Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sullivan's Gulch Community Meeting Tonight!!

Hey Gulchers!

Tonight is our monthly community meeting in the first floor Club Room of Holladay Park Plaza(NE 16th & Multnomah) at 7:30p.m. We could really use your attendance at this one.

We'll discuss the roles that a neighborhood association should play in our rapidly changing quadrant of Portland. SGNA is increasingly being asked to take a stand on issues big and small. Plus, the Portland Plan, urban renewal, and streetcar are just a few new development projects that are coming to our nabe requiring input and perhaps even advocacy. We'd like to hear all your voices reflected in our discussions, deliberations and decisions.

Tasty refreshments served, as usual. Hope to see you tonight!

Monday, February 7, 2011


SGNA Board/Community Meeting Agenda
Tuesday Feb 8 7:30 to 9:00pm
at Holladay Park Plaza(NE 16th & NE Multnomah)

Introductions by Craig Nyschens, Chair

Old Business:

Approval of Jan. Minutes

New Business:

Information regarding what the role of a Neighborhood Association really is. F
acilitated by Shoshana Cohen from Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN)


Committee Reports

AmericaSpeaks! Carolyn Lukensmeyer at Univ. of Portland Feb. 10

: Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, founder and president of AmericaSpeaks, will give a talk at the University of Portland at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. The lecture will take place in Buckley Center Auditorium on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., and is free and open to the public.

AmericaSpeaks – a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization – has worked to provide citizens with a greater voice in the policy making process and develop new institutions that can strengthen our democracy. This lecture is an excellent opportunity for all community members interested in learning from one of the nation’s leading experts on citizens engaging with government.

Lukensmeyer was Chief of Staff to Governor Dick Celeste of Ohio from 1986 to 1991. She was also Consultant to the White House Chief of Staff for nine months during the Clinton administration.

For more information: http://www.up.edu/news/showNews.aspx?id=4181

Friday, January 28, 2011

SALT Talks -- Sharing the Road: People on the Move

Sharing the Road: People on the Move | A Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods Safety and Livabilty Team Roundtable

On January 31, 2011 speakers from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Willamette Pedestrian Coalition and Portland’s Office of Transportation will address safety strategies for people who walk, bike and drive. Transportation safety affects inner-north and northeast Portland residents of all backgrounds. Underlying cultural tensions exist in conversations about transportation and the profiles of different types of commuters. This event provides a forum for neighbors to hear perspectives from multi-modal transit users, researchers and city planners and discuss the ways in which our City’s different transportation needs connect.
Speakers include:
Carl “Super-Commuter” Larson from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance will provide perspective as someone who uses multiple modes of transportation on a daily basis
Steph Routh from the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition discusses a recently published report on the main safety issues facing pedestrians and what can be done to make walking safe for everyone
Greg Raisman from Portland’s Office of Transportation discusses the City’s plans to combine safety with community development through a series of transportation “Greenways”

Sharing the Road: People on the Move
January 31st, 2011, 7-9pm
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN)
At the King Facility
4815 NE 7th Ave., Portland, OR 97211

RSVPs are encouraged. 503.823.4135 or katy@necoalition.org

Friday, January 14, 2011

Safety, Preparedness & Block Captains in the Gulch

by Gretchen Milhaupt
SGNA Safety & Preparedness Committee Chair

There are so many opportunities to DO something in Sullivan’s Gulch! Do it at the true GRASS ROOTS level. One way to get started is to become a Block Captain. This is a rather loosely defined community activity primarily for the purpose of COMMUNICATING with our immediate neighbors. We need distributors of this very newsletter. And BC’s can help with information if a disaster strikes, or information about being prepared for an emergency. Also spreading the word about opportunities when we have the Trash Bash, the Garage Sale and Gulch-O-Rama too. The SGNA Board envisions a Block Captain for each of our approximately 50 BLOCKS. We now have about 12 active Block Captains and we would like to find more interested neighbors to join us. In January we will have a planning/training for about two hours on a Saturday morning or a weekday evening. It would be great to have MORE GULCHER’S join this program.

ICE STORM READY???????????? In Portland, we rarely have the electricity out for any length of time, but it could happen! Are you prepared to get by for 3-5 days, maybe even a week without electricity? Consider storing drinking water, and canned goods like beans, tuna, soup, dry beans and rice. A can opener is always good too! For many more ideas about preparedness and how to make a plan for your family, check out: www.redcross-pdx.org.

The Portland Fire Department offers to ANY PORTLAND RESIDENT age 14 and up, great emergency training, however you must send a message in to them at: www.pdxprepared.NET and then they will let you know when the next training will be. It’s 8 weeks, either in fall or spring. This training is vital to our neighborhood safety and we do not have enough people who have done it. Best of all: it’s FREE!

Any Gulcher who wants to get involved with our Safety, Preparedness and Block Captain committee can contact me at: gmilhaupt@comcast.net.

Happy New Year to all!