Local Issues

29

Aug

Please speak up

The current animosity against neighborhood associations in some corners of City Hall is based on the premise that neighborhood associations (NAs) serve the affluent much better than they serve the marginalized portion of our community. The 3.96 Code Change Project is meant to correct this imbalance. The critique is valid, and the goal is necessary, even if the process has been deeply flawed. (Google “Portland 3.96” for a broad range of information on the topic).

The East Columbia Neighborhood Association, like just about every NA in the city, objects to the direction that the Office of Community and Civic Life has taken with the code rewrite process, and intends to see it handled differently. However, we take to heart the criticism that we have not been inclusive enough, and if we want to remain relevant, change is necessary to open up opportunities to our neighbors who haven’t felt included. 

Those changes need to include:

  • Active diversity outreach
    • Color, ethnicity, gender
    • Renters
  • Cross-over projects with other civic groups
  • Language translation for non-English speaking residents

 

My vision for the East Columbia NA is as a service organization that works to improve the quality of life for all of our residents, and that requires open communication with all members of our community. 

I have some requests: 

  • If you have issues that the East Columbia NA can help you with, please speak up. These issues might include:
    • Conflict resolution with other neighbors
    • Help navigating city bureaucracy
    • Help finding support programs for personal crises such as drug intervention, financial assistance, or elder care. 
    • Projects to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood
  • If you have civic expertise and would like to partner with the East Columbia NA in creating a network of community support, please speak up. We need to develop a comprehensive and vibrant list of all of the assets in our community, so we can help each other. These assets might be: 
    • Non-Governmental Organizations with links to our neighborhood.
    • Social Workers or City employees with programs or expertise that can help our neighbors.
    • Historians or other experts in local issues.
  • If you want to help the East Columbia NA make a difference and stay relevant to the needs of the community, please speak up. We need your participation to make changes to ourselves and to the world around us. The more tightly interwoven we are as a community, the stronger we are, whether in an emergency, or in our day-by-day lives.

All of our meetings are open to the public, and you can speak to us in person, or you can write me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact me on Next Door Neighbor.

29 August 2019

 

15

Aug

Levee issues open house

 
You're invited to join the US Army Corps of Engineers and Levee Ready Columbia to learn more about the 27-mile levee system that reduces the risk of flooding for the Portland International Airport, 59,000 jobs, 7,500 homes, and over 2,000 acres of parks and open spaces along the Columbia River in Multnomah County.
 
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28TH
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
refreshments will be provided

Multnomah County Drainage District Office
1880 NE Elrod Drive | Portland, OR 97211
accessible via Trimet Bus #70

During this event, USACE will share results of some of the analysis that has been done to identify the system's vulnerabilities and discuss some of their ideas to make the system more resilient. 

For additional information, please visit bit.ly/aug-open-house

On Facebook? Join the event and share it with your friends!
02

Aug

NW Coalition



 

August Newsletter

“Never tell me the odds.”
- Han Solo

NECN News From the Office

 
We've been working hard to serve the North and Northeast community since 1974. We made this video to highlight a little bit of our work. 
 
 
 
The summer edition of our newspaper Hey Neighbor is out! This issue's theme is Youth and it's filled with the voices and perspectives of young people from around the North and Northeast area. Read it here!
 
 

Code Change

 
 
There's a lot of talk recently about "code change" in the City of Portland and many people are wondering what exactly it's all about. 

Long story short: the "code" it refers to is the way that the City, through the Office of Community and Civic Life, funds the neighborhood coalitions (that's us!) which, among many other things, support neighborhood associations. The "change" is about OCCL's efforts to de-emphasize neighborhood associations in code. 

It's a controversial subject to say the least, so instead of trying to explain it all, we rounded up some links to catch you up to speed: 
Comprehensive view (Mercury)

View from Northeast (Skanner)

WHAT THE CODE ACTUALLY SAYS - includes feedback survey (Civic Life)
 What Civic Life wants (Oregonian)

View from the neighborhoods (Oregonian)

FAQ about Code Change (Commisioner Eudaly)
 
Our view (not that anyone asked): 
The neighborhood system was put in place to fill the gap left open by our archaic, at-large commissioner form of government that deprives Portlanders of a truly representative democracy (we are the only city in the country who still uses it).

A representative city council is the real change that needs to happen. 

Until we can elect leaders who are accountable to specific geographical districts, communities across the city will continue to struggle to have their voice heard. 

Okay, bunny gonna step off the soap box now.
 

Community News & Events

 

National Nights Out

It's August, which means it's time for National Night Out. Find your neighborhood's NNO information here. 
 

Illamette Hip Hop River Festival

Join our friends at the Portland Harbor Community Coalition and others for a day of music and celebration of our rivers. RSVP here. 
 

Seeking Volunteer Grant Reviewers

The Portland Children’s Levy (PCL) is a city property tax that raises funds to support children and families. PCL is recruiting volunteers to review and score grant applications. PCL will provide stipends to volunteer reviewers who complete grant reviews and scoring outside of paid work time. Sign up here. 
 
 

Morning Moving Meditation at Alberta Park

Build energy, balance and community by practicing Qigong forms in Alberta Park. All ages, levels welcome. By donation. Fridays 8 to 9 a.m. July through September. SW corner of the Park. More info here. 
 

Alberta Abbey Open House

Get to know the community art space Alberta Abbey during their open house, featuring food, music and activities. More here.  
 

Volunteer at the Alberta Street Fair

Many volunteers are needed to help run the annual Alberta Street fair on Saturday August 10th. Food, music and family-friendly fun down the street from our office. Details here.   
 
 

Rental Services

Many services are available from the city to renters including help with landlord-tenant law. Find more here. 
 
 
 
 
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