Author Archives: Kate Washington

About Kate Washington

Kate is the PDNA's Communication Committee chair leader.
  1. PDNA Invites Fritz to Meet

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    Thank you, everyone, for your interest, support, and patience as we sort through the Right 2 Dream Too move and our communication with the City. At our September 12th board meeting, we voted to release the funds set aside should we ever need to use legal action. On the advice of our coalition Neighbors West-Northwest, because this may become a legal matter, we are being mindful of what information we put in the public. Neighborhood associations are not bound by the same open meetings/records rules as everyday business in these specific and very limited cases.

     

    We are trying to get Commissioner Fritz into the neighborhood to address the PDNA (not just individual buildings) and this is the letter we sent yesterday.

     

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    Link to PDF version of the letter

    Link to initial letter opposing lack of public process

     

    If you would like to share your thoughts, here is contact information:

     

    Charlie Hales, Mayor

    e-mail:  mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov

    phone: 503-823-4120

     

    Amanda Fritz, Commissioner

    e-mail: amanda@portlandoregon.gov

    phone: 503-823-3008

     

    Nick Fish, Commissioner

    e-mail: Nick@portlandoregon.gov

    phone: 503-823-3589

     

    Steve Novick, Commissioner

    e-mail: Steve.Novick@portlandoregon.gov

    phone: 503-823-4682

     

    Dan Saltzman, Commissioner

    e-mail: dan@portlandoregon.gov

    phone: 503-823-4151

  2. Committee Reports

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    The 2013-2014 goal for the PDNA communications committee is to develop an inter-committee culture that emphasizes communicating with the PDNA membership and neighbors about what the PDNA is doing. Currently, the committee uses monthly electronic newsletters, but news can get out more quickly than that. To that end, committee members have volunteered to be liaisons who fill out a short report after each meeting and then the tidbits of news are shared on Facebook. We will try to upload the files regularly to the website so those who do not use Facebook can also keep up with the PDNA’s work.

     

    Keep in mind that meeting reports are not committee meeting minutes. Minutes are made publicly available here and often experience a delay in being uploaded because they must be voted on at the next meeting and most of our committees only meet once a month (hence the desire to get the word out a little more quickly.)

     

    All files are PDFs, which is hopefully convenient for you to view.

     

    Communications Meeting: August 15, 2013

    Livability & Safety Meeting: August 26, 2013

    Planning & Transportation Meeting: September 3, 2013

    Emergency Preparedness Meeting: September 9, 2013

    Board Meeting: September 12, 2013

    Planning & Transportation Meeting: September 17, 2013

    Communications Meeting: September 19, 2013

     

    If you would like to volunteer to be a liaison for a committee you already attend or would like to join the communications committee, please email us (communications@pearldistrict.org). We currently need people to report on the Fundraising Committee and the Emergency Preparedness Committee.

  3. PDNA Opposes Lack of Public Process and Code Violations

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    The City of Portland is proposing to move the Right 2 Dream Too camp from Burnside to under the Broadway Bridge. We have provided links below to articles which summarize the story. Below those links is a letter opposing this proposal on the grounds that there has been no public process (deliberately, we learned) and the institutionalization of camping violates both the Portland Development Commission’s mission and several City and State codes and zoning laws. We encourage you to respond to this matter if you feel compelled, but remember that the issue is not about property values, it’s about the City’s violation of  our trust and its own integrity.

     

    The Oregonian

     

    The Portland Mercury

     

    Encampments

     

    Link to PDF version of the letter

     

    If you would like to share your thoughts, here is contact information:

     

    Charlie Hales, Mayor

    e-mail:  mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov

    phone: 503-823-4120

     

    Amanda Fritz, Commissioner

    e-mail: amanda@portlandoregon.gov

    phone: 503-823-3008

     

    Nick Fish, Commissioner

    e-mail: Nick@portlandoregon.gov

    phone: 503-823-3589

     

    Steve Novick, Commissioner

    e-mail: Steve.Novick@portlandoregon.gov

    phone: 503-823-4682

     

    Dan Saltzman, Commissioner

    e-mail: dan@portlandoregon.gov

    phone: 503-823-4151

  4. PDNA Board Member Nominations

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    At our upcoming annual board meeting in October, we will need to fill several board member positions. If you are interested or know someone you’d like to nominate, now is the time. We need to receive all nominations by September 30 in order to have time to review each candidate before the meeting.

     

    You can fill out the form below or download the PDF and deliver it in person to Patricia Gardner at either the Board meeting, Planning Committee meeting, Emergency Preparedness meeting, Livability Committee meeting, or the Pearl Party (see Calendar under Get Involved for dates, times and locations). You can also email the form to Patty (president@pearldistrict.org) or Kate Washington (communications@pearldistrict.org).

     

    If you email to make a nomination for someone else, please include their contact information.

    Name

     

    Email

     

    Building

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    Business or Employer

     

    Why do you want to serve on the board of the PDNA?

     

    What qualifications and/or experience would you bring to the board that would benefit the PDNA (i.e., experience in management, finances, committees, civic organizations, etc.)?

     

    Participation is important. Board meetings are every 2nd Thursday of the month. If you join the executive board (president, vice president and committee chairs), they meet the morning of the 1st Thursday each month. Further, board members are expected to participate in a committee (which meet 1 or 2 times per month) and help plan the Pearl Party (planning starts around May for the September party). Will you be able to meet these participation requirements?
     Yes No

     

    Are you able to work well with others and follow a consensus decision-making model?
     Yes No

     

    Can you support policies, if approved by the majority of the board, even if you were not in favor of the policy?
     Yes No

     

    Can you represent the entire association without personal bias?
     Yes No

     

    Are you interested in serving on the executive board (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer)?
     Yes No

     

    What do you see as the most important association issues and goals that the PDNA should address over the next year?

     

    What do you like most about living, working or owning a business in the Pearl District?

     

    What do you like least about living, working or owning a business in the Pearl District?

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  5. 22nd Annual Pearl Party

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    Every year the Pearl District Neighborhood Association hosts its annual fundraiser and block party. This year on September 13th, we will be celebrating our 22nd  Annual Block Party.  This is our neighborhood association’s sole opportunity to raise funds to help keep our neighborhood looking great. The PDNA sponsors several programs such as dog waste stations, graffiti abatement and trash pick up and we continue to create more initiatives each year. In return we ask the residential buildings and businesses to support us by sponsoring our fundraiser.

     

    This is our only fundraiser of the year. It’s a great chance for Pearlies to descend from their lofts and meet their neighbors over some wine and great food. It’s also the local businesses’ opportunity to get in front of their local customers. For the price of a few food platters, restaurants can market in the way that works best – by taste. The PDNA is usually all about community and leaves promoting local businesses to the PDBA, but this is when we reach out for help, so we can fund all our other programs for the year.

     
    We will be closing down NW 13th between NW Irving and NW Hoyt from 5pm – 9pm on Friday September 13th.  This truly is a fantastic event in which many restaurants around the neighborhood contribute by offering great eats at no charge and turn the street into a mini taste of the Pearl.  We hope you can join us and learn more about the PDNA and all our initiatives as well as take an opportunity to enjoy live music, great food and drink while mingling with your neighbors.

     

     For more information please contact Yasmine Foroud, PDNA Fundraising Chair at Yasmine@realtytrust.com 

  6. Joan Pendergast: Dedicated Volunteer

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    Joan Pendergast is a former chair of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association and is one of the forces keeping our community livable and vibrant. Joan grew up in Skokie IL, then lived in Indiana, then Longview WA, where she was a pharmacist. She retired and came to the Pearl, moving to the Irving Street Lofts in 1999 when it was one of the first two commercial buildings to be renovated for residential.

     

    She now lives with her sister Joyce in the Irving, their mother having died last year just nine days short of her 104th birthday. Joan calls herself a “professional volunteer.” She has for many years worked with the Zimmerman Community Center and volunteers at the Pearl Rotary, and First Emanuel Church on NW 18th Ave and Irving. She and Joyce spend a lot of time knitting infant hats which are sold in local boutiques for charity. Right now she is hard at work helping plan the PDNA’s only fundraiser, the 22nd annual Pearl Party on Sept 13th, 2013.

     

    “I moved here six months after my twin sister Joan moved here with our mother in 1999. I bought the loft next door and built an archway between them to connect them. One was  1,450 square feet the other was 860. We all lived together. The building has always had lots of businesses in it, lawyers, photographers, a recording studio, and I really like that.

     

    I’ve seen lots of restaurants come and go, but one of my favorites was Little Wing on 13th Ave.

     

    Some things have changed a lot – where REI is was just concrete walls and a parking lot – but the people are not too different. There were less of them, people and dogs. There was less retail and you didn’t find tourists on the corner with maps. But I like them, I always ask if I can help.

     

    We called the building opposite us the Rag Factory, because their windows were packed with the rags they supplied, but it’s really the Crane Building.

     

    If I have nothing to do you’ll find me at home, knitting. We have a knitting group at Isobel’s Clubhouse on Wednesdays, and a couple of gals bring watercolors, so we call it Creative Outlet.

     

    I’m especially glad they built a grocery store. The Safeway is just three blocks away, I use my little grocery cart. It used to be less convenient. Where Cucina Verde is, that used to be Holden’s and they sold bread and milk. After my mother died we sold our car. All the services we need are in the Pearl, and if not there are taxis.

     

    I imagine I’ve met people of all ages, interests and economic strata, the Pearl is so diverse.

     

    I’ve met so many wonderful people through the neighborhood association. And I have discovered two women who went to same high school as me, Niles Township HS in Skokie, one through my book club and one through my bridge club.

     

    I just love the Pearl, it’s like living in small village. My next move is going to be in clay jar or a pine box.”

     

    Creative Outlet is at Isobel’s Clubhouse in the Ramona, from noon to 2 pm on Wednesdays, free with donation to Zimmerman Community Center. 542 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, (503) 224 4636

  7. New Film Festival Debuts in the Pearl

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    PORTLAND, Ore. – June 21, 2013 – In the spirit of imagination, possibility, celebration and love of film, the inaugural Portland Film Festival will take place Aug. 27 – Sept. 1, 2013.  With a combination of indoor and outdoor screenings, the festival will feature the largest free outdoor screenings in the history of the city.  Portland Film Festival is the brainchild of local filmmaker Joshua Leake who spent the last year traveling to film festivals around the world after his documentary, Emptys, won the world’s largest short film festival, Tropfest.

     

    “The Portland Film Festival is about bringing the community together to celebrate filmmakers from around the world and the power of a good story,” said Joshua Leake, director of the Portland Film Festival. “With room for 1,400 attendees, the outdoor film festival screenings will be the largest in Portland’s history. And, the outdoor screenings are free. My love of film combined with a desire to create a film festival experience that was truly accessible to everyone is what motivated me to create this festival.”

     

    Indoor Screenings Aug. 27 – Sept. 1 + Free Outdoor Screenings Aug. 30 – Sept. 1

     

    A partnership with the City of Portland and the Portland Parks Bureau allows for three nights of screenings under the stars at the city’s new Fields Park located in the Pearl District on NW 11th and Overton Aug. 30 – Sept. 1. Along with a line-up of great films, the outdoor screenings will feature a beer garden, food carts, live music, and good company. Indoor screens are being planned at theaters throughout the city Aug. 27 – Sept 1. Additional details will be available in the coming weeks.

     

    Portland resident and seasoned TV/Film producer and director, Jay Cornelius, is charge of festival programming. With more than 15 years experience in the industry, he has shot and edited shows for National Geographic, The History Channel, A&E, PBS, HGTV, Discovery-Times Channel and the Outdoor Life Network.

     

    About Portland Film Festival

     

    Portland Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and audiences, while celebrating the power of a good story. The festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking and provides both entertaining and educational opportunities to the public. The 2013 Portland Film Festival takes place Aug. 27 – Sept. 1, 2013 and is anchored with three, free nights of outdoor screenings Aug. 30 – Sept. 1. In addition to showcasing films, the festival will feature filmmaker workshops and Q&As. Connect with the Portland Film Festival on Facebook  and Twitter.

  8. Guy Bodin Recognized for Dedication to Livability

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    Graffiti Abatement Coordinator Dennis LoGiudice says:

     

    Guy Bodin is one of the most dedicated volunteers we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.  He is on the Pearl District Neighborhood Livability and Safety Committee Team-the Graffiti Busters.  He has quite a bit of background in photography, and has been invaluable to documenting the graffiti for the City of Portland’s Graffiti Abatement Program, so that, if a prolific tagger is caught, there is enough evidence to bring a case forward.

     

    Guy is also very responsive in cleaning tags quickly.  This tactic has been proven to be essential to ensure that taggers recognize that graffiti is not tolerated, and it also sends a message to vandals that there are people who care about livability in Portland’s neighborhoods.

     

    While doing the graffiti patrols, Guy also like to keep an eye on other conditions and/or safety issues that appear to degrade the neighborhood such as vandalism, car prowls, drug/alcohol use and drug dealing on the street and in illegal campgrounds, etc. He documents what he sees with photos and video and then uses this visual media to provoke neighborhood changes or action.

     

    Since Guy’s career was in Public Health and Infectious Diseases, he is sensitive to the dangers of infectious biohazards left on the street where innocent persons can come in contact with them. He has worked with the Livability Committee partners-Portland Crime Prevention, his neighborhood’s assigned NRT officer, ODOT/PBOT, and other city public officials to try to keep the Pearl District neighborhood clean and safe.

  9. Committee Reports

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    The 2013-2014 goal for the PDNA communications committee is to develop an inter-committee culture that emphasizes communicating with the PDNA membership and neighbors about what the PDNA is doing. Currently, the committee uses monthly electronic newsletters, but news can get out more quickly than that. To that end, committee members have volunteered to be liaisons who fill out a short report after each meeting and then the tidbits of news are shared on Facebook. We will try to upload the files regularly to the website so those who do not use Facebook can also keep up with the PDNA’s work.

     

    All files are PDFs, which is hopefully convenient for you to view.

     

    Board Meeting: August 8, 2013

    Planning & Transportation Meeting: July 16, 2013

    Planning & Transportation Meeting: August 6, 2013

    Livability & Safety Meeting:  August 5, 2013

    Emergency Preparedness Meeting: August 12, 2013

     

    If you would like to volunteer to be a liaison for a committee you already attend or would like to join the communications committee, please email us (communications@pearldistrict.org). We currently need people to report on the Fundraising Committee and the Emergency Preparedness Committee.

  10. Paranorman in the Park – Zombie Contest Rules

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    Welcome to the 1st Annual Pearl District Movie in the Park!

    The Fields Park (Overton St., between 10th and 11th Avenue)

    Saturday, August 24th – 6:30pm

     

    The Pearl District Neighborhood Association and Portland Parks and Recreation have announced the first annual Movie in the Park at The Fields: ParaNorman (PG) which was created by LAIKA, a local animation studio. It’s about a small town that comes under siege by zombies. Only misunderstood local boy Norman, who is able to speak with the dead, take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, can save his town from a centuries-old curse.

     

    In keeping with other Movie in the Park events, there will be more than a flick playing on a giant inflatable screen at sundown. The fun begins at 6:30 pm with live music and ping-pong for all ages, provided by Pure Pong, currently in Pure Space. There will be a zombie costume contest with prizes provided for the winners, judged by crowd applause. Picnics are welcome, but we have also secured vendors to provide food and beverages.

     

    This event is generously sponsored by Bill Dolan at Impac Mortgage. Bill is an active PDNA member, serving on the board as treasurer as well as chair of the new emergency preparedness committee. Bill is a long-time member of the livability & safety committee – talk about dedicated to the neighborhood!

     

    Zombie Costume Contest Rules

    1. All participants are required to sign a disclaimer form in order to participate in the costume contest. Participants must be registered by 7:00pm. Minors under 18 years of age require a permission slip signed by a parent or legal guardian. No signature – no entry.

    2. The contest includes two divisions: Youth and Adult (18). Small children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Prizes for the scariest costume in either group will be awarded to first, second, and third place. One grand prize winner will be chosen from both groups.

    3. No nudity. Please remember that children will be present in the audience.

    4. No dangerous or potentially dangerous props are allowed including – but not limited to – pyrotechnics, flames, smoke generators, real weapons of any kind. This includes air soft guns, paintball guns, and steel weapons. Contestants violating this rule will be immediately disqualified.

    5. No costumes that expel any substance (we know Zombies costumes need blood… but don’t squirt it all over).

    6. All decisions by the judges and Costuming Director are final.

    7. The Costuming Director reserves the right to disqualify any entry from the competition in order to protect other contestants/the audience and maintain a safe, family-friendly event.

    8. Picture taking is allowed (and encouraged!). All contestants – and especially the contest winners – are encouraged to spend a few minutes after the contest to be available for photo.

    9. HAVE FUN!