By Sandra Hay Magdaleno

May Elections are Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Trinity Fellowship Church, 2700 SE 67th. In even years all positions except President are elected or re-elected. Those positions are:  Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Chair, SE Uplift Land Use Chair, Neighborhood Land Use Chair, Sustainability Chair and any other committee chairs that we might have need and volunteers for.

We had a great informative, productive and fun April 1, Visioning Event. A more detailed report of the meeting will be on the website and other social media after the May meeting.

Our representative, Alissa Keny-Guyer spoke regarding air toxins and housing affordability (locally and statewide), and transportation talk. She let us know there would be a measure on the November ballot regarding tax increases for large businesses making over $25 million. There was a tremendous amount of information shared that is affecting all of us and our neighborhood. All on the website soon.

We rotated through questions proposed to elicit the visioning for our neighborhood. There was good energy, ideas and neighborly relationship building and much to move forward on. A committee will be set up slated to begin tentatively on Tuesday, June 14. Please plan on attending.

Mary Stockton, a city planner who has been working diligently on the 8-year city wide comprehensive plan presented next. She is district liaison for 20 SE neighborhoods for the city. She focused on the SE Plan that directly affects are neighborhood and spoke about issues from zoning for commercial, residential, mixed use to building size, height, set-backs, ADU’s to infill. Go to the City of Portland website to maps to find more detailed information. portlandmaps.com.

Duane briefly mentioned the NET – Neighborhood Emergency Team trainings. Look for more information on the city website.

Street Painting is tentatively set for June 10 – 12 on 67th and SE Woodward. Look for final details at the May Election Meeting.

Our annual Harvest Festival is scheduled for Sunday, September 18. Mark your calendars. See you at the May elections Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm at Trinity Fellowship Church, with parking and entrance to the back.