Overlook Neighborhood Update (Nov. 18)

1) Disaster simulation and development presentation at OKNA General Meeting (Tuesday)
2) Miho Izakaya to close
3) City to require Home Energy Scores before sale
4) Overlook Holiday Party (Dec. 15)


1) Disaster simulation and development presentation at OKNA General Meeting (Tuesday)

What will you do after a catastrophic earthquake or other disaster strikes Portland? Join your neighbors on Tuesday evening for the monthly OKNA General Meeting for an Introduction to Incident Command Systems (ICS) presented by our Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET). ICS is a now-common strategy for organizing people and task in times of crisis.  Most emergency responders operate within ICS, which helps keep track of ‘who’s doing what’ during an incident.

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) has been practicing ICS both in the field and with a computer-based scenario that we will run through at the meeting. No prior knowledge is necessary;  no moving around is required. Find out if we have what it takes to survive a simulation!

Also on Tuesday, there will be a development presentation for a project at 3969 N Overlook Terrace. This is the site of the heritage oak on the bluff. Learn about the project and ask your respectful questions.

OKNA General Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.)

2) Miho Izakaya to close

Miho Izakaya, the Japanese Restaurant on Interstate Avenue just south of Mason Street will close. Read the announcement. Their last day of service will be Nov. 30.

3) City to require Home Energy Scores before sale

The City of Portland Home Energy Score ordinance will take effect on January 1, 2018, requiring sellers of single-family homes to disclose a Home Energy Report and Score at time of listing. Portland City Council unanimously adopted the policy (Portland City Code Chapter 17.108) in December 2016. This new policy will require people publicly selling single-family homes to obtain a Home Energy Report (which includes a Home Energy Score) from an authorized Home Energy Assessor. Complying with the policy takes two simple steps: getting the Home Energy Score and showing the Home Energy Score in any listing or public posting about the house.

Like a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, a Home Energy Score is an easy way for sellers, buyers, real estate professionals and builders to get directly comparable and credible information about a home’s energy performance across the housing market.

Portland is the second city in the country, behind Berkeley, California, to approve a local ordinance requiring homes to be scored. Learn more about the new requirement.

4) Overlook Holiday Party (Dec. 15)

Save the date for the annual Overlook Neighborhood Association Holiday Potluck Party on Dec. 15. Bring your favorite dish, drink or dessert to share. (Adult beverages not provided.) Come for the fun and stay for the fantastic neighborhood raffle. Bring your family, friends and good dose of seasonal spirit. We can’t wait to celebrate with all our neighbors.

Overlook Holiday Party
Friday, Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m.
Daybreak Cohousing Common Home (2525 N Killingsworth St.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Nov. 11)

1) Overlook House Holiday Craft Bazaar (Saturday-Sunday)
2) Comment on Portland’s Residential Infill Project
3) How should Trimet deal with fare evaders?
4) Serve on Portland’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee


1) Overlook House Holiday Craft Bazaar (Saturday-Sunday)

The annual Overlook House Holiday Craft Bazaar is underway. It’s a great place to bump into neighbors and to support local artisans and the Overlook House itself. All proceeds benefit children’s programs at the Overlook House.

All items are hand crafted or hand made. Ceramics, art glass, journals, greeting cards, soaps, jewelry, photos, drawings, paintings, crocheting, weaving, quilting and stuffed animals are just some of the beautiful and whimsical items you’ll find. Don’t miss the bake sale for delicious savory and sweet treats baked by your talented neighbors.

Holiday Craft Bazaar
Saturday, Nov. 11, 10-5
Sunday, Nov. 12, 10-4
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

2) Comment on Portland’s Residential Infill Project

The City of Portland is planning to change its development rules to allow denser housing development in residential neighborhoods. Per the Portland Tribune:

City planners are recommending that maximum home sizes be reduced and more types of them be built in single-family neighborhoods in the future.

The recommendations are included in Residential Infill Project staff report released by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Learn more on the city’s official Residential Infill Project website, and then take a moment to share your thoughts about the proposal and what sort of development you want to see in Overlook at the city’s official comment survey.

3) How should Trimet deal with fare evaders?

Trimet, the regional public transportation system, is asking residents how it should deal with people who don’t pay their fare. Right now, the current fine is $175, but the fare rules are rarely enforced. What do you think the fine should be? Who should pay it? Should there be community service? Share your thoughts with Trimet by taking their online survey.

4) Serve on Portland’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is accepting applications for membership on Portland’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC). They have 11 seats available for a term beginning in January 2018. Up to six alternate seats are also available.The PAC is a 15-person committee that advises the city on all matters that encourage and enhance walking as a means of transportation, recreation, wellness and environmental enhancement. The committee is comprised of a cross-section of Portlanders, including walking and mobility advocates, neighborhood activists, urban planning professionals, and residents at-large.Learn more about this opportunity and apply on the Pedestrian Advisory Committee website.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Nov. 4)

1) Overlook House Holiday Craft Bazaar (next weekend)
2) Friends of Overlook House seeks bookkeeper
3) Daylight saving time ends tonight
4) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday)


1) Overlook House Holiday Craft Bazaar (next weekend)

Shop early and shop locally at the Overlook House Holiday Craft Bazaar. All items are hand crafted or hand made. Ceramics, art glass, journals, greeting cards, soaps, jewelry, photos, drawings, paintings, crocheting, weaving, quilting and stuffed animals are just some of the beautiful and whimsical items you’ll find. Don’t miss the bake sale for delicious savory and sweet treats baked by your talented neighbors. All proceeds benefit children’s programs at Overlook House.

Holiday Craft Bazaar
Saturday, Nov. 11, 10-5
Sunday, Nov. 12, 10-4
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

2) Friends of Overlook House seeks bookkeeper

The Friends of the Overlook House, a non-profit organization responsible for the stewardship of the historic Overlook House, seeks a part-time bookkeeper. View the full posting online.

3) Daylight saving time ends tonight

Don’t forget to roll your clocks back an hour tonight, if they don’t do it automatically for you. At 2 a.m. Sunday morning, daylight saving time ends.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reminds everyone to be extra cautious on the roads tonight, tomorrow and throughout the short days of winter:

What does [the end of daily saving time] mean for travelers? It means potential disruption to sleep patterns which can result in drowsy, inattentive driving. Just last year in Oregon, 15 people died in crashes involving drowsy driving, up from nine in 2015, a 67 percent increase. It’s likely that number is even higher, as officials often don’t know if drowsy driving contributed to a crash. Over the past five years in the state, 51 people died in crashes where drowsy driving was a factor: most likely, those crashes could have been avoided.

Be rested. Be seen. Be safe.

Drivers must use extra vigilance this time of year not only to avoid driving drowsy but to watch out for others because our days are shorter – people on bikes and on foot will be traveling in dusk and darkness, both in the mornings and evenings. Stormy weather is coming as well, which can obscure a driver’s vision.  Drivers should allow plenty of time to get where they need to go, so they aren’t in a hurry, and be prepared to slow down.  Pedestrians and bicyclists should wear bright and/or reflective clothing, use reflective gear and lights, and watch out for drivers who may not see you.

4) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 11. We will discuss construction at adidas, the upcoming holiday party and more. View the full agenda. The public is welcome to attend and observe the meeting.

OKNA Board Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 29)

1) Watch out for trick-or-treaters on Tuesday (Oct. 31)
2) Street safety forum has large turnout
3) Tiny houses for homeless


1) Watch out for trick-or-treaters on Tuesday (Oct. 31)

Ghosts and goblins will take to Overlook’s streets on Tuesday evening. Even if you don’t plan to put out a pumpkin and hand out candy, please be careful when driving. The Oregon Department of Transportation reminds parents that children are twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween:

Remind your children to follow the same pedestrian safety rules they use going to and from school, such as only crossing at crosswalks, and looking left-right-left before crossing. Finally, review these safety tips:

  • Examine costumes — adjust length to avoid tripping, secure hats and examine masks to ensure full vision; improve visibility with reflective gear or tape.
  • Carry a flashlight and, if wearing a mask, lift it up as you walk from door to door.
  • Plan a family-friendly route — familiar, well-lit areas — and stay in groups.

And drivers need to remember not to get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking or enjoying other intoxicants. On Halloween and every day of the year, don’t get behind the wheel if you are even slightly impaired: the consequences could be tragic.

2) Street safety forum has large turnout

The Overlook Neighborhood Association’s Transportation Safety Committee and the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association are working together to improve safety on local streets.

About 60 people gathered at the Madrona Hill Café last week for a traffic safety community meeting. The event was held to gather feedback about traffic concerns and to build a network of advocates to help fix them.

Bike Portland has more coverage of this successful event.

This remains an ongoing project as we seek to work with the city to make sure that pedestrians and bicyclists can use streets safely and to discourage cut-through traffic. If you are interested in participating in short- or long-term projects on traffic safety, please send an email to info@overlookneighborhood.org.

3) Tiny houses for homeless

OKNA chair Chris Trejbal last week wrote about applicants for the county’s pilot homeless tiny house program. (Not to be confused with Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s decision to ignore city rules about tiny houses and RVs on private property.) Trejbal received a list of all applicants and pointed out that less than 10 percent came from west of the Willamette River.

Two dozen property owners in the Overlook Neighborhood applied. Multnomah County is expected announce who was selected for the pilot program soon.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 21)

1) Mayor Wheeler says Hazelnut Grove will move
2) Join OKNA for a neighborly visit to Hazelnut Grove (Oct. 28)
3) Concerned about traffic? We want your input (Oct. 25)
4) League of Women Voters pub night in Overlook (Oct. 24)
5) Legislative town hall with Kotek, Sanchez and Frederick (Nov. 4)
6) Bethel players’ fall production


1) Mayor Wheeler says Hazelnut Grove will move

A representative of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office visited the Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting on Tuesday and announced that the mayor is committed to moving the Hazelnut Grove homeless village from its current site near the intersection of N Interstate and N Greeley avenues. She also said that the mayor’s office will oversee issues related to Hazelnut Grove going forward, not Commissioner Chloe Eudaly.

The challenge is identifying a piece of land suitable for Hazelnut Grove to move to. The mayor’s office asks that anyone with ideas share them. They are especially interested in partnering with businesses, nonprofits and religious organizations that have open land or a parking lot suitable to host Hazelnut Grove and other groups.

KGW and KOIN had coverage of the announcement with additional details.


2) Join OKNA for a neighborly visit to Hazelnut Grove (Oct. 28)

All are welcome to join OKNA’s Homeless Outreach Committee for a tour of Hazelnut Grove. Visitors will sit in on the weekly Saturday meeting of residents and learn more about the organization. This is an opportunity to get to know Hazelnut Grove residents and to listen with an open and neighborly spirit. We hope you’ll join us and extend the invite to anyone interested. Questions? E-mail OKNA Board Member Noelle Smith at noellensmith573@gmail.com.

Visit Hazelnut Grove
Saturday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m.
Intersection of N Interstate and N Greeley avenues

3) Concerned about traffic? We want your input (Oct. 25)

A group of concerned residents from the Arbor Lodge and Overlook neighborhoods is collecting public input on unsafe traffic occurrences along the N Greeley Avenue corridor.  Public input will be used to evaluate areas of most concern in order to help us develop traffic studies and to initiate discussions with appropriate city agencies.

Please take a moment to complete the traffic safety survey. It can be completed online or in-person at the traffic safety meeting on Wednesday. Even if you complete the survey online, you’re invited to the meeting on Wednesday to meet neighbors and enjoy free refreshments. Our goal is Safe And Sound All Around.

Arbor Lodge/OKNA traffic safety meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8 p.m.
Madrona Hill Café (5937 N Greely Ave.)

4) League of Women Voters pub night in Overlook (Oct. 24)

The League of Women Voters of Portland will hold a pub night social even at the Lucky Labrador Tap Room on N Killingsworth on Tuesday. Attendees can ask questions and learn about the League. Meet fellow Portland residents who are interested in civic education and democracy.

League of Women Voters pub night
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Lucky Labrador Tap Room (1700 N Killingsworth St.)

5) Legislative town hall with Kotek, Sanchez and Frederick (Nov. 4)

North Portland’s delegation in Salem will hold a town hall on Saturday, Nov. 4. House Speaker Tina Kotek, Rep. Tawna Sanchez and Sen. Lew Frederick will recap this year’s legislative session, answer questions and discuss what comes next. The Legislature holds a short session next year.

Legislative Town Hall
Saturday, Nov. 4, 10-11:30 a.m.
PCC Cascade, Terrell Hall Auditorium (Corner of N Kerby and N Jessup)

6) Bethel players’ fall production

Every year, Bethel Lutheran Church’s Bethel Players put on an original musical comedy to raise money for their Drop-In Center, which serves kids in the neighborhood. This year’s production “Desperate Churchwives” will run the first two weekends in November with a free dress rehearsal performance on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. Click here for ticketing details and full schedule.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 14)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting (Oct. 17)
2) Earthquake practice (Oct. 16)
3) Apply for the Grievance Committee
4) Adidas update
5) Advise Portland on how to serve bicyclists


1) Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting (Oct. 17)

Join your neighbors at the OKNA general meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Kaiser Town Hall. A representative of the mayor’s office will attend to share information about the future of the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp and answer questions. We’ll also discuss goals for the next 12 months and committee opportunities. View the full agenda.

OKNA general meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.)

2) Earthquake practice (Oct. 16)

A reminder that the Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) in North and Northeast Portland will hold a deployment exercise to test community emergency plans on Monday 7-8:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Learn more here.

3) Apply for the Grievance Committee

OKNA will continue to take applications for the Grievance committee through Wednesday, Oct. 18. Send an email expressing interest to info@overlookneighborhood.org. You can learn more about this opportunity to help your neighborhood in this post.

4) Adidas update

A recent interview with Mark King, Adidas’ president of North American operations, discussed growth at the campus in Overlook. The company plans a major expansion that would allow it to increases its workforce from 1,700 to 2,800.

The story also noted that some neighbors of the campus had received unsolicited purchase offers for their homes.

OKNA Chair Chris Trejbal followed up with the company on these items.

On the question of buying homes, the company has no plans to expand beyond its current footprint. It is looking for a few residences in which it can house temporary workers and executives when they are in town, for example, when they are visiting from Germany. Adidas does not want to pressure anyone to sell, only to let people know the offer is there if they consider moving at some point.

On the broader question of the expansion, Adidas does not yet have firm plans for the design has not decided on where new buildings will go. Officials pledge to be as transparent as possible throughout the process and will share updates with the neighborhood as things materialize. Any assumptions or guesses about the expansion at this time are just that – assumptions and guesses.

“We plan on being the best neighbors we can be while we work through this expansion,” a company official said.

Adidas welcomes questions and comments at overlook@adidas.com.

The OKNA land use committee and the board will continue to monitor the situation so that everyone is kept informed about the expansion plans. We will pay special attention to whether permit applications filed with the city adequately address the parking needs of a growing campus. If you have any questions for the board, contact chair@overlookneighborhood.org.

In the meantime, Adidas is continuing to take steps to ease parking on neighborhood streets. A successful pilot project of offering company-funded Uber to employees was successful and will be expanded. Adidas also is discussing opportunities to lease some excess parking on Swan Island and shuttle employees up from there. Finally, Adidas remains on track to open their Montgomery Park offices in January. That will move 300 employees from the main campus.

5) Advise Portland on how to serve bicyclists

The city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee is recruiting new members. The BAC is a group of 13 Portland residents (and 7 alternate members) who advise the mayor, City Council, and all departments of the City on matters relating to bicyclists. It includes people from many backgrounds. Some members are transportation professionals. Others are people who ride bikes for fun, exercise or to get around.

The BAC reviews transportation projects, plans and proposals in the City of Portland. Its input is sought on funding priorities, public outreach, policy and planning issues that affect bicyclists. It is an advocate for all people and groups that ride bikes in Portland.

BAC members are appointed to serve three-year terms. The BAC meets once per month, 6-8 p.m. at City Hall. Applications are due by Nov. 3, 5 p.m.

Learn more about the BAC and apply online to serve on the committee (printable application).

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 8)

1) OKNA board selects officers and committee chairs
2) OKNA seeks two volunteers for the Grievance Committee
3) Overlook NET meeting (Oct. 9)
4) Latinx Festival at Trillium Charter School (Oct. 14)
5) Earthquake practice (Oct. 16)


1) OKNA board selects officers and committee chairs

The 2017-18 Overlook Neighborhood Association Board held its first meeting last week. At the meeting the board chose its officers and committee chairs for the year. If you’re interested in volunteering for one of the committees, send an email to info@overlookneighborhood.org.

Officers
Chair – Chris Trejbal
Vice Chair – Dannielle Herman
Secretary – Alexandra Degher
Treasurer – Kristina Kern (backup Melissa Castor)

Committee Chairs
Homeless Outreach – Noelle Smith
Sustainability – Leslee Lewis
Public Safety – George Spaulding
Overlook Views Newsletter – Noelle Smith
Parks – Cynthia Sulaski
Land Use – Mike Shea
Data Management – Danielle Herman
Events and Marketing – Addie Humbert
Transportation – Alexandra Degher

2) OKNA seeks two volunteers for the Grievance Committee

The Overlook Neighborhood Association maintains a Grievance Committee of one board member and two non-board members. Board member Danielle Herman has volunteered to fill one slot, so we still need two non-board members.

From our bylaws, “The committee’s responsibility shall be to hear complaints of persons adversely affected by decisions of OKNA or the Board, and to make recommendations to the Board and OKNA for resolutions of the complaint.”

No complaint has been lodged in recent years, so volunteers potentially will not be called upon to meet in 2017-18. However, the city and our bylaws require OKNA to have the committee ready to go in case a complaint is filed. If you are interested in volunteering for the grievance committee, please send an email saying as much to info@overlookneighborhood.org.

3) Overlook NET meeting (Oct. 9)

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) will meet on Monday, 6:30-8 p.m. at Lucky Lab Taproom. This is the team’s usual even-month (indoor) meeting. Arrive early to get any food or drink, and as always non-NET members are encouraged to attend, satisfy their curiosity, and bring questions and suggestions. If you want to know more about preparing your family for an emergency, this is a great chance to learn.

The agenda will include any continuing items from the NET’s recent Fire Station 24 visit plus a preview of radio and Incident Command Structure (ICS) in advance of the Earthquake Practice on Oct. 16 (see below). Please check-in by radio (FRS channel 5) on your way in.

OKNA NET meeting
Monday, Oct. 9, 6:30-8 p.m.
Lucky Lab Taproom (1700 N. Killingsworth St.)

4) Latinx Festival at Trillium Charter School (Oct. 14)

October is Hispanic Heritage Month. Trillium Charter School will host the first Latinx Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be music, food and plenty of entertainment. Students and teachers in all classes are dedicating the month of October to work on cultural projects on different aspects of Latinx culture that will decorate our building.

General admission tickets are on sale now: $5 per individual or $15 per household (family of 3+). Proceeds will benefit the school.

Latinx Festival
Saturday, Oct. 14, 5-6 p.m.
Trillium Charter School (5420 N Interstate Ave.)

5) Earthquake practice (Oct. 16)

The Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) in North and Northeast Portland invite residents to help test community emergency plans during deployment exercise on Monday, Oct. 16, 7-8:30 p.m. NETs are made up of neighborhood volunteers who have been trained by the Bureau of Emergency Management and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance.

During this deployment exercise, participants will conduct a practice run of the NETs’ operations pans for what to do in an emergency. They will test radio communication and practice using gear. They will respond to fake scenarios in which community members are trapped or in danger and will deploy search and rescue teams to them.

Plans are interesting in theory but need to be practiced occasionally and revised as people learn new skills and as site conditions and neighborhoods change. The NETs need you to help test their plans. Please stop by to see the NETs in action and to ask questions. Your presence — and especially your questions — will help them to practice communicating with the public and working under pressure. Learning how to do this is vital to success, and you might have important information about the neighborhood or skills and training to consider in planning.

Earthquake practice
Monday, Oct. 16, 7-8:30 p.m.
Beach Elementary School (1710 N Humboldt St)

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 29)

1) OKNA Board Meeting (Oct. 3)
2) Apply for the County Community Involvement Committee


1) OKNA Board Meeting (Oct. 3)

The newly elected Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet for the first time on Tuesday. The board will choose its executive officers for the year, appoint committee chairs and discuss goals for 2017-18. As always, anyone is welcome to attend and observe.

OKNA Board Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

2) Apply for the County Community Involvement Committee

Are you looking for an opportunity to learn more about local government, help Multnomah County improve its programs and services, and ensure community input in county decision-making?

The Multnomah County Office of Community Involvement is currently accepting applications for two vacancies on the Community Involvement Committee (CIC). The CIC is a panel of 15 volunteers from throughout Multnomah County who are appointed by the Board of Commissioners. They work with county officials, departments, and the community to facilitate and enhance opportunities for community participation.

The CIC plays a crucial role in bringing community voice into county decision-making. CIC members engage in an ongoing study and discussion of the county’s priorities, programs, and procedures. Together, the committee makes recommendations directly to the Board of Commissioners and county departments about Multnomah County’s programs and policies .

There are currently openings for an at large member, who may reside in any district in Multnomah County, and for a member from District 1, which includes all of Northwest and Southwest Portland, parts of inner Southeast Portland, as well as all of unincorporated Multnomah County west of the Willamette River and on Sauvie Island.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the District 1 position, you must be a resident of District 1 in Multnomah County and be nominated by a neighborhood or community organization located in District 1. At large members must be residents of Multnomah County and be nominated by an incorporated community organization.

You must also be available to attend monthly CIC meetings, which are generally every third Tuesday in the evening.

How to apply

To apply, complete the online application. Nomination letters should be emailed to community.involvement@multco.us. (View a sample nomination letter.) Applications should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 12 to meet the first review deadline.

To learn more about this opportunity or receive assistance completing the application, call of the Office of Community Involvement at 503.988.3450 or email community.involvement@multco.us.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 24)

1) Mediation with Hazelnut Grove ends unsuccessfully
2) Register to vote for November special election
3) Mississippi Avenue fund raiser for Columbia River Gorge
4) I-5 Rose Quarter improvement project public forum (Sept. 28)


1) Mediation with Hazelnut Grove ends unsuccessfully

The Overlook Neighborhood Association participated in mediation efforts with the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp and the Village Coalition all summer in an attempt to develop a good neighbor agreement that could serve all sides. As part of that mediation process, participants agreed not to engage in outside conversations with the city about plans for the camp and other items being discussed in mediation.

At the last mediation session, it was revealed that Hazelnut Grove and the Village Coalition had violated that ground rule and sought to conceal it from the neighborhood. Given that willingness to violate agreements, the mediation team no longer believes that Hazelnut Grove and the Village Coalition are negotiating in good faith. Mediation has therefore concluded.

Jamey Duhamel, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s policy director, confirmed that they city was developing a deal that excludes the neighborhood.

Since the camp formed two years ago, Overlook has sought to be a participant in conversations about how to serve the homeless community while ensuring the health and safety of the campers and the neighborhood. This is just the most recent effort to cut Overlook out of such conversations.

The mediation team regrets that the process has ended without a good neighbor agreement. We hope that the city and Hazelnut Grove will reconsider and engage in a good faith effort to develop a safe course forward.

Click here to read the press release about the end of mediation, and watch the news coverage in the video below.

2) Register to vote for November special election

A special election will take place in Multnomah County on Nov. 7. Voters will be asked to approve a property tax increase for Portland Community College.

The voter registration deadline is Oct. 17. Check to make sure you are registered, update your registration information or register to vote on the Oregon Secretary of State’s website.

Once registered, you’ll be all set for future elections until you move, including upcoming Portland City Council elections in the spring and legislative races next November.

3) Mississippi Avenue fund raiser for Columbia River Gorge

Historic Portland Mississippi Avenue businesses are coming together on Monday to support the Colombia River Gorge in response to the devastating Eagle Creek fire. Participating businesses will donate a percentage of sales and supplies from the entire day to Friends of the Columbia Gorge to support relief efforts.

Participating businesses include: Ecliptic Brewing, Gypsy Chic, Crow Bar, Paxton Gate PDX, Verde Cocina, :: Flutter ::, Trailhead Credit Union, Flex & Flow Yoga, The Rambler, She Bop, Gravy, Mississippi Pizza Pub, Another Read Through, ReBuilding Center, Radar Restaurant, Beacon Sound, Black Wagon, Stormbreaker Brewing, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Pistils Nursery, UCHU, Miss Delta, Spin Laundry Lounge, ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria, Gumbo Gifts & Gallery, Moloko,Prost! Portland, Interurban, The Herbe Shoppe, Sunlan Lighting, Stash Tea, PDXchange – Fair and Square, and No Bones Beach Club – PDX (which will be closed on Monday and donating a percentage of sales from Tuesday instead).

4) I-5 Rose Quarter improvement project public forum (Sept. 28)

The Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Portland want to hear from residents. They will host a community and neighborhood forum on Thursday to discuss the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.

The forum, which is open to the public, will offer opportunities to:

  • Hear an overview of the project
  • Ask questions and give comments about the improvements
  • Discuss project opportunities and issues
  • Find more ways to engage with the project

Click here to learn more about the project in advance of the forum.

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Election results

Thank you to everyone who attended Tuesday night’s Overlook Neighborhood Association annual meeting. More than 100 people came out, and we hope to see all of you at future meetings.

Thanks also to adidas for hosting us at their North American headquarters. Tom Hughes, our neighborhood contact at adidas, went above and beyond for Overlook, providing snacks, beverages and employee store passes for everyone who attended. He also updated the neighborhood on steps adidas is taking to ease parking on neighborhood streets including more bike parking on the campus, subsidized Trimet use and funded Uber rides for nearby employees.

If you attended the meeting and enjoyed using the adidas space and their hospitality, please take a moment to send them a thank you to overlook@adidas.com. The more Tom hears that the meeting was appreciated, the more he can share that with the higher ups and perhaps secure space for us in the future.

At the meeting, we held elections for the OKNA board. Twenty people stepped up to run for 15 seats . Thank you to all of the candidates for volunteering to serve the neighborhood. Voters chose to add six new board members and return all nine incumbents who sought re-election.

The 2017-18 board will be:

  • Chris Trejbal
  • Cynthia Sulaski
  • George Spaulding
  • Noelle Smith
  • Mike Shea
  • Mike Murphy
  • Leslee Lewis
  • Krisitina Kern
  • Addie Humbert
  • Kent Hoddick
  • Dannielle Herman
  • Alexandra Degher
  • Alan Cranna
  • Melissa Castor
  • Mitch Bixby

The board will hold its first meeting on Oct. 3. At that time, board members will choose a chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer. The new chair will then appoint committee chairs with consent of the board.

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