Come join us this Thursday for the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association meeting, April 17th, 6:30, Kenton Firehouse.  Here is the Agenda, all are welcome!

6:30   Welcome and intros
6:40   Intro of Andee Short, Legislative Assistant to Tina Kotek, Clean Air info
6:45   Leslie Lum,  Planner for City of Portland.  Leslie will discuss the Comprehensive Plat for Portland, and development issues in north Portland including Arbor Lodge
7:30   Minutes from last 2 meetings
7:35   Budget Discussion - Gavin
          * funding for Block Parties
7:50   Questions about the website and calendar - Allen
           *  ONI listing?  is it current?
7:55   Clean Up - we still need about 6-8 volunteers for the afternoon shift and 2-3 walkers to distribute flyers.
8:00   Movie in the Park updates

*** May 1st, Map your Neighborhood training, Village School, 6:30, come and learn about the Neighborhood Emergency Team and about this summer activity to help us all prepare for any disaster.


Air Monitoring

Below are two links to documents that were shared at last week's North Portland Air Quality Forum.

This document explains DEQs new air monitoring project for Swan Island:

This article titled "Odors and your Health was provided by the Oregon Health Authority:


A message from the Office of Commissioner Fritz: Protected Sick Time is Here!

As of January 1, 2014, the City of Portland’s new Protected Sick Time ordinance went into effect, providing workers in Portland with a protected right to earn sick time to use when they or a family member are sick, injured, or in need of preventive health care.

The ordinance applies to all employees who work within the geographic boundaries of the city of Portland for 240 hours or more in a calendar year. Employers with six or more employees must allow workers to earn paid sick leave. Employers with five or fewer employees are required to provide unpaid sick leave. Full, part-time, and temporary employees should accrue one hour of job-protected sick time for every 30 hours worked and, if earned, can accumulate up to 40 hours paid or unpaid sick time per calendar year. Earned sick leave may be used in increments of one hour or greater, and may be used to cover all or part of a shift.

For employers and employees interested in learning more about this new law, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/sicktime, email sicktimeinfo@portlandoregon.gov or call 503.823.3994.


Arbor Lodge Emergency Preparedness Training

May 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Portland Village School, 7654 N Delaware Avenue.

The key to surviving a disaster is a close network of friends and neighbors. Arbor Lodge is joining a citywide effort called Map Your Neighborhood—a block-by-block meeting that brings neighbors together in advance of an emergency. Learn how to prepare for emergencies, who may need... help, unknown hazards on your block and more.

Join your neighborhood NET team for some veggie chili and a training May 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Portland Village School, 7654 N Delaware Avenue. Alice Busch, Emergency Management Coordinator at Multnomah County Department of Human Services, will teach Map Your Neighborhood basics to a core group of volunteers who can then host a meeting on their own block, or help out on several blocks this summer.

Other ways to help? Plan to host a meeting on your block! Contact Lee at lvdvoo@gmail.com or call 503-531-1101 to organize a potluck designed to bring your block together.

(This activity is brought to you by your neighborhood NET Team. We're trained to assist in a disaster and are working hard to get Arbor Lodge prepared.)


Swan Island – North Portland Air Quality Forum Meeting

Concerned about the air quality in your neighborhood?  Come learn about the health effects of toxics in our air and hear from businesses on Swan Island about their emissions.

Wednesday, April 2nd - 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Swan Island – North Portland Air Quality Forum Meeting, to be held from at the Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N. Brandon Ave, Portland, OR 97217. 

All are welcome to attend and listen to the discussion.

Agenda items include:
The Oregon legislature approved a $375,000 General Fund appropriation to conduct air toxics monitoring in the Swan Island area.   Speaker Kotek and a DEQ representative will be discussing the proposed implementation approach and timeline.

Dave Farrer, a public health toxicologist with Oregon Health Authority, and the DEQ will discuss details from Portland Air Toxics Solutions (PATS) regarding air toxics to help us understand what smells and what is toxic.

Brief presentations from Swan Island businesses including Vigor Industries and Daimler Trucks North America.


Support your neighborhood school: Join us at Luck Be a Lady

We've been going to the Chief Joseph Ockley Green Annual Fundraiser for a few years now and it's always a blast. Strong schools create stronger communities, so join us at this year's Auction on April 26th!
From the CJOG Auction Team:

It's auction time! Grab your favorite dame or fella and join us at our annual auction The Turf Club at Portland Meadows, 5 pm on April 26, 2014! We'll be eating, drinking, dancing, and bidding the the night away to raise funds to benefit the CJOG Foundation, a registered 501c3 non-profit that funds staffing needs in our buildings. 

There will also be opportunities auction night to support the PTA sponsored backpack program/community zone and a PTA paddle raise for the arts and sciences.

The pickin's in our catalog this year are lush . . . a private tasting at New Deal Distillerylunch with Senator Chip Shieldsa roller derby lesson with Avalanche from the Rose City Rollers, plus get-aways to Downtown Portland,BendLong BeachSeattleNewport, and the Columbia Gorge, and so. much. more. We're even offering a special raffle this year . . . $200 gets you a 1 in 13 chance at the live auction lot of your choice. We're lookin' at you, big spender ;-) 

Visit our website to buy tickets (Early Bird pricing until 3/31!) and to check out more of our catalog. And if partying isn't your bag or you just can't make it to the event, you can still support our cause by donating directly on our website. We also still have sponsorship and advertising opportunities available at every level, so simply reply to this email if you'd like to know more about how we can work together to promote your business and support our school all a the same time!

Will luck be your lady? Join us on April 26th and find out!


Agenda change for tonight's meeting

Due to scheduling conflicts, the panel on land use will be postponed. We will still talk at some length tonight about development in Arbor Lodge, and look at some resources, etc. from other neighborhoods.

Revised Agenda:
6:30   Introductions, ask if any additions to Agenda by those present
6:40   Minutes and Treasurer's reports/updates
6:50   Police Update
7:00   Update on Clean Up - Volunteers needed!, Movie in the Park update, North Portland Parks Committee letter to Amanda Fritz

7:15   Development Issues in Arbor Lodge
          *  zoning, do you know your zoning?  
             *  required disclosures for non-commercial real-estate transactions
          *  affordable housing issues - resources to learn more
          *  what have other neighborhoods done?
8:00  Next steps
         *  committee to engage neighbors
         *  do we need a group from Land Use to volunteer to answer questions presented online or in person?
         * should we recruit a group to develop Arbor Lodge Guidelines?  if yes, who?  how to recruit?
         *  what else???


Please join us Thursday, March 20th, 6:30 
Kenton Fire House

March 20th Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association meeting
Kenton Fire House

6:30   Introductions, ask if any additions to Agenda by those present
6:40   Minutes and Treasurer's reports/updates
6:50   Police Update
7:00   Update on Clean Up - Volunteers needed!, Movie in the Park update, North Portland Parks Committee letter to Amanda Fritz

7:15   Panel on Development in Arbor Lodge
          *  zoning, do you know your zoning?  
          *  affordable housing issues
          *  transportation safety issues  - bikes and pedestrians
          *  presentation of some options for ALNA
              *  developing a flier about zoning in the transit zone only
              *  developing "Arbor Lodge Guidelines", a set of desired development guidelines for our neighborhood, not enforceable, but giving both the City and potential developers info about who we are and what we'd like to see
             *  your ideas?????

8:00  Putting it altogether
         *  do we need a group to write up a flier?
         * do we need a group from Land Use to volunteer to answer questions presented online or in person?
         * should we recruit a group to develop Arbor Lodge Guidelines?  if yes, who?  how to recruit?
         *  what else???


Come join us and Dig some Dirt at Arbor Lodge Park & Harper's Playground this Saturday, March 8th between 9-12.  Come for a half hour, or the full 3 hours.

It's our 1st work party to keep Arbor Lodge Park and Harper's Playground Pesticide and Herbicide Free in 2014.  It only works with volunteers like you.  

Come join the fun, it's easy, and you'll feel great.  p.s. it's supposed to be sunny too!


Every Drop Counts: Regional Water Providers Consortium offers free indoor water saving kits

Many of us have ignored the trickling stream coming from our toilet, or we’ve chosen to overlook those slow drips from the sink.

After all, how much water do they really waste?

According to the EPA, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak every year in homes across the U.S. That’s enough water to sustain the population of Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami combined each year. It’s also estimated that leaks in almost 10 percent of American homes drip away nearly 90 gallons of water a day.  
With Fix a Leak Week right around the corner (March 17-23), there’s no better time to check your home for leaks and make every drop count.

To help you save water and money, the Regional Water Providers Consortium—a group of 20+ regional water providers plus the regional government Metro— is offering free indoor water saving kits to customers who reside in the Consortium service area (find out if you qualify at www.conserveh2o.org/consortium-members). Available from March 1 through March 22 (while supplies last) the kits include a bathroom faucet aerator, kitchen faucet aerator, high efficiency showerhead, shower timer, toilet leak-detection dye tablets and a toilet fill-cycle diverter.

To request a free kit, visit the Regional Water Providers Consortium on Facebook, www.facebook.com/RegionalWaterProvidersConsortium, from March 1 through March 22.

For more tips to help you discover and repair leaks during Fix a Leak Week and beyond, visit the Consortium at www.conserveh2o.org.