Lents Neighborhood Association 2019 Board Elections

Date: September 24, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Lents Activity Center, 8815 SE Woodstock Blvd.

Open positions:

Chair – 2-year term

Vice-Chair – 1-year term 

Secretary – 1-year term

Treasurer – 1-year term

Land Use Chair – 2-year term

Transportation Chair – 1-year term

At Large seats – three 1-year terms; two 2-year terms


To be eligible to run, you have to:
-Live in Lents
-Be at least 18 years old
-Be an LNA member (if you fulfill the above two conditions and you sign in on the night of the election, you can become a member)

Time commitment:

Board meetings: monthly, every 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm

General membership meetings: monthly, every 4th Tuesday, of the month, 7:00-8:30 pm

E-mail correspondence & setup/take down for meetings: 1-2 hours per month minimum


Committee meetings, if you choose to join or create one (once a month or less)

Events, if you choose to help organize or create one 

Board member training: TBD, via the district coalition office (East Portland Community Office)

How to run for a position on the board:

  1. E-mail lentsneighborhoodassociation@gmail.com with your intention to run by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 20, 2019, if you wish to be on the ballot. If you don’t request to be added to the ballot by the cut off date and still want to run for a position, you may also show up on the day of the election as a write-in. 
  2. Prepare a speech no longer than 3 minutes for election night, covering:
  • Your skills and experience that would prepare you for the positions for which you are running 
  • Why you are the best candidate for that position
  • Anything else you might like to say 

3. Optional: Let the community know that you are running ahead of time and invite them to show up and vote for you on election night. You may consider sharing your candidacy via social media (Facebook pages and groups, Twitter, NextDoor, etc..), e-mail, flyers on announcement boards (where permitted), in person, and more. If you’d like help with outreach, please let us know.

Questions? E-mail lentsneighborhoodassociation@gmail.com.

Ice Cream Social hosted by Lents Neighborhood Association

**Please note**
This meeting will be at a different location than our usual monthly meeting. We are meeting at Lents Collective, 9209 SE Foster Road (at the intersection of SE 92nd Ave and Foster Rd).

We’re doing this month’s general membership meeting a little differently:

We’ll be meeting at the Lents Town Center, at the newly-opened Lents Collective (9209 SE Foster Rd), one of the projects that we’ve supported getting off the ground this year. 

Come enjoy some ice cream with your neighbors, hear updates on what’s happening in Lents, and learn about opportunities to serve your community. 

Open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend! 
Free ice cream. Free childcare.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2371341326456573

2019 Lents Bike Tour: June 29

Open to all: Please join us for a tour of Lents’ unique attractions, including Malden Court Community Orchard, pollinator sites, and Lents Collective.

Think of it as Lents’ very own Pedalpalooza event! We’ll kick off the tour at the Community Tool Library, 9215 SE Ramona Street, at 10 AM, and that’s also where we will end around 12 PM. After the tour, we’ll continue over to Flipside, for conversations and a bite or refreshing beverage.

This event is hosted by the Lents Neighborhood Association and Green Lents. For the latest updates, visit the event Facebook page.

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

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.

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