The Home Performance Guild of energy efficiency contractors will present tips on how to improve home energy performance in a series of workshops at Umpqua Banks throughout Portland during the month of November. Homeowners will learn the basics of a home energy assessment, how to navigate energy efficiency programs and incentives, and how to pinpoint opportunities for home energy performance improvements. To learn more about the Home Performance Guild, visit www.HPGuild.org.
Umpqua Bank NW 23rd Store
Wednesday, Nov 6th 6 -7 p.m.
467 NW 23rd Portland, OR 97210
Contact & RSVP: Brian @ 503-219-6101
Umpqua Bank Pearl District Store
Wednesday, Nov 20th, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
1139 NW Lovejoy St, Portland, OR 97209
Contact & RSVP: Matt @ (503) 288-5612
Over a hundred Pearl District Residents showed up for our annual meeting last night. It seemed to be quite a bit more than last year. There was hardly anywhere to sit as many had to stand during the whole meeting. The meeting itself went a little faster than scheduled as it seemed many people kept their speaking times fairly short.
I would like to thank Joan Pendergast and Dave Davis, president and vice president of the board, for leading the meeting. The meeting was business as usual and even seemed a bit more fun...maybe it was the wine running through everyone.
The election this year was uncontested, which means that all nominations filled the available positions. Our board has room for 20 board members. I suspect as the organization and the neighborhood continue to grow, individual votes will be more critical in future board elections now that we have a full board. If you are interested in aiding the PDNA, their is always room for volunteers on our committees.
Congratulations to those the renewed board members and the newly elected board members.
The following people were elected this year for 2-year terms:
· Current Board Members: Dave Davis, Yasmine Faroud, Patricia Gardner, Bob Girsberger and Bruce Levy.
· New nominees: Craig Boretz, Jack Featheringill, Crista Gortmaker, Helen Jones, and Karen Beninati.
The following people were elected this year for a 1-year term:
· New nominees: Sheila McMahon and Ron Jennings.
A graffiti free zone is an area that is declared graffiti free. Although the Pearl District has not been declared a "Graffiti Free Zone," it may be well on its way. Jan Valentine, the chair of the PDNA's Livability Committee, has done something in Portland that has never been done before. She has garnered enough volunteers to adopt every block in the Pearl District boundaries to keep graffiti at bay. Each volunteer was given green cleaning supplies donated by the city of Portland and an orange "Graffiti Buster's" vest to keep an eye on the blocks that individuals and businesses have committed to maintain, with some people and businesses adopting several blocks.
In Los Angeles (link to article here), a similar project was undertaken with the same vision and scope as the PDNA. The “Graffiti-Free Zone” project was a team effort that targeted a one-mile square area in Los Angeles’ Central Avenue neighborhood where, for years, heavy graffiti plagued the buildings and served as a daily visual reminder to the community of its struggles with gangs, violence, vandalism and crime. If the people who adopted blocks for graffiti abatement in the Pearl District continue to remove graffiti on a regular basis, perhaps the neighborhood could be declared a graffiti free zone as it was in Los Angeles.
This partnership with the PDNA, residents, and businesses helps to embody the community spirit. The program brings together a diverse group of youth and adults committed to a comprehensive graffiti abatement strategy designed to increase neighborhood safety and beauty.
The graffiti cleanup effort started with two graffiti cleanup events over the summer. They brought out 60 volunteers in June, and 78 volunteers in July. It inspired Jan Valentine to think bigger. Now each volunteer will report their volunteer hours to the PDNA who will then give those statistics over to city.
This is one of many projects that the Livability Committee works on in the neighborhood and if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Jan Valentine - firstname.lastname@example.org