Jo Ann Hardesty coming to Lents to discuss Street Response: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, 7:00 pm

The Lents Neighborhood Association is proud to announce that Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty will be joining us at our general membership meeting on Tuesday, January 28, starting at 7:00 o’clock in the evening to discuss Street Response, a pilot program launching exclusively in Lents this Spring, that is about responding to low-risk 911 calls involving people who are homeless, such as calls about people who are intoxicated or need someone to check on their health or welfare. Instead of using a police officer, the team will consist of an emergency medical services specialist and a crisis worker.

According to a report, officials considered starting the street response program downtown, but felt it was too big of a geographical area. They said focusing on Lents allows the team to work in a smaller area and address the needs of people who are further away from services.

Along with the Commissioner, we will also be joined by Kaia Sand, executive director of Street Roots, an organization that’s been at the forefront of launching Street Response and Firefighter Tremaine Clayton, the manager of Portland Fire & Rescue’s Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT), who will be directly involved with Street Response in Lents.

Join us to hear directly from the Commissioner, Street Roots, and hopefully Portland Fire about what Street Response is all about and bring your questions for them!

Our other topic of discussion is Prosper Portland’s budget for Lents for fiscal year 2020/2021. We will be joined by Thea Munchel from Prosper Portland who will give a presentation and be prepared to answer your questions.

We will also be discussing an upcoming training for neighborhood association board members and general members that our neighborhood association is sponsoring.

And we will vote on a candidate for the Land Use Chair on the Lents Neighborhood Association board.

***Full agenda coming soon / Check back on this page for updates visit our Facebook page to RSVP.***

Street Response in the news:

https://news.streetroots.org/2019/03/15/better-system-street-response-where-do-we-go-here

https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2019/11/portland-street-response-homeless-first-responders-to-start-in-2020-after-council-oks-proposal.html

https://www.opb.org/news/article/portland-street-response-team-homelessness-calls-lents/

https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2019/11/21/27517753/city-council-unanimously-approves-street-response-pilot-program

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/homeless/portland-street-response-pilot/283-2586e5ff-491b-4450-a35f-93614fb57ac1

Agenda: LNA Board Meeting, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2019

8940 SE Reedway St.

6:30 PM

Board Meeting Agenda

Action items:

  • Approve minutes from previous meetings
  • Set agenda & responsibilities for January 2020 General Meeting

Updates:

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

Discussion

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

7:45 PM Meeting Adjourned

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

Updates:

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

Discussion

  • 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

Schedule:

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
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Refreshments and childcare provided by the Lents Neighborhood Association.

Questions? Email lentsneighborhood@gmail.com.

Official press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 29, 2019

Contact: Tim Becker (503) 823-1121

Timothy.Becker@portlandoregon.gov

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

Updates:

  • 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 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)


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