Legacy Good Samaritan Launches Shared Parking Program

In an effort to address the lack of on-street and off-street parking in Northwest Portland, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center will begin the Shared Parking Program for neighborhood residents and businesses on Monday, August 10, 2015. Legacy Good Samaritan’s new program will offer annual parking permits to neighborhood
residents; monthly parking permits to employees of local businesses; and a valet option for
businesses and institutions to offer to their customers or guests.
Legacy Good Samaritan will designate spaces within certain parking structures and surface lots to be available after hours and weekends for each respective group. Parking for residents, employees and valet will be available after hours and on weekends – Monday through Thursday between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. and from 6:00 p.m. Friday through 7:00 a.m. Monday.
“Launching the Shared Parking Program is an important first step in addressing the lack of available on-street and off-street parking in Northwest Portland,” said Jonathan Avery, chief administrative office of Legacy Good Samaritan. “We look forward to offering the neighborhood a more comprehensive solution once the City of Portland makes the necessary changes to City Code, which will allow us to offer an hourly pay-to-park option in our parking structures.”
Legacy Good Samaritan has been working closely with the City of Portland and the Northwest Parking Stakeholder Advisory Committee to make the necessary amendments to City Code, which currently prohibits commercial parking within Legacy Good Samaritan’s parking structures.
Legacy Good Samaritan installed an automated parking system in March 2015, which includes gates; a validation process for patients and visitors; and hang-tags that permit hospital physicians and staff with automatic access. The new Shared Parking Program will provide residents and businesses with hang-tags that will permit automatic access to parking structures and surface lots after hours and on weekends when Legacy Good Samaritan’s parking structures are underutilized.
Additional details of Legacy Good Samaritan’s Shared Parking Program can be found by
clicking here.

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Marijuana Policy Town Halls

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement is in the process of developing and implementing the Marijuana Regulatory License Procedures and Requirements in order to integrate the marijuana industry into the Portland business community. They want to hear from you in order to ensure these new City ordinances address the needs of all community members.

Attend an upcoming Town Hall to voice your concerns.

East Portland Town Hall
August 13, 2015, 6:00-8:00 PM
The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St., Portland, OR

North Portland Ton Hall
August 27, 2015, 6:00-8:00 PM
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, 501 N. Graham St., Portland, OR

Outreach materials are available for people with disabilities and or those with limited English proficiency. Please follow the link to our webpage for flyers in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Laotian, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese. Sign and language interpretation is available upon request. To ensure we are able to have interpreters to accommodate language needs, contact ONI at least three days prior to each Town Hall by phone 503-823-4411, TTY 503-823-6868, the Oregon Relay Service at 800-735-2900 or email at marijuana@portlandoregon.gov.

Childcare will also be available in order to eliminate as many barriers as possible to ensure community engagement.

If you are unable to share your input at one of the Town Halls you can reach ONI via phone 503-823-4411, TTY 503-823-6868, the Oregon Relay Service at 800-735-2900 or email at marijuana@portlandoregon.gov. 1221 SW 4th Ave. Portland, OR 97204.

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City Council Adopts Noise Ordinance Revisions

by Stan Penkin

Portland City Council on July 29th adopted a revision to the noise ordinance that will prohibit pile driving on weekdays before 8:00 AM and not at all on Saturdays as currently permitted. It also provides for an improved notification process.

Initiated last year by Pearl District and other residents concerned about the incessant noise and harmful effects of construction pile driving, the City Office of Noise Control and the Noise Control Review Board at a July 9th City Council hearing presented these and other proposed revisions. The additional revisions  pertaining to the appeal process and a zoning issue were tabled for further study and review.

Residents provided compelling testimony in support of the revision, but reminded City Council that this is only a small first step. Advocates for the change cited information that the noise and vibration of impact hammer pile driving is harmful to people’s health. They further added that innovative techniques such as the significantly quieter auger cast method is an acceptable alternative. Council was urged to consider the total prohibition of impact hammer pile driving except in engineer certified situations where an alternative method would not be viable for geotechnical reasons.

Advocates asked that a diverse task force be created to take on the entire scope of this issue. Commissioner Fritz agreed to have ongoing  conversation with stakeholders with the  expectation that there will be additional hearings in the fall.

All city residents are encouraged to write to City Commissioners to express their concerns.

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Your Voice Matters!

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(Ned) Flanders Pedalpalooza

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Nw Flanders & NW 23rd Ave

Hey-diddly-ho, neighborinos! Bust out your green sweaters and handlebar mustaches, and join us for a fun and wonky ride down the future Flanders Neighborhood Greenway. Local advocates and planners will be your guides as we look at the key improvements needed to create a safe east-west route from NW 24th to the Steel Bridge–including a new bridge over I-405 and a safe crossing of Naito! The plan is to meet at NW 23rd & Flanders, then ride to the Steel Bridge with several stops in between. Post-ride drinks and discussion at a bar in Old Town.

For more info. 

Contact: Reza Michael Farhoodi

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Help Expand OTCT Outreach Efforts! Submit Your Proposal

2015-07OTCT5yearplan_Page_04The Old Town Chinatown Community Association is looking to expand its outreach efforts! Neighbors West-Northwest (NWNW), on behalf the OTCTCA, is inviting proposals from individuals and firms to support this work – currently facilitated by an all-volunteer organization.

Initially, the Contractor will support the development of a multi-media communication strategy – anticipated services include conducting site visits, interviewing stakeholders and facilitating community discussions. In the second phase, the Contractor will focus on implementation – anticipated services in this stage include marketing campaigns, website content management, electronic and print neighborhood communications, media management, event planning logistics, business vacancy mapping and grant writing/fundraising.

Do you have a firm that specializes in this field? Does this sound like your background might fit our needs?  Review the full Request for Proposal (RFP) to learn more about the project and the application process. Visit the Old Town Chinatown website or their Splash Page on the NWNW site for more organizational information.

Submission Deadline: E-mail proposals to Neighbors West-Northwest by 2:00 p.m. on June 22, 2015 with “Response to Old Town-Chinatown RFP” in the subject line. Please no emails or phone calls. Written questions will be considered with the submission of an RFP.

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Industrial Sanctuary = Large Acreage for Low Job Projects

by Ed Jones, Linnton Neighborhood Association President

Our focus should be on land use for businesses needing less land for more workers. The message in the proposed Central City 2035 plan for all neighborhoods in or near industrial zones is that economic prosperity trumps livability and even safety. And when it comes to a balancing of community and environmental needs with the potential for job growth, the community and the environment get the short end of the stick.

The history of investment in traded-sector businesses in Portland (as elsewhere) has been about job elimination rather than job creation. To improve the prospect of additional stable living-wage jobs, we need to discourage large acreage, low-employment projects and reserve land for businesses that use less land and more workers.

We should not offer protected zoning or other subsidies to businesses that do not meet a job-per-acre threshold sufficient to achieve our prosperity goals. An assessment of all businesses currently occupying industrial land in Portland regarding their land-use efficiency (i.e, how much of the property is in use) and intensity (how many living wage jobs per acre) would provide a benchmark upon which a rational subsidy/incentive program might be based.

The emphasis on industrial development is an old habit rather than a clear vision. Portland has a history of spending to encourage industrial job growth. There have been few successes, and nothing in the current economic situation encourages a belief that giving away additional incentives will succeed where it has failed in the past.

The kind of businesses that will contribute to the community in the long term are those that come here for good schools, good government and a clean environment. Many such businesses will not bring with them the environmental risks associated with historically “industrial” businesses. The plan notes, many potential redevelopment (brownfield) sites within Portland are constrained by high clean-up costs and greater risks relative to greenfield sites, which are easier to find outside the city. The plan seeks to solve this problem by annexing new “virgin” areas into industrial use. But as long as the city makes cheaper “shovel ready” land available, no investment in brownfield remediation will occur.

Editors Note: The above excerpt is from comments the Linnton Neighborhood Association submitted on the Portland Plan, Dec 2011. Find the document at the Linnton Neighborhood website. All articles are the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and policies of Neighbors West-Northwest.

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Liquor Issues: Community Policing Coffee Klatch

Coffee Klatch final color outlinesThis year, Neighbors West-Northwest has been hosting a Coffee Klatch series focused on Community Policing. Our conversations have included a variety of topics — safety in parks, national night out, foot patrols, police programs  — and we’ve hosted several guests to serve as resources including representatives from the Portland Police Bureau, the Park Ranger Program and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Crime Prevention Program.

The final Coffee Klatch schedule in this fiscal year will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Simple Local Coffee, 115 SW Ash. This time, our topic is related to liquor issues.

We have more events planned for this fall, but we are considering a focus on Emergency Preparedness as we move ahead. If you have specific topics and questions related to Emergency Preparedness, please contact Angela with suggested topics.

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Join the Old Town Chinatown Tree Geeks

story-2, TreeThe Old Town Chinatown neighborhood has committed to a Street Tree Inventory this summer! Why? Street trees are a public asset enhancing livability, increasing property values, and providing societal benefits such as cleaner air, cooler summer temperatures, safer streets and green infrastructure. Undertaking a street tree inventory is not only an investment in the current and future well-being of the trees, but in the community itself. What will it take?

We need a team of 20 people, 10 of whom will be team leaders. The team leaders must be able to attend one training on Wednesday, June 10 OR Saturday, June 13, 2015 (half-day sessions). Collection dates for OTCT are Saturday, July 18 AND Saturday, August 22, 2015. This is a three date commitment.

We will need two to four data entry volunteers. Data entry volunteers must attend one of these training dates: Tuesday, July 7 OR Thursday, August 20, 2015. Data entry dates for OTCT will be flexible.

We need two on-call arborists with cell phones and bikes to assist on Saturday, July 18 AND Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Manuals will be provided if needed.

To learn more, visit the Portland Parks & Recreation website. Email Gloria Lee to help  recruit and coordinate the event. Volunteering reduces stress, improves health and adds to our communities!

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Anna Boschero Growing Up in Linnton: 1940 – 1950

by Rob Lee, Linnton Resident

In 1905 Giuseppe Boschero left Italy headed for a new life in South America. Mid-Atlantic another passenger convinced him to go to a place called Linnton instead. Giuseppe built a house on 2nd Street, which burned down. He built another and in 1907 summoned wife Marie, and their four children to join him. The living conditions in this primitive new place – no running water, an outhouse, the crude beginning of a town – appalled Marie, but she made due. Giuseppe was a stone Mason and built a number of walls in Linnton (which were torn out when the highway was widened). He also worked in Linnton’s mills, and Marie raised the kids.

One of the Boschero kids, Nick married, and bought a farm up on Germantown road. He grew wheat and had two kits with his wife Helen, Mike and Anna. When Anna was four, in 1945, they moved to the Waldmere neighborhood, Nick working in the mills like his father. Nick was very proud when he became an American citizen, and was a dedicated union man.

Anna went everywhere with her older brother, riding bikes to St. Johns, along St. Helen’s Road from Doane Lake to Miller Creek; swimming, fishing, catching turtles, frogs, snakes, and paddling make-shift rafts around the many ponds. Once they found a little boat, a three-kid boat, which they paddled on the river. But the Coast Guard caught them, took them ashore and sank the little boat.

The kids had lots of chores at home, like hauling firewood from the mill up to the house, moving the grass, doing yard work, and sneaking off to play when the chance presented itself, on swings, in tree houses, the woods, or down to clammer over the log rafts on the river. (If you fell off into the water you had to be careful not to get squished between logs.) At night they’d play “King of the Mountain” with flashlights, and Friday night was skating at the Community Center.

Mom sent them down to Grandma Olsen’s to buy things. There was a nickel pickle barrel by the door. Grandma kept track of what was bought into a ledger, people paying their bill on a payday at the end of the week. Each month new comic books came out and kids would go to Anderson’s liquor store, which had magazine racks under the front windows. There was always a card game going on in back, with men drinking and carrying on, and twenty kids sitting on the floor reading comics by the door.

When Anna was ten she started picking strawberries, beans and raspberries out on Sauvie Island to earn money for school clothes. The bus picked them up at 4:00 a.m. While they rode they’d sing songs, practice cussing, and learn the birds and the bees, sometimes from “filthy” comics. They worked till noon, when it got too hot to pick berries. Sometimes you’d get your face washed with strawberry and dirt when fights broke out.

Early in the season the berries were big and the kids made money, but as the season wore on the berries got small and kids got bored and they’d start messing around. They rode a motorcycle through a field, bean plants somehow falling over, fights started, the kids got fired for the day. Joe Vasil was from St. Johns, also working summers on Sauvie, but Joe and Anna didn’t meet till she was fourteen. A decade later they married, and for many years have lived on Riverview Drive, looking out over that green pastoral isle.

Editor’s Note: Interested in submitting a story about your family or neighbors to the W-NW Collective Memoir Project? Find information online or contact Angela, 503 823-4211.

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