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.

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!! https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I00000GuN4n

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.

LNA Board Meeting Agenda for May 9, 2019

Action items:

  • Approve minutes from Board Meetings: April 2019, October 2018
  • Set agenda for May 2019 General Meeting
  • Sabina proposal: LNA to take position in support of changing the city form of government and creating city council districts

LNA events (Transportation Forum; “Dumpster” cleanup)

Discussion

  • Dissolving the Lents Neighborhood Association 
  • How are we measuring the success of our organization?
  • Format of general meetings
  • Elections Committee: September board elections and recruitment

Finances

PGE bills; LNA events sponsorship (Memory Garden “Spring Fling”, Pet Parade, History Committee; Lents Garage Sale); Lents Territory Acknowledgement; Sabina to turn in check from Bureau of Planning and Sustainability for Lents Community Closet expenses from January 2019

Executive session: current litigation or litigation likely to be files

Executive Meeting Notice: April 19, 2019

8940 SE Reedway Street, Portland, Oregon 97266
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Executive Session: current litigation or litigation likely to be filed

This is a closed (not open to the public), executive session, limited to members of the governing body and others reporting to the body on the subject of the executive session, at the board’s discretion.  Any information revealed in an executive session is considered privileged and may not be reported. 

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