Sunnyside Dog of the Month: Meet Archer!

Archer comes to us from Fort Worth, Texas by way of the Oregon Dog Rescue in Tualatin (If you ever make it out to there please send my regards to Gretchen the Cat, their Chief Temperament Tester.) He is a Silver Labrador and about six months old in these photos. A resident of Taylor Street, he’s been enjoying walks in Laurelhurst Park, playing at the Mt. Tabor dog park and generally sniffing around the neighborhood. He’s been with us well over a month now, is full of energy and prides himself on his perfect situational awareness.

Prior to meeting Archer I’d never heard of a Silver Lab. The distinctive coat color from which they derive the name is the expression of a recessive trait carried by Chocolate Labs. Referred to as a “dilute” coat, the effect is seen when mutations in the gene encoding melanophilin cause atypical distribution of melanin-containing cells affecting the dog’s skin, hair, eyes, nose and mouth.

Having lived with a lovely Black Lab for many years, we’ve known for some time that we were ready to bring another dog into the family, but finding Archer took time and patience. As with many things it seemed at times that we would never be fast enough or high enough on the list — until suddenly we were.

September 10, 2020 SNA General & Board Meeting Agenda


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August 13, 2020 SNA General & Board Meeting Agenda


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Board Election Results

Thank you to Christina Estimé for administering our election and SEUL for lending us their surprisingly cozy parking lot.  With four candidates running for five seats results were never really in doubt, but it was still very nice to see and speak to everyone in person.

It is very exciting to see two newcomers join the SNA Board in Ash Hester and Jessie Maran.  Incumbents Dave Boush and Russell Rinaldi were also elected to second two-year terms.  K.C. Hoffert, Lorraine Henriques, Colin Wonnacott and Sunia Gibbs, one year into their two year terms, round out the board to an even eight.  The remaining empty seat may be filled by appointment at any time during the next two years.

The next meeting of the SNA will be August 13th at 7pm via Zoom.

Board Elections this Thursday, July 9th

We are planning to hold our annual board elections on Thursday, July 9th, at our usual meeting time of 7 p.m., two months later than normal. Other neighborhoods across the city are experimenting with ways to accomplish an election that conforms to each neighborhood’s bylaws as well as avoids risks to anyone’s health. We considered (1) a largely digital approach, (2) a hybrid video-conference-based election combined with a staffed ballot box, as well as (3) an outdoor venue using small adjustments to our tried-and-true in- person procedures.

Our hope and intention is to conduct our elections outside in the fresh air adjacent to S.E. Uplift’s building at 3534 SE Main St. The parking lot and mini-park offer a good amount of space, and the proximity to the building makes staging this relatively straightforward.

The basic format will resemble a typical election where candidates briefly introduce themselves and the membership (anyone who lives in the neighborhood, owns a business here, or is the designated representative of a business or community group or organization located in Sunnyside) votes by paper ballot. The votes will be collected and tallied by our liaison from S.E. Uplift, Christina Estime, who has helped us with past elections. We are excited to make this work and hope you will join us.

Candidate Statements

Jessie Maran

Hello neighbors.

Thank you for considering me as a representative of the voices and perspectives of our Sunnyside Neighborhood community. I’m Jessie Maran and I live near the intersection of SE Cesar Chavez and SE Hawthorne with my mom, teenage son, and a flurry of cats. My professional background is in urban planning and I spend my spare time working in advocacy at the intersection of climate action and transportation. I am also serving on the Board of Southeast Uplift. In all things, my focus is on learning from my community through inclusive and respectful conversation.

The Sunnyside neighborhood is a vibrant mix that serves as home, workplace, destination, and a place to pass through – with so much going on, our neighborhood faces many challenges. I am currently running for the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Board in order to support the conversations needed to develop a resilient and compassionate neighborhood community.

Dave Boush

I am running for reelection to the SNA Board after one term. As the term ends, I am co-chair of the Safety and Livability Committee and the Board’s representative to the Hawthorne Boulevard and Belmont Area Business Associations (HBBA and

BABA). I also participate in the Sunnyside Foot Patrol. Serving on the board has been both a pleasure and an education. It has allowed me to meet many neighbors who are committed to improving our city and encouraged a more detailed understanding of our problems and the way Portland works. Two years is barely enough to get started making a difference for the neighborhood. I urge current SNA Board members to run again and urge everyone to get involved on whatever issues motivate them.

Russell Rinaldi

I’ve been working on the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association for the past 2 years, initially as co-chair, now as a member-at-large, and as the chairman of the Safety and Livability Subcommittee. I’m hoping we can move forward with the right balance of compromise. We can achieve workable solutions and represent Sunnyside’s concerns to the city to get the available resources we need to affect change.

I believe we can effectuate equitable solutions, and I’d like to continue working toward that goal if I’m voted in for another two year term. We’re strongest when we work together. Moving forward, I will continue to work for, and on behalf of, my Sunnyside neighbors with the hope of improving the safety and livability issues we face. This is the majority of my purpose as being a member of this board.

Thank you for the first two years, and your consideration for another two.