By Ute Munger

The October 15 meeting was enriched by a visit of Jen Corbridge, an administrative aide to Alissa Keny-Guyer, Oregon House State Representative District 46.

Various topics of legislative accomplishments were recounted. One of them is the passage of the Toxic-Free Kids Act. This act requires companies to disclose dangerous chemicals found in products used by children, and to phase out certain toxins.

Legislation providing healthcare coverage for undocumented children did sadly not pass. This bill would have given the Oregon Health Authority permission to set up programs to provide health services, as money became available.

A lot of work was done on the Working Family Childcare Tax Credit. Credits would be refundable for families to possibly receive a larger tax refund.

The October 20 Land Use Committee meeting was very informative since Marty Stockton, City Planner and SE District Liaison with the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability gave plenty of information regarding the 2035 recommended Draft of the Comprehensive Plan. It is quite detailed and includes expected household and new job grows, map changes and a Comprehensive Plan Map vs. Zoning Map. For more information you may want to visit portlandoregon.gov/bps/pdxcompplan.

The Mixed Use Zones Project has a substantial Discussion Draft-Summary to be perused at portlandoregon.gov/bps/mixeduse.

Comments on the Discussion Draft Report can be submitted by Monday, November 16, 2015 via e-mail to mixedusezones@portlandoregon.gov or write a letter to City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Attn: Mixed Use Zones Project, 1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100 Portland, OR 97201.

To attend a public hearing, or to offer oral testimony directly to the City Council, the next proposed meeting is Dec. 10. For specific date, time and additional information go to portlandoregon.gov/bps/pdxcompplan.

Currently there is no zoning requirement on high schools but it is said to be changing in the future. For example: Franklin wants to change from Institutional Residential to Institutional Campus zoning, which, as this writer understands it, may mean that alterations to the campus can be made at the schools decision without public announcement or input.

South Tabor Neighborhood Association is in dire need of filling various board positions and would welcome your interest. How about coming to our next meeting on Thursday, November 19 at 7 pm at Trinity Fellowship at 2700 SE 67th (entry from parking lot)? We are really a very friendly lot and you may discover that you have more talent and interest than you would want to give yourself credit for.

The Land Use Committee meets on Tuesday, November 17 also at 7 pm at the same place.

If we aren’t able to welcome you on any one of these days we want you to have a most joyous and warm Thanksgiving Day and weekend and don’t spend all your money on Black Friday.