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At the November Sunnyside Neighborhood Association’s General Meeting we hosted Oregon House Representative Rob Nosse. Rob not only won reelection but he will be the House Majority Whip in the upcoming House session. He briefly presented his thoughts about the election and expectations for legislation, then he fielded questions. Some key points in the discussion were:
- Democrats are likely to emerge with supermajorities in both the Oregon House and Senate, enabling them to pass legislation increasing services during the pandemic.
- Contrary to controversies that make news, Republicans and Democrats in the Oregon House agree 90 percent of the time. They can work together if shown mutual respect.
- The Oregon legislature is keenly aware of the concerns about forest fires and will make that problem a priority.
- Many tax increases, for example on beer or breweries, face strong headwinds.
SNA also heard from TJ Browning, Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association Safety Chair, about the camp in Laurelhurst Park and LNA’s recommendations on houselessness to the city. The LNA recommendations largely align with the Community First Strategy to Address Houselessness in Portland which can be found on the SNA website at https://sunnysideportland.org/comfirst-draft. SNA voted to endorse the Community First Strategy and to encourage SE Uplift (https://www.seuplift.org) and other Neighborhood Associations to join in that endorsement. At the risk of oversimplification, there seems to be broad agreement that the current policies are not working, that we need short, medium, and long term solutions, and that the cost of these solutions is less than the cost of inaction. Specific plans, especially in cooperation with LNA, will be discussed at SNA’s General Meeting on December 10th. Stay safe.
What motivated you to do a book on Hawthorne Boulevard?
I wanted to celebrate the fabulous place where we live and tell the story of how it got this way.
What were some of the most interesting things you learned about Hawthorne Blvd.?
The building on the southeast corner of 36th and Hawthorne is a great example. It was a Safeway store when it was built and then it was a Fred Meyer. Later the windows were boarded up and it was a warehouse for Union Furniture. Today, it is the Bread and Ink Cafe, and you can tell it was a grocery by the newer bricks under the windows that were added to fill the openings where produce racks once extended out on the sidewalk.
This book contains both description and images. What images stand out?
The bridge fire in 1902, the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade on Hawthorne in 1948, the giant cake at the Fred Meyer Grand Opening in 1951, and the neighborhood that disappeared under the bridge ramps in 1957.
How can readers obtain this book?
Visit www.hawthornebook.com to buy a book and join the discussion of Hawthorne history, or find it in your local bookstore.
In an October 1st statement the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association endorsed Pave and Paint option #2 that would reconfigure Hawthorne west of Cesar Chavez to match Hawthorne east of Cesar Chavez.
See https://www.portland.gov/transportation/planning/se-hawthorne-pave-and-paint for more details on the project.
HBBA chose to recommend option #2 after multiple PBOT presentations and their stated reasons include safety, traffic flow and parking. You can read HBBA’s official statement about their Pave and Paint choice on their website: https://hawthorneblvd.com/?tv=5882719069798400.
At the October 8th SNA general meeting, Jim Toporek presented the design of a proposed three story, 11,473 sq. ft. mixed-use structure at 4738 SE Belmont. The proposed building includes 19 apartment units and ground floor commercial space. Please direct questions and comments to Jim@studio3architecture.com.
We elected and welcomed new board member Christy Yeoumans. One board position remains open.
The SNA continues to make communication through our website, newsletter, and meetings a priority. Not every neighborhood has a newsletter, and we hope to leverage communication to help all our neighbors get through this crazy time. We welcome stories on any topic but especially contributions that might ease the burden of work/life/health in our Sunnyside neighborhood. We also hope to promote the cultural and business contributions of our residents (200 words max. please).
The November 12th meeting will feature Oregon House Representative Rob Nosse. Rob’s insights on legislative issues are always insightful. We also will continue to discuss the worsening homeless situation. All SNA meetings continue to be via Zoom, so please see the SNA website for the time and connection info; we’d love to have you join us. Stay safe.