28. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: cnn, health, planning, safety, san, transportation

Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in Northeast Portland gets a variety of email from civic organizations (plus countless others offering medical remedies or seeking wire transfer assistance). Here is a selection of upcoming — and free — topics that neighbors in Sumner might be interested in.

Item #1: Open house > I-205/Airport Way interchange

Civic group: ODOT
Dates: Tuessday afternoon, Jan 29, 4:30 TO 6:30 PM
Location: Residence Inn Portland Airport, 9301 NE Cascades Parkway
More info: Aiport Way interchange project

Construction will begin this spring on the Interstate 205/Airport Way interchange project. A major feature of the project will be a new free-flowing right-turn ramp from westbound Airport Way to northbound I-205. Eastbound drivers turning left onto northbound I-205 will have two turn lanes and will no longer have to share the traffic signal with westbound drivers heading for northbound I-205.

Item #2: Town Hall with our new State Rep and State Senator

Who: House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senator Chip Shields
Date: Saturday morning, Feb 2, at 10 AM
Location: Classic Foods, 817 NE Madrona St. (map)
About: Redistricting in 2011 moved most of Sumner neighborhood into House District 44, represented by Kotek, and Senate District 22, represented by Shields.

Item #3: Columbia River Crossing project: Its impact on I-205 & Sandy Blvd

Civic group: Columbia River Crossing presenting at the Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) land use & transportation meeting
Dates: Monday evening, February 4, 7 PM
Location: CNN office, 4415 NE 87th Ave
More info:

Presentation by Anne Pressentin of CRC on the upcoming tolls on the I-5 bridge and expected traffic diversion to
I-205 via Sandy Boulevard. Also, a preview by Sharon White of PBOT of the Sandy Blvd Crash Corridor open house on ednesday, March 6.

Item #4: How to Be an Agent of Change in Your Circle of Influence

Civic group: Center for Earth Leadership
Dates: Six Wednesday evenings, starting Feb 20
Contact: 503-227-2315 or emily@earthleaders.org

Our upcoming no-cost “Agent of Change” training is ideal for those interested in building community in their neighborhood. Many past participants envision changes within their immediate neighborhoods to increase neighbor connections and livability qualities to create a more place-based community. This training provides a tested framework, tools, and assistance with creating a plan, all with support and in consultation with other active Portlanders.

Item #5: Eastside Forum Project: Interactive Theatre and Community Building Training for 82nd Ave Neighbors

Dates: March 9-10, 2013
Civic group: Living Stages
Contact: tamara@livingstages.org

Community participants will receive training in community-building, leadership, and interactive theatre while developing a series of short interactive plays based on their own experiences of the challenges and possibilities of living, working, accessing services along 82nd Avenue. No theatre experience is necessary! The training will be offered free to members of the community along 82nd Avenue.

22. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: planning, safety, transportation

From Sharon White at the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT):

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau sent a notice to the general public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for tomorrow, January 23, to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and traffic law.

The enforcement action takes place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the marked crossing of NE Sandy Boulevard at NE 85th Avenue.

A crosswalk enforcement action includes a pedestrian decoy positioned at marked or unmarked crosswalks. Drivers that fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians that jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation by the Portland Police Bureau.

2013 is the year PBOT focuses on Sandy Blvd as part of its High Crash Corridor program. This crosswalk enforcement is one example. PBOT is hosting an open house on Wednesday, March 6 in Hollywood to gather public input.

Sharon White of PBOT and Shelli Romero of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will attend SAN’s neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, March 19 to talk about Sandy Blvd and the High Crash Corridor program. That meeting begins at 7 PM at the Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) office, 4415 NE 87th (map).

Sandy Blvd has been the subject of Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) interest here in NE Portland. Last year, PBOT installed sidewalks on the south side of Sandy Blvd from NE 85th to the I-205 overpass at SAN’s request. The north side of Sandy is scheduled to have sidewalks installed this summer.

Likewise, the East Portland in Motion (EPIM) plan earmarks a crosswalk on NE Sandy at NE 91st, though it does not promise funding. That location has tragically been the site of two pedestrian fatalities, one in August 2009 and one in May 2011.

So crosswalk enforcement is valuable exercise. Thanks to PBOT and PPB for helping to make Sandy Blvd safer for pedestrians!

15. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: food, fun, gardening, helensview, newsletter, planning, san

Sumner newsletter for fall 2012 The newsletter for autumn 2012 (1.1 MB PDF) for Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland, Oregon, is now available online!

If it looks different, that’s because it has a new name — Sumner Sun — selected in a landslide by a vote of the neighbors at our September meeting!

This issue began delivery this weekend. Thanks to Patricia who whipped up & laid out the vastly improved design & who suggested we give it a real name.

Thanks also to our many intrepid neighbors who volunteered to deliver the newsletter to your very door handle: Marcy, Janet, Cyril, Henry, Karen, Katherine, Colin, Tish, Molly, Erica, Heather, Katana, Jay, Emily, Karrie, Cindy, Ronda, Jacob and Joan (the newsletter delivery ringleader)!

Items include:

  • Halloween party at Helensview on Friday, Oct 26. Sign up to volunteer.
  • Drafting a neighborhood plan at our Oct 16 meeting
  • Helensview Community Garden breaks ground
  • Photos from the annunal neighborhood National Night Out barbecue.
  • Notes from July and September meetings

Update 30 Oct 2012: This is a revised draft handed out at the October 16 meeting. Send us your comments per the instructions below.

By Sumner neighborhood land use & transportation chair Jacob Warren & SAN chair Scott Somohano

This month’s Sumner neighborhood meeting (in NE Portland) will be devoted entirely to developing our goals and visions. So be sure you mark October 16 at 7 PM on your calendar and bring your great ideas. Refreshments and pizza will be provided.

Three maps from PDX Plan

Caption: Three views of Sumner neighborhood from the draft Portland Plan. From left, grocery store distance, park distance, and connectors and neighborhood centers.

This next year is going to be a busy year in land use planning for our fair city. Coming off the success of the Cully Plan, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is getting down to business updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is essentially the city’s long term plan for the management of land-use, transportation, education, public health, and natural resources. It provides the vision for what our city will look like in the next twenty to thirty years.

Most importantly, the plan update is an opportunity to get some of the goals and visions of our neighborhood into action.

But wait, what are our goals and visions? That’s where we can really use your help. We need to know what you would like your neighborhood to look like in the next 10-20 years.

As a starting point, here is a rough draft plan (218K PDF) shared at our September 2012 neighborhood meeting. (It has been supercede by the October draft cited in the update above.) What do you think is missing? What do we need more of? What do we need less of? We can’t know unless you tell us. Just about anything is up for grabs: streets, schools, parks, clean air, shopping, dining, you name it.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, but still want to give input, feel free to let me know any time, at jawarren86@gmail.com or sumner.neighborhood@gmail.com. Also if you’re interested in following the Comprehensive Plan Update, send an email to pdxcompplan@pdx.gov and they’ll subscribe you to their monthly newsletter.

If you need proof that this kind of input can make a difference, just look at the sidewalks installed on Sandy Blvd this year & the community garden under construction at Helensview. Both projects are the result of priorties set by you — our neighbors — in your responses to our 2009 neighborhood survey (44K PDF).

For more background about the Comp Plan Update, see ‘Citizen slots open on Comp Plan Update Advisory Groups‘ published in March earlier this year.