Sharing our public spaces with the homeless - SAFE Community Forum: Jul 18, 2009 9AM

07/18/2009 - 9:00am
07/18/2009 - 12:00pm
City of Portland, Street Access For Everyone (SAFE) Community Forum, July 18,21, 2009. Seeking ways to share our streets with the homeless. Click to enlarge!
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City of Portland
Street Access For Everyone (SAFE) Community Forum

Seeking ways to share our streets with the homeless

When: Saturday, July 18, 2009 10AM-12PM
Where: Kaiser Town Hall
3704 N. Interstate
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When: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 7PM-9PM
Where: First Unitarian Church
1011 SW 12th Ave
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Share your ideas

The economic crisis has drastically impacted many of our neighbors. Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish invite all members of our neighborhoods to join them in a community forum to find alternative ways to share our streets, and discuss opportunities to support members of our communities who are faced with homelessness and other challenges.

On April 29, 2009 the Portland City Council agreed to postpone a decision on the Sidewalk Obstructions Ordinance rather than vote to continue or allow it to sunset. A recent court ruling and the Portland Police decision suspending the sit/lie ordinance has created a wonderful opportunity for a community dialogue on the next steps. A report by the Street Access For Everyone (SAFE) Committee sets the framework for discussion about which services have been provided and which are needed.

One way that you can help is to join together and come up with ideas to support our neighbors who are struggling in meeting some of the most basic needs.

    Possible discussion topics:

  • What are the SAFE Recommendations - Areas of agreement, areas of disagreement?
  • How are services coordinated/who does what in the City?
  • What services are needed/missing/need enhancements?
  • Who needs to be at the table?
  • What issues are outstanding?
  • Next Steps

Join the discussion

Please join Commissioner Fritz and Commissioner Fish, along with other Portlanders, as together we discuss opportunities to make our city friendly, supportive and accommodating for

Expect delays and weekend closures along NE 181st Ave in West Gresham thru June during Signal Improvements construction

NE 181st Ave Corridor Signal Improvements construction begins in West Gresham. Expect delays and closures through June.

Signal upgrades, ramp improvements, and pavement repairs are underway.

Much needed traffic changes come to West Gresham.

Ask any rush hour commuter traveling NE 181st Ave in West Gresham and they will tell you, traffic congestion between Interstate 84 and NE Halsey St is miserable. In fact at times, it's downright unbearable.

Frustrated commuters rejoice, change is here!

According to the City of Gresham Project Manager and City Engineers the long awaited NE 181st Ave Corridor Signal Improvements project has begun.

Linda Kidby, City of Gresham spokesperson says "signal upgrades, ramp improvements, and pavements repairs are underway right now and should be completed soon" to relieve traffic congestion through this busy area.

Expect delays and weekend closures

Construction workers are currently making improvements to all of the handicap accessible sidewalk ramps at the intersection of NE San Rafael St at NE 181st Ave.

Due to the nature of the asphalt repairs and the high traffic volume along NE 181st Ave city workers will need to close several intersections in the

Gresham Area Chamber presents Going Green in Gresham with Mayor Shane Bemis: June 17th 11:30AM

06/17/2009 - 11:30am
Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce. Helping businesses grow and network with others companies Going Green in Gresham with Mayor Shane Bemis, June 17th 11:10AM

The Government Affairs Council Presents
Going Green in Gresham with Mayor Shane Bemis

When: Wednesday, June 17th 11:30AM -1:00PM
Where: Heidi's Restaurant
1230 NE Cleveland Ave
Gresham, OR
Lunch $20.00

Going Green in Gresham

Where does the City of Gresham stand in the world of going green? Have we implemented green practices at the City and how do we compare to other Cities in the region? What are we doing to leverage our green values for economic development? Do we have a chance of attracting clean technology companies to Gresham? Do we have the infrastructure, work force and tax structure that clean technology companies are seeking? Please join us as we meet with Mayor Shane Bemis to discuss the answer to these and other important questions about our green values and the connection of those values to economic development.

Please RSVP to the Chamber at (503) 665-1131 or by email to

Reynolds School District lays off 149 teachers, more planned. Middle School students protest budget cuts

Reynolds School District lays off 149 teachers, Middle School students protest budget cuts

Going from bad to worse,

District lays off 149 teachers, more layoffs coming. Middle School students protest planned budget cuts

Reynolds School District lays off 149 teachers

Source: The Gresham Outlook. By Rob Cullivan. May 29, 2009

The Reynolds School District is laying off 149 teachers as of Aug. 31, with the bulk of the layoffs coming among those hired in the past three years.

Faced with slashing almost $15 million from its 2009-10 budget, the district also will announce further layoffs, including among its music education staff as well as support-staff employees, according to Andrea Watson, district spokeswoman.

The teacher layoffs break down as follows: 5 teachers hired between 1996 and 2001; 42 teachers hired between 2001 and 2006; and 102 hired between 2006 and 2009.

Volunteer opportunity. Neighborhood Cleanup. Invasives removal at Nadaka Nature Park: Jun 27, 2009 9AM

06/27/2009 - 9:00am
06/27/2009 - 1:51pm
Friends of Nadaka invite you to Get A Little Dirty! Help Remove Invasives, Restore Urban Habitat.  Click here for more info!

Let's get dirty and have fun too!
Help restore our urban habitat.

Volunteer opportunity.
Invasives removal at Nadaka Nature Park


  • Sunday, Jun 07, 2009 9:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Saturday Jun 27, 2009 9:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Saturday Jul 25, 2009 9:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Sunday Aug 02, 2009 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Where: Nadaka Nature Park
NE 175th Ave and NE Pacific St
Gresham, OR
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Event Info

Be prepared to get a little dirty and to have fun by supporting and volunteering with Friends of Nadaka and Wilkes East Neighborhood Association in their efforts to restore this natural area by removing invasive underbrush and ivy.

Come on by, and give us a hand! Spend all day, or whatever time you can. Dressed for weather. Bring your gloves, waterbottle, clippers, and yard tools.

Coffee, juice, water & refreshments provided by Wilkes East Neighborhood Assn.

No pre-registration required. Volunteers younger than 18 will need a signed waiver (available at the event).

See website calendar for more Nadaka Nature Park events and activities!

Aircraft traffic to increase this summer over Wilkes East during airport runway construction

Aircraft traffic to increase this summer over Wilkes East during airport north runway construction. Click here for project details!

Get ready for increased air traffic as PDX extends their runways

North Runway Extension project underway

Wilkes East residents may notice a change in aircraft flight activity as Portland International Airport begins major runway improvements starting May 1st through October 31st 2009.

During the six-month closure of the north parallel runway jet aircraft will use the south runway and will follow noise abatement procedures that direct them over the Columbia River corridor to minimize overflights of residential areas.

The south runway’s east takeoff and approach path will increase air traffic directly over the Wilkes East neighborhood -- particularly in the Sandstone area.

FREE! Rain Gardens 101 Workshop, Fairview: June 11, 2009 6PM

06/11/2009 - 6:00pm
06/11/2009 - 9:00pm
Free Rain Garden workshop, Fairview OR, June 11, 2009 6PM-9PM
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Free workshop!

Make your own Rain Garden!
Beautify to your yard & protect our streams too.

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District: We help people care for their land

When: Thursday June 11, 2009 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Where: Fairview Community Center
200 Harrison St
Fairview, OR
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What is a Rain Garden?

Rain gardens are a great way to add beautiful landscaping to your yard and protect our overloaded urban streams at the same time. Join us to learn how to build a rain garden on your property to keep our streams clean and healthy!

Participants will learn what a rain garden is and the critical role they can play in the restoration of urban streams, and the “how to’s” of constructing your own rain garden. You will learn the how to assess your site, calculate impervious surfaces, locate and size rain gardens, determine soil suitability with a percolation test, choose appropriate plants, and how to maintain your new rain garden. You will receive a rain garden packet, and where possible, take a field trip to a nearby rain garden.

Advanced registration required. Click here to register!

Dump Your Junk! Annual Neighborhood Clean-Up, Saturday June 27, 2009 9AM

06/27/2009 - 9:00am
Annual Wilkes East Neighrborhood Clean-Up event, Saturday June 27, 2009 9AM

Clean out the garage!
Here come the drop boxes!

Wilkes East Neighborhood Clean-Up
Saturday June 27, 2009 9AM
HB Lee Middle School parking lot

When: Sat June 27, 2008 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Where: HB Lee Middle School
1121 NE 172nd Ave (between Glisan & Halsey)
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Cost per load:

$15.00 -- auto, standard pick-up truck
$25.00 -- trailer load, large truck

Clean-up Info

"Spring Clean-Up" usually means you discover a lot of things you wish you could take to the dump! Well, now you don't have to take your junk very far! The dumpsters are coming to you!

This event is open to all Wilkes East Neighborhood residents. Click here for a neighborhood map!

Bring all your general debris to the dumpsters located in the parking lot at HB Lee Middle School, 1121 NE 172nd Ave (between NE Glisan & NE Halsey), Saturday June 27th from 9AM to 12PM.

Items Accepted

  • yard debris, wood scraps, general clean-up items
  • bulky waste, mattresses, furniture
  • scrap metal, cardboard
Items Not Accepted

  • hazardous waste, chemicals, paint
  • construction and demolition waste, tires, concrete or rocks, dirt
  • kitchen garbage

Got Hazardous Waste? Bring it to Metro! Click here for more info!

Join Your Neighbors -- Get involved. Make a difference!

WENA Quarterly Meeting: May 4, 2009

05/04/2009 - 7:00pm
05/04/2009 - 8:30pm

Everyone's invited!
Wilkes East Neighborhood
Quarterly Public Meeting

Monday May 4th 7PM
HB Lee Middle School

Join Your Neighbors -- Get involved. Make a difference!

When: Monday, May 4, 2009 7:00PM
Where: H B Lee Middle School
1121 NE 172nd Ave
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Be sure to save Monday, May 4th at 7:00 PM for WENA’s Quarterly Public Meeting. This quarter's meeting will be held at H B Lee Middle School, 1121 NE 172nd Ave (between Glisan & Halsey), Portland, Oregon.

Meeting Topics

  • Halsey Project
    (Bike lane and light 172nd & NE Halsey St)

    Jonathon David, Gresham Transportation Division
  • Is There Hope For Our Parks?
    Understanding the Math

    Kathy Minden, People For Parks
  • Nadaka Park Master Plan
    Ric Catron, Gresham Parks and Recreation
  • Neighborhood Update
  • Nadaka Park
    Lee Dayfield, Friends of Nadaka
    • Updates & Earth Day
    • Nature in Neighborhoods
      Capital Grants program
  • Neighborhood Watch
    Groups in your neighborhood
  • And more!

Everyone's Invited to Attend!

This meeting is open to all residents and businesses in the Wilkes East Neighborhood! Be A Part Of Your Community, Plan To Attend.

The Wilkes East Neighborhood is located in the Northwest corner of the City of Gresham, Oregon, and is one of Gresham's sixteen neighborhoods. Wilkes East Neighborhood borders are roughly NE Sandy Boulevard to the north, NE 181st Ave to the east, NE Glisan Street to the south, and NE 162nd Ave to the west. Click here for a map of the Wilkes East Neighborhood.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend this important meeting.

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