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2014 Portland Regional Graffiti Summit – May 20

Presented by
The City of Portland’s Graffiti Abatement Program
and Friendly Streets, a non-profit organization

2014 Portland Regional Graffiti Summit
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
6:00pm to 8:30pm
OMSI Auditorium
1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland OR 97202

FREE Community Conference
This is a free 2.5-hour conference limited to the first 200 who pre-register. (Please pre-register no later than May 10th). Free light meal and dessert will be provided.

Graffiti vandalism can be harmful to the public’s perception of affected areas, and is expensive to eradicate. Graffiti that is left unattended impacts neighborhood livability, influences the economy of businesses, and can affect the sense of security for the entire community.

The focus of this community event is a comprehensive look at graffiti culture, including preventative measures that are being used in a number of communities, how law enforcement is working in collaboration with other agencies to arrest and prosecute vandals, and how to establish and sustain abatement efforts while being fiscally responsible to budget considerations.

Keynote: Constable Valerie Spicer – Vancouver BC Police Dept., M.A. (Art History), M.A. (Criminology), Ph.D. Candidate (Criminology)

Richard Toscan, Dean Emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University (School of the Arts)

Award Recognition

Paul Watts, Graffiti Removal Services – Demonstration and free removal kits

Other presentations throughout this event will support the information that Constable Spicer will be sharing.

*Attendees who wish to become abatement volunteers can sign up at this event, and will be given a free kit of removal supplies to take home, courtesy of Friendly Streets and the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

To register, please call Portland Graffiti Abatement Coordinator, Dennis LoGiudice, 503-823-9666, Graffiti Abatement Program Assistant, Victor Salinas, 503-823-3093, or email your contact information to graffiti@portlandoregon.gov.

May 10 – Neighborhood Clean Up

Mark your calendars!
HAND Neighborhood Clean-Up, Saturday, May 10

Bring your stuff to our annual neighborhood cleanup Saturday, May 10. This year’s proceeds from the cleanup will go to support neighborhood efforts.

Drop off begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m. at our same location, the Cleveland High School parking lot on SE 26th Ave., please enter on Franklin Street & exit onto SE 26th.

We will have the same general categories for drop off – bulky waste, yard debris, metal and a free exchange/swap area. If you have loose debris, please plan to bundle or bag it up before drop off. Our volunteers appreciate your help in making this a quick and easy process.

TWO ANSWERS TO FAQ’s:
1. Will you accept block styrofoam?YES! We will accept your large block styrofoam. But please keep in mind that we’ll be charged for hauling it off to the recycler. So if you drop off more than a few pieces, you may be charged a little extra.

2. Will there be a shredding truck?NO! though a great service and one we have considered, we WILL NOT be providing a shred-it truck to this year’s cleanup.

Last year, items in the free exchange went early and fast! Plan to check it out throughout the day. This is a great resource for toys, furniture, house hardware & more!

Before May 10 – PLAN TO TAKE DIRECT:
TAKE DIRECT – E-WASTE
All computers, monitors, TV’s and other e-waste: As part of the Oregon E-cycles program, you can take these items and drop them off for free at Free Geek, at 1731 SE10th or take it to Goodwill at 1943 SE 6th. For more information, contact FreeGeek at (503) 232-9350 or online FreeGeek.org.

TAKE DIRECT – CARDBOARD, PLASTIC, ETC.
Take flattened cardboard (no wax coated cardboard) and all rigid plastic (including broken kids’ toys, CD/DVD covers) to Far West Fibers for recycling. Most Far West services are basically free services. At best, they request a $3 donation per trip at their public recycling station at 4930 SE 26th Avenue. For more info, call them at (503) 238-1640 or visit: FarWestFibers.com

TAKE DIRECT – PAINT & OTHER HAZ-MAT WASTE
We will NOT accept any hazardous waste materials at the neighborhood cleanup. You can take them to Metro. Metro holds haz-mat collections throughout the year. Visit: OregonMetro.gov for more info on where to go.

We reserve the right to refuse to take anything that we feel is unsafe or exceeds the above requirements.

The HAND Neighborhood Cleanup is sponsored by Southeast Uplift, the City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability and Metro. For more information on how you can help, contact Bill Crawford via email:bill@handpdx.org or phone:503-839-7648.

Buckman hosted open forum on Ballot measure for Water and Sewer Services

 Th. April 10th, from 7-9pm, the Buckman Community Association will host an open forum on the Ballot Measure that would remove from City Council management the Water and Sewer (BES) services.

 

The forum will be held in our regular meeting space, the Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

 

Many Portlanders are relatively clueless about this measure and its potential impacts on water/sewer rates, but also the environment and related programs.

 

At the forum you will:

 

Find out about the measure from the initiative proponents..its purpose, what it creates and what we can expect. How it will aid ratepayers.

 

Hear from the opponents why this is a bad idea and how it could negatively affect the city, its residents and the environment.  How it will hurt ratepayers.

 

Get your questions answered.

 

The BCA remains neutral and is hosting the forum to create an opportunity for Portlanders to become informed about this serious proposal before the ballots arrive in April.

 

All are welcome!!  We especially invite those from other inner eastside Portland neighborhood to come.  Refreshments will be served at the break.

April 15 Meeting Agenda

Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 

St. Philip Neri Church Paulist Center, St Paul Room
2408 SE 16th Avenue (and Division)

DRAFT AGENDA DRAFT

6:30 LANDUSE COMMITTEE:  agenda TBA

7:00 BOARD MEETING

7:00

  • Call to order
  • Introductions

7:05

  • Approval of Feb. and March Minutes
  • Approval of Treasurer’s report

7:10

  • PPB Neighborhood Response Team Officer Leo Yee

7:20

  • PMLR project report: Coral Egnew, TriMet

7:25

  • Announcements

7:30

  • Better Block Portland: an idea for SE 26th/Clinton

7:45

  • Filmed-by-Bike: Plans for event

7:55: Committee Reports

  • May General Meeting
  • Clean-up
  • Ladd Circle Committee
  • Division Design Initiative
  • Division/Powell Transit Corridor
  • NE/SE Bike route
  • Community Engagement Grant
  • Movies in the Park
  • Community Engagement Grant
  • Powell Blvd High-Crash Corridor
  • SE Quad SAC

8:30

  • Speaker/Discussion:  TBA

9:00

  • Adjourn, tidy room, turn out lights.

Bridge Summit on March 20

Help shape the future of Multnomah County’s bridges

 

Community Bridge Summit, Thursday, March 20, 6 – 8 p.m.

 

Conference Room 315 (3rd Floor), Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

 

Multnomah County has begun a major update of its 20-year Capital Improvement Plan for its six Willamette River Bridges: the Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison, Sauvie Island and Sellwood.

 

A key part of this important planning effort is getting input from citizens and community stakeholders.  We want to know which bridge improvements are most important to the public.  This year we will develop a list of possible bridge improvements for public review.  We also want to learn about projects that organizations are planning that could affect county bridges.

 

As part of our outreach we have scheduled this community bridge summit to:

  • Brief you on the Bridges CIP plan, criteria for selecting projects, and schedule
  • Learn about other stakeholder projects near county bridges
  • Learn about your goals and priorities for improvements on the county bridges
  • Explain how you can stay involved in this project

A benefit for attendees will be the opportunity to learn about projects that multiple groups have planned near the bridges in coming years.

 

The meeting location is served by TriMet bus routes 4, 6, 10 and 14, and Portland Streetcar.  Street parking is available nearby.  We’ll provide pizza at the meeting.

 

A project fact sheet is here Multnomah County CIP Fact Sheet (8) and the project website is www.multco.us/bridgeplan.  If you cannot attend, please consider taking a short online survey about the bridges before April 4.  For information, contact Mike Pullen at mike.j.pullen@multco.us or 503-209-4111.

 

A friendly note from OLCC about alcoholic consumption in March

St. Patty’s Day celebrations – Slainte! 

 

Portland, OR – For those who plan to paint the town green, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission reminds you to celebrate responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  St. Patrick’s Day falls on Monday, March 17; however, many celebratory events are scheduled to start as early as Friday.

 

“Green beer, Irish whiskey, and Irish cream liqueur are all popular beverages on the one day of the year when everyone is Irish,” says Merle Lindsey, OLCC Deputy Director. “Whether you choose to celebrate at home or at one of 7,000 bars, restaurants and taverns that sell alcohol across the state, we ask that you plan ahead for a safe night and not rely on the luck of the Irish.”

 

Tips for St. Patty’s Day Celebrations:

  • Pace yourself – Enjoy water or a snack between beverages, it will help you make it to the pot of gold at the end of the night.
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach - A serving of corn beef and cabbage can help your body process the alcohol.
  • Plan ahead for a safe ride home – Save a gold coin or two to pay for a cab or ride public transit
  • Thank your servers and bartenders – They have a responsibility to make sure that customers don’t drink too much.  If they take your drink away or offer to call you a cab – Thank them.  They are doing it because they are responsible and they want everyone to be safe.

 

 

Liquor stores across the state will have normal business hours on St. Patrick’s Day.  Visit www.OregonLiquorSearch.com for store hours, directions, and available products.

Notice of Street Closing on April 19 – SE Clinton Street

The 12th Annual Filmed by Bike is returning to the Clinton St. Theater this April 19-22. Filmed by Bike benefits NW Documentary, a non-profit organization that helps people tell their stories through film.

We will be closing SE Clinton Street as part of our opening day New Belgium street party on Saturday, April 19. The free event is all ages and features a beer garden, live entertainment, a video storytelling booth, a photo booth and a gigantic bike parking area. The street closure will affect SE Clinton Street between 25th and 26th Avenues, and SE 25th Ave from Clinton to Ivon with local access from Ivon. The streets will be closed from 1:00pm – 11:00pm. The street party is 4:00pm – 9:30pm.

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact sue@handpdx.org.

Loud and Clear – March 24 – SE Uplift – Panel on Neighborhood communications

SE Uplift invites you and your neighbors to come listen, learn and inquire about neighborhood-level marketing.

What: A moderated panel discussion with PSU Professor and local designer Kate Bingaman-Burt, ADX Marketing Director Tessa Blake and Neighborhood Expert Katy Asher. Followed by an audience lead Q & A.

Where: ADX Portland, 417 SE 11th Avenue

When: Monday March 24th, 2014
Time: 6 – 8PM

Bonus: Beer from Coalition Brewing, wine, and Pies from Pacific Pie Co. for your dining pleasure!

For more information:
seuplift.org/what-we-do/workshopsevents/

This moderated panel is intended to assist our coalition neighborhood association volunteers in crafting a call to action around their activities, including, but not limited to; neighborhood elections and summer events.

With this in mind the door is open to all. We have a sneaking suspicion that with such great panelists this event will be useful to anyone working in/with small organizations, particularly those who are volunteer-driven.

Upcoming City Meetings

The City of Portland invites you to participate in the four upcoming budget-related events.
City Utility Rate Review
Wednesday, March 19th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Parkrose High School Theater
12003 NE Shaver Street
Portland, Oregon 97220
Community Budget Forum
Wednesday, April 9th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Performing Arts Center
12000 SW 49th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97219
Community Budget Forum
Tuesday, April 22nd, 6:30pm-8:30pm
David Douglas High School, North Cafeteria
1001 SE 135th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97233
Budget Committee Public Hearing
Thursday, May 15th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204
City Utility Rate Review: The proposed combined rate increase of 4.92% will be explained in detail and the public will be invited to ask questions of City Commissioners and bureau staff.
Community Budget Forums and Budget Committee Public Hearing: these meetings will provide you with the opportunity to share with City Council how you will be impacted by the City’s budget decisions and express which City services are most important to Portland residents. The forums will be similar to a Council hearing, in which you can sign-up to testify before City Council.
For more information, please see these helpful Links:
For general questions about the forums or accommodations, please contact Sarah Diffenderfer (sarah.diffenderfer@portlandoregon.gov), 503-823-6925.

Public Forum on Sellwood Gap in the Springwater Corridor Trail

The SMILE Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee (SNAC) invites you to

ATTEND A FAMILY-FRIENDLY PUBLIC FORUM 

about the Sellwood Gap in the Springwater Corridor Trail

7-8:30pm on Wednesday, March 12th 

at the SMILE Station (SE 13th Avenue and Tenino Street)

Hello neighbor! As you probably know, for the last couple of years many neighbors in Sellwood-Moreland have been engaged in a community-driven process to envision how new public lands surrounding the Sellwood Gap in the Springwater Corridor Trail could look once the trail gets paved between SE Umatilla and 13th. You’ve seen us at the farmer’s market and Sundae in the Park. You’ve talked to us at events on site and have come to design brainstorms at the SMILE Station.

 

Now’s your chance to attend the last in-person public forum during the public comment period which ends March 31st. 

We want your feedback on the goals and values that have been identified for this project so they may be considered in the final design plans for these lands. Join us to learn more about this opportunity, share your opinions, and engage with the neighbors who have been working to ensure that these new public spaces become treasures in our neighborhood.

Restoring native habitat… preserving corridors for wildlife…creating community gathering spaces… ensuring public safety… incorporating edible plants… maintaining open spaces for recreation… recognizing the area’s historic attributes… What is important to you?

Tell us on Wednesday, March 12th, 7-8:30pm at the SMILE Station (SE 13th and Tenino). Hope to see you then!

Can’t make it to this forum?

THREE OTHER WAYS TO COMMENT BY MARCH 31ST

  1. Complete the online survey
  2. Send a comment by e-mailcomments@sellwood.org
  3. Request a Survey by Mail by sending a self-addressed stamped business-sized envelope to SMILE, ATT: Sellwood Gap Survey Request, 8210 SE 13th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97202.

For more information see below or visit the SMILE website www.sellwood.org/the-sellwood-gap-project

BACKGROUND:  

The Springwater Corridor trail is a popular bicycle and pedestrian path that parallels the historic Springwater Line rail route from inner southeast Portland near OMSI all the way to Boring.  The “Sellwood Gap” refers to an incomplete section of the trail as it runs through the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood.  The Sellwood Gap begins just south of the Sellwood Bridge at Umatilla Street and extends along the railroad tracks to SE 19th Avenue at Ochoco Street. Through voter-approved bond measures, Metro purchased six vacant parcels of land within the Sellwood Gap to enable the City of Portland to pave the trail from SE Umatilla Street to 13th Avenue. Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) will manage the trail and the Metro-owned lands under the terms of an Intergovernmental Agreement.Though construction of the trail is expected to begin in early 2014, neither the City nor Metro has plans for the use of the land adjacent to the trail once this gap is closed. 

Residents of the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood – acting through the neighborhood association’s Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee (SNAC) – have initiated a community-driven process for deciding how these public lands could be enjoyed and maintained by neighbors and trail users in collaboration with PP&R.  In neighborhood meetings, proposed uses for the land have included restoring native landscapes, creating wildlife habitat, creating community gathering spaces, preserving passive open space, incorporating edible landscaping, and recognizing the area’s historic significance, among other values. While the group seeks public input on the emphasis for all six public land parcels, initial work will begin with a Demonstration Project on the triangular site located between SE Linn and Marion streets at 9th Avenue. Through a survey and two public meetings, SNAC’s Sellwood Gap Working Group and PP&R invite the broader community to provide input regarding priorities for the use of this land. The feedback provided will inform the group’s final design plan. The working group additionally seeks to identify people who are interested in helping to implement a community-driven vision for all of the public lands within the Sellwood Gap.