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Wilkes East Neighborhood, 2020 Fall Meeting: Mon Nov 09, 2020 7PM-8:30PM

11/09/2020 - 7:00pm
11/09/2020 - 8:30pm
Wilkes East Neighborhood 2020 Fall Meeting: Mon Nov 09, 2020 7PM-8:30PM. Everyone's invited! Join your Neighbors. Get involved. Make a difference! Online meeting via Zoom. Info here!

Watch for these red & white Meeting Signs the week before our meeting.

Fall Meeting Notice

When: Mon Nov 09, 2020 7PM-8:30PM
Where: Online meeting via Zoom

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Meeting ID: 552 671 8670
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Neighborhood Meeting, Everyone's Invited

Join Your Neighbors. Get involved. Make a difference!

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Be sure to save Monday, Nov 9th at 7PM for the Wilkes East Neighborhood 2020 Fall Meeting. The meeting will be held online via Zoom meeting.


  • Robin Sells, Gresham Chief of Police
  • Emily Bower, Executive Dir, City of Gresham Redevelopment, Downtown Rockwood
  • Election of Officers
  • Lee Dayfield, Parks Advocate, Progress report to get a Parks District for Gresham
  • Neighborhood news and more

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Did you know you can become a Member-at-Large at any time? Being a Board Member is a great opportunity and experience for any neighbor, whether you’ve been on a board before or you're considering the idea for the first time. No experience required. Nominate yourself. Info here! or contact any board member. Get involved! Make a difference!

Who should attend?
Participation is open to all residents who live, own property or a business, organization, church or government agency within our boundaries

Be 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 Blvd to the north, NE 181st Ave to the east, NE Glisan St to the south, and NE 162nd Ave to the west. Get map!.

Wilkes East Neighborhood Meeting Signs. Info here!

Watch for these red & white Meeting Signs the week before our meeting. The signs were purchased with assistance of the City of Gresham Neighborhood Grant Program, and with volunteer hours to set them out and retrieve them. Signs Now NW also made a generous contribution to this project.

Mark your calendar. See you there!

Questions or comments?
Contact Wilkes East Neighborhood by email at, or by postal mail to: Wilkes East Neighborhood, 17104 NE Oregon St, Portland Oregon 97230

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:
Presentation of slides:
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).

City of Gresham Let's Talk Preparedness: A Community Ready Conversation: Thu, Oct 08, 2020 6PM-7PM

10/08/2020 - 6:00pm
10/08/2020 - 7:00pm
City of Gresham Let's Talk Preparedness: A Community Ready Conversation: Thu, Oct 08, 2020 6PM-7PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Thu, Oct 08, 2020 6PM-7PM
Where: Online event via YouTube livestream

Join City of Gresham Emergency Manager Kelle Landavazo and other preparedness experts from around the region live on the City's YouTube channel. We will share lessons learned from the events of 2020 and cover community questions.

Watch the livestream

Do you have a question for the panelists to address? Email or text your question to 503-979-5228 through Oct.6.

Learn more about emergency preparedness.

East County Forum, Justice Reform Roundtable: Wed Sep 23, 2020 6PM-8PM

09/23/2020 - 6:00pm
09/23/2020 - 8:00pm

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Tue, Sep 23, 2020 6PM-8PM
Where: Online meeting via Zoom

This community roundtable will be an opportunity for community members and organizations to hear from Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese, State Representative Chris Gorsek, and justice reform activists Shemar Lenox with Gresham Stand Up, and Raising Justice on ways we can reduce use of force in the criminal justice system. Our panel will be moderated by Multnomah County's Local Public Safety Coordinating Committee Executive Director Abbey Stamp.

You can register for the event via zoom at

The East County issue forums are hosted monthly in partnership by Multnomah County, the City of Gresham and our East County schools districts.

For questions, contact the office of Commissioner Lori Stegmann at 503-988-5213 or (link sends e-mail).

Wilkes East Neighborhood Summer 2020 Zoom Meeting Info

Wilkes East Neighborhood Summer 2020 Zoom Meeting. Info here!

Time: Aug 10, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Group Opposing Glisan Street Lane Reductions Meeting: Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:30PM

02/25/2020 - 6:30pm
02/25/2020 - 7:30pm

Group Opposing Glisan Street Lane Reductions Meeting: Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:30PM. Info here!

The group says the changes have caused traffic backups and slow downs

When: Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:30PM
Where: 1017 NE 117th Ave
(NE 117th & NE Holiday St)
Get Map

This meeting will explain what facts the Glisan Commuters Initiative has gathered and help the public understand what they've accomplished so far. Share your concerns and ideas. Join the discussion at this meeting!

Related info can be found here

Winter Weather Potential for Portland Metro January 11-18 2020

01/11/2020 - 4:00pm
01/17/2020 - 4:59pm
Winter Weather Potential for Portland Metro January 11-18 2020. Details here!
NCEP Temperature Probabilities Jan 11-18. Click to enlarge

Starting this weekend, a series of systems will usher in the coldest air we've seen so far this season.

By Garret Hartung (Wilkes East resident)
Climate Science Undergrad, Oregon State University

With this cold air in place next week (Jan 11-18), any system swinging in moisture from the Pacific has the potential to bring winter precipitation to the lowest elevations. In typical Pacific Northwest fashion, this forecast is complicated, so its best to break it down into a few categories: what we do know, what is uncertain, and how can you be prepared.

What We Do Know:

  • Temperatures are expected to be well below the average high of 46°F for this time of year. The NCEP (National Centers for Environmental Prediction) is showing an 80% or greater probability of below normal temperatures in our area for next week. High temperatures are looking to be in the low 30’s starting Tuesday with lows in the mid to lower 20’s. It wouldn’t be too shocking to see temperatures dip below 20°F in this set up. There is still some uncertainty in regard to how cold it will get, there are a few models showing temperatures even lower than what was mentioned above but confidence in that is very low
  • The east wind should be howling during this period. This is where most of the cold air will come from. Depending on the exact strength and location of a system we could see gusts exceeding 40mph, which is strong but not out of the ordinary for our area. Typically, we see a few 40+mph gusts from the east each year. This could lead to some very cold wind chills, probably getting into the teens or lower for some days.
  • The upper level pattern is conductive of storms developing off the coast. For most of next week, temperatures should be cold enough in Portland to support snow at the valley floor. It’s appears fairly certain we should see some precipitation in this period.
  • What is Uncertain:

    • A few models are showing extremely cold temperatures in our area that haven’t been seen in decades. While I wouldn’t bet on that occurring, there is a small possibility that does occur. For example, the latest run of the GFS (Global Forecast System) model has lows in the single digits. While other models keep us in the 20’s/30’s.
    • The big question is how much precipitation we will get. Models have been showing anything from nothing to a 2008-like event for the Portland area. There are several factors that are leading to this uncertainty. The main thing is the track and strength of the storms that may or may not form. A stronger storm may produce more precipitation but could also bring in warm air from the south to keep us above freezing. A storm tracking too far north could do the same thing, while a storm tracking too far south may leave us cold but dry. We won’t know the exact strength and track of a storm till about 3 days out. So, any estimates of the amount of snowfall we could get should be questioned until we are with in 36 hours of the event. This was an issue last year when crazy model outputs were being shared on social media, causing some what of a panic. I will say that the models are starting to zero in on Thursday as out potential big snow day, but specific details will change in the coming days.

    How to prepare:

    • Winterize your home if you haven’t done so yet this winter. In particular shut off and cover outside faucets and make sure the pipes in your home are ready for the coldest temps of the season thus far. If you have a generator for your home, make sure its good on fuel and you know how to connect it properly. Freezing rain is not out of the question for this event, especially for areas exposed to the gorge winds.
    • Stock your car on winter survival gear. Have chains or traction tires ready if you need to travel this week. Things like some food, water, kitty litter, and other supplies you may need if your car gets stuck.
    • Have a plan. Should we have a high impact winter event, be prepared with food (for you and your pet) and medicine in your home and try not to travel. Think about things you’d need if you can’t leave the house for a couple days. It’s also good to think about potential loss of power. Keep your phone charged and have flashlights ready.
    • Be weather ready! Stay informed by paying attention to local media outlets and the National Weather Service for the latest forecasts and warnings. These men and women know the area and know how snow events play out more so than the app on your phone.
      • The bottom line is that cold weather is expected and all types of winter precipitation including snow and freezing rain could occur next week. So be prepared for impactful weather.

        It’s better to prepare for an event and it doesn’t occur than to not be prepared if it does.

Are you prepared for a winter storm? Groceries and emergency supplies you need in case of snow

Are you prepared for a winter storm? Here are the groceries and other supplies you should add to your shopping list. Info here!

During extremely cold weather or winter storms, staying warm and safe can be a challenge.

Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, strong winds, power failures, loss of communications, and icy roads.

Here's a list of groceries and emergency supplies you need in case of snow.

Items that don’t require refrigeration or heat to prepare

  • Nut butters, jams and jellies
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Dried fruits and nuts
  • Juices (particularly those that are not commonly found in the refrigerator section of the supermarket)
  • Breads, muffins, bagels, tortillas
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Canned milk or non-dairy milk in aseptic cartons
  • Protein bars and protein shakes
  • Jarred sauces such as salsa, ketchup, or mustard.
  • Pickles or foods preserved in vinegar
  • Hard cheeses, such as cheddar, Swiss, provolone and parmesan, processed cheeses, and Edam (just make sure the cheese is well wrapped and sealed)

Other items to add to your list if you don’t have them

  • A non-electric can opener
  • Charcoal or propane for the outdoor grill
  • Pet food
  • Kitty litter
  • Paper towels, paper plates, and plastic utensils (useful if the power goes out and you can’t wash dishes)
  • Toilet paper
  • Water (1 gal per person per 3 days)
  • Other storm essentials

    • Rock salt for melting ice on sidewalks and driveway
    • An ice scraper for your car’s windshield
    • A sturdy snow shovel
    • Foam insulation covers for exterior faucets
    • First-aid kit
    • Flashlight, with batteries
    • Extra batteries, just in case

    Good to have on hand when you’re going to be cooped-up

    • Favorite baking supplies for cookies and quickbread (flour, sugar, salt, eggs, butter)
    • Cartons of chicken or vegetable broth for making soup (a good excuse to use up what’s already in your vegetable bin)
    • Canned soup
    • Comfort food (mac ‘n’ cheese, pasta, potatoes. yum)
    • Favorite snacks (popcorn, chips, etc.)
    • Apple cider
    • Coffee and tea
    • Wine and beer
    • Liquor

    Now that you're ready you can relax and enjoy a snow day!

    Source: The Oregonian/

When A Natural Emergency Strikes Will You and Your Family Be Ready?

Experts Warn Cascadia Is Overdue For A 9.0 Earthquake

When A Natural Emergency Strikes Will You and Your Family Be Ready? Here's some great tips and valuable resources to help you be prepared for a disaster. Info here!

Be informed.
Build a kit.
Make a plan.

Everyday you hear the warnings.
Have you made a kit?
Do you have a plan?

If you're like most of us - you're not ready.

If that's you, we've got some great tips and valuable resources below to help you be prepared for whenever a disaster strikes.


Think of Oregon geology as a clock, measuring time in earthquakes. Tick: a magnitude 8 quake. (Bigger than 1989 Bay Area quake that killed 63 people.) Tock: a magnitude 9 quake. (Same as the 2011 Japan quake that killed almost 16,000 people.) On average, a major quake happens in our area every 243 years, the last one was January 26, 1700 — 316 years ago. Yes. We are overdue.

When the next Big One does happen, a 700-mile long section of the tectonic plate known as the Juan de Fuca, stretching from British Columbia to Northern California, will slide beneath the North American plate, causing the entire Northwest coast-line to sink up to 6.6 feet. This won’t be a California-style short burst of energy quake in the earth’s upper crust. The Big One will be bigger, deeper, and last longer: 3–4 minutes, with dozens of after-shocks, some very powerful, for days, months, or later.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is 700 miles long, located 100-150 miles off shore of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and northern California. Info here!
Cascadia Subduction Zone. Pacific Northwest. Click to Enlarge.

Hillsides will slide. Buildings will collapse. Roads will buckle. High-rises will sway. Bridges will crack. Some will fall. Pipes will snap. Within 20 minutes, the first of several 40-foot tsunami waves will wash away the Oregon Coast’s low-lying towns.

If our next “subduction zone” quake unleashes its full potential, it will be the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Fall 2019 Newsletter here!

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Fall 2019 Newsletter here! Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community- Together 'WE' can make a difference.

2019 Fall Newsletter

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Fall 2019 Newsletter

Inside This Issue:

  • Albertina Kerr Workforce Housing
  • WENA Board Elections Nov 11th
  • Extreme Weather In Our Region
  • Nadaka Happenings & Changes
  • Update: A Playground For Kirk Park

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