Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 15)

1) Prepare for potential flooding
2) Overlook Neighborhood General Meeting (Tuesday, Jan. 17)
3) Report downed trees on public lands
4) Patton Square Park Survey
5) Skip the Emergency Room if you can


1) Prepare for potential flooding

An atmospheric river system arriving in the middle of next week threatens heavy rainfall that, coupled with melting snow, could cause flooding. If you can, please clear storm drains near your home. Drains blocked by debris or ice can cause urban pooling in neighborhoods. That standing water is dangerous to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. If it is particularly high, it can flood into residential properties.

Learn more about clearing city storm drains by clicking here.

2) Overlook Neighborhood General Meeting (Tuesday, Jan. 17)

Join your Overlook neighbors at our upcoming general meeting to find out what’s going on around the neighborhood. Topics on the agenda for discussion include Patton Square Park, presentations about development projects along Interstate Avenue and a presentation about the upcoming Portland Public School construction bond measure.

OKNA General Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)

3) Report downed trees on public lands

If you find a newly downed tree or large limbs on public land, please report it to Portland Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry crews at 503-823-TREE (8733). The crews are working hard to clear trees and large limbs from Portland’s streets. On the first day of the storm, crews worked on trees which blocked TriMet tracks in four locations, allowing trains to continue vital service.

As of mid-day Friday, there were more than 200 calls made to 823-TREE. All emergencies will be addressed in time, but work is expected to take weeks. Crews are working on the areas of biggest impacts first, mitigating any safety issues before clearing debris.

For more information on PP&R Urban Forestry, including permits, contact information, and resources, please visit their website.

4) Patton Square Park Survey

Friends of Patton Square Park thank the neighbors who have completed the survey about Patton Square Park and the playground enhancement project.  If you haven’t yet completed the survey, time remains to share your input. All users of the park – with and without children – are encouraged to participate to that we can develop a plan that will serve everyone.

Take the survey online by clicking here.

5) Skip the Emergency Room if you can

Tri-County Health Office advises not using ER for non-urgent health issues, especially during current severe weather conditions and annual flu season

The Tri-County Health Officer is cautioning that people with non-urgent health conditions may face long waits at hospital emergency departments across the Portland metro area. The public should know that emergency departments have been unusually busy for several days and that those with non-urgent issues should consider seeking care from a primary care provider or urgent care.

People with urgent, serious or life-threatening conditions are continuing to receive the care they need,” said Dr. Paul Lewis, Health Officer for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties.

However, unprecedented numbers of patients reporting to area hospitals and high ambulance volume are causing in longer-than-usual waits and for ambulances to be directed to more distant destinations than typical.

Several factors are contributing to the backup. First, the number of people who have already been admitted to area hospitals is high. Having so many people receiving in-patient care slows the ability of emergency department staff to move patients out of the emergency department and into an in-patient bed. Second, Dr. Jon Jui, the Multnomah County Emergency Services Medical Director, said there has also been a pent-up demand for care due to the recent three-day holiday weekends, eight days of severe weather and the annual flu season.

“No one will be turned away from hospital,” Dr. Lewis said. “But if you or a loved one have a non-urgent matter, please consider visiting an urgent care office or your own provider before heading to the ER.”

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 8)

1) Hazelnut Grove homeless camp public meeting (Sunday, Jan. 15)
2) Portland’s new inclusionary housing program (Friday, Jan. 13)
3) Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup plan


1) Hazelnut Grove homeless camp public meeting (Sunday, Jan. 15)

There have been reports of leadership shakeups at the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp in Overlook. The Overlook Neighborhood Association has been in contact with Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office to discuss the future of the camp. We’ll update neighbors as we learn more.

In the meantime, Hazelnut Grove has invited the public to a meeting to hear about the turmoil there and changes. Members of the camp will respond to community concerns.

Hazelnut Grove homeless camp public meeting
Sunday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m.
Overlook Park

2) Portland’s new inclusionary housing program (Friday, Jan. 13)

Beginning Feb. 1, buildings with 20 or more residential units will be part of Portland’s Inclusionary Housing Program, which hopes to make affordable housing units available throughout the city. The program requires a minimum amount of units be affordable to households earning no more than 80 percent of area median income, with five alternatives for providing affordability, and varying incentives.

Developers and the general public are invited to a lunch session to hear more information about the program details and what to expect when submitting a building permit for a housing project.

The presentation will address questions such as:

  • Which developments are exempt from the Inclusionary Housing Program?
  • What are my options to meet the program requirements?
  • What incentives apply to help off-set the cost of providing affordable units?
  • Who do I contact with questions about a specific project?
  • How do I figure out what the rents will be for the affordable units?

Portland Housing Bureau and Bureau of Development Services staff will be available to answer questions. Registration is not required.

Inclusionary housing information session
Friday, Jan. 13, noon – 1 p.m.
Bureau of Development Services at CH2M Center (2020 SW 4th Ave.)
Lincoln Conference Room (1st Floor)

3) Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup plan

The Environmental Protection Agency last week released its final cleanup plan for about 10 miles of the Willamette River including areas adjacent to the Overlook Neighborhood. The plan addresses contaminated sediments through dredging, capping, enhanced natural recovery, and monitored natural recovery, including removal of over three million cubic yards of contaminated sediments. It also addresses contaminated groundwater that could re-contaminate the river and river banks. About 1,774 acres of the site with lower contaminant levels are expected to recover naturally over time. Active cleanup work at the site is now expected to take as much as 13 years and cost about $1 billion.

At the request of community groups and stakeholders, the EPA plans to host community information sessions to present the details of the final remedy this March. Details will be posted online as these information sessions are scheduled.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Dec. 24)

1) Happy Holidays from OKNA
2) Holiday garbage and recycling pickup
3) OKNA Board Meeting
4) Arts Tax oversight committee recruiting
5) Six months of sun at Beach School


1) Happy Holidays from OKNA

The Overlook Neighborhood Association wishes all of our neighborhood residents a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year. We thank everyone who helped make Overlook the city’s best neighborhood in 2016 and look forward to building on our success in 2017.

The weekly email will take next week off for the holidays. See you again the first week of January.

2) Holiday garbage and recycling pickup

When holidays fall on a Sunday, as Christmas and New Year’s do this year, there is no change to the pickup schedule. Please put your garbage and recycling out on your normal day.

If you’d like to receive a weekly email reminder about what to put out on the curb that week, sign up at the city’s collection website.

3) OKNA Board Meeting

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The board will discuss plans for the new year, Overlook Views and more. Agenda.

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

4) Arts Tax oversight committee recruiting

The purpose of the Committee is to review the disbursements and outcomes of the Arts Education & Access Fund, oversee the measures of effectiveness of the funding, and report its findings annually to City Council. An interest in art, music, or dance is helpful but not necessary for membership. More important is an interest in monitoring Arts Tax expenditures and correlating them to the purpose of the Tax.

Committee members are appointed to two-year terms by the City of Portland. The Committee meets two to four times per year and sub-committees meet more often.

Learn more and apply online.

5) Six months of sun at Beach School

A pinhole camera mounted at Beach School for six months (solstice-to-solstice) tracked the path of the sun across the sky each day. The image captured the iconic water tower. We hope you enjoy it as the days start to grow longer.

Copyright Christian Trejbal 2016

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Dec. 17)

1) December OKNA general meeting canceled (Dec. 20)
2) Santa visits Overlook House
3) Overlook House featured in The Hollywood Star News
4) Town hall meeting with local legislators (Jan. 28)
5) Disability Leadership Academy
6) Author’s talk changes date


1) December OKNA general meeting canceled (Dec. 20)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will not hold a general meeting this month. Our next general meeting will occur on Jan. 17.

OKNA wishes you and your family a happy holiday season and wonderful new year!

2) Santa visits Overlook House

Santa Clause arrived at Overlook House this month by fire truck for his annual visit. Holiday cheer ensued among the dozens of children there to greet him and to share their holiday wishes. Check out all of the fun in the online photo album.

3) Overlook House featured in The Hollywood Star News

The December issue of The Hollywood Star News includes a story about historic properties in Portland, and it features the Overlook House.  From the story:

Attic treasures

In 1986, Overlook House board chair and retired engineer Greg Dufour bought Mrs. Raven’s “new house,” a mid-century modern home. Since 2003, the board has worked tirelessly to ensure an income stream to pay ongoing operations and maintenance costs for the Historic Overlook House. Neighborhood kids gather at the House for annual holiday events, and adults attend community-oriented events and classes without charge, a tribute to Mrs. Raven’s commitment to maintaining a strong neighborhood.

Alan Cranna, who’s lived in Overlook since 1950 and serves as vice-chair of the Overlook Neighborhood Association which meets at the historic home, discovered a box of records and photos in the Raven’s attic. He found meticulously hand-written meeting minutes of the Overlook Woman’s Club, along with other memorabilia.

Michelle Emert, event manager at Overlook House, grew up in the neighborhood, where she’s now raising her family. Emert, who describes Overlook House as a hidden gem in North Portland said, “We have a micro-budget running a non-profit, so we generally get bookings by word-of-mouth.” Capacity for events ranging from weddings to funerals, birthdays and graduations held inside the house is 125 and they can accommodate up to 300 guests outside. For more information: See historicoverlookhouse.org or call (503) 208-7312.

4) Town hall meeting with local legislators (Jan. 28)

Three state legislators representing parts of Overlook will hold a town hall meeting next month. Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, newly elected Rep. Tawna Sanchez and Sen. Lew Frederick invite the constituents to attend the session previewing the 2017 legislative session. Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their priorities.

Speaker Kotek also is soliciting input on transportation issues in preparation for tackling one of the top priorities for the upcoming session. You can share your opinion about transportation by completing the online survey.

Legislative town hall
Saturday, Jan. 28, 10-11:30 a.m.
PCC Cascades Campus, Moriarty Auditorium (NE corner of N Albina and N Killingsworth)

5) Disability Leadership Academy

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Disability Program is offering a Disability Leadership Academy, and applications are open now through Jan. 9.

This is an excellent opportunity for any Portlander with a disability to advance their skills in project planning, building community, navigating political systems, and more.

  • The Academy includes both training sessions and practical experience.
  • The group will have the opportunity to design and implement their own Community Engagement Project to affect public policy or create systems change.
  • Individuals who successfully complete Disability Leadership Academy will receive a stipend.

Learn more about the academy and how to apply.

6) Author’s talk changes date

Last week we shared upcoming talks by Dian Simmons, author of “The Courtship of Eva Eldridge.” Her talk at Another Read Through bookstore has been changed to Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Dec. 9)

1) Neighborhood Holiday parties (Friday and Monday)
2) How would you improve Patton Park?
3) City to clear Forgotten Realms homeless camp
4) Protect your home’s plumbing this winter
5) New book set on Swan Island
6) Portland Utility Board is recruiting members


1) Neighborhood Holiday parties (Friday and Monday)

Join your neighbors for some warm, bright holiday fun at the annual Overlook Holiday Party. It’s a potluck, so bring a dish if you are able, and you should bring your own alcohol if desired.

OKNA Holiday Party
Friday, Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m.
Daybreak Cohousing (2525 N Killingsworth St.)

Also come out on Tuesday for the Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team’s Holiday Party.

Overlook NET Holiday Party
Monday, Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m.
New American (2103 N. Killingsworth St.)

2) How would you improve Patton Square Park?

The Friends of Patton Square Park are gathering information to help create a plan for enhancing the current play equipment in the park. They hope to hear from many Overlook residents and Patton Square Park users as they research how the park is currently used.

Please complete the survey by Thursday, Dec. 15. Your input will help create a project proposal to submit to Parks & Recreation.

Thank you in advance for your feedback! We’ll keep you informed of the project’s progress through this weekly update and the Overlook Views.

3) City to clear Forgotten Realms homeless camp

A fire broke out at the Forgotten Reams homeless camp in North Portland this week, damaging a neighboring home in the process. Forgotten Realms was a spinoff of Hazelnut Grove in the Overlook Neighborhood.

Following the fire, Mayor Charlie Hales office announced plans to shut down Forgotten Realms. Overlook resident Dirk VanderHart reported the news in the Portland Mercury. His story cited a spokesperson for Hales’ office:

“I think, because of the public safety concerns after the fire, that that property will not be allowed to be camped on anymore,” says Brian Worley, a spokesperson for Hales. “There are liability issues of unsanctioned camps being set up.”

There is still no word about shutting down or relocating the unsanctioned camp at Hazelnut Grove over liability issues despite the mayor’s pledge to do so by the end of this past October.

4) Protect your home’s plumbing this winter

Rain, ice and snow can play havoc with water pipes. The Portland Water Bureau offers a number of tips to help you make sure your pipes don’t freeze. Check them out online.

5) New book set on Swan Island

Author Diane Simmons has released “The Courtship of Eva Eldridge,” her new work of narrative nonfiction. The book tells the story a woman working in the shipyards during World War II. Simmons will hold two events in the new year for readers who’d like to meet her.

On Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Oregon Historical Society, she will talk about the archival research she did for the book.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at Another Read Through Bookstore, she will focus on the 800 letters found in an Eastern Oregon attic that led her to Eva’s story.

6) Portland Utility Board is recruiting members

The Portland Utility Board (PUB) is a citizen oversight body for the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services and City Council management of these public utility bureaus. The board has 11 voting members and 3 ex-officio members. Members are appointed by the mayor, in consultation with the commissioner in charge.

The board’s purpose is to advise the City Council, on behalf of and for the benefit of the citizens of Portland, on the financial plans, capital improvements, annual budget development and rate setting for the City’s water, sewer, storm water and watershed services. In addition, the board advises council on the establishment of fair and equitable rates, consistent with balancing the goals of customer needs, legal mandates, existing public policies, such as protecting water quality and improving watershed health, operational requirements, and the long-term financial stability and viability of the utilities.

If you’d like to help set utility policy for Portland, complete the information and application form.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Dec. 3)

1) OKNA Board meeting (Dec. 6)
2) Adidas expanding Portland operations
3) Hazelnut Grove update
4) Overlook Neighborhood holiday parties


1) OKNA Board meeting (Dec. 6)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday to discuss Holiday Party planning, our quarterly newspaper and more. See the full agenda for details.

OKNA Board meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


2) Adidas expanding Portland operations

adidasThe Portland Business Journal reports that Adidas will move 150 jobs from Boston to Portland. The company’s North American headquarters is in Overlook. From the news report:

Adidas is moving 150 back-office jobs from Boston to Portland as it looks to streamline operations and build on its North American momentum. … In addition to the jobs moving to Portland, Adidas is on its biggest local hiring spree in history, with plans to add 10 percent to its Portland workforce this year. Last year it acquired an adjacent building to expand its campus and house new workers.


3) Hazelnut Grove update

Mayor Charlie Hales’ office pledged to help the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp relocate by the end of October. That has not happened. He has one month remaining in his term to make good. If not that, at a minimum OKNA asks that the mayor’s office reconvene negotiations between Hazelnut Grove, the Overlook Neighborhood and City Hall to develop a compromise, temporary permit for the camp.

KPTV aired a report about the current status:

KPTV – FOX 12


4) Overlook Neighborhood holiday parties

snowmanMark your calendar for three upcoming holiday parties in Overlook Neighborhood. Don’t miss these opportunities to meet your neighbors and celebrate the season.

Santa Visits Overlook House
Sunday, Dec. 4, 11-1:30
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Friends of Overlook House will host a visit from the Jolly Old Elf himself. Santa Clause will arrive on a fire truck at 11 a.m., and the event will continue until 1:30 p.m. Have your picture taken with Santa, get your face painted and enjoy the entertainment of Red Yarn, which will perform at 11:30, noon and 12:30.

OKNA Holiday Party
Friday, Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m.
Daybreak Cohousing (2525 N Killingsworth St.)

Come celebrate the Solstice, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanza or whatever else fills your heart with cheer this time of year. Join your Overlook neighbors at our annual Holiday Potluck Party. Please bring a dish to share if you are able.

Overlook NET Holiday Party
Monday, Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m.
New American (2103 N. Killingsworth St.)

The Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team’s holiday party will take place on Dec. 12 at New American restaurant 6-8 p.m. NET works to ensure that our neighborhood is prepared for when disaster strikes. Their annual party is for all residents to unwind and take your minds off of earthquakes and floods for an evening. A few lucky attendees will win door prizes.

On a sadder note, New American will close its doors on Dec. 18, so join us for one of the final chances to say goodbye to the great folks who have been so wonderful to the neighborhood.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Nov. 26)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Holiday Party (Dec. 9)
2) Adopt a storm drain
3) Prevent package theft during the holidays and all year


1) Overlook Neighborhood Holiday Party (Dec. 9)

snowmanCome celebrate the Solstice, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanza or whatever else fills your heart with cheer this time of year. Join your Overlook neighbors at our annual Holiday Potluck Party. Please bring a dish to share if you are able.

Overlook Neighborhood Holiday Party
Friday, Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m.
Daybreak Cohousing (2525 N Killingsworth St.)


2) Adopt a storm drain

Did water pool in the street outside your home? Did you have to jump over deep puddles to get to your car? Portland’s storm drains could use your help.

Storm drains help drain storm water quickly and efficiently and keep our streets safe.

But when drains get clogged with fallen leaves and other debris, it can lead to ponding water in our streets and at our intersections. That makes it harder to drive, walk, bike and roll around town.

Portland Bureau of Transportation crews work hard to keep the drains clear. But with over 58,000 drains in the city, they can’t get to all of them.

That’s why PBOT is asking Portlanders to adopt storm drains in their neighborhoods and help to keep them free and clear of leaves.

When clearing a storm drain, please keep these tips in mind:

  • If possible, clear the drain before it starts raining.
  • Clear about 10 feet on both sides of the drain.
  • Clear from the sidewalk, not the street. Wear reflective clothing so vehicles can see you.
  • Always wear gloves and be careful of sharp objects! 
  • Use a rake, shovel or broom – not your hands.
  • Watch out for traffic. Don’t clear drains that are in the middle of a street.
  • Be careful of standing water to avoid slipping or stepping on sharp objects.
  • If children are helping, make sure adults are supervising.
  • Don’t try to lift storm drain grates. They are very heavy.
  • Let city crews handle garbage or any hazards in the catch basin.
  • Clear surface debris only.

If the drain is still clogged after you’ve removed the surface debris, please call our Maintenance Dispatchers at 503-823-1700 or email pdxroads@portlandoregon.gov to report it.

Thank you for helping keep Overlook’s and Portland’s streets clear and safe!


3) Prevent package theft during the holidays and all year

Package theft typically increases during the holidays. To prevent it, choose a safer delivery option:

  • package-lockerArrange to pick up packages at the carrier or retail establishment.
  • Require a signature on deliveries.
  • Opt for deliveries to lockers or other secured locations where possible. In Overlook, Amazon has lockers available 24 hours at the N Killingsworth Street and N. Going Street Plaid Pantries.
  • Ship your package to a location where someone you trust will be available to receive it.
  • If it is offered, track the status of your delivery by email, text or other alert. If you are going on vacation, make sure that no shipments will be delivered while you are away.

Although camera surveillance is beneficial to your home’s overall security, it will not deter package thieves.

Please be alert and report crime and suspicious activity in your neighborhood such as someone stealing a package or trailing a delivery truck by bike or car. For immediate threats to life or property or crimes in progress, call 9-1-1. For non-immediate threats occurring in Portland, call the police non-emergency number at 503-823-3333.

The city has additional package theft prevention tips online.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Nov. 20)

1) Sustainable Overlook movie night (Nov. 22)
2) Portland Aerial Tram closing for maintenance (Nov. 22-27)
3) Public hearing on tax break for affordable housing (Dec. 6)
4) Transportation advisory group seeks applicants


1) Sustainable Overlook movie night (Nov. 22)

Join Sustainable Overlook for a free showing of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Lucky Lab Tap Room.

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away.

Sustainable movie night
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m.
Lucky Lab Tap Room (1700 N Killingsworth St.)


2) Portland Aerial Tram closing for maintenance (Nov. 22-27)

tramThe Portland Aerial Tram will close for scheduled maintenance from 7 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 22, reopening at 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28. The work is scheduled for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, when the tram experiences lower than normal use and closes for the national holiday.

During the closure, shuttle buses will run between Oregon Health & Science University’s South Waterfront and Marquam Hill campuses. Passengers can catch a shuttle bus from the Center for Health & Healing in South Waterfront and the Kohler Pavilion roundabout on Marquam Hill.

The closure will allow crews to replace the tram’s haul rope. The haul rope, used to propel the tram cabins from one station to the other, must be replaced periodically. It was last replaced in 2010.

The Portland Aerial Tram is one of the busiest aerial tramways in the world, providing more than 12 million rides since opening in 2007. After more than 21,800 hours and 325,000 trips, the haul rope is near the end of its useful life.

Though shuttles will be available during the tram’s normal operating hours, with more running during peak times (7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.), please plan to add as much as 30 minutes to your time in transit. If possible, avoid scheduling meetings and appointments on the hill and at the waterfront on the same days.


3) Public hearing on tax break for affordable housing (Dec. 6)

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 3-5 p.m., the Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC), the advisory group to the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), will hold a public hearing to discuss an application being considered for approval for the Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption (MULTE) Program.

The application from Fairfield Residential is for a project in on N Interstate Avenue and N Willamette Boulevard with 140 new units, 28 of which would be affordable to households earning no more than 80% of Area Median Income if approved.

Tax exemption programs such as the MULTE encourage the inclusion of affordable housing and other public benefits in new residential developments. PHB can approve up to $3 million in new tax exemptions each year.

Affordable housing tax break hearing
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 3-5 p.m.
Portland Housing Bureau (421 SW 6th Ave., Suite 500)


4) Transportation advisory group seeks applicants

Metro’s Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee, or TPAC, is seeking volunteers interested in transportation issues. Three community-member appointments are open for two-year terms starting in January. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 9. The Metro Council expects to make the appointments in January.

TPAC reviews regional plans and federally funded transportation projects across the Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington County metropolitan area. The committee advises local and regional leaders on transportation investment priorities and policies related to transportation, such as efforts to create communities with easy access to public transit, provide safe options to get to schools, work and errands, and help the economy by creating smooth freight movement through the region. It also helps identify needs and opportunities for involving the public in these transportation decisions.

Learn more and apply online.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Nov. 13)

1) Going Street cleanup canceled (Dec. 4)
2) Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting (Nov. 15)


1) Going Street cleanup canceled (Dec. 4)

The persistence of OKNA Board Member Cynthia Sulaski and other neighborhood residents led to the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s cleaning up the former homeless campsites on Going Street. The spots of digging remain to be filled, but that work is on PBOT’s to-do list.

Thank you to all involved, especially Cynthia and PBOT. Our natural areas are returning to normal.


2) Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting (Nov. 15)

Join your neighbors on Tuesday to hear about what’s happening in Overlook. The agenda includes presentations from two developers of upcoming residential projects – Two buildings on the north side of N Skidmore Street with 12 units and a building across the street on the site of the Overlook Restaurant with 180 units and 92 underground parking stalls.

We also will discuss what streets in the neighborhood we should ask the city to pave or install sidewalks.

View the full agenda.

OKNA General Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Nov. 4)

1) OKNA partners with Arbor Lodge
2) Neighborhood cleanup (Nov. 6)
3) Sustainable Overlook movie nights (Nov. 6 & 22)
4) Beach School garden redesign (Nov. 11)
5) Leaf pickup (Dec. 2)
6) Neighborhood cleanup (Dec. 4)


1) OKNA partners with Arbor Lodge

At Tuesday’s Overlook Neighborhood Association Board meeting, the board voted unanimously to partner with the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association. The two neighborhood associations will apply jointly to the Portland State Masters of Urban Planning program for a study of N Greeley Avenue safety. If successful, the study will provide a template for improving safety around this important transportation corridor. Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for more details.


2) Neighborhood cleanup I (Nov. 6)

OKNA will partner with Love PDX as part of a citywide trash pickup. On Nov. 6 at 10 a.m., we’ll meet near the Portland Community College Campus and work our way west down N Killingsworth. Gloves, bags and other supplies will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, email livability@overlookneighborhood.org.

Neighborhood cleanup
Sunday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Meet at PCC (N Killingsworth)


3) Sustainable Overlook movie nights (Nov. 6 & 22)

Join Sustainable Overlook for two more documentaries that will change the way you look at food, the economy and community. Free! All are welcome. Films start at 7 p.m. and run 50-90 min. Discussion afterwards. Food and drink available for purchase.

We had a good time in October watching “Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective” and “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil” at New American Restaurant (thanks for hosting!).

The next two films will be at Lucky Lab Tap Room, 1700 N Killingsworth St.:
Sunday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m. – The Economics of Happiness
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m. – Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

Clink the links to watch the trailers. Hope to see you there.


4) Beach School garden redesign (Nov. 11)

beachgardenJoin the Overlook community at the Beach School Garden redesign on Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Overlook resident and landscape designer Mulysa Melco is helping plan a sustainable, beautiful, educational and welcoming garden for the entire community. At this event, we will be digging up the old beds, moving a heavy tool box (need some muscle), pulling weeds, digging out thistle (bring gloves!), laying cardboard and mulch.

Bring any of the following:

  • Gloves
  • Hand-pruner
  • Rake, spade, trowels
  • Cardboard (no tape, staples or glossy coatings.)
  • Newspaper (without glossy color sections.)

Please contact President@Beachpta.org if you have any questions or can make a contribution.


5) Leaf pickup (Dec. 2)

Leaf pickup comes to Overlook (south of Going) on Dec. 2.

Portland’s urban forest is one of our smartest investments, paying economic, social and environmental dividends everyone enjoys, from cleaner air and water to lower cooling costs and increased property values. Of course, with trees come leaves – and when they fall in an urban environment, it’s necessary to clean them up.

From mid-November to mid-December, removing leaves from our streets is critical because letting them stay on the street can clog storm drains, flood intersections and make streets slippery. Our Leaf Day Pickup program is about getting the leaves cleaned up in a way that makes a better, healthier and safer Portland.

Learn more about the pickup online.


6) Neighborhood cleanup II (Dec. 4)

Join your Overlook neighbors on Sunday, Dec. 4, noon-2 p.m. for a quick site cleanup on the north side of Going Street west of the Concord pedestrian bridge. We will bag trash and move large debris to the side of the road for pickup. This will help restore the natural area for the winter season so that it can blossom come spring.

It takes all of us working together to keep Overlook beautiful. Going is an important bicycle and vehicle transportation corridor that serves as the gateway to the neighborhood for many people. Let’s not leave it looking trashed.

Bring heavy work gloves if you have them.

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