Friday, May 13, 2022
News & Notes
Next forum - "Having breakfast with our Westside Mayors"
   In less than two weeks, WEA will be hosting one of its most popular forums of the year, "Having Breakfast with our Westside Mayors."
   Presented by Comcast, this Breakfast Forum will feature mayors from 10 cities.
   This includes Banks' Stephanie Jones, Beaverton's Lacey Beaty, Cornelius' Jef Dalin, Forest Grove's Pete Truax, Hillsboro's Steve Callaway, North Plains' Teri Lenahan, Sherwood's Keith Mays, Tigard's Jason Snider, Tualatin's Frank Bubenik, and West Linn's Jules Walters.
   The mayors will be sharing with WEA members and guests the challenges their cities are facing and the visions they hope for in the near future.
   To register for this forum, click here.
Pandemic behaviors & possible impacts to Region's Transportation Plan
   WEA members talked virtually with Metro's Eliot Rose at this week's Transportation Committee meeting.
   Rose shared what he is seeing when it comes to behaviors in transportation.
   He showed how the income and racial demographics became more apparent during the pandemic, as many in the lower income category couldn't work from home and relied more on transit than others.
   During the pandemic, Eliot said there were higher sales of electric bikes and cars, plus more e-commerce sales.
   Traffic fatalities also increased, possibly from more open roads and people speeding.
   Some question if these trends are here to stay or will fade.
   Committee members provided Rose with some feedback on how this data may be used when it comes to shaping the next Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
   Members encouraged Rose and his Metro colleagues to use different scenarios as they work on the next RTP.
   To see Rose's slide deck from the meeting, click here.
The Interstate Bridge Locally Preferred Alternative is chosen
   The Interstate Bridge Replacement program (IBR) has identified a Locally Preferred Alternative, which includes a total of eight lanes - three through lanes and one auxiliary lane in each direction.
   It also includes a light rail component that would extend service from the Expo Center on the Oregon side to near Evergreen Boulevard on the Washington side.
   A partial interchange at Hayden Island and a full interchange at Marine Drive would also be included.
   The IBR program will be working towards consensus on this alternative with its advisory and steering groups, plus it's partner agencies.
   "This program has several steps ahead of it, but right now, where we are at with getting alignment around a locally preferred alternative, is a significant milestone to demonstrate that this area is serious about getting this bridge completed," IBR Program Administrator Greg Johnson said in a statement.
   For more information, visit the IBR program's website.
WEA is looking to hire its next executive director
   The Alliance is taking applications for its next executive director.
   WEA is looking for someone who can move the organization forward by building relationships, strategizing, collaborating, using creativity, and being an overall good leader.
   It also helps to have experience in economic development, membership development, government relations, and nonprofit finances, including fundraising.
   Those interested can find the job description on the WEA website.
   The deadline to apply is two weeks from today on May 27.
Odds & Ends

  • Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) is looking for a volunteer to fill an opening on its Audit Committee. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 31.

  • TriMet is about to embark some service improvements, starting Sunday (May 15). These improvements will include reorganizing the bus stops at Washington Square Transit Center. It will also bring updates to Line 15 (Belmont/NW 23rd) and Line 63 (Washington Park/SW 6th). Ten bus lines will experience schedule adjustments as well as the MAX Yellow Line.

Events coming up
Wed. 5/18 at 12:00 p.m. - The Land Use & Housing Committee will meet virtually to talk about downtown revitalizations. All members are welcome. For more information, contact KC Reinhart.

Wed. 5/25 at 7:30 a.m. - The WEA Board of Directors will meet.

Th. 5/26 at 7:30 a.m. - An in-person Breakfast Forum with the Westside Mayors at Embassy Suites (9000 S.W. Washington Square Rd., TIgard, OR 97223). To register

Mon. 5/30 Memorial Day - WEA laptops will be closed in observation.

Wed. 6/8 at 7:30 a.m. - The Transportation & Government Relations Committees will meet to talk about the Westside Multimodal Improvement Study. All members are welcome.

Fri. 6/10 at 12:00 p.m. - The Fundraising/Golf Committee will meet to talk about the July 25 Westside Golf Scramble at Langdon Farms. There is opportunities to sponsor, donate, and/or volunteer. For more information, contact Teresa Dunham.