October 2018 East Portland Community Office Newsletter


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(formerly: East Portland Neighborhood Office)

East Portlanders: Register to vote

The voter registration deadline for casting a ballot in the 2018 mid-term election is October 16, 2018. Registration is also available in languages other than English. 

Register to vote online: Oregon Online Voter Registration

Check or update your registration status: My vote

Services for voters with disabilities: The Voter Assistance Quick Guide

Voters' guide to candidates and measures: Online Voters' Pamphlet 

Homeless voters and those wishing confidentiality: Special Voting Circumstances

Click here for more links to resources

Community Survey

The Centennial Community Association and the Rosewood Initiative invite all East Portland residents to participate in this community survey to learn more about the ways we can promote friendship and foster a sense of concern and caring among people in outer East Portland neighborhoods:

Click here to take the survey in Spanish. 
Click here to take the survey in English. 

You have until November 30, 2018 to submit your answers.


BIG NEWS: The hate incident tracking tool is live! 

Portland United Against Hate, a community coalition in partnership with the City of Portland’s Office of Community & Civic Life, is piloting a system to document hate/bias incidents. This system will allow us to have a more comprehensive understanding of the effects of hate violence in Portland and to provide the support to those targeted by hate violence.

We know that the communities most likely to be targets of hate violence are also the least likely to report their experiences to law enforcement. This pilot is working to meet the need for a supportive, accurate, and culturally-appropriate documentation process that enables those most impacted to be able to track hate incidents in a trusted manner.

If you believe you have experienced or witnessed a hate/bias incident, you can report it to Portland United Against Hate by contacting researchjustice@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org, as well as our partner orgs: Latino Network Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon - APANOUnite Oregon, African Youth and Community Organization, Lewis and Clark Community Counseling Center, Q Center, Lutheran Community Services NorthwestFair Housing Council of Oregon, Africa House, POIC+RAHS.

You will not be asked to provide information that could personally identify you.

Good to know

1. Marine Drive Path Project between NE 112th – 185th Avenues, east of I-205) got an additional $400,000 in Parks System Development Charge (SDC) funds to supplement Portland Parks & Recreation’s prior $189,000 SDC investment, $50,000 from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)’s Vision Zero, federal grant funds, and $1,077,000 through a Regional Flexible Funds (RFF) Grant from the federal government and administered through Metro. To learn more about the project, click here.

Construction managed by PBOT is expected to start in early 2019 and be completed in the summer of 2019. The trail is part of the 40-mile loop and consists of a two-way multi-use path in numerous unbuilt segments in East Portland. Two more pedestrian activated flashing beacons will be added where the path crosses Marine Dr near 138th & near 185th. When this project has been completed, the bike path (from NE 33rd to NE 185th) will be mostly separate from the traffic, EXCEPT for one short section between 112th & 122nd. For now, the bike path in that section (on the levee, adjacent to traffic), will be widened by one foot.

2. 122nd Ave.: Thanks to $4.7 million from the City's General Fund, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) built marked, signalized crosswalks along 122nd Avenue and new sidewalks on adjacent streets, making it safer and easier for Portlanders to access public transit service. As a result of the improvements, TriMet was able to provide Frequent Service along this important route, starting Sept. 2.

This is the first phase of a variety of investments by PBOT that are expected to total $8 million. For project maps, fact sheets and photos, see: https://bit.ly/2CEzhFE. Fixing Our Streets Program, which is funded by the 10-cent a gallon gas tax that voters approved in May 2016, includes $2 million for safety improvements to be built in 2019-20. The 122nd Avenue Plan: Safety, Access and Transit has conducted open houses and online surveys this year to help identify potential improvements. Another open house is scheduled for Nov. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. at the Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave. 

To learn more, see:  www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/122ndAve. Join the email list, or contact April Bertelsen  to request a briefing for your community group, at 503-823-6177, or april.bertelsen@portlandoregon.gov. 

3. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Oregon 213 – 82nd Avenue – Signal Upgrades: Day and nighttime single lane closures from 7 p.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through 2018. Pedestrian detours at Foster, Woodstock and Flavel. This project will upgrade traffic signals and install sidewalk curb ramps on SE 82nd Avenue at the intersections of SE Foster Rd NE 185th Avenue.  For more information, visit the Project website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/59283. For more information: www.Tinyurl.com/82ndAveSignals 

4. Interstate 205 – East Portland Freeway – Shared Use Path at Maywood Park: Project Description: This project repaves the section of the I-205 Shared Use Path that runs through Maywood Park between the pedestrian bridge at I-84 near Northeast Fremont Street until Northeast Prescott Street. Expect pedestrian and cyclist detours for path users. For more information: http://bit.ly/I205MUP

5. Childcare Reimbursement for Meeting Support: Politisit.org http://politisit.org/ will provide reimbursement to qualified community members for childcare while parents or caregivers attend community and civic engagement meetings. You can learn more about how this works, or sign up, here https://www.politisit.org/. Next time you want to attend a meeting or civic engagement activity but can't pay for childcare, give this a try.

6. Handy Get Food Guide: Follow the link to a site with info, including where service providers can direct families on where to get free, quality food throughout Multnomah County. Check it out here. 

7. Multnomah County Community Resource List: www.multco.us/sites/default/files/health/documents/community_resource_list.pdf
8. Helping Cost-Burdened Renters Pay Their Utilities: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/?c=70970&a=685304 

9. Accommodations Fund: Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR) and Civic Life have an Accommodations Fund available for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Detailed information here: Accommodations Fund. Contact Mary Hartshorn at 503-823-6033 or email: CivicAccommodations@portlandoregon.gov
Accommodations Fund: Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR) and Civic Life have an Accommodations Fund available for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Detailed information here: Accommodations Fund. Contact Mary Hartshorn at 503-823-6033 or email: CivicAccommodations@portlandoregon.govClick here for more info.

Events and workshops

1. Great Spirit - Naming Ceremony & CelebrationSunday, October 7 at 10:30 AM at Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship

2. Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration: Monday, October 8 at 1:00 PM, 3917 NE Shaver Street.

3. Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry East Portland  Yard Tree Giveaway event: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Reserved pick-up only, 1:00 - 2:00 PM. First-come, first-served basis, if trees are still available.  (REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Click here to register) at Parkland Park, SE 155th Avenue and Main Street, Portland, Oregon 97233 (MAP). Please see this link for materials in languages other than English. Yard tree giveaway info is online at portlandoregon.gov/parks/freetrees.
4. Aging Well Conference: Saturday, October 20th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Reynolds High School, Arts Building, 1698 SW Cherry Park Rd., Troutdale, OR 97060. The conference is free, with lunch provided, and attendees include diverse older adults ages 50-90+, family members, and people who serve them. Click here to register and learn more. The mission of Age-Friendly Portland & Multnomah County is to meet the needs and engage the strengths of all citizens toward the goal of building a community for all ages.
5. Johnson Creek Watershed Council Powell Butte Wetland Restoration Planting: Saturday, Oct 20, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Powell Butte, Details HERE.
6. Home Forward Housing 101 – From Applicant to Resident Sessions To Prepare for 2019 Wait List Opening: October 22, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at Hollywood East - Lawrence Williams Room, 1605 NE 45th Avenue, Portland, OR 97213. We will discuss the processes that take people from applying for wait lists through residency in our managed properties. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about our programs, in anticipation of wait list openings and policy updates.
Please RSVP to Shontia.Foster@homeforward.org or by calling 503-280-3704.
7. East Portland Advocates for Youth Gathering: Wednesday, October 24th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue. Note - Come to the main entrance and look to the left for the side door with a sign on it. Light refreshments. Agenda: Brief introductions and announcements; What's happening in your programming this fall? Any big plans for the coming year? What issues are especially coming up for the youth you're working with? And Open Networking.  

8. Gateway Green Park No Ivy Day: Saturday, October 27, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Gateway Green Park, north of Gateway Transit Center along I-205 Multi Use Path. As Portland Parks & Recreation continues to enhance the habitat in the wooded area at Gateway Green, they need our help to get the English ivy and other invasive plants under control, and keep them under control—giving the more desirable plants a chance to get established. We’ll provide the tools you need, and snacks. Register here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/viewer?ll=45.5370916%2C-122.5618672&z=11&mid=1iUIvgYiAg0cDTPkhdakCuYdOqOY 

9. FREE Introduction to Popular Education Presented by the Health Department’s Community Capacitation Center: Wednesday, October 31st, 9:00 AM -4:30 PM somewhere in SW Portland. Register as soon as possible: Click here to register for the workshop. Popular education is a highly effective strategy used around the world for building knowledge and skills, developing leadership, and organizing for social justice.  We invite you to join us in this fun and interactive workshop! For additional information, please contact: 503-314-3136 or beth.poteet@multco.us: Beth Poteet. 

10. Portland Free Play: Saturdays, 10 AM – 2 PM at 13949 SE Stark St. Transform this beautiful former organic farm site into Portland's first Adventure Playground. The ADVENTURE PLAY GARDEN will be a place for open-ended creative play in nature. We want to make this space open and accessible to all, and we need your help: https://squareup.com/store/portlandfreeplay-donate
11. Zenger Farm Garden Work Parties: Volunteer at the International Kitchen Garden every Friday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM at Zenger Farm, Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Road Bus line # 10 & 73. Please RSVP here.

12. Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry East Portland  Yard Tree Giveaway event: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: reserved pick-up only, 1:00 - 2:00 PM: first-come, first-served basis, if trees are still available.  (REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Click here to register) at Bloomington Park, SE 100th Avenue and Steele Street, Portland, Oregon 97266 (MAP). To expand Portland’s tree canopy on private properties in East Portland - where it is currently below other parts of the City.  Event flyer and materials detailing various trees translated into Spanish, Vietnamese, and Russian. Please see this link for materials in languages other than English. Yard tree giveaway info is online at portlandoregon.gov/parks/freetrees.

13. East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District Free Creating an Edible Landscape: Thursday, October 18 (6:00 - 8:30 PM) at Gethsemane Lutheran Church - 11560 SE Market St. This workshop will give you insight and tools for thoughtfully incorporating edible plants into your landscape – from annual veggies and herbs to perennial berries and fruit trees. 
14. East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District Free Naturescaping Basics: Saturday, December 8 (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM) at Gethsemane Lutheran Church - 11560 SE Market St.  Learn to create a low-maintenance landscape that conserves water, minimizes pollution,  and creates habitat. Get natural gardening & design tips that mimic nature, and make your garden a healthy place for children, pets and wildlife.
15. Things Happening at Rosewood Initiative monthly, 16126 SE Stark Street:

Open drop-in hours: Wifi, computers, resource navigation, open room meeting space: Mondays 12 PM - 5:30 PM, Tuesday to Friday 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM.

Story and Snack: Interactive reading with children! Snacks provided.  Tuesdays 10 AM - 12 PM.

OHP/ Medicaid Healthcare Enrollment: Tuesdays 10 AM - 5 PM, Come meet with Project Access Now to get information about and enroll in OHP/Medicaid. English and Spanish assistance available. Walk-ins welcome.

Business Development Support: With Portland State University (PSU) Business Outreach Program (Services in English and Spanish) call 503-725-9820 for an appointment. Wednesdays 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

REAP Youth Leadership: Ages 10-15. Do you want to grow as a leader? Do you want to share your voice? Do you want to be the change? Wednesday - Friday, 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

ZUMBA with Lydia from Portland Parks & Recreation: Wednesdays from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM.

Adult ENGLISH CLASS and Homework Club for K-12: With Refugee and Immigrant Hospitality Organization. Child care available for adults taking the class. Wednesdays from 3 PM -5 PM.

16. Division Midway Alliance (DMA) Board Meeting: DMA’s board meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at 11721 SE Division.

17. PSU Business Outreach Office Hours: Every Wednesday, 9 AM - 12 PM. PSU offers FREE Professional business technical assistance.

18. Social Services Network Community Office Hours: Every Wednesday & Thursday, 3:00 - 7:00 PM – DMA hosts Community Office Hours.

19. Midland Library Events: Visit Library Events (https://multcolib.org/events ) for complete, up-to-the-minute information. 

20. Midland Library Events: Visit Library Events (https://multcolib.org/events ) for complete, up-to-the-minute information. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Take action

1. City of Portland Public Campaign Finance Commission (a.k.a. Open and Accountable Elections Commission) Members: To apply, please fill out the application form as soon as possible: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/article/696115 and submit it to mail to: susan.mottet@portlandoregon.gov. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/?c=60027&a=697188

2.  City of Portland Bureau of Development Services Online Permitting System Customer Advisory Committee Members: Interested in City permitting and development processes? Have you applied for a business or land use permit before and wish the process were easier? https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/576322 or  

3. Community Engagement at Multnomah County Survey: Let us know what you think and take our survey nowor, click here to download a paper copy of the survey and return it to: Office of Community Involvement, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Suite 192, Portland, OR 97214. We will accept survey responses through Monday, October 8th. Help us update our engagement-focused advisory body, the Community Involvement Committee (CIC), by completing our community involvement survey. For more information about this project, visit http://bit.ly/cicreview. Disclosure: recent CIC members were all dismissed. 
4. Multnomah County’s Land Use Planning Division Planning Commission Recruitment: Applications are due by close of business on Monday, October 8, 2018. An online application is located at: https://multco.us/landuse/webform/planning-commission-application. A hard copy of the application sent by US mail may be requested by calling 503-988-0168 or emailing adam.t.barber@multco.us. Applications may be submitted online or by mail. The Multnomah County Planning Commission addresses rural land use planning issues to meet state planning requirements and policies set forth by Multnomah County’s Board of County Commissioners that apply to the county’s rural areas. The commission consists of nine members who serve four-year terms and are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Click here to learn more about the Multnomah County Planning Commission.

5. City of Portland Planning & Sustainability Better Housing by Design Proposed Draft: City of Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission (PSC) has scheduled work sessions on specific proposals with staff-prepared work session material: Tuesday, October 9, 1:00 PM. East Portland standards and street connectivity and Tuesday, November 13, 2:30 PM. Visibility, building design and parking. Please confirm dates, times and agendas one week prior by visiting the PSC Calendar.  Project website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/betterhousing. Bill Cunningham: 503-823-4203 or betterhousing@portlandoregon.gov

6. City of Portland Police Bureau Citizen Assessors Needed: The Portland Police Bureau is preparing for the next Sergeant and Lieutenant Promotional Assessment Centers. To do this, we need assistance from community members who are able to serve as assessors. Your involvement in this process is vital in helping shape the leadership of the Police Bureau both now and in the future. Potential assessors MUST be available for the entire length of the assessment center that you volunteer for, as they are week-long processes in which we cannot switch out assessors from day to day (you do not need to be available for all three assessment centers, just the entire week of the assessment center that you would like to volunteer for).  The assessments will be from approximately 8 am to 5 pm each day. Lunches, snacks, beverages and reimbursement for mileage will be provided. Portland Police Assessment Centers = Sergeant - Monday, October 15, 2018 - Friday, October 19, 2018 and/or Lieutenant – Monday, October 29, 2018 – Friday, November 2, 2018. If you are interested and available for one or more of the above listed Assessment Center’s, contact Emily Craig (emily.craig@portlandoregon.gov) to request an application. The Portland Police Bureau is strongly interested in the participation of assessors who are women and/or of diversity.

7. Multnomah County Budget Advisory Committees: Budget Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public, and you can view upcoming meeting dates on our online calendar. We will begin learning about county departments' plans for the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.
8. Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) Agenda: View the tentative upcoming PSC agendas and meeting schedule here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/312882. All PSC meetings are held at the 1900 SW 4th Building, 2nd floor, unless otherwise noticed. PSC meetings are streamed live on the BPS YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/portlandbps and tape delayed on Channel 30.

9. City Council Agenda: View upcoming City Council agenda items here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/378315. All City Council meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. All Council meetings are broadcast live at: www.portlandoregon.gov/article/230361. 


1.  City of Portland (Click this link to view all open positions)
Interested in applying to one of the positions opening this week? Come to our “How to Apply” course to learn about the application and evaluation process for the City of Portland. For current city employees, please visit CityLearner to sign up for the course. For non-city employees, please email: loan.tran@portlandoregon.gov to register. Upcoming classes: October 9 and November 6, 2018

2. Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) Jobs: http://nayapdx.org/about/jobs/
3.  Mac’s Job List: Click on the following underlined link: https://www.macslist.org/
4. Multnomah County Jobs: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/multnomah
5. Zenger Farms: Check out our Open Positions . 
6. David Douglas School District Bus Drivers, Part Time Custodians, and Substitute Cooks: https://www.ddouglas.k12.or.us/2016/08/now-hiring/
7. Latino Network: Check out all our open jobs at: www.latnet.org/jobs
15. Rad Jobs PDX.
8. Housing Oregon: See all open jobs on our website - https://housingoregon.org/job-listings/
9. Ride Connection Job List: http://www.rideconnection.org/ride/AboutUs/Careers.aspx
10. POIC +RAHS Jobs Link: http://www.portlandoic.org/contact/careers/
11. The Rebuilding Center: http://www.rebuildingcenter.org/careers/
12.  Confluence Environmental Center: Check out our website to see a complete listing of our upcoming AmeriCorps positions. 
13. Portland Parks and Recreation Available Jobs Board: Click in the following underlined link: http://www.pdxparks.org/job_board/output/db/jobs_List.asp.



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