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.

Questions: If you have additional questions, please contact Mark Sieber at NWNW, 503 823-4212.

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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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Foot Patrol Training Starts in the Pearl

by Stan Penkin

Safety is first concern. Initiated by Friends of the Pearl, a subcommittee of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association’s Livability and Safety Committee, twelve Pearl District residents attended the first Foot Patrol training session on April 14 at the Eco Trust Building.

Mark Wells, Crime Prevention Coordinator from the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), is leading the training and will help to organize the program. Mr. Wells spoke about various criminal and suspicious activities, reporting procedure and the critical importance of non confrontation as personal safety is paramount. Patrols will consist of a number of people covering designated areas of the district. The group will ultimately develop a schedule, but random patrols will also be part of the program. There are currently six Foot Patrols in neighborhoods across the city.

Bill Dolan, Chair of The Livability and Safety Committee, indicated that at least ten other residents signed up to join the group, but were unable to attend the first meeting. People over 18 years of age are welcome to join. The next meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on May 11 at The O’Donnell Group office 1221 NW Everett. Due to limited space please RSVP to Patrice Hanson patrice939@gmail.com.

Another safety initiative in the coming months will be the creation of a Neighborhood Watch program. More detailed information about neighborhood safety can be found on the ONI website.

For those interested in participating, please email us.

 

 

 

 

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Neighborhood Elections Gear Up in May!

Five local neighborhoods are holding their elections this May! This is your chance to get involved by electing board members and by influencing the direction your neighborhood takes over the next year or more. For more information, visit the online calendar for the neighborhoods with elections this month, including:

Don’t live or work in these neighborhoods? Learn more about all 12 of the neighborhoods with in the Neighbors West-Northwest boundaries on our website.

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Council Considers Policy Opposing Export of Coal and Oil through Portland and Multnomah County

by Brian Hoop, LNA Board Member

At the May 6, 2015 Linnton neighborhood meeting, the membership will consider whether LNA they feel the neighborhood should support a joint county and City Climate Action Plan which would set local policy to oppose the export of coal and oil through Oregon. This is a critical issue for Linnton as existing and proposed projects would likely increase the transportation of oil and coal via rail through our neighborhood. The proposed motion reads:

The Linnton Neighborhood association urges both the City of Portland and Multnomah County to endorse their joint Climate Action Plan, specifically objective 3G page 69, regarding fossil fuel exports – Establish a local fossil fuel export policy; at the state level, oppose exports of coal and oil through Oregon.

However, we urge both the City and County to expand this policy statement to move clearly state opposition to future sitting and long-term elimination within their jurisdictions of facilities for the receiving, storing, and delivery of heavy and refined petroleum products. The policy should also oppose the rail transport of crude oil, specifically the volatile Bakken crude, through all Portland and Multnomah county neighborhoods. At a minimum local elected officials need to step up advocacy for quick Federal action to ensure safe rail transport of such oils through Portland and Multnomah County.

Case in point is the sale and DEQ approvals in 2014 of the Arc Terminals Holding LLC Portland Terminal Facility located at 5501 NW Front Avenue, purchased by CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc.

The 39-acre facility, with 84 tanks and a total storage capacity of 1,466,000 barrels, is located just outside the southern boundary of the Linnton neighborhood and within near proximity of major urban population centers. Products will be received and/or delivered via railroad, marine (up to Panamax size vessels) or truck loading rack with export capacity through marine facilities accessed through a neighboring terminal facility via an owned pipeline.

While the media spotlight has been on the proposed propane facility in North Portland here is a facility that has quietly entered the Portland market potentially receiving the volatile Bakken crude from the Northern Plains. The rail transport of Bakken crude oil has been under considerable national review as a major threat to public health and safety.

The expansion of such facilities within the City’s and County’s boundaries seems diametrically in contradiction to the Climate Action Plan’s goal of carbon emissions reduction.

Furthermore the rail transport of these fuels will undoubtedly cross through North Portland neighborhoods via a BNSF Washington rail route and/or potentially a Union Pacific rail route through Oregon crossing through outer and inner East Portland neighborhoods along I-84 and/or Sandy and Lombard avenues both into Northwest Portland.

Allowing the rail transport of Bakken crude oil through the above Portland neighborhoods, may disproportionately higher concentrations of community of color and low-income residents, also seems diametrically in contradiction to the climate equity commitments of the Climate Action Plan’s Vision for 2050.

For more info, find the Climate Action Plan and learn more about anti-oil train campaigns at Columbia River Keeper or Portland Rising Tide.

Editor’s Note: Stories are the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Neighbors West-Northwest.

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GROUNDED, a fundraiser for NWNW

 

The annual benefit performance has become an NWNW tradition. This year’s event is a preview performance of Grounded at Coho Theater.

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Drinks & Conversation: 6:30 PM
Seating: 7:15 PM
Place: CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh Street

Join us for the preview performance of CoHo’s final show of the season and help support neighborhood projects and services! Come connect with your neighbors and enjoy an evening of collaborative, homegrown theater with the solo play, Grounded. After discovering she’s pregnant, an ace F-16 fighter pilot finds herself reassigned to the Air Force drone program. By day she hunts terrorists, piloting a remote-controlled drone from an air-conditioned trailer in the Nevada desert. Each night she returns home, retreating to the routines of civilian life and parenthood. But navigating the shift may prove to be the most dangerous mission of all.

Purchase your tickets today! $25 for adult tickets, $15 for seniors, students, educators & veterans.  Purchase tickets below or by calling 503-823-4288. Cash, check & credit card accepted. Questions? Email coalition@nwnw.org.

This event contributes to NWNW’s general fund, which ensures that staff will be able to assist neighborhood volunteers with all of the activities they plan for their neighborhood, including trainings, website and e-newsletter support and assistance with neighborhood events like emergency preparedness workshops and summer picnics. We invite you to attend and thank you for your support.

Purchase Tickets

Thank you to all the community members and sponsors who make this event a success.

Special Thanks To:

  • CoHo Productions

 

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Pearl E-Prep Expansion

The Emergency Preparedness (E-Prep) Committee has launched the Pearl Residential Emergency Preparedness (Pearl E-PREP) program. Pearl E-PREP is a grassroots, resident-led, emergency preparedness initiative that’s based on the ideas that:

  • Preparedness is about community, not catastrophe; and
  • The time to prepare for an emergency or disaster is before it happens.

The goal of Pearl E-PREP is to work with Pearl residents, on a building-by-building basis, to:

Make their community safer, more prepared and more resilient; and
Develop relationships and capacities during normal times, so they can get to work, and not have to get to know each other, if a disaster strikes.

This winter, residents of The Sitka Apartments piloted Pearl E-PREP in their community, with support from the building owner and property management company. The Pearl E-PREP pilot is expanding to five condo buildings, later this spring. The E-Prep Committee plans to evaluate the pilot this summer and make an E-PREP resource “toolkit” available for use by residents in other buildings in the fall.

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