St. Johns Neighborhood Association
December Newsletter
Photo Credit: Russ Meyer
Did you miss the November Traffic Forum?
In place of the November SNJA General Meeting, SJNA SALT hosted over 80 peninsula neighbors, PBOT officials, Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, and others to discuss pressing transportation concerns in our area.

From the evening, top neighborhood concerns were: lacking law enforcement presence, outdated infrastructure, increased traffic on our streets, and a rise in incidents--citing the collision on N Columbia in September and the  more recent cyclist fatality on the St. Johns Bridge. (Within 24 hours after the evening forum,  2 cyclists and 1 pedestrian were struck by cars in our community.)

Travis, SALT Chair notes, transportation will remain a pressing concern in our community. To have a safe and accessible St. Johns, we need active on-going neighborhood support.  For specific questions about how to get involved, email Travis .

SALT - the Safety and Livability Team meets at 7PM on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the St. Johns Center for Opportunity | 8250 N Lombard Street.
For specific Traffic concerns.
Call the PBOT 24-hour line  503-823- SAFE (7233).
Correction - October's newsletter falsely reported the youth struck on N Columbia was not killed.
Do you know about diesel?

Oregon has lower restrictions on diesel engines and particle output than our northern and southern states. HB3310 is the present legislation proposal in the Oregon State House effectively matching California's stricter diesel requirements in Oregon, by 2020. Learn more about HB3310 here.

Truckers, construction companies, and  lobbyists against the bill argue that the costs are too high, and government subsidies would pull funds that could otherwise benefit infrastructure and road improvements.

In St. Johns, many of our neighbors live on very active truck routes like N Lombard and N Columbia. Even after successful campaigning to restrict the truck routes, air quality problems from diesel engines is an on-going concern in our community. The older, dirtier engines that fail to meet California requirements are now being resold and used in Oregon, adding to the inherent health and environmental risks related to elevated prolonged diesel pollution exposure.

To voice your opinion, contact our representatives:

To find out how to support, contact the HB3310 sponsors:

Community Corner
Light the Night

Thank you to all of the St. Johns residents and businesses who have donated generously to our Make St. Johns Shine campaign. With $3,514.81 raised we are close to our goal of $5,000.

It costs the St. Johns Boosters $250 per tree to install the lights on the street trees that we all enjoy during the holiday season and the dark evenings of winter. Please donate if you can! 

Ready to  Volunteer?
Want to know about upcoming volunteer opportunities with SJNA and around the neighborhood? The SNJA wants to get you connected in 2017. Stay tuned for further details.                                     

For now, sign up to receive notifications.
  I mportant Resources 

:: Be neighborly with Nextdoor Android | iOS
:: Report issues to the city with PDX Reporter Android | iOS
:: St. Johns event calendar
:: SJNA's website
:: City of Portland's website
:: St. Johns' shared Google calendar
:: Important Portland phone numbers
:: PCC emergency response classes
:: NET Neighborhood Emergency Team meetings
:: Multnomah county crisis line 503-988-4888

Please join us at our next neighborhood meeting.
January 9th, 7pm at St. Johns Community Center. 

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