Agenda: LNA Board Meeting, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019

December 12, 2019

8940 SE Reedway St.

6:30 PM

Board Meeting Agenda

Action items:

  • Approve minutes from October Board Meeting
  • Set agenda & responsibilities for January 2020 General Meeting


  • Treasurer update and reimbursement(s) 
  • Update on our EPN insurance and what’s covered


  • Meet potential board member seeking nomination from the board
  • Neighborhood dumpster clean up
  • What other projects do we want to do this year?

Adjourn: 7:45 PM

Public Safety Open House & Townhall in Lents with Mayor Ted Wheeler

A townhall on public safety and livability in Lents hosted by Mayor Ted Wheeler, with an open house (details below) hosted by the Lents Neighborhood Association prior to the townhall.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 5 PM – 8 PM

Church of the Nazarene, 9715 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97266


5:00 PM Doors open to the public

5:00 – 6:00 PM Open House. Come chat with:
-Portland Police Bureau’s Gun Violence Reduction Team
-Portland One Point of Contact Program
-Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct
-Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
-The Community Safety East Team-Bureau of Emergency Communication
-Portland Fire & Rescue-Portland Parks & Recreation
-Portland Bureau of Transportation
-Portland Housing Bureau’s ‘Neighborhood Housing Program’
-Portland Water Bureau’s Financial Assistance Program
-Multnomah County Youth Commission
-Office of Youth Violence Prevention
-Winter biking skillshare
…and more!

These representatives will be on site with information throughout the townhall as well.

6:00 – 8:00 PM Townhall with Mayor Ted Wheeler
-a presentation on gun violence in Lents, including a progress report on cases
-a presentation on One Point of Contact and livability by a representative from the City’s Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Program


Refreshments and childcare provided by the Lents Neighborhood Association.

Questions? Email

Official press release:


Oct. 29, 2019

Contact: Tim Becker (503) 823-1121

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to host forum on community safety and livability in Lents

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will lead a panel of law enforcement experts and officials to address community safety and livability in the Lents neighborhood. The Lents Town Hall will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Portland Police Bureau’s Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) and Detective Division will be in attendance to share what is being done to prevent gun violence and to listen to community concerns on the subject. Representatives from the city’s One Point of Contact program and the Police Bureau’s East Precinct will also be present to update residents on the city’s efforts to improve livability in the neighborhood and to answer questions.

 The goal of the forum is to engage community members and listen to their concerns regarding incidents of gun violence in Lents. The meeting is part of Mayor Wheeler’s ongoing commitment to increase safety measures for residents in Lents and all of East Portland. 

“East Portland is today the heart and soul of the City of Portland. I look forward to listening to the residents’ concerns, their hopes and their ideas for enhancing livability in their neighborhoods,” Mayor Wheeler said. “My goal as Mayor is to make the lives of all Portlanders better, and that specifically includes those who live and work in East Portland.”   

WHAT:  Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Town Hall to address gun violence in Lents

WHEN:  Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE: Church of the Nazarene, 9715 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, OR 97266

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


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

7:15 PM Meeting adjourned

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 or check out what we do on our website, 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 o visita nuestra página web para ver lo que hacemos visitando 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)

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


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
Phone: 503.823.4998

Tiana Tozer | Transportation Safety Coordinator, Region 1
Phone: 503.731.3150

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.