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

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

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.

Traffic Advisory: Paving on Foster: May 10 – May 18, 2019

The paving of SE Foster from SE 82nd Avenue to 92nd Avenue, the final stage of the Foster Streetscape Project, begins Friday, May 10, 2019. 

This means that from Friday, May 10, at 8 p.m. until Saturday, May 18 at 6 a.m., SE Foster Road will be closed nightly from SE 92nd to SE 82nd Avenue in both directions Monday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.. 

Westbound traffic on SE Foster Road will detour at SE 92nd Avenue north or south to SE Holgate Boulevard or SE Flavel Street. Eastbound traffic will detour at SE 82nd Avenue north or south to SE Holgate Boulevard or SE Flavel Street. TriMet bus line 14 heading westbound on SE Foster Road will detour to SE Ellis Street. Local access will be maintained during the detour.

For more details, click 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 http://visionzeroportland.com.

September 2018 Annual Election Results

Chair: Sabina Urdes – 22 votes (88% of votes cast)

Vice-Chair: Sarah Wines – 23 votes (92% of votes cast)

Land Use: Nick Christensen – 21 votes (84% of votes cast)

Public Safety: Robert Schultz – 20 votes (80% of votes cast)

At-Large 1-year: Alan Linhares – 23 votes (92% of votes cast)

Secretary – Vacant*

Treasurer – Vacant*

Transportation – Vacant*

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