03. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: cnn, parks, san · Tags: , ,
Fix Our Parks

Pick up a free yard sign from the CNN office. See details below.

Commissioner Amanda Fritz attended our September neighborhood meeting and Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) proudly voted to support the Portland Parks Replacement Bond, Measure 26-159, on November 4.

From Forest Park to Pioneer Courthouse Square, and in neighborhoods across the city, Portland has a great park system. But with $365 million in necessary major maintenance needs over the 10 years, we need to make a smart investment now to keep our parks safe and open.

It’s time to fix our parks. That’s why SAN is supporting the Portland Parks Replacement Bond, Measure 26-159, on November 4.

As Portland’s last parks bond—passed in 1994—is paid off in 2015, we have the opportunity to address critical park needs without increasing tax rates from what they are today. We can raise up to $68 million to address the most critical needs of our parks system, by continuing to fund parks at the same tax rate as the expiring bond (approximately $0.0877 per $1,000 of assessed value). Over the last century, Portland has created and maintained our park system through bond measures and levies like this one.

If Portland voters approve Measure 26-159, funding would go toward Portland’s most urgent park needs—like replacing failing playgrounds and other safety and accessibility improvements. Measure 26-159 requires a citizen oversight panel and audits, to ensure the funds are well spent.

If the measure does not pass, the annual property taxes paid by the typical household with an assessed value of $152,000 could decrease by about $13. But we won’t have enough parks funding, which will mean more closures like the ones that have already happened at Couch Playground and on the Maple Trail in Forest Park. Our pools and other community facilities will be at risk of emergency closure when equipment fails.

Together, we can fix our parks, and keep them safe and open for years to come. And we need your help to make it happen.

SAN has pledged to the help Fix Our Parks reach more Portlanders, by spreading the word through social networking and yard signs.

Pick up a sign from Ronda at the CNN office and put it in your yard to spread the word!
CNN office:
4415 NE 87th Ave. (behind the fire station on 87 and Sandy Blvd. off of Prescott)
503-823-3157  |  rondaj@cnncoalition.org.

For more information about Measure 26-159, please visit FixOurParks.org. And please join us in voting YES on Measure 26-159 on November 4.

22. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: san

Click on the image to read the newsletter.

The summer 2014 newsletter of Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland, Oregon, is now available online!

As always a big thanks to our wonderful neighborhood volunteers who will be hand delivering the printed newsletter to your door.

This issue features information for our Annual National Night Out Barbecue:

  • Tuesday August 5, 2014, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • CNN parking lot, 4415 NE 87th Ave (at the fire station)
  • Live music, food and cold drinks

Also in this issue is a word from a neighbor:

I also learned that today’s neighborhood associations like ours have a voice with the City of Portland and are involved now more than ever in shaping the future of Sumner and that my input IS vital to our community if I want to see improvements and changes that will benefit us all.

22. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: san

The food is always yummy and the neighbors are always friendly!

This year’s Sumner National Night Out barbecue will be held

Tuesday, August 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

The grill was going non-stop last year!

The grill was going non-stop last year!

Where: Central Northeast Neighbors parking lot
4415 NE 87th Ave, between Sandy and Prescott
(near the fire station)

There will be LIVE MUSIC! Plus the usual: hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, salads, slaw and icy cold drinks.
Bring your family, a neighbor and (optional) a dish for potluck. See you there!

12. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: planning, san · Tags: , ,

Our neighborhood meeting will be held this Tuesday, June 17th at 7pm at Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) conference room, 4415 NE 87th Ave (side door of the fire station.) Light refreshments at 6:30pm. Our guest speaker is Nan Stark, Northeast district liaison for the City of Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Bureau. She will discuss the change in zoning designation proposed for Sandy Blvd in the Comp Plan Update.

Shaded area shows the properties suggested for zoning designation change on Sandy Blvd

Shaded area shows the properties suggested for zoning designation change on Sandy Blvd

Last year, activity ramped up for the Comp Plan Update, the 30-year plan for the city. During the fall, the city gathered public input via the so-called ‘Comp Plan Map App’ online. That input included a proposal from city planners to designate property on Sandy Blvd in Sumner neighborhood for rezoning. On the surface, this proposal could fit with results of a 2009 neighborhood survey seeking more walkable residential businesses, such as a grocery store, coffee shop or bakery.

At our May meeting, neighbors expressed concern about the rezoning of Sandy Blvd from 53rd to I-205. As part of the plan, the city is considering multilevel storefront commercial which will have an impact on parking. This meeting is a chance to learn more and present your questions about the city’s plan.