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! :)

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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.

Jun 30, 2014

July Neighborhood Meeting -- July 2 at 6:30 p.m. at MSCC

Hi Neighbors,

There's always a lot going on in the neighborhood. The  Portland Mercado Market Manager, Manual Foucher will be at the meeting to give us an update.  Don't forget the BIG Depave event at the Mercado, this month. 

If you haven't heard, MSA has organized a kickball tournament this month between 5 nearby neighborhoods (FoPo, Woodstock, Lents, Brentwood-Darlington, and Creston-Kenilworth).

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May 29, 2014

June Neighborhood Association Meeting Agenda

Here's the June Neighborhood Association Agenda!

A few activities to get involved in as we get ready for summer!

Foster Road Streetscape Plan is headed towards City Council for approval on Wednesday, June 11th at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall (1221 SW 4th Ave). Voice your support or concerns over this project by attending the council meeting to give your three minutes of testimony or submit an email to any of the Councilors. More information on this project can be found here:

Help DePave the Portland Mercado site on Saturday, July 26. Sign-up for the event

More information on the SE Portland Neighborhood Kickball Championship will be coming out in early June. Get ready to put on your sneakers and kick the big red ball around! Your neighborhood could take the championship trophy home! 

And, don't forget the  Farmers Markets are opening up in June.  Both Lents and Woodstock!  More information here:

Here's the agenda for next Wednesday!

June 4 2014 MSA Agenda

May 12, 2014

Foster Streetscape Plan headed to City Council & Happy Hour Afterwards!

If you have been following the Foster Streetscape Project, you will probably know that the planning phase of it is just about completed. A final version of the updated plan has been completed and has undergone public review and commenting and it will be discussed at a City Council meeting on Thursday May 29 at 2:00 pm (at City Hall). The plan calls for a lot of improvements to occur on Foster Road, making it a saver, nicer, and friendlier street for people traveling on it, trying to cross it, visit or operate a business on or near it and just in general for all the neighborhoods around it and for the people of Portland.

If you can somehow attend the City Council meeting and are willing to speak in support of the plan that would be awesome. If you can’t make it yourself, but know of others that can attend and would like to make a brief statement in support of the plan; please encourage them to do so! Citizen testimony is typically limited to just 3 minutes per person, and it would be great if City Council can hear from as many different people as possible about the importance of the Foster Streetscape improvements.

It will be very important to show City Council that this plan is broadly supported by the people of Portland and to convince City Councilors to all vote in favor of adopting the plan, and to assure that proper funding will be provided so the improvements can be implemented soon! More info on the plan can be found on the City website: 

Assuming the plan will indeed be adopted as hoped for, people from our neighborhoods plan to gather afterwards at O’Malley’s at 6535 SE Foster for happy hour (kids and families welcome), so even if you can’t make it to the City Council meeting, make sure to stop by O’Malley’s later that afternoon (Thursday May 29th) for an informal gathering of neighbors, friends and others.

Apr 28, 2014

Get Ready For Anything: Disaster Preparedness

Free Public Workshop: In a major disaster, you and your neighbors will be each other’s closest source of help. “Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared,” shows you how to engage neighbors in getting their households ready, and how to organize to help each other after a disaster. Also, you’ll learn about Neighborhood Emergency Teams and, if being a volunteer first responder appeals to you, how to become a NET member. Also much needed are ham radio operators who can provide vital communication links. This workshop will be repeated three times on the following dates and at the following locations…

  • Wednesday April 30 — 6:30 to 9 pm
    Service Employees International Union, 6401 SE Foster Rd.
  • Tuesday May 13 — 6:30 to 9 pm
    SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Ave.
  • Tuesday May 20 — 6:30 to 9 pm
    Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 SE Steele St.

Apr 7, 2014

Neighborhood Social & Board Elections

Come out and join us neighbors at Carts on Foster on Wednesday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. It's neighborhood board elections but most importantly this social is a great way for neighbors to get out meet each other! We'll have snacks and hear from the Foster Area Business Association and ways you can help support our local businesses. If you are interested in getting involved on the Neighborhood Board email Erika at

Mar 26, 2014

N'hood Meeting, Wed. April 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at MSCC

Hi Neighbors,

Our next general neighborhood meeting is next Wednesday, April 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Scott Community Center.  We have lots on the Agenda. The two owners of the two developments at 73rd and Woodstock and 77th and Martins will be attending to discuss the projects and answer questions. Also, a representative from PBOT will join us to discuss the possibility of eliminating the slip lane at 72nd and Woodstock and show us alternative designs. 

Our Annual Neighborhood Clean-Up is approaching! We are looking for volunteers to help spread the word with flyers and to help out Saturday, May 3rd between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  We will feed you.

Also, board elections are coming up at the May meeting! If you want to get involved with the neighborhood association, please email Erika at  We have lots of things you can help us out with: Outreach, Neighborhood Foot Patrol, Land Use, Transportation and Sustainability Issues,if you have something in mind, let us know!

So much is going on in the neighborhood as we are heading into Spring! Keep your eyes on the Blog or on our Facebook Page for neighborhood happenings! Cheers, Erika Palmer-Wilson MSA, Chair

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Mar 20, 2014

Special Board Meeting: Wednesday, March 26 at 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

There will be a Special Board Meeting next Wednesday, March 26 from 6:15 -7:00 p.m. at O'Malleys (66th and Foster).

See the Agenda packet below.

We will be reviewing and discussing our neighborhood goals and taking action on two items:
1) A funding request for the SE Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Workshop, and
2) A SEUL Community Engagement Grant Application to be submitted for the 2014 SE Portland Neighborhood Kickball Tournament. We hope to see 6 surrounding neighborhood associations collaborating to bring a Family Friendly Kickball game to your neighborhood park this summer.

Which neighborhood will be crowned the 2014 SE Portland Neighborhood Kickball Champs? GO MSA!

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Mar 6, 2014

Gardens Are Happening - Got Tools?

Spring Equinox is coming! The plants are growing restless. Now is the time to prepare for it all and you need tools that work to get through the year.
You're invited to join your neighbors at the Learning Gardens Laboratory - 6801 SE 60th Ave - on Saturday March 8th from 10am to 1pm for their last work party of Spring Term. In preparation for spring gardening we will focus on tool stewardship. Learn how to care for tools and help us clean and sharpen the tools at LGL. You're welcome to bring your own tools to work on, but please bring sand paper and a file if you have it.

Feb 26, 2014

Neighborhood Social, Wednesday, March 5th 6:30 p.m. at Carlandia

Hi Neighbors!

Next Wednesday, March 5th we will be having a Neighborhood Social co-hosted with our neighbors to the south the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood. Join us at Cartlandia on SE 82nd Drive at 6:30 p.m. You can buy food at the Carts and will be providing drinks! We will have a short presentation from the Community Energy Project about making our homes healthy.


P.S. Tell your neighbors! Help Us Spread the Word!