Thursday, March 8, 2012

Agenda for Tuesday March 13, 2012 SGNA Community Board Meeting


SGNA Board Meeting Agenda for Tuesday March 13, 2012  
Club Room, Holladay Park Plaza(NE 16th & NE Multnomah) 
7:30 to 9:00pm
Introductions 
Neighborhood Police Liaison report
Old Business
Treasurer's report - Kari L.
Committee Reports —
Land Use — Residence Inn liquor license application (guest);
report on B'way Weidler meeting;
Albina fuel site developemtn
Lifestyles - Clean up subcommittee - Dave B.
Communications - next newsletter deadlines - Chris L. 
Safety/preparedness - Brenn S.
Planning for Spring General Meeting
Review of 2011 SGNA expenditures & discussion of instituting financial controls as outlined by NECN - Kari & all
Referral from LUTC to request a Neighborhood Transit Pass from Trimet - Dave B.
Discussion of block captain idea - Dave B.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Solarize NE II - Workshop this Saturday!


Solarize NE Workshops  Solarize NE hosts workshops which cover the basics of going solar at home in Portland, including technical installation, financing options, the strengths of leasing versus purchasing solar panels and how to take advantage of available tax credits and incentives. Conducted by solar experts, the workshops are a great introduction to the process of installing solar panels on your roof. If you have specific questions, you can get those answered as well. Saturday, March 10th, at Umpqua Bank Alberta, 1745 NE Alberta Street, 11:00am - 12:30pm. Thursday, March 22nd, at the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, 4815 NE 7th Ave., 6:00pm - 7:30pm. Workshops are free and open to the public, just show up.   Workshops are also scheduled for April, Click here for the Solarize NE Calendar. Solarize NE gives you a clear and simple path towards powering your home with Solar Electricity. Solarize NE offers a free home site-assessment for solar panels, home weatherization and energy-efficiency options are also available.
Solarize NE Round II is a partnership with Solar Oregon, Mr. Sun Solar, Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Umpqua Bank and the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. Solarize NE I had over 1,000 participants. This year we hope to top that number.  Questions? Call Gene at 503 823 4575 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

New Carsharing Options Headed Your Way

Two new carsharing services join Zipcar in providing you more good reasons not to own a car if the one you have is mostly parked.  Carsharing services provide vehicles parked near where you live or work.  You schedule and use the vehicles whenever you want by the hour, with gas and insurance included in the rates.  A special smart card, or app, allows you to unlock the vehicle anytime you have a reservation.  Here's what's available (or coming soon) in the Gulch.

Zipcar — With over 250 vehicles of various types — station wagons, sedans, hybrids, minivans and pickup trucks — in the Portland; there are 5 vehicles within easy walking distance of the Gulch - 24th and Broadway and at Holladay Park Plaza.  Cars must be returned to the parking location they were picked up from.  Hourly, daily and overnight rates.

GetAround — Announced service last month.  It works similar to Zipcar but instead of company-owned vehicles, the cars are owned by your neighbors who make their them available to the service, which splits the revenues whenever the vehicle is rented.  The owner can drive their car anytime it's not being rented just like before.  For renters Getaround cars may be a little older than Zipcars but the rates tend to lower than Zipcar.  Insurance is included in the rates.

If you own a vehicle and it mostly sits idle, you can make several hundred dollars per month renting it out.  Vehicle owners who list their vehicles and agree to participate in a study of how the vehicles are used and you can earn $300.


Car2Go — coming to Portland in the spring, car2go will provides a fleet of 250+ Smart cars (and only Smart cars) that available on demand (no reservation needed) and can be used for one-way trips. Another important differences from traditional carsharing services — the cars do not have fixed parking locations but you find the closest vehicles are located on the internet or via a smartphone app.  They can be returned to any legal parking location within a large zone (shown here) — including parking meters, without payment (car2go negotiates the payment with the city and builds it into the rates).  You can drive the cars outside of the zone, but you must end your trip within the zone.

Rates are expected to be similar to other car2go cities: 35¢ per minute/$13 per hour or $66 per day (not cheap but convenient!)  Presently, they have service in Austin, San Diego, Vancouver, BC, and Washington DC soon.  Sign up for the service now for free and get 30 minutes free driving when they launch.  Use the promo code: ROSE.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Solarize NE Last chance for Early Bird Discount

Solarize NE is marching right along, thank you for your support and volunteer efforts!  Over 100 people have registered and 13.2 kilowatts have been installed!Tell your friends and family about Solarize NE!  Solarize NE is a community-driven project, organized by the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, and relies on volunteers like yourself. By harvesting the power of group purchasing, our Solarize NE contractor, Mr. Sun Solar, is able to provide a discounted rate for installations. To ensure that the maximum number of residents take advantage of this great opportunity to solarize, spread the word! Forward this email, or click here to download Solarize NE fliers.   Solarize NE Early Bird Special and ETO incentive: Act Fast to take advantage of big savings! 
Receive a 10 cent per watt discount (savings of $300 on a typical 3kw system) if you register for Solarize NE by February 29th, 2012, and sign a contract with Mr. Sun Solar by March 31st, 2012. Interested? Click here to register for a free solar site assessment now. Solarize NE has learned that the Energy Trust of Oregon incentive for residential solar installations will be going down within the next week. 
Neil Kelly offers 100 free* Home Energy Assessments, a $500 value.

This comprehensive assessment helps you find ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home and add additional energy savings! Neil Kelly will also help identify Energy Trust of Oregon Incentives that are available to you and your home upgrades.
*free after Energy Trust of Oregon incentive

Solarize NE Workshops  Solarize NE hosts workshops which cover the basics of going solar in Portland, including technical installation, financing options, the strengths of leasing versus purchasing solar panels and how to take advantage of available tax credits and incentives. Conducted by solar experts, the workshops are a great introduction to the process of installing solar panels. If you have specific questions, you can get those answered as well. Sunday, March 10th, at Umpqua Bank Alberta, 1745 NE Alberta Street, 11:00am - 12:30pm. Thursday, March 22nd, at the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, 4815 NE 7th Ave., 6:00pm - 7:30pm. Workshops are free and open to the public, just show up.   Workshops are also scheduled for April, Click here for the Solarize NE Calendar. Solarize NE gives you a clear and simple path towards powering your home with Solar Electricity. Solarize NE offers a free home site-assessment for solar panels, home weatherization and energy-efficiency options are also available.
Solarize NE Round II is a partnership with Solar Oregon, Mr. Sun Solar, Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Umpqua Bank and the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. Solarize NE I had over 1,000 participants. This year we hope to top that number.  Sincerely,  Solarize NE  Questions? Call Gene at 503 823 4575 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Now is your chance to nominate houses, barns, bridges, and districts to the 2012 list of Oregon's Most Endangered Places!

 

Nominations can be submitted by property owners, local governments, or concerned citizens for historic properties in any corner of Oregon. Places that are selected for the final list will receive technical assistance, advocacy, and resources from HPLO staff and volunteers.

 

To nominate a property, complete and submit aNomination Form by March 26th.  

 

The list of2012's Most Endangered Places will be announced at a benefit luncheon on May 22nd(tickets available now). 

And if you're wondering about the 2011 list of places... 
The HPLO has awarded $17,500 in grants to seven of the ten 2011 Most Endangered places, putting them on the path of historic designation, reuse, and rehabilitation. 

 

If you're interested in supporting our continuing efforts with these places and our upcoming work with the 2012 Most Endangered Places, considergiving a gift to the HPLO orattending the May 22nd announcement luncheon.

Help Make the Gulch Even Better

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Holladay Park Plaza - Meeting Room off the main lobby

Lauren Golden Jones, one of our committee members, has requested time for a presentation to be made by she and representatives from her company regarding the potential redevelopment of the Albina Oil Site located at 33rd Avenue and Broadway. Lauren and her team will have maps and other visual tools for our use. The Land Use and Transportation Committee has been asked to listen to the development concepts and to make constructive preliminary comments regarding the proposed development.

This is an exciting opportunity for the Sullivan's Gulch Land Use and Transportation Committee to participate in a development project of this size. As we contemplate the future of the south side of Broadway between 15th and 33rd Avenues, this proposed project has long term impact on that planning and development strategy.

Lauren's team will also be making a presentation to the full Sullivan's Gulch Board, therefore, this is an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed development prior to full board review. Watch for the agenda of the regular SGNA Board meetings (2nd Tuesday of each month) for more details.

Members of the committee attended the NE Broadway Business Association meeting recently which was held Monday, February 13th and inlcuded adjacent neighbors (Eliot, Irvington, Rose Quarter, and Sullivan's Gulch interests were represented), We will update you on this meeting as well.

You are welcome to attend and participate in this discussion. We look forward to seeing you there.

Regional Travel Options Plan being updated - comments welcome

Metro is inviting comments on the updated Regional Travel Options Strategic Plan.  The comment period begins Tuesday, February 21 and runs through Wednesday, March 21.
 
Components of the program include a coordinated marketing and outreach effort; an employer outreach program; a regional rideshare program; a grant program to support partners efforts across the region; and meansurement and evaluation of program investments and projects. 
 
The plan is used to allocate transportation dollars for various area projects.  The goals of the plan are:
  • make efficient use of existing roads and transit investment
  • streamline services to save money
  • achieve greater outcomes with current funding
  • apply triple bottom line framework to align with Metro goals
  • reduce administrative burden on Metro and it grantees

Thursday, February 16, 2012

SGNA Committees Need YOU!

(Updated)

No doubt the Beatles were describing the role of neighborhood associations when they sung:
"I am he as you are he as your are me and we are all together"

To translate, that means YOU are the reason neighborhood associations exist and YOU (and people just like you) are what make it happen.

In that spirit the 12 volunteer members of your Sullivan's Gulch Neighborhood Association Board had a very productive retreat last Saturday.  We developed some priorities for 2012, among the most important one is encouraging more people to get involved with the Neighborhood Association. 

One good way to get involved is participate by serving on a committee.  You get to deal with real livability issues and have a more informal and flexible participation.  Upcoming committee meetings include:

Land Use Committee - Thursday, March 6 at 7 pm at Holladay Park Plaza
Lots going on that affects the livability of the neighborhood, NE Broadway Businesses, participation in the NE Quadrant planning study; possible permit parking zone, 
For details contact: Britt Brewer.

Communications Committee - Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 pm at Skyline Burgers, NE 22nd and Broadway.
We put out the quarterly newsletters, place the lawn signs on street corners announcing events, manage the website, etc.  We need your help with upgrading the website, cross posting information to other social media sites, etc.  Contact Chris Lopez for details.

Emergency Preparedness Introduction Night — March 15 from 6:30-8pm.  Please RSVP to Brenn Simonen to get location.
Are you prepared for an emergency?  Do you know what to do and where to go if a disaster happens?  Does your household have a plan?  Learn basic tools to save you and your family during an emergency and increase you chance of survival during a disaster.

Lifestyles Committee - no meeting scheduled this month.  

Upcoming events:  Spring Clean Up (aka Trash Bash) is set for Saturday May 26.  Details about what will be included are being worked out.  If there's a particular item you'd like to see recycled your help is always welcome. Meetings will be held April and May to get ready.  Contact Dave Brook by email or phone if you'd like to help out. 

Come to a Neighborhood Association Board meeting

You are always invited to attend the monthly SGNA Board meetings.  They are always the 2nd Tuesday of the month 7:30 to 9 pm at Holladay Park Plaza.  The next Board Meeting: March 13 - 7-30 pm at Holladay Park Plaza.  Hope to see you there.

- Dave Brook, Board President

PS: And while you're at it, if you subscribe you'll get immediate notification anytime new information is posted.  Just enter your email address in the box near to top right corner of this window.  

Changes in Gulch Bus Service Ahead

You may be aware that Trimet is struggling to deal with a huge budget crisis.  They've proposed upping fares (to $2.50) and requiring a separate fare for a return trip, (even if within the time period). They've proposed ending Free Rail Zone completely.  And they've also proposed restructuring some of routes and service levels, including several lines in NE that serve the Gulch.  

For some people the change in routes might not be as big a change as the fact that buses would no longer go directly downtown but stop at Rose Quarter and require a transfer.

Excellent, although somewhat wonky, discussions of these changes can be found on PortlandTransport.org here and here.

The SGNA Land Use Committee, which also deals with transportation issues, is interested in your views.  Please comment below or let a Board member know your views.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mayoral & City Council Candidates Forums at Concordia University

NECN & CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY CO-HOST TWO MAYORAL AND CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUMS

Join Mayoral Candidates: Eileen Brady, Jefferson Smith & Charlie Hales. Council Candidates: Mary Nolan, Amanda Fritz, Teressa Raiford, Steve Novick, Jeri Williams & Mark White for a pair of discussions with our north & northeast neighbors. What questions would you like to ask the candidates?

The first forum on February 28th will focus on community livability issues such as jobs, transportation, safety and other requirements for thriving, healthy communities for all.

The second on March 22nd will focus on education, from Pre-K through to Higher Education.

When: Tuesday, February 28th 7pm to 9pm Community Livability Focus
            Thursday, March 22nd, 7pm to 9pm Education Focus
            The doors open at 6:30pm for both events

Where: For February 28th - 2nd floor of the Hagen Campus Center at Concordia University
             For March 22nd - Lobby of the George R. White Library & Learning Center at
                                  Concordia University

 NECN is currently soliciting community feedback on questions and topics for the candidates to address. Please send questions or topic ideas to info@necoalition.org or call 503.823.4575. We will be collecting and grouping all question and topic ideas and working with the event moderator to ask the candidates a wide range of questions about how they will work to promote thriving, livable communities for all.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

SGNA Feb. Board Meeting To Be Rescheduled

Please note: the regular date for this month's SGNA Board meeting is Valentine's Day and we're going to reschedule it, probably to the following week. We will post an announcement of the new date at:
www.sullivansgulch.net

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Dave Brook
SGNA Board President
503-313-1320

Notes from the SGNA Board Retreat - February 11, 2012


(Editor's note: The annual SGNA Board Retreat replaced the normal Board meeting in February.  No business was transacted at the retreat so these notes simply reflect what emerged as priorities for  those attending the meeting for 2012.  Thanks to Shoshana Cohen and Katy Asher of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) for their able assistance during the retreat. - Dave Brook)

SGNA Retreat February 11, 2012 - Notes

Words/Phrases to Describe SGNA if it were wildly successful

  • Truly representative
  • Inclusive
  • Economically-sustainable community
  • Energizing and exciting
  • Realistic
  • Leader in community involvement
  • Powerful two-way communication
  • Celebrate diversity
Committee Activities and Ideas
Listed in order of priority/number of people interested in helping
P = number of priority dots, H = number of dots from people interested in helping
(Listed in general order of priority)

Land Use and Transportation
  • Broadway/Weidler Corridor – 4 P, 7 H
  • Safety crossing at 28th – 4 H
  • N/NE Quadrant SAC – 3 P, 1 H
  • Sullivan’s Gulch Trail – 3 P, 1 H
  • NECN Land Use and Transportation Committee  – 1 P, 1 H
  • NECN Community Economic Development Committee – 1 P, 1 H
  • Tree removal and zoning adjustment reviews
  • Parking study
  • Cross committee work with emergency preparedness
  • Holladay Park
Lifestyles
  • Support to local businesses (coupons, etc.) – 4 P, 2 H
  • Gulch-O-Rama – 2 P, 3 H
  • Mulch in the Gulch – 2 P, 3 H
  • Neighborhood Night Out, 3 H
  • Clean-Ups – 1 P, 2 H
  • Gulch garage sale, 1 H
  • Neighborhood upkeep such as the overgrown sidewalk on NE 24th – 1 H
  • Leaf collection – 1 H
Garden Committee
  • Gulch garden/community garden – 3 P, 1 H
    • Community beds to share food
    • Beds for food programs
    • Collect food for NE Community food pantry
    • Room for gardeners $50 month for returning gardeners and $80/month for new gardeners
  • Chickens (need chicken keeper) - 1 H
Communications
  • Quarterly newsletter – 2 P, 2 H
  • Celly – 1 P, 3 H
  • Direct mailing of a calendar year of events – 2 P, 2 H
  • Outreach to people at Holladay Park Plaza – 2 P
    • Lew announcements
    • More newsletters to Holladay Park Plaza
    • Post agenda
  • Flyers in apartment buildings and businesses – 1 P, 1 H
  • Yard signs for events/issues – 1 P, 1 H
  • Synch activities and events – always the same time/date to make it easier to communicate – 1 P, 1 H
  • Canvassing – 1 P
  • Website – 1 year old, 5 members – want more members
  • Get content of meetings in advance for outgoing meeting announcements
  • Online bulletin boards
  • Local bulletin boards
Safety/Preparedness
  • Mock emergency – 2 P, 4 H
  • Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NET) – outreach and management challenge – trying to get people to “get it” to do the basics – 2 P, 1 H
  • Preparations for other emergencies – 1 P, 2 H
  • Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM)/Fire and rescue/NET Training – 1 P, 1 H
  • Create blocks of neighbors working together – 2 H
  • NET Forums – Feb. 22 and 26 – 1 H
  • Monthly NET classes – attracting people -  1 H
  • Lloyd District Public Safety meetings – 1 H
  • More committee members – 1 H
  • NECN Safety and Livability Team (SALT)
  • Holladay Park
Board Administrative Work
  • Revise bylaws – 4 P, 1 H
  • SGNA board recruitment – 3 P, 3 H
  • Address board attendance – 3 P, 2 H
  • Consider the role of Holladay Park – 3 H, 1 P
  • Address term lengths – 2 H
  • Committee structure – 1 P, 1 H
  • General meeting times/recurrence