By Brian Hochhalter

Due to the coronavirus crisis, the RNA has cancelled all meetings until further notice. Please check the RNA’s website for information on meetings. To be added to the RNA’s Announce listserve, email richmondnasecretary@gmail.com.

The Richmond Neighborhood Association met Monday, March 9, 6:30–8:30 pm in the Waverly United Church of Christ basement, SE 33rd and Woodward. The RNA meets the 2nd Monday pf the Month. Everyone is welcome. Agendas are posted the week before on richmondpdx.org.

There were several very informative guests who presented and answered questions from those in attendance.

Sarah Berkemeier and Steve Wytcherley, Community Safety Coordinators with the Office of Community Civic Life described the Neighbors Together program, formerly the Crime Prevention program. They outlined training and support they offer to deal with Safety, Crime Prevention, Crisis Preparedness and Public Nuisances within the community. Most of their calls from the public deal with crime prevention issues. Sara covers the area west of Cesar E. Chavez Blvd, sarah.berkemeier@portlandoregon.gov, 503.823.4098, and Steve covers the area east of Cesar E. Chavez Blvd, steve.wytcherley@portlandoregon.gov, 503.823.4094.

Erica Dunn with Green Hammer and Jordan Jordan with Earth Advantage presented on Safe and Sustainable Design and Certification in connection to a new structure at 3275 SE Grant. They discussed the high standards and best practices that the contractors will adhere to at this site including the deconstruction and preconstruction phase of the project.

Mary Peveto with Neighbors for Clean Air (whatsinourair.org) introduced a petition to regulate diesel particulate emissions as Portland has an air quality problem. We learned that 65 percent of diesel emissions come from off-road sources such as construction sites, marine vessels, rail yards, distribution centers and parking lots. Neighbors for Clean Air submitted a petition to Oregon state policymakers to establish a cap on toxic diesel emissions from non-road sources such as construction sites, distribution centers and railyards and incorporate the changes in the Indirect Source Rule.

Under the RNA Bylaws, the annual General Meeting and Board of Directors Election is in May. The RNA will likely postpone the election to June or even later. There are eight seats up for election, with two-year terms. Under the RNA Election Standing Rules, candidates must declare their candidacy by the meeting before the election, either in person at the meeting or by an email to the Chair, richmond.pdx.chair@gmail.com. Check the website for updates on the election schedule.