Meeting Minutes, Survey Results, and More from Errol Heights Park Citizen Advisory Committee

The Errol Heights Park Citizen Advisory Committee meets this Wednesday, October 10th at 6:00PM at the SMILE Station in Sellwood.  You can view the results of the survey and public Open House as well as the upcoming meeting agenda and past meeting minutes by clicking here.  Contact Allison Brown, Program Manager & Facilitator with questions.

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PPR Errol Heights Park Survey

Portland Parks and Recreation has launched their online community survey for Errol Heights Park.  Until September 22nd, 2018, CLICK HERE to take this survey!

Other ways to engage:

  1. Community Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday August 29th at 6:30PM at the SMILE Station (8210 SE 13th Ave).
  2. Errol Heights Park Open House event on Saturday, September 8th from 10:00AM to 1:00PM. Join PPR at SE 52nd Ave and SE Tenino Court for morning coffee and scones. Park Ecologist, Christian Haaning will be leading trail walks at two different times that morning.

Care Packages for Asylum Seekers

From Southeast Uplift: 

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) is putting together care packages for asylum seekers locked up in Sheridan.  Below is a list of items needed for these care packages. If you are able to donate, please email Muz at Southeast Uplift.

Resources:

  • calling cards (especially for international calls)
  • burner phone
  • flash light (LED)
  • paper and pencil

Tangible:

  • radio
  • eye glasses
  • sun glasses
  • mirror
  • cosmetics
  • clothing

Essential:

  • toothbrush
  • tooth paste
  • toilet paper
  • medication (Aleve, Benadryl, Ibuprofen, Vitamins)
  • socks
  • shoes
  • water bottles
  • water
  • gift cards

BDNA Letter of Complaint to PPS

The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) voted on June 7th, 2018 to send a formal letter of complaint regarding the disrespectful and unprofessional behavior of Portland Public Schools (PPS) during the recent decision to co-locate ACCESS to Lane Middle School and Vestal Elementary School.  Please view the full letter below, sent to PPS and the Board of Education via email on June 25, 2018.  For a PDF version, click here.

June 25, 2018

Dear Portland Public Schools and Board of Education,

The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) voted on June 7th, 2018 to send a formal letter of complaint regarding the disrespectful and unprofessional  behavior of Portland Public Schools (PPS) during the recent decision to co-locate ACCESS to Lane Middle School and Vestal Elementary School. As a community partner, the Neighborhood Association works closely with its neighborhood schools to advocate for our families and students. The BDNA is extremely concerned about the alarming  lack of communication with parents and staff before, during, and after this decision was voted on by the Board of Education. The blatant disregard with which the Board of Education treated the parties in question must be addressed.

The Board vote to co-locate ACCESS to Lane and Vestal occured on May 30th, 2018.  Less than twenty-four hours before the meeting on May 29th, an email was sent out to parents and staff stating that there would be a “work session,” but that no vote or testimony would be taken. The following day, less than six hours before the meeting, a second email went out, stating that there would be a secondary “brief regular meeting” immediately following the work session and that select testimony would be taken, and a vote would in fact be held.  This recklessly insufficient notice effectively prevented parents, staff, students, and community members from attending the meeting to voice their concerns.  By holding the vote on improperly short notice, and at a time of day (afternoon, rather than evening) when stakeholders were in school, working, or simply unaware of what was transpiring, the Board demonstrated deep disrespect to multiple communities.  

By leaving all of us out of the conversation, PPS is actively damaging the future education of children across Portland.  This decision has created an early education vacuum in Brentwood-Darlington. The co-location of ACCESS removes four classes of Head Start from the heart of our neighborhood.  This is the only Head Start program in our area with a dedicated and age appropriate play structure. This 50% reduction of free or reduced-cost early education will cause many families in our diverse neighborhood to self-select out of this vital service.  The offer of priority enrollment for displaced families at neighboring Head Start programs only intensifies the problem, straining an already underserved region and negatively impacting the most vulnerable populations.

This letter constitutes a request by the BDNA for a formal written apology within five (5) business days from PPS and the Board of Education to each of the involved entities.  We call upon PPS and the Board of Education to reach out to the communities they have wounded and have a meaningful dialogue to address the concerns and needs of all affected parties.  We expect better than this from our education system and will be holding PPS and the Board of Education accountable for making vast improvements in a timely manner.

Sincerely,

Chelsea Powers, Board Chair

Meg Van Buren,  Equity & Inclusion Chair

Shannon Kane, Member at Large

Tina Biornstad-Szafranski, Member at Large

Lynn Reck, Treasurer

Jean Blackmore,  Vice Treasurer

Stephenie Frederick, Transportation Chair

Esther Crowell-Duncan, Member at Large and Lane Middle School PTA President

Rob Hanifin, Vice Chair

Paul Willey, SE Uplift Liaison and SE Uplift Secretary

E-Zone Map Correction Project

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BDNA NOTE: A representative from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will be at our August 2nd BDNA general meeting to talk about and answer questions for this project.

The E-zone Map Correction Project will adjust the location of Portland’s environmental overlay zones to match locations of existing streams, wetlands, steep slopes and vegetation as required by the new Comprehensive Plan. The environmental overlay zones protect natural resources that are essential for watershed health. The environmental overlay zones were applied to properties through officially adopted conservation plans around Portland starting in 1989 and completed in 2003.  With the new Natural Resources Inventory in 2012 it became obvious that some resources that are supposed to be protected (like stream segments) are not, while other lands have regulations but no natural resources. This project will correct that. If your property will be considered for remapping as part of this project, you will receive a postcard in the mail. The postcard will let you know where you can get more information about potential changes on your property.

Contact Mindy Brooks, 503-823-7831 or mindy.brooks@portlandoregon.gov for more information.  Check the website for meeting dates and events, www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/e-zone.

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