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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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 15)

1) Polish Festival (Sept. 16-17)
2) Broadway Bridge closed (Sept. 16-17)
3) OKNA annual meeting and election (Sept. 19)
4) Grants available for neighborhood projects


1) Polish Festival (Sept. 16-17)

This weekend, the annual Polish Festival returns to Overlook for its 24th year. During the festival, there will be non-stop stage performances, including dance groups and music bands, polka contests on Saturday and Sunday, a street dance, delicious Polish food and imported Polish beer. Admission is free.

On Saturday, attendees can win two free plane tickets to Warsaw – generously sponsored by LOT Polish Airlines.

The event is held on 3900 N Failing Street between the two historic buildings of the Polish Library incorporated in 1911 and St. Stanislaus Church built in 1907, both located on N. Interstate Avenue.

Polish Festival
Saturday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 17, noon-6 p.m.
3900 N. Interstate Ave.

2) Broadway Bridge closed (Sept. 16-17)

The Broadway Bridge will close to all motor vehicles, including TriMet buses and the Portland Streetcar, from 6 a.m. on Saturday until as late as 10 p.m. on Sunday for a bi-annual structural inspection.

During the closure, streetcar staff will perform preparatory work for upcoming bridge construction.  Streetcar equipment needs to be adjusted before a contractor replaces four century-old steel Rall wheels and tracks that help the bridge open for ships to pass.

The Rall wheel contractor will flag bridge traffic on a single lane from 11 p.m. on Monday until as late as 5 a.m. Tuesday in order to move concrete barriers on the bridge.  This work will not impact streetcar or TriMet bus service.

Sidewalks will remain open for bicycles and pedestrians during the weekend and on Monday night.

The Fremont and Steel bridges are good alternate routes for motor vehicles when the Broadway Bridge is closed.  TriMet’s Broadway #17 bus route will detour to the Steel Bridge during the closure. The Portland Streetcar will not operate across the Broadway Bridge during the closure.

3) OKNA annual meeting and election (Sept. 19)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the adidas campus in the red building (access from near the tennis courts). We will elect the 2017-18 board, hear about upcoming development projects and more. Adidas staff will be present to help guide people to the meeting space. As we are guests on the adidas campus, please do not bring pets to the meeting.

Eleven residents have declared their candidacy for the board, which may have up to 15 members. Anyone interested in running as a write-in candidate may declare at the meeting on Tuesday. The board hopes that people representing a broad cross-section of the neighborhood choose to run.  We’re looking for people who are committed to keeping Overlook the best neighborhood in Portland, people who are willing to work on fun events like our annual parties and organizing informative monthly meetings. Board members are expected to attend both our monthly board meeting and general meeting.

The only formal requirement for candidacy is that one be an eligible member of OKNA. That means you must live in the neighborhood (provide a home address or identify a site where you live if no address), own a business in the neighborhood or be a designated representative of a non-profit registered in the neighborhood.

OKNA annual meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
adidas Headquarters – Red Building

4) Grants available for neighborhood projects

The 2018 North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS) small grant program application is now available.

Is your organization looking for funding for community activities that engage people in North Portland? Submit a project proposal. This year a total of $13,000 is available to neighborhood and community organizations.  Grant proposals generally range from $500 to $3,000.

The goals of the small grant program include building strong and diverse community participation, leadership and community connections. Review the 2018 grant application and find out about the grant program, goals, and requirements. Visit the NPNS website for more details.

Grant writing assistance workshops are scheduled for Sept. 19 and Oct. 5, 7-8 p.m. both days, at the Historic Kenton Firehouse. Attendees will learn about grant writing, discuss the application and selection process, meet with committee members, hear about other projects seeking grant funding for possible collaboration and how to get individual help with your grant.

Project proposals are due Monday, Nov. 13 by 2 p.m. Questions? Contact Mary at 503-823-4099, or mary@npnscommunity.org.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 9)

1) Beach Elementary School Harvest Dinner (Sept. 23)
2) Street racing
3) Ramp closures on I-5 including N Greeley exit
4) I-5 Rose Quarter improvements open house (Sept. 12)
5) OKNA annual meeting (Sept. 19)


1) Beach Elementary School Harvest Dinner (Sept. 23)

Join the Beach PTA for the third annual Beach School Harvest Dinner. This is an al fresco fundraiser to support the Beach garden. This is the first year of adding after school gardening classes for students through the SUN program.

Buy your ticket or sponsor a teacher or neighbor. And don’t forget to invite a friend. Tickets includes happy hour with wine, beer and cocktails, appetizers, sit down dinner, and dessert. Vegan and gluten-free options available upon request. Last year a large number of Overlook neighbors attended who had no students at Beach.

Thank you for supporting your neighborhood school.

Beach Harvest Dinner
Saturday, Sept. 23, 6-8 p.m.
Beach Elementary School Field (1710 N Humboldt St.)

2) Street racing

At the August OKNA general meeting, neighbors voted to ask the Portland City Council and the city to take a more active role in reducing incidents of street racing on Swan Island and nearby streets. Read the full letter send to council here. From the letter:

Residents of the Overlook Neighborhood in North Portland request that you take immediate steps to eliminate street racing that occurs on Swan Island and surrounding streets. These activities are dangerous to residents and travelers as well as disruptive to the neighborhood.

Swan Island, N Going Street and N Greeley Avenue all have seen a troubling increase in the incidence of street racing during the past few months. They race up and down streets in excess of the posted speed limits, rev engines and spin tires and tag property. The noise, smoke and exhaust travel far into the neighborhood, disrupting what should otherwise be peaceful evenings and weekends.

Some residents have sought assistance through the police non-emergency line, but they have received little response and no effective response.

Members of the Overlook Neighborhood Association therefore voted overwhelmingly to reach out to you in the hopes that some action can be taken to discourage street racing. Additional patrols, arrests and prosecution of violators, installing traffic calming devices, and collaborating with the neighborhood on other measures all have low cost but potentially tremendous benefits.

3) Ramp closures on I-5 including N Greeley exit

Interstate 5 ramps, lanes and overpasses from Tualatin to North Portland will be closed for bridge deck seal maintenance. Most work will take place at night or on weekends in September and October. This work is highly weather dependent and will be rescheduled in wet or cold weather.

Bridge deck seals fill cracks and create a barrier to keep water from seeping into bridges. A new deck seal increases the lifespan of bridges.

Below is a list of impacted ramps, overpasses and lanes. Visit TripCheck.com for up-to-date traffic impacts, which may include ramp closures, lane closures and overpass closures.

  • Nyberg Street ramps at I-5 (Exit 289)
  • Carman Drive over I-5.
  • Oregon 217/Kruse Way over I-5.
  • SW 19th Avenue over I-5.
  • Oregon 99W and I-5 interchange.
  • SW Brier Place over I-5.
  • N Vancouver and N Flint Avenues over I-5.
  • North Greeley Avenue off-ramp from I-5.
  • North Skidmore Street over I-5.
  • North Killingsworth Street over I-5.
  • I-5 at Victory Boulevard.

For more information, including traffic impacts for each location, visit the project website.

4) I-5 Rose Quarter improvements open house (Sept. 12)

ODOT and the City of Portland are continuing to study and design improvements to I-5 between I-84 and I-405 and to local streets near the Broadway-Weidler interchange in Portland. They invite the public to an informational open house to learn about the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project and the planned improvements. The open house is drop-in, so stop by to learn and talk to project team members about:

  • Which highway and local street improvements are planned
  • The project purpose and need
  • Planning history
  • The environmental study process and more!

You can also learn more on the project website.

I-5 Rose Quarter improvements open house
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5-7 p.m.
Matt Dishman Community Center – Auditorium (77 NE Knott St.)

5) OKNA annual meeting (Sept. 19)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the adidas campus in the red building (access from near the tennis courts). We will elect the 2017-18 board, hear about upcoming development projects and more. Check out this previous post for more details. Next week’s neighborhood update will include an agenda.

OKNA annual meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
adidas Headquarters – Red Building

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Special Update (Sept. 6)

1) OKNA Board elections (Sept. 19)
2) Portlandia filming in Overlook on Thursday
3) Do you have backup water ready?


1) OKNA Board elections (Sept. 19)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will hold its annual meeting and board election on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. The board is excited to announce that adidas will host our meeting at the North American headquarters. We’ll be in the red building with access from the courtyard by the tennis courts. Adidas staff will be present to help guide people to the meeting space. As we are guests on the adidas campus, please do not bring pets to the meeting.

At the annual meeting, we will elect the OKNA board for 2017-18. Up to 15 people can serve on the board, and we hope that people representing a broad cross-section of the neighborhood choose to run.  We’re looking for people who are committed to keeping Overlook the best neighborhood in Portland, people who are willing to work on fun events like our annual parties and organizing informative monthly meetings. Board members are expected to attend both our monthly board meeting and general meeting.

The only formal requirement for candidacy is that one be an eligible member of OKNA. That means you must live in the neighborhood (provide a home address or identify a site where you live if no address), own a business in the neighborhood or be a designated representative of a non-profit registered in the neighborhood.

Residents interested in running for the board are encouraged to send an email to info@overlookneighborhood.org by Friday, Sept. 15 with their name, where they live, and the name of their business or nonprofit if appropriate. Every eligible candidate who submits that information by Sept. 15 will be included on the ballot. Write-in candidates may declare their candidacy at the annual meeting.

Prior to the vote, all candidates will be given one or two minutes (depending on how many candidates there are) to speak to the membership. Voters may vote for up to 15 candidates.

Even if you aren’t running for the board, we hope that residents come out to participate in our local democracy and see the inside of adidas.

2) Portlandia filming in Overlook on Thursday (Sept. 7)

A late permit came through for Portlandia to film in our neighborhood on Thursday. The filming will impact parking and traffic on Greeley Avenue between Ainsworth and Jessup streets as well as on Jesup between Greeley and Burage avenues. Click on the image for a map and more details.

If any problems arise, contact Hannah Powers, the location manager on site, at 503-890-5906.

3) Do you have backup water ready?

The Eagle Creek fire burning in the Columbia River Gorge has reached the Bull Run Watershed, source of Portland’s drinking water. The Bull Run Reservoir is not yet at risk, but as the fire grows, that could change.

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) encourages all residents to have an emergency supply of water on hand in case service is disrupted. If you need a container, we have a limited number of 5-gallon water “bags” available. Each collapsible bag was used once by the Portland Water Bureau to transport test samples out of Bull Run. A small amount of bleach in water will sterilize them to hold water for up to six months.

If you’d like one of these free water storage bags, you can make arrangements to pick one up by emailing info@overlookneighborhood.org.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Sept. 2)

1) Stay cool out there
2) OKNA Board meeting (Sept. 5)
3) Watch out for school kids
4) Comment on affordable housing bond plans


1) Stay cool out there

Portland is in the midst of one of its hottest Labor Day weekends on record. As temperatures reach the 90s and maybe hit 100 Monday or Tuesday, remember to take common sense steps to stay cool and healthy. Make sure you drink plenty of water and avoid prolonged, strenuous outdoor exertion during the hottest hours of the day.

Kids can stay cool at the city’s interactive fountains and splash pads. The nearest to Overlook are in Kenton and Peninsula parks. The city’s swimming pools also are open.

Multnomah County once more has opened cooling centers. The nearest to Overlook is at the Walnut Park Building (5325 NE Martin Luther King Blvd.). It will be open 2-8 p.m. through Labor Day and 5-8 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday.

Track the temperatures in Overlook at the Madrona Park weather station.

2) OKNA Board meeting (Sept. 5)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Topics for discussion include safety along N Greeley Avenue, committee assignments and story ideas for the November edition of the neighborhood newsletter.

OKNA Board Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

3) Watch out for school kids

Children throughout Portland started their new school year this week, including at Beach Elementary in Overlook. As students return to school, it’s particularly important to obey traffic laws and drive safely in school zones. Every intersection is a crosswalk, whether it is marked or not, so everyone driving needs to stop for families attempting to cross our streets. Near schools, people driving need to be especially mindful and watch out for parents and children walking and biking.

Drivers should also be aware that Portland Police Bureau officers will be at every school during the first few weeks of the school year to enforce school speed zones and other traffic laws.

If you drive to school, through a school zone or in neighborhoods near a school, follow these safety tips to keep all students safe this year:

  • Obey the 20-mph speed limit in all school zones.
  • Be patient during drop-off and pick-up if you drive your student to school or drive near a school. The roadways surrounding schools are congested during these times.
  • Do not idle your vehicle in school zones.
  • Yield to pedestrians at all intersections, whether marked with a crosswalk or not, it’s the law.
  • Look both ways for pedestrians and bicyclists when turning right on a red light.
  • Be aware of students where there are no sidewalks along the road and when backing out of driveways.
  • Watch for younger children – they can be less predictable and may not cross where you would expect.
  • Stop and wait for school buses when red lights are flashing.

If you are walking or biking to school:

Be aware:

  • Always look both ways before crossing the street
  • Watch out for trucks’ and buses’ blind spots
  • Avoid screens like parked cars when crossing the street

Be visible:

  • Bring a light, reflector or bright clothes when walking or biking particularly when it gets darker.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing
  • Whenever possible, cross at signaled/marked intersections when crossing major roads.

Have fun!

  • Walk or bike in groups.  Start a walking school bus or bike train.

Thank you for doing your part to provide safe student travel near all Portland schools.

4) Comment on affordable housing bond plans

In November 2016, Portland voters passed a general obligation bond of $258.4 million to increase affordable housing in our community.

To ensure bond investments create housing opportunity for those most in need and to reflect values of advancing racial equity and promoting community benefits, the Portland Housing Bureau convened a Stakeholder Advisory Group to guide the development of a policy framework for the use of bond funds.

The Draft Policy Framework for the Affordable Housing Bond is now available for review. The public is invited to read and comment on the plan here between now and Sept. 23.

Interested parties can share their feedback by completing the Community Survey here (online and print versions are available in English and Spanish). Find a schedule of public meetings here for opportunities to discuss the plan with other community members and provide feedback.

For more information, visit the bond website.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 27)

1) Upcoming events at adidas
2) Picnic at Peninsula Park (Sept. 24)
3) Oregon transportation funding priorities
4) Equity in city government


1) Upcoming events at adidas

As part of their efforts to keep neighbors informed, adidas has announced two upcoming events. On Wednesday, Aug. 30, 4-4:45 p.m., there will be amplified sound on the plaza and a yoga class on the pitch. On Friday, Sept. 8, 9-11:30 a.m. there will be amplified sound on the plaza and a DJ playing music for a donor event.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact adidas at overlook@adidas.com.

2) Picnic at Peninsula Park (Sept. 24)

Join other friends of Portland Parks at Peninsula Park in North Portland to celebrate the close of Portland Parks Foundation’s 15th Anniversary Year. Bring the whole family, along with a picnic blanket, to enjoy all that public parks have to offer.

Festivities Include:

  • A picnic sponsored by NW Natural
  • Art station for budding artists hosted by Multnomah Arts Center
  • Youth soccer clinic lead by Jack Jewsbury, former Portland Timbers midfielder and Portland Parks Foundation board member
  • Guided tours of the historic garden by Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden
  • Parks Champion Award presented to outstanding community volunteer

RSVP by September 14.

Portland Parks Foundation’s 15th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, Sept. 24, 4:30-6 p.m.
Peninsula Park

3) Oregon transportation funding priorities

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is looking for input from Oregonians about how to prioritize spending. Tell ODOT if it should prioritize funding for highway expansion, safety, or pedestrian/bike improvements by taking this short survey.

The process for distributing money to transportation projects in the 2021-4 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) begins now. Because projects in the STIP are funded with taxpayer dollars, ODOT is making every effort to get input from Oregonians about how to spend these funds. To accomplish this, they have created a website to share information. Check it out at oregon.gov/ODOT/STIP.

4) Equity in city government

The Office of Equity and Human Rights’ charge from community and City Council is to influence institutional change in city government in regards to race and disability.

The office depends on community feedback to inform its work. If you’d like to help with that mission, the office is accepting applications for its Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC). The BAC consists of volunteers from Portland’s diverse communities representing an array of experiences, perspectives and expertise. This is a great opportunity to learn more about governing for racial and disability equity, and to become more aware of how your unique form of city government works.

Find out more and apply for the BAC.

You may also contact Jeff Selby for more information at jeff.selby@portlandoregon.gov.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 19)

1) Tour de Lab bicycle ride will close street in Overlook (Sept. 3)
2) Help Portland plan pedestrian improvements
3) General meeting recap


1) Tour de Lab bicycle ride will close street in Overlook (Sept. 3)

The ninth annual Tour de Lab bicycle ride returns on Sept. 3. This event, which visits the various Lucky Lab sites in Portland, including Overlook’s own Lucky Labrador Taproom on N Killingsworth Street, is a fundraiser to benefit Dove Lewis animal hospital. There are two routes, a 41-mile Big Dog and 18-mile Puppy.

To ensure the safety or riders and drivers alike, N Concord Avenue between Willamette Boulevard and Killingsworth will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2) Help Portland plan pedestrian improvements

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is conducting a survey as a part of its PedPDX project. PedPDX will identify pedestrian needs across the city, including sidewalks, crossing improvements, and other investments that will make walking safer, more comfortable, and more accessible in Portland. The Plan will also prioritize those needs to help ensure that we are directing funding to locations with the greatest need first (based on user demand, safety conditions, transit access, and other priorities identified by the community).

Take the community survey by Sept. 30. Responses to the online survey will directly shape how PBOT prioritizes pedestrian improvements citywide. Your response will help PBOT understand the types of walking improvements that are most important and the general locations where they are needed most. The survey should take no more than 3 minutes. At the end, you will have an opportunity to enter for a chance to win one of several prizes, including a Fitbit Charge 2.

More information about PedPDX, including information on how to sign up for email updates to stay involved throughout the project, is available on the project website at pedpdx.com.

3) General meeting recap

For those who were unable to attend the OKNA General Meeting on Tuesday, a quick recap. More than 130 residents and guests attended the meeting.

The evening began with a special board meeting to respond to threats from Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s office and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement. The board voted unanimously to remove from the general meeting agenda a bylaws amendment that would have clarified membership criteria for OKNA consistent with policies in more than a dozen other neighborhoods. The vote was not a reflection on the merits of the proposal but a response to Eudaly’s threats. OKNA Chairperson Chris Trejbal discussed the issue on Oregon Public Broadcasting this week.

During the General Meeting, the membership authorized the board to ask that the city address drift racing and drag racing on Swan Island and nearby streets and to spend $150 on design work for a flyer to promote the Sept. 19 annual meeting. The membership also approved an overhaul of the OKNA bylaws. Among the changes of note, the board will now have up to 15 members who will be elected at the annual meeting. If you’d like more information about running for the board, send an email to info@overlookneighborhood.org

Members also debated and voted on a resolution introduced by four Overlook residents in accordance with the bylaws. The measure (read the full text here) would have required that any good neighbor agreement between the Overlook Neighborhood and the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp include a three-month timeline for relocation of the camp. If no agreement were reached by Oct. 1, it called for relocating the camp.

During the debate neighbors and homeless advocates offered passionate arguments for and against the measure. A handful of disruptive attendees were not able to prevent an excellent show of local democracy and civil debate in action.

Using a parliamentary maneuver, one speaker attempted to replace that resolution with language that stated:

  • Overlook welcomes and celebrates Hazelnut Grove and others experiencing homelessness;
  • OKNA pledges to support homeless people;
  • OKNA places, as a top priority, that the neighborhood address the affordable housing and homelessness crisis.

Residents voted two-to-one against the change.

The original motion then went to a vote. It, too, failed, but on a much closer count. Hazelnut Grove campers were sufficient in number to swing the outcome.

After a brief recess during which most people left, the remaining residents discussed other issues of importance to the neighborhood. Several thanked the board for its hard work and for keeping a challenging meeting moving forward.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 11)

1) Changes to the upcoming OKNA meeting (Aug. 15)
2) Special Olympics at adidas a success
3) City intervenes in mediation with Hazelnut Grove
4) Bridge Pedal will disrupt traffic on Sunday morning


1) Changes to the upcoming OKNA meeting (Aug. 15)

The OKNA general meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. has changed location. Given the high level of interest in this meeting, the OKNA Board has secured a larger venue at Trillium Charter School. Do not go to Lucky Lab … unless you prefer tasty beer and pizza to neighborhood politics.

A special board meeting has been called for 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, prior to the scheduled general meeting. The board will discuss the proposed bylaws amendment that would clarify who qualifies for membership in OKNA. This meeting is in response to Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s office and ONI threatening to rescind OKNA official standing if the bylaws amendment passes. Read their letter to OKNA here.

The first bylaws amendment that deals with procedural items will not be affected. You can read both amendments on the OKNA website.

Please try to arrive early for the meeting. Anyone who wishes to vote on items should check in and receive a voting card. Pursuant to ONI interpretations, when checking in, residents will be asked to print their name, address or nearest intersection to where they live and email address if they wish to be added to our weekly email update. They also will be required to check a box affirming that they live in the Overlook Neighborhood and provide a legal signature.

An agenda for the meeting is available here. Other topics to be discussed include drag racing on Swan Island and promoting the September annual meeting.

OKNA Special Board Meeting & General Meeting
Tuesday, Aug. 15, 6:15-9 p.m.
Trillium Charter School (5420 N Interstate Ave.)

2) Special Olympics at adidas a success

Adidas, whose North American headquarters is in Overlook, sends its thanks to neighborhood residents for accommodating last weekend’s Special Olympics soccer match. A spokesman for adidas writes to the neighborhood:

Big thanks to you and the Overlook Neighborhood for accommodating our request for yesterday morning’s Special Olympics match!

While I’m sure some residents were surprised to hear ACDC and Katy Perry with their morning coffee, the families, staff, officials, and athletes who were in attendance were thrilled to play and compete in a sport they are passionate for at the Village before heading over to Providence Park to watch the Timbers and Galaxy.

We greatly appreciate your flexibility with the date change to Sunday morning and for helping us provide a welcoming and hospitable space for sport for our guests from Special Olympics.

OKNA also shares its thanks for everyone who made this fun day possible for the young athletes.

3) City intervenes in mediation with Hazelnut Grove

Jamey Duhamel, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s policy director, this week told the Portland Tribune that Eudaly’s office would seek to implement a Dignity Village model at the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp. OKNA is engaged in a city-mandated mediation process with Hazelnut Grove and has hoped to reach an agreement that would match the successful Kenton Village model. Representatives of Hazelnut Grove, including Vahid Brown, a leader of the Village Coalition, have spoken positively at OKNA meetings about the Kenton model.

While it is unfortunate that Eudaly’s staff are potentially harming the mediation process, OKNA continues to hope that Hazelnut Grove will agree to reasonable health and safety provisions akin to the Kenton Model. The next mediation session is scheduled for later this month.

4) Bridge Pedal will disrupt traffic on Sunday morning

Anyone planning to drive in and around downtown Portland on Sunday might want to wait until the afternoon. The annual Providence Bridge Pedal will take place on Sunday morning, closing most of the city’s bridges and some streets between them for thousands of bike riders. The graphic on the right shows the status of individual bridges, but in general, it will be best to avoid the area if possible until the roads clear.

Overlook was sorry to learn that the Bridge Pedal will not pass through our neighborhood this year. In past years, the ride crossed the St. Johns Bridge and came through Overlook. That portion of the ride was dropped this year after difficulties securing sufficient police services.

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OKNA Bylaws Amendments Proposed

(Update: The meeting location had changed to Trillium Charter School. See here for details.)

Hello Overlook Neighborhood Association Members and Friends,

At next Tuesday’s (Aug. 15) OKNA General Meeting, the board will ask members to consider bylaws revisions.

Over the years, the bylaws have been amended on multiple occasions. As is often the case with organizational bylaws, they became too long and stopped reflecting neighborhood association practices. The proposed revisions would correct this. Overlook does things well overall, but we aren’t so arrogant to think that we can’t learn a thing or two from other neighborhoods. To that end, we reviewed many other neighborhoods’ bylaws for inspiration and ideas.

We’ve broken the revisions into two proposals for Tuesday. Each will require a two-thirds majority of members present to pass. A summary is below. You can read the full proposals in the following documents:

1A. Proposed revised bylaws (clean version)
1B. Proposed revised bylaws (red-line, tracked changes version)
2. Proposed update to membership qualifications.

If you have any questions before the Aug. 15 meeting, please send them to info@overlookneighborhood.org. The meeting will take place at the Lucky Labrador Tap Room on N Killingsworth Street starting at 6:30 p.m. A full agenda will be included with the neighborhood update this weekend.

Thank you for your interest in Overlook. We hope to see you Tuesday!


Revision A

The first revision that members will consider Tuesday has updates throughout our bylaws. The changes feature ideas about how to handle some things better and more efficiently. They also have updates to make sure that how we do things is in alignment with the bylaws. Highlights include:

Elections

The current bylaws call for representation from geographic zones and a series of elections of executive and standing committees. In recent years, OKNA elections have followed a more streamlined approach of electing board members and then having the board choose a chairperson, vice chairperson, treasurer, secretary and committee chairs. The system has worked well, and the bylaws revisions would codify it.

Size of the Board

We currently have 10 board members. The revisions would set the number of seats at 15, creating more opportunity for neighborhood residents to serve and help lead our community. If fewer than 15 people run, all will join the board. An election will occur only if more than 15 seek seats on the board.

Meetings

The current bylaws set an expectation that the board meet monthly. The revisions would allow greater flexibility. Some months, there is no business to discuss or a holiday conflicts, so holding a meeting makes no sense. This doesn’t mean we’ll only have a handful of meetings per year, but we’ll skip a month now and then with the consent of the board.

Committees

The current bylaws define several standing committees that require elected chairpeople. Under the revisions, the board would establish committees as needed, and the chairs of those committees would be selected by the board. This gives OKNA the flexibility to have the committees necessary to address issues as they come up and to disband committees that no longer are needed. The only codified standing committee would be the Grievance Committee.

Leadership Term Limits

The current bylaws also establish a two-term limit (two years) for all offices and committee chairs. We have in some years struggled to find enough people to fill all of those roles, and two years is barely enough time to learn all the ropes. Therefore, the revised bylaws would create a three-year term limit on executive offices with an exception for additional years if no one else wants to fill a role and the current person is willing to continue.

Because these changes bring OKNA bylaws into line with OKNA practice in recent years, the board hopes that members will adopt them on Aug. 15 so that they can be in effect for elections at our September General Meeting.

Revision B

The second bylaws amendment for consideration on Tuesday clarifies who qualifies for membership in OKNA and therefore may vote and hold office. Under a city Office of Neighborhood Involvement interpretation of neighborhood bylaws, it is possible that anyone who happens to be in the neighborhood on the day of a meeting could be eligible to vote. This includes houseless individuals camping illegally in Overlook or squatters occupying a vacant building.

This revision reflects the view that a greater commitment to the neighborhood should be necessary to vote and serve on the board. To that end, this amendment would require residents to provide a legal home address to qualify for membership. That would exclude houseless campers and squatters in vacant buildings. However, it would not preclude a houseless village that has from receiving full membership privileges. A city-sanctioned and permitted houseless village would have a legal address, and its residents therefore would qualify for OKNA membership. Alternatively, a houseless village with a nonprofit component could have a designated representative member in OKNA.

Businesses and non-profits in the neighborhood would continue to be eligible to have a designated member in OKNA.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Aug. 4)

1) Overlook House ice cream social (Aug. 6)
2) Special Olympics at adidas moved to Sunday (Aug. 6)
3) Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) meeting (Aug. 14)
4) OKNA bylaws updates
5) Remaining safe in public in a tense climate
6) Friends of Trees seeks Overlook volunteer
7) The Alibi Tiki Lounge turns 70 (Aug. 19)


1) Overlook House ice cream social (Aug. 6)

Are you feeling the heat these past few days? Come cool off with some ice cream at the Overlook House’s ice cream social and bike parade on Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to support the beloved Historic Overlook House and to meet your neighbors. The even it open to the public with ice cream, hot dogs and sausage, beer and non-alcoholic beverages available for sale.

Kids and kids at heard can begin gathering for the bike parade at 2, with the parade starting at 3 and ending at the Overlook House for ice cream. Learn more on our website.

Ice cream social and bike parade
Sunday, Aug. 6, 2-6 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

 

2) Special Olympics at adidas moved to Sunday (Aug. 6)

Due to the high heat forecast for this weekend, the Special Olympics Oregon soccer game scheduled for Saturday afternoon has been moved to Sunday morning before things get too hot. No music or announcements will be broadcast over the PA system before 8 a.m., and parking will be provided for all athletes and spectators in the adidas employee garage. Kickoff will be between 8:30 and 9:30, with the event wrapping up by 10:30.

If you’re free Sunday morning, please consider showing up to support these young athletes.

 

3) Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) meeting (Aug. 14)

Are you prepared for an earthquake or other major emergency? The folks with the Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team want to help you get ready. Join them for their next meeting at the Lucky Labrador Tap Room on Monday, Aug. 14 to make new friends and learn how you can be ready for disaster. The meeting runs 6:30-8 p.m., but newcomers are encouraged to show up around 6 p.m. to ask questions and meet people. Folks with radios should check-in en route on channel 5.

Overlook NET meeting
Monday, Aug. 14, 6-8 p.m.
Lucky Labrador Tap Room (1700 N Killingsworth Road)

 

4) OKNA bylaws updates

The OKNA Board has been hard at work revising our bylaws to reflect the way the neighborhood association runs and to better align with bylaws in other neighborhoods. We will ask members to adopt these updates at the Aug. 15 General Meeting, which will be held a the Lucky Labrador Tap Room on N Killingsworth at 6:30 p.m. We’re putting the finishing touches on the changes and will post them at overlookneighborhood.org and to our email list on Tuesday.

At the Aug. 15 meeting, members will consider two items.

First, the board will ask for adoption of a rewrite of the bylaws to reflect how we conduct elections and manage our committees. These technical changes primarily bring our current practices and bylaws into alignment. Several smaller changes are also incorporated to add clarity and increase opportunities for residents to engage.

Second, the board will present revisions to our membership requirements for consideration. This item was separated out to allow for greater discussion.

Both motions will require a two-thirds supermajority vote for approval.

 

5) Remaining safe in public in a tense climate

Portland has seen an uptick in bigoted intimidation and harassment over the past few months. Incidents range from swastika graffiti to the recent killings on the Max Train, leaving many Portland residents feeling on edge. When encountering these situations, there are many ways to respond to protect and support ourselves, our families and community members, depending on the safety of the situation. No matter how small the action, what we do can go a long way to communicating that hate will not be tolerated in our city.

Many people will not encounter these sorts of incidents. However, it is a good idea to consider personal safety while out in public and how you should react in case you do find yourself in an unexpected situation. The city’s Crime Prevention Program has put together guidance that will help people prepare. Check out the tips online.

 

6) Friends of Trees seeks Overlook volunteer

The group Friends of Trees is already planning for next spring’s plantings in the Overlook Neighborhood and seeks someone to join the coordinating team. If you’re interested in trees and keeping Overlook green, you can learn more on their website.

Email Litzy Venturi if you’d like to pursue this opportunity.

 

7) The Alibi Tiki Lounge turns 70 (Aug. 19)

Did you know that The Alibi Restaurant and Lounge is one of the oldest continuously running tiki bars in the country? Opened in 1947, it is a beloved, transcending and iconic institution in Portland.

The Alibi will celebrate its 70th birthday on Aug. 19 with a kid-friendly outdoor luau for neighbors and other fans.

This event will be from 12-7 p.m. and host local and regional tiki vendors, an outdoor Polynesian luau feast, shaved ice cart and outdoor beer garden. Surf rock bands Don and the Quixotes, The Apollo Four, and live band karaoke featuring Karaoke from Hell will provide entertainment. Guests can ride the mechanical shark, and there will be games and activities for kids. In addition, a charity dunk tank featuring local celebrities will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Portland.

Alibi 70th Birthday Luau
Saturday, Aug. 19, 12-7 p.m.
The Alibi Restaurant & Lounge (4024 N Interstate Ave.)

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