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05/15/2021
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Time: May 19, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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03/15/2021
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Pleasant Valley Neighborhood Assn General Meeting on Zoom

7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2021

AGENDA:

15 min 1 – Martha Taylor – Adopt A Block Program

15 min 2 - Martha Taylor – New RECYCLE program that pics up Styrofoam

20 min 3 – OPEN SPACE for Campers Document (included) The PVNA Board approved to support this along with 353 individuals and organizations.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VOAs6Z5g1fqAxLHiJmukSg3F7xxPGHvx/view

If you have an opinion and want our commissioners to hear your voice, please submit written comments (written testimony) by end of Tuesday:
https://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/testify/#/s2hc

And here is the link to attend the city council meeting virtually. City Council meeting starts at 2pm. March 17:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/video/player/?tab=live

10 min 4 – Other Concerns

Adjourn

We want your voice and ideas making the Pleasant Valley Neighborhood a wonderful place to live and play. Ask your neighbors to join with us.

PVNA Board Members
Dale Shelter -- President
Gail Gilliland -- At Large
Jamie Green -- Membership
Alex King -- At Large
Michael LeSenne – At Large
Steve Montgomery, Land Use

03/10/2021
Public Testimony Submission Form

The PVNA board is sharing this statement from the Hazelwood Neighborhood Association as we think Hazelwood has carefully outlined the pending changes to our city code. whether you are in support of the pending changes or not, we encourage you to share your feedback by emailing the commissioners and/or providing public comment in next week's city council meeting. The city also accepts written comments.

We have provided a list of email addresses below to help you get started but it is certainly not the entire list of individuals you might contact.

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Hazelwood Neighborhood Association Facebook Post:

Shelter to Housing Continuum Project Update – outdoor camps likely coming to East Portland - PLEASE SHARE

The city has tasked the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with changing the city code to make it easier to site alternative shelters, including outdoor camps in every part of the city. We have attended all of the workshops conducted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability as well as other meetings where BPS further explained the scope of their work and answered questions. You may have seen stories in the news but they don’t accurately convey what the city is proposing so we’ve outlined our interpretation below.

We encourage everyone to read this and submit your testimony to city hall whether you agree with us or not.
This code change will have a huge impact and you should weigh in on this now while you still have an opportunity to engage with our elected officials.

First - we are not opposed to opening alternative shelters. In fact we think it is imperative that alternative shelter options like villages and supervised outdoor camps be made available to unhoused residents as quickly as possible to give people currently living on sidewalks and in their cars a safe place where they can recover from the trauma of living on the street and begin to heal with dignity. However we do not support housing people in camps and villages permanently – these should be transitional solutions with services attached and re-entry programs. We also want to make sure the code change is implemented in an equitable manner – every neighborhood in the city should do their part to house and care for our unhoused neighbors. The brunt of solving this problem should not fall on the marginalized communities in East Portland.
What the code change means

This is not a temporary change – it is permanent change to city code – which will in effect normalize outdoor encampments and other forms of alternative shelters.

This will allow third parties, not just the county, to put camps and villages as well as RV camps in any neighborhood under “clear and objective standards.” This could include out of state landlords who have no vested interest in our community.

If you don’t know what “clear and objective standards” means, it means that current standards, other variables and review designed to balance or mitigate impacts of proposed land use to adjacent properties or the community will not apply to these new alternative shelters. The intent is to rewrite existing city regulations to allow homeless shelters and sanctioned camps to be sited more quickly, including where they are currently prohibited.

There is no geographic limit on how many camps could be clustered in any given neighborhood or location This would allow temporary camps for up to 6 months in parks.

These alternative shelters will not necessarily be run by the county – they could be run by anyone the county approves to run them. It could be veteran shelter operators or other services groups. It could be an individual who decides his empty lot would make a great spot for a self-governed camp.

We’ve read the RFPQ the Joint Office of Homeless Services put out and it does not inspire confidence. The RFPQ does not stipulate minimum services such as sanitation or trash collection be attached to alternative shelters . We’ve included a link below.

We have not been able to find anything that indicates the county will require shelter operators to do outreach to neighbors or engage community stakeholders. In fact, the new unconditional use designation means shelter operators will not have to do this. And the county will have no authority to ensure outreach.
We have not been able to find anything that indicates the county has any kind of framework, plan, goals, minimum safety requirements or standards as a pre-requisite for opening these new alternative shelters.

What this will mean for East Portland - we think it is extremely likely the county and others will try to cluster outdoor encampments in East Portland and leave wealthier, whiter “single family resident” neighborhoods untouched. We do not trust local officials to implement the code change in an equitable manner….. this is supported by the following factors.

The BPS has identified far more underdeveloped lots are available in East Portland than any other part of the city, The BPS memos states, “The provision of outdoor shelters will not be limited by the supply of suitably zoned urban land. The impediment will be costs, the cost of purchasing land, the cost of development, and the cost of operations.”

The amount of available land coupled with the fact that residents here have very little political power or clout and that it will be much cheaper to locate shelters here almost certainly ensures outdoor camps will be located in East Portland.

JOHS has a history of migrating downtown homeless populations to East Portland. It began with the Peace Shelter residents and the Hansen Shelter and has continued with the opening and operation of Blackburn. Between Blackburn and the Wyest Shelter, located within 8 blocks of each other, we’re already housing almost 400 unhoused community members.
The majority of permanent shelters/facilities opened in the last 5 years have been in East Portland and SE. This includes Wy'East Shelter, Blackburn, and Laurelwood Center.

The average shelter size is significantly larger in East Portland which has the effect of already clustering large populations of unhoused in East Portland and SE. And in Hazelwood we have seen first hand the profound impact of clustering these facilities so close together.

Local officials have lied to us in the past and ignored us the rest of the time. There is no reason to think this pattern of behavior will change.

HNA Proposed Changes to the S2HC Recommendations
1. Add geographic restrictions or filters to limit the number of outdoor encampments that can be sited in poorer, denser neighborhoods to avoid concentrating even more vulnerable populations in certain geographies.
2. Extend the State of Emergency so the county is still able to site shelters on an accelerated timeline. Delay the code change until a better framework is in place for shelter implementation that will ensure a fair distribution of shelter placements as well as better managed facilities for shelter residents and other community members.

Links:
Register to testify virtually in person - https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Up7irydfR1yLw72flPkQ5g
Submit written Testimony: DEADLINE 3/12 https://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/testify/#/s2hc
County RFPQ
http://ahomeforeveryone.net/news/alternative-shelter
BPS Docs
https://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/record/14041267

02/03/2021
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01/29/2021
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Pleasant Valley Neighborhood Association General Meeting on Zoom

7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Happy New Year! The January General Meeting was postponed due to the Presidential Inauguration.

Please join us for a visit with Leach Botanical Garden’s new Executive Director Mae Lin Plummer. Come with your thoughts on how PVNA and LBG collaboration can expand equanimity programming.

AGENDA:

20 min - Scott Batson, PE, PBOT – Engineer-Traffic SE Foster and 122nd Intersection
20 min - Anne LeSenne, PCC Faculty -- Bees and Things
30 min - Mae Lin Plummer – Executive Dir. Leach Botanical Garden
15 min - Other Concerns
Adjourn

We want your voice and ideas to make the Pleasant Valley Neighborhood a wonderful place to live and play. Ask neighbors to join.

Dale Shetler, Chair

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01/15/2021

Greetings!

Due to next week's presidential inauguration, the general meeting has been moved to February 3rd.

The agenda will be provided via an upcoming email and a Facebook post, and will include the meeting's join information.

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12/05/2020

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Blue Moon Clatsop Butte ParkDec. 1st, 9:15 p.m.Photograph taken by Dale Shelter
12/05/2020

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Clatsop Butte Park
Dec. 1st, 9:15 p.m.
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Pleasant Valley Neighborhood Association General Meeting on Zoom 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Excitement is i...
09/19/2020
Cedar Crossing Restoration

Pleasant Valley Neighborhood Association General Meeting on Zoom

7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Excitement is in the air!

Please join us as we have our first PVNA Virtual meeting on Zoom (join instructions below). Get the latest updates on what is taking place at Leach Botanical Garden with its new, one-of-a-kind Arial Tree Walk. Leach Botanical Garden Executive Director David Porter is excited to share his thoughts on what this means for our neighborhood, city, and the Pacific Northwest.

Also presenting is Kate Carone from Bureau of Environmental Services. She will discuss the floodplain restoration project along Johnson Creek just west of the SE Deardorff Rd. covered bridge. You can learn a little more about the project here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/76904.

September is when we hold elections for new board members. Due to our virtual meeting it seems best to extend the term of our current board to next year with hopes to reconvene in person where we can hold an election.

For those of you new to PVNA we encourage you to send an email of interest to get involved. We need your voice and ideas making the Pleasant Valley Neighborhood a wonderful place to live and play.

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Day & Start Time: Wednesday, Sep 23, 2020. The meeting starts at 07:00 PM Pacific Time; Meeting opens early at 6:30 PM

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08/15/2020

Hello, if you are interested in becoming a PVNA member or joining the Board, please email [email protected] or message us, and we will be sure to contact you.

08/01/2020
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It has been too long. So we are happy to announce our first gathering since COVID interrupted so many of our lives. Please JOIN US via WEBINAR (w/ TELEPHONE access) this MONDAY, AUGUST 3, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm for the EAST PORTLAND CANDIDATE FORUM, brought to you by a coalition of East Portland neighborhoods. The following City Council candidates will join us as panelists to answer some of our most pressing issues related to East Portland:

MINGUS MAPPS

LORETTA SMITH

CHLOE EUDALY

DAN RYAN

JOIN THE WEBINAR USING THE LINK BELOW or via TELEPHONE NUMBER:

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I would like to thank the neighbor (I don't know who) that posted noticing a cat on his roof for a couple of (hot) days. My next-door neighbor, Jay Hamlin, noticed the post and knew my cat had been missing. He got another neighbor (I should know your name - you built my fence) with a long ladder and they rescued our cat, Daisy, who was not in very good shape.I was so glad to see her in Jay's arms when they brought her to the door. She has been to the vet twice and is coming along. So, thanks to all involved from the whole Hotchkiss family. Sharon Hotchkiss
Gilbert Primary Park is getting a new playground! Come give input on three designs at a community gathering on Wed, May 16. More info: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/76167
I missed the date and information on the Clean Up. Could you post the time and place please?
Found a German Shepard puppy on 162nd and Henderson today!
Check out this LEACH GARDEN event taking place. PVNA supports this crowdfunding event taking place currently...
One of PVNA's GEMS Check out the proposed LET'S BUILD THE AERIAL TREEWALK at Leach Gardens... PVNA proudly supports this event!
This brand new kids helmet was found in the weeds next to the road in the neighborhood on 160th, between Nehalem and Gaibler (in that little neighborhood). I live in that neighborhood as well. Looks like out probably fell off a kid's bike. Send me a private message and I can get it back to you.
I found a kids' bike helmet that looks like it fell off a bike, into the weeds, in the neighborhood on 160th between Gaibler and Nehalem. I'm assuming it belongs to one of the kids in the immediate neighborhood.
Family Campers and RVers will be having a Get Acquainted Meeting at the Salon & Spa Academy located at 5705 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 on August 1st at 7:00 p.m. We are hoping to start a chapter geared toward families with children. We also have retiree and mixed aged chapters in the Colorado Springs area that are accepting new members. So if you are interested in camping with others and having a great time, join us for this short meeting. We will have a brief presentation, handouts, and will be able to answer all of your questions. Family Campers and RV'ers is a great organization that brings people together that love to camp and enjoy the outdoors. We hope that you will be able to attend. For additional information send an email to coloradofcr[email protected] My husband and I belong to a retiree group with this organization. It's a great organization!