By Susan Lindsay

On Thursday, April 14, in the Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. at 7 to 9 pm, the Buckman Community Association will announce a partnership with the League of Women Voters Portland as we jointly present the BCA/LWV Portland Mayoral Forum. All candidates filing for this most important elected leadership position this city has have been invited.

Questions will be gathered from the audience and asked by a moderator with each candidate having equal response time. All are welcome and delicious snacks will be available. Listen, ask questions and enjoy personal time visiting with the candidates during the break and after the event. This event is being taped for review later on Community Access cable.

The following week, Thursday, April 21, the BCA Land Use Committee meeting is from 7-8:30 pm, also at the County Bldg., will receive presentations for three new proposed developments: SE 19th and Hawthorne Blvd.; SE 27th and Belmont St. (former Wash World site) and SE 12th and Madison (remodel of old May Co. bldg.). Neighbors living near these new developments are encouraged to attend to meet the developer, ask questions/provide feedback and find out the scope and construction impacts of these planned projects.

The annual BCA/KERNS Clean Up is Saturday, April 16, 9-12 pm at 1137 SE 20th. Enter on Salmon from SE 20th Ave. Accepted Waste Materials: bulk household waste of a non-biodegradable nature (paper, plastic, glass, cloth, metal), furniture, small appliances, tires. Yard debris, paint cans without lids and dried paint are acceptable. Accepted recycling materials: computers, televisions, cellphones, LCD/CRT monitors, printers, and other electronics. No disassembled items, please.

Materials Currently Not Accepted: Food waste or household garbage, alkaline batteries, lithium/auto batteries, fluorescent bulbs, exercise equipment, large appliances, (washers/dryers/ranges/refrigerators/air conditioners/water heaters), styrofoam, hazardous waste, or flammables.

NOTE: This year, Metro has imposed strict rules and steep penalties regarding hazardous waste disposal and as such we are required to prohibit disposal of all materials from construction, remodelling, and demolition, due to risk of asbestos. Such materials include vinyl flooring tiles, sheet, mastic, ceiling acoustical tiles, popcorn and spray-on texture, plaster walls & decorative plaster, cement siding shingles (transite), insulation (spray-on, blown-in, vermiculite, pipe, HVAC, lagging), electrical wire insulation and panel partitions, fire doors, fire brick, or other fireproofing.

We also cannot accept wood scrap, concrete, dirt, or paint.

Donation: $15-40 depending on load (bicyclists are free). Money raised goes toward the costs of the collection event and for other neighborhood events in the Kerns and Buckman communities. Elderly and/or disabled residents of Kerns and Buckman neighborhoods may arrange curbside pick-up by calling 503.482.8252.

BCA sends out an e-newsletter each month with meeting agendas and items of interest. To receive or to contact the BCA email: buckmanboard@googlegroups.com.