LNA Board Meeting October 10, 2019

October 10, 2019

8940 SE Reedway St.

6:30 PM

Board Meeting Agenda

Action items:

  • Approve minutes from September Board Meeting
  • Set agenda & responsibilities for October 2019 General Meeting
  • Budget items: Public Safety Forum, Lents History Committee, Cleanup

Updates:

  • Treasurer update and reimbursement(s) 

Discussion

  • Proposal to dissolve the organization
  • Proposal to have fewer meetings during the year

Adjourn: 7:45 PM

Agenda: Board meeting Sept. 12, 2019

September 12, 2019

8940 SE Reedway St.

6:30 PM

Board Meeting Agenda

Action items:

  • Approve minutes from Board Meetings: June, July, August 2019
  • 2019 Election Committee update & plan
  • Set agenda for September 2019 General Meeting
  • Budget items: Lents Fair, Lents History Committee

Updates:

  • Treasurer update and reimbursement(s) 
  • LNA projects: Dumpster cleanup grant

Adjourn: 7:45 PM

Lents Neighborhood Association 2019 Board Elections

Date: September 24, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Lents Activity Center, 8815 SE Woodstock Blvd.

Open positions:

Chair – 2-year term

Vice-Chair – 1-year term 

Secretary – 1-year term

Treasurer – 1-year term

Land Use Chair – 2-year term

Transportation Chair – 1-year term

At Large seats – three 1-year terms; two 2-year terms

Eligibility:

To be eligible to run, you have to:
-Live in Lents
-Be at least 18 years old
-Be an LNA member (if you fulfill the above two conditions and you sign in on the night of the election, you can become a member)

Time commitment:

Board meetings: monthly, every 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm

General membership meetings: monthly, every 4th Tuesday, of the month, 7:00-8:30 pm

E-mail correspondence & setup/take down for meetings: 1-2 hours per month minimum

Optional: 

Committee meetings, if you choose to join or create one (once a month or less)

Events, if you choose to help organize or create one 

Board member training: TBD, via the district coalition office (East Portland Community Office)

How to run for a position on the board:

  1. E-mail lentsneighborhoodassociation@gmail.com with your intention to run by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 20, 2019, if you wish to be on the ballot. If you don’t request to be added to the ballot by the cut off date and still want to run for a position, you may also show up on the day of the election as a write-in. 
  2. Prepare a speech no longer than 3 minutes for election night, covering:
  • Your skills and experience that would prepare you for the positions for which you are running 
  • Why you are the best candidate for that position
  • Anything else you might like to say 

3. Optional: Let the community know that you are running ahead of time and invite them to show up and vote for you on election night. You may consider sharing your candidacy via social media (Facebook pages and groups, Twitter, NextDoor, etc..), e-mail, flyers on announcement boards (where permitted), in person, and more. If you’d like help with outreach, please let us know.

Questions? E-mail lentsneighborhoodassociation@gmail.com.

LNA General Meeting, Tuesday, August 27, 2019

8835 SE Woodstock Blvd.

7:00 PM (community meal served at 6:45 PM)

  1. Report on what we’ve accomplished so far this year
  2. Elections: announcing open positions and explaining process for September 2019 elections
  3. Event and community announcements
  4. Discussion: Code 3.96 changes and how it may impact us, with guests Sabrina Wilson with Office of Community & Civic Life, Tom Badrick with EPN, and more.
  5. Update on Lents Town Center Phase 2 from Prosper Portland
  6. Proposed bylaw changes 

8:30 PM: Meeting adjourned

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.