Archive for November, 2011

SE Portland Neighborhood Assembly

November 29, 2011

The BCA recently received this e-mail from the group Occupy Portland Grassroots Organizing:


SE Portland Neighborhood Assembly
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: SEIU Labor Hall, 6401 SE Foster Rd.
The Occupy movement has created a moment for energy and activism. This meeting is a way for neighbors in SE Portland to come together to discuss issues in our lives and communities. We will work together as a group to take action on the issues that connect us, local and global. We invite neighborhood association representatives, Occupy activists, and all interested neighbors to join us. At this facilitated meeting, we’ll create proposals and decide on the next steps to draw on the energy of the Occupy movement and move our communities forward.

We welcome brochures and flyers on a wide range of topics for our information table.

Contact the Coordinator
Charles Seaton:, (503) 467-8327

Assembly Goals

  • Bring together people in SE, and provide a space for people to tell their stories.
  • To educate people about the Occupy movement.
  • To ask: What can Occupy take on at a local level?
  • To hear and make progress on proposals.
  • And to connect with people from neighborhood associations

At the assembly, we will:

  • Meet with neighbors, Occupy members, and people from your neighborhood associations.
  • Tell your story, and listen to other people’s stories.
  • Learn about the Occupy movement.
  • Discuss what Occupy can do in your neighborhood.
  • Listen to and help make plans.
  • Assembly Structure
  • Alternating between small group with large groups, report outs to large groups.


  • (Brief) What is Occupy Pdx, Examples, why it is we are here, what we want to accomplish
  • Break out groups: hearing our experiences, nhood issues to resolve, identification of topics of action
  • Large group: Report Out, Identify Shared Areas of interest for next Steps
  • Small Group with new topics identified by earlier Process
  • Report out in large Group: Wrap-Up & Next steps

About the convening group
Occupy Portland Grassroots Organizing is an evolving group of individuals working to help build communication, organizing, and interdependence in our local neighborhoods and in the whole 99%, in order to transform the community’s needs, concerns, hopes and resilience into locally-based solutions. Our SE organizing subgroup can be reached or joined at:

This event particularly invites folks living in the Foster-Powell and Mt Scott-Arleta neighborhoods (50th to 82nd, Powell to Woodstock) to come out and talk about economic and social issues in their neighborhood, and how collective action and the Occupy Portland movement can work to address those issues. Folks from nearby neighborhoods are also welcome.

Portland Streetcar Loop & Fare Study Community Update Open Houses

November 27, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel
403 SW 10th Avenue
Portland Streetcar or TriMet Bus #20

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Architectural Heritage Center
701 SE Grand Avenue
TriMet Bus #6

You are invited to attend either Open House.  Drop by anytime between 5:00 and 7:30 PM.

The City of Portland is holding two public open houses to update the community on the Streetcar Loop.  We would like to hear your thoughts on the development and analysis of the fare policy and the related benefits and impacts of future service.  So please join us to discuss how the Streetcar will serve you best and to hear about plans for opening day in 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact Shoshanah Oppenheim at 503-823-7677 or send an email to

Planning and Sustainability Commission extends deadline for written testimony on Portland Plan

November 23, 2011

Last week, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) completed the second of three hearings on the Portland Plan. I am encouraged by the depth and thoughtfulness of the comments we have heard so far.

The Commission will hold one more public hearing on November 29th and then will have work sessions in December and January. A final recommendation to Council is expected on January 10th.

Your comments are extremely important to the success of this plan. Originally public testimony was to end on November 30th, just after the last PSC hearing, however several people have asked for an extension. In response, we have extended the deadline for written testimony through December 28th. Oral testimony will be closed after the hearing on November 29th.

Thank you in advance for your thoughtful review and continued work with the Portland Plan.

All the best,
Susan Anderson
Director, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Hearing and Work Sessions

Hearing: November 29, 2011 (oral and written testimony welcome)
1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd floor
Portland, OR 97201
5:30 p.m.

Work Session: December 13, 2011 (written testimony only)
1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd floor
Portland, OR 97201
12:30 p.m.

Work Session: January 10, 2011 (no testimony taken)
1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd floor
Portland, OR 97201
12:30 p.m.

To submit written comments

Written comments on the Portland Plan will be accepted until December 28, 2011.

By email: Send comments to with the subject line “Portland Plan testimony.”

By mail: Send a letter with your comments to the Planning and Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97201-5380, Attn: Portland Plan testimony.

For more information or if you have questions, please call 503-823-1303.

Tips for commenting

When submitting testimony to the PSC (whether in person or in writing), please share the following:

*   What part of the plan are you testifying about?
*   What are the reasons you like something or would like to change something? Facts that support your reasons are always a good idea.
*   How does the proposal affect you or your organization?

Because of the anticipated volume of testifiers, oral comments at the November 29th meeting will be limited to 3 minutes per person.

Portland Plan Hearing with the Planning and Sustainability Commission

November 18, 2011

This is the final public hearing open to testimony about the Portland Plan. The written comment deadline has been extended through December 28th, 2011, so if you are unable to attend this hearing, you still have the opportunity to  comment on the Draft Portland Plan.

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