Meeting Reminder and More…

Yep, the WNA General Meeting is tonight! 7:00 pm at the Woodstock Community Center. See our previous blog entry for details about that… 

If you live in Woodstock, we hope you’re signed up for the Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s emails, sent out once or twice month (see sidebar). Our latest edition contained lots of announcements about things going on around town. But wait: We just picked up our email and found even more upcoming events and announcements to pass along! Which is the reason for this post.

Senators Diane Rosenbuam and Carolyn Tomei co-host a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday,  April 9, 2014 from 6:30 tp 8:00 PM at the SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue, Portland. The senators will talk about the accomplishments of the recently completed legislative session, and ask constituents to come ready with questions, comments, and priorities for the future. For more information, contact Debbie at 503-653-5180, or email Senator Tomei at

TriMet will reveal the winner of their Name the Bridge contest (a public vote on four proposed names for the new transit bridge currently under construction) at a special ceremony on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Eastside Greenway Trail, at the southwest corner of OMSI (1945 SE Water St.), overlooking the Willamette River and the new bridge. People are encouraged to walk, ride their bikes, or take transit to this event.

In celebration of National Fair Housing Month, on Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Duniway Elementary School hosts the Fair Housing Council of Oregon’s (FHCO) traveling exhibit entitled “Anywhere But Here.” The exhibit uses photographs, text, and personal quotes to chronicle the history of housing discrimination in Oregon. A staff member from FHCO will be on hand to provide additional insight and to answer questions. Please visit to learn more about FHCO’s work across the state. This FREE open house event takes place at Duniway Elementary School, 7700 SE Reed College Place, Portland. Please contact Nina Levine or Matt Goldstein with any questions.

Oregon Chamber Players perform a concert in Woodstock on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland.

  • Pierne – Pastorale Variee
  • Scarlatti – Five Sonatas for String Orchestra
  • Caplet – Suite Persane for Double Wind Quintet
  • Gossec – Sinfonia in E Flat

Tickets will be available at the door: $12 student/senior – $15 general. For more information call Oregon Chamber Players at 1-888-OCP-8788 or visit the OCP website.

The 2014 Portland Regional Graffiti Summit, a free conference presented by the City of Portland’s Graffiti Abatement Program and Friendly Streets, a non-profit organization, takes place Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in the OMSI Auditorium, 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland. This free 2.5-hour conference limited to the first 200 who pre-register (deadline May 10th). Find all the details here.

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Wood Chips Anyone? If you are a homeowner or a home renter responsible for yard maintenance, you may be interested in a new free service called Chip Drop designed to connect people who want wood chips for their yard with local arborists who have chips to share. There are a few simple rules for using the service, but we’re told it’s pretty easy. For more information contact Bryan Kappa at 503-621-6830.

How about a nice friendly game of Kickball? Heads up! Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood, immediately to the east of Woodstock, has submitted a Creative Engagement Grant application to SE Uplift in which they propose organizing a summer kickball tournament involving a handful SE Portland neighborhoods including Woodstock. Hope to be announcing more details about this soon….

The 2014 Movie in the Park schedule has just been released by Parks and Rec, and Woodstock Park is scheduled to host Labyrinth on the evening of Saturday, August 12th. Business sponsorships available. SAVE THE DATE! Stay tuned for more details, including the announcement of this year’s pre-film musical entertainment.

April 2nd Meeting Preview

7:00 pm at the Woodstock Community Center

All are welcome! Meet neighbors, learn about local happenings, and help make Woodstock one of the best places in the world to live!

On this month’s agenda:

Rich Newlands, Project Manager for the Portland Bureau of Transportation, will give a presentation on the 20s Bikeway project, which cuts through the southernmost section of Woodstock, and will be a welcome traffic-calming feature for that neighborhood.

Jacob Sherman, Chair of neighboring Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association, will be on hand to inform folks about citizen efforts to address air quality concerns in our area and an upcoming community meeting to talk about the issue, sponsored by one of the known industrial polluters. Read more on our Sustainable Woodstock blog.

The Berkeley Park tennis court renovation undertaken by the Rovello family was covered in a previous blog post. Jennifer Yocom, Community Relations Manager with Portland Parks & Recreation, will be on hand on April 2nd to ask for Woodstockians’ encorsement of the proposal to permanently name the renovated court to “Alex Rovello Memorial Tennis Courts.” 

We’re expecting a brief discussion of the “Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro” motorcycle ride sponsored by the Sang-Froid Riding Club, and an update on the FREE “Get Ready for Anything” emergency prep workshop series coming to SE Portland in April and May. in addition we’ll have the usual reports from Crime & Safety folks, Reed College’s Kevin Myers, Woodstock Library’s Carol Uhte, and our very own Terry Griffiths, who will make a pitch for the May 10th Plant Sale, an annual fundraiser for the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center.

Click here to download the full agenda.

Protected Sick Time is here!

This just in, from the City of Portland:

As of January 1, 2014, the City of Portland’s new Protected Sick Time ordinance went into effect, providing workers in Portland with a protected right to earn sick time to use when they or a family member are sick, injured, or in need of preventive health care.

The ordinance applies to all employees who work within the geographic boundaries of the city of Portland for 240 hours or more in a calendar year. Employers with six or more employees must allow workers to earn paid sick leave. Employers with five or fewer employees are required to provide unpaid sick leave. Full, part-time, and temporary employees should accrue one hour of job-protected sick time for every 30 hours worked and, if earned, can accumulate up to 40 hours paid or unpaid sick time per calendar year. Earned sick leave may be used in increments of one hour or greater, and may be used to cover all or part of a shift.

For employers and employees interested in learning more about this new law, visit, email or call 503.823.3994.

Land Use Committee meets Wednesday

As is their habit, Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s LAND USE COMMITTEE meets on the upcoming Third Wednesday of the month, March 19, 2014, at the Woodstock Community Center (5905 SE 43rd Ave). The meeting starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30.

The proposed focus for this month’s meeting is planning and prioritization for the improvement (or not) of Woodstock’s unimproved streets. All are welcome!

Be Prepared for Anything!

Members of the Woodstock Neighborhood Emergency Team, or NET, are collaborating with other SE Portland neighborhood volunteers to put on a series emergency preparedness workshops this April and May to help Southeast Portlanders prepare for “the big one“—or any other future catastrophe that may come our way.

There are three topics being offered: (1) Make a Plan and Build a Kit; (2) Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared; and (3) Secure Your Home Against Disaster.

Thanks to our own KD Henderson, most of the dates and locations for the workshops are now up on the web:

Get Ready for Anything SE PDX Blog

SouthPdx Preparedness Facebook Page

See you Wednesday night!

We have another jam-packed agenda for our March 5th meeting at the Woodstock Community Center (doors open at 6:30, meeting goes from 7:00 to 8:30+).

Besides the usual neighborhood reports and committee briefs, we’ll hear a brief presentation from Metro Councilor Bob Stacey, followed by Q&A.

LRS Architect Greg Mitchell discusses the design of the
Woodstock store’s underground parking garage, as
New Seasons Development Director Don Forrest looks on.

In addition, a couple of neighbors who attended last Monday’s public forum with New Seasons reps are interested in continuing the discussion about traffic and safety concerns and how we might work with the city to mitigate the impacts of all the new development on the boulevard. So we’re going to attempt to begin that discussion at this meeting, but due to time constraints, we’ll hope to form a Land Use subcommittee to continue the dialogue and explore mitigations with the city.

To download the notes from February 2014 and other previous WNA meetings, go to our Meetings & Minutes page.

SE Portland Neighborhood Air Quality Meeting With Neighbors for Clean Air, Wednesday, February 19th

Wednesday, February 19th
SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main St
Please join us for an informational meeting with representatives from Neighbors for Clean Air to discuss:
1.  Nuisance and Air Pollution Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s new nuisance enforcement strategy and how it can be used by communities as an effective way to address and reduce air emissions from regulated polluters.
2.  Neighborhood scale air monitoring project NCA has received funding to monitor particulate matter air emissions in Portland neighborhoods with large metal manufacturing businesses.  We are looking for suitable areas near Precision Cast Parts and East Side Plating to consider for monitoring in 2014.  We are also looking for neighborhood volunteers to participate in a neighborhood advisory committee for this project.

Submit your comments! Bus Service and the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

A repost from
Submit your comments here:

In September 2015, the 7.3-mile Portland-Milwaukie MAX light rail extension will go into service. The new MAX line will serve 10 stations being constructed by the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, and all existing MAX stations on the Portland Mall (SW 5th and 6th avenues) in downtown Portland. Trains will run between approximately 4:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. daily (ending one half hour earlier on Sundays). Trains will arrive every 15 minutes most of the day, and every 10 minutes on average during weekday rush hours. Operating in a dedicated right-of-way that does not include vehicle traffic except at intersections, MAX provides schedule reliability.
Regional planning for the light rail project envisioned bus lines meeting up with MAX in Milwaukie. Now as we begin preparations for the opening of the new Orange Line, we want to remind the community of those assumptions and to see if any adjustments need to be made. We are asking the community for feedback on how to configure bus service in the area while minimizing duplicative service and relieving traffic congestion. Assumptions based on project planning include:
Bus lines that currently travel north of Milwaukie on SE McLoughlin Boulevard would no longer do so, ending their trips in or near downtown Milwaukie
Bus lines that currently travel across the Ross Island Bridge would instead use the new transit bridge, improving reliability by avoiding traffic congestion
Bus lines currently operating in the Portland-Milwaukie light rail corridor include:
Line 17
9-Powell Blvd
29-Lake/Webster Rd
31-King Rd
34-River Rd
36-South Shore
43-Taylors Ferry Rd
66-Marquam Hill/Hollywood
70-12th/NE 33rd Ave
75-Cesar Chavez/Lombard
99-McLoughlin Express
In order to take advantage of the new light rail service and make best use of bus service resources including bus facility improvements made by the project, TriMet is engaging the community to develop a Bus Service Plan.
Bus Service Planning fact sheet.
Tell us what you think should happen
As part of this process, TriMet conducts ridership, cost and operational analyses, considers transit equity, and seeks input from our riders, TriMet operators, businesses, and community groups and organizations.
Please submit your comments how TriMet bus service can best complement and work in tandem with the Portland-Milwaukie light rail extension.