Monday, April 23, 2012

Tomorrow is the deadline for voter registration for the May 15 primary

Tuesday, April 24 is the registration deadline for voters wanting to participate in the May 15 Oregon primary. April 24 is also the deadline for voters wanting to change their party registration in time to vote in the May 15 primary.

Deadlines to register on that day are as follows: 5:00 p.m. at the Multnomah County Elections office, a USPS postmark of April 24 for mail submission or online registration at by 11:59 p.m.

Registered voters in Multnomah County will be mailed a ballot for the May 15 primary on April 27.

Questions about voter registration status, address changes, etc. may be directed to Multnomah County Elections at 503-988-3720.

Trimet changes coming

April 30 is the cut off date to use old non-foil tickets.  If you have a big stash of them take them downtown to the Trimet office in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Trimet has finalized the proposed changes and scheduled them for Sept. 2.  

Ticket price - 1 price for all trips $2.50; 2 hour transfers; end free student passes; Honored Citizen continue at $1 (ridiculous!)

MAX - end Free Rail Zone (The City is in discussion with Trimet to continue some version of Free Rail Zone and Student passes.)

Line 8 OHSU - the north terminus will be NE Dekum and Durham; will continue downtown to OSHU as it does now.

Line 9 Broadway - will continue downtown but change into the #17 Holgate line; no change to the route on Broadway and north.

Line 73 Multnomah-Broadway-24th (old #10) - this will go the Rose Quarter Transit Center and turn into the Line 70 (12th Ave/Milwaukie) providing better north-south connection.

Line 77 Broadway to NW Portland - after the Steel Bridge it will no longer go directly past Union Station but continue on Everett/Glisan to NW 21st over to Vaughn to Montgomery Park.

Full details here.

Spring comes to Sullivan's Gulch

SGNA Land Use Committee meeting May 1, 7 pm


Date: May 1, 2012

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Location: Holladay Park Plaza


1.  NE 21st and NE Multnomah - Zoning Amendment Change recommendation to N /NE Quadrant planning Project. Diane Hale of BPS, and John and Cleo Rumpakis, owners of the property at NE 221st and NE Multnomah will discuss and reach agreement on the Zoning Amendment changes to be proposed as part of the N/ NE Quadrant Planning Project and the coordinated steps and actions being requested of John, BPS, and the SGNA Board and LUPTC committee for presentation at the next Stakeholders Advisory Committee Meeting on May 10th.

2.  Albina Site - Lauren Jones, of Capstone Partners, LLC has requested time to discuss and coordinate the scheduling and presentation of the project for design review by the the City of Portland.

3. Charette of April 19, 2012 - informal review and discussion of notes from the meeting.

4. NE 28th pedestrian crossing - progress, next steps

Please respond with addition and/or corrections to the proposed agenda no later than the end of business on Friday, April 27th.

Thank you. 

Brittain Brewer
M 503.309.1675

Friday, April 20, 2012

It's not too late to share your vision for Sullivan's Gulch

More than 50 people showed up to the SGNA General Meeting and Visioning Charette last night.  Welcome and thanks to 3 new Board members that were unanimously elected to the SGNA Board during the short business meeting.  Many participants were reluctant to stop their discussions at 9 pm.

We will be synthesizing your ideas and suggestions and will let neighbors know the results here, as well as at future meetings.  These ideas will help guide our Land Use Committee and future Board decisions.

It's not too late to share your ideas.  The following 3 posts contain the questions that stimulated discussion at the charette.  Simply click on the word Comments below each item.

You may find it useful to have a map of the neighborhood open in a separate window on your screen while thinking about how you'd like the Gulch to be in 20 years.

Thanks to SGNA Board members Britt Brewer and Carol Gossett for organizing the charette.  And special thanks to Grace Church for the use of their Parish Hall last night.

Gulch Vision Question 1: What you like and dislike about living in the Gulch?

Click on Comments (below) to post your response.

Gulch Vision Question 2: Do you feel like there is anything missing from the neighborhood that you would like to see?

(This could include businesses on Broadway - Weidler.)  Click on Comments below to post your response.

Gulch Visioning Question 3: When you have friends or relative visiting from out of town, what parts of the Sullivan's Gulch neighborhood do you highlight for them?

Click on Comments below and post your response.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tell Us What You Want Your Neighborhood To Look Like at the SGNA Neighborhood Meeting – Thurs. April 19

The conditions along Broadway/Weidler and the opportunity this area represents to the Sullivan's Gulch neighborhood, extending from 16th to 33rd Avenues on the south side of the street, is on everyone minds n this neighborhood.  We want to hear your ideas, visions, for what you'd like to see happening in your neighborhood.  The changes aren't going to happen by themselves, so if we want to improve the quality of life in Sullivan's Gulch, we must act as a community to improve these conditions.
The general meeting of SGNA this year will be held on Thursday, April 19 at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (enter off the parking lot on NE 16th and Weidler). 
We'll start off with updates about what's happening in the neighborhood at 6:30 PM and the election of new Board members.  The SGNA Board is an interesting and rewarding experience — and this could be your first elected office! 
At 7 pm we'll begin the planning neighborhood visioning charette.  (A charette is a public planning process that brings interested parties together to share ideas and develop a common vision.)  This is when the fun begins.  The charette will begin with a slide, map presentation, which will scope our area from a wider more regional view down to the neighborhood level. We will have tables set up throughout the room in order to create smaller, more intimate groups so that we can speak personally about what we like and don't like.  After the slide presentation, there will be maps on which the table groups may record their ideas.  Near the end of the process, each table will report to the group about the main ideas that emerged from the discussion and their table.   
 SGNA understands clearly that the sector of the Broadway corridor impacting SG is part of a 2-1/2 mile commercial area that extends from the Broadway Bridge to Hollywood (of course it extends much farther east as well) and we have reached out (and continue to reach out) to other neighborhoods along the Broadway alignment to join with us in our efforts.  We are also working with the NE Broadway Business Association (NEBBA) to the same end.
 Please join us for this important and, we hope, fun event.  Each of us brings unique perspective and special expertise that can help stimulate ideas and guide us to real, specific information that will help in future efforts.  We all look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
See you on Thursday evening. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Getting On Solid Ground

By Michael Burnham, PSU Planning student

We live in a region of fault lines and volcanoes, but most of us don't think about natural disaster risks often enough.

If a major earthquake were to rattle Portland, topple bridges and block roads, emergency responders would not be able to reach all neighborhoods immediately; residents would be their own responders for at least the first 72 hours, as a general rule. Where would you seek help? How would you help your neighbors? Which hazardous areas of your neighborhood would you avoid? These are important questions with major physical and economic implications.

A recent University of Oregon study notes that every dollar spent on hazard mitigation can save a society $4 in response and recovery costs. For such preparedness planning to be effective, however, it must be institutionalized in the local decision-making process, the study underscores.

This spring, a team of Portland State University students studying urban planning is working with the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods to develop a community disaster-preparedness plan. This collaborative planning effort, called On Solid Ground, aims to improve the resiliency and sustainability of North and Northeast Portland citizens by increasing awareness about community assets and vulnerabilities, as well as laying the foundation for durable trust, coordination, and communication.

The graduate student team, called Terra Firma Planning, is conducting interviews with experts in the fields of disaster preparedness and response, as well as eliciting feedback from community stakeholders at focus groups and neighborhood association meetings. In late May, the PSU team — composed of Andrew Parish, Jacob Nitchals, John Boren and myself — will present NECN a plan with recommendations and multimedia tools for bolstering community coordination, education, and communication. We will provide maps of community assets and vulnerabilities; criteria for selecting neighborhood disaster communications hubs; and, ideas for how NECN and its neighborhood associations could engage and educate citizens about preparedness.

There are plenty of ways North and Northeast Portland stakeholders can weigh in. We are eliciting feedback via a disaster-preparedness survey at We are also inviting residents, workers, and other local folks to attend open houses we're hosting in early May. The first open house will be on 
• Friday, May 4, from 4-7 p.m., at the Mississippi Marketplace, 4233 N. Mississippi Ave; and 
• Tuesday, May 8, from 4-7 p.m., at the Oregon Red Cross Trail Chapter headquarters, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave.

PSU alumnus and Humanitarian Resources International principal Arif Khan, who is advising us on our planning effort, is also hosting a disaster-preparedness exposition on Saturday, June 2, at the King School, 4906 NE 6th Ave. For more information about this event, please visit

Using the feedback we gather, we hope to create a durable and replicable model for helping neighborhoods prepare for a wide range of emergencies. Planning scholars define a "resilient" or "sustainable" community as one that can weather sudden or slow change and emerge closely resembling its former state and functionality. Anyone whose life has been upended by an earthquake, volcanic eruption or other major disaster might call it simply, getting back to normal.

We hope you'll agree preparedness is something worth thinking about early and often.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Solarize NE Registration

This is the final month to register for Solarize Northeast if you want to get a VERY GOOD DEAL on solar electric (photovoltaic) panels for your home!

Upcoming Solarize NE workshops:

Saturday, April 14th, at 11:00am at Umpqua Bank Alberta

Thursday, April 19th, at 6:00pm, at NECN, 7th and NE Wygant. 


Workshops cover the basics of solar panel installation, including how to take advantage of available financial incentives. They are Free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Agenda SGNA Board Meeting - Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30

Agenda Items include:
- Police liaison report (if officer is present)
- Review and approve March minutes — Brenn
- Treasurer's Report & update on fiscal controls - Kari
- Committee Reports
• Land Use — Carol/Britt
• Safety/emergency — Brenn
• Communications - newsletter status, blog status
- Preparation for General Meeting & Neighborhood Planning Charette on April 19 at 7 pm at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church
• publicity, day of preparations, etc. - Dave, Carol
- Contribution to NECN neighborhood clean up postcard — Chris
- Discussion of neighborhood clean up items to be collected - Dave

Architectural Tour of Sullivan's Gulch - May 17

When Ralph Lloyd began his 35-year long project to create an east Portland “downtown” in 1926, the site for his project, Holladay’s Addition, was one of Portland’s grandest neighborhoods. The remaining neighborhood, now known as Sullivan’s Gulch, was heavily impacted by the development of Lloyd Center but still retains some wonderful architecture.
The Architectural Heritage Center is sponsoring a walking tour of Sullivan's Gulch on Thursday May 17 from 6:30 - 8 pm.  The cost is $15 ($10 for AHC members).  Preregistration is required.  Purchase tickets at this link.

For information contact the Architectural Heritage Center 701 SE Grand Avenue Portland, OR 97214; Tel: 503 231-7264 • Fax: 503 231-7311 • Hours: Wed. - Sat. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Gulch Had a Very Wet Start!

On a random web search the other day I came across this short but interesting geological history of Sullivan's Gulch. It's written by earth scientist and PSU grad Matthew Klaas, on his blog Uncovered Earth - a blog about adventure, education and earth science.

It turns out the Gulch got its start only about 15,000 years when a series of massive floods came down what is now the Columbia Gorge and had to flow around Rocky Butte and so carved out the area we call Sullivan's Gulch.  These floods are also the cause Alameda Ridge as well.

Click on Uncovered Earth above to read the full story.  Thanks Matthew.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Rock and Roll Half Marathon Coming to the Gulch

The popular "rock and roll" foot race is coming to the east side of Portland next month with a half marathon.  That means lots of people and music!

The event will be passing through the south end of the Gulch along NE 21st to Multnomah Street and then dropping down behind Lloyd Cinemas.  These streets will be closed down from 7:45 am to 12:30 pm on Sunday, May 20th according to info from the promoters.

In addition to streets in our neighborhood, the bypass route of NE 16th behind the Lloyd Cinemas, Lloyd Boulevard will be closed during the 7:45 to 12:30 times.  In addition, the eastbound lane of the Steel Bridge will be closed until 1 pm; but buses should not be delayed.

The event is open both runners and walkers, so get out your shoes and start training! After all, you can do 13.1 miles, easy, right?   Details and sign up for the event are here.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sytrofoam Recycling and Paper Shredding Event for Earth Day

The Northeast Broadway Business Association (NEBBA) and Here we Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique are sponsoring a Styrofoam recycling and Secure Document Shredding event April 21st in honor of Earth Day.

Clean, white Styrofoam blocks and bags or boxes of documents for shredding will be accepted on Saturday, April 21st from 9am-1pm at Jiffy Lube, 2025 NE Broadway (corner of NE 21st & Broadway). A suggested donation for shredding of $5.00 per box (or equivalent) will benefit NEBBA’s marketing fund, to help promote the Northeast Broadway district’s great variety of local businesses. Block Styrofoam will be accepted free, but donations are appreciated. Bagged Styrofoam packing peanuts will also be accepted.

Sensitive and confidential documents piled up under the desk? Bring them to be dropped into locked, secure containers, for convenient and safe shredding.

The recycle event offers a great opportunity to do some spring cleaning and easily get rid of hard to recycle Styrofoam that can’t just be dropped at the curb with other materials.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Arbor Week Comes to Holladay Park

Next week we celebrate trees.  And judging from the blossoms on our neighborhood's fruit trees it's a perfect timing.

Tuesday, April 3
Holiday Park, 1101 NE Holladay 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 

Join City Arborist for a fun lunch time tour of Holladay Park’s mature trees. Learn about tree care techniques, pruning equipment, best practices, and information to know when hiring arborists.

There are educational events every day next week.  The full calendar for the week is at the Portland Parks website.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Go Green! - Regional Green Building Hotline

Going Green and Saving Resources
Metro, the City of PortlandMultnomahWashington and Clackamas Counties offer a community resource serving our region: the Regional Green Building Hotline.  For over four years, the Hotline has provided practical tips and useful information about green home strategies, including resources and incentives for new and existing commercial and residential projects in the region.  The Hotline has answered thousands of questions about ways to reduce your carbon footprint, renewable energy, indoor air quality, salvage, doing more with less, training workshops and more.  The free service is a bridge to the information you need to help you begin, wherever you are.

Inquiries are welcomed from homeowners, renters, real estate professionals, non-profits, contractors, students, developers, business owners and design professionals in the tri-county area. It is the Hotline’s intent to inspire callers to incorporate as many sustainable choices, either material or behavioral, into their projects as they would like.  The Hotline can also help callers overcome perceived barriers and obstacles around green building. 

Green Building Questions Answered Here!
Looking for effective ways to save money on utility bills? Which local green programs and incentives are available to me today? What is the WaterSense label? How can I retrofit my house to healthily age-in-place?  Where can I attend a free class to build a rain garden?
Can I get a rebate for planting a tree? Does my new water heater qualify for a tax credit?

Try this free community service from Metro, City of Portland
Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.

Regional Green Building Hotline 503.823.5431 
A service within the Green Development Resource Center

Connect with;
Facebook ~ Green Development Resource Center
Twitter ~ @greenhotline

Save the date for the 11th Annual City of Portland Build It Green! Home Tour on Saturday, September 22, 2012.