Getting to Know Your Neighbors: Jay Parasco and Jenny Lee

I met Jay Parasco and Jenny Lee through Percy, a friendly black and white tabby who wandered past my window a few weeks ago. This sweet collarless cat was clearly domesticated—he even tried to enter our house—so I walked from neighbor to neighbor to ask if anyone knew who Percy belonged to. (Percy helpfully followed me up each neighbor’s steps to each doorway!) SNA board member Ash Hester agreed to watch Percy while I ran a quick errand, and that’s when she ran into Jay and Jenny, cat lovers who were out on a masked walk. They agreed to take Percy to their house until the owner could be found. They were able to track down Percy’s owner, Ellie Murphy, on Nextdoor.com; within the hour both cat and owner were re-united.

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December SNA Notes and January Plans

The December SNA General Meeting began with a discussion of the impending end to the moratorium on rental evictions at the end of the year. For more information, please see the related article by Jessie Maran. The SNA would like to help those affected and would love input from neighbors on possible action(s). The meeting then redirected to the Buckman NA meeting featuring Marc Jolin, Director of the Joint Office on Homelessness. His office contracts with over 40 non-profit organizations to help alleviate homelessness and its effects. Like SNA, Marc expressed concern over the evictions of renters that is likely to occur over the coming months. Some of his other main points were:

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Eviction Moratorium Deadlines Extended

As the economic fallout of the Covid crisis continues, many people are increasingly challenged to pay housing costs. I set out to write a summary of the various eviction moratoria in effect in Sunnyside Neighborhood, but found the landscape changing rapidly in the last few weeks of 2020. Since this overview will not be up-to-date by the time this newsletter lands in your hands, additional research is recommended.

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Quality of Life – Personal Training

Owning my own personal training business before Covid meant I could train anywhere – client’s homes and private gyms. Training outside was a fun treat for good weather, and online training was something I had never tried before. In March, my business came to a screeching halt and I HATED taping videos of myself to send to clients! Maintaining client’s progress with limited strength training equipment outdoors was another huge challenge, but I knew I could still contribute to my community’s well being. I focused on creating a weather-friendly outdoor gym and taught myself the wonders of Zoom live training.

Through many trials and errors and reminding myself that EVERYONE has been dealing with their own struggles through this, I learned that we can all adapt to make our community a happier, healthier place. I want to help anyone who desires a healthier, stronger body to not only reach their goals but change their life for the better. Reach out to Kelly for inquiries at qualityoflifetraining@gmail.com

Ezones Map Correction Project

Natural resources like streams, wetlands, plants, trees, and flood areas help move water off private property, store water during flood events, hold hillsides in place, cool the air and provide habitat for wildlife. Protecting these natural resources protects houses, businesses and roads by reducing the risk of flooding and landslides. On some properties, natural resource protections could limit or restrict where new houses or structures may be built. To find out more about how the City is updating these rules and to see if your property is affected, visit https://www.portland.gov/bps/ezones.

City staff will brief the Planning and Sustainability Commission about the project on January 26, 2021. You can watch the briefing on YouTube and learn more about the PSC briefing. To talk directly with staff, email us at ezone@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-4225. Interpretation is available.