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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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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