OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 10-17-14

1) OKNA meeting – Learn about this year’s ballot measures (Oct. 21)
2) Overlook Village Business Association Halloween Crawl (Oct. 31)
3) Portland Parks & Recreation Takes Over Management of Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
4) Bike lane improvements sought on Interstate Avenue
5) Crosswalk enforcement action (Oct. 22)

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1) OKNA meeting – Learn about this year’s ballot measures (Oct. 21)

Join your neighbors for the monthly Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting.

At this month’s meeting, election experts will answer questions about this year’s crop of ballot measures. Driver’s cards for undocumented immigrants, a top-two primary election sytem, legalized recreational marijuana, and more. Be an informed voter.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7-9 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building
3704 N Interstate Ave.

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2) Overlook Village Business Association Halloween Crawl (Oct. 31)

Enjoy some Halloween trick-or-treating with children from 5-7 p.m. and with the over 21 crowd from 7-9 p.m. Pick up a passport at a participating business and visit each location for candy or specials to get your passport stamped. Once your passport is full, turn it in to any participating location for a chance to win a gift certificate from an Overlook Village Business Association business. Come enjoy some safe trick-or-treating fun in Overlook and support your local small businesses in the process! Hosted by the Overlook Village Business Association.

Halloween Crawl
Friday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. (kids) and 7-9 p.m. (21+)
N Killingsworth Street & N Greeley Avenue

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3) Portland Parks & Recreation Takes Over Management of Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

For the past four years, Portland Parks & Recreation and Ethos, Inc., a non-profit music-focused arts organization, have partnered with other local multi-cultural arts organizations to operate the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC), located at 5340 N Interstate Avenue. Effective Dec. 31, Ethos will return general management responsibilities of the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center to the City of Portland. Per Ethos’ mission, Ethos’ board and staff have agreed to redirect resources to low-income kids living in underserved communities in Oregon. Portland Parks & Recreation will assume management responsibilities at IFCC moving forward.

The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center is a former firehouse that has been renovated into an arts facility consisting of a dance studio, art galleries, and a theatre, all of which are ADA accessible. Since 1982, the IFCC facility has provided a venue for multicultural arts programming in Portland. Over the years, IFCC has served as an art and cultural center, a theatre, an event space, a summer camp location, a community center, an after-school program facility, a gallery space, a dance studio, a venue for performing artists, and an educational facility for the arts.

Find out more about the Interstate Cultural Center and these changes.

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4) Bike lane improvements sought on Interstate Avenue

larrabeeThe share of people who bike from North Portland is lower than many other places in Portland because one of the most direct routes to Southeast Portland and parts of downtown is Interstate Avenue which has a ‘pinch point’ between Tillamook and the Broadway Bridge.

Blake Goud and Ted Buehler sent a letter to Commissioner Novick, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat and Mayor Charlie Hales asking for simple changes to improve safety and for further study into longer-term solutions for this key connection for people who live in North Portland. OKNA has endorsed this request!

To see the changes proposed, please visit their website or email Blake at blake.goud@gmail.com. The best way to help is to request specific changes from the letter by calling 503-823-SAFE or emailing safe@portlandoregon.gov.

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5) Crosswalk enforcement action (Oct. 22)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people who are driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws.

Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation.

Crosswalk enforcement action
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:30-9 a.m.
N Lombard Street at N Leavitt Avenue

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 10-10-14

1) Help conserve Overlook green space (Oct. 19)
2) Daimler’s construction on Swan Island
3) Share your thoughts about the Portland Water Bureau (Oct. 16)
4) Grants available for neighborhood conservation
5) Portland City Council to review transportation funding options (Oct. 13)

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1) Help conserve Overlook green space (Oct. 19)

oakShow your support for the environment in Overlook by joining Friends of Overlook Bluff (FOOB) at its fall work party at the Overlook Bluff Oak Savanna (meadow) on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The oak savanna/meadow in the 3900 block of N. Overlook Terrace is home to a gigantic Heritage Oregon white oak tree that shelters deer, birds and other wildlife.  FOOB is commitment to conserving and restoring the native plants and environment of this special place, an environmental gem in our neighborhood.

FOOB has received a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods grant to help acquire this property from the private owner and thus save it from development.  We need the support of Overlook residents to make this a reality,  Our neighborhood’s stewardship of the property is an important part of demonstrating that we value this open space.

Participants on Oct. 18 will have an opportunity to learn about the oak savanna environment from Jim Schiller, Bureau of Environmental Services Revegetation Specialist, who will oversee the project and share his expertise and energy.

Please join FOOB in caring for native plant beds, planting more native shrubs and grasses, and getting to know this site, which will be a public natural area if FOOB can raise the necessary matching funds for the Metro grant.

This event is sponsored by SOLVE. Please register online in advance.

For more information, visit the Friends of Overlook Bluff Facebook page and the group’s website.

Meadowscaping on Overlook Terrace (map)
Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Register online.

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2) Daimler’s construction on Swan Island

Have you heard the pounding coming from Swan Island every day? That’s the sound of pylons being set for Daimler Trucks North America’s new corporate headquarters. The folks there were kind enough to share this rendering of what the building will look like when it’s done.

Daimler

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3) Share your thoughts about the Portland Water Bureau (Oct. 16)

A public meeting of the City of Portland’s Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, 6-8:30 p.m. in the Portland Building, Room C, 2nd Floor.

The purpose of the meeting is for the Blue Ribbon Commission to hear from members of the public on draft recommendations by the commission regarding oversight and accountability of the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services. The Commission’s focus is on streamlining communications and transparency of the rate-making process. Members of the public and interested organizations are invited to come to share their views.

Commission resources can be found on Commissioner Fish’s website.

Draft recommendations and agenda will be available on the website prior to the meeting.

This location is ADA accessible. For more information, or if you have special needs and require special accommodation such as interpretation services, please contact Claudio Campuzano, City Budget Office, 503-823-6848. TDD: (503) 823-6868.

Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission public listening session
Thursday, Oct. 16, 6-8:30 p.m.
Portland Building
Room C
Second Floor
1120 SW Fifth Avenue

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4) Grants available for neighborhood conservation

Education grants

Do you have an idea to connect people with nature? Teach people about water quality, fish and wildlife habitat or to support healthier communities? A conservation education grant from Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods program could help your program grow.

Small grants up to $25,000 and large grants up to $100,000 are available for projects that connect neighborhoods with nature. A wide variety of projects can fit the bill, such as nature education for school-aged children, job training or internships for nature-based careers, or building capacity for groups to connect their communities to nearby natural areas.

How to apply

Click here to learn more about the conservation education grants and fill out a simple application by Jan. 13, 2015.

To learn more and ask questions, attend a grant workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 at Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland. Or contact the grants coordinator, Crista Gardner, at Crista.Gardner@oregonmetro.gov.

Capital Grants

Have ideas on how to make nature thrive in your neighborhood, park, school or city? Apply for a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods capital grant to help make your vision a reality. These grants are funded by the voter-approved 2006 natural areas bond measure and support efforts to preserve or enhance natural features and habitats that will benefit communities now and for generations to come. Grants fund only capital investments, but a wide variety of projects can fit the bill such as property acquisition, integrating habitat in urban redevelopment projects, restoring a degraded stream or helping your neighborhood become a place for people to interact with nature.  Grant requests can range from $50,000 up to $750,000 with $2.25 million available in the 2015 review cycle.

How to apply

Click here to learn more about the capital grants, get a copy of the handbook and see all the Nature in Neighborhood Capital Grants that have been funded to date.

Need help?

Contact Mary Rose Navarro at 503-797-1781 or maryrose.navarro@oregonmetro.gov to discuss your idea, get advice on project planning, connect with potential partners and hear lessons learned from successful projects.

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5) Portland City Council to review transportation funding
options (Oct. 13)

The Portland City Council will discuss the Our Streets PDX transportation funding approaches recommended by two workgroups at a work session at 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13 in City Council Chambers.

The work session will be the first opportunity for council to review the workgroup recommendations. No decisions will be made at the work session. Public comments may be submitted in writing to TUF_Administrator@portlandoregon.gov. A first reading of a transportation funding proposal is currently scheduled during the Nov. 12 regular Council meeting.

The workgroups’ recommendations were published on Sept. 26 and are available at www.ourstreetspdx.com. The report summarizes areas of agreement and differences. Additional details of a funding proposal will be refined by Council in the coming weeks.

Areas of agreement by workgroup members include the following: our transportation system needs more resources, impacts on low-income residents should be minimized, and new transportation funds should be spent on prioritized maintenance and safety needs. The workgroups also recommend funding mechanisms that collect revenue from businesses through a fee correlated with transportation use and from residents through an income tax.

Consensus was not reached on the following four areas:

  • Safety and maintenance split: Some workgroup members support allocating 50 percent of funds to maintenance and 50 percent to safety (e.g. sidewalks, crossing improvements, etc.). Some support a higher percentage for maintenance.
  • Residential income tax rates: For the highest income residents, workgroup members considered three cap options at either $20 a month for taxpayers making over $250,000 (annual gross income for 2-person, joint filers), $100 a month for taxpayers making over $500,000 (annual gross income for 2-person, joint filers), or $200 a month for taxpayers making over $500,000 (annual gross income for 2-person, joint filers). Since all options are designed to raise the same amount of money, a higher cap for high-income people translates to lower taxes for some people with lower incomes, while a lower cap for high-income people translates to higher taxes for some people with lower incomes.
  • Sunset: Some support automatically ending the program after six years of implementation, unless it is approved by voters at that time. Some support referring it only if an oversight committee and the city council decide to refer it, after six years.
  • Reallocating current City resources: Many workgroup members supported a reallocation of additional City general fund resources. Some recommend increasing the share of Utility License Fee revenue to transportation.

Web Site Update

At the www.ourstreetspx.com web site, the public can learn more about transportation funding. The web site has been updated with three two-page summaries describing the planned investments in preventive maintenance, plus safety and maintenance on busy streets and residential streets.

Background

Public involvement in the Our Streets PDX funding effort began in January, when the Transportation Needs and Funding Advisory Committee was formed to advise Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick. In the months since, PBOT held nine town hall meetings, conducted two public opinion surveys, convened advisory committees and gave staff presentations at more than a dozen neighborhood coalition and business group meetings.

A Business Workgroup and a Nonprofit and Low-Income Workgroup were both formed in July to provide additional input from stakeholders. Throughout the summer, committee and workgroup members met to review the Transportation User Fee proposed in May and to provide feedback on alternative residential and business funding mechanisms. The members represent diverse interests from across Portland, including neighborhoods, businesses, low-income residents, community organizations and public institutions.

For more information, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 10-3-14

1) North Williams left lane closure begins on Monday, Oct. 6
2) Community process under way for Natural Grocers project
3) No Ivy Day (Oct. 25)
4) Nature classes for kids
5) Historic Kenton Firehouse cleanup (Oct. 26)
6) North Star Village hosts October talks (Oct. 4 and 18)
7) What’s that smell coming from Swan Island? (Oct. 7)

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1) North Williams left lane closure begins on Monday, Oct. 6

The contractor for this project will prepare to restripe the left lane of N Williams on Saturday, Oct. 4 and begin to close the left lane for restriping on Monday, Oct. 6. By Thursday, the entire left lane from NE Broadway to Killingsworth Street will close for restriping.

 Travelers should expect delays.  Motorists are advised to use alternate routes, such as NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.  Bicyclists may continue to use the right bicycle lane on N Williams Avenue this week or may use NE Rodney Street as an alternate route.  Construction hours will be 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day but the lane closure will be in effect around the clock.

Additional details about the North Williams Safety Project may be found in the news release below and at www.northwilliamssafety.org. . View the “A Safer Place for Everyone” banner campaign. View the “A Safer Place for Everyone” brochure.

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2) Community process under way for Natural Grocers project

It was announced in late-August that property owned by the Portland Development Commission at NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street will be the site of a Natural Grocers store. The community process to the project is getting under way.

Majestic Realty, with Colas Construction as the primary contractor and Natural Grocers as the anchor tenant, proposes to construct an urban retail shopping center of about 20,000 square feet of gross leasable area in two separate buildings to include commercial/retail space for four to 10 businesses in addition to Natural Grocers. The site also will have about 100 parking spaces.

A Project Working Group (PWG) has formed to provide input on building and site design, and to develop a Community Benefits Agreement. The PWG’s diverse membership represents expertise and experience in the community including North and Northeast Portland small business owners, long-time property owners, business assistance and workforce training providers, area residents, and community members.

PWG meetings are open to the public. Details can be found at www.pdc.us/mlkalberta.

The proposed development will serve North and Northeast Portland neighbors and businesses. It will increase foot traffic and profitability for nearby businesses, introduce Portlanders to a high-quality, affordable grocer and revitalize a parcel that has sat dormant for 15 years.

The PWG’s discussions about design and the Community Benefits Agreement begin on Oct. 13. More meetings will follow:

All meetings will be held at Friends of Children, 44 NE Morris Street

  • Monday, Oct. 13, 5-7 p.m. Design and Community Benefits Subgroups
  • Monday, Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m. Design and Community Benefits Subgroups
  • Monday, Nov. 10, 5-7 p.m. Design and Community Benefits Subgroups
  • Monday, Nov. 24, 5-7 p.m. Community Benefits Subgroup
  • Monday, Dec. 8, 5-7 p.m. Project Working Group Wrap-Up Meeting
  • Monday, Dec. 15, 5-7 p.m.
Tentative – as needed

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3) No Ivy Day (Oct. 25)

The 11th annual No Ivy Day is coming up. English Ivy is an invasive species that has taken root in many of Portland’s open spaces, strangling out native vegetation.

Portland Parks and Recreation is organizing volunteer ivy removal events the morning of Oct. 25 throughout the city. In North Portland, residents can help out at Baltimore Woods near Cathedral Park. Other locations include Mount Tabor Park and Marquam Nature Park. For a complete list of locations and times visit the No Ivy Day 2014 webpage.

Better yet, is English Ivy infesting a park in Overlook? Organize an event for our neighborhood. Contact the parks online at the volunteer website and let us know here at the newsletter so we can get the word out to neighbors.

Volunteers should wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy shoes. Bring plenty of water to drink. Most work sites will provide gloves and tools unless specified.

After volunteers work in the morning on Oct. 25, Parks and Rec. will host a celebration in Forest Park.

No Ivy Celebration
Saturday, Oct. 25, 12:30-2 p.m.
Forest Park: Lower Macleay
2960 NW Upshur St.

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4) Nature classes for kids

Portland Parks and Recreation Environmental Education is looking for ways to get young children out in local parks and natural areas so that they can become comfortable in the outdoors, play and learn about Pacific Northwest ecology. The Lil Nature Kids classes are for preschool children and have become a popular way for children to spend time in nature with a trusted, highly-trained teacher.

Parks and Rec. will host programs in North and Northeast Portland coming up at Irving Park (Monday mornings) and Peninsula Park (Wednesday mornings).

Programs run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and are for children ages 3-5. The fall session begins Oct. 13.

For more information or to sign up, visit the Lil Nature Kids website.

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5) Historic Kenton Firehouse cleanup (Oct. 26)

North Portland Neighborhood Services provides invaluable assistance to the Overlook Neighborhood Association and other North Portland neighborhoods. They are located in the Historic Kenton Firehouse at 2209 N. Schofield St.

Show your appreciation for NPNS or the historic firehouse on Sunday, Oct. 26 by helping them get ready for winter before the rain starts. Get some exercise, learn about the native wildlife habitat, rain gardens, bio swales and conifer trees on the firehouse grounds.

Coffee and lunch provided.

Historic Kenton Firehouse cleanup
Sunday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – Noon
2209 N. Schofield St.

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6) North Star Village hosts October talks (Oct. 4 and Oct. 18)

North Star Village will host an introduction to the local Village Movement on two upcoming Saturdays – Oct. 4 and Oct. 18. Reserve a space by calling 503.978.0540 or sending an email to northstarvillage@comcast.net.

The North Star Village boundary will include North, Inner Northeast, Outer Northwest Portland neighborhoods and Sauvie Island. Learn more about what North Star Village will offer and how you can join with others to create our own virtual village. They are in the planning phase and need more folks to step forward to make our Village a reality.

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7) What’s that smell coming from Swan Island? (Oct. 7)

Vigor Industrial, which operates a 60-acre shipyard on Swan Island, will hold a community meeting on Oct. 7. This will be a chance for you to meet your neighbors who are serving on the Good Neighbor Agreement team, and learn more about what Vigor is planning to do to analyze emission and odor sources and options to reduce both.

Vigor has reached out to Neighbors for Clean Air to attempt to address community concerns about their impact on neighborhood air quality. As part of this process, Vigor Industrial has engaged an engineering firm, ERM, to conduct an alternatives analysis to reduce emissions and odors. Resident volunteers will be representing neighborhood interests in negotiating a Good Neighbor Agreement (GNA) with Vigor.

The meeting will:

  1. Introduce the advisory committee members,
  2. Provide a brief history of how we arrived at this negotiating process,
  3. Summarize the Odor and Hazardous Air Pollutants Emissions Assessment Plan currently underway at the Vigor facility on Swan Island,
  4. Explain the purposes and goals of a GNA,
  5. Gather desired outcomes to include in the Vigor GNA.

Vigor’s report, “Odor and Hazardous Air Pollutants Emissions Assessment Plan” is available online.

For more information about the engineering study and to RSVP for the event, visit their Facebook page.

Vigor Industrial GNA meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 7-8:30 p.m.
University of Portland
Buckley Center 163

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 9-26-2014

1) Free movie at Peninsula Park (Sept. 26)
2) National Prescription Drug Turn in Day is Saturday (Sept. 27)
3) TriMet seeks input from residents
4) Comment on Portland’s draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan
5) Grants available for cultural programs

1) Free movie at Peninsula Park (Sept. 26)

On Friday, Sept. 26 at Peninsula Park Portland Parks & Recreation presents a special outdoor Movie in the Park screening of the youth-produced Peninsula Park documentary, “Through the Years, Through Our Eyes: A Teen View of Peninsula Park.” Admission is free.  The movie was rained out in June and rescheduled.

The evening kicks off at 5 p.m. with music, the Portland Parks & Recreation rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, a wrestling demonstration from the renowned Peninsula Wrestling Club, food carts, and more.  The movie will begin at 7 p.m. Free popcorn provided!

Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden, the Piedmont Neighborhood Association and Portland Parks & Recreation will co-host the event.  Jackets and blankets are recommended. If it is raining, the documentary will be shown in the West Gym of the adjacent Peninsula Park Community Center.

Friday, Sept. 26: 5 p.m. (Family fun) and 7 p.m. (movie)
Peninsula Park

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2) National Prescription Drug Turn in Day is Saturday (Sept. 27)

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Crime Prevention Program and the Portland Police Bureau will hold a Prescription Drug Turn In event on Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southeast Precinct located at 4735 E. Burnside Street. This event is a partnership with the DEA Nationwide Drug Turn In Day.

Portland Police Officers and Crime Prevention staff will be on site for the anonymous turn in of unused or expired prescription medications, to share information about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and to answer community and media questions regarding this issue.

View the city’s announcement for more details.

Saturday, Sept. 27: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Portland Police Bureau
4735 E. Burnside Street

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3) TriMet seeks input from residents

TriMet wants your input to help plan improvements to transit service in North Portland. Please weigh in by taking a brief, 5-minute survey about transit routes, stops and frequencies at http://www.trimet.org/future/survey.

The survey runs until Oct. 24. Participants can enter to win 10 TriMet Adult 1-Day Passes worth $50.

If you would like a paper copy of the survey, please call 503-962-2137.

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4) Comment on Portland’s draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan

The city Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) is holding hearings about the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Before the Comp plan goes to city council for adoption, the PSC is seeking input. As the official advisory body to City Council, the PSC wants to know what people all over the city think about the proposed goals, policies and land use map.

The Comp Plan will shape land use and development in Portland for the next 20 years. See what changes are being considered for Overlook and all of the city online at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/57352. The site includes an interactive map that allows you to burrow down to your street.

Public hearings will take place over the next several weeks:

Oct. 14: 5 – 9 p.m.
Parkrose High School, Student Center
12003 NE Shaver Street (near NE 122nd Avenue and Shaver)

Oct. 28: 5 – 9 p.m.
Portland Community College – SE Campus, Community Hall
2305 SE 82nd Avenue (near SE Division and 82nd Avenue)

Nov. 4: 4 – 8 p.m.
Portland Bureau of Development Services, Room 2500A
1900 SW 4th Avenue (Downtown)

If you’d rather submit your testimony in writing, you can do that several ways:

1. Send written comments to:
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Comprehensive Plan Update
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

2. Email: psc@portlandoregon.gov (be sure to include the words PSC Comprehensive Plan Testimony in the subject line)

3. Comment directly in the Comp Plan Map App at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mapapp.

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5) Grants available for cultural programs

The Multnomah County Cultural Coalition announces its 2015 Community Cultural Participation Grant Program deadline. This year, MCCC will award up to $60,000 to community-based cultural events, programs, organizations and neighborhood associations that foster a community that is opportunity-rich in cultural offerings, make culture more accessible and affordable to Multnomah County residents or encourage new cultural activities and organizations.

The 2015 grant cycle application is now available online at racc.org/grants/countyapps/ Deadline for applications is Oct. 13 at 5 p.m.

Any not-for-profit organization is eligible to apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to be used for a specific event, program or activity, as long as it is open to the public. This includes registered neighborhood associations, groups of citizens with a declared common purpose consistent with the goals of this grant program, and organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status. However, IRS 501(c)(3) status is not a prerequisite.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 9-19-2014

1) Portland Polish Festival (Sept. 20-21)
2) Citywide Land Use Group (Sept. 22)
3) North Williams Avenue street design installation begins, left lane to close soon
4) Daimler Trucks North America informational session: Greenway expansion project and construction update (Sept. 23)
5) Ten Days Until SW Sunday Parkways! (Sept. 28)

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1) Portland Polish Festival (Sept. 20-21)

The 21st Annual Portland Polish Festival is an event for families and singles, for adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, and dance enthusiasts … It’s for everyone.

The Festival features Polish food, vendors, imported beer, polka dancing and more.

It is being held at 3900 N Interstate Ave. between the two historic buildings of the Polish Library (incorporated in 1911) and St. Stanislaus Church (built in 1907). It runs all weekend and admission is free.

Saturday, Sept. 21: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22: Noon to 6 p.m.

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2) Citywide Land Use Group (Sept. 22)

This month’s Citywide Land Use Group meeting will launch a series of meetings focused on how we can live with infill development. Portland is accepting more residents on the same amount of land. That creates funding pressures due to tax limitations and pressure on infrastructure like streets, parks, and sewer and water lines because they lack dedicated funding streams to maintain them.

At the meeting, the group will discuss another way development projects are designed and planned, but one that involves those directly impacted right from the beginning. We will look for accepted ways to build early Neighborhood Association involvement in development proposals so that final decisions don’t appear to have ignored many of those who will be living with the final result.

Monday, Sept. 22: 7 to 9 p.m.
1900 Building
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500 B

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3) North Williams Avenue street design installation begins, left lane to close soon

Construction began this week on the N Williams Avenue Traffic Safety Project. N Williams serves several growing neighborhoods and is a popular commuter route between downtown and North Portland.

The new street design will extend from NE Broadway to NE Killingsworth Street and will require up to three months to complete. Early in the project, the left lane of Williams will close to all traffic. No detours will be in effect, but alternate routes are available during construction.

The alternate route for people traveling by bicycle is NE Rodney Street, a neighborhood greenway that is a designated bikeway and has been upgraded with speed bumps to discourage cut-through motor vehicle traffic. The alternate routes for drivers are NE Martin Luther King Boulevard and N Interstate Avenue.

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4) Daimler Trucks North America informational session: Greenway expansion project and construction update (Sept. 23)

Daimler Trucks North America invites members of the Overlook community to attend an informational session about the company’s headquarters construction project. Space is limited, so please RSVP online at http://tinyurl.com/dtnafirehouse.

The project will include a 9-story office tower, parking garage to support the new building, and an overall enhancement of the Swan Island campus.

Construction recently began and is expected to run through the first quarter of 2016. Daimler Trucks wants the community to be aware that the project will require the installation of steel piles for a 10-week period starting in early to mid-September, the sound of which may be heard throughout the North Portland neighborhoods.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the project, please e-mail nova@daimler.com.

Daimler trucks informational session
Kenton Firehouse
8105 N. Brandon Ave.
Tuesday, Sept. 23: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
http://tinyurl.com/dtnafirehouse

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5) Ten Days Until SW Sunday Parkways! (Sept. 28)

The final Sunday Parkways of 2014 is nearly upon us. On Sept. 28, Portlanders will walk, run, bike and roll on Portland’s Southwest streets. One of the unique highlights of this route is the 4.5 mile walking route. Enjoy the beautiful Southwest Trails network, making your way through neighborhoods via stairs, paths and very quiet roads.

While making your way around the route make sure you stop off and take in all of the fun at Gabriel Park, Multnomah Village, Troy Street Marketplace and the Hillsdale Shopping Center. Check out Sunday Parkways brochure to see the list of live music and fitness classes, bike shop repair stations, activities, food and more.

Sunday, Sept. 28: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 9-12-2014

GRIMM Location: The TV series Grimm is filming on N Melrose today and will wrap tomorrow. Key Asst Location Manager Ben Lipsey tells me they will be filming at this location again this year and they want to make sure everything is working well for neighbors. If you have any concerns, please contact Ben at grimm@pdxlocations.com

1) Big OKNA Meeting: Bylaws/Elections/Developers (9/16)
2) Beach School Campus Clean Up Day (9/13)
3) Squared Away Party at Patton Square Park (9/13)
4) NE Safety & Livability Team Meeting (9/15)
5) Sustainable Overlook Meeting (9/18)
6) Affordable Housing Forums in N/NE Portland (9/18)
7) Repair Café North Portland <CORRECTION> (FRIDAY 9/19)
8) Greenway Expansion Project & Construction Update (9/23)
9) City of Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee seeks new members
10) Friends of Trees turns 25, offers $25 street trees

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1) Big OKNA Meeting: Bylaws/Elections/Developers (9/16)

Join your neighbors for the monthly Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting;

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Kaiser Town Hall Building
3704 N Interstate Ave @ Overlook Blvd

The agenda this month includes:
New Apartments Coming:
Developer Presentation: 1532 N Blandena Ave (@Interstate Ave)
Developer Presentation: 5135 N Interstate (@ N Sumner)
Meet Chad Torrey, your new Overlook Views editor
Discuss update to OKNA by-laws
Elections for OKNA board

Take a moment before our next meeting (Tuesday, September 16) to review the proposed changes to OKNA’s bylaws. We’ll be voting to accept them on that evening. http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/2014/09/okna-bylaws-update-proposal/

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2) Beach School Campus Clean Up Day (9/13)

Hi Neighbors, Got some free time on your hands?  Feel free to join us on Saturday, Sept. 13th at 10:00 for the back to school edition of the Beach School Grounds Clean Up.  Many hands make for light work and if you have a willing spirit, we will have a job for you.  If you have any small gardening tools at home please feel free to bring them along.  We will mostly be pulling weeds, cleaning up planting beds, and prepping a wall for a mural. 
If you have any questions feel free to email tammyborenking@gmail.com or call Tammy at 503-327-4821.
Thanks for your time! Tammy Boren-King, Beach School PTA Volunteer Coordinator

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3) Squared Away Party at Patton Square Park (9/13)

We* decided to embrace the change of seasons with a party — and you’re invited! Tomorrow at Patton Square Park from 11-2pm.  Spend a few minutes or the entire three hours, you won’t regret it.

"Squared Away" at Patton Square Park will feature entertainment from St. Johns Ballet Folklorico, The Aspire Project, Rio Grands, Fairytale Stereotypes (an Ethos rock band), Vega Black and the Portland Island Serenaders. Our party will also feature authentic Mexican food from Olrosfe Taquería, a climbing wall and other kids activities, and an Overlook neighborhood history lesson from Dan Haneckow. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and make an afternoon of it!

* Ethos in partnership with the Friends of Patton Square Park: Aprende con Amigos, Overlook Neighborhood Association, Portland Parks & Recreation, REACH, Trillium Charter School and United Advantage NW Federal Credit Union

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4) NE Safety & Livability Team Meeting (9/15)

The NE Coalition of Neighbors invites you to a community crime prevention summit:

Monday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211
(located at the King Neighborhood Facility/King School)

A part of our quarterly public safety series. This month, our speakers are North Precinct Captain Chris Davis alongside colleagues from the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, Antoinette Edwards and Tom Peavey. They’ll help start off a discussion on community policing and community-led crime prevention initiatives.

The main purpose of these public safety conversations is to provide a space for community members (YOU!) to ask questions, share concerns and connect with other folks doing work to promote safe, healthy communities. Please feel free to invite a friend or forward this message!

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5) Sustainable Overlook Meeting (9/18)

Get involved with sustainability and resilience efforts in Overlook and help chart the course of preparedness and ecological living in our own neighborhood. Our meetings are a fun way to meet your neighbors, share ideas for sustainability initiatives and lend a hand with projects already underway. Mark your calendar for the 3rd Thursday of every month.

September 18th, 2014
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Atomic Pizza: 1936 N Killingsworth

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6) Affordable Housing Forums in N/NE Portland (9/18)

Join us at a Community Forum and share your opinion!
North / Northeast Neighborhood Housing Strategy

The City is investing $20 million in North/Northeast Portland over the next five years to help address the need for affordable housing. We need your input to inform the housing strategy.

You are invited to participate in Portland Housing Bureau’s Community Forums where you can learn about affordable housing tools and give input on how to invest the $20 million.

Childcare and translation services will be available.

(Click on the links to register. Registration is not mandatory, but it helps staff plan for the event)

Highland Christian Center, 7600 NE Glisan St

Thursday 9/18/14 • Dinner 6:00 p.m. • Session 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 NE Knott St

Saturday 9/27/14 • Lunch 1:00 p.m. • Session 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham

Thursday 10/9/14 • Dinner 6:00 p.m. • Session 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

New Song Community Church, 2511 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Saturday 10/11/14 • Breakfast 9:00 a.m. • Session 9:30 – Noon

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7) Repair Café North Portland <CORRECTION> (FRIDAY 9/19)

Last week’s announcement was unclear; sorry!

Do you have something that is not working right? Does your old blender clunk when it should whirr? Do your old speakers crackle or does your turntable make Cat Stevens sound like a chipmunk? Do you have a pair of earrings missing clamps or hooks? Perhaps your bike just needs a much needed tune up or your favorite kitchen knives need a little TLC. If you answered yes to any of these questions you need to come to the Repair Café.

**We are planning to have volunteers who can help repair the following:

Clothes and linens

Bike Tune ups and diagnostics

Leather Repair

Small Engine repair

Jewelry

Tool Sharpening

These are just a selection of Volunteers we having coming so you definitely do not want to miss it. If you don’t see your item listed that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t get fixed bring it by anyway we might just have someone on site who can fix your item.

Confirmed:

FRIDAY Sept 19 2014

6pm to 9pm.

Historic Kenton Firehouse

2209 N Schofield St, Portland OR 97217

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8) Greenway Expansion Project & Construction Update (9/23)

You are invited to join us at the Daimler Trucks North America Informational Session: Greenway Expansion Project & Construction Update

As a member of the local community, you’re invited to an informational session about the Daimler Trucks North America headquarters construction project.

Where: Kenton Firehouse at 8105 N. Brandon Avenue
When: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, September 23, 2014

RSVP: Due to space limitations, we are asking that you RSVP if you intend to attend the informational session http://tinyurl.com/dtnafirehouse

On behalf of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) – which has its global headquarters here in North Portland where it employs approximately 2,000 white collar employees – we want to bring the local community further “into the loop” on the start of our major building project on Swan Island. 

As some of you may have already seen or heard in the local media, our project will include a new nine story office tower, a parking garage to support the new building and an overall enhancement of our Swan Island campus. 

We are particularly excited about working with the Port of Portland to expand the public greenway trail that current runs along two of our corporate buildings along the Willamette River, but which was previously interrupted by the Ports O’ Call building (which has now been demolished).  Along with this expansion, we will improve public access to the trail by opening a new access point for the public to utilize and incorporate a new lookout into the trail within close proximity to the river. A rendering of the new site and greenway trail which gives a visual representation of the scope of the project will be presented at the informational session.

Construction recently began and is expected to run through the first quarter of 2016.  We hope and believe that the construction-related impacts to the North Portland neighborhoods will be relatively minor, but we do want the community to be aware that the project will require the installation of steel piles for a 10-week period starting in early to mid-September, the sound of which may be heard throughout the North Portland neighborhoods. Important updates on the construction will be provided periodically to North Portland Neighborhood Services and posted on the website of the Swan Island Business Association at  http://www.swanislandba.org/. 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the project, please e-mail us at nova@daimler.com.    

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9) City of Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee seeks new members

The City of Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) is seeking new members. The BAC has been advising city staff and elected officials on matters related to bicycling since the 1970s. Committee members meet monthly to review and make recommendations on: planning and policy documents affecting bicycling, funding priorities for bicycle-related projects and designs for specific bikeways.

The committee is made up of 13 members with full standing and up to seven alternate members. To qualify, applicants must be: an adult resident of the Portland Metropolitan area, have an interest in promoting the use of the bicycle for transportation and recreation and make a commitment to attend monthly meetings and participate in the work of the committee.

Members are appointed to 3-year terms. If you are interested, you will find more information and application materials here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/37435

Applications must be received no later than Friday, October 24th.

Applications should be mailed, faxed or emailed to:

Roger Geller
Portland Office of Transportation
1120 SW 5thAvenue, Room 800
Portland, OR 97204
Fax: (503) 823-7576; Email: Roger.Geller@portlandoregon.gov

Please contact Roger Geller at roger.geller@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-7671 with any questions.

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10) Friends of Trees turns 25, offers $25 street trees

To commemorate its 25th anniversary, Friends of Trees is offering residents a wide variety of street trees for just $25 to residents in Portland, Vancouver, Salem, and Eugene!

The price includes inspection, permits, delivery of a healthy young tree, and planting the tree in the strip between the sidewalk and the street. Street trees are regularly priced at $35-$75.

“Our goal is to bring the benefits of trees to even more neighbors,” said Scott Fogarty, Friends of Trees’ Executive Director. “Trees not only beautify our neighborhoods, they help lower power bills, raise home values, and clean our city’s air and water.”

Residents may sign up for trees at FriendsofTrees.org/plant or call 503-595-0212.

Once signed up, a city inspector will visit the resident’s home to assess planting space and conditions. Residents then order trees from a list of approved species and may show up to help on their neighborhood’s planting day, when Friends of Trees organizes volunteers to plant. A video of the entire process can be found here: http://bit.ly/1tMnIhk

Friends of Trees invites residents to match their tree purchase by sponsoring additional $25 trees for residents who can’t afford them.

“Cost should never be a barrier to getting a tree for your home,” Fogarty said. “Thanks to generous supporters, we can offer planting scholarships to a neighbors in need.”

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 9-05-2014

Public Safety Alert: Neighbor Kristin reports: My wallet was stolen from my car in front of my house at the triangle of Colonial and Overlook between 1-2pm, Sept 4th (yesterday).

The thief used my card at North Portland BikeWorks on Mississippi and I got the following description from them: male, 25-35, thin, tall, light beard, light hair. He bought a lime-green bike messenger bag.

ALSO my neighbor’s house was broken into through a back window (using a crow bar from their garage) during the day on September 2nd. The thief went through the house, but did not steal anything. It looked like they were looking for easy cash or cards. These may or may not be related, but it does seem like someone is trolling/ aware of who’s home and who is not. Both of us filed police reports, so if you do see someone suspicious you can reference our calls.

Don’t forget your online OKNA connections on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX for late breaking news and quirky stories.

1) Concerned About Portland Rivers? (9/9)
2) Build Our Own North Star Village For Aging in Place (9/14)
3) Repair Café North Portland (9/16)
4) OKNA Bylaws Update Up for Vote (now)
5) How do I become a Portland NET Member?

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1) Concerned About Portland Rivers? (9/9)
Two Rivers, One City, takes place on Tuesday, September 9th. The event, hosted by Groundwork Portland and Columbia Riverkeeper, presents an important opportunity for people in Portland to learn about how contamination in our rivers affects local communities. The Portland Harbor superfund issue is one that has gotten much press recently—from the Oregonian, the Tribune and Street Roots to name a few—and one that residents seem increasingly concerned about.

This event will bring together a diversity of river users to voice these concerns, discuss current threats to the health and prosperity of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, and share their future visions for the waterways. We’ll also be joined by renowned environmental lawyer, Robin Morris Collins, to discuss the intersections between river health and environmental justice in Portland.

As a follow up event, the Pacific Northwest Social Forum will be holding a march on September 28th to demand an equitable and thorough cleanup of the Willamette River.

Two Rivers, One City
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
6-8 pm
Charles Jordan Community Center
9009 N Foss, Portland

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2) Build Our Own North Star Village For Aging in Place (9/14)

Villages are created by neighbors who want to grow old in their own home & neighborhood, supported by a caring community. Members can be homeowners, renters, seniors sharing housing or living with relatives.

A caring network of neighbors-helping-neighbors and reduced-cost professional support fosters affordable, interdependent aging in community. We’re talking about unique, locally-determined Villages that are not a real estate development or retirement community. It’s not a place. It’s a plan for aging in place!

Learn more about the Portland-metro-area Village Movement and how you can get involved in creating North Star Village serving the North, Inner North and Outer North West Portland neighborhoods.

Sunday, September 14 from 2-4 PM
North Portland Library, 512 N. Killingsworth

For more information, contact Patt Opdyke, North Star Village coordinator:
NorthStarVillage@comcast.net or 503.978.0540
A member of the Villages NW Network www.VillagesNW.org

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3) Repair Café North Portland (9/16)

Do you have something that is not working right? Does your old blender clunk when it should whirr? Do your old speakers crackle or does your turntable make Cat Stevens sound like a chipmunk? Do you have a pair of earrings missing clamps or hooks? Perhaps your bike just needs a much needed tune up or your favorite kitchen knives need a little TLC. If you answered yes to any of these questions you need to come to the Repair Café.

**We are planning to have volunteers who can help repair the following:
Clothes and linens
Bike Tune ups and diagnostics
Leather Repair
Small Engine repair
Jewelry
Tool Sharpening

These are just a selection of Volunteers we having coming so you definitely do not want to miss it. If you don’t see your item listed that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t get fixed bring it by anyway we might just have someone on site who can fix your item.

Thursday Sept 19 2014
6pm to 9pm.
Historic Kenton Firehouse
2209 N Schofield St, Portland OR 97217

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4) OKNA Bylaws Update Up for Vote (now)

Take a moment before our next meeting (Tuesday, September 16) to review the proposed changes to OKNA’s bylaws. We’ll be voting to accept them on that evening.

http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/2014/09/okna-bylaws-update-proposal/

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5) How do I become a Portland NET Member?

Anyone who lives or works in Portland can take NET training. Over 2,500 volunteers have completed basic training. Join them today.

WHAT YOU GET
FREE disaster response training that improves your practical skills and prepares you for a major disaster.

Get to know your neighbors, and join a group of highly skilled community leaders.

After completing basic training, you also receive access to free advanced training opportunities, exercises, and classes.

WHAT YOU GIVE
About 28 hours for basic training, usually done over the course of three Saturday classes.

At least twelve hours of volunteer time every calendar year. This can be in the form of talking with neighbors about emergency preparedness, attending neighborhood meetings, or taking advanced training classes.

Register & more info here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/58587

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OKNA Bylaws Update: PROPOSAL

Please take a moment to review the updates to OKNA’s bylaws.

You can read them here. (pdf)

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 8-29-2014

Don’t forget your online OKNA connections on Facebook: /www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX for late breaking news and quirky stories.

1) Movie in Overlook Park this Sunday (8/31)
2) Overlook NET Meeting: Newcomers Welcome! (9/4)
3) Save the Frogs Presentation with HiNooN (9/11)
4) Squared Away: Food, Music & FUN (9/13)
5) Block Party & Rummage SWAP (9/13)
6) Comp Plan Open House & Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearings
7) BDS Customer Survey Now Online
8) Bonus Reminder! Free Earthquake Classes (9/17 & 18)

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1) Movie in Overlook Park this Sunday (8/31)

If you’re in town this weekend, don’t miss our great neighborhood event – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Starting at 5:30, the River City Band will play, the Agnieszka Laska Dancers will perform and the contest participants will show off their costuming skills.

BREAKING NEWS! We have opened the costume contest to adults. If your inner Indy is jonesing to be seen, now’s your chance. Email movie@overlookneighborhood.org to register. Everyone will get a prize…and photo ops galore.

Bring your picnic dinner or find food from our vendors Eddies Flat Iron Pizza, Grilled Cheese Grill and Eva’s Herbucha. Check the latest Overlook Views for details: http://www.overlookneighborhood.org/news/

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

Overlook NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team) quarterly meeting
Thursday, September 4th
6:30-8pm
Lucky Lab Tap Room, 1700 N Killingsworth @ Concord

This is an invitation to anyone living in (or near!) the Overlook neighborhood to join our circle of preparedness. We’re looking for new ways to make Overlook more resilient in case of a disaster.

If you have questions or aren’t sure if you fit in, please contact Ovelook NET co-captain Mitch Bixby: travelmoretoo@gmail.com

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3) Save the Frogs Presentation with HiNooN (9/11)

Our Hayden Island neighborhood association HiNooN is entertaining an internationally acclaimed speaker, Michael Starkey, of Save The Frogs at their Thursday Sept 11th meeting in Oxford Suites, 12226 N Jantzen Dr, Portland, OR 97217, at 7pm. You are all welcome!

About the Presentation:
Amphibian populations around the world are declining at an alarming rate and nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. Up to 200 species have completely disappeared since 1979. This is not normal! Why is this happening? What is causing this Amphibian Extinction Crisis? How can you help? SAVE THE FROGS’ Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey answers these questions by explaining what is causing the Amphibian Extinction Crisis and informs the audience about how we as a society can help out amphibians around the globe. Founded in 2008, SAVE THE FROGS! is America’s first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation. Our mission is to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. The presentation features many of Mr. Starkey’s photos of amphibians from around the world, and there will be a question and answer session following the presentation.

Questions? Contact Jeff Geisler, Chair of HiNooN: jeffgeisler@msn.com

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4) Squared Away: Food, Music & FUN (9/13)

Mark your calendar for another fun event in Overlook coming up soon. Visit Patton Square Park on Saturday, September 13 from 11-2pm to enjoy Squared Away! for music and dance, activities for kids, and meeting friends and neighbors. Ethos, in partnership with Friends of Patton Square Park*, is hosting this free event. Entertainment will include St. Johns Ballet Folklorico, Aspire Project, Rio Grands, Fairytale Stereotypes and Tongan Folk Singers. Food for purchase from Olrosfe Taqueria. Bring a blanket and enjoy the afternoon.

*Aprende con Amigos, Ethos/IFCC, Overlook Neighborhood Association, Portland Parks & Recreation, REACH, Trillium Charter School, United Advantage NW Federal Credit Union

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5) Block Party & Rummage SWAP (9/13)

Bethel Lutheran Church (5658 N Denver Ave) hosts the annual Block Party & Rummage Swap on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, on N. Jessup St adjacent to the church. This family-friendly event features a clothing swap, rummage sale, live music, free food, sno-cones, a bouncy house, and games for kids. Bring washed, wearable clothes and swap them for something new to you! Unload your rummage ahead of time (beginning Monday, Aug. 18, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM) or bring it by early on the 13th—all rummage sales support Bethel’s community outreach including Bethel Drop-In Center, Sunday Breakfast and Wednesday Dinner Bell.

For additional information, contact Bethel at 503.285.4919, email us at bethellutheran@bethelpdx.org, or check online www.bethelpdx.org.

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6) Comp Plan Open House & Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearings

Curious about what the Comprehensive Plan has in store for your neighborhood, your block, your lot? Do you have questions or suggestions for improvements to the plan? Now is the time to speak up and share your thoughts with the planners. Come to an open house or hearing to learn more:

Comprehensive Plan Update Open House
Roosevelt High School, Cafeteria: 6941 N Central St
Thursday, September 18 2014, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing on the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A
Tuesday, September 23 2014, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing on the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan
Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver Street, Student Center
Tuesday, October 14 2014, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing on the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan
Portland Community College SE Campus, Community Hall: 2305 SE 82nd Ave
Tuesday, October 28 2014, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing on the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A
Tuesday, November 4 2014, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

North Portland questions or want more information? Contact Leslie Lum, 503-823-7896 or leslie.lum@portlandoregon.gov

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7) BDS Customer Survey Now Online

Bureau of Development Services is excited to announce that for the first time ever we have launched an online survey to gather feedback from all our customers and stakeholders. This initiative is a crucial element of our strategy to continuously improve our customer service. The survey is now online at www.BDSSurvey.com and is open to all through September 15th, 2014. It is also available via the BDS website at www.BDSSurvey.com. We would really appreciate you taking a few minutes to fill out this short survey to let us know what we are doing well and what we can do better. Please forward this information to others who might want to participate.

Upon receiving input and feedback, the bureau will analyze and implement necessary changes and improvements to our services and programs, where possible. Other approaches to our customer service improvement program include reaching out directly to recent permit and land use applicants, as well as providing easy ways for customers to give confidential feedback at any time.

If you would like to join the BDS e-mailing list to receive our bi-monthly newsletter, The Plans Examiner, and other BDS public notices please subscribe via the BDS website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/41448.

No internet access or need language translation? Contact Greg Supriano at Greg.Supriano@PortlandOregon.Gov or 503-823-7351.

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8) Bonus Reminder! Free Earthquake Classes (9/17 & 18)

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

Wednesday, Sept. 17 – Don’t get smooshed

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

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

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 8-22-2014

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

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

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

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

Historic Overlook House: 3839 N Melrose Drive.

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

Please come join us and support Beach School!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overlook NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team) quarterly meeting

Thursday, September 4th

6:30-8pm

Lucky Lab Tap Room, 1700 N Killingsworth @ Concord

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, Sept. 17 – Don’t get smooshed

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

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

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5) Water Bureau Seeks Input re: Boil Water Alert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Portland Water Bureau Water Line

503-823-7525

www.portlandoregon.gov/water

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6) Concerned About Demolitions and Development?

Demolition/Development Summit II:

United Neighborhood Associations for Reform

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

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

Premise: Strength is numbers

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

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

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7) TriMet Service Enhancement Announcement

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

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

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