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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
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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.

May General Board Meeting

Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 

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


6:30 LANDUSE COMMITTEE:  options in response to looming developments



  • Call to order
  • Introductions


  • Approval of April Minutes
  • Approval of Treasurer’s report


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


  • Committee Reports: What’s going on in HAND and the City of Portland


  • The Mt. Hood Freeway: Neighborhood Action helped to derail the effort


  • Elections of HAND Board Members: returning and new to board


  • Saving Buckman Pool – Philip Mascher


  • HAND by-laws change proposals


  • Emergency Preparedness – Patrick Vinograd


  • New Board members meeting with Kelly Fedderson (SE Uplift)
  • Adjourn, tidy room, turn out lights.

Rock and Roll Half Marathon – Sunday, May 18

We wanted to make sure you received information about the Rock and Roll Portland Half Marathon taking place Sunday May 18TH in your area. The race will result in road closures from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Attached is a brochure that should answer most of your questions. If you have any further questions please call  1-800-311-1255.

See this link for the map POR_14_rcb of the route.

Reminder – Neighborhood Clean Up – May 10

HAND Neighborhood Clean-Up,
 Saturday, May 10
Bring your stuff to our annual neighborhood cleanup Saturday, May 10. This year’s proceeds from the cleanup will go to support neighborhood efforts.Drop off begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m. at our same location, the Cleveland High School parking lot on SE 26th Ave., please enter on Franklin Street & exit onto SE 26th.We will have the same general categories for drop off – bulky waste, yard debris, metal and a free exchange/swap area. If you have loose debris, please plan to bundle or bag it up before drop off. Our volunteers appreciate your help in making this a quick and easy process.

1. Will you accept block styrofoam? – YES! We will accept your large block styrofoam. But please keep in mind that we’ll be charged for hauling it off to the recycler. So if you drop off more than a few pieces, you may be charged a little extra.

2. Will there be a shredding truck? – NO! though a great service and one we have considered, we WILL NOT be providing a shred-it truck to this year’s cleanup.

Last year, items in the free exchange went early and fast! Plan to check it out throughout the day. This is a great resource for toys, furniture, house hardware & more!

Before May 10 – PLAN TO TAKE DIRECT:
All computers, monitors, TV’s and other e-waste: As part of the Oregon E-cycles program, you can take these items and drop them off for free at Free Geek, at 1731 SE10th or take it to Goodwill at 1943 SE 6th. For more information, contact FreeGeek at (503) 232-9350 or online FreeGeek.org.

Take flattened cardboard (no wax coated cardboard) and all rigid plastic (including broken kids’ toys, CD/DVD covers) to Far West Fibers for recycling. Most Far West services are basically free services. At best, they request a $3 donation per trip at their public recycling station at 4930 SE 26th Avenue. For more info, call them at (503) 238-1640 or visit: FarWestFibers.com

We will NOT accept any hazardous waste materials at the neighborhood cleanup. You can take them to Metro. Metro holds haz-mat collections throughout the year. Visit: OregonMetro.gov for more info on where to go.We reserve the right to refuse to take anything that we feel is unsafe or exceeds the above requirements.The HAND Neighborhood Cleanup is sponsored by Southeast Uplift, the City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability and Metro. For more information on how you can help, contact Bill Crawford via email:bill@handpdx.org or phone:503-839-7648.