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ENA co-hosting public comment session for I5 expansion: Tuesday Jan 3rd, at 6pm

January 9, 2023 LUTC Meeting Agenda

(December meeting cancelled)

Meeting will be online via google meet (full information at the bottom if this link doesn’t work)

(Old meeting minutes here)

Draft Agenda

Future Topics:

  • Emanuel Hospital Annual contact
  • January: PBOT to discuss NE 7th Ave traffic

Eliot LUTC recurring meeting
Monday, January 9, 2023 · 7:00 – 8:30pm
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Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda Monday November 21 2022 at 7:00pm

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

We are having a meeting at Cascadia Garlington Center (Masks required, Enter from the parking lot side off of Morris street near MLK, Jr Blvd) and online. We ask that everyone make their best effort to attend in person. We will again be using WebEx this time but this is likely the last ‘hybrid’ meeting.

Agenda (subject to changes):

  • Welcome and Introductions – 7:00pm
  • Approve Minutes from October
  • Meeting Rules (link to proposed rules)
  • Amendment to VOA Good Neighbor Agreement (context here)
  • Officer Elections (bylaws) (MOTION expected)
    • Chairs/co-chair
    • Treasurer
    • Newsletter Editor
    • Recorder
    • Community Outreach
    • Optional: webmaster
  • Board Priorities Discussion
  • Neighborhood Updates
    • Eliot News
    • LUTC update
  • Public Comment
  • No December meeting. January meeting will be in person
  • Adjourn

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VOA Men’s Residential Center Seeks Amendment from ENA to Participate in New STEP Program

On NE MLK at Sacramento, there is a program that you might have never heard of in the Eliot Neighborhood. The Volunteers of America Men’s Residential Program (MRC) is housed there. This program was set up over 20 years ago when voters in Multnomah County voted to fund residential treatment programs for both Men and Women. The Men’s center was an old 50-room hotel that was converted to this use and the director Greg Stone has been running the center this entire time. They have a roughly 70% success rate at discharging clients and have only 1-2 police calls every 5 years (less than once per year).

The main prison system has a 50% reoffending rate, while treatment programs like the MRC have a much higher success rate. As a result, it has the support of DA Mike Schmidt and the Honorable Eric Bloch, a Multnomah County Judge. Judge Bloch and DA Schmidt are working on a relatively new program called STEP which currently exists but does not currently have a residential program. Currently, they have a 0% reoffending rate although as more time passes, all programs have an increasing reoffending rate. This program works by diverting people who would go to prison directly into the residential program. These men are monitored – many had ankle bracelets when I visited the facility with some other neighbors. If someone decides to leave the program, their parole officers are notified and they do not simply disappear into the community.

The Eliot Neighborhood Association has a Good Neighbor Agreement (GNA) with the MRC that stipulates that there is a citizen screening committee that is responsible for reviewing (before intake to the program) prospective clients with charges/history of violence to strangers and non-predatory sex offenders. This agreement has been in place since 1999 and we have not had a history of problems with the MRC. I have been on this committee for the past 10 years. The Eliot NA Board has the ability to change the makeup of this committee, and we recently added my co-Chair, Jimmy Wilson to the screening committee.

Judge Bloch and DA Schmidt have requested that we allow clients to come from this STEP program that are not meeting the current criteria for the program. Specifically, the current rules require clients to have served a year of time before they are admitted to the MRC, but the STEP program is designed to divert people from spending time in prison but instead they would go directly to the MRC if they meet strict screening criteria. The ENA Board will be voting to amend our GNA to allow these clients on a 90-day trial basis at the Monday November 21st meeting.

More information can be found in the many documents of this google drive folder. Please reach out to (chair@eliotneighbrohood.org) or the board (board@eliotneighborhood.org) with any questions or attend the board meeting this coming Monday.

November 14, 2022 LUTC Meeting Agenda

Meeting will be online via zoom (full information at the bottom if this link doesn’t work)

(Old meeting minutes here)

Draft Agenda

  • 7pm: Welcome and Introductions
  • Discuss any additions to the agenda
  • Fremont Bridgehead Presentation to guests (Allan)
    • many invited, this section will be recorded.
  • Other Permits:
    • Streimer Redesign
    • Library comment period open
    • Response to Russell + Williams rezone proposal
  • LUTC Committee Elections
    • Members (nominate + approve slate)
    • Officer Elections – Chair, Vice Chair, Recorder (nominate & vote individually)
  • Parking committee update (Allan)
  • Eliot Development Guidelines – what about bigger developments?
  • I5- Rose Quarter Update
  • Public Comment
  • Adjourn

Future Topics:

  • Emanuel Hospital Annual contact
  • January: PBOT to discuss NE 7th Ave traffic

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Portland Bureau of Transportation Parking Study comes to Eliot October 24-29

During the week of Oct. 24-29, you might see people walking around the Eliot neighborhood with clipboards writing down vehicle information. A parking consultant firm has been retained by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to conduct an on-street parking utilization study of the Eliot neighborhood. These personnel have authorization to collect vehicle information for the purposes of the data collection on behalf of the bureau. They will be collecting license plate numbers in order to get an accurate understanding of the turnover in the area. The license plate information will not be stored and no personal identification information will be collected. All vehicle information will be aggregated so no individual vehicle information will be available to the bureau or to the public. The surveyors will be out from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Questions? Contact PBOT Project Manager Kathryn Doherty-Chapman at 503-823-4761.

For more about this project visit the webpage where you can view Parking Task Force meeting information: www.portland.gov/transportation/parking/eliot-parking/eliot-parking-task-force

Eliot Neighborhood Association General Member Meeting Agenda Monday October 17 2022 at 7:00pm

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

We are having a hybrid meeting at Cascadia Garlington Center (Masks required, Enter from the parking lot side off of Morris street near MLK, Jr Blvd) and online. We will again be using WebEx this time- see instructions at the bottom.

Reminder: this is a General Membership meeting. This means that anyone eligible to be a board member can vote on all motions at the meeting. (14+ years old, lives or represents a property, licensed business, or non-profit entity with a physical location within the boundaries of the Eliot NA )

Agenda (subject to changes):

  • Welcome and Introductions – 7:00pm-
  • Pick a recorder
  • Agenda Additions?
  • Eliot Cleanup/Adopt-a-block. (Alice Chang)
  • Board Elections – nominate board members for 2022-3 and then vote. Max 20. Bylaws link
  • Letter to DA Mike Schmidt – Do we still want to send this?
  • Neighborhood Updates
    • Eliot News
    • LUTC
    • Treasurer
    • others
  • Public Comment (5 min)
  • Approve Minutes from August
  • Adjourn

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Portland Marathon & Related Street Closures this Sunday Oct 2

Broadway Bridge Closed 7-9:45AM

Burnside & Steel Bridge traffic impacts below.

Race route in our area

The Portland Marathon presented by OHSU will take place on Sunday, October 2, 2022. The map at the bottom of this flyer shows the race route in the proximity of your neighborhood. To see an interactive map of the entire route that allows you to zoom in to see the exact streets used for the race, please visit portlandmarathon.com/courses. As a rule of thumb, it will not be possible to drive on, or drive across, the streets used for the race until the last runner has passed the location and the traffic control devices have been removed. Vehicles will be turned away one block prior to reaching the race route.

Although the actual race route does not enter Eliot, it will impact nearby streets. Runners begin the race Downtown and run through Old Town, Northwest District, and the Pearl District before accessing the Broadway Bridge. They then use the Broadway Bridge to cross to the east side and perform a clockwise loop around the Moda Center. The route then heads back west across the Broadway Bridge and makes its way south down Naito Pkwy into South Portland.

● The Broadway Bridge will be entirely closed to all vehicles (including Portland Streetcar) from 7:15-9:45 a.m. After 9:45 a.m. there will be no restrictions on use of the Broadway Bridge. No vehicles will be able to travel west on Broadway anywhere past Benton Ave.
● The Steel Bridge will remain open during the entire event, but vehicles entering Old Town from the Lloyd District using the Steel Bridge will experience delays from 7:15-9:45 a.m.
● The Burnside Bridge will always maintain one eastbound lane and one westbound lane open during the entire event, but vehicles traveling west up Burnside from the Bridge will experience delays from 7:00-8:00 a.m., including a complete temporary closure of Burnside from 7:10-7:30 a.m.
● N Interstate Ave will not be restricted and should be used to cross underneath the race route on the Broadway Bridge if access across the route is needed in that area between 7:15 and 9:45 a.m. The only special consideration on N Interstate Ave is that the fly-over exit from southbound N Interstate Ave onto N Larrabee Ave will be closed from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m.
● Those needing to travel between Eliot and the west side of the river will experience the least amount of inconvenience by doing so via the I-405 or I-5 freeways (Fremont or Marquam Bridges).
● The I-5 Southbound freeway on-ramp at the northeast corner of the Moda Center (Wheeler Ave / Williams Ave) will remain open and unobstructed during the entire event.

If you plan to travel into or through any neighborhoods near the race route between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, please take a moment to read the detailed traffic control description for that neighborhood by visiting portlandmarathon.com/traffic and selecting the neighborhood in question.

For questions regarding the City’s administration of this permit, please contact Allison Madsen at

allison.madsen@portlandoregon.gov or 503-865-2482.

Interacting with PBOT Work Crews: A Neighbor shares their account of confrontation as the tree in the traffic circle at 7th and Tillamook was about to be cut down

By Mark Bennett

Every story has a backstory and the struggle between the 7th and Tillamook neighborhood and PBOT is no different, but I’m not going to dive too deeply into that rathole – instead I want mostly to relate my experience as PBOT contractors showed up to cut down the tree and start removing the traffic circle on Monday Sept. 27th.

Our neighborhood knew they might be coming, not because PBOT explicitly notified us, but because we have long since stopped trusting them because they don’t respond to our letters, emails or phonecalls and instead we try to anticipate their every move. Myself and a few others (who didn’t have Monday morning office responsibilities) assembled at the traffic circle at 6:45am. Shortly thereafter, a PBOT truck and a contractor parked some distance away on 7th and began to observe us.  They talked on their phones while observing us – a good indication that they were calling PBOT for instructions.

Shortly thereafter a tree cutting service pulled up next to the traffic circle and a squad of five or six guys with chainsaws and chippers approached us at the circle.  

I informed them, “We need to see your permit to cut down the tree.”  

After some back and forth, the contractor’s supervisor walked up and said, “We’re cutting down this tree, you need to move now.”

I replied, “ We need to see your permit or you aren’t cutting down the tree.”

The contractor snarled back, “I don’t need a damn permit, we’re cutting this tree down.”

Again I said, “Without a permit, you aren’t cutting this tree. We can’t just have people walk into our neighborhood and cut down trees without a valid permit.”

The PBOT inspector joined the discussion, “We have an approved project and the start date is today.”

I repeated, “Show me the permit.”

He pulled out his phone and showed me a long document which I visually scanned.  I pointed out, “This is a project description, not a permit.”

The contractor said to the PBOT inspector, “We can start cutting down the other tree while you make a call to clear the intersection.”

The PBOT inspector was on an animated call for a few minutes and returned, “We have full authorization and we’re cutting down this tree.  You need to move your protest off the circle.”

I said, “You have no compunction acting completely against the obvious will of this neighborhood”.

Inspector, “I’m just doing my job.”

I replied, “How often has that argument been used to justify bad things?”

And then.. the community response team of PBOT showed up in the guise of a Portland Police sergeant all dressed in black with a bullet proof vest and a 9mm pistol on his belt.

The sergeant said, “You have the right to protest, but not on this circle.  If you do not move from the circle, I will arrest you for misdemeanor trespass.  It may not be a serious charge, but I will take you in for booking and it may not look good to your employers or any future employment you might seek.”

I responded, “You show up and the first thing you do is try to intimidate us”.

The sergeant said, “I’m not intimidating, I’m just doing my job.” 

I thought, There it is again, just doing his job.

I replied, “Is it your job to suggest we might lose our jobs and not be able to find employment?  Isn’t it a little intimidating that the person PBOT sends to talk to us has a 9mm?

The sergeant said, ‘This is just my uniform and I am just trying to make you aware of the consequences.”

I said, “Well you are intimidating me whether you intend to or not.  You have turned this peaceful protest into a dangerous confrontation.”

I noticed that I was shaking, I couldn’t tell if I was cold or if it was the fear of the officer.

The Sergeant said, “You’ve been warned.”

I left for a bit as I had to get ready for an appointment and when I got back, the PBOT project manager had showed up and was addressing our group (now that she had Police protection). She may have said many things before I had arrived back on the scene, but the first thing I heard her say was, “We are already over budget and behind schedule, you should allow us to move forward and trust that you will have an opportunity for changes when the project is completed”.

This was too much, I blurted out, “Trust you? You have misled and lied to us every step of the way.  Three years ago the community approved a plan with a straw vote of over 150 voters and then mysteriously PBOT changed the plan because unidentified powers brokered a behind-the-scenes deal.  Now you come back, without notifying the neighborhood, to remove the traffic circle — the only speed abatement in this intersection, and we are supposed to trust you?  We wouldn’t even be here if you didn’t refuse to add two stop signs to the plan with the only reason provided being that it doesn’t meet Federal guidelines.  You may steamroll us, but it will result in a lot of bad will. This isn’t going away. You are liars” 

The sergeant announced, “This isn’t productive”.

I said, “Oh, so the guy with the gun gets to say what’s productive and appropriate.”

At this point, one of my neighbors pulled me aside and said, “I’m nervous about too much confrontation with a police officer with a gun.”

I agreed with my neighbor, mostly because I had no idea how I would react if the officer tried to arrest me.

Our story ends with the tree cut down and the traffic circle ready for bulldozing.  Car speeds which already average 29 miles an hour with a standard deviation of 4 mph will undoubtedly increase (incredibly 1 out of every 20 cars is already going over 37mph).  The traffic volume which is currently 6000 cars a day (five times PBOTs planned volume for 7th) will almost assuredly increase as well.  We must not forget that the circle was originally built because a child was killed 50 feet from the existing circle by a speeding car.

I cannot help but ask myself, “Why does PBOT ram this project down our throats in the face of nearly universal neighborhood opposition?”  I believe the answer lies in the words of the PBOT project manager and the PBOT traffic engineer.  The project manager said, “We can’t have another meeting, we are already over budget and behind schedule and the engineer said, “We can’t add the two stop signs because of Federal guidelines”.  It’s clear as day, since PBOT thrives on Federal money, they march to Federal schedules and budgets and once a project is approved they don’t want any changes – it jeopardizes the money that pays their salaries.  PBOT’s interest is to keep the federal dollars flowing.  Community involvement and input is all just for show. 

Mark Bennett

7th and Tillamook


October 10, 2022 LUTC Meeting Agenda

Meeting will be online via google meet

initial elevations for 325 W/ NE Graham

Draft Agenda

  • 7pm: Welcome and Introductions
  • Discuss any additions to the agenda
  • Parking committee update (Kathryn Doherty-Chapman, PBOT)
  • Discuss Development at 325 W/ NE Graham
    • lot just west of the Blue building on the west side of MLK and Graham. 29 units of apartments proposed
  • Other Permits:
    • Demolition permit 202 NE Graham
    • Short term rental 75 NE Graham
  • Update on NE 7th
  • Upcoming: LUTC Committee & Officer Elections in November
  • Upcoming Emanuel Meeting in November

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Residents near NE 7th and Tillamook gather signatures, ask for traffic reduction and calming

In addition to the letter that the Eliot Neighborhood wrote (and Irvington Community Association Endorsed), I woke up to this in my inbox:

Dear Representative Earl Blumenauer, Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioner Joann Hardesty, Commissioner Mingus Mapps, PBOT Director Warner, Mr. Sziegethy, Ms. Peirce, Mr. Falbo, and other PBOT Capital Projects decision makers:

Enclosed please find a letter signed by more than 30 local residents from the intersection of NE 7th Avenue and NE Tillamook Street.  We respectfully request that the City of Portland begin the process now to address the root cause of the dangerous conditions that the Portland Bureau of Transportation has allowed to develop over many decades in our residential neighborhood from excessive traffic volumes and reckless traffic speeds on Lower 7th Avenue.

Also enclosed is a petition signed by nearly 50 pedestrians and cyclists who happened to pass through this intersection during a few short hours on Sunday afternoon.  Our neighbor who volunteered his time to undertake this petition effort yesterday received overwhelming support from every person on foot or bicycle who had the time to stop and speak.  We believe this provides you with a sampling of the level of support you will see for real efforts to make this stretch of Lower 7th Avenue safer for the entire community.

Finally, we would like to bring to your attention the letter published yesterday by the Eliot Neighborhood Association and recent coverage of this issue by KGW and BikePortland.


Rose Francis

Concerned mom from Tillamook and 7th