This weekend

Not too far from where we cleaned up graffiti a few weeks back, a neighbor was stabbed while confronting someone breaking into his vehicle. The suspect was arrested.

It’s rare that the incidents make it to the news, but the theft and violence in East Portland and Brentwood-Darlington isn’t. Just in May:

Twenty three assaults reported in a month seems shockingly high, as does eight burglaries. There were also 3 robberies, 30 larcenies, and 6 motor vehicle thefts.

There were 13 assaults, 4 burglaries, and no robberies in May of 2017. In April of this year, there were 15 assaults, 10 burglaries, and 2 robberies.

Stay safe folks.

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There was another cougar spotted near 118th Ave & Division St this week. Authorities are telling people to keep pets inside.

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Here’s an interesting editorial on the changes happening at Office of Neighborhood Involvement. In it the publisher of the NW Examiner questions the office’s lack of pubic process in its shift of mission and re-branding.

FRIDAY

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Portland Pickles games are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. See the schedule and buy tickets here.

Walker Stadium, 4727 SE 92nd Ave * $5 – $13

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The Eagle’s Eye Tavern is a great place to chill before the Pickles games. And– they host karaoke four nights a week.

The Eagle’s Eye Tavern, 5836 SE 92nd Ave * 9 pm-ish * free

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“The IMPACT! Hi-Fi returns to Misdemeanor Meadows for an evening of rocksteady, roots, ska, and boss sounds. The right music at the right spot, come down Southeast Portland, for an unforgettable night of music, friends, beer, and food.”
Misdemeanor Meadows, 6920 SE 52nd Ave * 7 pm – 10 pm 

SATURDAY

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“Summer’s here, and the heat has us missing home! The Mercado’s Caribbean crew (Que Bola Cuban KitchenMathilde’s Kitchen- Haitian Cuisine, Puerto Rico – El Coquí, and Que Bacano, Sabor Colombiano) are bringing us the fiesta and sharing a bit of that island culture in PDX. Join us as we keep the party going and continue to celebrate Latinidad in all its forms!

July 14th from 2 pm – 7 pm for a Caribbean celebration with food, drinks, live music, kids activities, community and culture! All ages. All backgrounds.” 

Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Rd * 2 pm – 8 pm 

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Until July 20th, Oregon Department of Transportation is accepting comments on “congestion pricing” / tolling on I-5 and I-205. Make your comment here.

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Portland Pickles! There are games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. See the schedule and buy tickets here.

Walker Stadium, 4727 SE 92nd Ave * $5 – $13

SATURDAY

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“The Lents Garage Sale is a neighborhood-wide event made up of garage or yard sales all over the Lents neighborhood.

Visit 25 sale locations throughout the day while exploring neighborhood projects and local businesses that make Lents unique in between. Locations are available on the Sale Map, in online or printed format. While visiting sales, play Bingo and enter to win prizes.”

Garage sale locations on their online sale map * 9 am – 4 pm

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Opera a la Cart:

“Portland Opera brings their own cart and performers to Cartlandia for the inaugural summer performance. FREE Family-Friendly 2 hour performance only. Enjoy music and food from the carts.”
8145 SE 82nd Ave * noon – 2 pm 

SUNDAY

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Lents International Market is Sunday! For a list of vendors and more information, go here. This week there’s live music with Bossa PDX (jazz).

Lents International Market, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 9 am – 2 pm 

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粵語故事时间 / Chinese (Cantonese) Storytime

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2:15 pm – 3 pm
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Enjoy your weekend!

This weekend

Starting last week, the Learning Gardens Lab Farm Stand (6745 SE 60th Ave) is open Wednesdays from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Cash or check only.

Learning Gardens Lab Farm Stand, 6745 SE 60th Ave

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Roofs & Resources, a housing and houseless forum is Saturday and more details are below. For the panel, organizers have invited the currently and formerly houseless, local service providers, community advocates, and neighbors.

There was concern from some neighbors when John Rotter, public safety chair for the Montavilla Neighborhood Association announced there was talks with the City about starting a managed houseless camp in the neighborhood. He said there’d be more information on the plan at the forum.

I reached out to Rotter and Olivia Alsept-Ellis, forum organizer, to get some clarity. Until after the board meeting, Alsept-Ellis said she hadn’t heard about the possibility of a camp for the neighborhood, but it is a topic panel members have experience with and would be open to discuss.

Managed camps can be a marvelous model, she said, but it takes a lot of planning and community building— adding that the forum isn’t about what she thinks. The forum is about assembling experts to discuss a variety of topics related to the topic.

MNA members also said Rotter’s announcement at the meeting was the first time they’d heard anything about starting a managed camp in the neighborhood, and that the board hasn’t given any official support to the project. Alsept-Ellis said board members work on a lot of different projects, so sometimes misunderstandings happen. I reached out to Rotter to learn more about the potential for a managed camp, but didn’t hear back from him. Watch the video of Rotter’s announcement here.

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Portland Pickles! There are two games Friday, and a game on Saturday and Sunday. The schedule and tickets are here.

Walker Stadium, 4727 SE 92nd Ave * $5 – $13

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Live music at The Blue Bar at Cartlandia with Cody Weathers & The Men Your Mama Warned You About:

“The full band returns to East Portland’s #1 rock & roll smorgasbord. Grab something scrumptious from any of the approximately 1000 food carts at Cartlandia and bring it inside for an adult beverage and a salty groove from the boys. Our buddies in Budget Airlines open things up.”

Cartlandia, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm – 11 pm * free

SATURDAY

Organizers will provide all the necessary supplies, but feel free to bring your own brushes, rollers, pans, cardboard to sit on, and food/drink to share.

All ages and all skill levels are welcome!

They are still looking for people to help with the chalking/outline.  For more information, visit the Facebook event page.”

SE 84th Avenue & Schiller St * 10 am – 5 pm 
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Roofs & Resources – a Montavilla Neighborhood Association forum on housing and homelessness:
“This is a chance for us to discuss as a community on how to take care of each other and the barriers that stand in the way. Please join Montavilla Neighborhood Association (event) to add your voice. A real community dialogue about houselessness and housing – speaking to both the experiences in Montavilla as well the city-wide crisis we find ourselves in. For the panel, they have invited the currently and formerly houseless, local service providers, community advocates, and neighbors.
 
IRCO Community Center, 10323 NE Glisan St * 10 am – 5 pm 
  
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Black Storytime with Food: Sharing Nutrition Knowledge:

“Come join us for an exciting storytime featuring themes of food growth and preparation, and nutrition-related activities. We will read fun picture books and participate in a nutrition activity together.

We will be joined by a nutrition educator as a representative of OSU Extension Service SNAP-Ed program.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * noon – 1 pm

SUNDAY

Lents International Market is Sunday! For a list of vendors and more information, go here.

If you haven’t made it to the market yet, here’s a story from East Portland News on its opening day.

Lents International Market, 5716 SE 92nd Ave * 9 am – 2 pm 

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If you haven’t noticed, I love small businesses. It’s so cool to see people step out on their own, and make their business exactly like they want. Do you like art and drinks and punk rock and Mexican food? You’ll like Misdemeanor Meadows, and very likely the awesome folks who founded the bar.

Praise The Loud Punk Rock Sunday at Misdemeanor Meadows (event) is on. Sounds great.

Misdemeanor Meadows, 6920 SE 52nd Ave * 7 pm – 10 pm * free 

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The Lents Neighborhood Association‘s June general meeting will focus on immigrant support.

It’s not in Brentwood-Darlington specifically, but area state representatives and immigration law experts will be presents to discuss their efforts and how neighbors can help. One of the main goals of Village Portland is to share efforts across neighborhood boundaries, so I figured people would want to know.

For more information on the meeting, go here. There’s also a community appreciation dinner before the meeting.

Lents Community Center, SE Woodstock Street * 7 pm meeting, dinner 6:30 pm 

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We also gave an update on the Village Reporter App and took a closer look at Portland Police Bureau‘s May crime stats here.

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Over in Lents, Flipside Bar and Carts (9320 SE Woodstock ) had their soft opening last Friday.

When we visited on Wednesday, the word was out and the place was nearly full. Three food carts were open (a burger cart, E-San Thai, and a Mediterranean cart).

We went with the Mediterranean cart, and though it wasn’t on the menu, they made me a vegi wrap. Their banana-strawberry crepe with chocolate sauce was great too!

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FRIDAY

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 “Ring the bell and cross over into a mysterious faerie world this summer solstice! Magic awaits those mortals brave enough to dance with the faeries.

Enjoy this immersive ALL AGES theatre experience in the beautiful backyard at Taborspace!

Tickets are only sold in ADVANCE! Please go to www.joyandwondertheatre.com/shows/

Taborspace, * Fri – Sun * $15 – $20

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SATURDAY

The fifth annual Taste of Parkrose: There’s be a fun run from Rossi Farms through the new Luuwit View Park; food samples, beer tent, music stage, kids play area, local vendors, and more!

Still need convincing? Check out this sweet video with an animated barn, aerial drone footage, and EDM from last year:

Rossi Farms, 3839 NE 122nd Ave * 10 am – 4 pm 

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Re-imagining Home

Re-Imagining Home: A South Asian Youth Panel:

“Through Visual Art, Spoken Word, Mini-Performances, and conversations, a diverse panel of local South Asian youth will unpack the nuances of their lives as recent immigrants to America. Come, learn, and engage with their experiences and journeys.

This event is part of the Collins Gallery exhibition at Central Library and the South Asian Arts Festival happening March 8th – 11th.”

Midland Library * 2:30 pm – 4 pm 

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Live music with The Boondock Boys (“classic rock, southern rock, and blues”).
The Blue Room Bar, 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm – 11 pm 

SUNDAY

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Lents International Farmers Market:

“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm

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Enjoy your weekend!

Brentwood-Darlington crime – June 2018 & crime report app update

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May Crime statistics were released from Portland Police Bureau Tuesday, June 19th.

Statistic are released just once a month, and tabulated by neighborhood.

The statistics for Brentwood-Darlington are included above, and on the City’s website you can compare reports across time and neighborhoods.

There’s no indication about what happened where, but this heat map of crime (2000 – 2010) from Portland State University shows neighborhood hot spots in B-D. Lack of placement for incidents makes it hard to track trends— even more so in oddly-shaped neighborhoods like Powellhurst-Gilbert and Hazelwood. 

Twenty three assaults reported in a month seems shockingly high, as does eight burglaries. There were also 3 robberies, 30 larcenies, and 6 motor vehicle thefts.

There were 13 assaults, 4 burglaries, and no robberies in May of 2017. In April of this year, there were 15 assaults, 10 burglaries, and 2 robberies.

As I’ve often written, the City of Portland doesn’t do a very good job of keeping residents informed of the crime happening in their neighborhood. Some incidents are shared on social media sites like Facebook and Nextdoor, but there’s a fire hose of other distracting information and opinions there too. I also have to wonder how many people don’t use social media or have given it up.

We’re working on an app that will give neighbors an opportunity to self-report incidents. Here’s a story I wrote about the thinking that led to the decision to make the site, and a summary of feedback from B-D neighbors here.

Reporter App update 

I’ve been in discussion with my developers (they took time off for Ramadan), and while it’s a functioning site, a lot of the features still need work.

Right now neighbors can register and post incidents from the desktop site, but the mobile site posting isn’t working. The email notifications for nearby incidents needs work too, and all that is in process.

In the world of software development there’s a saying: “if you’re not embarrassed by your product when you released, you released too late”. But this is also the same people and ethic that brought us Facebook’s “move fast and break things”, that has caused a lot of chaos and may have even broken an election.

We’re dealing with important information and I want to be respectful of that… but as we can see by the statistics, plenty of bad things are going on in the neighborhood.

What are the bare essential features you think would make the app useful? Are there any privacy concerns at this point? At this point, I’m leaning towards only allowing incidents reported to the police… so there’s some sort of accountability and to avoid unsubstantiated concerns.

Thoughts? I look forward to your feedback.

 

This weekend

This week, the Portland City Council authorized an agreement to accept $2 million from the Oregon Department of Transportation for the design and construction of the Seventies Neighborhood Greenway. It will run north to south, just east of 82nd Ave.

And if you’re fired up about cycling, there are dozens of themed rides this weekend and throughout the month with Pedalpalooza!

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The Montavilla Neighborhood Association is considering bringing a sanctioned houselessness camp to the neighborhood. For more information, go here.

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A proposed recycling center in Lents is drawing concerns from neighbors.

FRIDAY

As of Thursday, Academy Theater is back open after a fire earlier this month!

An excellent slate of second-run films are playing now, including “Lu Over the Wall”, both “Back to the Future” films, “A Wrinkle in Time”, “Black Panther”, and several other great films.

7818 SE Stark St * show times *  $4 for adults, $3 for youth & seniors
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“This June the Whitenoise project for our second event in the De-Canon Residency and Pop Up Library is excited to host powerhouse out of town poets Sokunthary Svay, Do Ngyuen Mai and Hari Alluri as they visit our fair city, as well as local favorite Armin Tolentino!
The Whitenoise Project is a reading and discussion series aiming to center voices from underrepresented communities (PoC, Queer, Femme, WoC and people with disabilities), and is supported by a Jade-Midway Placemaking Grant from APANO.”  
Milepost 5, 8155 NE 81st Ave * 7 pm – 9 pm
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SATURDAY

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Paint the Town Green! is sponsored by SOLVE (originally Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) and it’s bringing together several Southeast / East Portland neighborhoods to pick up trash and paint over graffiti along 82nd Ave on June 16th.

Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood

Foster-Powell Neighborhood

Lents Neighborhood

Mt. Scott- Arleta Neighborhood

Richmond (Division and Hawthorne) Neighborhood

For more information on the program, go here or choose your neighborhood above.

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The beautiful game; the world’s game… Portland Mercado is showing World Cup games. For more details and a specific schedule, visit their Facebook page.

Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Rd * all weekend

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“The Midway Business Association is sponsoring a new family-friendly event to celebrate community, business and nature in East Portland at Powell Butte (161st and SE Powell) on Saturday, June 16th from 8 am – Noon. Activities include a scavenger hunt, service project, bird watching tour, wildlife rescue exhibit featuring raptors (falcons and owls), disc golf demonstration, presentations from local businesses and a raffle to benefit area non-profits.”
Powell Butte Nature Park, 16160 SE Powell Blvd * 8 am – noon 
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Live music at Cartlandia:
“It’s the Capacitors’ maiden voyage! Wear your dancin’ shoes and please tip your bartender.”
Blue Room Bar @ Cartlandia * 8145 SE 82nd Ave * 8 pm -11 pm
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 SUNDAY

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Lents International Farmers Market:

“Portland’s only internationally focused market, LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally unique produce to the diverse Lents community and offers farm-direct sales opportunities for immigrant, emerging farmers, and new business owners. In addition to standard market produce, the market features a variety of unique fresh produce from Hmong, Latino, & Russian farmers.”

SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm 

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Eid is Islamic holiday celebrating the end of the month of Ramadan. The celebration is sponsored by the Somali Women Coalition of Portland.

East Portland Neighborhood Office, 1017 NE 117 Ave * 6 pm – 10 pm
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Enjoy your weekend!

Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association – June general meeting

At the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association June meeting, it was announced that Portland Public Schools voted to move the Head Start program away from Lane Middle School, which will decrease options for free / reduced cost early education in the neighborhood.

This is the first meeting of the new BDNA board, elected last month.

@ 14:20 – A neighborhood assessment completed last year by a Portland State University graduate student (link to plan) was introduced. Transportation, infrastructure, zoning, and commercial priorities were also identified.

Attendees at the meeting then did a work plan exercise about priorities for BDNA committees.

It was announced that manufactured home parks might get their own zoning to preserve them as affordable housing. There’s a public hearing this week on the issue:

PCC Southeast Campus, Community Hall Annex, 2305 SE 82nd Ave * Tuesday, June 12 @ 6:30 pm

@ 37:57 – The priorities identified by neighbors during the exercise were discussed.

@ 42:44Esther Crowell the soon-to-be-former PTA president of Lane Middle School gave an update. She said there’s work to be done if volunteers are available, and Chelsea Powers, BDNA board chair, said earlier that the board needs members.

The BDNA is also having a July 4th parade. For more information and how to get involved, go here.

@ 47:28 – There was a discussion of the proposal to transfer 82nd Ave from the State to the City, and what should be done about the increase in traffic wrecks at 72nd and Duke St.

@ 1:06:15 – There was an update on SE Uplift. SEUL rewrote mission statement to  align goal with The City of Portland’Office of Civic and Community Life, which is shifting its goals that are more aligned with a large city rather than neighborhoods.

@ 1:14:10 – The City has allocated $5.3 million for the build out for Errol Park, and a citizen advisory board has been started to oversee its construction. There’s another meeting on Wednesday, June 20th at a location / time to be determined.

@ 1:23:40 – PPS voted to move four classrooms of the Head Start program located at Lane Elementary out of the neighborhood, and a letter was written to PPS’s board about the lack of notice for the meeting.

Fifty to 80 students, the majority of those low-income, will be impacted by the program’s relocation.

On June 27th, the farm stand across from Learning Gardens Lab (6745 SE 60th Ave) opens for the season. It’s open Wednesdays from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

A representative from Portland Area CSA Coalition said they just released a guide for this season’s CSA (community supported agriculture) programs.

Cheers from the room were heard when Grant Williams, with Brentwood-Darlington Community Watch, said Advantis Credit Union agreed to fund a band for National Neighborhood Night Out. The band will mostly likely be Rising Buffalo Tribe, a Portland reggae band, he said.