2012 Tree Inventory Summit

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2012 Tree Inventory Summit

Saturday, November 10, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

St. Johns Community Center, 8427 N. Central St.

Tree inventory volunteers spent the summer sporting yellow safety vests, working a diameter tape, and seeking the answer to the never ending “opposite or alternate?” leaf arrangement question. Undeterred by heat, rain, curious bystanders, and shrubs posing as trees, volunteers collected thousands of tree data points in Hosford-Abernethy, NW District, and Sunnyside neighborhoods. Now it’s time for the fun part – unveiling the results! Answers to all of your questions about stocking level, species diversity, and health of your neighborhood’s trees will be revealed at the Tree Inventory Summit.

Join us to explore results of the inventories and compare findings among neighborhoods. We will also share the largest trees and most unusual finds. And most importantly, we will begin creating neighborhood tree plans with your guidance and vision.

Tree teams, neighborhood association members, tree stewards, Friends of Trees coordinators, and neighbors are encouraged to attend, along with anyone interested in crafting a plan and taking action to improve the urban forest.


8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration

9 am – noon: Inventory findings, analysis, and recommendations from Urban Forestry staff

Noon – 1 pm: break for lunch

1 – 4 pm: Tree Plan work session: setting goals and priorities, working with partners, and gearing for action

Cost: Free! Please register prior to November 3.

Registration: Click here to register.

Inventory Reports: Inventory reports will be distributed via email prior to the summit. Urban Forestry is working hard to complete data entry and analysis, and as soon as results are ready they will be distributed.

Inventory Reports:  Inventory reports will be distributed via email prior to the summit. Urban Forestry is working hard to complete data entry and analysis, and as soon as results are ready they will be distributed.

If you have questions about the Summit, please contact, Angie DiSalvo, Botanic Specialist II, Urban Forestry, Portland Parks & Recreation | City Nature, 503-823-4484, angie.disalvo@portlandoregon.gov

If you are interested in working on the NWDA tree plan, but are unable to attend the Summit, please contact Mary Ann Pastene at Safety@northwestdistrictassociation.org.




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Re:       Casa Diablo LLC. (Carol Lee and Johnny Zukle)


2839 NW St Helens Rd, Portland

The OLCC received a request to extend the licensed premises for a Full On-Premises Commercial license at the above address.  The license allows a licensee to sell wine containing not more than 21% alcohol by volume, malt beverages containing not more than 14% alcohol by volume, cider containing not more than 10% alcohol by volume and distilled spirits by the drink to patrons on the premises.  The license allows any form of legal entertainment.  The legal hours to sell alcohol in the state of Oregon are 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily.

The premises is currently licensed and proposes to extend alcohol service to the new outside deck area.  The licensee’s proposed hours of operation are daily from 11:00 am until 2:30 am.  The licensee offers live music, DJ music, karaoke, dancing, pool tables, video poker and nude entertainers.

If your organization wishes to provide the Commission with factual information concerning whether there is a basis to grant or deny this license under the OLCC’s licensing standards, please write me at the following address:


Karen Keith, License Investigator

P.O. Box 22297

Milwaukie, OR 97269-2297

If you have any questions, please call me at (503) 872-5216.  Please respond to this letter within 14 days of this letter’s date so that we can process this application in a timely manner.  We will share your information with the applicant, make it a part of the public record and consider it when making a final decision.

Karen Keith, License Investigator

Oregon Liquor Control Commission



09-12 Park Monitoring

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Couch Park Dog ParkIn early September, just in time for the start of school, Couch Park received a nice sprucing-up from Portland Parks and Recreation – bark chips were added to the off-leash dog area, sucker growth around the park’s trees was removed, and the ivy on the slope was trimmed. The park looked much better after the crews were done. Thanks to everyone one helped.

Board Meeting Minutes 08-20-12

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Board Meeting Minutes 08-20-12

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NWDA Transportation Committee Sept 2012 Minutes

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NWDA Transportation Committee

September 5, 2012 6 p.m.

Good Samaritan Hospital, 1st floor conference room & lobby

1040 NW 22nd Ave

Members present:

Phil Selinger, Chair, Greg Aldrich, Juliet Hyams, Dustin Posner, Jeanne Harrison, Jonathan Winslow

Also attending:

Rebecca Hamilton, resident, and Matthew Schwartzberg, resident.

Phil called the meeting to order 6:10 p.m.

Committee Reports

Cornell Road

Dustin reported that the group did not meet in July and August. There are now eight speed bumps on NW Cornell.

Sidewalk Management

Phil emailed City staff about an update on their proposal to look at its Administrative Rules relating to objects in the right-of-way since we haven’t heard back from them. The NWDA subcommittee is interested in doing another round of removing abandoned publication boxes.

NWDA Parking Plan

Juliet didn’t have any specific news about the Parking Plan, but Dustin thought that it is still scheduled for Council in September or October based on what he read in the NW Examiner.

Land Use/Transportation Issues

Terminal 1 Development

Phil mentioned that John Bradley (Planning Committee chair) has asked for our input on an upcoming proposal for more development at the former Terminal 1 site adjacent to the river. The proposal is for a substantial amount of surface parking.

Fred Meyer Redevelopment

Jonathan asked whether the Fred Meyer development would include a new traffic signal. Since parking spaces will be reduced, the City has no grounds for requiring a signal.

Con-way Master Plan

The Con-way Master Plan went before the Hearings Officer on August 27. Since no one spoke in opposition, the Hearings Officer approved the master plan and there is no opportunity for an appeal. Phil explained that Con-way agreed to delete a map and accompanying text relating to a ‘preferred’ alignment for streetcar on Raleigh due to concerns from residents on that street. He explained that proposed changes to NW Vaughn/23rd will need funding and Con-way is only obligated to contribute 15.6% of the cost (based on their share of traffic at that intersection). Jeanne noted that about 1/3 of the Con-way Master Plan could be built out before the intersection improvements (including the jug handle/20th extension) are required.

NW 24th Traffic Increases

Matthew (resident on NW 24th) presented his concerns about the increases in traffic on 24th. He is concerned that the Con-way site build out will only exacerbate it. He would like the left turn from Vaughn (WB) to be prohibited. He said this prohibition was supposed to be part of an earlier transportation plan for the neighborhood but was deleted because of NINA’s desire to have direct access to the post office.  The group brainstormed some ideas for discouraging traffic on the street. Phil said he would contact PBOT.

NW 23rd Pl/Thurman Intersection Improvements

Phil said Tom Miller (PBOT Director) had responded to our letter regarding the 23rd Pl/Thurman improvements by asking if we had any funding sources in mind.

TriMet Service

Jonathan asked if we should be following up with TriMet regarding service reductions in the neighborhood and how that service could be modified in the future. The bus shelters on NW 25th have been removed since there is no longer service on this street. Phil will check to see what happened to them as we had asked that they be reinstalled at other stops in the neighborhood. Phil will draft and circulate a letter to TriMet to remind them that they would consider adding some service back to the neighborhood.

Work Plan Discussion

The committee unanimously agreed to forward its work plan to the Board for approval.

The meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Western Bike Works

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Western Bike Works at 1015 NW 17th Ave.


Old Town Chinatown Neighborhood Association endorses NWDA Newsrack Management Effort

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On September 4, 2012, the Old Town Chinatown Neighborhood Association endorsed the NWDA Newsrack Management Effort. Thanks!

Portland Downtown Neighborhood Association endorses NWDA Newsrack Management Effort

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A big thank you to the Portland Downtown Neighborhood Association for endorsing the NWDA 4-step Newsrack Management Effort at their August 28, 2012 board meeting.

Alberta Main Street endorses NWDA Newsrack Management Effort

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A big thanks to Alberta Main Street for endorsing our newsrack management effort. Read their endorsement here: Alberta Main Street letter.pdf

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