Alan Cranna and Carol Cushman are Delivery Heroes too!

Fondly, Michelle

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6) OLCC Notice of Liquor License Application

The OLCC has received an application for a Full On-Premises Sales license and an Off-Premises Sales license for Milk Glass Mkt. The proposed business will be located in the space that was previously licensed as Atomic Pizza.

A holder of a Full On-Premises Sales license may sell by the drink (including tastings) of wine, malt beverages, cider, and distilled liquor for consumption at the business. The license holder may also allow a patron to remove a partially consumed bottle of wine from the premises is the wine was served in conjunction with a meal. The license also allows the "to go" sale of malt beverages, wine, and cider in securely covered containers with a capacity of two gallons or less provided by the consumer (commonly called growlers).

The Off-Premises Sales license will allow the holder to also sell factory sealed containers of malt beverages, wine, or cider for consumption off the licensed premises.

The legal hours for alcohol sales are 7:00 to 2:30 AM all days. The applicant’s proposed hours of operation are:

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sunday- Thursday; and 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.

The proposed business has indoor table seating for approximately 28 patrons, plus outdoor sidewalk café seating for 22 patrons. The applicant will need to obtain a City of Portland Sidewalk Cafe Permit for sidewalk cafe seating. The applicant is not proposing to offer entertainment.

If you would like to provide factual information to the OLCC regarding this application, please send your written response to this request by the end of the day on August 29th, 2014 .

You can send your response by email to dan.mcneal@state.or.us or by mail to:

Dan McNeal, License Investigator c/o OLCC
P.O. Box 22297
Portland OR 97269-2297

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7) Comp Plan Conversation/Explanation (8/22 & 8/26)

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s new Comprehensive Plan Map App is online (http://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/cpmapp2/). If you’ve taken a look at it or perused the draft Comprehensive Plan, you may have some questions about how it might affect your property, your neighborhood, or Portland. You can call the helpline at 503-823-0195 with any questions or you can drop in at these locations on the listed dates to talk to Leslie Lum, the North District Planner.

8/22 at Kenton Library (8226 N Denver Ave) 12-2 p.m.
8/26 at Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon Ave) 4:30-7 p.m.

Do you know what to do before an earthquake to make your home more resilient? If not, we want to tell you! PBEM is offering two free classes in September in partnership with Oregon Emergency Management and Metro. Please share with your networks and sign up soon before they fill up!

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/article/499940

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8) The Tour de Lab bicycle ride (9/7)

The annual Tour de Lab ride is an annual community bicycle ride and fundraising event benefiting Dove Lewis, Portland’s only 24 hour emergency care animal hospital. The route comes through the Overlook Neighborhood.

Tour de Lab will take place on September 7, 2014, and the start/finish line is at the Lucky Labrador Brewing Company 915 SE Hawthorne and includes the three other Lucky Labrador locations as rest stops at 7675 SW Capitol Hwy and 1945 NW Quimby and 1700 N. Killingsworth. This whimsical dog-themed community bike ride is wacky fun with a costume contest and dog-themed treats at all locations en route.

Here are the links to the ride routes:

The Big Dog: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1321352
The Puppy: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1315045

To assist in the safety of congregated bike riders at the start/finish and at the rest stops, there will be one 1-block street closure in the North Portland neighborhood by the Killingsworth Lucky Lab Taproom from 9am-3pm, there will be a closure of N. Concord St. between N. Willamette Blvd and N. Killingsworth St. We will have amplified sound at controlled levels for music and announcements as well as beer allowed at the finish line from the Lucky Lab SE on SE 9th Ave between SE Hawthorne and SE Madison.

We anticipate approximately 1200 riders to participate. All riders agree to share the road and follow normal rules of the road for cyclists, and emphasis is given in ride promotions and materials on the importance of respecting other users of road and trail and following all rules for shared usage.

Thank you for your cooperation! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Tonya Oyala – Good Sport Promotion | 503.459.4508

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 8-08-2014

 

1) OKNA Picnic: Tuesday, August 19th

2) N Williams Traffic Open House (8/12)

3) Communications Positions Open

4) Seaport Celebration Registration Open!

5) PSU Traffic and Transportation Course

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1) OKNA Picnic: Tuesday, August 19th

Join your neighbors for our annual summer gathering, held this year at the new Atomic Pizza location at 1936 N Killingsworth (@ N Denver Ave). Owners Jenna and Bill have arranged a buffet spread for us to choose from, at $8 per person. Expect varied slices of pizza, including vegan options, green and spinach salads, cookies/sweets and fountain soft drinks. Beer, wine, bottled sodas and Ruby Jewel ice cream will be available for purchase.

Come see the newly remodeled space and meet your neighbors in the beautiful gardens!

WHAT: OKNA Picnic
WHEN: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Atomic Pizza, 1936 N Killingsworth @ Denver Ave
WHY: To get together with neighbors and enjoy a natter over dinner; come meet someone new!

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2) N Williams Traffic Open House (8/12)

Major changes to improve safety for all travelers are coming this fall to North Williams Avenue, a corridor that serves a growing neighborhood as well as being a popular commuting route for vehicles, bicycles and transit between downtown and North Portland. 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will preview the N Williams Traffic Safety and Operation Project’s new street design and construction plans at an open house August 12th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 2926 N Williams Ave. 

The project was developed in 2012 after a 16-month public involvement process that addressed community concerns over development and traffic safety.   A$1.5 million grant received in 2013 from the Oregon Department of Transportation is funding the improvements, which will extend from NE Broadway to N Killingsworth Street.

The project creates a new street design that eliminates one travel lane and provides a new, buffered bicycle lane on the left side of the street to reduce conflicts with buses; improves crosswalks for pedestrian safety, reduces the speed limit and also creates a new traffic signal at the busy N Cook Street intersection.

Construction is anticipated to begin in early September and be completed within three months.  Construction mainly consists of restriping the street and crosswalks, installing curb extensions, and the traffic signal.   More details are available at northwilliamssafety.org, and this map.

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3) Communications Positions Open

It’s been suggested that I have not been as clear as possible here: There will be no more newsletter, website, Facebook or Nextdoor postings for OKNA after September 15. Your OKNA Communications Chair is retiring and we are looking for people interested in sharing OKNA news with neighbors. We need help in the following areas; please consider taking on a satisfying project that will teach you about the internal workings of our city government and give you a chance to directly and positively impact your neighborhood!

Website: The website content is up to date but the template could use some updating. This position should be held by someone familiar with WordPress, who is willing to keep the site updated and secured. Most work is done in the WordPress dashboard but the webmaster should be familiar with the back end works as well. OKNA maintains several email accounts (with forwards) that this person should also assist with. We recommend having multiple content managers.

Facebook: Topping 600+ members, the OKNA Facebook page would be well served by having several administrators who can post to the page. The page is well connected with information for ‘shares’. Of you 600, are there 3 or 4 who’d help out with sharing posts and updates?

NextDoor: Similar to Facebook, but private, this social media site has an active constituency. OKNA could benefit from one person posting OKNA information (meetings etc) to the group. This group is not run by OKNA, we should just contribute there.

Newsletter: Our quarterly print newsletter needs a new coordinator to maintain contact with the OKNA board and community members to share Overlook news. This job can be done by multiple people, if they’ll coordinate. See past issues here: http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/news/

Please contact us at info@OverlookNeighborhood.org or come meet us at a meeting, the picnic, movie in the park or other OKNA event soon!

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4) Seaport Celebration Registration Open!

Pre-registration is now open for THE event of the summer. On Saturday, August 16, the gates of Terminal 4 will open up to the general public for Seaport Celebration. Explore the working waterfront by welding with a professional welder, perusing the Industry & Art exhibition, taking a $10 jetboat ride or listening to the tunes of Recess Monkey. Admission and parking are free, so register today!

Seaport Celebration
Saturday, August 16
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Terminal 4
11040 N. Lombard Street
Portland, OR 97203
Event details
http://www.portofportland.com/Mar_Sprt_Clbrtn.aspx

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5) PSU Traffic and Transportation Course

A Portland State University course sponsored by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation

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.

Registration is now OPEN for fall 2014 class. 

Over 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.

What:    A 10-week course sponsored by PBOT and PSU’s Urban Studies Program
When:   Fall Term 2014, (10/2/14 – 12/4/14).  Thursday evenings, 6:40 – 8:40 pm. 
Where:  Portland State University Campus. (Two classes take place at Portland Building, check course outline for details) 
Who:     Designed for the neighborhood activist, new or experienced, who wants to make a difference in traffic and transportation issues in Portland.
Application Due:  September 1st, 2014.

MORE information at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/35727

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 8-01-14

1) Expanded Overlook Village Street Fair Tomorrow! (8/2)
2) Ice Cream Social at the Overlook House (8/3)
3) School Supplies Popsicle Sale at Patton Square Park (8/6)
4) OKNA Picnic: Tuesday, August 19th
5) Parking Discussion Group Forming
6) OLCC Customer Service Survey
7) Check Your Zoning on the Comp Plan Draft Map
8) Communications Positions Open

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1) Expanded Overlook Village Street Fair Tomorrow! (8/2)

KICK IT UP! On North Killingsworth Street
Overlook Village Soccer Celebration & Street Fair: August 2, 2014 from 11am-4pm

Enjoy live Music, 3-on-3 Soccer Tournament, Dog Costume Contest, Classic Car Show, and Discounts at Local Businesses.

Events take place between Gay and Concord Streets on North Killingsworth.

Coupon Books available at area businesses & included discounts for all!

Along with the soccer tournament; four live bands, the ever-popular dog costume contest, classic car show, knit-along, food, vendors and special offers and discounts at participating Overlook Village businesses are all part of the celebration.
Several restaurants and bars will also have MLS All-Star game viewing parties on August 6th.

See you tomorrow at the Kick It Up! Street Fair of the Season!

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2) Ice Cream Social at the Overlook House (8/3)

Sunday, August 3rd 6:00PM at the Overlook House is our always fun annual Ice Cream Social. This year Home Made Ice Cream is provided thanks to Lovely’s Fifty / Fifty.  Bring your favorite summertime hat, meet your neighbors, and enjoy some great Home Made Ice Cream. There will be activities for kids too. As last year, we will have a raffle and some great door prizes.

Annual Neighborhood Raffle benefiting the Overlook House

This year’s Raffle is better than ever ! !  Nine Great Prizes, worth over $1,800. — Prizes include:

iPad – Full Size ($529.00) WiFi & 4G & Bluetooth Capable, 9.7” Retina Display, HD Camera

Treat Yourself to Massage, Facial, and Dinner ($185.00 Value) Blue Sky Spa, Into Eden Facial, North Light Restaurant

Romantic Outing ($138.00) Tesoaria – Local Vineyard & Winery, Portland Japanese Garden, Lan Su Chinese Garden, North Light Restaurant

Por Que Para Quatro ($100.00) Dinner, Drinks, and Dessert for four at Por Que No

Boise Beervana  ($140.00) Ecliptic, Lompoc 5th Quadrant, Hub: Bike Bar, Widmer

Local Food Choices – at home or out ($150.00) Lovely’s Fifty/Fifty, New Seasons Market, Pause Restaurant

Kids Like to Play  ($205.00) Coffee Kids Family Game Package, OMSI, Black Wagon, Mississippi Pizza

Beech St Cart Pod  ($60.00) Gabagool, Döner Haus, Tiffin Asha, Moberi

A Bit of Everything  ($131.00 Value) Fresh Pot, Ristretto Roasters, Happy House, Silver Moon Creperie, Pistils Nursery, Spoke & Vine

All proceeds will benefit the Overlook House.  You can buy a chance to WIN for only a dollar, or you can get a lucky 7 tickets for only five bucks.  Financiers will be fond of 20 tickets for ten dollars, and serious investors will prefer 50 chances to WIN for only twenty bucks.  Your odds of winning are a gazillion times better than the lottery, and you don’t need to be at the drawing to WIN.  You can buy tickets from your neighbors: Greg duFour & Marcella McGee, Mary Ellen Baldauff, Barbara Brooks, Carol Cushman, Jane Finch-Howell, Carl Brenden, Michelle Hylland, Jay Hunt, Dawn Barry-Griffin, Kathy Murphy, or Molly Brady.  Or call the Overlook House at (503) 208-7312.  Drawing will be at the Ice Cream Social in the backyard of the Overlook House, Sunday evening, August 3rd, from 6:00 to 8:00.  Good Luck ! !

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3) School Supplies Popsicle Sale at Patton Square Park (8/6)

This Wednesday, residents of the Patton Park Apartments are selling popsicles and ice cream treats to raise funds for their school supplies.

The sale takes place on Wednesday August 6th from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm in Patton Square Park and coincides with our National Night Out Celebration.

Residents at Patton Park are in need of donations to purchase supplies to support their ice cream sales. If anyone is interested in donating please contact Resident Services Coordinator Patricia Haggerty at 503-546-1662 or PHaggerty@reachcdc.org
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4) OKNA Picnic: Tuesday, August 19th

Join your neighbors for our annual summer gathering, held this year at the new Atomic Pizza location at 1936 N Killingsworth (@ N Denver Ave). Owners Jenna and Bill have arranged a buffet spread for us to choose from, at $8 per person. Expect varied slices of pizza, including vegan options, green and spinach salads, cookies/sweets and fountain soft drinks. Beer, wine, bottled sodas and Ruby Jewel ice cream will be available for purchase.

Come see the newly remodeled space and meet your neighbors in the beautiful gardens!

WHAT: OKNA Picnic
WHEN: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Atomic Pizza, 1936 N Killingsworth @ Denver Ave
WHY: To get together with neighbors and enjoy a natter over dinner; come meet someone new!

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5) Parking Discussion Group Forming

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is seeking interested individuals to serve on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Parking Analysis & Tool Kit for Neighborhood Centers and Corridors Project.

Applications are available at the project website:

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/63980

About the project

In this case, “tool kit” describes the suite of policies and programs available to manage on-street parking. We are reviewing and updating our parking management tools in light of more dense development along mixed use corridors and in neighborhood centers that​ are experiencing redevelopment. PBOT will take a close look at parking demand in 5 case study areas that best represent the type and intensity of development we are seeing and can expect in the future, and recommend new policy and code language related to parking demand management.

What is the role of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee?

The 20-member committee will serve an advisory role to PBOT staff throughout the project, from case study selection to development of recommendations that will be presented to City Council for adoption. The committee is expected to meet 6-8 times through June 2015. The first meeting will be held in mid-September.

Who should apply?

PBOT is interested in having diverse perspectives on the committee, particularly from individuals and organizations interested in parking and transportation issues that affect residents, businesses and visitors in mixed use centers and corridors. To that end, neighborhood associations, business associations, homeowners, renters, religious congregations, property developers, residential property managers, low income housing residents or advocates, environmental representatives, and neighborhood-scale commercial or retail business interests are encouraged to apply.

Applications must be received no later than Monday, August 18. For more information about the project, contact Grant Morehead, PBOT project manager, at 503-823-9707 or grant.morehead@portlandoregon.gov
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6) OLCC Customer Service Survey

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission requests your input to guide the agency in serving the public. Please take our online Customer Service Survey!
The OLCC is committed to providing excellent customer service and value to our customer groups. Your input will help provide a more complete picture of how we are doing. Please take a minute to complete the applicable survey below. We sincerely appreciate your time and value any additional comments you may have.
GENERAL PUBLIC Customer Service Survey
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7) Check Your Zoning on the Comp Plan Draft Map

The updated Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft can now be viewed in the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s Map App. http://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/cpmapp2/

If you’ve taken a look at the Map App or read the Comprehensive Plan [Link to http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/497622], you may have some questions about how the Plan might affect your property, your neighborhood, or the City. You can always call the helpline at 503-823-0195, but if you’d prefer to talk to somebody in person, or take a look at a big paper map of the Comprehensive Plan changes in your area, here’s your chance! The District Liaisons (planners who work with community partners in five areas of the City [Link to http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/402395] ) will be holding drop-in Comprehensive Plan “office hours” at various locations in July and August. You can find them on the calendar of events [Link to calendar]. Please drop by to meet your District Liaison and talk about the Comprehensive Plan!

Drop in hours and locations for Leslie Lum, North Portland District Liaison:

8/22- Kenton Library 12-2

8/26- Kenton Firehouse 4:30-7:30

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8) Communications Positions Open

Your OKNA Communications Chair is retiring her position in September and we are looking for people interested in sharing OKNA news with neighbors. We need help in the following areas; please consider taking on a satisfying project that will teach you about the internal workings of our city government and give you a chance to directly and positively impact your neighborhood!

Website: The website content is up to date but the template could use some updating. This position should be held by someone familiar with WordPress, who is willing to keep the site updated and secured. Most work is done in the WordPress dashboard but the webmaster should be familiar with the back end works as well. OKNA maintains several email accounts (with forwards) that this person should also assist with. We recommend having multiple content managers.

Facebook: Topping 600+ members, the OKNA Facebook page would be well served by having several administrators who can post to the page. The page is well connected with information for ‘shares’. Of you 600, are there 3 or 4 who’d help out with sharing posts and updates?

NextDoor: Similar to Facebook, but private, this social media site has an active constituency. OKNA could benefit from one person posting OKNA information (meetings etc) to the group. This group is not run by OKNA, we should just contribute there.

Newsletter: Our quarterly print newsletter needs a new coordinator to maintain contact with the OKNA board and community members to share Overlook news. This job can be done by multiple people, if they’ll coordinate. See past issues here: http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/news/

Please contact us at info@OverlookNeighborhood.org or come meet us at a meeting, the picnic, movie in the park or other OKNA event soon!

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 7-25-14

 

1) Zoning Changes Released for Review

2) Overlook Village Street Fair Changes (8/2)

3) Ice Cream Social at the Overlook House (8/3)

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1) Zoning Changes Released for Review

The updated Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft can now be viewed in the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s Map App. http://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/cpmapp2/

If you’ve taken a look at the Map App or read the Comprehensive Plan [Link to http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/497622], you may have some questions about how the Plan might affect your property, your neighborhood, or the City. You can always call the helpline at 503-823-0195, but if you’d prefer to talk to somebody in person, or take a look at a big paper map of the Comprehensive Plan changes in your area, here’s your chance! The District Liaisons (planners who work with community partners in five areas of the City [Link to http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/402395] ) will be holding drop-in Comprehensive Plan “office hours” at various locations in July and August. You can find them on the calendar of events. Please drop by to meet your District Liaison and talk about the Comprehensive Plan!

Drop in hours and locations for Leslie Lum, North Portland District Liaison:

8/22- Kenton Library 12-2

8/26- Kenton Firehouse 4:30-7:30

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2) Overlook Village Street Fair Changes (8/2)

If you haven’t heard, we’ve changed up our Street Fair this year. New day, new structure and a new Soccer theme! The 2014 MLS All-Star Game is being held in Portland. And with a city so obsessed with its Timbers, we’re excited to help the fans celebrate. We’re hoping these fans and thousands of other Portland residents will come out to Overlook Village in August and play with us!

The Street Fair will be held on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014. We hope you got our Facebook "save the date" a couple of months ago!

If you’re available and want to be a part of this amazing Celebration-please go to our website www.overlookvillagepdx.com to register. Unfortunately, we’re not looking for food vendors this year, please check back with us next time though!

If you have any questions, contact Jenna- overlookvillage@gmail.com.

overlookvillagepdx.com

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3) Ice Cream Social at the Overlook House (8/3)
Sunday, August 3rd 6:00PM at the Overlook House is our always fun annual Ice Cream Social.  This year Home Made Ice Cream is provided thanks to Lovely’s Fifty / Fifty. Bring your favorite summertime hat, meet your neighbors, and enjoy some great Home Made Ice Cream.  There will be activities for kids too.  As last year, we will have a raffle.

Annual Neighborhood Raffle benefiting the Overlook House

This year’s Raffle is better than ever ! !    Nine Great Prizes, worth a total of $1,778.00  Prizes include:

iPad – Full Size ($529.00) WiFi & 4G & Bluetooth Capable, 9.7” Retina Display, HD Camera

Treat Yourself to Massage, Facial, and Dinner ($185.00 Value) Blue Sky Spa, Into Eden Facial, North Light Restaurant

Romantic Outing ($138.00) Tesoaria – Local Vineyard & Winery, Portland Japanese Garden, Lan Su Chinese Garden, North Light Restaurant

Por Que Para Quatro ($100.00) Dinner, Drinks, and Dessert for four at Por Que No

Boise Beervana  ($140.00) Ecliptic, Lompoc 5th Quadrant, Hub: Bike Bar, Widmer

Local Food Choices – at home or out ($150.00) Lovely’s Fifty/Fifty, New Seasons Market, Pause Restaurant

Kids Like to Play  ($205.00) Coffee Kids Family Game Package, OMSI, Black Wagon, Mississippi Pizza

Beech St Cart Pod  ($60.00) Gabagool, Döner Haus, Tiffin Asha, Moberi

A Bit of Everything  ($131.00 Value) Fresh Pot, Ristretto Roasters, Happy House, Silver Moon Creperie, Pistils Nursery, Spoke & Vine

All proceeds will benefit the Overlook House as a valuable community asset.  You can buy a chance to WIN for only a dollar, or you can get a lucky 7 tickets for only five bucks.  Financiers will be fond of 20 tickets for ten dollars, and serious investors will prefer 50 chances to WIN for only twenty bucks.  Your odds of winning are a gazillion times better than the lottery, and you don’t need to be at the drawing to WIN.  You can buy tickets from your neighbors: Greg duFour & Marcella McGee, Mary Ellen Baldauff, Barbara Brooks, Carol Cushman, Jane Finch-Howell, Carl Brenden, Michelle Hylland, Jay Hunt, Dawn Barry-Griffin, Kathy Murphy, or Molly Brady.  Or call the Overlook House at (503) 208-7312.  Drawing will be at the Ice Cream Social in the backyard of the Overlook House, Sunday evening, August 3rd, from 6:00 to 8:00. Good Luck ! !

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 7-18-14

1) Shabbat in the Park at Overlook Park (7/18)
2) 4th Annual Overlook Yard Sale / Free Share (7/19-20)
3) Liquor License Application/Comments Due 8/11
4) Local Education Listener/Liaison?
5) Don’t Set Me on Fire, Please
6) Street Fair Vendors Wanted (for 8/2)
7) Business Neighbors – Share Your News (now)
8) ADA – What Does It Stand For? (7/26)
9) Fraud Alert; Please Share With Neighbors (now)
10) Be an Extra on Portlandia
11) OKNA Meeting Recap

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1) Shabbat in the Park at Overlook Park (tonight)
July 18 6:30 pm
Musical guests Stumbleweed featuring our own J.D. Kleinke will open our evening. Bring a picnic dinner and your friends. We will welcome Shabbat in prayer and song, and share some hallah afterwards. For more information, see our website at http://shirtikvahpdx.org/, send an email to info@shirtikvahpdx.org, or call us at 503.473.8227. No RSVP required!

Catch a Stumbleweed sample at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYkzRcGrWCc

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2) 4th Annual Overlook Yard Sale / Free Share (7/19-20)

Yard Sale:  Saturday July 19   /   Free Share:  Sunday July 20
Come on out to sell, share or buy! Over 50 households are signed up to participate this year.  On Saturday, households will lay out and sell their goods.  On Sunday, any items left remaining that must go will be set out on the curb to be shared for free with neighbors.  Printed maps showing all of the participating households in Overlook will be available at the Friends of Overlook Bluff Fundraising Yard Sale on Saturday at 3969 N Overlook Terrace.  Deal-hunters can also view the online version of the map at www.sustainableoverlook.org starting now.  Hope to see you there!

It’s not too late to participate! If you want to get in on the fun, just set some things out on Saturday morning.. there will be lots of traffic in the neighborhood; you don’t need to be on the map to sell!

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3) Liquor License Application/Comments Due 8/11

The following Liquor Licenses applications were received for consideration by the City of Portland the week of July 7 to July 11, 2014
Please follow this link to see the applications in their entirety:
http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=61884&
Neighborhood Association: OVERLOOK
Business Name: NEW AMERICAN
Business Address: 2103 N KILLINSWORTH
Type of License: CO/FOP
Neighborhood Coalition: NPNS
Business Association: INTERSTATE CORRIDOR
Comments Due: 8/11/2014
If you wish to comment please fill out the attached comment form and submit it to the City of Portland Liquor License Notification Program.
Attn: Theresa Marchetti
By mail to: 1221 SW 4th Ave Ste 110, Portland OR 97204
By fax to: 503-823-3050
By email to: theresa.marchetti@portlandoregon.gov
Email OKNA if you need the comment form. To save you looking it up, this location is currently home to Mextiza restaurant on Killingsworth at Detroit.

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4) Local Education Listener/Liaison?

A North Portland neighbor thinks our neighborhood associations have a role to play in education. He proposes to bring together an informal group representing the North Portland neighborhoods that can devote a modest amount of time to discussing their concerns and what a focused effort might productively do. 

You may have already heard or read about the controversy surrounding the new tests that come along with the Common Core State Standards. Or the latest shuffling of administrators. Or about possible changes in the transfer policy or cluster boundaries. What about the school board elections next year? Or the next bond issue in 2016 asking for yet more money?

David Crandall (Piedmont NA) asks to identify one or more folks in Overlook who believe that our kids and grandkids deserve the best education that’s available. These people should be available for an initial meeting some time in the next few weeks. If you’d like to represent Overlook, and report back to neighbors about these meetings, please contact us soonest: info @ OverlookNeighborhood.org

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5) Don’t Set Me on Fire, Please

Floating Lanterns are completely, totally and utterly ILLEGAL in Oregon.
If you’re more motivated by being a good neighbor, let that be your guide: Don’t burn down your neighbor’s house for your own fun. You can’t control where the lantern goes, so don’t set it off.
http://www.opb.org/news/article/not-a-bright-idea-sky-lanterns-illegal-dangerous/
Fire Marshall’s statement:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/docs/Codes/TA12_02.pdf

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6) Street Fair Vendors Wanted (for 8/2)

The Overlook Village Street Fair is on Saturday, Aug 2nd and we are accepting local art vendors. The event consists of a classic car show, live bands, doggy costume contest, 3 on 3 soccer tournament and of course local art vendors. Time and space are running out so sign up soon by visiting our online registration hosted by The Lucky Lab, http://luckylab.com/kick/ it’s only $50. You can also find out more information by visiting our website at www.OverlookVillagePDX.com
Thanks and we hope to see you soon. Jenna

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7) Business Neighbors – Share Your News (now)

It’s the return of our Business in Overlook column in the upcoming Overlook Views newsletter and time for you to toot your own horn. Write up your 50 word post letting Overlook know who you are, where you are and why they should come see you right away! Home-based and other small businesses are invited too; please make use of this free promotion to your immediate neighbors! Email your post to Michelle: Views@ OverlookNeighborhood.org

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8) ADA – What Does It Stand For? (7/26)

ADA: What Does It Stand For? is the theme for the 24th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Matt Dishman Community Center on Saturday, July 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. The free event is open to the public and being presented by the City of Portland and several community partners.

A full afternoon of activities for all the family is planned at the center, located at 77 NE Knott St. The event will include live entertainment, an open mic session, interactive activities, multi-ethnic snacks, speakers, including Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and a birthday cake for the ADA’s big 24th anniversary. Also, Kristi Jamison, a member of the Portland Commission will be an emcee and ASL interpretation will be provided.

For further information and updates, visit the Portland Commission on Disability’s website at www.portlanddisability.com.

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9) Fraud Alert; Please Share With Neighbors (now)

Don’t be vulnerable to these scams.. share with your friends, you’d be amazed who needs to see this.

Beware of callers asking to collect on your bill and watch out for fraudulent bills in emails
We want to alert you about two scams targeting customers of PGE and utilities nationwide, that we’re working with local authorities to investigate. The first is a telephone scam in which thieves posing as PGE employees ask for a pre-paid credit card to collect a past-due bill or payment for services like switching a meter. The second is an email scam, in which customers are sent an email with fraudulent account information and asked to click on a hyperlink to confirm or view information. That link can download viruses to your computer.

Stay alert! Read & save this factsheet about fraudulent calls & emails to utility customers nationwide. http://bit.ly/1iLO3aS

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10) Be an Extra on Portlandia

Want to be an extra on Portlandia? Send in your photo & cross fingers you’ll be in the (?) last season.
http://www.smhcasting.com/extras/PDXia-welcome.html

11) OKNA Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out last night for a fast paced, informative meeting!
We had a presentation/introduction to our NETs-Neighborhood Emergency Team members. They reminded us that there’s not going to be any government services when the Big One comes; we need to be nimble and resilient ourselves.
Leader Alice Busch said they’ve learned important things in the past few years.. where they used to tell us all to ‘make a kit!’, the most important survival tool seems to be strong connections with your neighbors and friends. So today’s advice should be "Make friends!"
If you’d like to organize a Know Your Neighborhood meeting, a simple gathering of the people who live on your block to outline a basic plan, a skills & equipment inventory or even just a contact tree, get in touch with OKNA and we’ll connect you (info@OverlookNeighborhood.org). And store some water.
Our patrol officer from PPB stopped by; his only update is that they are doing the best they can at the Skidmore Bluffs but the situation is severe. Fire danger is extreme right now. Concerned neighbors should continue to call in illegal drinking, parking, traffic issues, IE any and everything that is bothering them.
If you have anything to be included in the next Overlook Views newsletter, now is the time to reach Michelle (me). Email Views @ OverlookNeighborhood.org

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 7-11-14

1) Monthly OKNA Meeting is at Lucky Lab (7/15) 
2) PBOT Schedules More Street Fee Workgroups
3) Neighbors, what’s your news?
4) Last Chance to Sign Up for the Yard Sale / Free Share (Now!)
5) Shabbat in the Park at Overlook
6) Volunteer Call! Bridge Pedal Rest Area (8/10)
7) Portland Protected Sick Time Best Practices Forum (7/29)
8) Portland Food Project Seeks Green Bag Donors
9) From the OKNA Facebook: www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX

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1) Monthly OKNA Meeting is at Lucky Lab (7/15)

Join your neighbors and members of the Overlook Neighborhood Assn this Tuesday, July 15, for our monthly meeting, with a social spin. We’ll talk about what’s coming up this summer in Overlook and ways you can participate, and enjoy a drink and a slice (optional).

When: Tuesday, July 15
6:30pm to pick up food/drink, 7:00pm meeting start
Where: Lucky Lab Taproom, 1700 N Killingsworth @ Concord

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2) PBOT Schedules More Street Fee Workgroups

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has posted the rosters and schedules of upcoming meetings for the workgroups that will advise on the Our Streets PDX transportation funding community conversation. While the meetings are open to the public, public testimony will not be taken. Comments and questions can be submitted to TUF_Administrator@portlandoregon.gov

Full schedules and rosters are available at www.OurStreetsPDX.com

Non-Residential, Business Stakeholder Workgroup
First meeting: Monday, July 14, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Portland Building, Room C

Non-residential, Non-profit and Low-income Stakeholder Workgroup
First meeting: Tuesday, July 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Portland Building Room C

For more information about the Our Streets PDX funding conversation and the proposed Transportation User Fee, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

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3) Neighbors, what’s your news?

The Fall edition of Overlook Views is being prepared now, so if you have news to share in the newsletter, now is the time to let Michelle know: Views@ OverlookNeighborhood.org

Business Neighbors! It’s the return of our Business in Overlook column and time for you to toot your own horn. Write up your 50 word post letting Overlook know who you are, where you are and why they should come see you right away! Home-based and other small businesses are invited too; please make use of this free promotion to your immediate neighbors! Email your post to Michelle: Views@ OverlookNeighborhood.org

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4) Last Chance to Sign Up for the Yard Sale / Free Share (Now!)
Yard Sale:  Saturday July 19   /   Free Share:  Sunday July 20

Now is the time to sign up as a participating household and make it on the map for this year’s Overlook Yard Sale & Free Share. If you would like to sign up, e-mail Josh with your home’s address at sustainable@OverlookNeighborhood.org by this Monday the 14th in order to be included on the event map.  Decluttering your home and getting unwanted items into the hands of neighbors who would happily reuse them is just one small way of making our neighborhood more environmentally and socially sustainable..    
If you simply want to join in the Yard Sale / Free Share as a deal-hunter, you will be able to view the map showing all of the participating households at www.sustainableoverlook.org starting July 16.  Hope to see you there!

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5) Shabbat in the Park at Overlook Park (7/18)
July 18 6:30 pm
Musical guests Stumbleweed featuring our own J.D. Kleinke will open our evening. Bring a picnic dinner and your friends. We will welcome Shabbat in prayer and song, and share some hallah afterwards. For more information, see our website at http://shirtikvahpdx.org/, send an email to info@shirtikvahpdx.org, or call us at 503.473.8227. No RSVP required!

Catch a Stumbleweed sample at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYkzRcGrWCc

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6) Volunteer Call! Bridge Pedal Rest Area (8/10)
We’re looking for some early-rising Overlookers to volunteer at this year’s Providence Bridge Pedal. OKNA member Alan Cranna staffs the rest station in St Johns and he donates $25 for each volunteer to OKNA for the fun and useful activities we sponsor each year. This is a great way for you to make a contribution to OKNA that will be appreciate all year long.
The commitment’s short, just a few fun hours in the morning, cheering on the riders. Please message us and join in! info @ OverlookNeighborhood.org
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7) Portland Protected Sick Time Best Practices Forum (7/29)

Do you have questions about Portland’s Protected Sick Time Ordinance?

Join City of Portland employees for a public forum on July 29th at Portland Building, Conference Room C from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The Forum is intended to support businesses implementing Portland’s Protected Sick Time (PPST) Ordinance*. This will be an opportunity for employers, human resource personnel, business service providers, employees and consultants to share their challenges, solutions, and best practices for policies and procedures that address the new law. 

For more information and to register, click HERE.

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8) Portland Food Project Seeks Green Bag Donors

The Portland Food Project is an all Volunteer non profit that provides an ongoing supply of non perishable food to local pantries. We accomplish this by encouraging Green Bag donors (we have almost 1,000) to have their bag on their porch every 8 weeks. A Neighborhood Coordinator then picks up their bag and the food is distributed that day (next is Saturday, Aug 9th) to our 12 local food pantries. We are seeking  1) Green Bag donors 2) Neighborhood Coordinators  3) Another North Portland pantry    We would like to make mealtime a bit easier for North Portlanders who are dealing with issues of hunger. Contact Richard Nudelman, Project Coordinator at 503-775-2110 or info@portlandfoodproject.org

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9) From the OKNA Facebook: www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX

* Overlook Neighborhood PDX is featured in a new video series from Oregonian reporter Casey Parks! Click thru to see what neighbor Wayne Bund likes best about his neighborhood.
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/07/the_best_thing_about_my_neighb.html

* Save the Date! Overlook Village Street Fair & Soccer Celebration

KICK IT UP! On North Killingsworth Street
Overlook Village Soccer Celebration and Street Fair August 2
with Live Music, 3-on-3 Soccer Tournament, Dog Costume Contest,
Classic Car Show, and Discounts at Local Businesses

For more information: http://overlookvillagepdx.com/

* That power outage last Sunday? Squirrels are to blame:
http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/226531-89227-adventurous-squirrels-give-regions-power-grid-a-shock

* It was a little sad, tidying up the OKNA business mailing list; a lot of folks have moved on. BUT, we have a lot of new businesses in Overlook! If you know of a neighborhood business that could use some FREE promotion, tell them to email Michelle to be included in the next Overlook Views newsletter.
Views @ OverlookNeighborhood.org

* A Walking Tour of The Boise Neighborhood and Mississippi Avenue

Thursday, July 17, 2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Members: $12    General Public: $20

The dramatic redevelopment occurring along Mississippi Avenue today is merely the latest chapter in the remarkable and unique history of this neighborhood. From an electric streetcar line to “real estate redlining”, this tour explores the cultural and economic changes that have shaped Boise’s built environment. Tour-goers will see some of the finest examples of late-19th century working-class homes in Portland, built primarily by Scandinavian, German, and Polish immigrants. You will also see some hidden architectural gems and a forgotten dance hall that once housed a temple of the Nation of Islam.

Pre-Registration is Required: http://www.visitahc.org/content/boise-neighborhood-mississippi-avenue

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 06/27/14

1) Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour (Tomorrow, 6/27)
2) Town Hall on Portland Parks Replacement Bond (6/30)
3) National Night Out Info Fair/Kick Off Party (7/10)
4) Location Change: July OKNA Meeting (7/15)
5) PSU Traffic and Transportation Course (Fall, Register Now)
6) The “Big One” is coming. Are you ready? (Register for Training)
7) Movies in the Park Schedule Posted
8) Fireworks: Just Don’t Do It

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1) Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour (Tomorrow, 6/28)
Saturday, June 28th from 10 am to 3 pm

The garden tour is tomorrow! Come out for the 3rd annual Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour, featuring 10 pesticide-free gardens in many styles. Highlights include a green home with a living roof, a winery in a converted garage (with tastings available!), tours of a restored Victorian home with pollinator garden and an aquaponics system that produces fresh vegetables and fish year-round. Plus five of the gardens this year are in the Backyard Habitat Certification Program. Get to know your neighbors and get resources from The Xerces Society, the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, Slow Food PDX and many more.

The tour is bike-friendly and there will be extra bike parking at several stops thanks to bike racks from Good Sport Promotion.

Start the tour at Garden No. 1 (5929 N. Curtis Ave). or at Garden No. 10 (3908 N. Concord) to sign-in, make a contribution ($5 suggested donation) and get a tour map.

Garden profiles and more info at www.sustainableoverlook.org

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2) Town Hall on Portland Parks Replacement Bond (6/30)

June 30, 2014 — 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cleveland High School Cafeteria (3400 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202)
Co-hosted by: Portland Parks & Recreation and Portland Parks Foundation

Portland Parks has identified more than $365 million in needed replacement and major maintenance projects. We have a unique opportunity – if Portlanders continue to make the same rate of parks bond payments on property taxes over the next 20 years, it can generate an estimated $56-$68 million in bond revenue to pay for the most critical repairs to our parks system — and not increase tax rates. Please join us at the June 30 Parks Replacement Bond Town Hall to learn more, and give your feedback: https://www.facebook.com/events/321009148063243/

In North and Northeast Portland, a Replacement Parks Bond would fund major maintenance at St. Johns Community Center, pool renovations at Grant, Matt Dishman Community Center and Peninsula Park, urgent accessibility and restroom repairs at multiple parks, and more.

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3) National Night Out Info Fair/Kick Off Party (7/10)

As you are likely aware, National Night Out (NNO) is coming up in early August.

This year, we are planning a great kickoff party to celebrate the coming National Night Out festivities. The party will be held in Laurelhurst Park on the evening of Thursday, July 10th, from 5:30-7:30pm, and everyone is invited. The purpose of the kickoff event is to inspire people to participate in NNO and understand the meaning of the event. We want to show prospective hosts what is required to throw a great party, and to offer new party ideas to longtime NNO hosts.

During the kickoff party, we will also hold our annual Crime Prevention Awards to honor some amazing community members who make their neighborhoods safer and more fun.

Come join us for pizza and games. Chat with the mayor or the police or fire chief. Hear stories about community members inspired to improve their neighborhood. Learn how to close a street or reserve a park. Pick up some temporary tattoos to give out at your party. Everyone is welcome!

The attached flyer has details about the July 10th party. Please visit our NNO website for all the details about NNO. www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/nno.

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4) Location Change: July OKNA Meeting (7/15)

Hey, it’s a special location for the July OKNA General Meeting! Find us at the Lucky Lab Taproom, 1700 N Killingsworth on Tuesday, July 15th. We’ll have a chance to socialize as well as enjoy our regular meeting agenda items: public safety updates, reports on upcoming activities and ways to be involved in the neighborhood and an introduction from your Overlook NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team).

Mark your calendars now and we’ll see you at the Lucky Lab on July 15.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Arrive at 6:30 to order drinks and nosh
Meeting is 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Lucky Lab Taproom
1700 N Killingsworth Street

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5) PSU Traffic and Transportation Course (Fall, Register Now)
A Portland State University course sponsored by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation. 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.
Registration is now OPEN for fall 2014 class.
Lots more info; click through: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/index.cfm?&c=35727

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6) The “Big One” is coming. Are you ready? (Register for Training)
Learning how to prepare now will make you more resilient when a large earthquake or other emergency happens. It could even save your life.
Bureau of Emergency Management is offering some free classes in September, with ways to make your office and home safer.
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/article/494501

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7) Movies in the Park Schedule Posted

Well the rain postponed the start of Movies in the Park but check out the free entertainment being offered at Portland’s parks this summer. Be sure to save the date for Overlook Park’s extravaganza on August 31 featuring River City Band!
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/index.cfm?&a=489142

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8) Fireworks: Just Don’t Do It

Please share this fireworks message with your friends and networks.. not everyone appreciates fireworks. Fireworks are a major fire hazard in our green neighborhood and there is increasing pushback from veterans and animal activists, encouraging you to be a good neighbor and leave the fireworks to the pros.
Fact Sheet: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/493378

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 06/20/14

1) Pittman Addition Sculpture HydroPark Party this Sunday (6/22)
2) Transportation Meeting Moved to Convention Center (6/24)
Second Meeting at Kaiser Town Hall (6/25)
3) Host Japanese Students This Summer 2014!
4) Communications Help Needed!!
5) Sign up for 2014 Overlook Yard Sale / Free Share (now)
6) Free Your Soil with Depave:  2014 Events & 2015 Call for Sites
7) 25th Sunday Parkways in North Portland (6/22)
8) Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour 2014 (6/28)
9) Town Hall on Portland Parks Replacement Bond (6/30)
10) JULY- Special OKNA Meeting Location (7/15)
11) From the OKNA Facebook Page


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1) Pittman Addition Sculpture HydroPark Party this Sunday (6/22)

Don’t forget to stop by to enjoy art, music by the New Iberians and light refreshments this Sunday from 4-7.  Meet the artists and neighbors who helped transform an empty open space into Portland’s first public sculpture park.  In case you haven’t been there before, just follow N Concord Ave south to the Going Street pedestrian bridge and soundwall.  Come and celebrate our new community space!

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2) Transportation Meeting Moved to Convention Center (6/24)
Second Meeting at Kaiser Town Hall (6/25)

With higher-than-expected interest in the transportation funding proposal, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has decided to relocate Tuesday’s town hall to the Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 255.

The event is free and open to the public. The Tuesday meeting is intended to focus on how the transportation fee would work for businesses, non-profits and other non-residential land uses. Participants are encouraged to discuss ways improve the proposal or suggest alternative ways of raising money for transportation safety and maintenance. A Wednesday night meeting will focus on the fee for households.

“Portlanders are passionate about participating in local government,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “We welcome ideas about how they want to improve the transportation fee, or alternative proposals on par with the $53 million it would raise. There’s no question we need to invest in basic transportation maintenance and safety.”

The Tuesday event is the first of two town halls coming up:

  • Town Hall on Business and Non-Residential Fee: 8 to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 24, at Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 255, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Directions and visitor info.
  • Town Hall on Residential Fee: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, at Kaiser Permanente’s Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Ave.

The town hall meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to speak with transportation staff, ask questions and make comments to Mayor Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat.

The City Council delayed the proposal June 4, after five months of Our Streets PDX town halls, online surveys, advisory committee meetings and a five-hour public hearing May 29. Two upcoming town halls will kick off the next phase of outreach through October, designed to gather input to address the needs of businesses, non-profits and low-income households.

For more information about the Our Streets PDX funding conversation and the proposed Transportation User Fee, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

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3) Host Japanese Students This Summer 2014!

BeGlobal Foundation is a nonprofit study abroad organization that focuses on accepting Japanese grade school students to learn English is Portland for a short-term program.  www.beglobalfnd.org

Why you should be a Host Family: Hosting a student opens opportunities of learning new concepts and building international relationship all from the comfort of your own home. It is a great opportunity to expose the youth community, such as your child, to develop global awareness and gaining personal development by communicating with people they do not encounter on a daily bases.

BeGlobal is looking for families who would be interested to experience the joy to build international relationships and the beauty of cultural exchange!

For this summer students from Tokyo, Japan from 12 to 17 years old will be coming to Portland.

DATES: August 4th til August 14th
Students schedule will be to go to ESL classes on weekdays from 9am to 12pm then go on a afternoon field trip till 4pm. Weekends will be where families will get to spend personal time with the students.

There are 3 responsibilities we ask host families:
1. to provide 3 meals per day 
2. to drop off and pick up students from their ESL classes at PSU
3. to treat students as if they are your own family member and have fun!

For every family that participates there will be a stipend covers meals, mileage, basic utilities, etc. 

For more information please contact Toa Suruki at toa@belglobalfnd.org Or visit our website at www.beglobalfnd.org

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4) Communications Help Needed!!

Do you enjoy your Friday e-blast newsletter with all the latest news in Overlook?

Are you a voracious reader of our print copy of the Overlook Views that comes to your home or business every three months, rain or shine? 

Do you enjoy our Facebook posts that keep you in the loop day in and day out? Do you know how to manage a WordPress website?

Sadly, our wonderful, hard-working, tireless Communications Chair will be stepping off the board of the Overlook Neighborhood Association at the next election cycle in September. This will leave us with a BIG silence if some new wonderful folks don’t step up to share the various pieces of keeping us all informed about what’s going on in Overlook. 

Please contact us personally or by emailing info@overlookneighborhood.org for more information or to volunteer for any part of the communications fun. See the communications tasks outlined at www.OverlookNeighborhood.org

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5) Sign up for 2014 Overlook Yard Sale / Free Share (now)
Yard Sale:  Saturday July 19   /   Free Share:  Sunday July 20
Declutter your home and get unwanted items into the hands of folks who would happily reuse them. This is the fourth year running and we already have almost 20 households signed up to participate. If you would like to be a part of this fun event of sharing, purging and just plain socializing please e-mail Josh with your home’s address at sustainable@OverlookNeighborhood.org before July 10th in order to be included on the event map.
If you simply want to join in the Yard Sale / Free Share as a deal-hunter, you will be able to view a map showing all of the participating households at www.sustainableoverlook.org starting July 16.  Hope to see you there!

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6) Free Your Soil with Depave:  2014 Events & 2015 Call for Sites

Depave would like you to know that there are a bunch of transformational events coming up this summer around town. In each case, volunteers from across the metro area come together to remove unnecessary asphalt in order to introduce more greenspace into the city while fostering more environmentally-sound stormwater management. We would love to see you at an event; it’s hard work but also fun and very inspiring. Check out http://depave.org/work/projects to learn more about the events that will be happening around Portland this summer and fall.

Also, do you know of any (non-residential) properties that could benefit from depaving? Depave is looking for a diverse group of sites for its 2015 season.  Examples include schools, places of worship, businesses, or even just plain parking lots! If you own, or know someone who owns such a property, please reach out to josh@depave.org or apply to be a 2015 Depave Site at
http://depave.org/work/submit-site

Do you have any Depave questions in general?  E-mail eric@depave.org   Thanks for your time!

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7) 25th Sunday Parkways in North Portland (6/22)

Kaiser Permanente Northwest original, continuing sponsor

Portland will celebrate the 25th Sunday Parkways on June 22nd in North Portland, on the same date and in the same neighborhood where the hugely popular summer event series began seven years ago.

The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente rolls through the neighborhood from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering a nine-mile loop of traffic-free streets where people can bicycle, walk, stroll, roll, and play while enjoying music, food and activities along the way.  The route connects five parks, including the beautiful Peninsula Park Rose Garden.

Sunday Parkways’ purpose is to open the city’s largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation, while connecting neighbors to each other and the community.

See maps of the routes and find more information about Sunday Parkways, including volunteer information, at www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.

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8) Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour 2014 (6/28)

Next Weekend! Saturday, June 28, 10 am to 3 pm

Our 3rd annual garden tour will feature yards that express Sustainable Overlook’s mission of ‘Building Community and Resilience’ in 10 unique gardens. Explore neighbor’s creative, pesticide-free solutions for rain harvesting, play spaces, edible landscaping, bird and pollinator friendly gardens and more. Each garden will host a community partner info table. We need volunteers to help at each garden and with set-up/take-down. Contact Mulysa at sustainable@OverlookNeighborhood.org.

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9) Town Hall on Portland Parks Replacement Bond (6/30)

June 30, 2014 — 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cleveland High School Cafeteria (3400 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202)
Co-hosted by: Portland Parks & Recreation and Portland Parks Foundation

Portland Parks has identified more than $365 million in needed replacement and major maintenance projects. We have a unique opportunity – if Portlanders continue to make the same rate of parks bond payments on property taxes over the next 20 years, it can generate an estimated $56-$68 million in bond revenue to pay for the most critical repairs to our parks system — and not increase tax rates. Please join us at the June 30 Parks Replacement Bond Town Hall to learn more, and give your feedback: https://www.facebook.com/events/321009148063243/

In North and Northeast Portland, a Replacement Parks Bond would fund major maintenance at St. Johns Community Center, pool renovations at Grant, Matt Dishman Community Center and Peninsula Park, urgent accessibility and restroom repairs at multiple parks, and more.

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10) JULY- Special OKNA Meeting Location (7/15)

Hey, it’s a special location for the July OKNA General Meeting! Find us at the Lucky Lab Taproom, 1700 N Killingsworth on Tuesday, July 15th. We’ll have a chance to socialize as well as enjoy our regular meeting agenda items: public safety updates, reports on upcoming activities and ways to be involved in the neighborhood and an introduction from your Overlook NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team).

Mark your calendars now and we’ll see you at the Lucky Lab on July 15.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Arrive at 6:30 to order drinks and nosh
Meeting is 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Lucky Lab Taproom
1700 N Killingsworth Street

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11) From the OKNA Facebook Page

Odds & Ends of use and amusement. Like our page at www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX

- For those of us who couldn’t attend the panel on Demolition & Infill last week, a handy video of the event.
http://www.youtube.com/embed/NPCiH4DlG70

- Thank you, Overlook Neighborhood PDX neighbor Cynthia Sulaski, for making the case at City Council today!
Be sure to enjoy the fruits of Cynthia’s movie committee labors this summer and come out to Overlook Park for Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark extravaganza! If you thought last year was fun.. well just wait til you hear what they have in store for us!

These park heroes presented to City Council today after raising funds to make Summer Free for All concerts, movies, and recreation programs possible.
Special thanks for Bank of America‘s gift to help 118,000 lunches be served to hungry kids, as well as supporting the Foundation’s work to fund raise and increase parks awareness. Well done, Portland Parks & Recreation and everyone!

- PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION POOLS ARE READY FOR SUMMER! Outdoor Pools Open Tuesday, June 17
Another splendid summer of swimming, lessons, and other aquatic activities will kick off this month at Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)’s outdoor pools. Opening day for outdoor pools is Tuesday, June 17. Indoor pools are open year-round.
Parents who want to enroll their children in swimming lessons should act now. Lessons are available for all age groups and ability levels. More info at our web site, with a list of pools and swim lessons available.
PP&R pools also offer open play swims, water exercise classes, junior lifeguard training, junior swim instructor training, summer swim teams, and special events.
For more information on how to register for swimming lessons or participate in other summer activities, contact the pool in your area or the Aquatic Administration Office at 503-823-5130.
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder/index.cfm?ShowResults=yes&AmenityTypeID=44

- And, for everyone wondering about last weekend’s Intersection Repair Ride (my first Pedalpalooza ride..) yes, we got washed out after a few stops. I did, anyway. I’ll use the map and go back for the tour on a dryer day!

- Our business neighbors at Carquest (N Interstate @ Skidmore) are having a problem with people leaving used dog waste bags on top of their dumpster, or just throwing it on the ground nearby. Please remember that not all neighbors are OK with you using their garbage bins for your dog’s waste (and a surprising number of others don’t care, but how will you know which is which?).

Be a good neighbor, and take your doggy bag home with you.

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Transportation FEE Meetings

Attend, or you might be told your opinion doesn’t count. You won’t get to vote on this, so turn out for this meeting JUNE 25 in Overlook!

NEWS RELEASE:

Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick, Director Treat to gather public input on Transportation User Fee at two town halls

Addressing the needs of businesses, low-income Portlanders;

Updated details at OurStreetsPDX.com

(June 16, 2014) – Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, City Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat invite the public to provide input on how the city can improve the proposed Transportation User Fee at two upcoming town hall meetings.

The City Council delayed the proposal June 4, after five months of Our Streets PDX town halls, online surveys, advisory committee meetings and a five-hour public hearing May 29. Two upcoming town halls will kick off the next phase of outreach through October, designed to gather input to address the needs of businesses, non-profits and low-income households.

“There’s no question that we need to pay to maintain our streets,” Mayor Hales said. “If someone has a way to improve the Transportation User Fee and still raise $50 million a year, let’s hear it. Our community can no longer pretend that Congress or the state will save us from the need to invest in basic maintenance.”

“Too many children are forced to walk to school in a ditch for lack of sidewalks,” Commissioner Novick said. “I understand that some business owners want to adjust the transportation fee to better protect small businesses. If we can’t find a way to improve it, Mayor Hales and I are prepared to move forward this fall with the proposal on the table.”

“Even if you don’t own a car, you count on Portland’s freight routes for food and other essentials,” Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “Everyone benefits from our streets, so everyone needs to help pay for proper maintenance and safety improvements.”

Town Hall on Business and Non-Residential Fee: 8 to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 24, at Venture Portland, 1125 SE Madison St., Suite 112.
Town Hall on Residential Fee: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, at Kaiser Permanente’s Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Ave.

The town hall meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to speak with transportation staff, ask questions and make comments to the Mayor, Commissioner and Director.

For more information about the Our Streets PDX funding conversation and the proposed Transportation User Fee, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

See updated information on the proposed fee the council amended May 29:

·         Updated online calculator: PBOT has updated an online calculator that estimates the monthly fee for residential and non-residential ratepayers. PBOT has updated the web calculator from the proposed $11.56 fee to the 3-year phase-in starting at $6 a month for single-family properties.

·         Transportation User Fee rate details: Details on the way the fee is calculated, to help business owners find the right information.

·         Frequently Asked Questions: This series of questions and answers will help the public learn more about why the fee was proposed and what it would pay for.

·         Email us for more information at TUF_Administrator@portlandoregon.gov

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Dylan Rivera

Communications Manager | Portland Bureau of Transportation

t: (503) 823-3723 | c: (503) 577-7534

dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

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