Powell Blvd Safety Improvements – night time lane closures

The Oregon Department of Transportation are beginning work on a project that will increase pedestrian safety, change signalization, and result in some temporary night time lane closures along SE Powell Blvd from SE 21st to SE 34th Aves during construction.

This project will be adding flashing beacons at crosswalks and left-turn signals in several locations and make it easier for large trucks to turn onto and from Powell Blvd.

During construction in late March, lane closures and traffic delays at night are expected.

Expected nighttime lane closure hours:
  • Weekdays from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • From 8 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday.
  • From 7 p.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday.
  • From 7 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday.

Please learn more about it, here:


Paving and road improvements on SE 28th Ave

The City of Portland have begun a re-paving project, including some sewer work and some additions of ADA sidewalk ramps at corners, to SE 28th Ave between Holgate and Steele streets.  After the re-surfacing has completed, this project will also result in improved bicycle lanes along this road and some removal of on-street parking as part of the “20’s bikeway project”.   This will bring safer and improved bicycle access to Cleveland High School and Hosford Middle School, and the Division/Clinton areas.  Please learn more about it at these project descriptions and documents web links:




Reed Neighborhood February Meeting

Leah Fisher, from SE Uplift, returned to this month’s meeting to help lay out an organizational plan for Reed Neighborhood events for 2018. It includes Movies in the Park, our annual picnic, and the annual clean-up event.

Ron captures the plan which focuses on planning events, as well as creating a communications strategy to keep more neighbors in the loop.

Mark, Board Chair, and Alan,  Land Use and Transportation.




Earthquake Safety Class Sat March 17

Michael Trybom, Owner of Emergency Response Training Services

“You are invited to our next earthquake safety class on Saturday March 17 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This will cover the basics of how to help yourselves when the big one hits.
Cost is $45 per person so if you have anyone that would like to attend have them contact us by Friday March 16 to get registered.”

Emergency Response Training Services
(503) 351-4385

Reed January Meeting

We had a great Reed Neighborhood meeting in January, and appreciate all of the guests who attended.

Patty Smith and Jennifer Hooford, from Tucker-Maxon, shared updates on exciting improvements to the school property. Stay tuned to learn about what will be happening.

Leah Fisher from SE Uplift gave guidance to the new board, as we continue to learn how to create a useful and fun neighborhood association. Thanks, Leah for all of your help!

Amal Swan and her son attended to let the neighborhood know about her Catering business, called Amoula’s Morrocan Cuisine. Her son, who attends Grout shared some insightful safety concerns about how difficult it can be to cross Holgate Blvd to get to school.

Thank you to everyone, for a great meeting!



SE Uplift’s Dessert Open House

Dessert Open HouseFREE Desserts! Cookies! – grab a neighbor, friend or family member and come satisfy your sweet tooth!

SE Uplift supports Portland’s Neighborhood Associations. Do you have questions about the different ways we do this?

SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition invites you to a Dessert Open House on January 13th at 7 pm. Come meet our staff, learn about our programs and visit our space. Feel free to bring your favorite dessert to share with the community.

Do you want “a slice of the pie?” Let’s work together to build more friendly and welcoming neighborhoods!

*Homemade vegan chocolate chip cookies, made by SE Uplift staff.

For more information:  http://www.seuplift.org/dessert-open-house/

Seeking Public Comment on Land Use Zoning Exception Request

A new permit has been granted for construction of a 79′ cell phone tower. The owner wishes to be excluded from city zoning requirements for landscaping and setback rules associated with this new project. The city is seeking comments to be filed prior to Jan 12th.

Please see the attached links and follow them for the permit review and sending in your comments.

Case# LU 17-264805 AD
Location: 5440 SE 26th Ave

Original Notice Here


cell phone tower location 5440 SE 26th Ave


Opportunity To Help Restore Johnson Creek

Good Tidings to All!

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council is holding our 2nd Annual Creek Crew Leader Training! Come train to lead volunteer groups during 3 or more restoration events during the 2018 planting season.

Email courtney@jcwc.org to sign up!

WHEN: Saturday, January 13th from 1pm-5pm

WHERE: Johnson Creek Watershed Council Office, 1900 SE Milport Rd Suite B, Milwaukie, OR 97222.


Perks of Being a Creek Crew Leader

  • Leadership and hands-on restoration experience.
  • Make friends from different backgrounds.
  • Reference for applications to college, jobs, or scholarships.
  • Gain familiarity with Pacific Northwest species.

Here’s the down and dirty of what to expect as a Creek Crew Leader:

  • Attend our one-day training to support restoration events in the watershed and learn:
    • Managing the registration table.
    • Leading safety talks, and hands-on tree planting and restoration techniques.
  • Attend and assist at least 3 volunteer events in 2018
  • We will crown you with a rad JCWC Creek Crew beanie and send you home with a Creek Crew Leader manual!

How to prepare for the training: Dress for the weather with sturdy shoes, rain gear, and warm layers. We will be doing a hands-on restoration portion of the day!

Also–please bring your calendar to the event and get ready to sign up for 3 or more events for the year! (Dates that are in especially high demand are Mon. Jan 15 and Sat. Jan 20 for MLK Day, Sat. March 3 for Watershed Wide, and Sat. August 25 for the Johnson Creek Cleanup).

We will serve hot soup, please feel free to bring a potluck dish to share with other incoming crew members! (NOTE: Creek Crew must be 18 or older if serving alone, but parent-kid teams are welcome for kids over 16).

READY TO REGISTER? Email courtney@jcwc.org to sign up! Link to the event with more details is HERE.

We look forward to seeing you there and hope that your holiday season is full of rest, relaxation and good company!

Warm Regards,

Johnson Creek Watershed Council

PS: If you can’t make it to this event, check out other events on our website coming up in the next couple months!

Monday, Jan. 15, 9-5pm @ Springwater woods in Gresham MLK Day
email courtney@jcwc.org to sign up! Details to follow

Thursday, Jan. 23, 6-8pm location TBD, Parks Naturalist Training.
Details HERE

Saturday, Feb. 3, 9-12 @ Tideman Johnson Park, Work Party.
Details HERE

Thursday, Feb. 8, 5:45-8pm @ JCWC Office, Lamprey Orientation.
Details HERE

Wood Smoke Ordinance

Community Hearings Hosted by Multnomah County

Commissioners Jessica Vega Pederson and Sharon Meieran

Wood smoke is a health hazard during the winter, particularly during certain weather conditions called inversions, which trap smoke from household or other fires creating smoky, hazy conditions.

This smoke has been shown to contribute to heart and lung disease, respiratory distress and low birth weight.

Multnomah County is considering a draft ordinance to reduce harmful wood smoke when the problem is most severe. The draft proposal is similar to the policies adopted in other counties and apply only when inversion events create unhealthy air conditions – on average 3 to 5 times per year.

The County will hold three public hearings on the proposed ordinance. We welcome your feedback at the events below and/or online.

Community Hearings:

November 6, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Fairview Community Center, 300 Harrison St. Fairview, OR

November 16, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Linnton Community Center*, 10614 N.W. St. Helens Road Portland, OR

*Please note that parking is available on HWY 30/St. Helens Rd. and a small parking lot, but is limited.

December 7, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Multnomah Building, 501 S.E. Hawthorne, Portland, OR