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November 2016 Kerns Neighborhood Association Newsletter
Greetings from the Kerns Neighborhood Association,
Greetings & Salutations! November is here with a mix of warm and cool temperatures! Well the national election results are in! Seems we have a new president elect. Life is full of surprises!

Leaf Day Pickup Dates are 11/29/16 & 12/11/2016!

If you have questions about the pick up dates please call 503-865-5323.

What: Neighborhood Board Orientation.

When: Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 5:30-8:30 PM (5:15 PM for a light dinner).

Where: Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215.

Learn skills to improve the effectiveness of your neighborhood association. Be more effective as a board member.

New and returning neighborhood association board members are invited to join SE Uplift for a lively and interactive training on board service.

Topics will include an overview of Portland's community involvement system, SE Uplift's information sharing and advocacy models, board roles, responsibilities, and regulations, and solutions to common neighborhood association challenges.


The Meeting Is next Wednesday, November 16, 2016!!!

Meetings are scheduled for 6:00 pm and are held at: Pacific Crest Community School 116 NE 29th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97232 See you there!!!

Be sure to enjoy the late Fall events, festivals, concerts and all Portland has to offer!

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Join Next-door Outer Kerns!

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Check out Kerns classifieds, crime & safety, events, news, events, general, lost & found, recommendations in Outer Kerns!

And much more!!!


Josie Booth

KNA Communications Chair e-Newsletter

November 2016 KNA Meeting
  Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Enjoy late fall in our Kerns neighborhood! Greet and meet your neighbors!

The following items lined up for the November 2016 KNA Meeting.

1. Public Safety - Crime Stats - Officer Fox

2. ADU Adjustments - Mariam

3. Stone Tower Seven Day Adventist - Solution for homeless issue in Kerns - Jean

4. 24th & Glisan Crosswalk - Fred

5. SOS Filings for KNA - David

6. Land Use Updates - Steve

Meetings are scheduled for 6:00 pm and are held at: Pacific Crest Community School 116 NE 29th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97232 Meet your neighbors!!!

Topics for next month may be added before November 11th. Please contact if you'd like to request time on the agenda.

2016 KNA Board Members:

Halley Baars, Josie Booth, Steve Engel, Annie Eustis, Jay Harris, Jim Kautz, David Kirchfeld, Angela Kirkman, Fredric Maxwell, Elliot Mental, Mike Petticord and Steve Russell.

Position Selections:

Chair - David Kirchfeld Vice Chair - Jay Harris Treasurer - Steve Russell Secretary - Annie Eustis

Crime Prevention Chair - Elliot Mantell Communications Chair - e-Newsletter - Josie Booth Communications Chair - Social Media - Halley Baars Land Use - Steve Russell

Bike Pedestrian Community Chair - Jay Harris SE Uplift Board Member - OPEN SE Uplift Land Use Representative - Steve Engel Sustainability Chair - Mike Petticord

Community Collection Event Chair - Mike Petticord Picnic Community Chair - Angela Kirkman and committee Movie In The Park - Fredric Maxwell

2017 SE Uplift Neighborhood Small Grant Program
Applications Due Tuesday, January 10, 2017  
Do you have a great idea for strengthening your neighborhood? Revive a forgotten city tradition? Host a civics workshop? Organize a tenant rights forum? Paint an intersection mural? Create a community garden?

SE Uplift invites Portlanders like you to shape and create your neighborhood by applying for a Neighborhood Small Grant.

The City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement is partnering with Portland's seven neighborhood district coalitions to give out the funds. The seven neighborhood coalitions and their grant funds available are: 

Central NE Neighbors (CNN) -- $9,390 East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO) -- $23,883 Neighbors West/Northwest (NWNW) -- $11,218 North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS) -- $11,500 Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) -- $11,218 Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition (SE Uplift)   -- $23,708 Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) -- $10,996

If you happen to have a friend in one of the other neighborhoods, let them know so they can have a chance at making a difference in the neighborhood they live in!

The goals of the Neighborhood Small Grant Program are to increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in the broader community; strengthen community capacity to create change by building community leadership, identity, skills, relationships and partnerships; and increase community impact on public decisions and community life.

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Right 2 Dream Update
  Still Needs A New Home Homeless Camp Model
Currently Right 2 Dream Too (R2DToo) tent camp is located at W Burnside and NW 4th.

R2DToo and the City planned to move the rest area to a city-owned property at SE 3rd and Harrison by October 31,2016.

However these plans were blocked by a recent decision by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) in late August, with LUBA finding that the camp was a prohibited use in an industrial zone.

Portland Development Commission (PDC) now says that R2Dtoo can stay at their current site in Chinatown until, at latest,  April 7, 2017.

The City is once again looking for other sites where R2DToo could relocate for the long-term that are allowed by right to avoid running into further zoning code issues.

It is unlikely they will be able to identify, purchase, and prepare a new site by the April 2017 deadline. So the City is also actively seeking temporary sites that could host the rest area.

Meanwhile, the City is covering the costs of weatherization and winterization improvements for the current site at SW 4th & Burnside to help shelter the camp site users through the winter.

Residential Infill Project Concept Report
  2nd Public Hearing November 16th
The Residential Infill Project Concept Report has the second public hearing with City Council November 16th.

The report recommendations are at a concept level and reflect hundreds of conversations with stakeholders and community members. The recommended concepts will:

Reduce the maximum allowed size of houses based on lot size and zone.

* Apply a Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone in areas with good access to services, jobs, transportation options and other amenities. Within the new overlay zone, allow more housing types (duplexes, triplexes on corners, additional ADUs) and rezone historically narrow lots to R2.5. * Increase flexibility for cottage clusters (groups of small homes typically oriented around a shared common space). * Provide incentives for retaining existing houses. * Revise parking rules for houses on narrow lots.

WHAT: City Council Public Hearing on the Residential Infill Concept Report.

WHEN: November 16 at 2-4 p.m. (time certain) and 6 p.m. (to give Portlanders a chance to testify after working hours).

WHERE: Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue; also streamed live on the Auditor's website.

HOW: You may testify in person by signing up when you arrive. Check the Council agenda prior to the hearing to confirm the item is still scheduled. You may also testify on the recommended concept in writing:

Via U.S. Mail: 1221 SW Fourth Ave. Room 130, Portland, Oregon 97204

Via email: Written testimony must be received by the time of the last hearing on November 16 and must include your name and address. 

For more information, visit the project website at

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The Portland Police Sunshine Division
  Help To Deliver Holiday Food Boxes
The Portland Police Sunshine Division is looking for people to deliver holiday food boxes on Saturday, December 17th!

When: Saturday, December 17th at 9am

Where: There are 4 locations that we need volunteers to deliver from:

Sunshine Division Warehouse 687 N. Thompson Street North Precinct- 449 N.E. Emerson St. East Precinct-737 SE 106th Ave. Former SE Precinct- 4735 E Burnside St.

Most likely, you would be working out of the building formerly known as SE Precinct.

How to sign up to volunteer: Contact Melissa Gittelman, Volunteer and Development Coordinator with the Sunshine Division at to sign-up today. 

Please specify which location you would like to deliver from. All cars must arrive at 9am to pick up boxes for delivery.

Time commitment will depend on the number of boxes you choose to deliver.

Please email Melissa your name and the location you'll be volunteering from. Once you RSVP, more information will be sent to you regarding delivery day details.

Pollo Norte Opens in Kerns!
  Pollo Norte
One of the favorite places in Portland to eat or do takeout, has opened their second location in the former Kerns Kitchen facility at 2935 NE Glisan.

Sounds like tasty Mexican fare! Rotisserie chicken and sides-the pinto beans and handmade corn tortillas! Housemade salsas? The tangy slaw? The cabbage and onions cooked in the rotisserie drippings?

The new location has an agave( tequila and mezcal) and rum-focused cocktail selection along with some beer and wines.

Friends of Trees
  Seeking volunteer Neighborhood Coordinators 
Friends of Trees (FOT) Seeking volunteer Neighborhood Coordinators (NCs) to help plan and deliver the next community tree planting in the Kerns Neighborhood.

NCs work as a part of a team with lots of Friends of Trees staff support. It's a fun and social role, with hints of customer service, advocacy, event planning, and community building.

Volunteer hours range from 1-10 hours per month, but it's also a really flexible role that can be catered to your schedule.

The Kerns neighborhood tree planting is on Saturday, February 4th, 2017.

If you are interested in becoming the Kerns Neighborhood Coordinator, or simply want to learn more, please connect with Erica Timm at or 503-467-2533.

If you're interested in planting a tree at your home, sign up today. More Info

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The August Wilson Red Door Project
The August Wilson Red Door Project is proud to bring back our flagship program, the August Wilson Monologue Competition, a free national competition celebrating the work of an African-American playwright, culminating in an all-expenses-paid trip for our two finalists to perform on Broadway in New York city. 

AWRDP is actively seeking high school students of color, but encourage high school students of all ethnicities to apply. Available to Portland, Vancouver, and surrounding cities. 

For more information or media inquiries: Contact, Katie Watkins, Program Director, (971) 266-0344 or

To schedule a workshop: Contact, Alonzo Chadwick, Outreach Coordinator,

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Deconstruction Requirements
  Effective October 31, 2016
Portland City Council adopted an ordinance, including code language, which requires projects seeking a demolition permit of a house or duplex to fully deconstruct that structure if it was built in 1916 or earlier or is a designated historic resource. Demolition permit applications deemed complete prior to October 31st are not subject to this new requirement.

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Nextdoor NE Kerns, a private neighborhood social network that requires your address to join. Kerns is broken down into 2 sections, inner and outer. This page is not moderated by the KNA. Examples of how people are using Nextdoor: sharing events, asking for recommendations, organizing a community-wide yard sale, setting up playdates, getting the word out about a break-in, finding a lost pet, or planning for an emergency.


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