Public safety

Beware, Aggressive Door-to-Door Cleaning Products Salespeople Canvassing West Gresham neighborhoods

Beware, Agressive Door-to-Door Salespeople Canvassing West Gresham area selling Advanage citrus cleaning products.  Info here!
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Just Say No!
Then, quickly close your door

Don't let these pushy salespeople take "Advanage" of you

Aggressive and rude!

Several Capri Terrace residents in West Gresham's Wilkes East Neighborhood have reported being confronted by "pretty darn aggressive" and somewhat rude salespeople going door-to-door selling ADVANAGE cleaning sprays for Georgia based T&B Sales. This company has a sketchy reputation and many complaints for its over-the-top high-pressure sales tactics - dating back to their beginning in 2000.

One neighbor said "I had to be aggressive right back in order to shoo him away, I thought his tactics were a bit peculiar. His foot-in-the door antics was a bit unnerving to me".

Reports of T&B Sales representatives going doot-to-door selling Advanage cleaner without a permit or license have appeared recently in local newspapers from Portland to Longview and on several television stations warning area residents -- including this May 21st story on KGW TV's website.

"Don't even engage them in conversation," said one local sheriff's community policing office. "Just explain to them that you're not interested and close the door."

T&B sales has a troubled history in Oregon. In 2008, the attorney general's office issued a consumer alert after sales reps were charged with fraud, theft and illegal drug activity.

If a T&B Sales representative comes to your door you should contact your local police non-emergency telephone number. In Gresham the non-emergency number is 503-823-3333.

Neighborhood Safety Forum, City Hall: May 15, 2010 9:00AM

05/15/2010 - 9:00am
05/15/2010 - 12:00pm
City of Gresham Neighborhood Safety Forum, City Hall: May 15, 2010 9:00AM. Info here!

Improving citizen safety
though understanding
and participation

When: Saturday May 15, 2010 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pkwy
Gresham OR
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You're Invited!

The spring's quarterly neighborhood safety forum topics will be:

  • Update on City Enforcement Objectives
  • Effective Crime Reporting and why it is important
  • Property Crimes are on the rise – what you can do to protect yourself
  • Organizing your street/block – it’s fun and easy and we’ll give you just the “tool” to get you started

East County Courts in Rockwood edges toward reality, decision expected April 22, 2010

Judging from Commissioner McKeel’s reaction East County Courts in Gresham’s Rockwood neighborhood edges toward reality. Info here!

Judging from Commissioner McKeel’s reaction the East County courthouse construction could start in December 2010

Source: The Gresham Outlook (Apr 20, 2010)

Judging from Commissioner Diane McKeel’s smile following Tuesday’s briefing on the East County courthouse project, the embattled building is likely to become a reality.

The five-member board of commissioners will decide on Thursday, April 22, whether to build the structure, more than 25 years in the works.

During its Tuesday meeting, county commissioners considered both two-courtroom and three-courtroom configurations for the building, which is proposed for county-owned land on SE 185th Ave and Stark St in Rockwood. Get Map!

Depending on the number of courtrooms, the project could cost between $17.4 million and $20.7 million. A few million dollars from selling surplus county land south of Edgefield in Troutdale is earmarked for the courthouse. The rest of the money most likely will be financed through bonds.

County commissioners seemed to like the idea of moving ahead with the project now to take advantage of the weak construction market and low interest rates.

If approved, construction could start in December, with the building finished in early 2012.

UPDATE: East County courthouse needs solid backing. Show your support April 22!

East County courthouse needs solid backing. The long-running effort to obtain decent court facilities for East Multnomah County is once again coming to a critical decision point. Info here!

The long-running effort to obtain decent court facilities for East Multnomah County is once again coming to a critical decision point

Source: The Gresham Outlook (Mar 31, 2010)

And that means East County citizens and leaders must maintain a sense of urgency about finally pushing this project over the top.

On Tuesday night, Multnomah County officials – including Commissioners Diane McKeel and Judy Shiprack – held a meeting in outer East Portland to update the community on the preliminary design for a courthouse that would be built in Rockwood, at Southeast 185th Avenue and Stark Street. That session will be followed on April 22 with a presentation to the full board of county commissioners, who then will decide how to proceed with the courthouse project.

(Everyone in the greater East County area (especially Gresham & West Gresham) is urged to attend the April 22 meeting (501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214). If you cannot attend please submit written statements by email to the County Commissioners here ( prior to April 22 to be added to the record and show your support for this important project! Ed.)

(UPDATE: View preliminary design photos below. Ed.)

Gresham Police Department issues their 2009 Annual Report

2009 Gresham Police Annual Report Issued. Info here!
Chief Craig Junginger
Gresham Police Department

Calls for police services increased in 2009

Violent crime is down, theft & vandelism rise, response times improve

First Annual Report Issued

Gresham Police Chief Craig Junginger recently released the first annual report for the Gresham Police Department. The report summarizes crime and accident data, police programs, and personnel highlights from 2009.

Highlights of the report include the activities of the three divisions of the police department, the department's community involvement, and 2009 crime statistics.

Gresham Fire & Rescue visits Capri Terrace Spring 2010 Neighborhood Watch meeting

Gresham Fire visits Capri Terrace Spring 2010 Neighborhood Watch meeting held Mar 14, 2010
Gresham Fire visits Capri Terrace
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Firemen speak to Watch Group about home safety

Neighbors enjoy "Daffodil & Springtime" luncheon

Capri Terrace Spring Meeting

Great turn out for their first quarterly meeting of the year. 41 members, 5 firemen along with 1 new household joined the Capri Terrace Neighborhood Watch Group. Several of our families had phoned indicating they were making an early start on Spring Break and were disappointed to miss the event.

Gresham Fire sent a big beautiful truck with their team to talk to us about home safety and were very gracious in answering many questions. They brought plenty of useful and informative materials to hand out including several new home CO detectors which were raffled during their presentation.

Billy & Laurie Simmon’s along with their twin daughters Alex & Andi hosted a lovely Daffodil & Springtime luncheon/dinner. Irish-Swiss Stew was prepared for the occasion along with a huge offering of salads, Shamrock/Easter cakes, pies and cupcakes by group members. Potluck's are a great way to meet neighbors and a lot of fun too!

Public meeting on East County Courts in Rockwood: March 30, 2010 6:30PM

03/30/2010 - 6:30pm
Public meeting on East County Courts in Rockwood: March 30, 2010 6:30PM. Project team to offer updates and information on proposed Courthouse in Gresham’s Rockwood neighborhood. Info here!

Public meeting on East County Courts

Project team to offer updates and information on proposed Courthouse in Gresham’s Rockwood neighborhood

When: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 6:30 – 8:30PM
Where: Parklane Christian Reformed Church
16001 SE Main
Portland, OR
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On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 Multnomah County will hold an informational public meeting on the status of the proposed East County Courts project. This will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Parklane Christian Reformed Church, 16001 Southeast Main Street, in East Portland. (Meeting details below)

(Everyone in the greater East County (especially Gresham & West Gresham) area is urge to attend this important meeting! Ed.)

Graffiti problem returns to Gresham. Report 'tagging' immediately!

Help the City of Gresham stop the explosion of graffiti, Report It Immediately!  Info here!
Graffiti effects everyone!

Graffiti damages our property, and impacts our community

Help eliminate graffiti -- report it immediately!

Help with Graffiti Problem

The City of Gresham has reported an explosion in graffiti around town since the Holiday season. Graffiti damages property, and casts a bad light on our community. Don't let vandals take control of your neighborhood. We encourage everyone to help combat this problem!

Within 24 hours of graffiti appearing:

  1. Take a picture of the graffiti
    (send it to Cathy Harrington, email,
  2. Report graffiti to the police at 503-618-2463. Do not call 911!
    (there is an officer dedicated to following up right now because the problem's so rampant), and
  3. Clean it off or paint over it
    (contact Cathy for graffiti removal kits or help).

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Remember, graffiti effects everyone!

Methadone Treatment Facility, Early Neighborhood Notification Meeting: Feb 2, 2010 6:30PM

02/02/2010 - 6:30pm
Methadone Treatment Facility, Early Neighborhood Notification Meeting: Feb 2, 2010 6:30PM. Proposed facility to be located in Rockwood's Germantowne Square at 192nd between Stark and Burnside. Info here!

Proposed facility to be
located in Rockwood's
Germantowne Square,
192nd between Stark and Burnside

When: Tuesday Feb 2, 2010 6:30PM
Where: 19295 E Burnside
Gresham Oregon
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Meeting Notice

"RETREAC" and a contractor based out of San Francisco have applied to open and operate a Methadone Maintenance Treatment Facility for the treatment and counseling of narcotic addiction. [Methadone is a Schedule II Narcotic not to be confused with "Meth"(Methamphetamine)].

This informational meeting is being held at the request of applicant to:

  1. facilitate discussion between neighbors and the applicant
  2. identify any perceived issues regarding the proposal, and
  3. make modifications to the proposal where reasonable.

It is part of Gresham's Planning Application process for Community Service Use – Type III. Please visit and input Project Number 09-26000311 to review Project Documents/Comments.

Concerned citizens of Rockwood and Wilkes East are urged to attend this meeting.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements along Halsey St. Project begins May 2010.

Call for Comments. Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements along Halsey St. Project begins May 2010.  Info here!

"Bye-bye" curbside parking. Much needed upgrades coming.

Sidewalks, ADA rampes, bike lanes, and a new crosswalk near 172nd.

Changes coming to Halsey Street

May - September 2010 the City of Gresham’s Transportation Division will enhance Halsey Street between 162nd and 181st Avenues. The project includes construction of new sidewalks where they are missing, new ADA ramps, and an enhanced crosswalk on 172nd or at a nearby intersection to facilitate access to the north side of Halsey Street from H.B. Lee Middle School. Get Map!

The street surface will also be repaved with microseal, a more durable road surface than the existing asphalt. When the street is resurfaced automobile lanes will be realigned and bike lanes will be added to the north and south sides of the street. With the addition of bike lanes some on-street parking will be eliminated.

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