ENA Sept 13th LUTC Meeting Agenda

Eliot Neighborhood Association’s Land Use and Transportation Committee Agenda

Sept 13th 2021, 7:00-9:00 pm

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  1. 7:00 Open meeting, Welcome guests, Introductions (5 mins)
  2. 7:05 Discuss agenda and accept any additions (5)
  3. 7:10 Update from on the Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion Lawsuit (30)
  4. 7:40 Discussion with PBOT about traffic calming on NE Stanton and diverters on NE Rodney. (45)
  5. 8:25 Cook Street Action Site (30)
  6. 8:55 Approve past minutes (5)

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Now Open: Jerusalem Rose Market

A new corner market and deli have opened in Eliot at the corner of MLK Jr. Blvd and Morris Street. The Jerusalem Rose Market sells staples from Southwest Asia and North Africa, focusing on Palestinian products and hoping to celebrate Palestinian culture through the lens of the country’s food.

Continue reading Now Open: Jerusalem Rose Market

What’s so Scary about RIP? Residential Infill Project – Part Two

The City of Portland initiated the Residential Infill Project (RIP) to enable the development of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Air B-and-B type units on properties zoned “exclusively” for single-family homes.  The logic was that this zoning was intentionally discriminatory.  Although it does prevent the development of duplexes and other multi-unit buildings, it is arguable that it was specifically to discriminate against residents without the means to own or rent a single-family home on a single lot. 

Continue reading What’s so Scary about RIP? Residential Infill Project – Part Two

Lottie and Zula’s Indoor Dining Opens Soon and Picnic Box Option

The other day I took time out from work and publishing this issue of the Eliot News and stopped by for lunch at Lottie and Zula’s. If you haven’t had their breakfast or lunch sandwiches or really any of their menu offerings, you have been missing out.

Besides offering take-out, they now have an awesome patio on the west side of the building. But the best news is they are planning on opening up indoor dining sometime in July. That is exciting, and I can’t wait to check out how they have decorated the dining room.

If you’re headed to the Dawson Park Concerts this summer and fall be sure to check out the Picnic Box that they are offering. Eliot Neighborhood Association gets a portion of the sales of these boxes. You can order HERE or give them a call.

Lottie and Zula’s

120 NE Russell




Tuesday—Saturday 8-4

Breakfast all day

Lunch at 10:30

Dawson Park FREE Concert #2 of4 THURSDAY, August 26 5pm

  • Live music by The Brotherhood (Funk) with MC Joe Bean Keller
  • Family-friendly event
  • Raffle prizes from the Nike Community Store on MLK
  • Learn about Eliot’s history and tell us your story – Storytelling booth
  • Covid Vaccine Clinic offered by REACH of Multnomah County Health Department
  • Variety of vendor booths
  • Food options:
    • Food cart
    • Hot Dogs by Eliot NA
  • Sponsor notes:

This is the SECOND of FOUR(4) events this summer/fall. UPcoming event dates: September 16 (Harmony Four performing) , October 7

Bring your family and friends and enjoy an evening at Dawson Park. Food available for purchase on-site or pack a picnic and snacks, don’t forget a blanket or low lawn chairs.

We can’t wait to see you at the event!

To become a volunteer, sponsor, or vendor visit the Concerts page… we’d love you to be a part of this event or one of the 3 upcoming events!

Cliffs PDX: Come for the Food and Cocktails, Stay for the Southern Charm and Midwestern Friendliness

Co-owners Josh Luebke and Sierra Luebke (center of photo) and family at Cliff’s

A few different businesses have occupied the bar under the Wonder Ballroom on NE Russell Street. Since I have been in the neighborhood, it has been Trigger and Bunk Sandwiches. Cliff’s PDX is the newest tenant, but Josh Luebke has been around for all three of the recent iterations of this space.

Continue reading Cliffs PDX: Come for the Food and Cocktails, Stay for the Southern Charm and Midwestern Friendliness

Adopt-a-Block update – We’re making Progress, but still need your help

By Jody Guth

It’s a beautiful day in our neighborhood – the skies are blue, the sun is shining, and the streets are looking better all the time.  Many thanks and kudos to all involved with Eliot’s adopt-a-block team.  While they may not take credit for the blue skies and sunshine, they most certainly can for the improved look to our streets and avenues.  

We’ve had quite a few people sign-up this past quarter, and the ranks of trash-ridders are reflected in things looking as good as they are….mostly.   And, because we’re greedy and can always use more volunteers, we’re seeking out more.  Maybe yourself?  You know you want to be a part of helping Eliot look its best, and I can show you how it’s done. 

All you do is contact me, Jody, at jodyguth@gmail.com or call 971-320-8594, and I’ll get you set up with trash bags and gloves – plus, I have just a few more picker-uppers as well. If you’re one of the first two lucky winners to contact me, they’re yours.  We’ll decide what block you’d like to “adopt,” you care for it like the adoptee it is, and then you’ll even be entered into a contest every three months where you could win a $100.00 gift certificate to your friendly New Season’s market. 

 What?!….crazy simple, right?….and prizes to boot!  So what are you waiting for?….. 

But before you do, let me announce the current winner of this quarter’s New Season’s gift certificate.  Come on down, Laura and Michael Livingston!  Laura and Michael take care of parts of Williams near Tillamook and around other areas as they walk their dogs.  It can’t be overstated how grateful we are for all those critters who get their humans out for cleaning.  Thanks, Dot and Pipa.. 

Please consider joining Laura and Michael, and the 6(!) other exemplary volunteers who joined this quarter….. big shout out to Richard DeWolf, Moses Wrosen, Laura Atkinson, Pamela Sery, Linda Kading, and Tyler Brunhart.  You do Eliot proud.  

Does Portland have an Appetite for Restitution?

Restitution – noun – the restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner.

Across the country, movements are underway to give land back to descendants of people who had land taken from them. Urban renewal, freeway construction, and other uses of eminent domain removed people from their property at below-market rates across the country. Locally, the City of Portland, Emanuel Hospital, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and others had a hand in a number of these actions in and around our neighborhood. Several large top-down projects cut pieces out of a thriving majority-black neighborhood. There were many more minor land grabs, as well, which are not well documented, about which I have only learned bits and pieces from my older neighbors. Every time the City proposes a new project in the area, this old history is brought up because the impacted residents don’t want the City to forget and because until we make amends, we cannot move forward.

Continue reading Does Portland have an Appetite for Restitution?

Community Members: Sign Up for Cascadia Behavioral Health’s Annual Back to School Drive!

By Cascadia Behavioral Health

Free backpacks, school supplies, sports physicals and haircuts offered by Cascadia

It’s important we set our students up for success this school year, and many children and families are still in need of school supplies. Once again, we are planning to purchase new backpacks filled with school supplies for the 150+ youth receiving our services, as well as additional families in the community. If your child is in need of supplies this year, we encourage you to participate!

We will also be providing FREE haircuts from professional stylists and sports physicals from Cascadia’s medical staff. To reserve your haircut and/or sports physical, make sure to complete the “add on” during the registration process and select which timeframe works for you.

If you have any questions, contact wellnessprogram@cascadiabhc.org. Thank you for being part of our whole community!



View this post on Cascadia Behavioral Health’s website

Time and Location:

Thursday August 26 2 pm – 6 pm and Friday August 27 9 am – 1pm
Cascadia’s Garlington Health Center, 3036 NE MLK Jr. Blvd

A Letter of Truth

By Jimmy Wilson, Co-Chair

As I look into the mirror each morning, I ask myself what do I see concerning the City of Portland. Do I see a city that resembles the city I once knew? A city that addresses itself to the needs of its people? As I note the extremely adverse media attention our city has received in many months, I ask myself: What is the mindset of the leadership we put in office? Don’t they see?! Don’t they care? Are they truly searching for answers to the problems that are literally destroying the beauty of the City of Roses?  Is there a concern for improving the livability of our great city?

We blame much of our social ills on the Pandemic even though we were in trouble long before the disease took its toll. Some examples are: We have a Black Generation arguing with each other over land ownership who lost their land to others through no fault of their own; ODOT desires to expand the I-5 corridor while remaining under vigorous argument and lawsuits; the coalition of neighborhoods and the neighborhoods’ boards must bond together instead of faultfinding. These are just some of the innumerable challenges that must be addressed immediately.

Our City-wide communities need more help and support from our local police bureau. How can this be done when Portland’s Chief of Police announced the oncoming possibility of losing 200 officers who are stepping down due to controversial politics or retirement. Included here is the downsizing of police funding while simultaneously murders are up 30 percent due to gun violence. The US Government is suing the City of Portland over various challenges versus working as a team to overcome community issues. All of these adverse issues could be addressed if we had a healthy collaboration between a supportive community and city leadership. Already, Portland is being laughed at by other American cities for losing it! Are the glorious days of the spirit of the Rose Festival gone? Have we lost forever what was in recent years a bright city that millions would come, visit and relocate to? What was once a haven is now a trash heap.  

It is high time that we who love our city take our rightful place in leadership rather than sitting back. We must lead the way to return our city to health, positive social justice, and social change. 

What is the NEED?

1)   Wealth creation for people of color since too many black families have been squeezed out of their homes and businesses by power brokers. 

      Note: it would take two hundred to two hundred and fifty years to retain, in today’s market, what the black people have lost in the past 50 years. 

2)   We need black teachers teaching black children the heritage of black history not to lose this precious history in our schools.

3)   Black people need their own medical facilities. This topic in itself would take pages to write about.

4)    Afro American’s need more control of their own affordable housing; they need ownership and need to be planted back into the soil to which they were accustomed: Reasonably price living conditions.

More about our city: From downtown to the neighborhood (I-5) offramp, we see people crammed into tents and trash strewn helter-skelter. All this represents a people seeking hope while our vested leaders do little to lead and support city-wide healing of this dilemma. Question: is the government of Portland doing all it can to make this degradation well? Are the people we voted in just collecting healthy paychecks without checks and balances to support their success and support in making sound decisions for this city? Do we have people following the financial paper trail representing money spent on governmental paychecks versus creating the immediate financial need for city-wide healing? The Chief of police – and his constituents – including the DOJ and the Attorney General cannot do it all in helping the people left behind. We need people holding high governmental offices to come down to where the rubber meets the road.

Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda Monday 8/16/2021 7:00pm

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

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Agenda (subject to changes):

  • Welcome and Introductions – 7:00pm
  • Agenda Additions?
  • Discussing Stanton Street Crime which continues to get worse
  • [Kiley Yuthas] Transition Projects presentation, helping transition into stable and permanent housing
  • [Shireen] investing in local and especially black businesses.
  • [Johanna] PCCEP letter
  • [board] MOTION: Approve minutes from previous 2 meetings.
  • Neighborhood Updates
    • Concerts- upcoming Aug 26, Sept 16, Oct 7
    • Fall Newsletter – call for articles,
    • LUTC update – I-5 project change news
  • Public Comment
  • Adjourn

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EDPA2 hosting a 2nd A/C drive Aug 14th

Another Fan, Air Conditioner and Wearable Air Cooler Drive.

There is a HIGH demand for cooling devices particularly from senior living facilities, disability organizations, home aides and individuals. And, the forecast of a heatwave this coming week places a certain urgency on this effort.

Here’s the deal, the drive is scheduled for Saturday August 14, 2021 in the parking lot at 301 NE Knott from 9am to 2pm, The heatwave starts August 10 and is predicted to last over three days. 
If you want to donate a Fan, Air Conditioner or Wearable Air Cooler BEFORE Saturday’s drive and in time for the heatwave, please send an email (contactedpa2@gmail.com) to arrange a drop off or pick up.

Here’s what’s needed,
1. Volunteers to pick up/drop off devices

2. Drinks, snacks and materials for volunteers for Saturday’s event
Let’s Do it Again!!!

Find Your Oasis in the Portland Pre-K Desert

By Ben Earle

Beautiful teacher and group of toddlers sitting on the floor drawing using paper and pencil around lots of toys at kindergarten

The possible closure of Portland’s largest preschool, Childswork Learning Center in Sunnyside serving 250 kids, alongside recent government and university studies indicating that all the state’s counties are becoming various levels of “child-care deserts,” only confirm what anyone with young children has long known – finding child care is a real challenge. And then COVID hit, making everything harder for parents and service providers.

Beyond the venerable word-of-mouth approach, fortunately, there are numerous resources to help locate a daycare or preschool program best suited for both your child’s and your needs.

  • Google Maps, MapQuest, and Yelp are always good places to see what might be available nearby.
  • Oregon’s Early Learning Division has teamed with Western Oregon University to compile a “Find Child Care Oregon” list of state registered and licensed programs, accessible online or by calling 211Info. Their websites provide step-by-step guides and helpful tips, plus links to a wide range of reports, research, and related info.
  • On “The Press” front, both the long-running Portland Parent Magazine and Oregon Live have decent online search tools.
  • Of the many listing sites a search for “preschools” or “daycare” in Portland reveals, the locally operated Growing Upwards pops up, along with the more generic Care.com Preschools, Expertise.com 12 Best Portland Preschools, Great Schools, Judy’s Book, Top Oregon Private Daycares and Preschools, Winnie.com, and YP.com, to name but a few. Checking Facebook, NextDoor, and even Craiglist’s “Daycare” section can sometimes also be helpful.
  • Though they fill up fast, Portland Public Schools offers some Pre-K classes, as does Portland Parks & Rec. And Head Start now has a couple of east-side locations.

Be sure to check as many sources as possible since no particular one can capture all available options. Just remember to stay diligent, patient, and positive – with a bit of luck, you’ll find a good spot for your special little one that’s cost-effective and within a reasonable striking distance!

Home is Where the Heart is…

By Tess Fields, Executive Director, Home Share Oregon

Oregon is in an affordable housing crisis that threatens a stable future.  While many equate homelessness with individuals who are suffering from addiction or mental illness, the reality is most individuals and families who are displaced or housing insecure, are gainfully employed or living on a fixed income. 

Continue reading Home is Where the Heart is…