City Club Forum, “Cultural Revitalization: A Building Block to Prosperous Communities”

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 14

WHERE:  Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Avenue, Portland Ore. 97205

WHAT: Prominent national Indigenous leaders will discuss during an hour-long panel session how use of traditional cultural practices are intentionally creating more prosperous communities in rural and urban areas. Through cultural revitalization, a process of affirming and promoting a community’s collective identity, Native American, Alaska Native and First Nations people are successfully recreating their traditional building blocks to greater cultural and economic prosperity. Speakers represent large urban Native communities (including the 40,000 Native people in Portland), as well as reservation-based communities in Oregon and Washington.

This Friday Forum will feature indigenous leaders from around the region speaking on this approach. The panel includes Nichole Maher, Tlingit, of the Northwest Health Foundation, Janeen Comenote, Hesquiaht, Kwakiutl First Nation, Oglala Lakota and enrolled Quinault of the National Urban Indian Family Coalition, Roberta Cordero, Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, of the Chumash Maritime Association, and Eric Quaempts, Enrolled member of the Yakama Indian Nation, Natural Resource Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation. The panel will be moderated by Roy Sampsel, Wyandotte and Choctaw, the Director of the Institute for Tribal Governance at Portland State University.

Come and learn how indigenous leaders are transforming their communities with age-old ideas, and in the process creating a stronger society across the Pacific Northwest.

View the event on the NAYA website.

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Save the Good Old Houses

History of Social Justice Organizing
presents
Save the Good Old Houses: The 1989 Struggle in NW Portland

When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7pm
Where: Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Ave., Portland

Featuring five central participants in the struggle
Free and open to the public
Contact: Sandy Polishuk at polishuk@easystreet.net

From Eastmoreland, to Kenton, to Ladd’s Addition, to Northwest Portland, Portlanders are fighting to save good old houses and maintain the character of their neighborhoods–the City of Portland has called it a “demolition uproar.” Others call it a demolition epidemic.

As neighbors and neighborhood associations enter the fray, few are aware of a similar conflict in NW Portland in 1989 and the events of May 23rd when townhouse developer Philip J. Morford’s bulldozer attacked on NW Overton and twenty-three neighborhood residents were arrested when they put their bodies in the way.

The clash had been brewing for months; a hearing was scheduled for the next day with the Landmarks Commission when Morford sent in the bulldozers early in the day. They were quickly noticed, a call went out and a crowd of protestors arrived. A number sat down on one of the porches of a targeted house and were dragged away by police.

In the aftermath, the Northwest District Association (NWDA) and a neighborhood negotiation committee managed to save a grand Overton house designed by Whidden Lewis to be saved on site and for two other houses to be moved nearby. In November 2000, the Alphabet District (an area zoned for historic preservation extending roughly between NW 17th and 24th Avenues, and between W Burnside and NW Marshall Street) was approved as Historic by the Landmarks Commission and the Portland City Council. The struggle is commemorated with a plaque on the SE corner of NW 23rd Ave. and Overton.

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New City Tree Program

On January 2, 2015, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) and the Bureau of Parks and Recreation (PPR) will be implementing elements of the Citywide Tree Policy Review and Regulatory Improvement Project (“Tree Project”) through a new Tree Program. To help inform customers of the new Tree Program and associated regulations and processes, free Tree Program training classes are being offered in November and December 2014 and in January 2015.

Training on the new program and regulations is being offered based on the needs of general contractors, land use review applicants, home owners, and arborists.  These training classes are also open to other interested parties.  Please RSVP with Lauren Wirtis or at 503-823-7538, so that we can ensure there is adequate seating and hand-out material available.

We strongly encourage construction industry professionals to attend the training that best meets the needs of your expertise and practice.  If you cannot make a training class, additional information is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/trees or by calling 503-823-TREE.

City Tree Program and Regulation Training Dates

Date & Time Location Topic Who should attend
Friday
November 7, 2014
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
Tree preservation and planting requirements for development projects Building permit applicants
Thursday
November 13, 2014
6 – 7 pm
Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Ave
Room C (2nd Floor)
Tree permit requirements for non-development projects Tree care professionals, Landscapers, Homeowners
Thursday
November 20, 2014
12 – 1 pm
Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Ave
Room C (2nd Floor)
Tree permit requirements for non-development projects Tree care professionals, Landscapers, Homeowners
Wednesday
December 10, 2014
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
New tree requirements for land use reviews Land use review applicants
Wednesday
December 17, 2014
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
Tree preservation and planting requirements for development projects Building permit applicants
Wednesday
January 14, 2015
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
New tree requirements for land use reviews Land use review applicants

To learn more about the City Tree regulations, please visit the Citywide Tree Policy Review and Regulatory Improvement Project Code and Commentary document.

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Leaf Day Pickup Service

Leaf Day Pickup Service begins on Sunday, Nov. 2, continues through December 17
to collect and compost leaves in neighborhoods with mature trees

The City of Portland’s annual Leaf Day Pickup Service begins on Sunday, November 2, and extends through December 17, 2014 offering a one- or two-day leaf collection and composting service in neighborhoods with mature trees.

In addition, the Portland Bureau of Transportation urges all residents to keep streets and storm drains clear of leaves in the coming weeks to prevent slippery conditions and street flooding, which can occur when storm grates become clogged or when leaves are left in the street.   The Transportation Bureau asks residents to sweep up leaves as they fall and place them in yard debris roll carts for collection and composting.

The city’s leaf pickup service is provided to 30 designated leaf removal districts in neighborhoods whose high concentration of street trees need a higher level of service than residents’ and the city’s regular street cleaning operation can provide.

The Transportation Bureau composts all leaves that are picked up through the program at its Sunderland Recycling Facility.   Last year, the Leaf Day service collected 12,681 cubic yards of leaves, turning them into 2,536 cubic yards of compost and zero waste.  One cubic yard is roughly the amount that can fill a small pickup truck.

Residents in leaf districts have received letters and brochures notifying them of the service, which typically costs $15 for one Leaf Day and $30 for two.   The letters also show how to opt out of the service for residents who wish to remove leaves themselves.  The last day for opting out is November 1.  People may verify their dates of service and find other information at www.Portlandoregon.gov/leafday.  Residents with questions may call 503-865-LEAF (5323). 

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Hillside Walking Tour

Oct. 30th, 6:00pm at Hillside Community Center

If you’d prefer a walk with hillier terrain, join us to learn about the history of the Hillside neighborhood. We’ll explore what the area was like from July 13, 1913 when the first streetcar came to the emerging neighborhood through the end of the 1920s, when the construction boom around Westover Road was winding down. Walk participants will learn about the neighborhood’s development, past residents, and little gems of Portland history.
Learn more here, www.nwnw.org/walking

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Downtown Goose Hollow Walking Tour

Oct. 27th, 5:00pm, at  PSU Urban Center

Join NWNW and Portland State University for a walking tour of the Downtown and Goose Hollow neighborhoods as part of their recreation center’s Walktober program. The walk will begin and end at the PSU Urban Center.

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Community Policing Coffee Klatch

Oct. 22nd, 9:00 am at Guilds Lake Inn

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Linnton Day of Stewardship

Oct. 18th at 9:00am at Linnton Creek trailhead

sponsored  by: Forest Park Conservancy & Linnton Neighborhood Association

Meet at the Linnton Creek trailhead (parking around the Community Center at NW 107th & across the railroad tracks on the right)

restoration work (ivy!) on Hoge and Linnton Creeks

Dress for weather and mud!  Lunch to follow!

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Polish the Pearl

Neighborhood Clean-up

Oct 11th, 8:30 am at Peet’s Coffee, 1114 NW Couch St

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Maintaining a Local Tree Canopy

by Bryan Burch – In August, Sylvan-Highlands Neighborhood Association and Eden Community Church of the Nazarene members gathered to mulch and water the Arboretum at East Sylvan Middle School in preparation for the beginning of school. A Portland Parks & Recreation Learning Landscape, 23 trees were planted in 2010 to provide students with a School Arboretum. Neighbors and church members gather each year to care for the trees, mow the lawn, and prepare the grounds for the beginning of the school year.

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