Archive for September, 2011

Spirit of Portland Awards

September 22, 2011

September 13, 2011

For immediate release

CONTACT: Brian Hoop, Office of Neighborhood Involvement, 503-823-3075,

Spirit of Portland awardees to be recognized at East Portland Community Center on October 27

From 90 nominations submitted by the community, a selection committee has selected the 2011 Spirit of Portland awards. The awardees will be recognized by City commissioners at the 26th annual event on Thursday, October 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave, near Mall 205, next to Floyd Light Park. A reception with cake and beverages will follow the awards presentation.

“The Spirit of Portland awards are a wonderful tribute to the many amazing community and neighborhood leaders who contribute to our thriving civic life in the City of Portland,” says Commissioner Amanda Fritz, commissioner-in-charge of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

Awards were determined by a selection committee of representatives from the Mayor’s and City Commissioners’ offices, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Neighborhood District Coalition offices, Business Associations, diverse non-profit community organizations and past award winners. In addition, the Mayor and each commissioner have recognized individual and organizational leaders.

Nominees were evaluated in each of the following areas:

  • Participation in outstanding projects
  • Enrichment of our community and neighborhoods
  • Providing a special service to the community
  • Demonstration of responsiveness, creativity and civic values
  • Raising cross-cultural awareness


The award recipients and the categories for which they are being honored are:


Organization: 11:45 Mobilizing the Church for Community Action Committee; Rev. Marcus Pollard, Dr. W.G. Hardy, Dr. Mark Strong, Pastor George Merriweather, Bishop Steven Holt, Rev. C.T. Wells


Commissioner Amanda Fritz:

  • Individual: Gil Frey
  • Individual: Senator Bob Boyer

Commissioner Nick Fish:

  • Individual: Tom Lewis
  • Organization: Amber Baker and the Village Market Team

Commissioner Randy Leonard:

  • Individual:Greg Madden
  • Organization: Timbers Army

Commissioner Dan Saltzman:

  • Individual: Michael Schrunk
  • Organization: Portland Police Bureau – Family Services Division


  • Business Association: 82nd Ave. Business Association
  • City Employee of the Year: Kent Powloski
  • Community Harmony: Opal Strong
  • Emergency Preparedness: Ed Rentz and Doug McCaouley
  • Emerging Community Leader: Erika Silver
  • Humanitarian: David Utzinger
  • Independent Spirit: Dress for Success
  • Large Business: The Standard
  • Neighborhood Association: Lents Neighborhood Association
  • Non-Profit Organization: Incight – Scott Hatley and Vail HortonOutstanding Partnership: Sgt. Willie Halliburton
  • Public Involvement: Jackeline Luna
  • Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship: Terri Preeg Riggsby
  • Small Business: Lents Common Coffeehouse (Ryan Cloutier & Alex Amen) and St. Johns Booksellers (Nena Rawdah)
  • Youth Volunteer: Oregon Dreamers


The East Portland Community Center is proudly hosting this community-oriented event in its gymnasium and looking forward to introducing the community to its many features, which include an indoor aquatics facility, full-size gym, fitness center, exercise studio, outdoor courtyard, transversing boulder wall, locker rooms and family changing rooms.

“I am especially pleased the Council ceremony will take place at the East Portland Community Center, continuing our new tradition of holding the event in different areas of our great city, in the evening to make attendance more convenient for working families,” adds Commissioner Fritz.

The facility is fully ADA compliant. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities and/or language interpretation upon request.  Please notify us no less than five business days prior to the event by phone 503-865-2626, by the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or by the Oregon Relay Service at 800-735-2900.

The East Portland Community Center is near stops for the following TriMet lines:  Busses 15, 20, 25 and 71, including the Blue and Red Max lines.

For more information contact: Office of Neighborhood Involvement, 503-823-4519,


Learn more about the nature of cities…including ours

September 16, 2011

Read on for details on an event that will explore the link between urban planning and sustainability…


“The Nature of Cities” and the Portland Plan

Transition Portland General Meeting
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
St. Francis School, Che’ Room, 1131 SE Oak Street, Portland 97214

Join Transition PDX to view the film “The Nature of Cities”, by Timothy Beatley (40 min) and a discussion about the film and Portland Plan. Beatley is recognized expert on sustainability and green cities.

We will be joined by Mike Houck, a City Planning and Sustainability Commissioner and author of the book “Portland Wild”. Matt Wickstrom, city district planner of SE Portland will also join us for part the othe meeting to discuss and answer questions about the Portland Plan process.

The film “The Nature of Cites” explores efforts by cities in the US and Europe to integrate nature and sustainable design into the fabric of modern cities. Beatley is the author of numerous books, including “Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities,” “Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age,” and most recently “Biophillic Cities, Integrating Nature Into Urban Design and Planning.

This meeting is a prelude to our discussion in October about the forthcoming draft of the Portland Plan and our input to the City’s Planning and Sustainability Commission in November. We will try to equal or improve on our work on the Climate Action Plan of a few years ago. The Portland Plan is a twenty-five year strategic plan that will guide Portland’s future. It is important to all of us and it will allow us to get our message and goals into public policy.

For more information about the Portland Plan go to:

City Council Meeting on Proposed Changes to Time Place and Manner Regulations

September 7, 2011

Sorry for the late notice on this one, but we wanted to let you know that this Wednesday, September 7th, the Portland City Council will be discussing proposed changes to the city’s Time, Place and Manner regulations. These regulations provide avenue for neighbors and local enforcement agencies to address licensed liquor establishments that pose problems to the surrounding neighborhood. Read on for details.

August 24, 2011

CONTACT: Theresa Marchetti, Liquor Program Specialist

Office of Neighborhood Involvement
503-823-3092 (ph), 503-823-3050 (fx)

Proposed Changes to City Code Time Place and Manner Regulations of Alcohol Licensed Establishments (PCC 14B.120)

What: Portland City Council will hear presentation and testimony regarding proposed changes to local regulations of liquor licensed establishments.

When: September 7th, 2011 – 2pm

Where: City Hall – Council Chambers – 2nd Floor
1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland OR 97204

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement Liquor Licensing, overseen by Commissioner Amanda Fritz, will be proposing changes to the city code that allows local regulation of liquor licensed establishments. Enacted in 2004 as an avenue for neighbors and local enforcement agencies to address problem establishments, the Time Place and Manner code has been effective in addressing many livability and public safety issues that arise out of the sale of alcohol. The goal is to work with the licensee to address the issues before they become egregious.  However, there are several areas that the City’s authority is insufficient to address problems. The proposed changes will expand the authority slightly to allow:

  • Drug activity, prostitution, and incidents involving death or the risk of death to be considered nuisance activities for the purpose of this code
  • A violation and abatement process if three nuisance incidents occur in 60 days (rather than 30 days currently allowed)
  • A violation and abatement process in the event that a single serious incident occurs at an establishment

The proposed changes have been reviewed and supported by the Time Place and Manner Oversight Committee, which includes community and industry representation. Two public hearings were held in the summer of 2011 in which the City of Portland accepted both verbal and written feedback. Changes to the language were made based on the feedback received.

Time Place and Manner is a reasonable process to a responsive licensee and has been effective in mitigating harm. These changes will help to better serve the communities of Portland, and ensure that licensed establishments do not act irresponsibly or negligently at the cost of the community. It will also allow the City of Portland to take intervening steps with a premise earlier and avoid more serious problems from occurring. This is the only avenue to address problems at licensed establishments at the local level. All other regulatory authority is held by the state Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

The proposed changes are viewable online at

Time & Place for September BCA Meeting

September 7, 2011

Just a quick update to let you know that September’s Buckman Community Association general meeting will take place this Thursday, September 8th, in the River’s East Building, located at 1515 SE Water Avenue. The meeting will be held from 6-8pm in the Mt. Adams Room, which is located on the 3rd floor. There is free parking available in the building’s parking lot.

The BCA meeting for October is also currently scheduled to be held in the Mt. Adams room, on October 13th at 6pm.