Archive for October, 2011

The Portland Plan Has Arrived!

October 25, 2011

Received this e-mail yesterday from SE Uplift with news about the Portland Plan:

 

The much anticipated Portland Plan Draft has been released and is available on-line for public review and testimony. I encourage you to take a look at the shorter document to at least get a feel for the Plan and its contents. You can find both the summary and the full-length documents here. If you would like to see the printed documents and are unable to print them, we have copies available at SE Uplift for review. We will also provide a copy of the summary document to each neighborhood association. Please come pick one up when you get a chance. Once you have had a chance to wrap your head around the Plan, you should tell the Planning and Sustainability Commission what you think! The PSC will be holding public hearings on the Portland Plan throughout November. The hearing schedule is listed below:

Portland Plan Hearings with the Planning and Sustainability Commission
This is your opportunity to make your voice heard about the Draft Portland Plan. Hearings are open to comment about any subject pertaining to the Portland Plan Draft. Please feel free to attend any or all of the hearings.

Tuesday, November 8th
5:30 to 9:00 PM
Jefferson High School
5210 N. Kerby, Portland OR

Tuesday, November 15th
5:30 to 9:00 PM
Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver Street, Portland OR

Tuesday, November 29th
5:30 to 9:00 PM
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Conference Room 2500
Portland, OR

Lastly, I am creating a “cheat-sheet” for SE Uplift Coalition neighborhoods to help you review the Plan. It will identify sections we think are especially important or interesting to our neighborhoods. This is meant to help people more efficiently read the Portland Plan and comment on sections that will directly affect your neighborhoods. We will post this on the SE Uplift website and send it out to people on our Land Use Committee listserve. If you have any questions or comments while reviewing the Portland Plan, please get in touch! I am happy to help you understand the Plan and find answers to your questions.

Thanks,
Leah Dawkins
SE Uplift Land Use Program Manager

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Buckman Elementary Bans Halloween Costumes

October 23, 2011

Controversy over Buckman Elementary’s ban on Halloween costumes:

“We’re pushing our traditions on an ever-changing population,” says Anderson. “I used to work at Kelly Elementary [at SE 92nd and Foster] and the school was 40 percent Russian. The Russian kids wouldn’t come to school that day because people were dressing up and celebrating Halloween. Halloween is, in many ways, personal to some people and to other people it’s very offensive.”

http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2011/10/13/buckman-school-bans-halloween-costumes

TV Crew Filming in Buckman, 10/25/11

October 22, 2011

The NBC television show Grimm will be filming in the Buckman neighborhood next Tuesday, October 25th. The BCA recently received the e-mail below from Shelley Midthun, Film Industry Liaison with the Portland Film Office. Also attached is a letter of notification with more details about what will be happening. Hint: EXPLOSIONS!

 

On Tuesday, October 25, from approximately 10:00am – 4:00pm the NBC TV series Grimm (premiering Oct. 28), will be filming in the Buckman neighborhood.  The bulk of this activity will take place between 18th – 20th on Belmont and Morrison. This film crew has obtained proper permits and employed police and fire officials from the City of Portland to reserve parking, execute limited traffic control (on Belmont from 18th-20th), and perform on-set special effects.

The attached letter of notification provides more detail about this on-location filming. This letter will also be hand-distributed today to local businesses and residents in the area.

Much of this Grimm film crew is Portland-based, and these industry professionals are making every effort to minimize inconveniences to Buckman businesses and residents while cameras are rolling.   On behalf of the industry, we thank you for sharing your neighborhood!

If you have any questions or concerns about this activity, please call Grimm Locations Manager, Bobby Warberg, at 541-510-1434.  I’m also always happy to discuss film permitting and film industry work in Portland, so please feel free to call me with any questions.

Thank you,
Shelley Midthun
Film Industry Liaison
Portland Film Office
Mayor’s Office Arts & Culture
Portland Development Commission
503-823-4039
http://www.pdc.us/film

Grimm_Buckman_NotificationLetter

Leaf Day Flier

October 18, 2011

With fall comes the leaves, and with the leaves comes Leaf Day! Leaf Days are those two days when the city comes through your neighborhood and cleans up those aesthetically pleasing but sometimes pesky leaves that fall into the street and sometimes clog up drains and sewers. You can learn all about it here:

http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=55380

In the Buckman neighborhood, our two Leaf Days are November 6th (Sunday) and 30th (Wednesday). On those days, people are asked to move their cars from the street so that leaf cleaners can do a better job. Of course, sometimes folks forget, which is why the city has provided handy fliers that you can place on your neighbors’ cars to remind them. You can download a copy of this flier by clicking on the link below:

LeafDayNoParkingSign

Lone Fir named one of the top 10 cemeteries to visit

October 14, 2011

Not sure whose idea this list was (or if it was meant to coincide with the upcoming Halloween holiday), but National Geographic ranked the Lone Fir Cemetery #7 on their list of the top 10 cemeteries to visit in the world:

 

Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland, Oregon
Roaming this natural landscape—one of the few cemeteries that allows the planting of a tree or garden to commemorate the dearly departed—is like the turning the pages of a Portland history book. You’ll find graves of pioneers; Block 14, a memorial in the works for the Chinese immigrants who helped build the city; and crypts of captains of industry, like the imposing Gothic-style MacLeay family mausoleum.

October BCA Meeting: Thursday, 10/12/2011, River’s East Building

October 12, 2011

Finding a consistent meeting spot for the Buckman Community Association has been a bit of a bugaboo the last year or two, so we apologize for any confusion and/or inconvenience this has caused you. Our goal is always to maintain stability in our meeting locations, to make it easier for people to participate.

The good news is that, starting next month, we’ll be returning to one of our regular locations, Central Catholic High School. For the October meeting, however, we’ll still be at the River’s East Building, our usual summer home. Below are the details:

October
Thursday, October 13th
River’s East Building
Mt. Adams Room, 3rd floor
1515 SE Water Avenue, Portland

Starting in November
Central Catholic High School
2401 SE Stark Street, Portland

As is always the case, meetings are on the second Thursday of every month. The BCA board meets from 6-7pm, followed by the general meeting from 7-9pm.

And here’s the tentative agenda for this month’s meeting:

6pm Board Meeting

  • Call to order, review agenda, introductions
  • September 2011 meeting minutes review and approval, Secretary Anna Preeble
  • Treasurer’s update, Treasurer Adam Zucker
  • Update on finding a new meeting location (proposed by board member Khris Soden)
  • $46,058 in Neighborhood Small Grants Funds are available (info: http://www.southeastuplift.org/content/neighborhood-small-grants-program)
  • Communications Forum update (proposed by Khris Soden)
  • Buckman Voice: Deadline for next issue? Content for next issue?

7pm General Meeting

  • Introductions
  • Portland Police Bureau update
  • We hope to have a representative from Portland Streetcar Inc. to talk about fare questions for the Loop
  • SE Uplift update from Leah Hyman
  • Central Catholic update
  • Announcements/new schedule for next meeting

Portland Plan Hearings with the Planning and Sustainability Commission

October 11, 2011

This is your opportunity to make your voice heard about the Draft Portland Plan. Hearings are open to comment about any subject pertaining to the Portland Plan Draft. Please feel free to attend any or all of the hearings.

Tuesday, November 8th
5:30 to 9:00 PM
Jefferson High School
5210 N. Kerby, Portland OR

Tuesday, November 15th
5:30 to 9:00 PM
Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver Street, Portland OR

Tuesday, November 29th
5:30 to 9:00 PM
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Conference Room 2500
Portland, OR