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Measure 26-218 is bad for Gresham neighborhoods

Measure 26-218 is bad for Gresham neighborhoods. Info here!

Metro's proposed Clackamas to Columbia River connector will impact school zones and pedestrian traffic on Northeast 181st Avenue

By Mike Elston, President
North Gresham Neighborhood Association

As President of the North Gresham Neighborhood Association, I'm informed about development plans that impact our neighborhood. Recently I became aware of a Metro proposal that'll increase traffic from Clackamas to the Columbia River ("C2C"), largely by routing it down Northeast 181st /182nd. Although the scheme has apparently been in development for years, Metro and the city of Gresham are only now involving North Gresham citizens — at a point where it's nearly a done-deal.

We have a number of concerns about C2C we feel aren't being heard by Metro. We strongly believe this will have the effect of transforming 181st /182nd into another 82nd Avenue. It will certainly increase traffic, which is already a nightmare during rush hour. That, in turn, will negatively impact the three schools along its proposed route as well as pedestrian access to the MAX and to our area's one grocery store.

We're at a loss to understand how this benefits North Gresham (and maybe that's why we weren't informed about the plan until it was too late to have much impact). Metro claims it'll provide jobs, but they're temporary employment during construction and not permanent.

In our view, this only benefits the higher-income residents of Happy Valley at the expense of Gresham's north-end, lower-income neighborhoods.

Funding for the C2C would be provided by the passage of Metro bond measure M 26-218 in November, and our only chance to delay C2C and permit more time for citizen feedback is for the measure to fail.

We therefore, ask for your help. Join us in voting NO on Measure 26-218, November 3, 2020.

Learn More
Link to the September 10, 2020 “Open house” recorded meeting via Zoom:
https://openhouse.jla.us.com/files/clackamasconnections/gmt20200911-010420-c2c-listen-1920x1080.mp4?166f9c500f
Presentation of slides:
https://openhouse.jla.us.com/files/clackamasconnections/c2c-planpresentation-final.pdf?20acff122f
It would appear some initial road construction has already started in Clackamas County (172nd/190th connection), as well as nearby at NE 181st and Glisan (Tree removal and road widening).

League of Women Voters Portland, Gresham Candidates 2020 Video Voters' Guide

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Get Involved, Make a Difference!
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The League of Women Voters of Portland and MetroEast Community Media produced candidate interview videos for a 2020 Video Voters' Guide. You can find the videos for the Gresham candidates who participated below.

(Due to scheduling and prior commitments not all candidates were able to participate. Candidates are listed alphabetical. Candidates that appear below do not constitute an endorsement by the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association or its members.)

City of Gresham, Mayor
Gresham City Council, Position 1
Gresham City Council, Position 3
Gresham City Council, Position 5

More Info
For information on other voter issues visit League of Women Voters of Portland at https://lwvpdx.org/

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Fall 2020 Newsletter here!

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Fall 2020 Newsletter here! Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community- Together 'WE' can make a difference.

2020 Fall Newsletter

"Diversity, Harmony, Community -
Together 'WE' can make a difference!”


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Fall 2020 Newsletter

Inside This Issue:

  • Virtual School Challenges
  • WENA Board Elections Nov 9th
  • Wilkes East Land-Use Update
  • Holiday Gatherings & Covid-19
  • Online Scammers; Elder Fraud
  • Tips to Prepare For Winter

Download your copy here. (includes active web links)

Newsletters are a regular publication of the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. They are hand-delivered to over 1,500 residences and businesses in our area 3 times per year, timed to correspond with our regular meetings.

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Got a story or tip to share?
Wilkes East residents are encouraged to submit articles and tips for the newsletter. Articles should be limited to 300-500 words and may be subject to editing Include a related photo. Send by email to chair@wilkeseastna.org, or by postal mail to: 17104 NE Oregon St • Portland OR 97230.

Volunteers Needed
Newsletters are hand-delivered to Wilkes East residents and businesses by neighborhood volunteers. There are always routes that need delivery people. Routes are small and many. We can always use your help.
To volunteer contact chair@wilkeseastna.org.

Gresham Farmers Market 2020: Sat, Oct 17, 2020 8:30AM-2PM

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Gresham Farmers' Market 2020: Sat, Oct 03, 2020 8:30AM-2PM. Saturday's thru October. Info here!

Saturday's thru October

When: Sat, Oct 17, 2020 8:30AM-2PM
Where: Arts Plaza
NE 3rd Street and NE Hood Avenue
Get Map!

Oregon's Stay Home, Save Lives order allows farmers markets to operate. The Gresham Farmers' Market will open for the season with a limited number of vendors and strict COVID-19 physical distancing and safety measures in place.

At the market safety measures

  • Do not visit the market if you you are feeling unwell.
  • Only one person per household should visit the market.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Bring a shopping list.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone not in your household.
  • No socializing in the market for now.
  • Do not touch items before buying.
  • Shop quickly.
  • No dogs; service animals only.

Visit the Gresham Farmers' Market website for more information.

Gresham Urban Forestry Subcommittee Meeting: Mon, Oct 19, 2020 4:30PM-6:30PM

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Gresham Urban Forestry Subcommittee Meeting: Mon, Oct 19, 2020 4:30PM-6:30PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Mon, Oct 19, 2020 4:30PM-6:30PM
Where: Online meeting via Zoom

The Urban Forestry Subcommittee advises the City Council and staff about tree preservation, tree species, and for the City's street tree list and trees to be designated to the City's significant tree list.

For more information about this event, contact Tina Osterink, Natural Resources Planner at 503-618-2392 or Tina.Osterink@GreshamOregon.gov.

Gresham Redevelopment Commission Oct 20, 2020 Meeting: Tue, Oct 20, 2020 11:30AM-12:30PM

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Gresham Redevelopment Commission Oct 20, 2020 Meeting: Tue, Oct 20, 2020 11:30AM-12:30PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Tue, Oct 20, 2020 11:30AM-12:30PM
Where: Online meeting via Zoom

Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRDC) meetings allow necessary Urban Renewal business to be dealt with, such as advisory committee reports, bid and grant awards, budget adoption, public hearings, resolutions, project updates and policy matters.

COVID-19 emergency order meeting procedure

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the meetings are held online via Zoom, typically on the third Tuesday of the month 30 minutes following adjournment of the 10:00 am Gresham City Council, with some exceptions to that schedule.

How to attend and access agenda materials

  • For Zoom meeting log-in/call-in information, please see the meeting agenda on the Council Meeting Agendas and Videos page under Upcoming Events or the Gresham Redevelopment Commission page. Agenda materials are posted to those locations approximately one week before the meeting.
  • If you are unable to access the meeting via Zoom, contact Cecille Turley, Program Technician, by calling 503-618-2545 no later than 24 hours before to the meeting start time so the City can provide alternate arrangements.

How to provide testimony

  • Residents wishing to provide oral testimony must register their name, e-mail address, phone number, and subject matter no later than 24 hours before the meeting start time via email to Cecille Turley, Program Technician, at Cecille.Turley@GreshamOregon.gov.
  • Residents wishing to provide written testimony must submit their written testimony no later than 24 hours before the meeting start time via email to Cecille Turley, Program Technician at Cecille.Turley@GreshamOregon.gov so the testimony can be provided to the GRDC before the meeting.

For more information, contact Cecille Turley, Program Technician, at 503-618-2545 or Cecille.Turley@GreshamOregon.gov.

Gresham City Council Business Meetings 2020: Tue, Oct 20, 2020 10AM-11AM

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Gresham City Council Business Meetings 2020: Tue, Oct 20, 2020 10AM-11AM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Tue, Oct 20, 2020 10AM-11AM
Where: Online meeting via Zoom

For the meeting agenda, visit the Council Meeting Agendas and Videos page.

How to attend the meeting

Note: If you're unable to access the meeting via Zoom, you may contact the City Recorder at 503-618-2697 by 10:00 am on the Monday before the meeting so the City can provide alternate arrangements.

How to provide testimony

  • To testify during a Council meeting, provide testimony in writing to City Recorder Susanjoy Wright at Susanjoy.Wright@GreshamOregon.gov 24 hours before the meeting to allow the testimony to be forwarded to the City Council.
  • If you're unable to provide written comments in advance, or are unable to access the meeting via Zoom, notify the City Recorder at 503-618-2697 24 hours in advance of the meeting so we can provide alternate arrangements.

General meeting information

Regular Council meetings allow necessary City business to be dealt with, such as citizen recognition, citizen advisory committee reports, bid awards, resolutions, ordinances, public hearings, etc.

For more information contact the City Recorder at 503-618-2697.

Read more about Council meetings.

Gresham Design Commission Meeting: Wed, Oct 21, 2020 6:30PM-8:30PM

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Gresham Design Commission Meeting: Wed, Oct 21, 2020 6:30PM-8:30PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Wed, Oct 21, 2020 6:30PM-8:30PM
Where: Online meeting via Zoom

The Design Commission is the primary advising subcommittee to the City Council on design excellence for the built environment of the city. The Commission assists in the development and application of design standards and guidelines, and will conduct hearings as necessary to ensure that proposed public and private projects achieve these standards.

For more information about this event, contact Jamie Thomes, Planning Technician at 503-618-2842 or Jamie.Thomes@GreshamOregon.gov.

Gresham Finance Committee Meeting: Wed, Oct 21, 2020 7PM-9PM

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Gresham Finance Committee Meeting: Wed, Oct 21, 2020 7PM-9PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

When: Wed, Oct 21, 2020 7PM-9PM
Where: Online meeting via Zoom

The Finance Committee advises Council on City financial matters. Finance Committee meetings take place on the third Wednesday of the month from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Gresham City Hall or via Zoom.

How to participate:

In conformance with the governor.s limitations on public gatherings, the meeting will be conducted electronically using Zoom, an online meeting platform. The meeting structure is consistent with the governor.s Executive Order No. 20-16.

Please note: Instructions for citizens wishing to testify during this Finance Committee meeting are as follows:

  • Written testimony: Please send your written testimony to Budget and Finance Director, Sharron Monohon
    at Sharron.Monohon@GreshamOregon.gov no later than 24 hours before the meeting to allow the testimony to be forwarded to the Finance Committee.
  • Oral testimony: Please register your name, email address, phone number and subject matter to Budget and Finance Director, Sharron Monohon at Sharron.Monohon@GreshamOregon.gov no later than 24 hours before the meeting.
  • Persons who are unable to access the meeting via Zoom are encouraged to notify the City by calling 503-618-2890, 24 hours in advance of the meeting so that the City can provide alternate arrangements.
How to access the meeting

Meeting log-in or call-in information to access the meeting:

Click the link to join the webinar: https://greshamoregon.zoom.us/j/93180955212?pwd=RDEvd0FsSVBYOFg2WU1aYkN0eE9YQT09
Passcode: 0UErpG

Dial in options:

iPhone one-tap : US: +12532158782,,93180955212#,,,,,,0#,,955340# or +13462487799,,93180955212#,,,,,,0#,,955340#

Telephone: US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923

Webinar ID: 931 8095 5212

Passcode: 955340

For more information about the Finance Committee or about this meeting, contact Sharron Monohon, Budget and Financial Planning Director, at 503-618-2890 or Sharron.Monohon@GreshamOregon.gov.

Gresham Farmers Market 2020: Sat, Oct 24, 2020 8:30AM-2PM

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Gresham Farmers' Market 2020: Sat, Oct 03, 2020 8:30AM-2PM. Saturday's thru October. Info here!

Saturday's thru October

When: Sat, Oct 24, 2020 8:30AM-2PM
Where: Arts Plaza
NE 3rd Street and NE Hood Avenue
Get Map!

Oregon's Stay Home, Save Lives order allows farmers markets to operate. The Gresham Farmers' Market will open for the season with a limited number of vendors and strict COVID-19 physical distancing and safety measures in place.

At the market safety measures

  • Do not visit the market if you you are feeling unwell.
  • Only one person per household should visit the market.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Bring a shopping list.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone not in your household.
  • No socializing in the market for now.
  • Do not touch items before buying.
  • Shop quickly.
  • No dogs; service animals only.

Visit the Gresham Farmers' Market website for more information.

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