Non-dairy options coming to Ben & Jerry’s

Husband just got an email from Ben & Jerry’s that he forwarded to me that Ben & Jerry’s will soon have available non-dairy frozen treat options.  Since I don’t do dairy, this was of particular interest to me (Cloud City has a great selection of non-dairy frozen treats options, yummy sorbets. 50-licks has a couple options, but it’s reminiscent of Seinfeld and the Soup-Nazi if you try mixing flavors, so be forewarned…) Having another option is always good for those of us who shun cows milk (for whatever reason).  Check out their link for more details: http://epidm.edgesuite.net/CMS/Unilever/BenJerry/960645/OV1.html

Bird and the Bear

Although this is not technically in our neighborhood, it’s so flippin’ close we can just about call it our neighborhood restaurant. So, that means we have yet another option for a sit-down dinner spot restaurant in our hood now, woop-woop! The owner of Toast and the food-truck, Yolk has come our way. It’s nice that we can walk to a couple places for bite to eat with our kiddos. Check out their menu at www.thebirdandthebearbistro.com, you’re sure to find something for even a picky 4-year old eater (i.e., pb &j).

Stop and get some fresh fruits and veggies

and see our friends in the neighborhood at Berry Good fruit stand, just off of 28th.  They’ve got some local strawberries that are yummy and full of flavor (which, those giant berries from other unnamed stores seem to be lacking, trust me I know, sadly, from personal experience.  The berries from Berry Good however are not lacking in the flavor department, they can wear their flavor badge proudly!)  Check them out for a little nosh before the music fest at Reed.

Looking for something to do this evening…

Thursday, 7/2 at 8:00 pm in Kaul Auditorium at Reed College (SE 28th and Woodstock)

Beethoven’s Complete Violin Sonatas – Part I

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear all of Beethoven’s violin sonatas performed by six remarkable artists in three Thursday concerts.  Each duo of artists will create their own unique concert of some of Beethoven’s most intimate music!

Musical Conversation: Join us at 7:00 pm for the free musical conversation with the artists before the concert. The half-hour insider discussions will give you unmatched perspective on the music from the very musicians performing it for you in the concert!

ONLINE by clicking here, or get a series subscription here!
E-MAIL tickets@cmnw.org
CALL our Box Office at (503) 294-6400 or fax us at (503) 294-1690
IN PERSON at 522 SW 5th Ave, Suite 919, Portland OR 97204

 

City Real Property Disposition Process

Amendments to Revised Draft of Proposed City Real Property Disposition Policy Going to City Council on Wed. July 8, 2015

The City Council will consider amendments to the proposed new, City Real Property Disposition Process Policy at the City Council on Wednesday July 8, 2015. The amendments reflect changes recommended by City Council members at the City Council hearing on July 1, 2015.

(You can view the video of the City Council discussion and public testimony from the July 1, 2015 City Council hearing (starting at 2:03) at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/video/player/?id=02hNzcMbiwk .)

You can find information about the July 8 hearing, how to share your comments and recommendations with City Council and the proposed amendments, review the input community members provided on the earlier policy language below, and get basic background on this project, by clicking on the links below:

City Council members are the decision makers at this stage of the process. Please direct your comments to them.

Why should you care?: The City of Portland owns a lot of property in neighborhoods across the city. Community members, in the past, have said they want to be sure that the City considers community priorities when it decides what to do with excess real property, that the City gathers and considers important information about a property in making its decisions (e.g. deed restrictions and other limitations), and that the process be predictable for and transparent to community members.

July 8, 2015 City Council Hearing

The City Council formally will review and consider adopting this new policy on:

  • DATE:     Wednesday, July 8, 2015
  • TIME:     sometime after 9:30 a.m.—most likely in the morning
  • PLACE:  Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave., Council Chambers, 2nd Floor

The City Council hearing will start at 9:30 a.m. The City Council will take up the City land disposition policy later in the morning—no “time certain” has been established for this agenda item. You can find out where the proposed policy will appear on the hearing agenda by going to the City Clerk’s website on and viewing the “current agenda” page at: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=26997.

How to Share your Comments with the City Council

You can share your comments with the City Council members in a few different ways:

  • Email your comments to cctestimony@portlandoregon.gov: The City Clerk will forward any message you send to this email address to all the City Council members. Comments you send to this email address also become part of the “formal record” for this City Council agenda item.
  • Mail or hand deliver hard copy comments directly to individual City Council members, or call their offices:  Click HERE for contact information for each of the City Council members.
  • Testify at the July 8, 2015 hearing:  A sign-up sheet will be available outside the City Council Chambers in City Hall on the morning of the hearing—sign up if you want to testify at the hearing.

Revised Policy Language and City Council Hearing Documents

You can find the revised proposed policy language and information about what’s changed at:

Other documents going to City Council for the hearing include:

Community Input and Comments

You also can review the comments submitted by individual community members and neighborhood associations and community organizations during the most recent comment period:

Background about this Project

Purpose of proposed policy: The City’s Portland Property Management Committee (PPMC), proposed this policy to address concerns about the need for a more consistent and transparent process for how the City identifies and disposes of real property. This policy will establish consistent, city-wide guidelines for how City bureaus identify and dispose of real property that a City bureau determines is no longer required for their operations.

The policy will:

  • Ensure Citywide consistency in the excess and surplus real property identification, notification, and disposition process;
  • Identify a standard process of soliciting public input and feedback on real property identified by a bureau as excess to the bureau’s needs before authorizing the bureau to dispose of the property; and
  • Provide opportunity for City Council to adequately consider alternative uses for excess real property.

The scope of the policy includes properties that have been deemed excess by bureaus following their internal review, approved by the bureau director, and authorized by the Commissioner-in-charge. The policy would apply to all real property owned by City of Portland, categorized into three groups.

Community Input and Changes to the Draft Policy:

In early May 2015, the City posted a draft of this policy online and solicited community input through written notice to hundreds of organizations and individuals, via social media postings, through an online survey, and in meetings with community representatives.

The Portland Property Management Committee reviewed the feedback and revised the policy based on community input, incorporating many of their suggestions. These changes included:

  • Including all properties in the policy – establishing three categories with different process steps, as described in the policy.
  • Replacing the requirement to place a notice in the newspaper with a requirement to mail notice to surrounding property owners.
  • Extended the Public Comment Period from 30 days to 45. Added requirement that the Council hearing on any ordinance declaring a property surplus could not be heard until at least 15 days after the Public Comment Period, with notice two weeks in advance.
  • Clarified that the 45 day Public Comment Period is “minimum”; bureaus can choose to have a longer period in advance of posting to the webpage, and bureaus and Council can choose to extend the time period based on community input regarding particular properties.
  • Added clarifications on what would be included in ordinances.
  • Clarified that Council could require additional conditions and terms for property dispositions and could direct bureaus on how the property should be disposed of.

The policy does not include specific criteria for prioritizing the sale of properties to community non-profits and/or for uses that would have community benefits. Since each property is unique, the policy reserves this decision for the City Council to make for each property, based on the site-specific public input that will be received from the community during the Public Comment Period for each property.  Council discretion is also reserved for determining the appropriate sales price and sales method.

For a description of the changes made to the draft policy and other issues raised by community input, please see the “What’s Changed and Why” table.

For more information about what led to the creation of this new proposed policy, go to: Why was this draft policy developed?

Why is ONI providing this information?:  ONI is providing this information because ONI offered to help the committee members reach out to the community.

ONI recommends you share your comments about the draft proposed policy language directly with the City Council members.

If you have other questions, please contact ONI Staff:  Paul Leistner,paul.leistner@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-5284, or John Dutt, john.dutt@portlandoregon.gov, 503-865-2625.

 

Single Family Housing Trends

During the heyday of America’s maximum retail sector surge (1996–2006), residential construction and the massive expansion of the automotive sector were at the top of the heap. In addition to the speedup of America’s gross domestic product of goods and services during this time frame, the U.S. was witnessing the peak of a population explosion that doubled its people count from 160 million in the mid–20th century to 320 million today.

Consequently, the automotive industry has broadened its U.S. market position, primarily due to additional Japanese, Germany, and South Korean automobile manufacturers setting up “finishing departments, mostly in non-union Midwest and Southern states, and has reached its pre-recession annual total of 16 million cars sold in the U.S. Residential home construction, however, has badly lagged its previous high point of 1.7 million single family annualized home starts.

Currently, residential construction has struggled to reach one million annualized starts, with most of these devoted to metropolitan leased apartment units, or as homes for leasing in smaller and rural communities. However, the fact that total housing starts fell 2.8% in October from a month earlier, while single family home units’ new construction rose 4.2% in October—the best pace since June 2008— is indicative of a major return shift to traditional single family startups, that year-over-year shows a 5.3% improvement currently.

The factors that are generating this switch to the more traditional homeowning of American families are as follows:

 

  1. The federal government, in conjunction with Federal Reserve Board approval, has started to lighten up on maximum down-payments, and the overly strict regulations, in the wake of the earlier loose requirements that generated a flood of foreclosures.
  2. With overall national job improvement, an increasing number of fully-employed job holders are committed to permanent homesteads in their new locations.
  3. While rental and residential leasing are still the predominant factor in the reduced level of family housing construction, the ongoing job improvement and lifestyle, especially with the “millennials,” who accounted for the highest rental/leasing commitment shift, has also been abetted by substantially higher rentals in both metropolitan and suburban living space.

While the 1.7 million annualized units of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s are nowhere in sight, as the million mark is the current norm, a steady improvement in the present trend is an encouraging sign of a steadily improving economy.

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Johnson Watershed E-Bulletin Nov. 2014

Johnson Creek Watershed Council E-BULLETIN November 2014 Gresham Main City Park by Bruce MacGRegor 3
1) Johnson Creek Appreciation Night – Thursday, December 11 2) Update from Salmon Surveyors 3) Update on JCWC’s Leadership Transition 4) Metro’s Upper Johnson Creek Restoration Project 5) Calendar at a Glance
1) Johnson Creek Appreciation Night – Thursday, December 11  Everyone is invited to this winter celebration as we recognize volunteers and partners. We hope this event will continue to strengthen the ties amongst the Johnson Creek community. See event invite here.Program 

  • Narrated slideshow to showcase what we have achieved together
  • JCWC 20 Club – honoring volunteers who have contributed to 20 or more events (Russ Stoll, Melanie McCandless, Nicole Alexander, Walt Mintkeski, Kevin D. Hay, Paul Ciri, Paul Rayburn, Nate Whirty, Lee Spiker, Lora Martin, Julie Chapman) Plus Dick Schubert and Marty Urman will be receiving the Presidential Service Award. 
  • See project photos displayed around the room
  • Potluck dinner with JCWC providing main course and drinks. Additions welcome but not required.
  • Final farewell to Executive Director Matt Clark. Don’t miss your chance to say good bye

Register: http://jcwc.org/johnson-creek-appreciation-night-registration/ CrystalSprings_KatieSombat 1 3

2) Update from Salmon Surveyors Every Saturday from October 18-Every Saturday from October 18 – December 13 volunteers are surveying four sections of Johnson Creek, Crystal Springs and Kelley Creek tributaries searching for evidence of spawning fish. This year the project is supported by 60 volunteers. If you live by Johnson Creek please give us a call if you see any fish too. (Photo by Katie Sombat – wild, successfully spawned female coho in Crystal Springs) It’s been a successful year! Eleven live sightings have been recorded in Crystal Springs alone. Three carcasses have been retrieved, sampled and returned. Last week volunteers Jenai Fitzpatrick and Claudia Garcia found the first carcass in the mainstem too. (Photo by Jenai Fitzpatrick – wild, successfully spawned female coho in mainstem Johnson Creek near Telford Rd.) To read more about the salmon surveyors experience – see the Salmon Diaries blog here. This project is made possible with funding from the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.

11102_10152351391242024_5947898798482759261_n 23) Update on JCWC’s Leadership Transition Executive Director, Matt Clark’s final day at JCWC is December 5. The Board of Directors has hired Miriam Barnard through the Non-Profit Association of Oregon’s Executive Transition Services. Miriam who has more than a decade of non-profit management experience will serve as JCWC’s Interim Executive Director. She will start two days a week on December, providing day-to-day support of staff and operations/administrative leadership of the organization to ensure a smooth transition. She will continue until a new Executive Director is hired and on board. The Executive Director job posting closed last Friday, November 14. JCWC’s Hiring Committee will be reviewing candidates over the next week and is scheduled to begin interviews after Thanksgiving. If you have additional questions or comments, please contact board vice-chair, Dick Schubert at (503) 652-7477. To read more about Miriam, see her profile here. 4) Metro’s Upper Johnson Creek Restoration Project “Look at those rootwads! My eyes had just caught a glimpse of a large deck of logs with the rootwads still attached. I immediately started thinking about how to acquire those logs. Large pieces of down wood with rootwads are one of the essential habitat features in our streams – think of them as part of the furniture of great salmon habitat…” Article by Metro’s Kate Holleran. Read more about the project here. johnson creek 2 25) Calendar at a Glance  RSVP’s are helpful – email amy@jcwc.org if you plan to attend an event.  Saturday, December 13 – Final volunteer restoration event of the season at Veterans Creek with Friends of Trees, Portland Parks and JCWC – 9am-12pm. RSVP with Amy at amy@jcwc.org. Monday, December 15 – EMSWCD PIC Grant Applications due. See more information here. Monday, January 19 – The Courts at Eastmoreland restoration project. Help protect Tideman Johnson Park by working in adjacent areas from 10am-1pm. Wednesday, January 21 – Volunteer Orientation at JCWC Headquarters 6pm. Come sit down with staff members and seasoned volunteers to learn more about what we do here at Johnson Creek Watershed Council, our mission, and how you can be a part of the work. Several programs are renewing in January. These include Johnson Creek Park Stewards and Green Street Stewards. Contact Amy at amy@jcwc.org with your interest.

Does Street fee include new city income tax??

As the City Council prepares to discuss the controversial street fee proposal on Monday, support is growing for it to include a progressive city income tax to fund maintenance and safety project.

Representatives of several organizations recently endorsed the concept of a progressive income as part of the final street fee proposal. They include 1000 Friends of Oregon, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the Coalition for a Livable Future, the Community Alliance of Tenants, the Community Cycling Center, Elders in Action, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, AARP Oregon, the Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon Food Bank, the Oregon Opportunity Network, Oregon Walks, the Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership, and Upstream Public Health.

“We strongly support a progressive revenue structure with adequate discounts for low-income members of our community. Portland is experiencing an affordability crisis and growing income inequality, with rising transportation costs a major factor,” reads part of an Oct. 8 letter to the City Council signed by most of the representatives.

The letter says tax payments should be capped at $200 a month — or $2,400 a year — for those earning the most money.

“This proposal helps move us towards a city where everyone can prosper,” the letter says.

The letter also says several issues must still be addressed in the final proposal for their organizations to support it, however. They include whether the fee will raise enough money to make a significant difference, and whether it will be evenly split between maintenance and safety projects.

The letter also says the fee sunset after 10 years, although the council could decide whether to continue it. The letter did not specifically say whether or not the fee should be approved by the voters before it is enacted.

No such proposal has actually been introduced for the City Council to consider, but it will be discussed as one of several options during a work session scheduled for Monday afternoon. It is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

A council vote on a final proposal is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 12.

Commissioner Steve Novick says he prefers a progressive income tax to a flat fee on households, which was included in the original street fee he proposed with Mayor Charlie Hales in May. Novick has not yet endorsed a new proposal, however, and will not until after the work session.

“Well, I’ve made it clear that I prefer something income-based, so naturally I would look more favorably on something where higher income people pay significantly more than middle-income people,” Novick says.

“But we’ll see how things shake out.”

A progressive income tax is among the options considered by three work groups appointed by Hales and Novick to help draft a new fee proposal that responds to criticisms of the original one. Making poor and rich residents pay the same for street-related projects was one of the criticisms.

Also discussed was assessing a fee on businesses that varies according to their size and category. It would replace the business fee in the original proposal, which was based on the number of motor vehicle trips that are estimated to generate.

Allowing discounts or exceptions for governments and nonprofit organizations was also discussed.

The street fee originally proposed by Hales and Novick was intended to raise around $53 million for maintenance and safety projects. It was designed to raise the revenue 50/50 from residents and businesses, and to spend the funds 50/50 on maintenance and safety projects. The Oct. 8 letter says those principles should apply to the final proposal.

“Applying these principles and our on-going support for building a livable, engaged community for all ages, AARP Oregon supports the passage of a revenue proposal that includes a 50/50 expenditure split between safety and maintenance projects and a taxation that is progressive, preferably with a $200 cap for those with highest wealth and income,” AARP Oregon Director Gerald Cohen wrote in a separate Oct. 9 letter.

 

 

Tips for staying warm this winter-from Clean Energy Works

Tips for Staying Cozy this Winter

From Clean Energy Works

 

After a hot summer, temperatures are finally dropping—and winter is just around the corner. Grab a coffee or a hot apple cider, put on your favorite flannel, and cuddle up to your sweetie because we’ve got you covered when it comes to the best tips for keeping toasty indoors.

 

Take advantage of winter sun. Yes, there is sun, even in Oregon winter! When it’s shining, be sure to open south-facing window curtains, drapes, and blinds during the day, so the sunlight can naturally heat your home. Close window coverings at night to keep the heat in.

 

Cover drafty windows. Tape a do-it-yourself, clear, plastic film to the inside of your window frames. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame. Installing window treatments, such as blinds, drapes, or shades, can also help reduce heat loss.

 

Adjust the temperature. Set the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees cooler when you’re not home to use less energy and lower utility bills. Lowering the temperature slightly at night and adding an extra blanket to the bed keeps the whole family extra cozy.

 

Give your home a free check up from Clean Energy Works. Your home does a lot for you—everyone needs a check up every once in a while. We’ll give you a complete look at all the ways you can improve your home: becoming more efficient, creating comfort, providing better air quality, and even being safe during an earthquake. Take an online eValuation, and use HomeScope to see what your neighbors are doing for their homes—with all kinds of information on rebates and financing available when you’re ready for a home upgrade. It’s all available at: www.cleanenergyworksoregon.org

 

Reed Neighborhood Meeting schedule for 2015- ALL are welcome

All meetings ar Forum Style.

Meetings will be at Tucker Maxon Elementary school on SE Holgate between Se 29th and Se 28th Pl..

The meetings will be held the 2nd Tuesday of the month  starting at 6:30 pm ending approximately  8:00pm

January  13th – Board Meeting

February  10th– General Meeting

March  10th-Board Meeting

April 14th -Board Meeting

May  12th– General Elections for the Board

June 9th– Board Meeting (if needed)

July 14th–  Board Meeting (if needed)

August 11th– Board Meeting

September 5th– Saturday   Neighborhood PICNIC!

October 13th– General Meeting

November 10th– Board Meeting (if needed)

December – No Meeting

If you have any questions about the meetings or topics.

Please contact Reed Neighborhood’s Current Chair.

Marisha Childs  at   <marisha.childs@gmail.com>