June  SJNA Newsletter

PBOT Speaks to Street Improvements

Representatives from PBOT came to speak at Monday's meeting. Major issues discussed included improvements to Fessenden/St. Louis, the lingering presence of truckers on neighborhood streets, a general increase of traffic in the neighborhood, and improving pedestrian safety at several problem points.

Unfortunately, the $3.3 million raised to address these pressing issues will only cover half of the desired improvements. PBOT is revising the scope of planned improvements accordingly, and is about 40% done with the planning phase.

SJNA will continue to press PBOT to promote safer streets, reduce residential truck access, expand bikeability, and increase safe pedestrian access.
St. Johns Ideal Area for Accessory Dwelling Units
Seen as a core strategy to combat the ongoing housing crisis, Accessory Dwelling Units (or ADUs) are on the rise. An ADU is essentially any livable structure or space that exists within a single-family lot that is in addition to the homeowner's primary residence, which includes a seperate-entrance basement space, a renovated garage, or a detached tiny-house.

Portland is offereing homeowners incentives--for example, homeowners who qualify for ADU support have the opportunity to waive the standard Systems Development Charge (SDC) which homeowners must otherwise pay when public utilities are altered or upgraded. This opportunity is only available, at present, until July 2018.

ADUs are preferred because they add to the housing capacity without destroying existing structures. Moreover, St. Johns is prime location as we have a larger presence of smaller homes on standard sized lots.

For further information, contact the Multnomah Idea Lab at themil@mulco.us or their partner organization, Enhabit, at https://enhabit.org/adu/.
The St. Johns Tree Team Needs Tree Enthusiasts
The St. Johns Tree Team--serving both St. Johns and Cathedral Park neighborhoods, to preserve and protect the urban forest for all--needs your help. The SJTT has partnered with Portland's Urban Forestry office to inventory park trees in Cathedral Park.

Volunteers are needed to identify, map, and measure the park trees of Cathedral Park. No experience is needed, only an interest in trees and a love for Cathedral Park.

Volunteers have 2 opportunities to get involved!

Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Month


  • Canned, ready-to-eat soup – 3 per person
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Plain liquid bleach
  • Liquid hand soap and hand sanitizer
  • Disposable hand wipes
  • Disposable latex or nutrile gloves


  • Make two photocopies of important papers and put one in the storage container, and one away from your home
  • Talk with neighbors about organizing a neighborhood preparedness group. Contact the City of Portland Bureau of Emergency Services to find the best “Map My Neighborhood” materials/app
Community Corner
Movies in the Park
Thursday, July 13th @ 6:30PM
George Park

St. Johns Neighborhood Association is partnering with the St. Johns Center for Opportunity to launch the 11th annual Movies in the Park event! This year, we will be playing the classic film, A League of Their Own.

Live music and other entertainment will be available. Bring the whole family!
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
Friday - Sunday, July 14th @ 4PM
Cathedral Park

The Jazz Society’s Cathedral Park Jazz Festival is a  FREE  concert open to the public and held over three days in mid-July at Cathedral Park at the base of the St. Johns bridge in the Cathedral Park neighborhood of Portland.

Now in its  37th year , the festival is the longest running jazz and blues festival west of the Mississippi River. 
Willamette River Festival
Sunday, July 30th @ 1:00PM
Cathedral Park Waterfront

The Willamette River Festival is a celebration on the waterfront with live music, food carts, an environmental fair, live birds from Audubon, live fish displays, dance troupes, walking tours & more.

National Night Out Block Party
Tuesday, August 1st
Location - TBD

The St. Johns Center for Opportunity is hosting a multi-cultural potluck event in celebration of National Night Out.

Everyone is welcome, and invited to bring a personal dish to share, or just come and enjoy our vibrant and diverse community. Connect with SJCO for further details!
  I mportant Resources 

:: Be neighborly with Nextdoor Android | iOS
:: Report issues to the city with PDX Reporter Android | iOS
:: Join the St. Johns volunteer dream team
:: 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
:: PDX Women's Crisis Line 503-235-5333
:: Report traffic concerns, call PBOT 503-823-7233
:: City of Portland Slow Down Yard Sign lender program

Please join us at our next neighborhood meeting.
July 10th, 7pm at the St. Johns Community Center

Please forward to your neighbors :-)

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