Saturday, January 7, 2012

Neighborhood Greenways Outreach Project

Neighborhood Greenways Outreach Project

In the spring and summer of 2012, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will be promoting select Neighborhood Greenways – Portland’s best streets for walking and bicycling – in North and Northeast Portland.

The outreach campaign will focus on the Going Street and N Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenways and the surrounding neighborhoods and business districts.  As part of the campaign, artistic street sign toppers of bicycles and people walking will be installed.  These signs will help people identify that they are on a Neighborhood Greenway and add a little art to the streets!  This marks the second time that PBOT will install street sign toppers; the first installation occurred in Southeast Portland on Clinton Street ( for more details).

In addition to installing street sign toppers, PBOT will be hosting community events on the Going Street and Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenways and offering promotional incentives to residents and businesses near the streets.  For more information visit, and click on the “Going to the River” link.

Funding for the Neighborhood Greenway outreach project comes from a grant awarded by the Oregon Department of Transportation.  The grant project, called “Going to the River,” funds bicycle and pedestrian improvements in North and Northeast Portland, including Swan Island.

For more information, you may also contact Scott Cohen at (503) 823-5345 or

Monday, December 12, 2011


Mr. Sun Solar is looking for full time or part time electricians.  You must be agile enough to work on rooftops and in confining spaces like attics.  Experience installing solar photovoltaic systems is helpful but not necessary.    An active Oregon Journeyman Electrician card, or higher, is necessary.  A Washington Journeyman Electrician license is helpful, but not required.  Pay is  based on qualifications, experience, and performance.  Call 503 222-2468 or send resume to

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Alberta Street Bar Meeting- Nov 17th

The City's Liquor Licensing Program is working with the 53 liquor license establishments along Alberta as well as neighbors and neighborhood associations to create something called a collaborative bar agreement meant to decrease negative impacts from late night activities on the neighborhood. The City has already met twice with the licensed establishments to brainstorm ideas - they are now looking for input from neighbors.

What: Alberta Street Bar Meeting
When: Thursday, November 17, 6PM
Where: Kennedy School Community Room
6332 NE 35th Ave., Portland 97211

Monday, October 24, 2011

Community Events and Announcements

Please see below for upcoming community events and announcements shared with us by the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods.

1.           Turning Brown into Green
Restore our Community, Rebuild our Wealth
Please join the People of Color Health Equity Collaborative (P.O.C.H.E.C.) and Oregon Action for an Economic Forum that will focus on brownfields and local economic community development.
Date:   Saturday, November 12, 2011
Time:   11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Place:  Constructing Hope
             408 NE Church Street
             (@ the north east corner of MLK Blvd.)
             Portland, OR 97211
             Phone: 503-281-1234

To RSVP or for more information contact:
Steven Gilliam
Phone: 971.634.0004

2. Want to help Portland residents effectively resolve conflicts?
Resolutions Northwest (RNW) is now accepting applications for our annual Volunteer Mediation Training.  This 38-hour basic mediation training is free in exchange for a one-year weekly ongoing training and volunteer commitment to help diverse neighbors and communities in Portland resolve conflicts with each other. Application deadline: November 18, 2011.  Training dates in Jan., 2011.  More information and application forms can be obtained at or (503) 595-4890 RNW is committed to the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action in education and volunteerism. We encourage all interested to apply.

3. The proposed draft of The Portland Plan is now available.  You can find both the full length plan and the summary online here:
The Portland Plan is a community-wide process to create a 25-year strategic plan for the future of the city. Ultimately, this plan should help to set direction and prioritize funding decisions for the City.  If you are interested in commenting on the plan, please send comments to with the subject line "Portland Plan testimony." Or attend one of three upcoming hearings on the Plan.  The NE hearing will be November 8th at 5:30pm at Jefferson high school.

4.  Families are Invited To Celebrate the Launch of the New Citywide Curbside Collection Service at the Portland Farmers Market Great Pumpkin Event on October 29
Pumpkin carving contest, children’s costume parade and prizes to celebrate curbside collection service changes starting Halloween week
On Saturday, October 29th all Portland area children and adults are invited to the Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University for pumpkin carving, a costume parade and more.  For more info, please contact Jocelyn Boudreaux of BPS at 503.823.3660 or,

5. And please remember, Neighborhood Small Grants and Graffiti Abatement Grant applications are due November 1stNovember 1stis also the date of the CEDC Speaker Series Kick-off event, A Historical Perspective for Today's Understanding: Economic Development in NE Portland!  Please let us know if you will be joining us at 6pm at Curious Comedy for this exciting event. For more info and to RSVP, please call 503.823.4575 or email

Cell tower public comment session on Wednesday, October 26th

Courtesy of Representative Michael Dembrow's newsletter:

"Proposed T-Mobile Wireless Installation—Good Thing Or Bad?
Neighborhood opposition to cell towers is not a new issue in Portland.  The City Council recently created a new public process for proposed wireless installations, including a requirement that the cell company hold a public community meeting where neighbors can provide input and suggestions for changes to any proposed installation.  One of these meetings is coming up on Wednesday, October 26th, regarding a proposed installation in the Alameda-Concordia neighborhood.  T-Mobile is proposing a wireless installation on top of a utility pole on NE Prescott and 31st.  We’ve been hearing a lot from constituents about this proposed installation, with strong feelings on both sides of the issue.  I’ll be attending myself to hear first-hand what people have to say.  I hope you’ll join me.

What: Community Meeting on T-Mobile Wireless Installation
When: Wednesday, October 26th from 7:00-8:30 PM
Where: The Little Church (5138 NE 23rd Ave.)"

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Class: Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit in Portland

Kol Peterson, a Sabin neighborhood resident, is offering a one day class called 'Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit in Portland' on Sunday, November 6th. Learn more at

If you’re like me, you enjoy walking the streets around our neighborhood, marveling at what neighbors have done with their houses, landscapes and yards. If you look more closely, you may spot a second smaller house, set back from the street, sitting where a lawn might normally be. These small, standalone houses, sometimes converted from old garages, and sometimes built as new construction, are called Accessory Dwelling Units, or “ADUs”.

Two months ago, I completed an ADU in my backyard. My partner and I immediately moved into our 800 sq ft charmer and now are renting out the main house. I had many motivations for building an ADU, but the notion of a building a financially sustainable housing situation for myself was the most compelling reason.

While the upfront cost of building the ADU was expensive ($92K), I now live for “free”, as the mortgage on the primary house is offset entirely by the rental income that the primary house now generates. Building an ADU on a property is neither cheap nor simple, but if you’re a homeowner with an inclination to have an ADU on your property, NOW is a great time to think about building one. Not only does Portland’s zoning/building code allow ADUs (which is surprisingly rare), but Portland has temporarily waived System Development Charges (typically, $7-12K) through June, 2013, in an attempt to popularize ADUs. The City recognizes that ADUs are a smart way to add density in the city core, while not dramatically changing the character of its neighborhoods. The $7-12K incentive is nothing to scoff at, and with June 2013 only one and half years away, many homeowners have begun to think about building an ADU more seriously.

If you are a homeowner in the area, think about whether building an ADU may be an interesting option for you to pursue for your property: Maybe you’d like an ADU for some flexible living space for a family member, or maybe you'd like to have one as rental property for some additional income, or maybe like me, you actually want to live in a smaller space that you built for yourself from scratch so you can live at little to no cost in perpetuity.

And, for those of you who enjoy sustainability, and community housing….maybe you have been inspired by Sabin Green, or by other green buildings in the neighborhood....consider this: reducing your environmental footprint is primarily about where you build and what size you build. Building an ADU in Portland is actually one of the most green building decisions you can make for you and for future residents of Portland.

In the course of building my ADU, I became so passionate about them that I have begun to offer classes to help others who want to build one. The one day class is an on-ramp to the elaborate process of designing and building an ADU. It will open your eyes to the spectrum of information that you’ll need to know to design and build an ADU on your property. The class is intended to help you understand the ADU design, permit, management, and building process.

If you’re interested in learning more, visit Kol’s blog at

Sabin School Boundary / Enrollment Changes...AGAIN

Portland Public Schools is again looking at making changes to many of the K-8 and middle schools in N/NE, including Sabin. The changes are not set yet, but could possibly involved boundary or grade reconfiguration changes.

Please come to one of the upcoming community meetings to ask questions and provide input.

Here are the community meeting times.

Oct. 27, 6-7:30 p.mSabin PK-8 School auditorium, 4013 N.E. 18th Ave.

Nov. 2, 6-8 p.mRigler K-8 School auditorium, 5401 N.E. Prescott St.

Nov. 3, 6:30-8 p.mAlameda Elementary School cafeteria, 2732 N.E. Fremont St.

Nov. 7, tentative date, time to be determined Irvington K-8 School, 1320 N.E. Brazee St.

Nov. 8, time to be determined Beaumont Middle School, 4043 N.E. Fremont St.

Vernon PK-8 School, time and date to be determined.

For the latest meeting schedule, go to (click “Enrollment Balancing” at bottom left) or email