Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 21)

1) City finally starts to arrange mediation with homeless camp
2) Earth Day repair café (Saturday)
3) Art in North Portland


1) City finally starts to arrange mediation with homeless camp

When Mayor Ted Wheeler visited the Overlook Neighborhood Association a month ago, city officials said they would organize mediation between OKNA and the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp in hopes of developing a Good Neighbor Agreement. Finally, today, that process might be starting.

Staff from Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s office contacted OKNA to let us know that mediators will be in touch in the next month. They also indicated that no discussions are underway about the long-term plans for the homeless camp.

OKNA remains committed to finding a constructive path forward to ensure the safety of the neighborhood. We are disappointed that the process is taking so long, especially when the city is already seven months past the deadline by which it had pledge to remove the homeless camp from a wildfire hazard zone along the bluff.

We will continue to keep Overlook neighbors updated in weekly updates and at our regular meetings. Stay tuned.

2) Earth Day repair café (Saturday)

Stop by the North Portland Tool Library on Earth Day (April 22) with your malfunctioning goods. Volunteers will be fixing small appliances, garments and bikes as well as sharpening tools/knives and fixing small engines

Please only bring 2 sharpening items per person.

Earth Day repair café
Saturday, April 22, 10:30-1:30
Kenton Firehouse (2209 N Schofield St.)

3) Art in North Portland

Disjecta, the nonprofit contemporary art center in Kenton, is offering discounted tickets to North Portland residents. The center is currently hosting Spiritrials over the next few weekends as well as a kids-focused program called Hip Hop History for Kids.

Learn more about the events by clicking on the image. If you choose to attend, use the promo code ARTS15 for a discount when you buy your ticket.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 15)

1) No OKNA general meeting in April
2) N Skidmore Terrace sewer extension begins Monday
3) I-5 closures begin this weekend
4) Portland Police Bureau launches open data portal
5) Contacting neighbors about development


1) No OKNA general meeting in April

This is a reminder that the Tuesday, April 18 Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting has been canceled. The board looks forward to seeing everyone in May.

2) N Skidmore Terrace sewer extension begins Monday

Environmental Services, the city’s sewer and stormwater utility, is extending the public sewer system to properties where service is only available through a neighboring property. This is most commonly referred to as a party sewer connection. Under N Skidmore Terrace, this project will install 540 feet of main line sewer pipe, three new manholes, and branch connections to ten properties allowing them to make direct connections the public sewer. This project will help protect public health, water quality, and our environment.

N Skidmore Terrace is a narrow street, and traditional open trench construction would significantly limit the ability of drivers to use the road during construction. In order to increase driver access during construction, crews will use a trenchless method called horizontal directional drilling or directional boring.

Construction hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.

Learn more about the project by clicking here.

3) I-5 closures begin this weekend

The first of four full weekend closures of Interstate 5 in one direction between the Marquam Bridge and North Broadway is underway in the southbound direction. Lanes closed last night and will re-open at 4:30 a.m. Monday. Travelers should make plans now to avoid delays on detour routes. In addition to the southbound closure, crews will close one northbound lane of I-5.

During the I-5 southbound closure, travelers will be diverted to I-405 southbound to reach I-5 south of downtown. A lane of I-5 south will be open for travelers to access I-84 east. Congestion is expected around I-5 in the central city during the closures. Travelers should consider using other routes or taking transit, depending on their travel plans.

The remaining weekend closures of Interstate 5 will take place from 10 p.m. Friday to 4:30 a.m. Monday on the following weekends:

  • April 21-24 (southbound)
  • May 5-8 (northbound)
  • May 12-15 (northbound)

Closing I-5 during the weekends will allow a contractor to perform concrete repairs underneath the Burnside Bridge, which spans lanes of the freeway. Areas of the concrete are degraded and at risk of falling on the freeway. This work is part of Multnomah County’s Burnside Bridge Maintenance project. The closures will also allow ODOT crews to do work on the closed section of freeway, including paving, survey, electrical, inspection and seismic work.

Learn more at burnsidebridge.org.

4) Portland Police Bureau launches open data portal

The Portland Police Bureau has revamped the data portion of its website to be more user-friendly. Community members can view reported crime statistics and download open data at portlandoregon.gov/police/OpenData. An interactive dashboard on the site allows users to view monthly reported crime statistics by Portland neighborhood. The dashboard and open dataset will be updated on a monthly basis with the previous month’s data.

The data includes all offenses reported in Portland since May 2015. The dashboard allows a user to filter and customize analyses based on a variety of factors including neighborhood, month and offense. Users can download the open data, an image or PDF using the Download Open Data tab on the dashboard.

5) Contacting neighbors about development

Are you curious about how residents and businesses are informed when new development is proposed in their neighborhoods? Would you like to help rethink the process for notifying community members about that?

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability invites community members to be part of an informal “sounding board” group to help shape possible revisions to the Neighborhood Contact requirements.

If you are interested in being part of this group, please click here and sign up to get involved.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 7)

1) April OKNA general meeting canceled
2) Prepare for a Cascadia earthquake the Overlook’s NET (April 10)
3) Overlook House Eggsravaganza (April 15)
4) North Portland grant opportunity
5) Help Portland oversee its marijuana industry


1) April OKNA general meeting canceled

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will not hold a general meeting on April 18. Please mark your calendar for the May 16 meeting.

2) Prepare for a Cascadia earthquake the Overlook’s NET (April 10)

Join your neighbors in preparing for a Cascadia earthquake and other disasters in a conversational meeting Monday evening. The Overlook NET regular meeting is Monday evening. Topics on the agenda include preparing for team leader elections in June and joint exercises with the Arbor Lodge NET on July 15.

The meeting begins at 6:30. Curious neighbors are invited to show up between 6 and 6:30 to get caught up and ask questions. Anyone wanting to check range or just practice using radios can call channel 5, also between 6 and 6:30.

Overlook NET
Monday, April 10, 6:30-8 p.m.
Lucky Labrador Tap Room (1700 N Killingsworth St.)

3) Overlook House Eggsravaganza (April 15)

The Easter Bunny will hop by Overlook House early on Saturday, April 15 for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Be there at 10:30 a.m. sharp with your basket – the hunt is over in less than five minutes! Discover thousands of eggs filled with treats, plus lots of other toys spread on the back lawns of Overlook House. Find a golden egg and look inside for your special prize.

This fun event happens rain or shine and is presented free for neighborhood children (ages 1-6 years) by the Friends of Overlook House.

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 15, 10:30 a.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

4) North Portland grant opportunity

The 2017 grant season for the Lester Viles North Portland Project Association is now open. They award micro grants to businesses, charitable organizations and other groups in North Portland, with a focus on benefiting the neighborhood. This is the legacy of Lester Viles, a long-time North Portland resident, business owner and booster.  Applications are due no later than May 31.  See visit lvnppa.org for details and an application.

5) Help Portland oversee its marijuana industry

The City of Portland’s Cannabis Program seeks applicants for the 2017-18 Cannabis Policy Oversight Team (CPOT).

CPOT is the City of Portland’s cannabis policy advisory group made up of community members, cannabis industry members and health officials (among other stakeholders). CPOT facilitates discussion about cannabis policy to ensure that Portland’s cannabis regulations are fair for businesses, maintain the safety and livability of our neighborhoods, and reflect Portland’s values.

Applications will be accepted until May 10. Click here for the application and for more information about CPOT.

If you have any questions, please contact the Cannabis Program at 503-823-9333 or cannabis@portlandoregon.gov.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 1)

1) Apply for Portland’s pedestrian advisory committee
2) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday, April 4)


1) Apply for Portland’s pedestrian advisory committee

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is excited to announce PedPDX, Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Plan. The plan will prioritize sidewalks, crossing improvements, and other investments to make walking safer and more comfortable across the city. It will identify the key strategies and tools we will use to make Portland a truly great walking city.

To help guide development of the plan, PBOT is now recruiting Portlanders to apply to serve on the PedPDX Community Advisory Committee (CAC). PedPDX CAC members will serve as public officials for the duration of the planning process and provide feedback that will be considered for integration into the plan, which will go before City Council for adoption in approximately Fall/Winter 2018.

Learn more about the CAC.

Application materials are available online. The deadline to apply is April 16.

2) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday, April 4)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday to discuss events in the neighborhood. Highlights of the agenda include board members sharing their reactions to Mayor Wheeler’s presentation at the March general meeting and how OKNA will proceed with our lease on Union Pacific Land along N Greeley Avenue.

OKNA Board meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, April 4, 6:30-8 p.m.
Historic Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 26)

1) Mayor visits OKNA meeting
2) Filming at Adidas (Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28-29)
3) Eastbank Esplanade closed
4) Traffic safety action workshop (Thursday, March 30)
5) Sustainable landscaping workshops
6) Renters’ rights workshop (April 5)
7) How should Safe Routes to School spend $8 million? (April 20)


1) Mayor visits OKNA meeting

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler visited the Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting on March 21. He updated the neighborhood on his priorities as mayor and addressed concerns about the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp in Overlook. During the Q&A session, residents overwhelmingly asked the mayor to make good on the city’s pledge that the camp would be relocated within a year of its founding. It has been there for 18 months.

Thank you to all Overlook residents who came out for this important meeting and shared their views.

Wheeler conceded that the city had treated Overlook “shabbily” under the previous mayor with regard to Hazelnut Grove, but he had no immediate solutions for neighbors concerned about the dangers of having an unregulated homeless camp in wildfire and landslide zones. He has asked Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s office to oversee next steps, which will include mediated discussions between the neighborhood and the homeless campers.

OKNA’s board will discuss what the mayor said at its April board meeting. For now, we await word from City Hall and Hazelnut Grove about when they are willing to return to the table to discuss moving forward.

You can find out more about the visit in news coverage from KGW, (“Neighbors voice anger over N Portland homeless camp”) and KATU (“Mayor wants neighborhood to drive solution for Hazelnut Grove”). You can also watch a video of the mayor answering neighbor’s questions below. Later in the video, a representative of Commissioner Eudaly’s office talks about next steps.

2) Filming at Adidas (Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28-29)

A film crew will be on location at the Adidas Village on Tuesday and Wednesday (March 28-29) shooting for the Pensole Sneaker Challenge. As a result, some nearby street parking will be unavailable. Specifically, “No Parking” will be posted on both sides of N Sumner Street between N Delaware Avenue and the dead end, and on both sides of N Delaware Avenue between N Sumner Street and N Webster Street.

Read the full announcement.

3) Eastbank Esplanade closed

Portland Parks & Recreation has temporarily closed the floating portion of the Eastbank Esplanade between the Steel and Burnside bridges due to extremely high Willamette River water levels. PP&R has been carefully monitoring this section of the popular riverside trail, located on the east side of the Willamette, over the past few days. During periods of very high water, when the river reaches approximately 17.5 feet, the ramps rise to an angle determined to be potentially unsafe for people on bikes, on foot, and for those using mobility devices. This situation has occurred in the past during rare, extremely high river elevations (most recently in May of 2011).

The closure will remain in effect for an undetermined length of time – until river conditions allow for safe travel on the impacted section of walkway.  Commuters, walkers, cyclists, etc., should use street alternatives.

4) Traffic safety action workshop (Thursday, March 30)

Are you interested in creating awareness, changing policy and finding money to improve safety on neighborhood streets? North Portland Neighborhood Services will hold a workshop this week to teach you how to do it.

Bring an idea about a traffic safety problem you want to solve and they’ll help you develop a plan for taking action. They’ve invited transportation experts and neighbors who can share stories about what worked in their own neighborhoods. Learn more.

RSVP online.

Traffic safety action workshop
Thursday, March 30, 6:30 p.m.
Historic Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon Ave.)

5) Sustainable landscaping workshops

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District has free landscaping workshops scheduled for coming weeks. Learn how to create low-maintenance, low-cost landscapes that conserve water, prevent pollution, and create a healthy habitat for local birds and wildlife. These workshops are free and open to everyone. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Learn more and register online.

All three will take place at Livingscape (3926 N Vancouver Ave.).

Beneficial Insects (April 15, 9-11:30 a.m.)

Meet the beetles, bugs, flies, lacewings and other invertebrates that provide free pest control. You will discover ways to attract and sustain these friendly beneficial insects that help your garden thrive, and also learn about a few invasive insects to keep an eye out for. 

Naturescaping Basics (April 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Learn how to design your landscape to reduce water use, decrease storm water runoff and save you time, money, and energy – all while providing a beautiful habitat for birds, wildlife and you.

Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden (May 5, 6:30-9 p.m.)

Learn about the bees, flies, beetles, moths and butterflies that provide vital pollination services in urban gardens, and discover which plants can help attract and support them. We will go beyond the bloom so you can find out how to provide water, shelter, nesting and overwintering sites.

6) Renters’ rights workshop (April 5)

Community Alliance of Tenants will host a free renters’ rights workshop on Wednesday, April 5 at Clarendon School in North Portland. Attendees will learn about what landlords are responsible for repairing or replacing, renters’ legal rights and responsibilities, and how to communicate with landlords to get the best outcome.

Free lead and hemoglobin testing for kids by Multnomah County will be available after the meeting. During the meeting, there will be childcare and snacks. To register for childcare and lead testing, contact Michelle Rodriguez at 503-916-3138 or Crystal Ball at 503-916-6298.

Renters’ rights & repairs workshop
Wednesday, April 5, 3:15 p.m.
Clarendon Regional Early Learning Academy (9325 N Van Houten Ave.)

7) How should Safe Routes to School spend $8 million? (April 20)

Through the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Fixing Our Streets program, Safe Routes to School is expecting to make a large investment in safety improvements around Portland schools in the next few years. This spring they’re asking families to help figure out what is needed most in each high school cluster. They will come to the Jefferson cluster, which includes Overlook, on Thursday, April 20.

The Safe Routes to School program is hosting open house events across the city to listen to families about their routes to school and the barriers they face. At the most recent events, families from the Grant and Roosevelt High School clusters talked about speeding drivers, difficult crossings and arrival/dismissal traffic concerns. While at the open house, parents expressed why they walked or rolled…or didn’t; what was their number one safety concern; and how far they would go out of their way for a safer crossing. They also drew their routes on school maps and learned just how much it costs to create their perfect intersection.

Portland Public Schools was also there to share information about their www.SafeRoutesPDX.org web app that lets families share their safety concerns online.

Safe Routes to Schools Session
Thursday, April 20, 6-8 p.m.
Ockley Green Middle School (6031 N Montana Ave.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 17)

1) Mayor Ted Wheeler at OKNA General Meeting (Tuesday, March 21)
2) Events with state lawmakers (March 18 and 30)
3) How would you spend city Park Bonds?
4) Help re-plant Overlook’s signature planters – Kid-friendly (March 18)


1) Mayor Ted Wheeler at OKNA General Meeting (Tuesday, March 21)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will hold its general meeting on Tuesday evening. Mayor Ted Wheeler will attend to update the neighborhood on his vision for Portland and to field questions from neighbors. View the full agenda for other items to be discussed.

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

2) Events with state lawmakers (March 18 and 30)

State Rep. Tawna Sanchez will hold a constituent coffee hour on March 18 to discuss what she’s been up to in Salem during the legislative session.

Coffee with Rep. Tawna Sanchez
Saturday, March 18, 9-10 a.m.
PCC Cascade, Student Union Room 203/204 (705 N Killingsworth St.)

Several lawmakers will hold a town hall on March 30. Sens. Lew Frederick and Michael Dembrow will join Reps. Tawna Sanchez and Alissa Keny-Guyer to hear from constituents.

Town hall with state lawmakers
Thursday, March 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
PCC Cascade, Terrell Hall 122 (705 N Killingsworth St.)

3) How would you spend city Park Bonds?

It’s time to decide how to spend the remaining $20 million for the second phase of park improvements. Portland Parks & Recreation and Commissioner Amanda Fritz want to hear from Portlanders about their priorities, but they are staying far away from North Portland.

Overlook residents who want to have a say can trek to Multnomah Arts Center Auditorium (7688 SW Capitol Hwy.) on Monday, March 20, 6-7:30 p.m. or East Portland Community Center (740 SE 106th Ave) on Tuesday, March 21, 6-7:30 p.m. Alternatively, complete the online comment form.

4) Help re-plant Overlook’s signature planters – Kid-friendly (March 18)

Portland’s first traffic-calming Placemaking Project is at the intersection of N Concord Avenue and N Overlook Boulevard, next to the big painted intersection. Come re-plant and refresh the groundbreaking planter project with sedums and other eco-roof plants that are low-care, low-water, high-heat-tolerant, low-profile and pollinator friendly.

Kids are welcome to come learn and participate!

We’ll make wattle fencing, taste honey and visit a bee hive. We’ll also tour the established, 6-year old food producing permaculture site next to the planters and have fun getting dirty: sheet mulching, installing barriers for cane berries, hugelkultur terrace construction, and more digging and planting.

Opportunities to dig and take home some plants (until they run out), including Shasta daisies, blue Japanese iris, white iris, black currants, red currants, blackberries (shuksan), raspberries and rhubarb. Bring a shovel and carry home container to dig your own.

Dress for weather (sunscreen and hat if the sun comes out), and bring your gloves and hand tools if you have them (some available), and a water bottle. Snacks will be provided.

Sponsored by City Repair Project and Sustainable Overlook.

Permaculture learning and work party
Saturday, March 18, 11-2 p.m.
Intersection of N Concord Avenue and N Overlook Boulevard

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 12)

1) Mayor Ted Wheeler to visit OKNA General Meeting (March 21)
2) Help re-plant Overlook’s signature planters – Kid-friendly (March 18)
3) Register for free emergency preparedness training
4) 2017 Emergency Preparedness Summit
5) Organic Brewfest canceled
6) Columbia Slough 101 (March 18)


1) Mayor Ted Wheeler to visit OKNA General Meeting (March 21)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association is excited to announce that Mayor Ted Wheeler will attend our general meeting this month. Check in next week for more details, but for now mark your calendar for the March 21, 6:30 p.m. meeting at Kaiser Town Hall.

2) Help re-plant Overlook’s signature planters – Kid-friendly (March 18)

Portland’s first traffic-calming Placemaking Project is at the intersection of N Concord Avenue and N Overlook Boulevard, next to the big painted intersection. Come re-plant and refresh the groundbreaking planter project with sedums and other eco-roof plants that are low-care, low-water, high-heat-tolerant, low-profile and pollinator friendly.

Kids are welcome to come learn and participate!

We’ll make wattle fencing, taste honey and visit a bee hive. We’ll also tour the established, 6-year old food producing permaculture site next to the planters and have fun getting dirty: sheet mulching, installing barriers for cane berries, hugelkultur terrace construction, and more digging and planting.

Opportunities to dig and take home some plants (until they run out), including Shasta daisies, blue Japanese iris, white iris, black currants, red currants, blackberries (shuksan), raspberries and rhubarb. Bring a shovel and carry home container to dig your own.

Dress for weather (sunscreen and hat if the sun comes out), and bring your gloves and hand tools if you have them (some available), and a water bottle. Snacks will be provided.

Sponsored by City Repair Project and Sustainable Overlook.

Permaculture learning and work party
Saturday, March 18, 11-2 p.m.
Intersection of N Concord Avenue and N Overlook Boulevard

3) Register for free emergency preparedness training

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) is one of the most active in the city. Its members train and prepare to help when an emergency strikes. When a major earthquake hits Portland, they will have the skills to save lives.

The city’s NET program has an upcoming training class for Portlanders. You’ll receive free training in the core skills needed to respond safely and effectively in a major disaster. You’ll meet neighbors, emergency response professionals and community leaders concerned about emergency preparation. And you’ll be eligible for advanced classes and exercises.

The class requires about 30 hours over a few Saturdays. The next training kicks off on April 29.

Learn more and register online.

4) 2017 Emergency Preparedness Summit

There was a fantastic turnout at the recent Preparedness Summit at Beach School. Overlook neighbors and visitors came together to Prepare Out Loud with The American Red Cross’ Steven Eberlein.

The afternoon was filled with tabling from organizations including Multnomah County’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Dove Lewis, PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human), City Club of Portland and Portland State University’s Center for Public Service.

Big thanks to Kenny & Zukes for a ton of donated bagels and shmears, Blend Coffee on N Killingsworth for donating coffee for the day, and Atomic Pizza for providing a delicious pizza lunch.  Also many thanks go out to the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) program operating out of Beach School, led by Cinda Jackson, who helped organizers secure the venue once again this year.

Click on the photo below to see more pictures from the event.

5) Organic Brewfest canceled

In a recent update we announced that the Organic Brewfest would return to Overlook Park again this year. The organizers now report that they have canceled the event. The plan to take this year off and reassess whether it remains viable next year.

6) Columbia Slough 101 (March 18)

Ever wonder about the slow-moving water running through Northeast and North Portland? The Slough 101 workshop will explore the unique character, challenges and opportunities of the Columbia Slough.  You’ll learn about water quality, wetland restoration, how the Slough has changed over time, and what various efforts by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Environmental Services, and many partners mean for wildlife, people and businesses.

Slough 101 is a free, hands-on workshop open to everyone interested in learning more about the Columbia Slough and its watershed.  The workshop is hosted at the beautiful offices of the McKinstry firm, which overlooks Environmental Services’ Mason Flats Wetland Enhancement Project.

Slough 101 hands-on activities will allow attendees to:

  • Study Slough macroinvertebrates (water bugs) and learn about water quality
  • Simulate and predict aquifer conditions with an interactive groundwater model
  • Discover a beautiful hidden part of this unique waterway on a walking tour

Learn more and register online.

Columbia Slough 101
Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
McKinstry (16790 NE Mason St.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 5)

1) OKNA Board meeting (March 7)
2) Legal clinic on city’s new tenant relocation assistance ordinance (March 15)
3) Coffee with Rep. Tawna Sanchez (March 18)
4) Sunday Parkways returns to North Portland in June


1) OKNA Board meeting (March 7)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday to discuss a variety of topics. The agenda includes Patton Park, homeless camps, neighborhood cleanups and more. Board meetings are open to the public.

OKNA Board meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, March 7, 6:30-8 p.m.
Historic Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

2) Legal clinic on city’s new tenant relocation assistance ordinance (March 15)

The Portland City Council recently approved an ordinance that requires landlords to pay tenants relocation assistance in the case of a no-cause eviction, rent increase greater than 10 percent or failure to renew or replace an expiring lease with substantially the same terms.

That ordinance is being challenged in court. Tenants who might take advantage of it if it survives that legal challenge can learn how at an upcoming city-sponsored clinic. The city has partnered with Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon to host a free legal clinic.

Free legal clinic on relocation assistance
Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.
David Douglas High School (1001 SE 135th Ave.)

3) Coffee with Rep. Tawna Sanchez (March 18)

State Rep. Tawna Sanchez will hold a constituent coffee hour on March 18 to discuss what she’s been up to in Salem during the legislative session.

Q&A with Rep. Tawna Sanchez
Saturday, March 18, 9-10 a.m.
PCC Cascade, Student Union Room 203/204 (705 N Killingsworth St.)

4) Sunday Parkways returns to North Portland in June

Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner, and The Portland Bureau of Transportation has announced its schedule for the Sunday Parkways season. This nationally and internationally acclaimed series of Open Street events is celebrating its 10th year in motion. The streets will close to traffic so that bikers and walkers can enjoy safe tours of the city’s neighborhoods.

The North Portland Parkways will be on June 25. The route this year touches a corner of Overlook. Learn more about the event and routes in other neighborhoods on the official website.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 24)

1) Get your preparedness on! (Feb. 25)
2) Tell Portland which potholes to patch


1) Get your preparedness on! (Feb. 25)

Join your Overlook neighbors and new friends from other neighborhoods on Saturday at Putting Preparedness Into Action, a free half-day (9:45 to 2) preparedness event at Beach Elementary School. The event is organized by Sustainable Overlook and Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET). Steve Eberlein from the American Red Cross will give a presentation in the morning.

After lunch (bring your own if you didn’t register and reserve a lunch in advance), there will be info and activities to put you in the ‘prep’ frame of mind. Bring your ‘go bag’ if you want to show it off.

Overlook Sustainability Summit: Putting Preparedness Into Action
Saturday, Feb. 25, 9:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Beach Elementary School (1710 N Humboldt St.)

2) Tell Portland which potholes to patch

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has launched Patch-a-thon, a new initiative to fill the numerous potholes caused by this season’s many winter storms.

There is currently a backlog of more than 1,000 potholes that have been identified by residents and city crews. During Patch-a-thon, PBOT will dedicate extra crews and resources to address the current backlog. During normal operations, PBOT has two to three crews repairing potholes. During Patch-a-thon, this number will rise to 12 to 15 crews.

In the coming weeks, PBOT will hold a Patch-a-thon on those days when the weather permits effective and safe pothole repair. PBOT will continue Patch-a-thon until the winter pothole backlog has been cleared.

PBOT crews fill more than 8,000 potholes a year, working year round. The work is weather dependent and crews are sometimes diverted to emergencies such as landslides.

Portlanders are encouraged to report potholes by sending a detailed description and photos to PBOT dispatchers by email pdxroads@portlandoregon.gov or by using the PDX Reporter App. They can also call 503-823-1700, PBOT’s 24 hour maintenance line.

View the interactive pothole map, so you can track Patch-a-thon’s progress.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 19)

1) OKNA general meeting (Feb. 21)
2) Protected bike lane proposed for N Greeley Avenue
3) Third annual Overlook Sustainability Summit (Feb. 25)


1) OKNA general meeting (Feb. 21)

You don’t want to miss the upcoming Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting. The agenda is packed with important updates that will affect everyone in the neighborhood. We’ll hear from a representative of the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp about what’s been going on there, and from a representative of Portland Public Schools about the upcoming construction bond. Developers of two multi-family residential projects along the Interstate Corridor also will present and answer questions. One will be on the current site of the Overlook Restaurant, and the other is on N Montana Avenue between N Prescott and N Going streets.

OKNA general meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:30-8 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)

2) Protected bike lane proposed for N Greeley Avenue

BikePortland reports that the Portland Bureau of Transportation has plans to install a two-way protected bike lane on N Greeley Avenue between Going and Interstate. Riders and motorists alike would benefit from this change. Greeley carries a high volume of traffic, especially truck traffic to and from Swan Island, that passes perilously close to bike riders. The highway interchange in particular, where the southbound bike lane crosses the traffic lanes, is particularly dangerous.

As part of a repaving project, a multi-use path with room for bikers and pedestrians could be installed along the east (bluff) side of the road with concrete barriers providing separation from traffic. Riders would benefit from improved safety, and drivers would no longer have to worry about bikers swerving into traffic lanes unexpectedly to avoid debris in the bike lane.

Learn more about the proposal at BikePortland’s website.

3) Third annual Overlook Sustainability Summit (Feb. 25)

Someday a catastrophic earthquake will strike Portland. Join your neighbors on Saturday to learn more about how to prepare for disaster. The third annual Overlook Sustainability Summit at Beach School will feature a presentation from the American Red Cross and information from a variety experts on the topics of disaster resilience and emergency preparation.

The Overlook NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team) will run a practice staging event so you can practice with radios, triage and shelter development. Lunch available from Atomic Pizza by reservation ($7 per person).

Learn more and RSVP online.

Overlook Sustainability Summit: Putting Preparedness Into Action
Saturday, Feb. 25, 9:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Beach Elementary School (1710 N Humboldt St.)

 

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