Board Meeting, August 9, 2019, 6:30 PM

July 11, 2019

8940 SE Reedway St, Portland, OR 97266

6:30 PM

Board Meeting Agenda

Action items:

  • Approve minutes from Board Meetings: June & July 2019
  • Set agenda for August 2019 General Meeting
  • Budget items: Lents Fair; Lents History Project
  • Bylaws

Updates:

  • Treasurer update and reimbursement(s) 
  • LNA project: “Dumpster” cleanup
  • 2019 Election Committee and plan

7:15 PM Meeting adjourned

Ice Cream Social hosted by Lents Neighborhood Association

**Please note**
This meeting will be at a different location than our usual monthly meeting. We are meeting at Lents Collective, 9209 SE Foster Road (at the intersection of SE 92nd Ave and Foster Rd).

We’re doing this month’s general membership meeting a little differently:

We’ll be meeting at the Lents Town Center, at the newly-opened Lents Collective (9209 SE Foster Rd), one of the projects that we’ve supported getting off the ground this year. 

Come enjoy some ice cream with your neighbors, hear updates on what’s happening in Lents, and learn about opportunities to serve your community. 

Open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend! 
Free ice cream. Free childcare.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2371341326456573


Stand in solidarity with Lents immigrants and refugees

July 12, 2019

An open letter to the Lents community:

(Spanish translation below)

This Sunday, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is set to begin raids across the country to arrest thousands of migrant families. We recognize the negative impact that this action has on all immigrants, legal and undocumented, including our community members here in Lents. The Lents Neighborhood Association (LNA) is asking our community to stand in solidarity with the immigrant and refugee folks who call this area home.

Last month, another neighborhood group, Lents Neighborhood Livability Association (LNLA), not affiliated with the LNA, invited and advertised the presence of ICE officials at its monthly neighborhood meeting. We strongly condemn this action. Regardless of intent, inviting ICE to engage and influence neighborhood groups puts all of our communities in danger. It’s especially insulting for this injustice to happen in East Portland, home to the largest population of immigrant and refugee community members and people of color in Portland. In Lents specifically, approximately 17 percent of the population identifies as Hispanic or Latino, 15 percent as Asian and 5 percent as Black.

During its 15 year legacy, ICE has attracted individuals with racist ideologies who are only interested in tearing families apart and harming our community. The increasingly ruthless immigration policies of the current White House administration and ICE agents have created widespread fear, stress and anxiety within our immigrant community. 

To ALL Lents residents, we would like to state, unequivocally, that ICE is not welcome at Lents Neighborhood Association meetings. While our power is limited, we will do everything within it to keep our spaces for discussions safe and we will actively oppose those who wish to make them less safe.

Regardless of your immigration or legal status, whether or not you have a physical address, and no matter how many languages you speak, we recognize you as an invaluable member of our community. We welcome you to our organization and our events, we will work to ensure your safety in our spaces, and will save you a seat at the table where decisions are made. 

If you would like to get involved with any of our current projects, please reach out at lentsneighborhood@gmail.com or check out what we do on our website, lentsneighborhoodassociation.com/lna-calendar. If you have any projects of your own and you’d like our support, please let us know. 

We admire and depend on your presence, which contributes to a diverse Lents community that values inclusion, understanding, and love.

In solidarity,

Sabina Urdes
LNA Chair


Levantándonos en solidaridad con los inmigrantes y refugiados de Lents

12 de julio, 2019

Carta abierta a la comunidad de Lents:

Este domingo, la Oficina de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) va a empezar redadas a lo largo de los Estados Unidos para arrestar a miles de familias migrantes. Nosotros reconocemos el impacto negativo que estas acciones tendrán en todos los inmigrantes, así tengan documentos o no. La Asociación del Vecindario de Lents (LNA, por sus siglas en inglés) pide a nuestra comunidad que se levante en solidaridad con nuestros vecinos refugiados e inmigrantes que llaman a esta área su hogar.

El mes anterior, otro grupo de nuestro vecindario, la Asociación de Habitabilidad del Vecindario de Lents (LNLA, por sus siglas en inglés), que NO está afiliada con la LNA, invitaron y promovieron la presencia de oficiales de ICE durante su reunión mensual. Nosotros condenamos dichas acciones. Sin importar la intención, invitar a ICE para que involucren y tengan influencia sobre los grupos de nuestro vecindario pone a todas nuestras comunidades en peligro. Es especialmente insultante que esta injusticia suceda en el Este de Portland, hogar de la población de inmigrantes y miembros comunitarios de refugiados y gente de color en Portland. Específicamente en Lents, aproximadamente 15 por ciento de la población se identifica como hispano o latino, y otro 15 por ciento se identifican como asiáticos.

Durante su legado de 15 años, ICE ha atraído a individuos con ideologías racistas, los cuales solamente están interesados en separar familias y lastimar a nuestra comunidad. Las políticas cada vez más implacables de la administración actual en la Casa Blanca y los agentes de ICE han traído pánico, estrés y ansiedad a nuestra comunidad de inmigrantes. 

Queremos informar a TODOS los residentes de Lents que, inequívocamente, ICE no es bienvenido en las reuniones de la Asociación del Vecindario de Lents. Aunque nuestro poder es limitado, haremos lo posible para mantener nuestros espacios seguros y estaremos en activa oposición a aquellos que quieren hacerlos menos seguros.

Sin importar tu estatus migratorio o legal, así tengas o no una dirección estable, y sin importar cuántos idiomas hables, te reconocemos cómo un valioso miembro de nuestra comunidad. Te damos la bienvenida a nuestra organización y nuestros eventos, y prometemos trabajar para asegurar tu seguridad en nuestros espacios, y darte un espacio en la mesa en la que se toman las decisiones. 

Si deseas involucrarte con alguno de nuestros proyectos actuales, por favor escríbenos un correo electrónico a lentsneighborhood@gmail.com o visita nuestra página web para ver lo que hacemos visitando lentsneighborhoodassociation.com/lna-calendar. Si tienes algún proyecto y te gustaría que te apoyemos, por favor déjanoslo saber.

Admiramos y dependemos de tu presencia, la cuál contribuye a una comunidad diversa en Lents que valora la inclusión, comprensión, y el amor. 

En solidaridad,

Sabina Urdes
Presidenta de la Asociación del Vecindario de Lents (LNA)


Agenda for LNA Board Meeting July 11, 2019

July 11, 2019

9209 SE Foster Rd.

6:30 PM

Board Meeting Agenda

Action items:

  • Approve minutes from Board Meetings: June 2019
  • Set agenda for July 2019 General Meeting
  • Budget item: Lents Fair
  • 2019 Election Committee and plan

Updates:

  • Treasurer update and reimbursement(s) 
  • LNA project: Lents Garage Sale, Lents Collective, Community Clothing Closet, “Dumpster” cleanup

Discussion

Conversation about Southeast in Active Motion (SEAM) with Stephenie Frederick.

Adjourn: 7:45 PM

2019 Lents Bike Tour: June 29

Open to all: Please join us for a tour of Lents’ unique attractions, including Malden Court Community Orchard, pollinator sites, and Lents Collective.

Think of it as Lents’ very own Pedalpalooza event! We’ll kick off the tour at the Community Tool Library, 9215 SE Ramona Street, at 10 AM, and that’s also where we will end around 12 PM. After the tour, we’ll continue over to Flipside, for conversations and a bite or refreshing beverage.

This event is hosted by the Lents Neighborhood Association and Green Lents. For the latest updates, visit the event Facebook page.


Board Meeting: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Our general membership meeting in June is canceled, but the LNA Board will still meet at the regularly scheduled time of the general meeting to conduct Board business. This meeting will be open to the public, although we don’t typically take public comment during Board meetings. Topics that we’ll cover include:

Project/event updates:

  • LNA events update: Pedalpalooza; “Dumpster” cleanup
  • Lents Collective update  

Finance/treasurer update

-Reimbursements: food May general membership meeting (pre-approved expense Sabina); childcare May general membership meeting; Lents Collective (pre-approved expense; Sabina); allotment reimbursement check dated 1/09/2019 – not deposited? (reference email from City of Portland); Lents Territory Acknowledgement;

-Update on PGE bills and LNA website domain and hosting renewal;

-LNA events sponsorship (Memory Garden “Spring Fling”, Pet Parade


CANCELLED: General Meeting June 25th, 2019

In place of our monthly General Membership Meeting, in June we are co-hosting a Bike Tour of Lents with our partners at Green Lents. Think of it as Lents’ very own Pedalpalooza, if you will. It’s summer, it’s sunny and warm, and we figured our community might like to take a break from our monthly meetings inside and meet outside to explore Lents and get to know each other better! For the latest updates on the Bike Tour, follow the event Facebook page. If you are able to, we hope you will join us for the bike tour on Saturday, June 29, starting at 10 AM at the Tool Library.

Our regularly scheduled monthly meetings will resume in July.

LNA Board Meeting Agenda for June 13, 2019

June 13, 2019

8940 SE Reedway St

Board Meeting Agenda

Action items:

  • Approve minutes from Board Meetings: May 2019
  • Set agenda for June 2019 General Meeting
  • LNA events update: Pedalpalooza; “Dumpster” cleanup; community clothing closet
  • Lents Collective update  

Finance/treasurer update

-Reimbursements: food May general membership meeting (pre-approved expense Sabina); childcare May general membership meeting; Lents Collective (pre-approved expense; Sabina); allotment reimbursement check dated 1/09/2019 – not deposited? (reference email from City of Portland); Lents Territory Acknowledgement;

-Update on PGE bills and LNA website domain and hosting renewal;

-LNA events sponsorship (Memory Garden “Spring Fling”, Pet Parade

Discussion

What events or project might we want to do going forward, for which we would request funds from EPCO early on (considering there is no longer an allotment)?

Adjourn: 8:30 PM

Crash trends in Lents/nearby, how to reduce fatal and serious crashes, and an update on the Outer Powell and I-205 construction (PowerPoint slides from ODOT and PBOT)

Attached above are the presentations that Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) representative gave at the Lents Neighborhood Association general membership meeting on May 28, 2019.

ODOT: Tiana Tozer, Region 1 Transportation Safety Coordinator for ODOT, provided an overview of crash trends in the Lents Neighborhood and nearby. She also provided information on the Outer Powell and I-205 construction, as well as current traffic safety education efforts and campaigns.

Vision Zero: Clay Veka, Vision Zero program coordinator, gave a presentation on speed limit changes in our area and explained Portland’s data-driven approach to eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries.

If you have questions for either Clay Veka or Tiana Tozer, you may contact them directly:

Clay Veka Vision Zero program coordinator
clay.veka@portlandoregon.gov
Phone: 503.823.4998

Tiana Tozer | Transportation Safety Coordinator, Region 1
Tiana.TOZER@odot.state.or.us
Phone: 503.731.3150