Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda Monday 1/17/2022 7:00pm

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

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Agenda (subject to changes):

  • Welcome and Introductions – 7:00pm
  • Agenda Additions?
  • Multnomah County Assessor (Mike Vaughn)
  • Hand Up Project (Ron Rasmussen) – 10 minutes
  • Commissioner Hardesty’s office rep (Andre Miller)
  • keeping Intellectual Property in the community (Eric)
  • Liquor license for Cathay Market & Tobacco License for Stop&Go (Andrew)
  • Neighborhood Updates
    • Eliot News
    • LUTC update
    • resignation
    • Grants
    • PPS Tubman move
  • Public Comment
  • Approve Minutes from November
  • Adjourn

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City of Portland’s Charter Commission hosts listening sessions

Dear community member,
The City of Portland’s Charter Commission has embarked on this once-in-a-decade opportunity to review and revise the City of Portland’s Charter (the City’s constitution) and recommend amendments for Portlanders to vote on.

Amendments to the City’s Charter can change City policies and processes that have the potential to respond to community priorities, shape our City, and address the most pressing issues facing our city.
The Charter Commission is hosting virtual Community Listening Sessions in January— we hope you join us! Our Community Listening Sessions are part of a two-part series of listening sessions. The upcoming sessions are an opportunity for community members to learn from Commissioners about charter review, options of reform for our government and elections, and join small breakout rooms to have a discussion with Commissioners on these options!
Community members are invited to attend either of the Part II Community Listening Sessions. The sessions will have the same content just offered on different days to accommodate more community member. Learn more about Charter and register here: Tinyurl.com/CharterListeningSessions
 Tuesday, January 11th from 6-8pm
 Saturday, January 22nd from 12-2pm.
In November, the Charter Commission hosted part I of the Community Listening Sessions and participants learned about the charter review process and the issues currently being researched by the Charter Commission. Joining part I is not a requirement to join Part II. Watch the recording of Part I here!
We hope you join us!

Historical Traffic Diversion in Boise Neighborhood, Installed and Uninstalled

During the pandemic, I have been doing a lot of reading about the history of my neighborhood, Eliot. I came across a number of plans from the 1960’s and 1970’s that affected inner North Portland. Joseph Cortright put together a 3-part series on how the Oregon Department of Transportation destroyed Albina, the biggest cultural center for Black Portlanders at the time. At the same time, Emanuel Hospital was expanded intentionally into the area between N Williams and N Kerby all the way to I-5/I-405. This was presaged by a short study called the Central Albina Study which recommended most of what is now the Eliot Neighborhood be demolished for Industry. Warehouses were recommended west of MLK Jr Blvd and South of N Fremont. This was later amended to west of N Williams avenue.

Continue reading Historical Traffic Diversion in Boise Neighborhood, Installed and Uninstalled

Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda Monday 11/15/2021 7:00pm

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

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Agenda (subject to changes):

  • Welcome and Introductions – 7:00pm
  • Agenda Additions?
  • Purchasing Eliot NA computer(s) and/or software (possible MOTION)
  • Dawson Park Organizer Stipends (MOTION expected)
  • Officer Elections (bylaws) (MOTION expected)
    • Chairs/co-chair
    • Treasurer
    • Newsletter Editor
    • Recorder
    • Community Outreach
    • (webmaster?)
  • Black Community Financial Literacy
  • Neighborhood Updates
    • Eliot News
    • LUTC update
      • updated committee has 2 new members- (MOTION expected)
      • MURP Grant- 405 ramps
    • Clean Air team?
  • Grant – Office of Violence Prevention (due 11/22)
  • Public Comment
  • Approve Minutes from October
  • December Meeting Cancelled. January Meeting – in person or online?
  • Adjourn

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Dawson Park Concert Series Report

In March of this year, I called up the City of Portland to see what their plans were for the Dawson Park Concerts this year. They responded that due to COVID-19, they would not be running any of their normal events this year but would instead host a series of ‘pop-up’ concerts which they would not advertise the date and time until right before the events. In the Eliot Neighborhood, with multiple shootings in and around Dawson Park this summer, I did not think we should sit idly by and go a second year without concerts. I have been pleasantly surprised that other organizations are thinking the same way, as I have seen several other events in Dawson Park in addition to the Concert Series that the Eliot Neighborhood has been hosting.

Continue reading Dawson Park Concert Series Report

Portland Marathon Traffic Impacts coming to Eliot Sunday, October 3rd

The Portland Marathon is back. It doesn’t enter the Eliot Neighborhood specifically, but it does cross the Broadway Bridge a couple of times. The Broadway Bridge will be entirely closed to all vehicles (including Portland Streetcar) from 7:15-9:45 am. After 9:45 am, there will be no restrictions on the 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 am.  For more details, check this website: https://www.portlandmarathon.com/traffic/eliot

Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda Monday 9/20/2021 7:00pm

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

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Agenda (subject to changes):

  • Welcome and Introductions – 7:00pm
  • Agenda Additions?
  • Plan is to have a short meeting. There are some possible topics but none confirmed.
  • Neighborhood Updates
    • Concerts- upcoming Oct 7
    • Fall Newsletter – call for articles, publishing Tuesday
    • LUTC update – diverters + RIP
    • Elections to the Board in October / Officers in November
  • Public Comment
  • Adjourn

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ODOT Teases New Highway Covers Options

For many years, The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been planning to do a major widening of I-5 through the “Rose Quarter” (underneath the Flint, Broadway, Weidler, Williams, and Vancouver bridges). This project will be at least $800 Million and cause severe disruption to the southern Eliot Neighborhood if built. Recently,

Continue reading ODOT Teases New Highway Covers Options

Dawson Park FREE Concert #3 of 4 this THURSDAY, September 16 5pm

  • Live music by Blue Blazes 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 Third of FOUR(4) events this summer/fall. UPcoming: 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!

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!

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?

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!!!

Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda Monday 7/19/2021 7:00pm

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

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Pre-Meeting – Dawson Park Concert meeting at 6:00pm

Agenda (subject to changes):

  • Welcome and Introductions – 7:00pm
  • Agenda Additions?
  • (Amber Boydston) Coming back Home to our Humanity: A brief reminder of our African Origins, Turtle Island’s inextricable foundation for our continued success, and the ongoing pursuit of Black Liberation in a once white Utopia – Oregon
  • Neighborhood updates
    • Dawson Park Concert- July 22nd – update
    • Land Use- no update- skipped July
    • Newsletter
    • other topics
  • Public Comment
  • Adjourn

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