Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association

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Neighborhood Grants Awarded

The efforts of a couple of BWNA Board members were recently rewarded with grants: 1.) Margaret Davis, in partnership with United Neighborhoods for Reform (UNR) and Lead Safe America, received a grant from Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) Small Grants Program to support the showing of a lead hazards film, mislead, at the Hollywood Theater (tentatively scheduled for Feb.), with panel discussion follow-up and a recruitment effort to get fliers delivered to homes in the vicinity of house demolitions throughout Portland; and 2.) David Whitaker received support from an East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District grant program to plant native plants along the Alameda stairs by 43rd Avenue.

Work is scheduled for February, watch for details and volunteering opportunities.

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Community opportunity

Want to help Portland residents effectively resolve conflicts?

Resolutions Northwest (RNW) is now accepting applications for our annual Neighborhood Mediator Training. This 34-hour basic mediation training and year-long mentorship is free in exchange for a one-year weekly volunteer commitment to help diverse neighbors and communities in Portland to resolve conflicts with each other. Application deadline: November 25, 2015. Application forms can be obtained at https://resolutionsnorthwest.org/community/volunteer/ or (503) 595-4890. RNW is committed to the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action in education and volunteerism. We encourage all interested to apply.

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Preserving trees, opportunity for input

(Following is a general public informational communication, BWNA has taken no official position on this issue)

ACTION ALERT: HELP PROTECT BIG TREES!
Portland’s Tree Project Oversight Advisory Committee (OAC) is currently looking into policy on preserving large, healthy trees in development situations, at the request of City Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

The OAC meets the second Monday of each month—Next meeting: Oct. 12, 10 am – 12 pm, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500B

Please attend the Oct. 12 meeting (which allows ten collective minutes of public testimony), and/or contact the OAC, Portland City Commissioners, and Mayor Hales

Suggested talking points:

· Ask for a moratorium on all healthy tree destruction by developers until meaningful changes to the tree code (Title 11) can be made.

· Urge them to support a significant increase in the current paltry $1,200 fee in lieu of preservation, to discourage the removal of trees. This will require a revision to Section 11.10.07 B and a vote by City Council.

· Demand advance notice and citizen involvement in the process. Currently, there’s no recourse or mechanism for public appeal in development situations, and no advance notice is given when tree removal permits are issued to developers. It’s crucial that community residents have the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process concerning tree removals and be able to be a voice for wildlife that is dependent on big, mature trees.

· Remind them that it’s the city’s duty to preserve trees, as stated in Title 11, the Urban Forestry Plan, and the Portland Comprehensive Plan. The city should remove all existing loopholes and require that developers adapt to the environment, not the reverse!

Who to contact:

Mayor: mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov

City Commissioners: amanda@portlandoregon.gov; novick@portlandoregon.gov; dan@portlandoregon.gov; nick@portlandoregon.gov
Mailing address: 1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

OAC (staff): mike.hayakawa@portlandoregon.gov; Jenn.Cairo@portlandoregon.gov; mieke.keenan@portlandoregon.gov

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