We have three guest speakers for the meeting this Tuesday evening (March 20) of the Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland. We will be joined by State Representative Mary Nolan and local business owner Bruce Altizer, who are candidates for Portland City Council, Position #1.

In a late addition, incumbent Position #1 City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who is seeking re-election, but had a prior engagement on this date will join us during the pre-meeting social time (which starts at 6:30 PM) and the very first part of the meeting until 7:15 PM.

A fourth candidate for Position #1, Teressa Raiford, was also invited to attend.

The meeting starts at 7 PM in the CNN conference room, 4415 NE 87th Ave (map). Social time (with light refreshments) starts at 6:30 PM.

Other topics include:

  • Two volunteers needed for an ad hoc ‘blue ribbon’ committee we’re seating to review and propose revisions to our bylaws (287K PDF file)
  • Updates about litter patrol, graffiti grant, WTS, community garden, SAN lot ‘adopt a highway,’ Sandy sidewalk project. In other words, all your favorites.
  • Upcoming events: Litter patrol on March 31; Newsletters in late April; Neighborhood Clean-up on Saturday, May 19, at Helensview; Neighborhood garage sale on Saturday, June 2 (sign up now); SAN board elections (no date set)
  • Your ideas and suggestions

And don’t forget: Saturday, March 31: Sumner Pride litter patrol, 10 AM at the CNN office. Everyone is invited! We had a great turnout on Feb 24 despite the iffy weather.

Thanks to Erica, the secretary for Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland for drafting these meeting notes.

Guest Speaker: Officer Mark Wells – Crime Prevention Coordinator
Mark provided crime statistics on Sumner Neighborhood. To learn more about the current statistics, check out http://www.portlandonline.com/police/crimestats/index.cfm.

Other items from Mark:

  • Property Related Crimes: (such as car prowls) on slight rise, especially with the holiday season, throughout Portland. A tip on preventing car prowls from Office of Neighborhood Involvement: Keep your vehicle “showroom” clean. This means don’t leave ANYTHING in your vehicle, especially something of value. Even visible spare change can entice a criminal to break into your car. If you must store items in your car, use your trunk. Also, park in a well lit area, roll up windows and lock your doors every time you leave your vehicle.
  • Crime Prevention Programs: Neighborhood Watch (training provided) and the Operation Recovery programs. With the help of Officer Wells, Scott will create a flyer to canvass the neighborhood to generate and take poll of neighborhood’s interest of Neighborhood Watch program. Training for the Neighborhood Watch program also includes training on Neighborhood Problem Solving.
  • Operation Recovery: a tool to use for Property Inventory Record. Office Wells encouraged neighbors to itemize belongings, as information listed on the form would be useful and needed in case of theft/burglary for police reports and insurance claims. In the case of theft, property has a better chance of being recovered.
  • A reminder: To report any suspicious activity, please call Portland Police non-emergency at 503-823-3333.
  • Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) Bureau is preparing the 2012-13 budget and all are invited to attend Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) meetings. Officer Wells also encouraged neighbors to part a part of that process. To see a list of upcoming meetings, visit ONI website: http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=56501.
  • ONI General Fund Cuts – must submit 4%, 6% and 8% cuts (approximately $220,000 to $500,000) (Police and Fire Services fall into this category and would be affected.)
  • Opportunities for Public Input: ONI BAC meetings –5:30pm, Portland Building Room C (during non-budget, City Hall Lovejoy Rm). Or online testimony/input, Contact Council directly: http://www.portlandonline.com/index.cfm?c=28533.


  • Community Garden: Meeting tonight at 8pm of Helensview Community Garden Steering Committee.
  • Halloween Party Recap: Good Turn Out, Ready for next year
  • WTS: From 10/20 Pre Application Process- WTS to submit/file a detailed plan by Dec 20th. Bureau of Development Services (BDS) minutes can be found on Sumner’s website at: SumnerPDX.org
  • Litter Patrol update: a total 1,738 lbs of litter collected, as of current. Working with School to Work Coordinator at Helensview to involve the students in the Litter Patrol.
  • Don’t Forget the Sumner Assoc. of Neighbors Holiday Gala December 6th 6pm-8 pm at CNN office.

New Business
Next General meeting February 15, 2012 6-8:30pm 20, 2012, 6:30-8:30 PM

Old Business
Conversations of the SAN lot were brought up- walking path around the field. More to be discussed at future meetings.

Three guest speakers + a lot of status updates to report = a long October meeting. Many thanks to our Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) secretary, Erica, for these (abridged) notes from the October 18, 2011 meeting.

Report from Portland Police Officer Jerry Cioeta

  • Presented offense report from past 30 days- “smash and grab” car prowls and home invasions being a focus with upcoming holiday season.
  • Suspected activity of 82nd & Sandy Blvd. The perception of activity is often exaggerated. Is currently working with 7-11, Dotty’s and Pizza Hut businesses on a Trespassing Agreement. Questions of what kinds of activity happen at the intersection: drugs (heroin), prostitution and fights. Because of efforts of Portland police (prostitution detail) some activity is down from 3-4 years ago.
  • Neighbors brought to the officers attention, suspicious activity in the vicinity of 90th and Going street. Officer Jerry is well versed with “JT and crew”. Scott requested more patrols on Going st. Scott has invited Mark Wells, Community Policing Officer to November’s meeting for Neighborhood Watch discussion.
  • Addressed questions of Neighbors who have called CNN/Ronda regarding Magazine salespeople sales tactics, especially to elderly neighbors. Officer Cioeta is familiar with the magazine companies (operating with a legitimate business license) and based out of the Howard Johnson hotel on 82nd. He encouraged to not answer door and to call the police if any problems with magazine salesperson.

Guest Speaker: Michael Andersen of Willamette Pedestrian Coalition: WPC is a non profit organization dedicated to promoting walking and making the conditions for walking safe and inviting.

  • To become involved with WPC please call 503-223-1597 or info@wpcwalks.org
  • Anticipated completion of the “Getting Around on Foot” 54 pg. Action plan- Working with PBOT, Trimet, and ODOT to ensure that walking is a part of their planning and development projects.
  • Another resource for Transportational Related issues, 503-823-SAFE (7233)

Guest Speaker: Babs Adamski, Community Outreach Coordinator, City of Portland Office of Planning & Sustainability to discuss the new composting program:

  • Gave a little history of Phase I (co-mingling) & II (food waste compost) of solid waste/recycling efforts
  • Residents seemed more concerned with pests- Metro, Vector control, Mult. Co. Health dept. weighed in on the health concerns-it is unlikely if you have not experienced any previous problems with pests, you will not with the new collection system- (covered containers)
  • Answered questions regarding the new composting Curbside Collection “Be Cart Smart”. Need help? See www.portlandcomposts.com or call the hotline 503-823-7202 or email: wasteinfo@portlandoregon.gov
  • Update on 19 Nov 2011: Holiday composting tips from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability: Include the Food: Holiday tips and tricks (34 KB DOC)

Other business:

  • Approval for Draft calendar for 2012. Approved with three updates: (1) Friends of Trees purchase deadline for yard/sidewalk trees Feb. 6, 2012 subject to extension; (2) Johnson Lake Stewardship work party TBA – more details on stewardship program needed; (3) Annual Sumner Neighborhood Clean Up, date changed to Saturday, May 19th, 2012.
  • Update on Halloween Party. Heather secured donations from Cascade Station Subway; Mountain Coin to bring games to event; Candy donations accepted through 10/27.
  • Update on Community Garden. Scott met with Parkrose School Superintendent, Dr. Karen Gray and business manager, Mary Larson today. Garden plans were well received. Recommendations were to attend the upcoming Parkrose School Board Meeting and present to the board for review. Steering committee is to be formed.
  • Johnson Lake Stewardship. Recent clean up was well attended. As per calendar amendments, April 2012 clean up event TBA-More information needed on Stewardship Program from Parks & Rec.
  • Liquor License Application. Please refer to website for most current information on this topic.
  • Friends of Trees. Save the Date the Neighborhood Tree Planting (with Parkrose, Argay, Parkrose Heights, Russell & Wilkes) – Saturday, March 10, 2012. Sign up by 2/6/12. Deadline to purchase trees is 2/20/12. More information to come.
  • Update on 82nd to 47th and Sandy Blvd Paving project. Postponed until Spring 2012
  • Sumner Pride Litter Patrol. 1,543 lbs. of Litter collected so far this year. Next clean up, Saturday, 10/29/11
  • WTS septic pumper and processor. The WTS Conditional Use Permit pre-application conference is scheduled for Oct 20. Web links to the City of Portland and DEQ pages — and ongoing updates — can be found on the SAN website.

A small group joined our pilot stewardship event at the Johnson Lake natural area on Oct 15.

staging beforehand

Caption: Susan gets Karen and Scott oriented

Together with Susan Hawes of the Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R), Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) cleared trails, collected litter, and removed invasive plants — mainly English ivy and Himalayan blackberries.

Caption: The list of invasives

Caption: Keith and Ruth trim branches back from along the trail

Caption: Susan explains how to remove ivy so it doesn’t grow back

The same day we were there, this barge (below) was testing for the ‘thin cap’ of soil to be laid as part of lake restoration directed by the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and paid for by Owens-Illinois, owners of the bordering glass factory.

Thanks to our volunteers: Karen, Joan, Max, Heather and Erica. Special thanks to Susan Hawes with Portland Parks, Jennifer Sutter and Keith Johnson with DEQ, and Keith’s daughter Ruth, who also came out to help.

Caption: Max prepares the litter and ivy for loading and removal

We have tentative plans for semi-annual events co-sponsored with PP&R at the city-owned natural area next year. We are looking at April and September next year. Details to follow!

For more about Johnson Lake & its cleanup, see this background article and also see our August 2011 meeting notes.

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