Nov 9, 2015

Sign Up Now for Neighborhood Tree Planting!

Local non-profit Friends of Trees is still accepting orders for this season's neighborhood tree planting - but not for much longer! Sign up here to get your trees this winter or visit:
Also this year, the city is making possible FREE conifers (y'know the evergreens with cones) for the planting strip in our neighborhood. Sign up to see if you're eligible for free trees! All other street trees are only $35!
This year's planting date is Jan. 16 but sign-ups will be closed soon so don't wait.

Nov 5, 2015

Tree Summit this Saturday - Join your neighborhood Tree Team!

This past summer you may have noticed your neighbors in bright yellow vests walking our streets looking curiously at trees in the public Right-of-Way. "We're tree inventory volunteers," they might have said. This Saturday Nov. 7 at Mt. Scott Community Center is your chance to find out all about what those volunteers were up to and what this year's Urban Forestry Tree Inventory found out. Register here:

Nov 3, 2015

Eat Pie at the Neighborhood Meeting tomorrow (6:30) Mt. Scott Community Center

We are celebrating November with PIE! We are also celebrating the new stone walls at the Arleta Triangle Project and will be discussing what's next. There's more coming. Also, we've been thinking about having a Cider Press Fundraiser later this month. More details tomorrow at the meeting so come get some pie!

November 4, 2015 MSANA Agenda

Oct 4, 2015

Neighborhood Meeting this Wednesday, October 7th 6:30pm Mt. Scott Community Center

Hey Neighbors,
We have our general meeting this Wednesday at 6:30pm at Mt. Scott Community Center. We'll have committee updates on the Arleta Triangle, Land Use, Communications, etc. Volunteers have been busy building a new walls in the Triangle. We hope to have the new walls complete by the end of fall and then we can work on some new native landscaping.

The Mayor has just launched a Residential Infill Stakeholder Advisory Committee and they are seeking input from neighborhoods. We'll be brainstorming Wednesday to send them our neighborhood thoughts on the good, bad, and ugly that we see going on.

Just a reminder that we are always looking for volunteers to help with projects such as the Arleta Triangle or if you have a project in mind for the neighborhood we are here for a resource to help you get started. We are always looking for those you would like to help with neighborhood outreach (newsletter, social media, neighborhood goodies, and parties!). If you have ideas, please share and help us make it happen.

Erika Palmer-Wilson

Jun 26, 2015

Neighborhood Meeting Next Wednesday, July 1st 6:30 pm at Community Center

Hello Neighbors! We are having a neighborhood meeting this Wednesday, July 1st at the Community Center at 6:30 pm. We will have presentation about Safe Routes To School and neighborhood committee updates. We will not have a meeting in August but there will be a movie in the park, 101 Dalmatians on Tuesday, August 25th. Also, be on the lookout for the SE Neighborhood Kickball Game information that will be coming out soon -- the fun and games will take place in August. Stay Cool.

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Jun 23, 2015

Proposed Climate Action Plan meeting, June 24 at City Hall

Sorry for the late notice.
On behalf of all City of Portland bureaus, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will present the proposed draft of the 2015 Climate Action Plan for adoption by Portland City Council on Wednesday, June 24. The plan updates Portland’s roadmap for the community to achieve an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, with an interim goal of a 40 percent reduction by 2030.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 2 p.m.
City Council Chambers, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland

May 29, 2015

Master Recycling Booth at Lent's Farmer's Market

This Sunday, the 31st, marks the start of this season’s Lent’s International Farmer’s Market! Check out the list of vendors and more information here:

New this year will be a monthly Master Recycler booth with a team to answer questions or inspire you to reduce-reuse-recycle in your home or around the area. Come find us the last Sunday of every month during the Farmer’s Market’s 2015 season!
This Sunday, learn what goes where...

May 27, 2015

May 24, 2015

Emergency Board Meeting (Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Carts on Foster)

The MSANA Board will be meeting this Wednesday, May 27th at 6:30 pm to discuss a land use case (a Type 1x partition at 6108 SE Steele St.) This is the only topic on the agenda no other matters will be discussed.  This meeting is considered an "emergency" under our bylaws because we could not meet the required 7 day general board meeting requirement for a meeting due to meeting potential deadlines to appeal.

May 3, 2015

Wednesday May 6th Neighborhood Meeting

See you Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Scott Community Center for Neighborhood Meeting. It's that time of year -- Board Elections.  We will also discuss signing onto the United Neighborhood for Reform resolution.  Thanks to all of our volunteers to helped with the Neighborhood Clean-Up this past weekend. It was a huge success.

See you Wednesday!

May 62015 Ms an a Agenda

Mar 27, 2015

April 1 at 6:30pm Neighborhood Meeting

See you April Fools Day at 6:30pm at Mt. Scott Community Center (poolside room) for our April meeting! See the agenda below. 

A few important reminders:

Arleta Triangle Project is having the first Dig N' Dish of the season starting tomorrow, Saturday, March 28th. Folks will be out there at 10am and will be there till early afternoon. Come and meet your neighbors, help pull some weeds and share your vision of the site. We hope to be making some improvements this year. 

The Portland Mercado is having their grand opening on Saturday, April 11th. This is going to be a big event and a true community celebration. We expect to see increased on-street parking in the neighborhood that weekend with the large turn-out. We are encouraging people to walk, ride bikes, and to use public transit if possible. The Mercado did experience some vandalism within the past couple of weeks and so did businesses along 82nd. Keep an eye out folks and you can always report suspicious activities using Portland's non-emergency line at 503-823-3333. If you are interested in forming a neighborhood watch with a group of neighbors, or a business neighborhood watch, you can find more information here: If you are interested in forming a neighborhood Foot Patrol please contact Erika at

Neighborhood Clean-Up is Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00am to 2:30pm at Arleta School. We are looking for volunteers to help coordinate the event, to flyer the neighborhood to spread the word, and to be onsite that day to help unload the junk. There are perks to helping -- 1 free dump load, food, and you have first dibs at anything you would like to take home. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, plus its significantly cheaper than going to the dump! If you can lend a hand with any of these activities that will support the Clean-Up please email Erika at

Street Tree Inventory volunteers! This summer our neighborhood is taking part in Portland Street Tree Inventory. Volunteers are guided by Urban Forestry staff, who provide training, tools, and together collect data on tree species, size, health, site conditions, and available planting spaces. Data is then analyzed by Urban Forestry staff, and findings are presented to the neighborhood at an annual Tree Summit at the end of the season in November. Foster-Powell completed an street tree inventory last summer. Be on the look out for more information as summer approaches and if you would like to be part of the mailing list please email Erika at

Neighborhood Party?! Are you a party planner? Are you interested in helping to coordinate a fun summer neighborhood party. A BBQ at a park, or on a specific block, or working with a neighborhood business that would like to host something special? The ideas are endless and folks always like a good party! If so, please email Erika see email above. 

Interested in serving on the board? Interested in learning and tackling issues with neighbors, businesses and local agencies. Join us at the meeting or email a board member (contact list on blog).

Merry Spring!

Erika Palmer-Wilson

MSA Co-Chair

Mar 20, 2015

Land Use Notification

MSANA received notification today that Woodsong Property Renovation Partners, LLC will soon be submitting an application for a new MRAA (Major Residential Alteration and Addition) permit at 6928 SE Raymond Court.

The project will preserve an existing 1906 house, rather than demolish it. The house will be lifted, and a new floor will be constructed underneath it, atop a new daylight basement. Three flats will thus be created in this structure. There will be no change in the footprint of the structure. Woodsong Property Renovation Partners anticipates this project will be able to create new affordable market-rate housing in the neighborhood. When they bought it,  the structure was completely uninhabitable and in need of major renovation.
Woodsong Property is currently awaiting final project engineering, and will submit for permits as soon as possible. They expect construction to begin as soon as permits are issued following the 35-day waiting period (after April 25th, 2015).

Per the city's MRAA regulations, there is a 35 day delay period from the date that this notice is sent ( Friday, March 20th, 2015), or that all notifications are completed.
Please contact Garlynn at Woodsong Property with any questions, comments, or concerns about this project.

Garlynn G. Woodsong
Woodsong Property Renovation Partners, LLC 
*Investing in Communities*

Feb 26, 2015

We're Meeting: Wednesday Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 4, 2015
Mt. Scott Community Center at 6:30 p.m.  

Hi Neighbors,

We are looking for volunteers for the annual Neighborhood Clean-Up in May.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and its a great way to help and support our neighborhood.  Our Clean-Up event is a TEAM effort with Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association every year. 

We are looking for those who can help with the following: 
  • Getting out the word -- posting flyers and going door to door
  • Logistics -- food donations and setting up day of 
  • Working day of event -- helping to lift and sort junk that is brought to clean -up, etc.
Our Neighborhood Clean-Up Coordinator has been organizing this event for over 15 years and would like to pass down the clean-up knowledge to folks who can help with this event.  If you would like to get involved or have a an idea to help make this event more successful please contact Erika at

The Arleta Triangle Project (72nd and Woodstock) is organizing a Steering Committee for future site improvements. If you have fundraising, marketing skills, or just want to help pull weeds one Saturday morning a month please email Meghan at

The Neighborhood Board will be submitting comments to the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Bureau of Transportation.  Our comments will focus on the City's Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map, and transportation priorities for the city's updated 20-year Transportation Systems Plan.  Our board members have heard many of your comments throughout the last couple of years about increased density, development fitting in and being compatible with existing character, Foster Road safety and bicycle improvements, additional crosswalks near Mt. Scott Community Center, and much more. The MSANA Board will be submitting comments but you can too.  You can learn more and submit your comments online about transportation, infrastructure, land use here:

Want to be part of the Neighborhood Association Board? 
We are a group of neighbors who get together, share ideas, and work cooperatively to make the neighborhood a friendly and safe place to live, work, and play, and visit.  We are always seeking neighborhood volunteers to help with neighborhood improvement projects, fundraising, organize events (socials, kickball games, block parties), getting out the word of local happenings, new businesses, through social media and e-newsletters, etc. If you have a project or an idea the board can provide resources and support to help make it a reality.  We can help you find grants/financial support, collaborative partnerships individuals or organizations, spreading the word, and more.   The board meets once a month (every first Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.)  If there is a special project or issue relating to transportation/land-use these committees may meet for an additional meeting. To be part of the board we ask that you attend at minimum of three neighborhoods meetings.  We will be having elections in May!

If you have any questions about neighborhood association, concerns, or have ideas for improvement please contact Erika Palmer-Wilson at

Happy Spring!

Jan 28, 2015

Join us in February

We have a neighborhood meeting next week!
When:  Wednesday Feb. 4th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Mt. Scott Community Center (poolside room)

A community police officer will be giving us an update and there will be time for questions and answers -- a recent rash of neighborhood burglaries at businesses have occurred and  neighbors are trying to address package thieves.  Our SE neighborhood liaison from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will be providing an update on the City's Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code update.  If you have land use questions (density, tree preservation, site design, etc.) or want to know who you should be talking to at City, come on down!

Our neighborhood is participating in the Portland Street Tree Inventory this summer! What does this mean?  Neighborhood volunteers will be guided by Urban Forestry staff, who provide the training, tools, to collect information on tree species, size, health, site conditions, and available planting spaces. This data will be  analyzed by Urban Forestry staff, and findings will presented back to the neighborhood at an annual Tree Summit at the end of the season (Fall 2015). At the summit, our neighborhood can begin developing tree plan.  This plan will help us set achievable strategies to improve existing street trees, expand tree canopy, and connect the neighborhood with city and nonprofit resources. The Neighborhood Tree Plan will be based on the current status and health of neighborhood street trees and will provide recommendations for specific neighborhood actions to improve our neighborhood canopy. In the past, neighborhood groups have organized pruning workshops, secured funding to widen small planting strips, and planted street trees.  It's really fun!  Foster-Powell participated last summer and a few folks from our neighborhood volunteered to help with the inventory process.

The Annual Neighborhood Clean-Up is coming up this Spring! Did you know our neighborhood champion for this event has been organizing it for over 15 years?!! Shawna, wins the neighborhood GOLD MEDAL award. We are looking for a few more neighborhood champions who will help us organize -- from planning to the logistics day of.  This event is our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year folks! If you can help us plan for the event, canvass the neighborhood with fliers, or lend a hand the day of -- we need you!

If you are interested in either the Street Tree Inventory or Clean-Up Event please email

The Portland Mercado is slated to open later this spring and be on the look out for the Foster Window Project.  The design for the Phoenix Building is going up this weekend.   If you have a project or an idea for the neighborhood let our neighborhood association know how we can help make it a reality.  

Hope to see you next Wednesday.
MSANA, Co-Chair  

Jan 5, 2015

Happy New Year Mt. Scott Arleta Neighbors!

Our first meeting of the year is this Wednesday, January 7th at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Scott Community Center in the pool-side room.  Come learn about Health Care for All Oregonians and Measure 50 Tax Inequities.

A lot is happening in the Neighborhood.  The Portland Mercado is expected to open this Spring. Henry Higgins Bagels is opening next to Red Castle games on 64th & Foster. The Foster Window Project will be giving a makeover to the  Phoenix Building. 

If you would like to get involved with this project they are looking for volunteers! See the website for more information:
Here's a nice article about the Foster Window Project:

A new waffle and tea shop is open on 72nd. If you've been let us know how it is.

Most importantly, the neighborhood association is made up of neighborhood volunteers and we are always looking for people who would like to get involved. It's not a huge commitment but if you would like to help spread the word, would like to learn more about getting involved in projects like the Arleta Triangle, or have transportation and land use concerns please email ( or attend a meeting to get to know us.


Jan 7 MSANA Agenda

Nov 5, 2014

Tips for Staying Cozy this Winter from Clean Energy Works

After a hot summer, temperatures are finally dropping—and winter is just around the corner. Grab a coffee or a hot apple cider, put on your favorite flannel, and cuddle up to your sweetie because we’ve got you covered when it comes to the best tips for keeping toasty indoors.

Take advantage of winter sun. Yes, there is sun, even in Oregon winter! When it’s shining, be sure to open south-facing window curtains, drapes, and blinds during the day, so the sunlight can naturally heat your home. Close window coverings at night to keep the heat in. Cover drafty windows. Tape a do-it-yourself, clear, plastic film to the inside of your window frames. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame. Installing window treatments, such as blinds, drapes, or shades, can also help reduce heat loss. Adjust the temperature. Set the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees cooler when you’re not home to use less energy and lower utility bills. Lowering the temperature slightly at night and adding an extra blanket to the bed keeps the whole family extra cozy.

Give your home a free check up from Clean Energy Works. Your home does a lot for you—everyone needs a check up every once in a while. We’ll give you a complete look at all the ways you can improve your home: becoming more efficient, creating comfort, providing better air quality, and even being safe during an earthquake. Take an online eValuation, and use HomeScope to see what your neighbors are doing for their homes—with all kinds of information on rebates and financing available when you’re ready for a home upgrade. It’s all available at:

Oct 29, 2014

Oct 27, 2014

Neighborhood Small Grant Application -- Due January 5th!

Neighborhood Small Grant Applications due January 5th! Do you have a small but powerful idea for strengthening your neighborhood? Perhaps you want to revive a forgotten city tradition? Host a civics workshop? Organize a tenant rights forum? Paint an intersection mural? Create a community garden? SE Uplift invites ordinary Portlanders like you to shape and create your neighborhood by applying for a

Neighborhood Small Grant. Grants range from $300-$4,000 and are intended to spur small, grassroots community efforts aimed at connecting and engaging residents, building community capacity, improving neighborhood livability, or increasing community impact on public decision making.

 Attend one of the Grant Information Workshops at SE Uplift (3534 SE Main) to learn more!
Saturday, November 15th: 10 am – noon
Wednesday, November 19th: 7 pm – 9 pm

For more information and to RSVP for a workshop, visit

Sep 30, 2014

Neighborhood Meeting Tomorrow! October 1st 6:30 p.m. at MSCC

Hello folks, sorry I've been having some technical issues with posting our Neighborhood Meeting agenda. I think I have everything worked out and will also be sending it out next month via email to everyone on our email list! I bet everyone is gearing up for fall activities: pumpkin patches and lattes, Halloween costumes, leaf raking, breaking out the raincoats, etc. Here's the agenda for tomorrow. I'm hoping that we can pull together a fun neighborhood fall/winter party over the next couple of months. If you are interested in helping or brainstorming some ideas please contact Erika at We need a neighborhood party committee! :)

October 12014 Ms a Agenda

Rain Garden Workshop Oct. 11

Saturday Oct. 11, 9am-1pm
Calvary Lutheran Church - 8026 SE Woodstock Blvd.
It's FREE  Learn how to build a rain garden! 
Presented by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
Hosted by Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association

REGISTER AT EMSWCD or call 503-222-7645

A rain garden is a sunken garden bed that captures stormwater, and allows it to soak into the ground naturally. You will learn step-by-step details on how to plan, design and build your own rain garden.