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The City of Portland‘s Planning and Sustainability Commission is updating its Neighborhood Contact Code.

A hearing on August 14th brought seven testifiers. You can watch the hearing here (the presentation begins @ 9:20), and read the Portland Mercury‘s take on it here.

Representing the Overlook Neighborhood Association and a group of nine North Portland NA chairs, Christian Trejabal testified @ 22:04. His input was a contrast to many of the others who opposed changes that they feel could slow developers from adding housing.

“You can adjust the rules and increase engagement with your residents without throwing away the current system that works in the places that it works,” Trejabal said. You can read his submitted testimony here.

BDS’s Neighborhood Contact Code Update Project home page is here.

Written testimony can be Map App here or delivered in hard copy to the BPS office (1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100) will be accepted until 5 pm on Friday, August 17.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission has a work session and will provide recommendations to the Neighborhood Contact Code Update on August 28th (agenda).

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“The Planning and Sustainability Commission voted to recommend the Manufactured Dwelling Park Project to City Council on July 10, 2018. Council will review the recommendation and consider public testimony before voting on the proposal on August 22, 2018.”

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Enjoy the fine art of karaoke at the Eagle Eye Tavern.

5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm – close 

SATURDAY

The fifth annual Montavilla Jazz Festival is happening this weekend. celebrates Portland’s jazz scene and raise money for the Montavilla Schools Music Fund.

Buy tickets here.

Portland Metro Arts * 1:30 pm – 9:30 pm * $15

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Tonga Day 2018:  “The main event starts at 1 PM with family-friendly activities and cultural performances. The evening’s feature film is ‘Moana’ (2016) PG.

Pre-movie entertainment will be provided by Tongan 101 Tongan/Pacific Island music and dance. Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6:30 PM. Movie begins after dusk.”

Gateway Discovery Park, 10520 NE Halsey St * 1 pm 

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If you’ve never attended, the Portland Adult Soapbox Derby is a really good time. Dozens of groups build their own soapbox cars and race it down Mt. Tabor. It’s the best of Portland’s DIY artistic aesthetic, a relaxing day at Mt. Tabor Park, and just a dash of danger… some of those cars move pretty fast.

It’s a good event for kids, and as long as you post up away from the track, you can let the racers experience all the risks. Bring a lunch, bring your favorite beverage, I think you’ll have a good time.

Mt Tabor Park * 10 am – 4 pm 

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“Come celebrate the end of summer with a water balloon free-for-all on the Holgate Library lawn. All water balloons provided. Participants should expect to get soaked. Bring your own towel!”

Group A: K-5 grades, 2-2:20 pm * Group B: 6-12 grades, 2:30-3 pm

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2 pm – 3 pm 

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Jade International Night Market:

“The Jade International Night Market is a crucial tool to help support local small businesses in the Jade District neighborhood. The annual summer event provides a space to celebrate and recognize the diversity and culture of the communities who live and work in the Jade District and sheds light on the issues impacting a neighborhood in transition.”

 Portland Community College Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave

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Lents International Farmers Market:

“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

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Outer Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways: 

“In 2018, Sunday Parkways is returning to Outer Northeast with new attractions and new parks/marketplaces. This route that begins after Gateway green will bring you home or introduce you to life in the Outer NE. This 6.4 miles route will take you to Knott, East Holladay and debut the newly constructed Gateway Discovery Park. These parks will be overflowing with music, food, and fun finds. Come see for yourself on August 19, 2018!”

If you’d like to volunteer, sign up here.

Outer Northeast Portland * 11 am – 4 pm 

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Walk with Refugees and Immigrants:

“Join community members and elected leaders as they gather at Gateway Discovery Park for in a one-mile walk to Knott Park, alongside our refugee and immigrant neighbors in a show of support. This event recognizes the unique experiences of new Portlanders, of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Hear refugee and immigrant stories
  • Enjoy diverse music, food, and other family activities”

Gateway Discovery Park, 10520 NE Halsey St * 11 am 

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Ghost Heart (“Melodic Post Hardcore / Post Rock from the Pacific Northwest”) and Blast Point

Misdemeanor Meadows, 6920 SE 52nd Ave * 7 pm – 10 pm 
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This weekend

Here are a few scenes from the 2018 Lents Fair. We got to play with a few electric scooters, talk to the folks from People’s Co-op (they’re still considering moving to Lents), and hear some excellent music from The Cabin Project.

Thanks to all the hard-working folks who helped make it happen!

FRIDAY

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Pickles baseball! These are the last games of the regular season… Friday, Saturday, and Sunday if needed.

The schedule here.

SATURDAY

Learning Gardens Laboratory teaches garden-based education to youth, students, and community members. 

They’re hosting a farm-to-table event this weekend. It’s sold out, but still worth knowing about:

“The evening includes:A guided, edible tour through the garden; a multi-course meal prepared by PSU Eats Executive Chef Matt Steele; each dish includes freshly grown produce from LGL, along with wine and beer pairings; live entertainment; storytelling by PSU students.”

Learning Gardens Laboratory, 6801 SE 60th Ave

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“The African and African American experience comes alive for children from birth to age 6 (with a favorite adult and other family members). In a positive and affirming environment, have fun with books and stories, songs, and movement activities. Black Storytime builds language and literacy skills your child needs to be ready for kindergarten.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 11:15 am – 11:45 pm 

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“A Blue Room Full of blues, funk and rock ‘n’ roll”

The Blue Room Bar, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 9 pm – 11 pm * free

SUNDAY

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Lents International Farmers Market:

“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

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Enjoy your weekend!

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Over in Brentwood-Darlington:

The excellent advocates at the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association are hosting the national night out:

“Join us for our annual National Night Out Event on Saturday, August 4th, 3:00 – 7:00 PM.  Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association will be grilling up hot dogs (beef, turkey, and veggie) with all the fixings, so bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share and join the neighborhood fun!  This FREE family-friendly event is designed to encourage neighbors to get to know each other. Live music (local band: Babylon Star Destroyer), delicious food, fun for the kids, and hanging with your awesome neighbors make this a must attend summer event!”

7211 SE 62nd Ave * 3 pm – 7 pm 

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The fourth annual Lents Fair is here again… there’s be live music, prizes, a chicken beauty contest, and more!

Music lineup:

11 am – Daves Killer Granddaddies

12 pm – Rainbow Electric

1 pm – The Stone Hollers

2 pm – The Cabin Project

3pm – Portland Kora Project

Here’s the video we put together from last year:

We’ll be back next week with a full buffet of happenings in East Portland! Enjoy your weekend and enjoy your summer!

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People’s Co-op is interested in opening their second location in the Lents Town Center and is working with Palindrome on pre-development planning, Katie Pena found out this week. The site that they want is at 92nd and Harold next to Zoiglhaus behind the carpet store, she said.

“I personally think that People’s Co-op would be an excellent addition to our neighborhood and I am very excited about this. However, before any of this can happen Prosper Portland (formerly the PDC) who owns the property has to give their stamp of approval. We could really use everyone’s help to push Prosper Portland to approve People’s/Palindrome’s plans sooner rather than later,” Pena wrote on the I Love Lents Facebook page. 

“I’m asking for everyone to please write an email to Kimberly Branam who is the executive director of Prosper Portland (BranamK@pdc.us) and CC Alison Wicks who is Prosper Portland’s neighborhood manager for Lents (WicksA@pdc.us) in support of this project. Let’s make a grocery store in the Lents Town Center happen!!”

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Here’s an interesting editorial on the changes happening at Office of Neighborhood Involvement. In it the publisher of the NW Examiner questions the office’s lack of pubic process in its shift of mission and re-branding.

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There was another cougar spotted near 118th Ave & Division St this week. Authorities are telling people to keep pets inside.

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Portland Pickles games are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. See the schedule and buy tickets here.

Walker Stadium, 4727 SE 92nd Ave * $5 – $13

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The Eagle’s Eye Tavern is a great place to chill before the Pickles games. And– they host karaoke four nights a week.

The Eagle’s Eye Tavern, 5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm-ish * free

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“The IMPACT! Hi-Fi returns to Misdemeanor Meadows for an evening of rocksteady, roots, ska, and boss sounds. The right music at the right spot, come down Southeast Portland, for an unforgettable night of music, friends, beer, and food.”
Misdemeanor Meadows, 6920 SE 52nd Ave * 7 pm – 10 pm 

SATURDAY

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“Summer’s here, and the heat has us missing home! The Mercado’s Caribbean crew (Que Bola Cuban KitchenMathilde’s Kitchen- Haitian Cuisine, Puerto Rico – El Coquí, and Que Bacano, Sabor Colombiano) are bringing us the fiesta and sharing a bit of that island culture in PDX. Join us as we keep the party going and continue to celebrate Latinidad in all its forms!

July 14th from 2 pm – 7 pm for a Caribbean celebration with food, drinks, live music, kids activities, community and culture! All ages. All backgrounds.” 

Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Rd * 2 pm – 8 pm 

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Foster Tasting Tour:

“A Family friendly Tasting Tour that coincides with Second Saturday! Come out for tastes of everything from booze to board games.

Start out at any of the participating businesses,pick up your passport book and start tasting! Each participating business will have a special that day for a stamp (sticker) in your book. Collect as many stickers as you can and hand it into one of the hosts to be entered into the contest to win awesome prizes!”

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Outdoor Movie in Glenhaven Park – Tonight, starting about 6:30 p.m. it’s a “Movie in the Park” event. The evening starts off with music by the Beatles cover band All Together Now. Then, at dusk, they’ll be showing Star Wars: The Last Jedi on their big outdoor screen, with stereo sound. Bring a blanket or low beach chairs, a picnic dinner, and warmer clothing for when the sun goes down. This event is located at Glenhaven Park, 7900 NE Siskiyou Street Concert.

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Garden and cooking party with community chef Van Duong:

“Join us for a beautiful day in our new International Kitchen Garden! We will be tending to the garden, sharing knowledge about urban gardening, and harvesting food. Then Chef Van will lead us in preparing a lunch menu highlighting the garden’s summer harvest. Any harvested food that is not used will be for folx to take home to recreate the recipe! Children are welcome to attend alongside their adult. No one ever turned away for lack of funds.”

Registration: Space is limited. If you would like to attend, please email prairie@zengerfarm.org or click here to register.

Zenger Farms, 11741 SE Foster Rd * 10 am – 1:30 pm * pay-what-you-can, suggestion of $5 – $15 per group

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“Join us for the third annual Oregon Walkways (event), a pedestrian-focused open-streets event celebrating Portland communities… this year in the Rosewood Neighborhood! 

We’re working with The Rosewood Initiative to create a comfortable walking environment and a fun day of games, prizes, food, art, music, outdoor activities, and much more!”

SE 162nd between Stark & Main St, and SE Main between 162nd & Market Ct * 11 am – 4 pm 

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Farm Out: a farm to table celebration:

“The city’s top chefs will give demonstrations on everything from pasta to pie to barbecue while you taste, sip, and participate!”

Vegetarian options are available.

Rossi Farms, 3839 NE 122nd Ave * Sat & Sun, 11 am – 3 pm * $45 – $200 

SUNDAY

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Lents International Farmers Market:

“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

Live music with The Lost Hawaiians

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

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Archives Roadshow

“We are taking the archives on the road and traveling to neighborhood libraries. Drop by and learn what you can find in the City’s collections and how you can do your own research. City archivists are ready to answer questions and get you started on your research projects. Even if you don’t have any specific questions, stop by to look at historic photos from the surrounding neighborhoods.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 3 pm

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The intersection painting at 84th Ave and Schiller St was completed last weekend. Thanks to everyone who made it happen… it’s a great example of how a community project can bring people together.

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Until July 20th, Oregon Department of Transportation is accepting comments on “congestion pricing” / tolling on I-5 and I-205. Make your comment to ODOT here.

FRIDAY

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Portland Pickles! There are games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. See the schedule and buy tickets here.

Walker Stadium, 4727 SE 92nd Ave * $5 – $13

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“The Lents Garage Sale is a neighborhood-wide event made up of garage or yard sales all over the Lents neighborhood.

Visit 25 sale locations throughout the day while exploring neighborhood projects and local businesses that make Lents unique in between. Locations are available on the Sale Map, in online or printed format. While visiting sales, play Bingo and enter to win prizes.”

Garage sale locations on their online sale map * 9 am – 4 pm

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Opera a la Cart:

“Portland Opera brings their own cart and performers to Cartlandia for the inaugural summer performance. FREE Family-Friendly 2 hour performance only. Enjoy music and food from the carts.”
8145 SE 82nd Ave * noon – 2 pm 

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Lents International Market is Sunday! For a list of vendors and more information, go here. This week there’s live music with Bossa PDX (jazz).

Lents International Market, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 9 am – 2 pm 

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粵語故事时间 / Chinese (Cantonese) Storytime

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2:15 pm – 3 pm
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This week, Sabina Urdes and several other board members resigned from the Lents Neighborhood Association. Her resignation letter is here. There is a huge amount of work that goes into organizing meetings and I have a huge amount of respect for everyone that volunteers their time to serve their community.

For more information, here’s the video and summary from this month’s LNA meeting.

At the next LNA meeting, the remaining board members will appoint enough members for a quorum, according to member Barbara Bader. So they’re looking for folks to step up and help, she said.

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Roofs & Resources, a housing and houseless forum is Saturday and more details are below. For the panel, organizers have invited the currently and formerly houseless, local service providers, community advocates, and neighbors.

There was concern from some neighbors when John Rotter, public safety chair for the Montavilla Neighborhood Association announced there was talks with the City about starting a managed houseless camp in the neighborhood. He said there’d be more information on the plan at the forum.

I reached out to Rotter and Olivia Alsept-Ellis, forum organizer, to get some clarity. Until after the board meeting, Alsept-Ellis said she hadn’t heard about the possibility of a camp for the neighborhood, but it is a topic panel members have experience with and would be open to discuss.

Managed camps can be a marvelous model, she said, but it takes a lot of planning and community building— adding that the forum isn’t about what she thinks. The forum is about assembling experts to discuss a variety of topics related to the topic.

MNA members also said Rotter’s announcement at the meeting was the first time they’d heard anything about starting a managed camp in the neighborhood, and that the board hasn’t given any official support to the project. Alsept-Ellis said board members work on a lot of different projects, so sometimes misunderstandings happen. I reached out to Rotter to learn more about the potential for a managed camp, but didn’t hear back from him. Watch the video of Rotter’s announcement here.

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Portland Pickles! There are two games Friday, and a game on Saturday and Sunday. The schedule and tickets are here.

Walker Stadium, 4727 SE 92nd Ave * $5 – $13

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Live music at The Blue Bar at Cartlandia with Cody Weathers & The Men Your Mama Warned You About:

“The full band returns to East Portland’s #1 rock & roll smorgasbord. Grab something scrumptious from any of the approximately 1000 food carts at Cartlandia and bring it inside for an adult beverage and a salty groove from the boys. Our buddies in Budget Airlines open things up.”

Cartlandia, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm – 11 pm * free

SATURDAY

“Lents community members are coming together to paint an intersection mural and have a block party… 

Organizers will provide all the necessary supplies, but feel free to bring your own brushes, rollers, pans, cardboard to sit on, and food/drink to share.

All ages and all skill levels are welcome!

They are still looking for people to help with the chalking/outline.  For more information, visit the Facebook event page.”

SE 84th Avenue & Schiller St * 10 am – 5 pm 
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Roofs & Resources – a Montavilla Neighborhood Association forum on housing and homelessness:
“This is a chance for us to discuss as a community on how to take care of each other and the barriers that stand in the way. Please join Montavilla Neighborhood Association (event) to add your voice. A real community dialogue about houselessness and housing – speaking to both the experiences in Montavilla as well the city-wide crisis we find ourselves in. For the panel, they have invited the currently and formerly houseless, local service providers, community advocates, and neighbors.
 
IRCO Community Center, 10323 NE Glisan St * 10 am – 5 pm 
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Black Storytime with Food: Sharing Nutrition Knowledge:

“Come join us for an exciting storytime featuring themes of food growth and preparation, and nutrition-related activities. We will read fun picture books and participate in a nutrition activity together.

We will be joined by a nutrition educator as a representative of OSU Extension Service SNAP-Ed program.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * noon – 1 pm

SUNDAY

Lents International Market is Sunday! For a list of vendors and more information, go here.

If you haven’t made it to the market yet, here’s a story from East Portland News on its opening day.

Lents International Market, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 9 am – 2 pm 

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If you haven’t noticed, I love small businesses. It’s so cool to see people step out on their own, and make their business exactly like they want. Do you like art and drinks and punk rock and Mexican food? You’ll like Misdemeanor Meadows, and very likely the awesome folks who founded the bar.

Praise The Loud Punk Rock Sunday at Misdemeanor Meadows (event) is on. Sounds great.

Misdemeanor Meadows, 6920 SE 52nd Ave * 7 pm – 10 pm * free 

The Lents Neighborhood Association June general meeting

Much respect to Robert Schultz who filmed the meeting.

by MARIA JAYNE

Despite the resignation of four board members, the Lents Neighborhood Association general meeting was held with a new agenda and in a different location– outside at Lents Commons.

In order to complete business as a neighborhood association there needs to be a minimum of seven members, and there is an election upcoming in September and are looking for community members to get involved.

@ 2:00 – The meeting was led by Michael Collins, vice chair, and started with a motion to add a statement by former chair Sabina Urdes, which was seconded and the agenda was approved.

@ 19:50 – A CPA on the finance committee, Ben, helped create two-year financial statements for the association to foster financial transparency. The association was also awarded an East Portland Neighborhood Office small grant allotment to help with the future clean up event as mentioned in the last meeting by treasurer Raymond Hites, although this was not covered in the financial statement.

@ 32:40 – Three Portland Police officers spoke about recent instances of street crime and homicides in the area– especially near Walmart and the bike path. Officer Kenneth Huntinghouse said street crimes are being addressed daily and drug abuse issues are being addressed nationwide. He said, “if you feel threatened call 911,” but they are doing what they can to limit these instances. Although threats are still a risk, the bike path is improving and becoming more neighborhoods friendly after the clean up.  

@ 50:30 – Kate Mckenney, Metro park ranger, Lents resident and caretaker of the Multnomah County Cemetery has been doing daily cleaning and surveillance trips in order to enforce cemetery rules and standards while speaking to individuals about their violations and keeping camps off cemetery property.   

@ 58:00 Jonathan Lewis, Lents resident and part of the One Point of Contact reporting system said his team is also working with law enforcement to keep the area safe. He said, “This stuff doesn’t happen overnight, it does take time and I realize that frustrating but we are doing everything we can to address these issues as quickly as possible.” He said progress is being made and social workers are going out and building relationships and providing services to those in need.  

@ 1:05 Jennifer Young gave the city update about the 82nd Avenue corridor in Lents which as seen a lot of negative activity lately however, the mayor’s office said additional revenue is going to be used to fund a variety of programs to improve livability in the city.

These additions will include: a fire community healthcare position, they are converting $4 million of one time funding to ongoing funding, they are adding $3 million in additional investments to get people out of shelters and into housing, they funding an office of neighborhood graffiti remediation, a new parks ranger will be added enforcing hazardous and abandoned boats, they are expanding police behavioral health unit and adding a police houseless community engagement liaison and are also enhancing supportive mental health services. They expect 240 new housing placements, they are converting $4 million housing resources for ongoing placements and safety off streets and they are also adding 100 more year-round shelter beds, 200 more housing placements, ongoing retention services for 80 people, they are adding a full-time emergency management position to ensure no one seeking shelter will be turned away during severe weather.

They are also removing 150 – 250 tons of trash and are planning to clean and clear 30-40 campsites weekly while responding within 48 hours to campsites that require immediate clean up. Two behavioral health response teams will also be added to serve 250 additional people each year with mental health issues and expand service coordination programs.

@ 1:14Sabina Urdes, chair who resigned last Friday, made a statement and read the joint resignation letter from: herself, Christo Brehm, transportation, Lacey Hammerin, secretary and David Carroll, at large. The letter said due to numerous attacks and arguments they will be stepping down and new bylaws need to be created and new board members needs to be trained on board expectations and practices. She said,  “We are happy to discuss our resignation with representatives who may want explore the situation further are offer input to potential resolutions of the dysfunction; otherwise we appreciate the support of all the city organizations over the past year.”

@ 1:18Vicky from the Holgate library has family events every Tuesday on the lawn and other programs and events to get the community involved. Last Tuesday approximately 250 people came to participate and more programs are coming up.

@ 1:20Nicole Green said there is a Lents garage sale on Saturday, July 7th. This year the sale has more than 20 participants signed up to host a sale on their own properties. The day of the sale you can pick up a map from the Lents Community Tool Library to navigate all the sales locations in the neighborhood.

@ 1:21 – Young also made an announcement about an upcoming intersection block party Saturday June 30. The block party will be held to paint a mural designed by Autumn West on the intersection of on SE 84th Avenue and Schiller from 10 am – 6 pm.  All supplies are included and participation is encouraged.   

@ 1:29 – Signups for the upcoming election nominations committee and the bylaws committee are circulating currently. An informational meeting or potential orientation will be held for those interested in becoming board members, which details role commitment and involvement.

A template for the bylaws has been already been created however, committee members are expected to be available for up to two meetings a month for up to six months to establish the new bylaws.

Community members are concerned about diversity for members on the board members and how to facilitate inclusion and to create a safe space for immigrants and underrepresented demographics. The board is interested in hearing recommendations and is actively seeking volunteers and board members now or nominations for the upcoming September elections.

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