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Bureau of Environmental Services

July 21, 2021

Hello East Columbia Neighbors near Flyway Wetland Complex,

The intent of this letter is to provide an update about activities in the seven properties that the City of Portland Parks and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is managing in your neighborhood. Our last update was in February of 2020.

Areas 1 and 2 – These areas have been undergoing enhancement work in partnership with Portland State University’s Indigenous Nations Studies Department. The project includes useful native plants to diversify the existing vegetation and help manage stormwater, engages students and restoration ecologists in Indigenous Traditional Ecological and Cultural Knowledge practices, and provides habitat for pollinators including birds and insects. The area was planted with native camas bulbs and other wetland species throughout 2020. Experiments in non-herbicide weed control on the site include suppressing weedy grasses with mulching and vinyl sheeting.

Area 1: Native tall camas and vinyl sheeting for weed control

Area 3 – In our 2020 update, I let you know that BES completed a property line adjustment to keep most of the parcel as natural area to protect the wetlands. Three outbuilding structures were removed and a parcel that includes the home was created.

Several neighbors have inquired about this new parcel relative to timing for sale and raised concerns about abandoned autos and possible camping on the site. Thank you for your prompt communications with our staff.

Residential property sale (surplus) for 9442 NE 13th Ave information:

The residential property will follow policies and a process outlined in the Citywide Surplus Real Property website at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/dam/68245. The website allows people to sign up to receive excess and surplus real property notifications and provides general process information.

The current status of property is “Excess to BES needs.” Property is not disposed of until all bureaus identify it as unneeded.  After confirmation that the property doesn’t need to be retained in City ownership, the Real Property Coordinator will begin the public outreach process.   An Ordinance will be scheduled at City Council after the completion of outreach and will include all of the public comments. An estimate of the time to complete the process is January 2022.

Please contact Eli Callison, BES facilities management at eli.callison@portlandoregon.gov regarding the disposition of the property.

Abandoned autos and possible camping information:

We understand that community might have safety and camping concerns. For safety and camping concerns, call City/County information at 3-1-1 or 503-823-4000 or file a campsite report online at the City’s Homelessness Toolkit One Point of Contact at portlandoregon.gov/toolkit/70039. Follow up questions or updates regarding campsites can be emailed to reportpdx@portlandoregon.gov. In case of emergency, call 9-1-1.

In the next few weeks, you may see the placement of concrete blocks to prevent vehicular entry to the property.

Area 4 – BES has demolished all structures. This property will remain as open space and was planted in 2020 with native species.

Area 5 – This site is co-owned by City of Portland Parks and Recreation, Bureau of Environmental Services and Metro. Our bureaus work together to keep eyes on this property and treat weeds around the perimeter.

Areas 6 and 7 – As previously reported, a large, noxious, invasive plant called giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is being managed by BES’ Invasive Species staff. Note that giant hogweed poses a serious threat to your health since it’s sap can cause severe blisters and rashes! Do not touch or attempt to control this plant. Oregon law requires that you report all sightings immediately for assistance. Call Mitch Bixby at 503-823-5922.

We appreciate the dialogue and partnership we have with our neighbors. Please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Devlin, Environmental Manager, Community Engagement

1120 SW 4th Ave Suite 613, Portland, Oregon 97204

Jennifer.devlin@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-1234

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Zoom about the houseless

Good Morning Neighborhood Associations across Portland;

We want to invite your NA board members to come join PSAC to learn more from our guest 3 speakers below on the unsheltered crisis. 
After hearing the Expo Center fall through for Portland’s first Safe Parking Program. A place we were hoping people living in Rvs and cars can safely go without overwelming Portland neighborhood streets. 
We are excited to hear from Beaverton’s Safe Parking Program Manager on how smaller scaled locations are successful and operate within Beaverton neighborhoods. 
We will also discuss City of Portland’s Budget for fall bump, Portland Street Response, and share other public safety issues impacting Portland like IPAC’s recent press release today on gun violence and community involvement. 
Please review agenda and links below prior to meeting. Thank you for your time,
Vadim MozerskyCo-President, PSAC
Tiffany HammerCo-President, PSAC
Public Safety Action Coalition (PSAC) logo http://www.pdxpsac.org Portland PSAC Membership Meeting This is a meeting via Zoom! Tuesday, November 9th, 2021,9:30 am – 11:00 am (add to calendar) Please note this is an hour-and-a-half long meeting.An invitation to Zoom is at the bottom of this page. Zoom Passcode: PSAC Agenda Welcome and opening: “The mission of the PSAC is to advocate for and take effective action toward improving public safety in the city of Portland, Oregon.”Guest speakers: Amanda Dreher, Service Coordinator for the Safe-Parking Program in East Washington County (through Just Compassion). Portland and Metro fell through negotiations over a homeless safe-parking space at the Expo Center (Willamette Week)Could Beaverton’s Safe Parking Program work for Portland, too? (msn.com) Alan Evans, CEO and Founder of Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers (including the Bybee Lakes Hope Center);Tess Fields, Executive Director of Home Share Oregon (HSO); Board Members’ reports:Closing thoughts and Next month: No meeting in the month of December. Happy holidays! About Our Guest Speakers Amanda Dreher serves with Just Compassion as a Case Manager and as the Coordinator for the five locations of the Safe Parking Program for the City of Beaverton. Beaverton Safe Parking is advising the City of Salem on a safe-parking program for their fairgrounds. (email) Alan Evans is the CEO and Founder of Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers, the non-profit that worked with developer Jordan Schnitzer to transform Wapato Jail into the Bybee Lakes Hope Center. Alan was homeless and addicted for over 25 years, and overcame childhood trauma and drug and alcohol addiction to transform his life. The program he founded focuses on helping individuals experiencing homelessness to build healthy skills and habits to gain sustainable self-sufficiency in four counties in Oregon. Tess Fields is a strategist with twenty-plus years of experience in governmental and public affairs initiatives that win legislative support, positive media recognition, state-wide and local ballot initiatives, candidate and public awareness campaigns. She has been with Home Share Oregon (HSO) now for over a year. HSO seeks to prevent housing instability, foreclosure, and homelessness through homesharing. HSO uses Silvernest technology to enable homeowners to find safe, compatible roommates to share their home, and their partner organizations help them support low-income Oregon renters and homeowners with additional services for homesharing. Important Dates Thu., Nov 4 City Council Work Session (oregonlive.com)6 pm, Take action! Give oral testimony — Portland Mayor’s Fall Budget Monitoring Process (BMP) Community Outreach (download event for Zoom meeting) Fri., Nov 5 — Take action! Oral testimony signup begins at 9 am. Signup on the Portland City Council’s Agenda page (portland.gov)Tue., Nov 9 — Oral testimony signup concludes at 4 pmWed., Nov 10 — First reading and oral testimonyWed., Nov 17 — Second reading Take Action, Write a Letter! Write a letter to Portland City Council. Here’s an example: “Dear Mayor Wheeler and Commissioners, “It is no secret that our city is deeply challenged with regard to public safety. The gun violence statistics are startling. The Police Bureau is deeply understaffed and is on course to lose more trained officers in the coming year. Violent destruction continues unabated, and people across our city are afraid to venture out on what were once our beautiful and safe streets. This is horrifying and unacceptable! “While there is so much that has to be done, you have an opportunity in the coming weeks during this Budget Monitoring Process to make some meaningful decisions to help move us in a better direction. We strongly urge you to support the following: Fund and staff the Mayor’s recommendation to bring back 80 sworn officers to the ranks immediately through the already established Retire/Rehire program, which returns retired officers solely at the Chief’s discretion and puts experienced officers on the street alongside new ones. Portland is obligated to hire 300 additional officers in the next three years, which means we must staff recruiters and background investigators so that we can on-board new hires in a reasonable time.Equip officers with body-worn cameras — Portland residents and Portland officers agree that it’s long overdue to find the money and get it done.Fund the full expansion of Portland Street Response (PSR) citywide to relieve emergency services from taking calls that are better served by non-emergency staff.Support the technology and staffing needs for the Bureau of Emergency Communication’s (BOEC) services .Increase foot patrols (for example, PS3 officers or detail police officers) in Old Town and other areas disproportionately impacted by violence and crime.Policy recommendation — Due to the high recidivism rate and because individuals who cause community harm are being put back onto the streets, we recommend that the City work with the County by committing one of the City Budget’s line items to fund and expand jail capacity by fifty beds.Safe Parking Program: In place of the loss of the Expo Center’s parking lot in North Portland, we recommend that two smaller-scale locations be reserved and established for safe parking in other under-served areas of Portland.Create two Service Coordination Centers for other under-served areas of Portland (similar to Transition Projects [TPI] in Downtown) who will accept or triage walk-ins at the doors of these facilities.Expand staffing and trash cleanup disposal programs across the City.Increase shelter bed capacity for areas in Portland who need it and give the general public a transparent view of those shelters’ real-time census capacity.” Please write your letter between October 19 – November 10 (between the Budget blueprint presentation and the first listening session) and send it one of two ways: 1. Online form ( * Please be aware that form entries are seen publicly by anyone) 2. Email New Members Congratulations to our four new members: Leah Akin, Meikelo Cabbage, Janet Roxburgh, and Tom Ulrich. We’re glad you can you join us! If you would also like to join as a member of the Portland PSAC, begin by filling an application online (pdxpsac.org/membership-application). Help us extend the voice of Portland PSAC to our communities across Portland, and invite one more person to our next PSAC Membership Meeting! Join the Portland PSAC Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85600129784?pwd=dUhDZmRPekg4eURXMW1VNEVEb00zQT09Meeting ID: 856 0012 9784Passcode: PSAC One tap mobile +12532158782,,85600129784#,,,,*582963# US (Tacoma) +13462487799,,85600129784#,,,,*582963# US (Houston) Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 (Houston) +1 929 205 6099 (New York) +1 301 715 8592 (Washington DC) +1 312 626 6799 (Chicago) Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdcpKA3uxW Public Safety Action Coalition (PSAC) weburl • pdxpsac.org
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Mayor invites you

From: Wheeler, Mayor

Good afternoon,

I want to invite you to a community meeting I will host on Zoom this Thursday, Nov. 4th at 6:00PM to discuss the pressing issues that face our beloved city. Please allow 60-90 minutes for the entire meeting.

ZOOM LINK FOR MEETING: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84715883501?pwd=OUczcmNtaVlRTllYMVhPZnpQNmwzZz09

This month we have an unprecedented opportunity for a wide cross section of Portlanders to collaborate on immediate solutions. This year the City has received a surplus of business tax revenues ($62 million), and the Council will propose how to allocate these funds as part of the Fall Budget Monitoring Process (BMP). We are reaching out to hear from you on how you think we should spend these funds.

Please join me for a Zoom presentation and discussion around investments in my priority areas including community safety, livability, houselessness, and equitable and sustainable economic prosperity. The meeting will be interactive and allow you to make real-time comments and suggestions in the moment. Ultimately, your collective ideas will help City Council draft a budget to be voted on November 17th.

We’ll follow-up by sending an Outlook Calendar invite. Please let us know as soon as possible if you can attend by RSVP-ing on the Calendar invite.

If you’re unable to join us but would like to share your thoughts on the City’s Fall BMP, you can also:

Thank you for all you do, and I hope you and yours are staying healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Ted Wheeler

                  Mayor Ted Wheeler   Pronouns: He/Him/His
   1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 340   Portland, OR 97204   www.portland.gov/wheeler

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