There are 20 positions available, and they are looking for specific perspectives that I believe you all have the unique relationships to whom you can spread the word.
Join an Advisory Body!
Joining an advisory body is a way for Portlanders to lend their expertise and personal or professional experience to the City of Portland. As an advisory body member, you will work closely with community members and City of Portland liaisons to impact policies and programs.
Development Review Advisory Committee – Closes Feb. 26
The Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) advocates for and supports the consistent and fair application and implementation of regulations that affect development proposals, from office towers to kitchen remodels. The committee is actively seeking individuals who have experience with or share the perspectives of seven distinct stakeholder groups relevant to the committee’s work, such as Neighborhood Coalition Land Use Committees and Low-Income Housing Developers. Apply here.
Noise Review Board – Closes March 15
The Noise Review Board works to improve neighborhood livability by striking a balance between sound-generating activities related to construction, special events, and other issues, and the desire for livable communities. The Noise Review Board has an opening for an acoustics professional beginning April 1. Apply here
Lower SE Advisory Committee – Closes March 5
The City of Portland, through the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Portland Bureau of Transportation, is seeking interested persons to serve in one of twenty positions, each for an 18-month Lower Southeast Rising Area Plan project, on the Project Advisory Committee. Persons of color and/or with disabilities and experience within the Lower SE area (Brentwood-Darlington, Lents, Mt Scott-Arleta, Woodstock) are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 5th.Apply here.
Transportation Parking Advisory Committee – Closes March 7
The mission of the Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee (TPAC) specific to the Central Eastside Industrial District. TPAC serves as a forum for action, program planning, and monitoring of parking and transportation regulations as the district evolves, bringing more balance and focus to multiple modes of transportation within the district.If you have a connection to the Central Eastside Industrial District and care about off-street parking usage, please apply here.
Rethink Portland Police Accountability – March 15
Are you passionate about police reform and accountability? Are you innovative, collaborative and equity-focused? Do you want to have an impact on future policy and practice related to police reform? Does the idea of building something from scratch excite you? Please help us shape the soon-to-be-formed police oversight committee. Last November, an overwhelming 82% of Portland voters supported proposed changes to the City of Portland’s Charter. This is your opportunity to help the City of Portland create rethink police accountability. Apply here.
Parks Levy Oversight Committee – March 11
Portland Parks & Recreation seeks community members for their The Parks Levy Oversight Committee, the levy was passed by voters in November 2020. The Parks Levy Oversight Committee will meet quarterly to review the progress and annual proposed expenditures. This 5-year operating levy will provide crucial funding for the City of Portland’s park and recreation system, including: opening public pools and community centers, centering equity in the delivery of its programs and services, ensuring that cost is no longer a barrier for parks users. You will be provided training and onboarding. Learn more and apply here!
More info? Contact: Ashley Tjaden, Advisory Bodies Management Analyst | Administration
Office of Community & Civic Life
A new start to the same New Year! January brings news of vaccinations but no end in sight to the pandemic.
This Bridgeton Neighborhood Association e-newsletter is a monthly "news" report of the Board of Directors meetings. coupled with neighbor reflections.
Natural resources like streams, wetlands, plants, trees, and flood areas help move water off private property, store water during flood events, hold hillsides in place, cool the air and provide habitat for wildlife. Protecting these natural resources protects houses, businesses and roads by reducing the risk of flooding and landslides. On some properties, natural resource protections could limit or restrict where new houses or structures may be built.
To find out more about how the City is updating these rules and to see if your property is affected, visit About the Ezones Map Correction Project | Portland.gov. City staff will brief the Planning and Sustainability Commission about the project on Jan. 26, 2021. You can watch the briefing on YouTube and learn more about the PSC briefing (learn more:
Events | Portland.gov). To talk directly with staff, email us at email@example.com or call 503-823-4225. Interpretation is available.
Mindy Brooks, City Planner
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City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
BNA Committees Open House • Tuesday, December 8, 2020 • 6:30 pm
Next Tuesday, the regularly scheduled Bridgeton Neighborhood Association board meeting will be replaced with an open house ZOOM Meeting devoted to break-out discussions about the current and future opportunities for all of the BNA committees. Please join us for active committee discussion (and some we wish were active).
If you have ideas for improvements to the neighborhood, or want to hear about the work we have been doing, please join us for these conversations.
6:30 Begin Meeting
Session I - 6:40 - 7:00
Session II - 7:10 - 7:30
Session III - 7:40 - 8:00
8:00 - 8:30 Wrap up conversation
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Neighborhood Litter Cleanup on Oct 24, 2020 was a HUGE success with 14 volunteers!
The Bridgeton Neighborhood Association is fundraising to support clean up programs like Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) who work with our homeless neighbors and community volunteers..They helped clean the area along Marine Drive & MLK Jr. Blvd. along with BNA volunteers, filling three dumpsters that day! Terrance Moses, NHN Director, is planning to keep Bridgeton neighborhood on their circuit with regular monthly clean ups.
The BNA asks all our neighbors to contribute to these professional style clean-up efforts! Please donate here. A separate fund has been designated to support these ongoing efforts.
Please note BNA Clean Ups on your contributions. THANK YOU!
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There will be a general meeting online via ZOOM at 6:30 pm October 20 for the purpose of elections. Meeting details will be forthcoming.
There will be two questions to vote upon.
1. Election of a 2021 board for the neighborhood association. As of this writing, 9/29/20, there are twelve volunteers to serve on the board. Because the BNA bylaws allow for 15 seats on the board, these candidates are presented as a single slate for your approval.
The currently listed candidates are:
If you would like to volunteer to join the board, and help keep Bridgeton a great place to live, please contact BNAneighbors@gmail.com
2. Revisions to the BNA Bylaws
The Bridgeton Bylaws (Linked HERE) require an annual review by the board to ensure that they are up to date. The most recent update was in 2015.
The 2020 Bridgeton Neighborhood Association board recommends the following updates, resulting in the amended 2020 Bridgeton Bylaws (Linked HERE)
Move ARTICLE XI GOVERNANCE to become Article IV and renumber all subsequent articles and references to articles. Reason: Governance sets the standards for the other functions of the BNA, so should be defined before those other articles. Further, this article defines the Portland City organizations and documents that oversee the system of neighborhood associations that are referenced in later articles.
“Roberts Rules of Order shall be followed in all areas not covered by the bylaws.”
With the following:
“Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern formal votes on issues and elections, and may be invoked as needed by any member to govern discussions.”
Reason: Robert’s Rules of Order are occasionally useful for small organizations, especially when issues become thorny, but under normal circumstances they are an unnecessary complication and are routinely ignored. Any member who feels that they are being run over by the majority should be able to demand a systematic approach to discussion that will allow them equal opportunity to be heard. The original text is ambiguous and simultaneously limiting.
With the following:
“Membership is open to any person above the age of 18 who is a resident, property owner, or holder of a business license located within the BRIDGETON NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION neighborhood boundaries.”
Reason: Just as City, State and National jurisdictions limit voting to adult residents, we assert the same arguments for limiting participation to those with adult judgment.
Reason: Clarity. The section specifies 15, but does not specify 15 of what.
With the following:
“All meetings are open to the public. Only Board members are eligible to vote. All BNA members can participate in discussions. The meeting chair will maintain order.”
Reason: Clarity. The board’s purpose is to understand and respond to input from the community, and to represent the community through responsible civic action.
Reason: The Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement no longer exists under that name, but the guiding principles are still found in the ONI Standards.
With the following:
“The Board may establish committees. Committees will make recommendations to the BNA Board and shall not act on their own accord, without Board approval.”
Reason: Clarity. A positive description of a committee’s purpose is at least as important as a description of its restrictions.
Portland District & Multnomah County Drainage District-Portland Metro Levee System Feasibility Study
Here it is... Portland District & Multnomah County Drainage District-Portland Metro Levee System Feasibility Study
The BNA doesn't know anything more than what is in this video.
Direct link to BNA Waterside News July 2020:
Jon Peterson, originally from Seattle, attended the University of Oregon, not only for his undergrad degree but also for his Masters in Architecture. He later settled in Bridgeton and is our historian.
Jon can recall what happened when the trees were cut on the levee, and all kinds of things that we newcomers can't possibly imagine.
An architect by trade, he also spent many years teaching and publishing. He is mentioned in Who's Who in the West, 15th through 18th Editions, and in Who's Who in America, 39th and 40th Editions.
He was a consultant for the John's Landing Renewal Project and among his commissions were a Passive Solar Office, a Tennis Shelter, and the Jacobsen Houseboat.
Jon is a very welcome addition to the board. He's got stories and thoughts that will fill many a pleasant hour in the neighborhood.
Neighborhood Associations, activists and policymakers from all over the city are discussing the homelessness situation and trying to form a coalition to affect city policy. BNA Chair, Tom Hickey, feels strongly that the neighborhood associations, in alliance, can form a strong community to promote change, and that it is our duty to direct this strength towards building a more just and equitable world. Security and sanitation for those suffering from homelessness will pay dividends to the rest of us in the form of a more stable community. You can watch the recorded video at 6-16-20 Homelessness Zoom Meeting
The Bridgeton Neighborhood Association, in cooperation with other concerned NAs, invites all Portland Neighborhood Associations and other interested parties to a virtual meeting to discuss our role in taking action to fight the homelessness crisis plaguing our city.
A number of North Portland NAs have endorsed the North Portland Joint Statement on Homelessness, which at its core, recommends that NAs throughout the city should support negotiated locations for organized camps where the unsheltered can find sanitation and security, along the model of the three recently opened camps in the city. We are confident that other associations throughout the city have struggled with this question, and no doubt have constructive suggestions to bring to the conversation.
Please join representatives from neighborhood associations across Portland for a conversation on how to move forward.
Portland Neighborhood Associations
Joint Action on Homelessness
Tuesday, June 16, 6 pm-8 pm
Thesis: The Neighborhood Associations throughout Portland must take an active role in addressing the homelessness crisis in the city. Participation in the development of solutions in three-way partnership with homeless advocacy groups and with policymakers allows us to create better outcomes for neighborhoods and for victims of the crisis.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom Meeting information.
Tom Hickey, Bridgeton Neighborhood Association, 2020 Chair
May 9, 2020
Working in collaboration with the other neighborhood associations in the North Portland Neighborhood Services community, the Bridgeton Neighborhood Association has developed the North Portland Joint Statement on Homelessness to help the city move forward in our struggle with the homelessness crisis. As of May 8, Bridgeton, Arbor Lodge, University Park and Overlook NA boards have voted to support this statement. The remaining North Portland boards are still in discussion.
Obviously we would all like to see an end to this social blight. Not only does it represent human suffering and despair, it creates conditions that lead to crime, disease and a degradation of humane living for all of us. We cannot wish it away - we cannot demand it take itself elsewhere and leave us to our idyllic ignorance of the crisis - we, as residents of the Portland community need to face the hard question: What, exactly, are we willing to do about it? We can donate to charity, we can demand that the city remove obstacles to getting the Bybee Lakes Hope Center up and running, but these are only partial solutions. While we fix the long-term problems of housing affordability and the gaps in our mental health policy, we need immediate solutions that bring people services and at the same time restore our streets to something resembling law and order. We need more managed camps and we need them throughout the city.
The next step in this process is to ask what public spaces within the community could accommodate such a thing? A managed camp should be equipped to handle people safely and with dignity, provide basic services, sanitation, and access to public transportation, and the stable base from which to rebuild their lives. In exchange for creating an environment that respects the needs of the homeless, we gain the moral authority to demand respect for our own lives and livelihood.
We will be discussing this topic at the May virtual board meeting on Tuesday 5/12.
Please write to me with your thoughts.
Bridgton Neighborhood Association
4/28/20 Virtual Meeting Report
With BNA Board, MCDD and USACE
The Bridgeton Neighborhood Association board was invited by US Army Corps of Engineers to attend a Web-Ex presentation on the state of the Portland Metro Levee System feasibility study, resulting from the April 15 milestone meeting with their district management. We asked that the meeting be recorded and made available for public review, and are awaiting news of that. Representatives of MCDD and Portland City were also present on the call.
Broadly, the report is that the proposed “Tentatively Selected Plan #5” has been approved by HQ and the design will move forward to the next phase. They have a multitude of design revisions to consider, including technical concerns, as well as the livability issues that we raised, and expect that it will be a year before a revised plan is ready for presentation.
In the meantime, the board will remain in contact with the USACE to coordinate public outreach as the revised design develops. For instance, they have agreed to provide us with some “sketch” information by the beginning of June about how their thinking has evolved to accommodate our concerns. It is important to the neighborhood that we have access to their thought processes at this early stage so that we have opportunity to guide solutions favorably. Once we have this “sketch” package, we will share it with the community for feedback and comment. A follow up meeting will address those comments. Perhaps by then we can all meet in real life.
The Army Corps has begun to compile the public comments we submitted in January, and to address them as a FAQ section on their webpage. It is not fully developed and it could use some clearer organization. At present it is appended at the bottom of the existing cover page for the project and requires substantial scrolling to find.
Look for the heading: Clarification of concerns we have heard.
The scheduled walks of the levee that were postponed due to the coronavirus have still not been rescheduled. They are aware of the need for them and are anxious to get back to that as soon as they are permitted.
No matter how this goes, not everybody will be happy - we all have different tolerances for change. I am convinced at this point that the USACE wants the project to go through in a manner that leaves Bridgeton satisfied that our concerns were heard and addressed sincerely. Revised concept sketches will tell us something about that.
Below are the notes that Bridget Bayer took at the meeting.
Bridgeton Neighborhood Association
BNA Special Meeting - USACE Levee Update
April 28, 2020
Board members: Tom Hickey, PaulWargnier, BridgetBayer, WalterValenta, Jon Peterson, Erik Molander
USACE: Laura Hicks, Valerie Ringold, ?
MCDD: Mark Wilcox, Karen Carillo
PEN 2: Leslie Sawyer, Val Humble
2. Current Actions – Next steps
3. Public Involvement Process
5. BNA Meeting Prep
1. Agency Decision
The local chapter of USACE met their first milestone to present their Tentative Selected Plan (TSP) at the Federal NW Division Meeting (Portland, Seattle, Walla Walla, Omaha). USACE actions are funded as they reach each milestone so they can now go forward with refinement.
The decision presented included concerns that need to be addressed like HTRW & neighborhood concerns.
HTRW - There were 25 Hazardous Toxic and Radioactive Waste (HTRW) but only three remain to be cleaned up to date. Two of the three are petroleum based (oil spills & crude oil) so are of less concern.
Neighborhood concerns were sorted into six categories; Public review process; Alternative selection; Natural resources & recreation; Design Project features; Neighborhood livability; Study authority; Other?
2. Current Actions – Next Steps
They will need to secure a FONSI “Finding of No Significant Impact” through soil testing for NEPA, OR DEQ and bio-opinion from National Marine Fisheries Service. Water quality considerations are of great concern to them. They do not want to impact endangered species in any way.
They must also go through several other reviews: Public, Legal, Policy, Interagency and Historic property.
Refinement of design and details will lead to a report with recommended plan – approx. one year from now.
They will release a sketch of refinement ideas by the end of May, beginning of June.
3. Public Involvement Process
USACE were commended for the model outreach they are doing for this project. The BNA Board will continue to ask for a wide range of involvement. PEN 2 Board members are our best resource to stay informed of this detailed process. Leslie Sawyer, long-time BNA Board member, is currently serving on the PEN 2 Board.
Partners from the community (40-Mile Loop, Parks & Rec, Metro) have not offered assistance or funding to help with amenities for enhanced recreation or design. USACE recommended that we ask potential partners to talk to MCDD to be involved in the process along the way.
Board members stressed that it is very important that neighbors and concerned citizens want to comment and give input along the way, before decisions are made.
4. USACE Website
The USACE will mainly keep the public updated on their website. It has been updated to include FAQ’s and more will be added as they come in. A full calendar on USACE website lists all public meetings available.
5. BNA Meeting Prep
They are open to any kind of meeting the BNA chooses, is allowed, and safe. A meeting may occur online that is also projected on a series of YouTube streamed videos with experts explaining project details. Online meetings will be recorded and shared on the BNA website and USACE website whenever possible. Meetings to be set when information is updated and comments on specific issues are requested.
We asked for “posters” or some kind of printed materials to be posted on Bridgeton Road for those neighbors not online. The BNA has asked several property owners to display on covered outside properties.
Bridget Bayer, BNA Board Secretary
As you may have suspected, the Bridgeton Neighborhood Association General Meeting, scheduled for April 14, is canceled in response to state-wide restrictions against public gatherings during the Coronavirus emergency.
The topics for discussion at the April 14 meeting, while of interest, were not particularly time sensitive, with the exception of a presentation from the Oregon Department of Transportation regarding the scheduled I-5 Interstate Bridge closure this summer. Beginning with that topic, and moving on to the others, the BNA board will do all that it can to assemble and share the pertinent information on that project using digital media, so please do all that YOU can to stay informed.
On the topic of staying connected: As we practice our social distancing, let us not become so isolated that we do lose contact with each other. Please make the effort to check in on your neighbors — Are they healthy? Comfortable and secure? Remember that not everybody has internet access to reach out with or to stay informed. Not everybody has adequate long term savings to weather the coming economic slump without anxiety or worse. We need to support each other. Talk to your neighbor. From six feet away.
posted March 19, 2020
Bridgeton, This is a CALL TO ACTION! Please attend one of these meetings and learn what the opportunities are concerning the Levees. We see this as an opportunity to upgrade some things we have dreamed about AND get safer levees at the same time!
Thursday, January 16, 2020 • 6:00 - 8:00 PM • City of Fairview Council Chambers
300 NE Village Street
Fairview, OR 97024
Thursday, January 23, 2020 • 6:00 - 8:00 PM • Expo Center
2060 N Marine Drive
Portland, OR 97217
If you can't make it to one of these meetings, Levee Ready Columbia will also hold a couple of drop-in sessions later in the month where you can get your questions answered and share your thoughts in a smaller group setting:
Saturday, January 25, 2020 • 9:00 AM - Noon • Portland Drop In
435 NE Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR 97211
Saturday, February 1, 2020 • 9:00 AM - Noon • East County Drop In
Stomping Ground Coffee
21825 NE Halsey Street
Fairview, OR 97024
more info from Levee Ready Columbia
An email and survey will be following for your opinions. We hope to have FULL neighborhood participation! If you live on or just off Bridgeton Road, this WILL affect you!
A guide to the Corps' feasibility study, from the Multnomah County Drainage District, is here:
SAVE YOUR RETURNABLE BOTTLES AND CANS!
The BNA is collecting returnable bottles and cans under the city’s Bottle Drop Give program as an ongoing fundraising project.
Bottle Drop Give has issued the BNA special collection bags with printed labels that allow bags to be easily scanned so that funds go into an account for the BNA.
Contact Tom Hickey, who is happy to pass out collection bags, and pick up bottles to deliver them to the Bottle Drop site personally. Find him out and about on Bridgeton Road or through our brand new Facebook Group, Bridgeton PDX, and Nextdoor.com.
Ann Neuenschwander & Bridget Bayer created the 2019 Dogs of Bridgeton Road Calendar. It's packed with 12 pages of the cutest dogs on Bridgeton Road!
It's a BNA fundraiser! $5.00 of every calendar goes to the BNA for events and activities.
$5.00 - Online .pdf version - Calendar is emailed directly to you!
Email to order: email@example.com
or call: 503-673-6290