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.