Thursday, January 6, 2011

Agenda for Tuesday Jan. 11, 2011 SGNA Meeting

Agenda for Tuesday January 11. 2011's SGNA Community Board Meeting at Holladay Park Plaza, NE 16th & Multnomah. 7:30-9:00pm

7:30 Introductions by Craig Nyschens, Chair

OLD BUSINESS:

Approve minutes from December’s meeting

Vote on joining Irvington Neighborhood Assn. to apply for Tax ID status for Urban Renewal District

Vote on whether to support Alliance for Democracy’s petition to Restore Democracy by Abolishing Corporate Personhood

NEW BUSINESS:

7:45 to 8:15 Guest Speaker: Peter Fry (who represents the Arntson Family) will update information about The Albina Fuel Property including future plans.

8:20 COMMITTEE REPORTS

Communications: Chris Lopez

Land Use: Will Elder

Lifestyles: Steven Chase

Safety & Preparedness: Gretchen Milhaupt

Friday, December 31, 2010

Alliance for Democracy/Move to Amend

Hello fellow Gulchers, Happy New Year!!

A group called Alliance for Democracy/ Move to Amend came to our last SGNA Community Board Meeting to ask that we support a grass-roots resolution that they intend to put before City Council. They are seeking to ultimately enact a constitutional amendment to dismiss the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission. This decision you may remember had to do with corporate personhood and elections contributions by corporations. A history of the decision and of the group can be found at www.movetoamend.org. They also have a local telephone number 503-232-5495.

SGNA is asking Gulchers to have a look at the info and resolution below, and chime in with your thoughts on whether SGNA should support the resolution or not. You can comment and ask questions here on the blog or at the blog's email address xristerlo@gmail.com or contact any SGNA Board member with your comments.

Thanks Gulchers!


MovetoAmend.org is a coalition dedicated to ending the illegitimate legal doctrines that prevent the American people from governing ourselves. We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:

* Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
* Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our votes and participation count.
* Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate "preemption" actions by global, national, and state governments.
On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions. The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule.
Justice John Paul Stevens, in dissent, was compelled to state the obvious:

. . . . corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their “personhood” often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.

Here is the resolution that SGNA is considering;

Resolution to Restore Democracy
by Abolishing Corporate Personhood

1. Whereas, government of, by, and for the people has long been a cherished American principle, whereby they may
secure rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness guaranteed in the US Constitution and the Declaration of
Independence, and;

2. Whereas, corporations are legal fictions created by express permission of We The People through our
governments, which exist solely through the legal charters granted by those government, and;

3. Whereas, corporations are not and have never been human beings, are not mentioned in the Constitution, have
never been granted any authority by We The People to exceed our own, and therefore are subservient to human
beings and governments, and;

4. Whereas, Supreme Court justices have interpreted the US Constitution to endow corporations with rights and
protections solely vested in We The People by the Constitution, and;

5. Whereas, corporate profits and survival have often come into direct conflict with the rights, essential needs, and
survival of We The People, and;

6. Whereas, these conflicts have resulted in grievous harms to We The People by preventing We The People’s
exercise of self-governance, including:

a. accumulating great corporate wealth that has permitted corporations to overwhelm human beings and
governments,

b. bringing suit against local governments for enacting laws that protect and enforce the rights of We The
People,

c. overturning democratically enacted laws that protect We the People against corporate harms and protect
the resources necessary for essential human needs,

d. existing in perpetuity and simultaneously in the competing jurisdictions of other nations thereby
avoiding accountability for the harms they perpetrate,

e. consolidating the media upon which We The People depend for the knowledge needed for self-
governance by distorting its contents to maximize their own profit instead of providing the information
necessary for sound governance, and;

7. Whereas, this unconstrained corporate influence will force elected officials to vote against the interests of their
human constituents, instead supporting corporate donors to ensure the funding of their own re-election campaigns
and not those of opponents, and;

8. Whereas, free and fair elections are essential to democracy and effective self-governance, and;

9. Whereas, tens of thousands of people and municipalities across the United States are joining with the Campaign
to Legalize Democracy to call for an Amendment to the US Constitution to Abolish Corporate Personhood;

10. Whereas, the recent Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision removed the
legal limits on corporate spending in the electoral process, allowing unconstrained corporate influence over
elections, candidate selection, policy decisions, and;

A. Therefore be it resolved that the City of Portland hereby calls on our US Representatives and Senators to amend
the US Constitution to firmly establish that any and all rights of citizenship, especially those enumerated in the
Bill of Rights, are possessed only by human beings and are never transferable to corporations or to other legal
constructs.

B. Be it further resolved that City of Portland hereby calls on our US Representatives and Senators to enact statutes
specifically establishing that corporations, or other entities which exist only by virtue of legal definitions, may not
lobby or advocate for the passage, modification, or repeal of any legislation, nor may they campaign nor make
financial contribution to campaigns for or against any candidate, elected official, or ballot measure.

C. Be it further resolved that the City of Portland encourages other communities and jurisdictions to join with us in
this action by passing similar resolutions.

D. Be it further resolved that the City of Portland will support education to increase public awareness of the threats
to democracy posed by attributing rights to corporations or other legal constructs, and will encourage lively
discussion to build understanding and consensus for community and municipal actions that democratically
respond to those threats.


10/30/2010 Alliance for Democracy/Move to Amend - Portland OR 503.232.5495

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Lights on Broadway!!


LIGHTS ON BROADWAY 2010
NE Broadway is your home for the holidays this December

NE Broadway merchants and the NE Broadway Business Association are coming together in December to invite shoppers to check out Lights on Broadway and enjoy holiday sales, events, special tastes and entertainment. from 33rd Ave to NE 6th Ave. Over 40 participating businesses highlight the fantastic features of this truly 20-minute neighborhood, where something is happening every day. Everything really is on NE Broadway, so you can shop local, save time and gas, and relax a bit this holiday season.

Staying home never was this much fun before. Get your cards out early by getting pictures of your pet and the whole family taken with Santa at Furever Pets, or enjoy the crème de la crème at Great Wine Buys Champagne Tasting & Sale. Feeling lucky? Try your hand at the Gambler’s Sale at Sofa, Table, Chair. And especially for friends, try out the Ugly Christmas Sweater Fashion Show and Sale at I Heart Retro. Traditional entertainment will be happening every weekend at local cafés and restaurants, including fire juggling and wandering carolers.

All the details of merchants’ specials, events and entertainment can be found at www.nebroadway.com, the brand-new business district website. It’s a great year-round resource where you can easily browse business listings and then click through to a merchant’s website for all the info, plus find lists of all the happenings on NE Broadway.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Alliance for Democracy/Move to Amend

Hello fellow Gulchers,

A group called Alliance for Democracy/ Move to Amend came to our last SGNA Community Board Meeting to ask that we support a grass-roots resolution that they intend to put before City Council. They are seeking to ultimately enact a constitutional amendment to dismiss the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission. This decision you may remember had to do with corporate personhood and elections contributions by corporations. A history of the decision and of the group can be found at www.movetoamend.org. They also have a local telephone number 503-232-5495.

SGNA is asking Gulchers to have a look at the info and resolution below, and chime in with your thoughts on whether SGNA should support the resolution or not. You can comment and ask questions here on the blog or at the blog's email address xristerlo@gmail.com or contact any SGNA Board member with your comments.

Thanks Gulchers!


MovetoAmend.org is a coalition dedicated to ending the illegitimate legal doctrines that prevent the American people from governing ourselves. We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:

* Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
* Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our votes and participation count.
* Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate "preemption" actions by global, national, and state governments.
On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions. The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule.
Justice John Paul Stevens, in dissent, was compelled to state the obvious:

. . . . corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their “personhood” often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.

Here is the resolution that SGNA is considering;

Resolution to Restore Democracy
by Abolishing Corporate Personhood

1. Whereas, government of, by, and for the people has long been a cherished American principle, whereby they may
secure rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness guaranteed in the US Constitution and the Declaration of
Independence, and;

2. Whereas, corporations are legal fictions created by express permission of We The People through our
governments, which exist solely through the legal charters granted by those government, and;

3. Whereas, corporations are not and have never been human beings, are not mentioned in the Constitution, have
never been granted any authority by We The People to exceed our own, and therefore are subservient to human
beings and governments, and;

4. Whereas, Supreme Court justices have interpreted the US Constitution to endow corporations with rights and
protections solely vested in We The People by the Constitution, and;

5. Whereas, corporate profits and survival have often come into direct conflict with the rights, essential needs, and
survival of We The People, and;

6. Whereas, these conflicts have resulted in grievous harms to We The People by preventing We The People’s
exercise of self-governance, including:

a. accumulating great corporate wealth that has permitted corporations to overwhelm human beings and
governments,

b. bringing suit against local governments for enacting laws that protect and enforce the rights of We The
People,

c. overturning democratically enacted laws that protect We the People against corporate harms and protect
the resources necessary for essential human needs,

d. existing in perpetuity and simultaneously in the competing jurisdictions of other nations thereby
avoiding accountability for the harms they perpetrate,

e. consolidating the media upon which We The People depend for the knowledge needed for self-
governance by distorting its contents to maximize their own profit instead of providing the information
necessary for sound governance, and;

7. Whereas, this unconstrained corporate influence will force elected officials to vote against the interests of their
human constituents, instead supporting corporate donors to ensure the funding of their own re-election campaigns
and not those of opponents, and;

8. Whereas, free and fair elections are essential to democracy and effective self-governance, and;

9. Whereas, tens of thousands of people and municipalities across the United States are joining with the Campaign
to Legalize Democracy to call for an Amendment to the US Constitution to Abolish Corporate Personhood;

10. Whereas, the recent Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision removed the
legal limits on corporate spending in the electoral process, allowing unconstrained corporate influence over
elections, candidate selection, policy decisions, and;

A. Therefore be it resolved that the City of Portland hereby calls on our US Representatives and Senators to amend
the US Constitution to firmly establish that any and all rights of citizenship, especially those enumerated in the
Bill of Rights, are possessed only by human beings and are never transferable to corporations or to other legal
constructs.

B. Be it further resolved that City of Portland hereby calls on our US Representatives and Senators to enact statutes
specifically establishing that corporations, or other entities which exist only by virtue of legal definitions, may not
lobby or advocate for the passage, modification, or repeal of any legislation, nor may they campaign nor make
financial contribution to campaigns for or against any candidate, elected official, or ballot measure.

C. Be it further resolved that the City of Portland encourages other communities and jurisdictions to join with us in
this action by passing similar resolutions.

D. Be it further resolved that the City of Portland will support education to increase public awareness of the threats
to democracy posed by attributing rights to corporations or other legal constructs, and will encourage lively
discussion to build understanding and consensus for community and municipal actions that democratically
respond to those threats.


10/30/2010 Alliance for Democracy/Move to Amend - Portland OR 503.232.5495

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Long, Illustrious History of Sullivan's Gulch

By John Scott

Timothy Sullivan, born in Ireland in 1805, seems to have traveled widely during his life. On January 8, 1841, while in Tasmania,
he met the woman who would be his wife, Margaret.

In January 1851, he arrived in East Portland and filed a Donation Land Claim for 320 acres. He was made a citizen of the United States on April 16, 1855 and received title to his claim at the same time. He built a cabin on the south edge of the gulch, which was in the northern part of his claim, near NE 19th Ave.

The gulch of 1851 is not the Gulch of today. To begin with, it is now called Sullivan's Gulch. Back then is was mainly a forest of fir trees with a beautiful stream running through it and an occasional waterfall. Cougars and bears lived in the forest, too.

"Sullivan's Spring" was located near their cabin and became a popular site for picnickers. A mural depicting this bucolic scene appears on the outside back wall of the pub at 1700 NE Broadway. It was a project of Grace Academy, only one block away on NE 17th Avenue, that received a $5,000 grant from Confluence Project for public art projects in 2006.

Sullivan died in 1865. His wife moved to Vancouver, Washington, and died in 1890. Their daughter Marie inherited the property. She joined the Sisters of Providence Order and upon her death in 1904, she left the property to the Order.

The gulch often was prone to flooding, sometimes as far east as NE 16th. When the railroad came in 1881 the gulch was filled in to stop the flooding. As a result, land became available for an industrial zone and became the home for companies such
as Doernbecker Furniture Factory and Hyster equipment manufacturing (located where Fred Meyer is today).

Many old-timers may have heard their parents or grandparents talk about Train #17, which headed into Portland in mid-afternoon everyday bringing cargo from the East. It passed right through their play areas in the gulch with its whistle blowing. You can still hear the whistles blowing in the night as trains pass through Portland.

As early as 1926 Portland's city planning commission began studying the feasibility of building a high-speed expressway through the gulch. The commission said, "The plans as visualized contemplate an outgoing speedway on the right-hand side of the railroad tracks, an incoming lane on the left-hand side. The object would be to carry the speedway under all viaducts and to
have only a few lateral streets, probably one every quarter or half mile to feed the through highway." The plans lay dormant until after World War II.

During the Great Depression in the early 30's Shantytowns sprung up in the gulch, and it brought with it the first "Hoovervilles". The biggest settlement was near Grand Avenue with another one just east of NE 21st Ave. They eventually merged. They were self-contained “villages” governed by an elected mayor who forbade any liquor in the Shantytown. In 1933, there were 333
men living in 131 shanties in Shantytown.

The Dairy Cooperative Association provided daily deliveries of milk to the men. One of the mayor's jobs was to make the rounds
of nearby bakeries, grocery stores, and clothing stores to pickup donations. Portland Police Officer Howard, from Precinct #1, kept an eye on Shantytown and was helpful in making contacts for the mayor.

As the Depression began to end, the men in Shantytown began to drift away to find jobs that were beginning to open up in the logging mills. The population dropped to 100, and the final end to Shantytown came in 1941 when the shanties were deserted. A fire burned to the ground what was left.

After WWII ended, the plans for a freeway were revived in 1947 and won the approval of the state highway commission. The chairman of the commission was T. Harry Banfield. A campaign to have the name changed to "Sullivan Gulch Pike" failed.

However, Timothy Sullivan would be proud to know that his name will live on in the gulch as the "Sullivan's Gulch Corridor Trail", a 4.3 mile trail that will run from the East Bank Esplanade to Gateway and beyond. Trail users will enjoy continuous off-street biking or walking experience that is unimpeded by car traffic, red lights or stop signs.

John Scott may be reached at
jscott13@comcast.net

SGNA COMMUNITY BOARD MEETING TONIGHT 7:30 p.m.

Tonight is the last meeting of the year.
Our holiday SGNA Community Board Meeting for Tuesday December 14th 7:30 to 9:30 at Holiday Park Plaza in the first floor Club Room.

AGENDA--

Greeting and introductions by Craig Nyschens, Chair

Old Business:

Approval of minutes of previous meeting

Report on Leaf Removal - Dave Brook

New Business:

Guest Speaker: Brad Perkins who will talk about the Broadway/Weidler decoupling,
The Broadway/Weidler Street Car, and High Speed Rail

Committee Reports

Miscellaneous


Hope to see you there!