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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May edition posted online

by on May 5, 2012 | 0 comments

The May 2012 Mid-county Memo is posted online. A recap of its contents: Last month, the top three mayoral candidates debated at David Douglas High School’s Howard Horner Performing Arts Center; the new Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative areas are approved; Parkrose School District averts a teacher’s strike; David Douglas special education teacher Annie Harrell is named Outstanding Teacher of the Year; Lee Perlman interviews City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and opponent, state Rep. Mary Nolan; the Planning and Sustainability Commission endorsed the Outer Powell Conceptual Design Plan; since 2006, east Portland neighborhood associations have been operating illegally; the Portland Housing Bureau is changing tax abatement area boundaries in east Portland … again; and, longtime Gateway hairstylist June Bauer’s obituary. And, as always, the often imitated, but unparalleled Memo departments: Memo Calendar; Memo Pad; Business Memos; Letters to the Editor and the Loaves & Fishes’ monthly...
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For years, east Portland neighborhood associations operating illegally

by on May 3, 2012 | 0 comments

Are east Portland neighborhood associations all illegal? Technically yes, says East Portland Neighborhood Office Executive Director Richard Bixby, but it is not their fault. It is his. A handful of the City’s 95 recognized neighborhood associations are 501(c)3 non-profit corporations, able to offer tax deductions for donations. Most of the rest fall into a different non-profit status. Because they handle relatively small amounts of money, they do not have to make yearly reports to the IRS — or did not until the year 2006, when the law was changed. “They all had an automatic revocation of their incorporation,” Bixby says. “We just didn’t catch it. The office is now working to re-incorporate these groups.” EPNO is also, as part of a citywide effort by the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, to correct discrepancies in bylaws. One that affects a few groups is the definition of a quorum for meetings. Some associations’ bylaws say, in effect, “A quorum is whoever shows up.” As far as the City is concerned, this is not acceptable. Neighborhoods groups have wide latitude in this area, but a quorum must be “either a number or a formula that arrives at a number.” An example of the second case would be saying that a majority of current board members is a quorum for a board meeting. An example of the first case would be that 15 people eligible to be members is a quorum for a general meeting. Nearly all neighborhood groups are and always have been in violation of state law with regard to their definition of membership, according to Cindy Cumfer, an attorney and expert on non-profit regulations who recently conducted free workshops for neighborhood leaders. ONI regulations say that, as a minimum, anyone who lives, owns property or owns a business within the boundaries of a neighborhood group is a member of that group. Some associations go beyond this and offer membership to people who work in the neighborhood; southeast’s Richmond Neighborhood Association goes so far as to say anyone with “a demonstrated interest in the welfare of the neighborhood” is a member. This does not fit the letter of the law for non-profits, Cumfer says. To be counted as a member, a person must give his or her permission. Circulating sign-in lists at each meeting, and keeping track of these lists, can easily attend to...
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Headwaters work gives neighbors headaches

by on Oct 29, 2011 | 0 comments

At the recent Wilkes Community Group open house held to answer questions about the city’s newly acquired future hybrid park — Wilkes Creek Headwaters Natural Area — angry neighbors vented frustrations to a panel of city representatives about stabilization work the city did on it in August. Metro and the city of Portland paid $1.96 million in February to acquire the 20.5-acre Roughton property on the city’s eastern edge, a finger shaped, former filbert farmstead bordered by Northeast Fremont Street on the north, I-84 on the south, between 153rd and 155th avenues. It was one of few remaining privately held, large undeveloped parcels of land in east Portland. They are planning for a 16-acre natural area and, someday, a four-acre developed park at the northern end of the 20.5-acre site. Wilkes Creek Headwaters Natural Area is the latest milestone for Metro’s 2006 voter-approved Natural Areas Program, which protects water quality, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation opportunities for future generations. The cost was divided equally between Metro’s 2006 natural areas bond measure, Portland’s share of the Metro bond and funds from Environmental Services’ Grey to Green initiative; the city, which has two-thirds ownership of the site, is overseeing natural resource and restoration work and the public access planning through its Portland Parks & Recreation bureau. To be more efficient, agencies involved dealt with issues for which they were best suited. Metro’s focus was on the structures and the city was responsible for the natural area stabilization work. The issues roiling neighbors include: removal of four-acres of English holly trees, “Some of the largest anyone had ever seen,” said Susan Barthel, Columbia Slough Program Coordinator for Portland’s Environmental Services; limited access; poor communication with neighbors; security; demolition and salvage of the two-story log cabin residence and outbuildings; and removal of a dam on the property, causing, according to one Wilkes resident, hundreds of pounds of sediment to be deposited in the creek bed on his property near Sandy Boulevard. Neighbors expressed concerns now the property is public about how transients could be prevented from setting up camp in the property’s upper reaches in the uncultivated filbert orchard, out of neighbors’ view. North Precinct Officer David Kemple urged residents to call Park Rangers for park security issues and to use the police non-emergency line if they witness a crime like drug dealing or vandalism. A PP&R representative said a pull post would be installed at the Klickitat Street entrance, preventing unauthorized vehicles access. A few days after the contentious meeting with a panel of Portland Parks & Recreation, Environmental Services and police, Steve Lynch, who has lived next to the property for 12 years, said his experience with city and Metro officials...
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Wilkes Community Group meets Tuesday

by on Feb 28, 2010 | 0 comments

The Wilkes Community Group holds its general membership meeting Tuesday, March 2 in the Margaret Scott Elementary School Library, 14700 N.E. Sacramento St. at 7 p.m. Agenda items include: presentations from Portland Parks & Recreation representatives about a potential bond measure addressing neighborhood park needs and from Ride Connection, the non-profit transportation service organization. Planning for the showing of movies in Wilkes Park on Saturday, July 24 and Friday, August 20 will also be discussed. In outer east Portland, the Wilkes neighborhood is bordered  on the north by the Columbia River, on the east by the City limits, the south by Northeast Glisan St., and the eastern borders are 148th and 142th Avenues. For more information about the Wilkes Park Commnuity Group call Alice Blatt, 503-253-6247 or e-mail her at...
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