TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Northeast Halsey Street Improvements Close Lanes

by on Aug 23, 2015 | 0 comments

The city’s Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements require lane closures on Northeast Halsey Street from 132nd to 148th avenues.  Lane closures on Northeast Halsey Street from 132nd to 148th avenues start Monday, Aug. 24, through Friday, Sep. 11, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. The work starts tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 24, through Friday, Sep. 11, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day. The lane closures allow crews to pave 4.93 lane miles of Northeast Halsey Street in east Portland’s Russell neighborhood. During work hours, expect to see signs indicating lane closures and detours. Consider using alternate routes. Work hours will not affect evening rush hour, though morning peak hours may be affected, PBOT spokesman Dylan Rivera said. Click here for information on possible impacts to TriMet bus service. Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access for businesses and residents is maintained during the project. Expect delays while repairs are being...
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June 2015 edition posted

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The June 2015 edition of the Mid-county Memo posted online. Links to stories and departments are below. With nine-month-old daughter Molly in tow Hazelwood resident Jake Herbst often strolls to the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores near his home to shop. Herbst, a 2003 David Douglas High School graduate said he is looking forward to his first Father’s Day. This month’s front page features a Happy Father’s Day wish for not only cover subject Jake Herbst, but to fathers everywhere. June’s features include a story about Lore Wintergreen—the city’s advocate for the East Portland Action Plan–and whether or not she accused at least one volunteer of racism for requiring EPAP grantees to fill out IRS forms. East Portland activist Collene Swenson is interviewed to find out what her next move is after the attempt to get a ballot measure to de-annex east Portland failed; now it’s city commissioner’s election by geographic representation. David Douglas School District educator Kevin Topolski was named Teacher of the Year by OnPoint Community Credit Union. Marking the Memo’s 30th anniversary, we sample what the paper covered in its first edition and provide updates. In addition, we publish Bruce McCain’s, Gloria Ross’s and Marjorie Bean’s obituaries. In addition to the feature stories, our monthly departments are: Meals on Wheels monthly menu, Memo Pad, Memo Calendar, Business Memos Furthermore, we have Oregon Lottery and Multnomah County Health Department restaurant inspection results. Happy reading.  ...
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April 2015 Memo posted online

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Mid-county Memo‘s April 2015 edition posted online. Cristell Gonzalez Perez was named Parkrose High school’s 2015 Rose Festival Princess. In her court are, from left, Lilia Bechtel, Jade Bradford and Theresa Nguyen. This month’s feature stories include: A piece about east Portland’s diverse Rose Festival Court representatives. An article about Mid-county residents desire to secede Our series on Mid-county Community Builders continues with a profile on longtime David Douglas School District volunteer Beverly Fischer. A thorough report on Beech Park’s design selection. Two new apartment buildings—Rose and Gilman Court—open in the Gateway Regional Center Urban Renewal Area. The dangerous intersection of Northeast 105th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard is getting a fix. A roundup of east Portland schools’  winter activities. Report of the Powell-Division rapid transit bus line. Deconstruction of the city’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement oft’ used recipe. April 2015 Departments: Memo Calendar Memo Pad Business Memos Letters to the Editor Meals-on-Wheels monthly menu Lottery results Restaurant...
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March 2015 Edition Posted Online

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The March 2015 Mid-county Memo posted online today. Read all about it. THE OREGONIAN/BRUCE ELY For what would be former Trail Blazer Jerome Kersey’s final public appearance the day before his premature death, he visited the Madison High School campus (along with former Trail Blazers Terry Porter and Brian Grant) in recognition of Black History Month in February. Kersey, 52, was a role model whose life and works were a visceral reminder to students of the value of hard work and perseverance. This month’s features: Madison High Kersey’s final public stop; Gateway Park and Urban Plaza open house draws neighbors; Rapid Transit bus route coming to Divsion, Powell; Rose Apartments ready to bloom in Gateway URA; Gilman Court plans July grand opening; Halsey-Weidler work Group gets grants for benches, trashcans; filing deadline for May school board elections March 19, and corrections. This month’s departments: Memo Calendar; Memo Pad; Business Memos; Letters to the Editor; Meals-on-Wheels monthly menu; Mid-county lottery results and Mid-county restaurant...
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Commission hears ideas how to prevent displacement

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A bevy of bureaucrats, nonprofit supervisors and even a few neighborhood activists met with Portland Human Rights Commission members on March 6 to hear stories from people displaced by gentrification; however, none showed up to share their stories. Participants wanted to discuss ways to prevent future displacement, gather ideas from agency and government workers, and hear experiences from uprooted residents. Their absence didn’t dampen the spirits of the commissioners and the 20 or so invited guests, from state, county and city departments, Mayor’s office, police bureau, nonprofits, and school boards, who sat in a circle at Ron Russell School, brainstorming ideas that covered housing, jobs, property tax reform and crime prevention. Human Rights Commission vice chair Linda McKim-Bell explained that the commission works to eliminate discrimination and bigotry, to strengthen intergroup relationships, and seeks inclusion and justice for everyone in the city of Portland. HR Commissioner Alan Lazo told the gathering that the Commission was holding its meeting in east Portland because many decisions made by the city council and the Mayor’s office tend to be very central city and Southwest-centric. “There are people who don’t have choice about housing,” Lazo said. “That’s partly what brought the Human Rights commission into our work around housing.” Moreover, a series on housing that appeared March 2011 in the Oregonian (“Locked Out” by Brad Schmidt) argued most Section 8 housing for low income people was landing east of 82nd Avenue influenced the commission’s concern. Lazo added the HRC, along with other groups, advocated for a law in 2013 that would allow section 8 voucher holders to choose apartments anywhere in the tri-county area. “People who were using Section 8 vouchers did not seem to have a choice about where they would live,” Lazo said. Betty Dominguez, director of policy and equity for Home Forward, the city’s subsidized housing program added “There’s a big difference between affordable by accident and affordable by design; so, poor housing stock, privately owned, would draw people with vouchers because they can afford that better. They can get two bedrooms in a higher poverty area instead of one bedroom in Portland. A tenant is income-qualified to get a voucher and they can choose anywhere the want to live in the county and they will usually go where they can get more bang for their buck.” Low-income units in market rate developments sought The commission is currently advocating for exclusionary zoning: A system in which the government gives developers assistance, such as waiving system development charges, for including low income units in the market rate complexes, Lazo said. “Cities are actually prohibited from requiring developers to include that type of regulated affordable housing in their plans,” Lazo said. “The...
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Shot fired at MAX station

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East Precinct and Transit Police Division officers responded to the report of a disturbance on the platform at the 82nd Avenue MAX Station involving a possible gunshot, police said. Officers arrived in the area and contacted witnesses who described a disturbance between two young men and that one of them fired at least one shot from a handgun. Witnesses described the suspect with the gun as a Hispanic or Asian male, 15-17 years old, medium build, wearing a black baseball cap, a black bandana, a black and gray jacket, and a black backpack. The suspect ran from the platform northbound on 82nd Avenue. There were no injuries or property damage located and this case remains under investigation, police...
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April edition posted online

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The April 2012 Mid-county Memo is posted online. A recap of its contents follows: Bre’Shay Barnes was named Rose Festival Princess from Parkrose; the new Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative areas struggle to meet financial goals; Parkrose School District declares impasse with teachers; PSD Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray is one of four finalists for Reynolds job; the first meeting between Metro and Glendoveer golf course lovers since a contentious open house in August; the Argay Neighborhood Association hires a lawyer to help fight infill development across the street from Argay Park and an east Portland high school winter sports roundup. And, as always, the inimitable Memo departments: Memo Calendar; Memo Pad; Business Memos; Letters to the Editor and the Loaves & Fishes’ monthly...
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Proposed TriMet cuts reduce Parkrose bus service

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The Mid-county Memo is your newspaper. We want to hear from you. Discuss an important issue or address a concern you want to call to the attention of the community. We prefer e-mailed letters to the editor sent to Darlene Vinson at Please put “Letter to the editor” in the subject line. You may also mail your letter to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230 or fax it to 503-249-7672. Deadline for the April issue is Thursday, March 15. We received two letters on the same subject this month, from two members of the same prominent Parkrose family: proposed cuts to bus line serving the Parkrose neighborhood. To the Editor: We need to comment immediately en masse to stop the most severe cuts ever proposed to our Parkrose #22 bus line. Under the proposal, Sunday service would be eliminated and early Saturday morning and Saturday evening service would end. Weekday service would go from our current 35-minute frequency to every hour. TriMet is accepting comment through March 2 at 5 p.m. Please tell TriMet how the bus is part of our community’s connections to school, shopping, and the post office. TriMet is listening at 503-238-RIDE option #5. See the proposal here. Email your comments to: Paulette Rossi Argay To the Editor: Please keep the 22 bus our service for the community of Parkrose. As a member of the newly formed NPI [Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative] vision/steering committee planning for our community’s future we know that efficient bus service is very important to both our business community and the heath of our whole neighborhood. There are also many students in our school district that are very dependent on this public transportation for their academic and after school needs. Please no not cut service to our community at this time. Also please give me a formal response to relay to the members of our NPI group, the Parkrose Business Association and the Parkrose Neighborhood association’s all of which I’m a member of. I will forward it to all three groups for agenda time at each’s monthly meeting. Joe Rossi...
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Metro seeks public comment on federal transportation projects schedule

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Residents of the Metro region are invited to view and comment on the upcoming four-year schedule of federal transportation investments in the Portland area. The four-year schedule, known as the 2012-2015 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program, encompasses all federal spending on transportation, including highways, public transit, pedestrian and bike projects in the three-county metropolitan area. Public comments are being accepted through noon, Monday, Feb. 13. The MTIP includes all federally funded transportation projects in the Portland metropolitan area, including projects planned by TriMet, the Oregon Department of Transportation and local agencies receiving federal funds allocated by Metro. The comment opportunity also describes Metro’s determination that the region will continue to meet federal and state air quality standards. The period provides an opportunity to comment on the capital program of Wilsonville’s SMART transit agency as well. The documents are online here. If you are unable to download the documents, call 503-797-1750. Some discussions of the MTIP are controversial and involve decisions about how much to spend on highways, public transit or bike facilities. That’s not what this comment period is about–instead it’s intended to let the public weigh in on project schedules. The Federal Transit Administration requires Metro and other regional agencies nationwide to gather public comment on the schedules. Local agencies may find the schedule particularly informative and may have comments about the appropriate timing of project phases. The general public may find the document helpful in tracking the progress of transportation projects that are years in the making. The Air Quality Conformity Determination estimates carbon monoxide emissions and precursors of smog from cars and trucks in the greater Portland air shed to the year 2035, assuming all the transportation facilities in the Regional Transportation Plan are built. The estimate must not exceed a budget approved for the region by the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The capital program for SMART shows Federal Transit Administration funded projects and the federal amount to be expended, as well as the time period established for public review of and comment on these projects. Comments on all the MTIP, air quality and SMART documents can be made by email to with MTIP Comments in the subject line, or by mail to MTIP Comments, c/o Dylan Rivera, Planning Department, Metro, 600 N.E. Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232-2736. Comments must be received by Metro by noon, Monday, Feb....
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September 2011 edition re-cap

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The September issue of the Mid-county Memo posted online. A re-cap of its content follows … Proposed changes at Glendoveer Golf Course and Fitness Trail is this month’s main front page feature story. Glendoveer lovers and government haters showed up en masse for the heated open house last month. Lee Perlman pens a piece about east Portland tours conducted by Oregon State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D) for candidates for City office is the subject of the second story on this month’s front page. Smith took candidates on a tour of east Portland low-lights, highlighting the decades of City neglect for Mid-county. This month’s third front page story is about the friendship that engendered the Stanley Cup’s special stop at east Portland’s Carpet Kingdom between its day-long slate of public appearances. Tom Mcvie, Western Region Advance Scout for the Boston Bruins, brought the cup by his old friend’s  east Portland business. Heather Hill profiles David Douglas School District’s Nutrition Services Manager Jodi Taylor. Daily, she is responsible for serving over 10,000 students healthy, nutritious meals during the school year. Hill also did a profile on prolific east Portland rose growers Merrill and Karen Allen. The Allen’s, who live on Northeast Fremont Street at 92nd  Avenue, have won numerous awards over the years for their roses. You’ve heard of fundraisers, but Boss Hawg’s Bar ‘N’ Grill took it to a new level last month when they hosted a ten-bout USA Amateur Boxing card to raise money for at-risk-youth programs at Grand Avenue Boxing Club. The fight card’s main event was a six-round exhibition between Boss Hawg’s owner Brad Tanner and fight card promoter Osvaldo Rojas. And, as always, the informative, unrivaled, unparalleled Mid-county Memo departments: Memo Calendar, Memo Pad, Business Memos and the Loaves & Fishes’ monthly...
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