Newsracks on Your Property – What You Can Do

Did you know that the City of Portland code Title 17/Public Improvements ‐ Chapter 17.28.020 specifies the responsible party for side‐walk management as the owner of the property that abuts the right‐of‐way? This makes the property owner responsible for newsrack encroachments which are placed haphazardly by publishers. To lean more and steps you can take, download: Newsrack Removal Letter_Building Owner.pdf

Working Together to Enhance Our Parks

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Security issues, PP&R budget, dog amenities and gearing up for Summer Free For All (concerts, Bike-in Movie, playground program) have been the focus of S&L committee during April and May.  The new Park Ranger Program is off to a great start.  I did e-mailed staff requesting that rangers consistently exit their white truck when in Couch Park.  There was an article  “The New City Beat” on the cover of the Portland Tribune today about the new downtown ranger program.

The signs that once were posted on the fence at Wallace Park dog park reminding users that neighbors living near by would appreciate efforts to limit dog barking will be re-posted soon.  Currently, the rotating signage at Couch and Wallace Parks is part of a city wide dog owner education program, Petiquette for Parks, started in 2011.  The new signs being fabricated should be sturdier than their predecessors and are unique to Wallace Park.  Sadly, Wallace Park did not win the contest for a remodel and drainage issues continue.  The Fields Neighborhood Park closed to dog use during construction, hence there has been increased usage of the parks by dogs. The new rangers have been cracking down on off leash dogs outside of the designated area at Couch Park.  Both of our community’s parks have serious drainage issues exasperated by the above normal rain fall this moth.

Please use Park Scanto report recurring issues or broken equipment in our parks.  The bouncy snake ADA playground feature at Couch Park will not be returning, and there are some wood rot concerns being explored by parks staff

While one officer deals with a safety issue in Couch Park the other officer bonds with the park users on a sunny afternoon.


NWDA Q1 2012 Crime Statistics

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Q1 2012 NWDA crime statistics: q12012.pdf

Q1 2011 NWDA crime statistics: q12011.pdf (for compairson)

Theft from Vehicle remains the predominant crime in the district. Download this pdf for tips on preventing car prowls:

Portland Earthquake Project

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The Portland Earthquake Project (PEP) was formed to promote earthquake awareness and help build a prepared, resilient Portland. The group is comprised of scientists and preparedness experts from Mercy Corps, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Oregon Red Cross and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management.

For more information about PEP, visit them on Facebook<> and
Twitter <>.

May 29:  Cascadia’s Fault <>

June 5:  Safe Enough To Stay<>

June 12: The Portland Earthquake Walking Tour

ResiliencePDX- A Free Disaster Preparedness Expo in June

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Portland, Oregon – If a magnitude 9.0 earthquake rattles the Pacific Northwest and topples bridges, interrupts power, and cuts off your supply to drinkable water, would you know what to do? What resources should be available in your house or neighborhood in the days before emergency responders arrive?

ResiliencePDX will help you answer these tough questions. ResiliencePDX is a one-day emergency preparedness expo taking place on June 2nd, 10am-5pm, at King Elementary School where you can learn valuable life-saving emergency skills, share knowledge, and get your questions answered by a diverse group of disaster experts. Geologists state we are due for a major earthquake in this region, and better preparedness can save lives and reduce impacts of a disaster.

“ResiliencePDX will be a fantastic way for people to gain skills that will not only help their friends, family and loved ones survive a disaster, but will also go a long way in creating a more sustainable, disaster resilient community.”  Alice Busch, Emergency Management Instructor at Portland Community College .

At ResiliencePDX, experts from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, the Oregon Red Cross, Portland Public Schools, and more than 35 other groups from around Portland will inform you about resources for the community before, during, and after a major emergency. There will be more than 20 skills workshops, where experts will share knowledge to help you prepare for and recover from a disaster. All ages are welcome and attendance at the entire event is free.  Food vendors will be on site selling lunch, snacks, and desserts throughout the day.

Come to the workshop if you are interested in learning:

  • How to safely treat and drink water from any other fresh water source
  • What to do when your toilet no longer flushes
  • How to prepare household kits for your family
  • Tips on growing, buying and preserving food for long-term storage
  • How to organize your neighbors
  • Ways in which bicycles can be used to transport hundreds of pounds of cargo
  • Information on using social media and other technologies in a disaster

If you live, work or play in Portland, or merely care about preparedness, please come, learn, and share in this fun and FREE event!

Event Details:

ResiliencePDX – A Family-Friendly Disaster Preparedness Expo

Cost: Free to the public

Date: June 2, 2012 ; 10AM – 5PM

Location: King School and Park, 4906 NE 6th Ave, Portland, Oregon


About the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management (Sponsor)

The mission of the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management is to coordinate and support the efforts of local governments to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and human caused emergencies and disasters.


About the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (Sponsor)

The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) works before, during and after emergencies to minimize impacts on the community. Their work depends upon coordination with others in government, the private sector and the wider community to promote risk reduction, readiness, response, and recovery. Our goal is a resilient community that can endure all hazards, adapt quickly to disruptions and return to normal activities as soon as possible.


About Portland Public Schools (Sponsor)

The Portland Public Schools received a grant to enhance the School Emergency Response Plan for the district, train all Principals in the Principles of Incident Command, train 120 students in CPR/First Aid/AED, conduct a school vulnerability assessment at all schools, and participate in a full-scale exercise with the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management. The district additionally was able to create site specific emergency plans for each school, purchase emergency flip charts for each classroom, provide a series of training sessions for all school emergency teams and Principals, purchase over 3,000 emergency “Go-Kit” buckets for each classrooms, create a pandemic influenza and food defense plan and conduct emergency site specific drills at all 86 public schools as well as participating private schools.


About the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (ResiliencePDX Host)

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) serves as one of seven district coalitions advancing neighborhood livability through highly inclusive civic engagement. The organization is set up as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit for more opportunities to respond to community needs. NECN believes in creating healthy communities by engaging citizens to become directly involved in determining how their neighborhood evolves.

Board Meeting Minutes 04-16-12

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Native Tap House WITHDRAWN

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Leif Erikson Trail Temporary Closure

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For Immediate Release


Linc Mann, Bureau of Environmental Services, 503-823-5328

Mark Ross, Portland Parks & Recreation 503-823-5300; cell 503-823-6634

Culvert Repair Work Temporarily Closes a Portion of Leif Erikson Trail in Forest Park beginning mid-May

(Portland, OR) –

In order to ensure safe roadway conditions on Leif Erickson Trail in Forest Park for both park users and emergency vehicles, three 80-foot long, 30-inch diameter steel culvert pipes will be replaced.  Additionally, sections of Leif Erickson Trail will be rebuilt.

The culvert repair project, a joint Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) effort, will temporarily close portions of Leif Erikson Trail in Forest Park.

Trail work will occur from mid-May through late July to ensure public safety.

Culverts will be repaired at the following mile posts; noted in distance (in miles) from the start of Leif Erickson Drive at the end of NW Thurman:

  • Mile post  3.04
  • Mile post  5.22
  • Mile post  5.44
  • Mile post  5.65
  • Mile post  8.72

Work hours for the project will be Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm. The project contractor will be hauling in materials, and will have the authority to temporarily close all of Leif Erikson Trail as needed during work hours.

Evenings and weekends, Leif Erikson Trail will be open, but the road surface at the culverts will likely be disturbed. Users will need to use caution and be aware of the construction sites.

Trails intersecting Leif Erikson Trail will remain open, but park users are asked to exercise caution when crossing Leif Erikson on an intersecting trail. Flaggers will be on site to inform users, but we all need to be aware.

 Several trees must be removed to proceed with construction. The contractor will work with Portland Parks & Recreation to replace all lost trees.

A full map of the area impacted will be available on the Portland Parks & Recreation website, under the “Trail Closures” section.

Updates on trail closures will be posted on PP&R’s website as the contractor updates the construction schedule each week. Signs will be posted at main access points to Leif Erikson Trail with updated information.

For more information, call 503-823-5300 or visit

Safety & Livability Minutes 05-14-2012

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NWDA_SL 0512_minutes.pdf

Safety & Livability Agenda 05-14-2012

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NWDA_SL Agenda 0512.pdf

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