Neighborhood Notes – May 2023

HAND

By Jill Riebesehl

Plans are shaping up quickly for a temporary, tiny-house village this summer on a long-neglected open space at SE 19th Ave. just west of New Seasons. Organizers envision 10 small single-use pods, plus three support structures for women and/or people who are handicapped. Adjacent neighbors have given their OK. The site, which we call Avalon, is within the jurisdiction of the Portland Bureau of Transportation; the project will be managed by the nonprofit WeShine under the auspices of the county’s Joint Office of Homeless Services. The Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Association (HAND) has been working on a Good Neighborhood Agreement to guide expectations and provide rules for village participants and its community. 

The HAND Board is seeking input from everyone who lives and works in the neighborhood at our May 16, 7 pm general meeting. You can ask questions and share your reactions and views on the Avalon project, as well as the much larger project at the Clinton Triangle proposed by the mayor and approved by City Council April 19. We are hoping for participation by the mayor and/or his office. The meeting location will be announced ASAP on our website (handpdx.org), NextDoor and other public spaces. 

The HAND Board has requested that the Portland Boundary Commission (whose task it is to divide the city into several geographic districts to meet the needs of the city’s new form of government) respect the integrity and borders of neighborhoods in its decision-making. We are look forward to seeing you May 16.

Montavilla Neighborhood Association

By Louise Hoff

Neighbors gathered at Flying Pie Pizza in April for our second big get-together in person since the pandemic. It was a huge success and there is so much to talk about. 

Two of our younger neighbors hope that new businesses will return to the empty storefronts on NE Glisan St., not only to create community, but a safer route to school and friends. Others had questions about the many barriers and lines on SE Division St. Others are hosting weekly potlucks for neighbors. One church group is seeking ways to best use rooms in their church.

Neighbors are curious and have so many questions about the new city and county homeless/houseless shelters in Montavilla. Safe Park Village manager, Pastor Minnieweather, Straightway Services, said there might be an update in July. If so, MNA plans to host a meeting so we can ask questions. Meanwhile Bianca Montas, Straightway Services, suggests contacting Jordan McIntyre, Contract Manager. at straightwayservices@live.com or multco.us/shelters/montavilla-safe-park.  

On Earth Day, our volunteer clean-up crew joined APANO in a cleanup of the Canton Grill site on the corner of SE 82nd Ave. and Division St., topped off by styrofoam collection in the afternoon. We plan to have another neighborhood large item cleanup/styrofoam collection in the fall as a fundraiser.

The 82nd Avenue Parade, held on April 29, was once again a sparkling feature of our neighborhood.  

Now is the time to talk with neighbors, plan and make a flyer for a block party this summer or a late spring yard/plant sale. There is even a block party site online where you can apply for a permit and even request barricades (bit.ly/PDXBlockPartyPermit). Once you start, the neighbors welcome it back every year!

The Montavilla Parks & Gardens committee is working on several projects–the Clark Arboretum trees need watering in the summer, live music in the parks and a demonstration of how to create healthier soil in your garden. Lisa Wilcke, our favorite Tree Steward, said she is once again prepared to lead a small tour through Berrydale Park and point out our rare and wonderful collection of trees. One neighbor thought it would be fun to have a brewfest in the park and rename it Beerydale Park, but we’ll have to leave that up to Parks & Rec.

Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association

By David Petrozzi

MTNA hosted our regular monthly meeting April 19 via Zoom. Representatives from the Building Our Future Together campaign gave a presentation on the upcoming proposed tax measure 26-238, explaining that although they are sympathetic on this issue, they think a blanket tax on all Portlanders regardless of income is not the best way to proceed. They suggested voting no on this measure since the way it is worded will impose a tax on all individuals and small businesses, while the largest multinational corporations would remain unaffected. Additionally, the programs already in place to help prevent evictions are well funded and operating successfully with over 9,000 individuals assisted so far this year.

MTNA will be voting on proposed changes to our bylaws to bring our election practices more in line with how our group has evolved. The vote will take place during the May meeting, when we will also hold elections for the MTNA Board. 

Finally, we received an update on preserving the historic lampposts and ongoing efforts to refill the reservoirs in Mt. Tabor Park, as well as discussed forming an ad hoc committee to coordinate communications and community outreach more broadly.

Our next meeting will take place Wednesday, May 17, 7-8:30 pm via Zoom. Please find links for this and all of our meetings, under the “Meetings and Events” tab of our website, mttaborpdx.org

North Tabor Neighborhood Association

By Kim Kasch

The North Tabor Neighborhood Association (NTNA) met Tuesday, April 18 via Zoom, where we discussed the upcoming Neighborhood Cleanup and the localized property developments in our area. 

We would like to invite you to come to the first in-person NTNA meeting in three years. This will take place Tuesday, May 16, 6:30 pm at The Community of Christ Church (4837 NE Couch St.). Doors will open at 6:15, so please come early to grab a cup of tea and a cookie. Bring your ideas for neighborhood events and actions. If you have any questions, please contact us at board@northtabor.org.

Richmond Neighborhood Association

By Allen Field

The Richmond Neighborhood Association (RNA) held its monthly meeting April 10. Meetings are held the second Monday of the month 7-9 pm except January.

The April meeting was the RNA first in-person meeting at Central Christian Church, 1844 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd, although most people attended via Zoom. The RNA is testing out new hybrid meeting technology to allow both in-person and Zoom participation. The link to pre-register for Zoom is on the agenda, which is posted to richmondpdx.org and the RNA Announce listserv. To be added to the listserv, email richmondnasecretary@gmail.com. We are hoping more people attend in person.

Colleen Carrol, Eviction Representation for All, and Nathan Clark, Building our Future Together, gave FOR and AGAINST presentations on Measure 26-238. It would establish a county wide 0.75 percent capital gains tax to fund a tenant resource program to provide legal representation for tenants facing eviction.

The Board voted to request a 15-day extension for public review and comment on the Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Peaceful Villa redevelopment project at SE 47th Ave. and Clinton St., and for increased accessibility for public review of the EA.

The RNA board election will be Monday, May 8 and Tuesday, May 9, 6-8 pm each day, at Central Christian Church, 1844 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. The candidates are Claire Cofsky, Brian Hochhalter, Debby Hochhalter, JoAnne Knowles and Ann Sandvig. Everyone over 18 and who resides, or owns property or a business in Richmond, can vote. Ballots will be sent out to the RNA listserve and NextDoor Richmond. There will be FREE Salt and Straw ice cream May 8 and May 9. For more information about the election and to vote for which Salt & Straw flavor you want, go to bit.ly/RNAelection.

Friday, May 19, 1-4 pm is a Household Hazardous Waste collection at Peaceful Villa, SE 46th Ave. and Taggart St. Accepted items include batteries (including lithium-ion and rechargeable; not cordless tool batteries), sharps and epi-pens, prescription medication (pet meds too) and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) but no broken bulbs or fluorescent tubes. NO chemical, cleaning supplies or automobile liquids.   

Saturday, May 20, 9 am-1 pm, is the Richmond Spring Cleanup at Central Christian Church, 1844 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. Bulky waste, recycling (metal, electronics, block styrofoam and peanuts) and reusable items for the U-Price-It rummage sale will be collected; huge plant sale too.  

To volunteer at the Cleanup, get paid $20/hr to transport items with your truck or if you are a senior or are disabled and want pickup service, contact richmondcleanup@gmail.com. Go to richmondpdx.org/may20richmondcleanup for more information.  

South Tabor Neighborhood Association

By Cathy Kudlick

The South Tabor Neighborhood Association meets on the third Thursday of the month. We meet in person and our next meeting will be May 18, 7-8:30 pm. Check our website for the location. 

Be sure to save Saturday, June 10 for our neighborhood-wide annual garage sale/garden visits. For up-to-date information about us and how to get involved visit southtabor.org.

Sunnyside Neighborhood Association

By Gloria Jacobs

Much of the April Board meeting focused on the upcoming May elections which will be held in person Thursday, May 11, 7 pm at SE Uplift (3534 SE Main St.). You must be physically present to vote. There are four open seats. No experience required. All residents within the Sunnyside neighborhood boundaries are eligible (whether you rent or own is not relevant), as well as non-resident property owners. You can also run (and vote) if you are the sole designated representative of any business, nonprofit organization, school or church in Sunnyside. Meetings are on the second Thursday of each month. Commitments vary depending on your interests. If you would like to send in a brief candidate’s statement for us to post to our website and make available at the election, email board@sunnysideportland.org.

The Board approved the new committee charter written by the Land Use and Transportation Committee. You can read the charter at tinyurl.com/4cbszm88. They meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at 8 pm at SE Uplift (3534 SE Main St.). If you’re interested in joining, contact lutc@sunnysideportland.org.

Do you have an event the neighborhood might be interested in? Email board@sunnysideportland.org and we will spread the word on social media.     

We are looking for a Newsletter Coordinator. This volunteer role takes only a few hours per month (sending out email reminders, rounding up article submissions and reviewing final layout). This is done with Google Shared Drive and Google Docs. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to get involved on a local level or an aspiring journalist/communications professional. All ages are encouraged (15 years+). If interested, please contact Hannah at hannahmwallace@gmail.com. 

Neighborhood Notes – May 2023

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