On Tuesday, March 5 at 10 am near the main entrance of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center there was a tree planting ceremony. The medical center will receive and plant 30 trees in the first phase of a larger tree planting on the 50-acre campus, which includes Randall Children’s Hospital and the Legacy Oregon Burn Center. This year and next, up to 150 trees will be planted.
There’s a perennial debate in the design and planning world about what kinds of standards are appropriate for new development in a historical context. Should new buildings blend in, or stand in contrast? Is it “phony” or “context- sensitive” to replicate historic vernacular forms?
Meeting called to order at 6:30pm sharp. Introductions to follow.
Motion to accept the minutes for March (Jere, Sue 2nds with one change: Ricky’s announcements for lunch is at 11am, not 1pm.) Board votes to approve.
EMSWDC – no-show
Urban Design Workshop.
Jonathan introduces the topic and the main presenter, Rick Potestio. Miles contributes. Goal of the initiative is for growth with intention. Neighbors should gather in workshops to define how growth looks in their own neighborhoods. Their aim is to give control to residents by empowering them to make recommendations to the city. This is a grassroots movement, not to become part of the planning department
They have been auditing neighborhoods around the city to take stock of the current environment, see what’s working, what’s not. They plan to hold charettes to gain insights and create enthusiasm and involvement.
They want to use Eliot as a neighborhood to test their processes and approach, and hope to use ENA as a springboard to reach the rest of the community
Our questions center on process and inclusion. Invitation and support for a broad group of attendees. Broad support around goal to have outreach so that workshop includes more than just the board. That outreach needs to be done by the Urban Design Team before we approve or agree to be a part of it — IF we approve or agree to be a part of it.
Motion to make Jonathan the liason from this group to the board, and any requests this group has of the board. (Maggie, Sue 2nds the motion.) Board votes to approve.
Environmental Advocacy for Clean Air
Jere speaks to how to address clean air in our neighborhood, especially as new research is published. The Diesel Bill has money that is supposed to go to help offset negative effects, or help businesses transition to newer, more efficient equipment.
Clean Air is hoping to build and arm grass-roots, neighbor volunteers to go to local businesses and ask them to do something about their fleets.
Between 4-9 businesses in the neighborhood are eligible to get reimbursement dollars
Jere would like to start a subcommittee called Eliot E-ACT for all clean air topics, in general. First action will be this Diesel Bill focus, second action is for Metro involvement. Ongoing topics will inevitably arise.
Motion that Jere will reach out to neighbors to find interest for involvement and dedication to be on subcommittee, then allow them to vote within for their own leadership. (Sue, Johnny 2nds). Board votes to approve.
Linnton Environmental Advocacy for Clean Air Team
Group wants to obtain building to be the center of education for Clean Air
They want ENA to sign letter of support for the building
Jere will send letter around for all to read, we will vote later, after everyone has had a chance to read.
$81 expense for food
$1.21 interest paid, income
Albina Garden’s treasurer has been in touch with Jim about how the money will be spent. They will send quarterly reports to us, so we can understand how it is being used.
Jimmy wants a receipt from them, on their letterhead, that they received the check from us. Record that they received a grant check from ENA at the board meeting (05.20.19) in the amount of $1,750.00 from Ena. It was cashed on 06.07.19, per Jim Hvala.
Trees are being planted – 48 trees w/in Boise and Eliot!! 20 were from our livability committee.
Chief Outlaw meeting. 50-60 Leaders of people of color attended.
100 sworn officers retiring, 100 non sworn-in officer’s position that are open and available… Many are curious about the real reason. Why are they retiring in such large numbers? They say it’s because they do not feel supported, wages are low
The meeting was a good conversation about how to move forward. One person can’t fix everything. Needs to be group effort. Good intro/liason between Jimmy and Cheif Outlaw
Police Strategic Plan Community Loopback meetings will cover police strategic planning process and framework, and get input through small group discussions
Date: Saturday, May 25th Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am Location: East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave, Portland, OR 97216
Date: Thursday, May 30th Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Location: Terrell Hall Rm 206, PCC Cascade Campus, 5624 N Borthwick Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Jimmy, Jonathan, Sue and Quanita went and fed 40-60 people at the walnut park shelter.
We have new advertisers! We’re now running at a profit!
Discussion about the newsletter article that sparked comments from neighbors. Article used words that were offensive to some.
Comments and corrections have been posted online
Comments will be included in the next newsletter as a letter to the editor
Agreement we want to keep the initiative going
Angela Kremer offered to help us find a moderator so we can talk about what we need
Further discussion at June meeting
Sending a letter to PBOT about pedestrian death and goal for zero pedestrian deaths
Two new members to LUTC, Monique and Zach. Board approves
Code changes are underway
ENA can’t remain a 501c-3 under new arrangement. We will need to re-write bylaws. While we’re at it, we should
review article 4 re: general membership
Review article 5 re: definition of officer’s roles
Boundary will be re-written
Thursday has audited the website and found that we may need to adjust our plan with wordpress to better optimize the site and experience
She plans to do a training on how to use wordpress
She plans to do a content review, audit for sensitivity, clarity, thoroughness
She would like approval to accomplish “low hanging fruit”
Upgrade where she can, for accessibility of content
She needs new payment info (from Jim)
Board Attendance: Jere Fitterman, Shireen Hasan, Jonathan Konkol, Sue Stringer, Brad Baker, Jim Hlava, Maggie Gardner, Jimmy Wilson, Johnny Engleheart, Patricia Montgomery
Guests: Thursday Bram, Rick Potestio and Miles, Ricky, Angela Kremer
Imagine public parks, affordable housing and local business tucked between the large concrete buildings in the Rose Quarter. Imagine a public waterfront park on the east side of the Willamette and a cap over I-5. This is the vision of Albina Vision Trust. The vision looks 50 years into the future, but the work has already begun.
ENA Board Meeting minutes March 18, 2019 St. Philip Deacon Episcopal Church NE 120 Knott St.
Meeting called to order at 6:40pm. Introductions to follow.
Presentation for Oasis of Change (Kathryn and Dov)
opening community based urban farm, restaurant, teaching kitchen, community center, live music… relax and enjoy. Body work (massage, acupuncture). Subscription model, a place for families, child-care on site. ($20 date night!)
initiated effort for all to come together, to work together
wants to collaborate with at least 10 neighborhood associations (Eliot, Boise, Lloyd, Irvington, Sabin, Woodlawn, Humboldt, King, Overlook, Vernon
Coined the acronym TURN: Togetherness, Uniting, Reaching, Neighborhood
Next meeting (info offered by Linda):
April 11 4415 NE 87th Ave (6-8pm)
July 11 @ 449 NE Emerson
Oct 10 and 4415 NE 87th Ave
Chief Outlaw presentation at Emmanuel Church, April 2
goal to actually get input from community, true involvement. Efforts are gaining traction.
Newsletter – Sue
Spring newsletter went to print this morning!
Need submissions for next issue by June 1
Gained Meyer Memorial Trust as new advertiser for full year
Green Drop Garage also wants to get involved
new advertisers always welcome
LUTC – Brad/Jonathan
no real updates this time… attempt to get Boise (David) here next time
Jimmy wants to keep this a priority, light the fire under the feet of this topic
Jonathan to email maps to board with our decision of the solution we propose
goal to have this meeting in the next week or two
SEAT – Brad
Neighborhood watch training scheduled for the end of April, for neighbors in the immediate area
Thursday has an idea for other training to add to that
Livability – Jere
Litter pickup on April 20 (Earth Day) meet at BreadWinner Cafe. Event is posted on SOLV’s website
Jodi Guth is the new Block Adopt lead
3 separate tree plantings are also underway
NECN – Jere
NECN budget has been slashed
they asked us to NOT take money for communication that was once promised ($500), as their belts are tight. We usually use this for newsletter, but confident we can do without
Larger conversation about how Community and Civic Life office wants to get rid of neighborhood associations
We question why these groups are mutually exclusive? Why not both affinity groups and geographic groups be present under Community and Civic Life?
ONI and PSAC say its our job to communicate with our neighbors – this is our biggest value.
We need to re-assess our methods of community. Maybe we need another Community Conversation Feedback night to find out how best to serve. Consider for April meeting.
Website – Thursday
Overall transition to take over administration of site has gone smoothly. What next?
what additional content can we provide?
Suggest a survey to help understand our audience – to be done for April meeting
Intention to do a full website audit, and potential revamp of content in general. Larger conversation for another time.
ENA Grant Committee – Jere
Mural on MLK –
Overall project process has been established. Will need much more info to proceed.
a subcommittee will guide process of choosing artists. Would like to invite 3 artists to submit a prospectus. We offer to pay each artist $300 for their submission.
7th Avenue Greenway – Sue
Nick Falbo led a meeting, discussed that City is leaning toward doing greenway on 9th, but no road improvements there. Cyclists ride through Irving park, no re-direct.
City will do improvements on 7th; adding speedbumps, crosswalks, stop signs, etc.
Decision made because major destinations better served by 9th greenway
Jere unable to do April meal. Anyone else want to lead it?
Sue potentially lead for April 19th, will follow up with Jere separately
Jimmy proposed board fund April meal up to $150. Sue seconds. Board votes in favor.
proposal to have group cooking session for meal in May or June
Jere propose to nominate Jimmy as Co-Chair of board with her. Jimmy desires a stronger foundation for his outreach efforts. Jere will maintain central communications. Maggie to 2nd the nomination. Vote to approve passes.
Shireen shows interest in Outreach position. Sue proposes to nominate Shireen for Community Outreach position, starting this month, with the understanding that more specific duties of the role are to be outlined in April. Brad to second. Board votes in favor.
I-5 freeway expansion – visit website to make your voice heard!
January minutes edited
February minutes approved
meeting adjourned at 8:55p
Board Attendance: Jere Fitterman, Jimmy Wilson, Sue Stringer, Brad Baker, Jonathan Konkol, Maggie Gardner, Jim Hlava, Shireen Hasan, Darren Holcomb.
Guests: Thursday Graham, Catherine and Dove (Oasis of Change), Linda Kuhen, Adam Baker
OnPoint Community Credit Union opened a new, full-service Portland branch on NE Fremont Street at N. Williams Avenue on August 30, 2018. Located in the walkable and bike-friendly North Williams Corridor, the branch features a bike-thru teller window. This is OnPoint’s second new branch in Portland’s vibrant eastside, having opened its Hawthorne branch in May of 2018.
Our neighborhood is in the midst of significant tree planting due to the initiative of local residents, some businesses and Friends of Trees. On March 9 Friends of Trees held its annual residential planting event with volunteers from the community. It’s never too early to sign up for street or yard trees for next winter’s planting at friendsoftrees.org, or you can contact me, one of the volunteer neighborhood coordinators for Friends of Trees in Eliot, at email@example.com if you have questions about trees for your home.