Eliot Neighborhood Association General Member Meeting Agenda 4/19/2021 7:00pm

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

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Agenda (subject to changes):

  • Welcome and Introductions
    • This is a General Member meeting which means all those present who live and/or work in the neighborhood can vote
  • Agenda Additions?
  • Russell and Williams Project (Bryson Davis & Justice Rajee, co-Chairs of the Project Working Group) 
  • Presentation about letter on community policing (Johanna Brenner)
  • Presentation from HomeShare Oregon (Tess Fields)
  • ENA Bylaws changes
    •  MOTION: choose an option to clarify who is on the executive committeepurpose of the executive committee is to make quick decisions about things in between meetings or discuss topics in advance of bringing to the full board.   
      • option a) all officers that the board elects (currently this would be 6/8 of the board)   
      • option b) only treasurer, recorder, and chairs/vice-chairs/co-chairs
    • MOTION: add language that borders can’t be changed without an attempt to contact current occupants
  • Neighborhood updates
    • No More Freeways Lawsuit
    • Livability
    • Dawson Park Concerts?
    • Land Use
      • working on recommendations to developers,
      • 2 demolitions planned on Monroe Street,
      • Mike added offline
    • other updates?
  • Public Comment
  • Adjourn

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Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda 3/15/2021 7:00pm

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

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Agenda (subject to changes):

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Agenda Additions?
  • (PPB officer) Discussion of 2nd Dawson Park Shooting Death within a year
  • (State Senator Lew Frederick) Discussing the introduction of 2 Legislative Bills relating to reparations for slavery.
  • (Kira Smith, BES) Stormwater presentation: small grant program and native plant certificates
  • MOTION: ENA to sign on to No More Freeways litigation
  • MOTION: Write a letter of support for murals in Eliot
  • MOTION: approve minutes from January and February
  • (Sue) Any amendments for the Eliot Bylaws? Could vote on amendments in April if we are ready
  • (Vicki Guinn) Russell and Williams project update
  • Neighborhood updates
  • Public Comment
  • Adjourn

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Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda 2/15/2021 7:00pm

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

Monday, February 15 7:00-8:30pm

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Agenda:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Agenda Additions?
  • (State Senator Lew Frederick) Discussing the introduction of 2 Legislative Bills relating to reparations for slavery.
  • Neighborhood updates
  • Public Comment
  • Adjourn

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Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda 1/25/2021 7:00pm

Incoming co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

Monday, January 25 7:00-8:30pm

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Agenda:

1. Welcome & Introductions (7:00pm)

2. agenda additions?

3. Gladys McCoy Memorial Garden letter – MOTION: send letter of support?

4. discuss/ MOTION to approve signers on our bank account (Sue, Jimmy, Allan)

5. MOTION: sign on to clean air letters from around the city

6. Committee updates

a) stanton Street / Dawson Park livability update 

b) Land Use Update

c) Eliot News Spring Edition 

d) other updates

7. public comment

8. MOTION: Approve November Meeting Minutes

Adjourn


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Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda 11/16/2020 6:30pm

Incoming co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

Monday, November 16 6:30-8:00

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Agenda:

1. Welcome & Introductions

2. Eliot NA Officer Elections

3. Racial sensitivity training proposal

4. Committee Updates – LUTC – Diesel Letter – crime (do we want an official subcommittee?)

5. Public Comment

6. Approve October Minutes

7. Adjourn

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Eliot Neighborhood Association General Member Meeting Agenda 10/19/2020 6:30pm

Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

Monday, October 19 6:30-8:00

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1 Welcome & Introductions (6:30pm)

2 Neighborhood Update

3 Board Elections – Choose Directors for the Coming year

4. Old Business/Updates  

5. Approve amended minutes from September’s meeting

Eliot Neighborhood Association Meeting Agenda September 21, 6:30-8:30 pm

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1 Welcome & Introductions (6:30pm)

2 Board of Directors Election and General Assembly Meeting Oct. 19

3 Angela Kremer – proposal for racism training

4 Greg Bourget, Portland clean air – regarding diesel pollution

5 Jeanine Nicole Morales (click for bio) from NARAL Pro Choice Oregon

6 Dawson Park update

7 Old Business/Updates:  

8 Approve minutes from last time

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Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda 7/20/2020 6:30pm

Chairs: Allan Rudwick and Jimmy Wilson

Monday, July 20 6:30-8:00

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1 Welcome & Introductions (6:30pm)

2 Gladys McCoy Memorial – Hilary Mackenzie

Time certain – 7pm – Dawson Park update

4. Dialogue about racism – Angela Kremer 

5. Old Business/Updates:  
 – Land Use (I-5, neighborhood greenways)
 – Livability – down to 1 member – Treasurer – Recruiting – we need more people! All committees have been losing folks and not replacing over the past year or two.

6. Approve amended minutes from June’s meeting

To Our Community from the Eliot Neighborhood Association Board

The Eliot Neighborhood Association (ENA) stands in solidarity with the Black community and supports the recent protests denouncing police violence. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others – These tragedies now add to the staggering number of Black lives taken unjustly by a country which continues to devalue those lives. Their names and their stories matter. Their lives matter. Black lives matter.

In these times, as an institution that has worked with the City of Portland in maintaining systems of white supremacy, it is critical that we turn the lens onto ourselves and ask how we have been and how we are complicit, and what we will do to fix that. Knowing that a neighborhood association has an outsized voice in the zoning process in the City of Portland and that those decisions can help build or destroy wealth in our community, it is incredibly important that we take this task seriously. Because neighborhood associations and the public outreach processes that our representatives engage in are spaces that can exclude Black voices, these processes have prevented Black residents from receiving the same opportunities as their white counterparts. 

As a result, we are committed to using our roles as leaders in the community not only to facilitate the necessary conversations but also to work towards community dialogues that are inherently anti-racist. The Eliot Neighborhood Association believes neighborhood associations can be for the greater good and can raise issues in ways that will be good for all residents.

Moving forward, the Eliot Neighborhood Association will continue to try to have Black representation on our board and our Land Use committee in addition to other committees in our neighborhood. We are committed to empowering those that are often left out of critical conversations. Additionally, we are always looking for new members and have open seats for those who would want to get engaged. We are continuously looking for articles for the Eliot News that amplify marginalized voices and we encourage more submissions that do so.

Neighborhood Associations are far from the most important conversation right now in a time when communities are grieving. However, as leaders of this institution, we have the responsibility to use our position to advocate for the Black community. We will donate $1000 to the Black Resilience Fund.

Sincerely,

The Eliot Neighborhood Association Board of Directors

Land Use and Transportation Committee

Agenda July 13th, 2020

7:00-8:00 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 Neighborhood Greenways Discussion (30) 
  4. 7:40 I-5 Expansion Update (10)
  5. 7:50 Discuss upcoming projects and if we want to get involved (5)
  6. 7:55 Approve Minutes (5)

Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda 5/18/2020 6:30pm

Chairs: Jimmy Wilson & Allan Rudwick

Monday, May 18th, 2020

6:30-8:00 pm

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1 Welcome & Introductions (6:30pm)

2 Dawson Park – police update – reaching out now, tbd if they can make it.

3 COVID-19 – Updates on how everyone is doing / things we need right now. 

4 Old Business/Updates:  – The Freeway Fight 

Letter from the LUTC ViceChair: City’s New Code Change Could Be a Game Changer for Neighborhood Associations

By Jonathan Konkol

The city of Portland is divided into 94 neighborhoods. Each, including Eliot, is represented by a volunteer board made up of people who live and/or work in the neighborhood. While neighbors have always organized with each other to gain strength in numbers when dealing with city government and supporting each other, City Hall created an official bureau to provide a mechanism for enfranchising communities. This was the result of a mandate for community involvement in the implementation of the Great Society programs for urban renewal, created in the late 1960s under LBJ. Among other things, these boards have played a key role in shaping local land use policy and implementation of City code.

Fast forward five decades to today and tensions have emerged between the leadership of some of the neighborhood associations and the City’s policy goals. Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s office, which currently oversees the Office of Civic Life (formerly the Office of Neighborhood Involvement) has asserted that neighborhoods, in general, have become an obstacle to new development, and their boards are insufficiently diverse. Rather than working to improve the situation, they have proposed changes to city code to simply erase neighborhood associations from any official recognition.

The ostensible goal of the changes – increasing the representation of citizens of marginalized communities in civic life – is laudable. It is also true that some neighborhood boards have struggled with a lack of proportional representation. We have struggled with this problem in Eliot. We have also made efforts to diversify our board to truly represent our community and we have committed to an ongoing effort to build and maintain a board that looks like our community.

At this point in our history, our government should require neighborhood association boards to be representative; we wish to continue to have a codified voice in public decision-making, so some quid pro quo is appropriate. Rather than removing the entire system, City Hall can be a partner for change and improvement of neighborhood boards. Official recognition, staff time and funding should be tied to the adoption of standards for inclusivity of neighborhood boards. Boards should look like the communities they serve, and codifying this would achieve the City’s stated goals of inclusion. We can build on what we already have. Grassroots civic involvement has made our city stronger and can continue to do so, provided we work together with a common goal.

In an increasingly alienated and divided society, the antidote to alienation and basis of a healthy society is face-to-face interaction with those around us. This means strengthening and reforming the systems of governance that unite neighbors around the city. Working together with our neighbors, we form bonds that transcend race and class and help us form networks of trust and mutual support. We will need these networks when we face inevitable challenges such as the predicted 9.0+ mega quake by developing teams to organize and implement disaster training and also continue to maintain consistent committees for this and other ongoing issues.

The proposed code changes, which were slated to go before city council in August, have been pushed back to sometime in November. What can you do? Write to the Mayor, Commissioners and the Office of Civic Life to express support for an alternative that improves neighborhoods and strengthens us to do the work of community building.

Letter from the Chair – A Call to Action

Hello Neighbors,

Eliot is in the bullseye of diesel particulate pollution. This is due partly to our proximity to I-5 and I-84, but also to MLK, which is a truck route, and the N Williams/N Vancouver corridor. All these roads carry dirty diesel trucks every day. Oregon allows unfiltered diesel trucks on our roads. This is dangerous for us because the National Institute of Health says “the health effects of diesel exhaust emissions… acute effects of diesel exhaust exposure include irritation of the nose and eyes, lung function changes, respiratory changes, headache, fatigue, and nausea. Chronic exposures are associated with cough, sputum production, and lung function decrements.” And… “Continuous exposure to diesel exhaust fumes can cause long term, or chronic, respiratory ill health with symptoms including coughing and feeling breathless. At worst, if people are exposed to diesel engine exhaust fumes regularly and over a long period, there is an increased risk of getting lung cancer.” ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/11401072/

Since Eliot has LONG been affected by diesel AND has tried several times to get legislation or regulation on pollution, long term neighbors wonder what’s different this time.

Well, a few factors have changed. The Oregon Legislature is finally taking up this issue this term. Our neighbors to the east have all converged to focus the legislature’s attention because of new data from the lichen study, PSU scientists, the ODOT I-5 expansion proposal, the Willamette Superfund recent movement toward resolution, the Volkswagen settlement and, yes, opening of Harriett Tubman Middle School. See HB 2007 “The Diesel Bill”.  

(https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1dBPerjxQcmUHVpZXk1UXFUemsycEFnV3dIZmMwcEpob0dR)

The Eliot Neighborhood Association is joining local neighborhood and advocacy group efforts to take action. For this effort, we need committed people of any skill level. We are looking for residents or anyone working in Eliot.  Our Board needs you to help us form a strong, inclusive, passionate team to advocate for stronger, sooner regulations, and also to help local businesses gain access to the $50,000,000 ODOT funds, which are available for small under-represented trucking owners. ENA has created a new committee, eACT, Eliot Advocacy for Clean-air Team. This Team will meet the 2nd or 3rd week of July. If you want to join us contact me at chair at eliotneighborhood dot org

See Environmental Advocacy for Clean-Air Team: Eliot eACT.