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 change.org (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 (https://sunnysideportland.org) 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: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/319667 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: jan@sunnysideprepared.com

Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing Recommends Changes to PPB Core Patrol Services

At the request of Mayor Wheeler, the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP) conducted a study of the Portland Police Core Patrol Services, which is what the majority of the police force does (respond to emergency or non-emergency calls, conduct preliminary investigations, enforce traffic and criminal laws, etc.). PCCEP studied many hours of public testimony, working sessions, and community surveys in order to develop their recommendations for how Portland’s Core Patrol Services could be improved. PCCEP voted unanimously on their recommendations on May 25, 2021. 

Coordinating Committee of  the Portland Metro People’s Coalition recommendations are bold, but also practical.  They include:

1) Expand Portland Street Response to the entire city;

2) Increase the number of unarmed Public Safety Support Specialists who are trained in de-escalation and knowledgeable about services for people in crisis;

3) End racial profiling at traffic stops and begin the process of developing a new body of unarmed officers to handle most traffic enforcement; and

4) Develop restorative justice interventions for youth and increase community resources for violence intervention programs. 

These recommendations will improve public safety while freeing the police to spend their resources on addressing serious crime, such as gun violence. 

At a Work Session on July 27, 2021, the City Council chose not to act on any of these recommendations nor did they establish a timeline for when they will decide to act. It is now up to us, the community, to make our voices heard if we hope to see these important changes enacted. 

So far, Southeast Uplift and four neighborhood associations have endorsed these recommendations. If you would like to learn more about the PCCEP recommendations, please attend the November 11th Sunnyside NA meeting. Johanna Brenner from the Portland Metro People’s Coalition (which is supportive of PCCEP’s recommendations) will explain them in more depth. A summary of the PCCEP recommendations is available at (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/pccep/article/783958).

Public Trash Cans Coming to Sunnyside and the Southeast

New public trash cans are finally making their way to Sunnyside, based in part on the surveys conducted earlier this year. Based on preliminary information, about 10 cans will be located on Hawthorne every 2 or 3 blocks between SE 30th and SE 50th. On Belmont, cans will be located at SE 30th, 34th, 37th, Chavez and 45th. On Chavez, cans will be located at Stark, Belmont, Taylor, Main and Hawthorne. Locations are preliminary and might be slightly adjusted as trash cans are installed.

Sunnyside Piazza Update

If you haven’t recently walked, strolled, or driven on 33rd Ave. and Yamhill St. be sure to visit soon. A wonderful team of volunteers came out on the first weekend of October to help us paint the new Sunnyside Piazza design. The SNA wants to give a big shout out and thank you to Will Grim and James Brackenhoff from First Forty Feet (@firstfortyfeet). They were key in helping us coordinate, design, and bring back to life this 21 yearr old city landmark. It feels great to have the lively painting back and we hope it brings a bit of joy and playfulness to all who pass by. A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the process – from coordinating, donating, and painting. Your acts of service are what makes a community thrive.