Feb 3, 2016

Want to know what your Neighborhood Association is talking about?

The Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood had its February meeting tonight.  Want to know what we've been discussing?  Want to see if your interests are on the agenda or a topic of discussion?  Skim the minutes of the last two months of meetings, and put our March meeting on your calendar now!

- January 2016 minutes
- February 2016 minutes

Mt. Scott-Arleta N.A. meetings are always held the first Wednesday of every month, at 6:30 p.m., in the Mt. Scott Community Center's Pool Room.  Everyone who lives or works in the Neighborhood is a member of the Association, and anyone who attends two meetings is welcome to run for a Board position in May.  Board members have an official vote on issues important to our neighborhood, but everyone is welcome to share your priorities and opinions.

Please visit the meeting on March 2nd at 6:30 p.m., and see how we can all work together to make our neighborhood the place we all LOVE to live!

Farewell and Thanks!

Dear neighbors,

I wanted to express gratitude for the Neighborhood Association system and in particular the opportunity to serve on the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood board for the past four years with such thoughtful and caring fellow board members.
It’s been an honor to chair the meetings of people who are showing up to create community by working together for the benefit of everyone who lives, works, and plays here.

Dec 31, 2015

Neighborhood Meeting Next Wednesday (1/7/16) at 6:30 pm

Come out to the first neighborhood meeting of 2016 next Wednesday, January 7th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Mt. Scott Community Center. This year we hope to see more improvements to the Arleta Triangle (capping of the stone wall and prep-work for future hardscape of the plaza), a summer BBQ, more neighborhood v. neighborhood kickball games, and more apple cider making.

In 2015, our neighborhood volunteers completed our Neighborhood Street Tree Inventory; built a new stone wall at the Arleta Triangle; had tremendous turnout to our Annual Neighborhood Clean Up; played kickball with FoPo, Creston-Kenilworth, and Lents, and pressed over 650 pounds of apples for fresh apple cider.


If you would like to get involved in a neighborhood project or have a neighborly idea, event, or project that you would like to start please contact Erika at msana.chair@gmail.com. Hope to see you in 2016!

Dec 14, 2015

Neighborhood Fruit Trees Needing Your Help

Are you wanting to learn how to care for a variety of fruit trees by practicing in the neighborhood?
Our local Portland Fruit Tree Project is accepting applications to join their 2016 Tree Care Team at the Green Thumb Orchard near Brentwood Park.
Find out all about it at Portland Fruit Tree Project POSITION DESCRIPTION

Dec 1, 2015

Neighborhood Meeting Tomorrow (Dec. 2nd) 6:30 pm Mt. Scott Community Center

We have a neighborhood meeting tomorrow, December 2nd at 6:30 pm at Mt. Scott Community Center. ROSE CDC will be on hand to present a proposal for development on the vacant lot at 72nd and Foster just west of the Mercado.

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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: https://friendsoftrees.org/plant.
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: http://tinyurl.com/treesummit2015

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: https://www.facebook.com/lentsfarmersmarket?fref=ts

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!

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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: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/26674 If you are interested in forming a neighborhood Foot Patrol please contact Erika at MSANA.Chair@gmail.com

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 MSANA.Chair@gmail.com

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 MSANA.Chair@gmail.com

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 msana.chair@gmail.com

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 laurameg@comcast.net.

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: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/57352

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  msana.chair@gmail.com

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 msana.chair@gmail.com

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