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.

Agenda for General Membership Meeting, May 28, 2019

May 28, 2019

8815 SE Woodstock Blvd.

General Membership Meeting Agenda

7:00 PM: Meeting Opening

Introductions. Recognition of time keeper and note taker. Code of conduct.

Territory acknowledgement.

7:10 PM: Announcements

Community announcements

Upcoming LNA events

7:20 PM Discussion: Traffic safety & Reducing fatal and serious crashes in Lents/East Portland

Vision Zero: Clay Veka, Vision Zero program coordinator, will give a presentation on reducing fatal and serious crashes by lowering speeds, explaining which street are owned and managed by PBOT vs. ODOT, and more. (5-10 mins.)

ODOT: Tiana Tozer, Region 1 Transportation Safety Coordinator for ODOT, will provide an overview of crash trends in the Lents Neighborhood and nearby. She will also provide information on the Outer Powell and I-205 construction, as well as current traffic safety education efforts and campaigns. (5-10 mins.)

Community members will be encouraged to ask questions, voice concerns, or make suggestions.

8:00 PM: Action items

1. Motion for the LNA to take a position in support of changing the city form of government and creating city council districts (Sabina Urdes). For the full text of the motion, read below.

2. Motion for the LNA to oppose the proposed Residential Infill Project (RIP) as recommended by the Planning & Sustainability Commission on a 5-4 vote (Edward Marihart) For the full text of the motion, read below.

3. March General Meeting minute approval

8:00 PM: Public comment

8:30 PM: Meeting Adjourned

Proposed motion for the Lents Neighborhood Association to take a position in support of changing the city form of government and creating city council districts

“We support changing the City of Portland’s form of government to a more representative and equitable system. The Commission form of government no longer serves our city and fails to adequately represent the entire city geographically and culturally. This is why we support shifting to districted elections where city councillors would be elected from every area of the city and in which we would have city managers hired by the Mayor and Council to oversee the City’s bureaus. We affirm that it is also time to expand the size of the council to better represent our past and ongoing population growth. We also support having the Mayor’s race be city-wide as they would need to represent the whole city. Lastly, we insist on a process of robust community engagement in coming up with a districting system that works best for Portland and will pass at the ballot.” 

Proposed motion to oppose the proposed Residential Infill Project

The Lents Neighborhood Association opposes the proposed Residential Infill Project (RIP) as recommended by the Planning & Sustainability Commission on a 5-4 vote for the following reasons:

-Additional & the most displacement would be experienced by our neighborhood and other lower income neighborhoods in East Portland

-The number of additional housing units to be built would mostly be rentals

-No off-street parking requirements as current requirements are eliminated

-No new affordable housing included 

-Home demolitions of affordable housing will increase in our neighborhood other lower income neighborhoods in East Portland

-A lot of the neighborhood is already zoned R-1 for Apartments & hundreds of additional dwelling units have already been built in the Urban Renewal area 

-It’s inequitable as it’s not allowed in the R-10 SFD zone

-This is the “cart before the horse,” as displacement is not addressed

-It will increase gentrification pressures and housing costs in our neighborhood

Proposed action plan: Send letters on our neighborhood stationary to: Planning & Sustainability Commission, the Mayor, the City Commissioners, East Portland district coalition and East Portland Action Plan.

Paint the Town Green – Saturday, June 1st

We need volunteers from Lents!

Join KINK, Metro, the City of Portland Graffiti Abatement program, SOLVE and Lents for the Paint the Town Green clean up event on Saturday, June 1st from 9 am to 1 pm.  We’ll be cleaning up litter and graffiti in various SE neighborhoods throughout the morning, and we’re looking for volunteers to join us. You don’t have to live in those neighborhoods to help clean them up! We’ll provide the supplies along with snacks AND lunch: you provide the energy. We will meet at Glenwood Park for breakfast snacks (provided by Bella’s Italian Bakery) and a quick training, then start the clean up on 82nd.  At the end of the clean-up, we will have lunch back at Glenwood Park.  Sign up for Paint the Town Green today!

Sign up for the Lents team here!!

Updated speed limit on Holgate Boulevard

Today the Portland Bureau of Transportation is updating the speed limit on SE Holgate Boulevard. The new speed limit will be 25 mph from SE 28th to 91st avenues and from SE 122nd to 136th avenues. (The segment between SE 91st and 122nd avenues will remain at 30 mph.)

The reduced speed limit supports the City of Portland’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. Speed is a factor in nearly half of deadly crashes that occur in Portland. Lower speeds result in fewer crashes. When crashes occur, lower speeds make it more likely that people will survive (see image below). You can learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero work at

Agenda for General Membership Meeting, April 23, 2019

April 23, 2019

8835 SE Woodstock Blvd.

General Membership Meeting Agenda for April 23, 2019

7:00 PM: LNA Meeting Opening

Introductions. Recognition of time keeper and note taker. Code of conduct.

7:10 PM: Announcements

Community announcements

Upcoming LNA events

7:25 PM Discussion: Portland’s commission form of government: Is it time to restructure?

A presentation and conversation with Portland Forward and City Club of Portland. As Portland rapidly grows and changes, does the current commission form of government equitably represent all people who live in this city? How should we choose our representatives? What would a more representative and equitable form of government and elections look like for Lents and East Portland?

8:25 PM: Action items

March General Meeting minute approval

8:30 PM: Meeting Adjourned

LNA Board Meeting Agenda for April 11, 2019

April 11, 2019

8940 SE Reedway St

Board Meeting Agenda

Start: 6:30 PM

  1. EPCO funding changes (Angela Previdelli)
  2. Approve March 2019 Board Meeting minutes (Marci)
  3. Reimbursements and payments: Web hosting, flyers, etc.
  4. Committee reports: Finance, Events, Transportation, Land Use
  5. Agenda for April 2019 general meeting
  6. *Executive Session: current litigation or litigation likely to be filed

Adjourn: 8:00 PM

Upcoming LNA meetings

General Membership Meeting: 7:00 PM, April 23, Lents Community Center, 8835 SE Woodstock Blvd. LNA Board Meeting: 6:30 PM, May 9, 8940 SE Reedway St.

Agenda for General Membership Meeting, March 26, 2019

  1. Introductions
  2. Approve February 2019 General Membership Meeting Minutes
  3. Discussion 1: Residential Infill Project. Duplexes, Triplexes, and ADUs: What does infill mean for Lents? Guest speakers from Portland for Everyone and the Coalition to Prioritize, Protect, and Preserve Affordable Housing
  4. Community Announcements
  5. Discussion 2: Portland Budget Update Fiscal Year 2019-2020 with Alison Wicks from Prosper Portland
  6. Closing Remarks

Over $130,000 awarded to Lents in Prosper Portland Community Livability Grant (CLG) Program

Prosper Portland is awarding $1.49 million in Community Livability Grants for fiscal year 2018-19 to 23 projects in five urban renewal areas or neighborhoods — and five of those are in Lents!

The goal of the Community Livability Grant (CLG) program is to foster vibrant and healthy neighborhoods and improve the prosperity of area residents and businesses. 

One of the largest projects to be funded in Lents is a partnership between the Lents Neighborhood Association and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to make $30,000-worth of improvements to the Lents Activity Center. The Activity Center currently houses monthly community meetings and events, such as neighborhood association general membership meetings and the Community Clothing Closet. The money will go toward facility improvements, such as upgrading the existing lighting system to energy efficient, long-lasting LED technology and fixing the doors so that the Activity Center can be used more efficiently by more people. 

“We are grateful to be able to bring this money to Lents and hope this success will energize and inspire others here to dream up their own projects and partner with us to make them happen, knowing that funding is possible for work that benefits our community,” said Lents Neighborhood Association Chair Sabina Urdes.

Other projects in Lents that have received funding from Prosper Portland: Junior Achievement Exterior Improvement Project ($45,500), Rose CDC’s 91st Ave Street Mural ($9,500), White Phoenix Acupuncture’s Safety, Comfort, and Visibility Project ($18,143), and Wisdom of Elders’ Workforce Development Initiative ($30,000).

Another area in East Portland receiving Community Livability Grant money from Prosper Portland is Gateway: $15,000 for the creation of a District Asset Map; $200,000 for Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization’s Africa House; and $300,000 for DePaul Treatment Center’s Campaign for Hope & Recovery.

The full list of awards is available on Prosper Portland’s website.

OPEN HOUSE: Let’s talk about Lents!

What improvements do you want to see happen in Lents? Are you interested in working toward making them happen?

At our upcoming monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 26, starting at 7 PM at the Lents Activity Center, we will devote a considerable portion of the agenda to exploring our committees and what they’re currently working on, as well as what might be coming up. 

This will be OPEN HOUSE style. You can walk around and check out each committee and join any work session(s) that seems appealing to you. OR you can bring your own project and receive help with obtaining funding to make it happen!

Angela Previdelli, Grant Specialist with East Portland Community Office will be there as a resource.

So far, we have the following committees:

Public Safety
Land Use
Events (Community Closet, Lents Fair, Pet Parade, Memory Garden)
Lents History Project

This meeting is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend! We serve food and offer childcare and interpretation at no charge to the community.