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March 2016 Kerns Neighborhood Association Newsletter
Greetings from the Kerns Neighborhood Association,
Greetings & Salutations! I hope everyone has been enjoying the warm and liquid sunshine!


JOIN THE CONVERSATION! About the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Review The CC2035 Discussion Draft!

Homeless Toolkit for Homeless Camps. City Council is currently working on amendments to the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and land use map through the end of March.

Are You Ready For The Big One? Tips for a Major Seismic Event.

BIKETOWN soon to be a local station near you! If you have a great station location in mind, now is the time to share your idea at an open house.

KERNS-BUCKMAN Spring Community Collection Event! Come Join Us! Volunteer! Recycle!

SE Portland Tool Library has opened! They are looking for volunteers and other positions.

And Much More!


Josie Booth

KNA Communications chair

March KNA meeting
  March 16th, 2015 at 6 p.m.

March brings Spring with blooming flower blossoms! Everything is so green! Soon the grass will grow! St. Patricks Day is coming up!

The following items lined up for the March KNA Meeting.

1. Public Safety - Crime Stats - Officer Fox.

2. National Night Out Coordinator - All

3. David Schor - Mayoral Campaign - All

4. Cassie Davis - Burnside Bridge Maintenance Project. - All

5. Spring Clean-up - Mike

6. Land Use Updates - Steve

6. SE Uplift Land Use - Rai

*Meeting will be held at Pacific Crest Community School.

Topics for next month may be added before April 8th. Please contact if you'd like to request time on the agenda.

The Central City 2035 Plan Discussion Draft Released
  Join The Conversation! 2035 Central City
Portland's Central City is home to more than 32,000 people and 123,000 jobs in less than five square miles. Its 10 different districts - from the West End and the Lloyd District to South Waterfront and the Central Eastside.

As Portland grows and becomes more diverse, the city's center will face new and increasing challenges. The Central City 2035 Plan (CC2035) aims to meet those challenges, while improving and building upon past plans and traditions. With the release of the CC2035 Plan Discussion Draft by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, community members can review and comment on the Plan to staff. 

The culmination of more than five years of planning that involved more than 8,000 Portlanders, the Plan lays the groundwork for a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient Central City, where people can collaborate, innovate and create a better future together.

Review The CC2035 Discussion Draft

PARTS OF THE PLAN Volume 1: Goals and Policies The long-range vision for the Central City. Volume 2: Zoning Code and Map Amendments Regulations to implement the Plan. Volume 3: Inventories Updated inventories that informed the zoning and map amendments. Volume 4: Background Materials  Prior plans and research provided for reference. Volume 5: Implementation Plan City's targets and the actions it will take to implement the Plan.  


* The new plan for Portland's Central City focuses on making the area a great place to live for more residents, with housing for all ages and income levels close to jobs, shops, restaurants, transit, parks and other amenities.

* The Plan will spur economic growth in the Central City and job creation for workers with different interests and abilities.

* It supports the evolution of the "Innovation Quadrant" springing up between South Waterfront and the Central Eastside, where PSU, OHSU and new research and development industries are thriving.

* It calls for new transportation infrastructure to support residents, businesses and freight operations.


* Affordable housing and historic preservation get a lift by capitalizing on opportunities for more floor area (FAR) and height, while protecting iconic views of Mt Hood and other treasured sites with firm height limits. See the CC2035 MapApp for site-specific information about height and FAR.

* A new affordable housing fund and bonus will create fees to build more units for people with lower incomes.

* A proposed six-mile open space path around the Central City (called the Green Loop) offers people a chance to stroll, run or ride bikes through parks and neighborhood business districts.


* New land use tools will help protect, provide access to and activate the Willamette River and its banks.


* The Plan retains the successful building height pattern from 1970 but allows taller buildings along the Transit Mall. And it establishes height limits and new regulations within historic districts to ensure compatibility with existing historic character.

* Finally, it retains the basic "step down" to the Willamette River, parks and adjacent neighborhoods, but allows greater height around bridgeheads to increase development potential and activate the waterfront.

Join the conversation. Learn more about the draft Plan, Portlanders are invited to view it online, attend an open house and more.

Attend an Open House: February 24, 4 - 7 p.m. City of Portland Development Services Building 1900 SW 4th Ave February 22 - 26: Ongoing lobby displays; staff available daily 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

March 2, 4 - 7 p.m. Olympic Mills Building 107 SE Washington Street February 29 - March 4: Ongoing lobby displays; staff available daily 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Community meetings: Staff will be visiting neighborhood associations, business and trade associations, and other groups during February and March. View the project calendar to see details for scheduled meetings. Request a meeting or presentation: Email Then comment on the CC2035 Discussion Draft

Public feedback is welcome from February 9 - March 31, 2016. Email:

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Questions? Contact the Central City Team Phone:  503-823-4286

Homeless Camps Could Be For The Long-Term
  Homeless ToolKit Homelessness
The Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp is going to be consideried a long-term model for other neighborhoods and communities. R2DToo's operation as a self-governing camp with a code of conduct that prohibits drugs and alcohol use. "It is designed to be duplicated elsewhere in the city and around the world." The Portland City Council approved relocating the camp - commonly known as R2DToo - from its current location at Northwest Fourth Avenue and Burnside Street to a city-owned gravel lot at Southeast Third Avenue and Harrison Street. A concept plan shows a 17,000-square-foot facility with permanent water and sewer lines, raised garden plots, tents for both overnight and longer-term residents, and 3,000 square feet of restrooms, showers, laundry facilities and other buildings. "It's intended to enhance the neighborhood because people will be coming from all over the world to see it." The relocated camp will accommodate up to 100 people at a time and remain there for as long as 10 years. The deadline for the move is October.

The city is working on a larger plan with Multnomah County and other partners called A Home for Everyone that intends to spend $30 million in the next fiscal year to create more shelters, transitional programs and affordable housing.

Everyone wants more safe options for camping individuals, but neighboorhood businesses and residents do not want to have to step over homeless camps on the sidewalk.

The Homelessness Toolkit is a new resource to help address homeless issues. It is a single resource for information on City homelessness initiatives, from safe sleeping guidelines to volunteer opportunities.

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One Point of Contact Email: To report livability issues associated with camping.

It Also Connects To: Frequently Asked Questions: Answers to questions about homelessness in Portland and the City's initiatives. Homelessness Statistics: Summaries of homelessness statistics to better understand the issue. Managing Life on the Streets: Information about initiatives to balance livability issues, including the Day Storage Pilot Program, High-Intensity Street Engagement Program, and Camping. A Home for Everyone: Information on A Home For Everyone, the regional collaborative working to end homelessness. Shelter & Temporary Places to Sleep: Summary information about Portland's shelters and temporary places to sleep. Goal: Permanent Housing: Information on City Council's tenant protection actions and affordable housing investments. How You Can Help: Contact information to organizations seeking volunteers and donations, and informational cards to distribute so people sleeping outside can learn the guidelines.

Tips to Get Ready for the Big One
By Stephanie Swanson, Enhabit   The Big One
We've all heard about "The Big One"-a major seismic event that could hit Oregon within the next 40 years. While many efforts are underway to retrofit Oregon's schools and commercial buildings, homeowners can also act to keep homes and people safe. Here are some earthquake preparedness tips to get you started:

Build An Emergency Kit. Gather supplies, such as flashlights, sturdy shoes, food, water, and a first aid kit. Store supplies in an easy-to-access location. Visit for more on building and maintaining your kit.

Identify Home Hazards. Heavy objects that can be dangerous if they move or fall during an earthquake. Secure bookcases, electronics, appliances, and any other items to walls with fasteners, or move them away from beds and seating.

Make a Plan. Identify a meeting spot for friends and family. Pick an emergency contact, someone out-of-state to coordinate with. Everyone should know this person's phone number.

Retrofit. Reinforcing older homes-bolting them to the foundation, reinforcing the "cripple wall" between the first floor and the foundation and shoring up weight-bearing posts and beams-helps them stay standing after an earthquake. A seismic retrofit can also help you get earthquake insurance, and since your home is your biggest investment, make sure it's protected.

Portland has about 100,000 older homes that may be vulnerable. Learn how our non-profit can help you retrofit, and secure a spot now for a seismic assessment by visiting:

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Enhabit (formerly Clean Energy Works) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Portland, Ore. that's focused on building more resilient communities. Enhabit is the next step for homeowners who want to make their homes work and feel better. From the initial review of your home, to choosing a trusted contractor and financing to make the right efficiency, health and safety upgrades affordable, Enhabit is committed to high-performance home renewal that makes sense.

BIKETOWN - Portland Bike Share Program
  PDX Bike Shares
Drop in at any five open houses to learn about Portland's new bike share program and tell us your favorite station locations.

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OPEN HOUSE DETAILS All open houses are drop in, two hours, and cover the entire service area.   Tuesday March 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Hosford School, 2303 SE 28th Pl. Thursday March 17, 12-2 p.m., Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Wednesday March 30, 5-7 p.m., Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Tuesday April 5, 6-8 p.m., Metropolitan Learning Center, 2033 NW Glisan Thursday April 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart Church, 2910 N Williams   BIKETOWN launches July 2016 More information:

More Info 503-823-7191

Kerns-Buckman Spring Community Collection Event
Mike Peticord   Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 9:00AM to 12:00 PM Electronic & Appliance Recycle
Where: Hinson Memorial Baptist Church, 1137 SE 20th Avenue. Enter on Salmon from 20th Avenue.

In time for spring, neighbors are invited to sort through their homes and yards and reduce clutter by bringing unwanted items to the Kerns and Buckman Community/Neighborhood Associationsí annual spring Community Collection Event for disposal. Bins tend to fill quickly so try to show up early in the event. Those items not immediately disposed of will be set aside in a free area of reusable items that anyone may take home with them.

Donation: $15-40 depending on load (bicyclists are free). Money raised goes toward the costs of the collection event and for other neighborhood events in the Kerns and Buckman communities.

Elderly and/or disabled residents of the Kerns & Buckman neighborhoods may arrange curbside pick-up by calling (503) 482-8252.

Accepted Waste Materials. Bulk household waste of a non-biodegradable nature (paper, plastic, glass, cloth, metal), furniture, small appliances, tires. Yard debris. Paint cans without lids and dried paint are acceptable.

Accepted Recycling Materials. Computers, televisions, cell phones, LCD/CRT monitors, printers, and other electronics. No disassembled items, please.

Materials Currently Not Accepted.* Food waste or household garbage. Alkaline batteries, lithium/auto batteries, fluorescent bulbs. Large appliances (washers/dryers/ranges/refrigerators/air conditioners/water heaters), exercise equipment. Styrofoam, hazardous waste, or flammables.

Please note that this year we must prohibit disposal of all materials from construction, remodelling, and demolition, due to risk of asbestos. Such materials include vinyl flooring tiles, sheet, mastic, ceiling acoustical tiles, popcorn & spray-on texture, plaster walls & decorative plaster, cement siding shingles (transite), insulation (spray-on, blown-in, vermiculite, pipe, HVAC, lagging), electrical wire insulation & panel partitions, AND fire doors, fire brick, or other fireproofing. We also cannot accept wood scrap, concrete, dirt, or paint.

*For disposal options of unaccepted materials, please check the Metro website and other links:

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Volunteer Info Volunteers will sort and dispose of items brought into the event based on re-usable potential, and may also pick up litter around the Kerns and Buckman neighborhoods. If interested in volunteering, please complete a SOLVE volunteer adult/youth waiver form online at:

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Click the Register Now button in the upper right-hand corner of the page and complete a copy of the SOLVE volunteer waiver form to bring to the event, or fill one out at the event.

Volunteer Contact: or call 503.758.4173. Thank you for your interest and participation!

The event is brought to you by neighborhood volunteers and sponsored by SOLVE, METRO, and Portland General Electric. More information: after March 15.

South East Portland Tool Library
  SE Tool Library
There's a new tool library in SE where people can check out tools to use. North Portland has been offering this neighborly service for years and it's a big hit. If you're interested in helping out, please get in touch with President Jim Benton of the Southeast Portland Tool Library and tell him you're just dying to volunteer!

We're looking for a Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator, Shift Coordinator, and Social Media Coordinator. You can reach Jim at

Friends of Buckman Pool Survey
You may have heard that Buckman Pool, the only Parks facility in inner Southeast,  is slated to be cut once again.  Friends of Buckman Pool, whose goal is to promote the pool, will be soliciting responses to an online survey about the pool.  Please look for the link to the survey on our facebook page, Friends of Buckman Pool.

For questions about the survey or the pool, please contact

Friends of Laurelhurst Park
  Friends of Laurelhurst P
Friends of Laurelhurst Park is dedicating to engaging its members and users of Laurelhurst Park in efforts to beautify and help manage our historic park.
Portland Arts Tax Exemption Available
Are you a Portland resident who is 70 years of age or older or permanently disabled? If you meet specific income requirements - you may be eligible for an Arts Tax exemption.

Elders in Action can explain the rules for the exemption and even help you fill out the required paperwork. Contact Elders in Action at 503-235-5474 for more information.

Healthy Streets - Syringe Bins Come To Portland
As a cooperative venture between Multnomah County Public Health, Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), syringe disposal boxes have been installed on both sides of the river: Eastbank Esplanade and Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

This link below has some interesting information about The Healthy Streets project and the idea behind public disposal of syringes as a means to engage intravenous drug users on the path to treatment. That's a process, and it takes time. Meanwhile, the community is better protected against discarded, dirty needles.

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Sunday Parkways Season Is Coming!
  SP Map
This year Sunday Parkways is running from May to October!

Sunday Parkways dates: May 15 - East Portland June 26 - North Portland July 24 - Northeast Portland August 21 - Southeast Portland October 2 - Sellwood-Milwaukie

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Toxic Air In Portland
  Arsenic Levels
As everyone has heard by now, unsafe levels of arsenic, cadnium and chromium VI was recently used by Bullseye and Uroboros glass factories in Portland.

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Find us online!
  Official Website knacolorlogo
For more information about us visit our official Kerns Neighborhood Association website. You can also find us on Facebook and find out great news and happenings. Join our new Facebook Group and post neighborhood news or questions or photos!

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.

Heathers The Musical!
  Heathers Ad
Based on the cult classic 1988 film which starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.

This Oregon premiere of this runway musical is a co-production between triangle productions! and Staged!

March 1- April 2

Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm Sunday Matinees at 2pm (March 20, 27)

For More Info: 503-239-5919

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The Sanctuary @ Sandy Plaza 1785 N.E. Sandy Blvd Portland, Oregon 97232

Allport Editions Has A Greeting Card For You!!!

Josie - Marketing Graphic Designer!
  Josie's Graphic Design  

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