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Archive for Month: April 2016

Homelessness Forum Final Report

NWNW Homelessness Forum Final Report April 20, 2016 Introduction: The Neighbors West-Northwest Neighborhood Coalition recently hosted a community forum in an effort to inform people about the work being done on homelessness in the Portland area.  Our invited speakers were Marc Jolin, the Initiative Director of A Home for Everyone, and Josh Alpert, Mayor Hales’ Chief of Staff. The Portland Police were also invited to present. On the day of the forum, a lawsuit was filed against the City requesting an injunction against the Mayor’s Safe Sleep policy, which resulted in Josh Alpert and the Portland Police pulling out of […]

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Swing Shift Pass for SmartPark

Reduced Rate Swing Shift Pass for SmartPark Garages to Provide Improved Access for Low-Income Downtown Workers A new Reduced Rate Swing Shift Pass Program for the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation’s SmartPark Garages starts on April 1, 2016. The new parking pass will give people with an annual income of less than $35,000 and who work a swing and/or evening shift a reduced rate at SmartPark Garages between 3 p.m. and 7 a.m. The new reduced rate is $35 per month and will apply at all SmartPark Garages except for the O’Bryant Square Garage, which is closed in the […]

Congresswoman Bonamici Town Hall

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici invites you to a TOWN HALL MEETING Saturday, May 7, 2016 11:30am — 12:30pm Friendly House Gymnasium, 1737 NW 26th, Portland, OR 97210 Join Suzanne to talk about what matters to you. All are welcome! Staff will be available to meet individually with anyone experiencing problems with federal agencies. For additional information on these events, contact the district office at: 503.469.6010

Native Plant Appreciation Week

Native Plant Appreciation Week is Coming to Portland! Bringing together a diversity of native plant appreciators Nine days of dedicated Oregon native plant education and awareness are coming to Portland from April 23 rd through May 1st, 2016. Oregonians enjoy an amazing diversity of native plants; they help connect us to this land, deeply rooted in Oregon soils since before people set foot here. Native Plant Appreciation Week NPAW PDX is packed with workshops, guided hikes, and garden tours that serve to promote a greater appreciation and knowledge of our local native plants and highlight the importance of protecting and preserving these valuable species. The first weekend […]

Commissioner Fritz Declines to Move Forward with Noise Changes

by Stanley Penkin Proponents Express Disappointment Following the Noise Review Board’s (NRB) unanimous decision last month rejecting  pile driving noise policy changes proposed by Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s office, the Commissioner issued a letter to Noise Task Force members and interested parties that she will not pursue policy change. Although not bound by the NRB decision, the Commissioner stated, “I heard from both the Task Force and the Noise Review Board, as well as from the pile driver union members and representatives who attended the March Noise Review Board meeting, an overarching concern that a variance process would not deter the […]

Walk + Bike Challenge Month

May is Walk + Bike Challenge Month! All around Portland students will walk, bike and roll as often as possible to and from school. You can keep your activities simple, like registering your school, hanging posters and handing out prizes one day. Or take it another step or two and organize Walking School Buses, Bike Trains and/or Park + Walks.If you are new to the Challenge, our Organizer Checklist gives you guidance. We are also here to help out if you need us. If you have organized the Challenge in the past, thanks for registering and let us know how we can support your school. Scorecards & Tracking: Easy […]

Active Transportation Volunteers

The City of Portland Active Transportation and Safety Division is looking for volunteers. This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience with Active Transportation staff to reach out to Portland residents. Ambassadors are amazing volunteers who represent the Bureau of Transportation and present information to encourage pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers and transit riders to travel safely together.  Ambassadors help residents discover all the ways Portland offers for getting around, to help them save money and increase physical activity and to help the city reduce congestion and preserve air quality. There are numerous kinds of volunteer opportunities for Ambassadors, from tabling at public […]