Nov, 11 2021 SNA General and Board Meetings

The SNA General Membership and Board Meetings will be held back to back Thursday, November 11, 2021, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Please note that in order to improve community participation, the meeting format has changed. We’ll start with the general meeting from 7pm to 8pm, and then pivot to the board meeting from 8pm to 9pm.

  • SNA General Membership Meeting from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • SNA Board Meeting from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Both meetings are open to the public.

Meeting Agenda. Times are approximate. Agenda items subject to change.

Both meetings will be conducted via Zoom.  All attendees will be muted upon entry into the meeting.  In order to ask a question or make a comment, please use the “Raise Hand” feature.  If accessing the meeting via computer, tablet, or smartphone app, you can do so via the “Raise hand button” in the “Participant” menu. If you are calling in to the meeting via phone, please dial *9.  You can learn more about how to use this feature here:

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Last Month’s News. This Month’s Plans.

Endorsement Policy, Inner Southeast Action Follow-Up, and New Meeting Structure

On Oct. 14th, the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association had a very productive board meeting. The board voted on a new endorsement process which we will work into the SNA bylaws and post to the SNA website in the coming month(s). Vincent Dawans, SNA Treasurer, provided a very thorough financial report of the SNA funds. A vote passed giving committee chairs the authorization to oversee budget spending for committee’s finances (with clear limitations). The organization hosted Doug Klotz from Inner Southeast Action! to follow up his September presentation on the petition to “Save the Fred Meyer Hawthorne Pedestrian Entrance!” Fred Meyer has reopened the Hawthorne Blvd. entrance. If you’d like to support ISEA’s efforts to ensure that the doors stay open, you can sign their petition at (Save the Fred Meyer Hawthorne Pedestrian Entrance!). Lastly, we have restructured our monthly meetings. Starting in November, the general meeting will be from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., followed by the board meeting from 8:00 – 9.00 p.m.

Join us at our November’s SNA general meeting when Johanna Brenner will talk to us about the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP). An article is provided in this issue which further speaks on the endorsement request. The November meeting will be on Thursday the 11th. Meeting details and the agenda will be posted on the SNA website ( on Monday the 8th. We encourage you to join us and get involved with your local community. Civic duty is a lot of fun!

Emergency Preparedness

November Preparedness Tips

On the FEMA preparedness page November is ‘winter weather preparedness.’ Hmm. It’s a broad term for what we all need to do to make it through the mostly rainy months here in the Pacific Northwest.

Even though my husband and I have lived here for over 9 years, it is very different from our preparedness efforts back in the Chicagoland area. In November, our neighborhood snow blower, which was stored in our garage, had been checked over and sent out for maintenance, if needed. In the early fall. 

We found our snow shovels and windshield scrapers and stored them in our cars. Our neighborhood street signs were re-read so that we knew when alternate street parking would take place so that the snow plows would come and clean our street. If we didn’t pay attention, our cars could be towed or worse – the snow plow would move around the cars that weren’t moved – often moving the mounds of snow in front of our driveway.

When we moved to Sunnyside we were shocked to find out that street cleaning was rare (or never) and that neighbors’ cars parked on the block never had to be moved. Never. Whaat? 

So, what does November preparedness look like in Sunnyside?

Here are some tips:

* Remove leaves not only from your sidewalk but from the street in front of your property, including under your cars. We have lots of pedestrians and bikers and we should make it safe for them to get to where they need to be. 

* Get a snow shovel and use it to remove the ice and snow from the sidewalk in front of your home. Clear the steps leading to your front door so that our mailperson/delivery people can safely navigate.

* Help clear the street drains so that the ice and snow can safely get to the sewers. Here is how to locate and clear street drains safely: If you are reading the printed newsletter, you can google “Stormwater Drainage/Street Care/City of Portland, Oregon” and you will find tips there.

* Continue to bring foodstuffs to the Sunnyside Free Food Resources, located at SE 42nd and Taylor on the north side of the street, near our beloved chickens. Feed the chickens while you are there with the quarters you brought along just for that reason. And, while you are there, drop a book or three in the Little Free library. It’s a great community support spot.

Questions, tips, thoughts? Email me: