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PSU Transportation Class in Fall 2014


Calling all transportation activists – Learn how the city that works, works!  And how you can affect change in your neighborhood.

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation & Portland State University are pleased to announce the 2014 Portland Traffic and Transportation Class.  This interactive Portland State University class is open to all Portland citizens and offers a unique opportunity to learn about the city’s transportation system while working on actual neighborhood projects that affect your community.

You can learn more about the class at: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/psuclass

The class is free for Portland citizens and we’d like to inform you and your neighbors about this great opportunity.  You are encouraged to sign up for the class if you are interested. In addition, inclusion in your newsletter and/or on an email distribution list or a mention at your next meeting would be most welcomed and appreciated.

Work with decision and policy-makers, planners, scholars and engineers to get your neighborhood transportation project moving.


This interactive Portland State University class is open to all Portland citizens and full scholarships are available to qualified applicants.  Learn more on the website –www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/psuclass - or contact Scott Cohen at (503) 823-5345



TriMet proposal for bus service changes

TriMet’s proposal for bus service changes is now online at trimet.org/buschanges and we invite you to study it, provide feedback, and encourage your neighbors to do the same.

The proposal includes additional service, beyond the starting assumptions we shared this winter. Service would include:

  • Revised route for Line 28 west of Linwood Street that serves Johnson Creek Boulevard, connects to MAX at the SE Tacoma St/Johnson Creek Station (including bus stop within the station site), and serves the existing Milwaukie Park & Ride.
  • Doubled frequency on Lines 28 and 34 (weekdays, about every 35 minutes instead of existing 70-minute frequency).
  • Revised route for Line 99 that continues to serve existing Milwaukie Park & Ride, connects to MAX at the SE Tacoma St/Johnson Creek Station (with bus stop in the station site), serves Tacoma Street and continues into downtown Portland via Sellwood Bridge, Macadam Boulevard and Corbett Street. (This would begin when Sellwood Bridge is available for bus traffic. Interim route to be determined.)
  • Revised routes for Lines 31, 32 and 33, with connections to MAX in Milwaukie, but no service into Portland.
  • Revised route for lines 9 and 17, using Tilikum Crossing instead of Ross Island Bridge. (Line 19 would keep its current route, in order to maintain service at stops near Ross Island Bridge.)

TriMet is also working with the community to create a long-term vision for better transit in the southeast part of the region, including the area around the new MAX Orange Line.  Through 2015, TriMet will be identifying opportunities for more local and regional service and better connections to jobs, education, and services.  We will also seek early opportunities for better local service and connections in and with the cities and urbanized areas of Clackamas County.  Learn more and get involved at trimet.org/southeast.

We will be distributing this info about the proposal on-board buses in July, and hosting open houses, which we hope you can attend. (Our next CAC meeting will be this fall.)

Open houses:

  • Monday, July 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m., St. John The Evangelist Episcopal Church, 2036 SE Jefferson St., Milwaukie
  • Tuesday, July 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City
  • Wednesday, July 23, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Villa, 3925 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland
  • Thursday, July 24, 5 to 6:30 p.m., CH2M Hill Lunch Room, 5th Floor, 2020 SW 4th Ave., Portland

Town Hall Meeting on Portland Parks Replacement Bond

An invitation on behalf of Commissioner Amanda Fritz to neighborhood association leaders. Please join us, and spread the word to your neighbors (flyer attached for distribution)!


Town Hall on Portland Parks Replacement Bond

June 30, 2014 — 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Cleveland High School Cafeteria (3400 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202)

Co-hosted by: Portland Parks & Recreation and Portland Parks Foundation

RSVP here

Please join us for a discussion about how the Parks Replacement Bond will help address urgent maintenance needs with no increased tax rates for Portlanders. Get your questions answered and give your input to Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

Over the last century, Portlanders created and have maintained our parks system through a series of capital investments (bonds and levies). However, our park structures and facilities have finite life spans, and require ongoing investment to remain safe and accessible. As Portland’s existing parks bond—approved in 1994—is paid off in 2015, we have the opportunity to address critical park needs without increasing tax rates, by referring a Parks Replacement Bond to voters now.

In Southeast Portland, a Replacement Parks Bond could fund project like replacing the playground at Creston Park, replacement of the Sellwood Park roof system on the pool building to address leaks before structural damage occurs, seismic improvements, urgent accessibility and restroom repairs at multiple parks, and more.

A recent survey shows that more than 65 percent of Portlanders are supportive of a Replacement Bond would not increase tax rates and would fund some of the most critical repairs to our parks system. Get your questions answered on this unique opportunity at the Parks Replacement Bond Town Hall.


RSVP here, and learn more at ParksReplacementBond.org

Childcare provided | Fully accessible | Light refreshments served

Transit on Tap

Through his work at the Oregon Department of Transportation and at TriMet, Property Acquisition Specialist Nick Stewart has uncovered hundreds of documents that shed light on the history of the corridor in which our region’s newest light rail line is being built.

Join Nick and TriMet Planner Dave Unsworth to experience some of the history of these neighborhoods and learn how it influenced the current project.

Featured speakers
Nick Stewart, TriMet
Dave Unsworth, TriMet

The History of the Portland-Milwaukie Corridor
Wednesday, June 18, 5–7 p.m.
True Brew
3370 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202
Plan your trip »

Want to attend? RSVP to ridersclub@trimet.org

Generously sponsored by: Universal Field Services, Inc.

Transit on Tap is a new series for transit riders. Talks will be held in meeting rooms at local brew pubs, where you will be able to sample what’s on tap while hearing from transit experts on a variety of topics.

All events are free and open to the public. Pub-goers are responsible for purchasing their own food and beverages.

Notice of Liquor Application

LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICATION Re: Compote LLC (Shana Lane-Block & Gila Lane) Block’s 2032 SE Clinton Street Portland, OR 97202

The OLCC received an application for a Full On-Premises Commercial license at the above address.

The license allows a licensee to sell wine containing not more than 21% alcohol by volume, malt beverages containing not more than 14% alcohol by volume, cider containing not more than 10% alcohol by volume and distilled spirits by the drink to patrons on the premises.

The license allows any form of legal entertainment. The legal hours to sell alcohol in the state of Oregon are 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily. The premises is currently licensed with a Limited On-Premises Sales license (beer and wine).

The applicant’s proposed hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is exterior seating with the same proposed hours. There is indoor seating for approximately 34 and outdoor seating for approximately 30.

Recorded music is the only form of entertainment proposed. The applicant will have food available all hours as required by Oregon’s Liquor Laws.

If your organization wishes to provide the Commission with factual information concerning whether there is a basis to grant or deny this license under the OLCC’s licensing standards, please write me at the following address:

OLCC Patty Rhodes,

License Investigator

9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd.

Portland, OR 97222

If you have any questions, please call me at 872-5195.

Please respond to this letter within 14 days of this letter’s date so that we can process this application in a timely manner. We will share your information with the applicant, make it a part of the public record and consider it when making a final decision.

Sincerely, Patty Rhodes License Investigator Patty Rhodes License Investigator OLCC | License Services Division Office 503.872.5195 Fax 503.872.5074 patty.rhodes@state.or.us


Tidy Up! Avalon Sanctuary (SE 19th Ave. @ Division)

Tidy Up! Avalon Sanctuary (SE 19th Ave. @ Division)
Saturday, June 21
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
SE 19th Ave. @ Division Street
This is the second part of a community clean up of the public open space/dead end street at SE 19th Ave. and Division. Please join us in making it a place where you would like to picnic or play this summer!
We are planning on a few hours of digging in the dirt, raking rocks and sorting out the weeds from the flowers on this small spot. We may try also creating a few places for people to sit and ponder (donations welcome) and clean off/cover the graffiti on the back fence. Wear your work clothes, bring gloves, rakes for rocks, shovels, etc. Have any hardy plants to donate or old garden benches, please bring them!
We did a lot of heavy lifting last month. 
Join us for this tidying up, Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
More information contact: Amy - 503-475-3010amy@handpdx.org or Suzanne - zoozanemurcielago@yahoo.com
About SE 19th Ave./Avalon Sanctuary: 
In 1902, the City of Portland purchased this bit of land from the estate of Oregon Trail Pioneer Mary Fox Tibbetts for $1, to be used as a “street, called Avalon.” More than a hundred years later, it is a dead end street, public land, littered with garbage in the middle of a park-deprived, quickly growing inner-city neighborhood. Efforts over the last five years by neighborhood volunteers have sought to create a space that invites people in to rest or recreate. We hope with renewed public interest, City officials will consider adopting a formal plan for this public space so that it can be better utilized in our changing urban landscape.

June Board Meeting – Tuesday, June 17

Board Meeting

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 

St. Philip Neri Church Paulist Center, St Paul Room
2408 SE 16th Avenue (and Division)





  • Call to order
  • Introductions


  • Approval of April and May Meeting Notes
  • Approval of Treasurer’s report


  • PPB Neighborhood Response Team Officer Leo Yee (schedule permitting)


  • Report/Update on SE Quadrant Plans for CEID Triangle/Clinton: Troy Doss, BPS
  • Q&A


  • Committee Reports


  • Election of Officers***


  • DCBA and HBBA Fairs***


  • National Night Out


  • Emergency Preparedness – Patrick Vinograd


  • Adjourn, tidy room, turn out lights.

Powell – Division Steering Committee updates

Powell-Division Steering Committee meeting
Monday, June 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. - followed by an open house, 6 to 7 p.m.
East Hill Church, office complex room, 701 N Main Ave, Gresham
·         Discuss and seek consensus on proposed final goals and outcomes
·         Learn how your decision-making over the next year fits into the larger picture of building a new transit project
·         Review the types of information we will present to you in September that will shape which alternatives look more promising than others
·         Preview the summer’s public input opportunities to develop and comment on alternatives
Powell-Division Steering Committee meeting
Monday, September 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. - followed by an open house, 6 to 7 p.m.
St. Philip Neri, Carvlin Hall, 2408 SE 16th Ave, Portland
·         Review the suggested alternatives and information about them
·         Discuss the alternatives that appear most promising – what does our technical analysis show and what do people think?
·         Seek consensus on moving a set of alternatives forward for more detailed evaluation
Surveys - Two surveys are live now. Please share them with your networks.
·         Weigh in! What does better transit mean to you? This 5 to 10 minute survey asks how transit trips can be easier and more convenient for you. We also want to know what information would help you weigh the pros and cons of different alternatives (routes and transit types) that will be developed with your help this summer. This survey will be open through July 30, 2014.
·         Public engagement: How are we doing? We want to know what is working for you and what could be better. Let us know by answering a few questions. We appreciate your feedback.
Community briefings and events - Project staff will share information about the Powell-Division Transit Project at these upcoming meetings and events. For more information, check the project website or contact staff directly.
  • May 13, 4:30 to 6 p.m. – Powell-Division talk to staff session at Division Midway Alliance
  • May 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – TriMet’s Eastside Service Enhancement Plan community meeting at Parkrose high school library
  • May 13, 7 p.m. - Gresham Coalition of Neighborhood Associations at Gresham City Hall
  • May 19, 4 p.m. - Gresham Youth Advisory Committee at Gresham City Hall
  • May 19, 7 to 9pm - Southeast Uplift Land Use and Transportation Committee
  • May 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - TriMet’s Eastside Service Enhancement Plan community meeting at Ron Russell Middle School Library
  • May 21, 6:30 p.m. - Gresham Natural Resource and Sustainability Committee Meeting at Gresham City Hall
  • May 27, 8:30 to 10 a.m. - Powell-Division talk to staff session at Division Midway Alliance
  • May 27, 6 p.m. - Gresham Public Safety Committee at Gresham City Hall
  • May 28, 6 p.m. - East Gresham Community Information Fair
  • June 7, 10 a.m. - Jade District community planning meeting at PCC SE
  • June 10, 4:30 to 6 p.m. - Powell-Division talk to staff session at Division Midway Alliance
  • June 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - East Metro Economic Alliance at Fairview City Hall
  • June 24, 8:30 to 10 a.m. - Powell-Division talk to staff session at Division Midway Alliance
  • June 26, 3 to 8 p.m. - Rock the Block Rockwood at Plaza del Sol
  • June 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Rock the Block Rockwood at Plaza del Sol
Staff contacts
For immediate questions, please contact:
Camille Tisler
Metro Administrative Specialist
For project specific questions, please contact:
Brian Monberg
Metro Project Manager

Weekend Bridge closings

This news release is available online.


Weekend events and inspection will

impact downtown bridges

Thursday, 5/15/14 – 9:25 am

Contacts: Mike Pullen, Communications Office, 503-209-4111mike.j.pullen@multco.us

Traffic on the Hawthorne and Morrison bridges will be affected by an inspection and community events this weekend.

Saturday, May 17

Morrison Bridge:  The bridge will be closed to motor vehicles from 7 a.m. until as late as 7 p.m. during an inspection of the lift span deck.  The inspection is related to problems with deck panels that were installed in 2011 – 2012.  Sidewalks will remain open for bicyclists and pedestrians.  The on and off-ramps from the bridge to I-5 and I-84 will be closed.  While the I-5 southbound City Center/Morrison Bridge off-ramp (exit 300) will be closed, the I-5 southbound ramp to Highway 99E/U.S. 26 will remain open. Motorists can access I-5 north at N.E. Broadway and N. Williams Avenue and enter I-84 eastbound at N.E. Grand Avenue and N.E. Everett Street.  Onramps to the bridge will be closed at S.E. Grand Avenue and S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  During the closure, TriMet’s 15-Belmont line will use the Burnside Bridge in both directions.

Hawthorne Bridge:  From 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon the north sidewalk of the bridge will be shared by the public and participants in the Greater Portland Heart and Stroke Walk.  Due to the large number of children expected to participate in the walk, bicyclists are asked to be cautious when using the bridge’s north sidewalk during the event.  Event volunteers will be stationed on the bridge sidewalk to assist with traffic safety.

Sunday, May 18

Hawthorne and Morrison Bridges: The course for the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon includes both bridges.  Traffic impacts include:

  • ·  Ramps between the Morrison Bridge and SW Naito Parkway are closed from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • ·  The Morrison Bridge offramp to SE Water Ave. will be closed from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • ·  Participants will use the path on the south side of the Morrison Bridge from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.  The path will remain open to the public.
  • ·  The two center lanes of the Hawthorne Bridge and the ramp from the bridge to SE Water Ave. will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • ·  TriMet bus service will be impacted.  Buses that normally use the Steel Bridge (lines 4, 8, 35, 44 and 77) will use the Broadway Bridge eastbound only.  Westbound service on the Steel Bridge is unaffected. Line 14 will be rerouted from the Hawthorne to the Morrison Bridge eastbound only. Westbound service on line 14 is unaffected on the Hawthorne Bridge, but service will be re-routed in both directions east of the bridge. Visit trimet.org for details.
  • ·  The drawbridges of both bridges will not be able to open for river traffic from 3 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Multnomah County maintains six Willamette River bridges and 300 miles of roads. For more information, visitwww.multco.us/bridges.

Widening sidewalks on the Hawthorne Brigde

Project will widen sidewalk at east end of Hawthorne Bridge Friday

5/16/14 – 2:41 pm Contacts: Mike Pullen, Communications Office, 503-209-4111, mike.j.pullen@multco.us

Multnomah County is making pedestrian improvements at the east end of the Hawthorne viaduct, the eastbound structure that connects the bridge with SE Hawthorne Boulevard. The project will widen 415 feet of sidewalk between the Clay Street offramp and SE Grand Avenue. The current sidewalk is two feet wide, and will be widened to six feet. New curb inlets for catch basins will be installed under the sidewalk to avoid steel gratings in the bicycle lane. New sidewalk ramps will be built on each side of the Clay Street exit and at Grand Avenue to meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, making the bridge’s south sidewalk more accessible. Construction of the ramps at the Clay Street exit started this week. Sidewalk widening will begin next week. Traffic lanes on the viaduct will remain open except when one lane is closed during a concrete pour. Bicycle and pedestrian access will be maintained throughout construction. The project is scheduled to be completed in July, weather permitting. Multnomah County maintains the Hawthorne Bridge, five other Willamette River bridges and 300 miles of roads.


For more information, visit www.multco.us/bridges.