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Oregon DEQ changed the location of the December 6th coal export hearing.DEQ new coal is dirty

Portland DEQ coal export hearing:
December 6th, 5pm Rally; 6pm Hearing

Ambridge Event Center
1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

This December the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold 3 hearings in Oregon to answer questions & receive comments about DEQ permit applications for Ambre Energy’s proposed Morrow Pacific Coal Export Project.

Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific Project is an 8.8 million ton coal export project. Strip-mined coal from the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming would arrive by rail at the Port of Morrow in Boardman, Oregon. At Boardman, each coal train would be transferred to barge and shipped down the Columbia River. One 4-tow barge can suit nearly an entire 135-car train. Barge traffic on the Columbia would almost double with this project. The coal would travel to Port Westward on the Lower Columbia and transferred to Panamex vessels for overseas markets.

Ambre already applied for a removal-fill permit with the Department of State Lands (State Lands). During the second comment period for the State Lands permit, nearly 17,000 citizens requested that the state agency deny permit in one 30-day comment period window. DEQ is currently considering three permits: an air emission permit, a pollution discharge permit, and a stormwater discharge permit.

This is the second coal export project that Ambre is involved in to turn the Northwest into a dirty coal chute. Ambre is 60% owner of Millennium Bulk Logistics, a coal export proposal just 10 miles upstream of Port Westward in Longview, Washington.


At the hearing, DEQ will present information about the coal export terminal and the three permit applications currently in review. Comments and questions will be accepted. DEQ may answer questions directly or post responses on their website, depending on the scope of the question. Sign up for comment or question will begin around 5:30 (waiting for confirmation from DEQ) and Columbia Riverkeeper and the Power Past Coal coalition will meet at 5pm for a short press conference.

The North Portland Neighborhood Associations approved a resolution asking for both and area-wide Environmental Impact Statement and a review of a Health Impact Analysis before permits for coal export were considered. DEQ is considering permits for the Morrow Pacific Project without an these important studies and without an individual EIS for this project – only a bare bones Environmental Review  has been completed.

Click here to view Protect Oregon from Coal Export: Talking Points for DEQ Hearings (pdf).



Tuesday, Dec 4th (6PM)
Port of Morrow, River Front Conference Room
2 Marine Dr.
Boardman, OR 97818

Wednesday, Dec 5th Hearing @ 6PM
Clatskanie High School Auditorium
471 Bel Air Drive
Clatskanie, OR 97016

Thursday, Dec 6th (Rally @ 5PM, Hearing @ 6PM)*
Ambridge Event Center
1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd
*Join us before the Portland hearing at 5PM for a rally against coal exports!

Rally Details: Show up in solidarity to oppose this coal export facility and/or provide two-minute testimony. We ask that DEQ deny the permits and conduct a full EIS of this project. Talking points on coal export are on under the ‘RESOURCES’ tab. Please wear red to show your solidarity against coal exports.

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Liquor License Renewals- North of Burnside Street Expire on December 6, 2012.

As part of the renewal process, the city of Portland reviews current licensees to determine whether to make a favorable or unfavorable recommendation to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). Your role, along with the Neighborhood  and Business Associations is critical to the licensing process. If there are concerns, but neighbors do not wish to formally oppose the outlet renewal (liquor, grocery and convenience stores, bars, taverns, restaurants) may take advantage of this time to bring issues to the City’s attention so we can work with licensees to resolve specific problems informally.

Deadline for residents to provide input to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement is November 16th. Contact Theresa Marchetti at 503-823-3092 or

"The Hipster Bandit"

"The Hipster Bandit"

Crime Stoppers Case #12-34 “The Hipster Bandit” Attachment: VIEW FILES

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public’s help in identifying “The Hipster Bandit,” who is responsible for two bank robberies in Northeast Portland.

Crime Stoppers Case #12-41 Plaid Pantry Armed Robbery Attachment: VIEW FILES

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public’s help in solving an armed robbery that occurred in Northeast Portland’s Irvington neighborhood.

On Friday October 19, 2012, at 12:17 a.m., Portland Police officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Plaid Pantry located at 1715 Northeast 16th Avenue.

Portland Police SERT/CNT Activation in North Portland’s Humboldt Neighborhood Attachment: VIEW FILES

The Portland Police Bureau’s Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Tam (CNT) cleared the area after several hours of attempting to communicate with the armed suspect in a house. The original incident involved domestic violence.

No additional information can be released due the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Portland police bureau news release:
lick here to view pdf.

Neighborhood crime statistics are regularly available by visiting and using the CrimeStats tool.

Citizens are encouraged to report street light outages

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) needs citizen involvement to keep our streets and public areas safe.

Report: a street light or public area light is out, a light going on and off (cycling), a light on during the day, vandalism, etc  by calling 503-865-LAMP (5267), submitting a report online, or using the free mobile PDX Reporter app for iPhone and Android phones. ( )

If the light is in a city park, citizens should call Portland Parks & Recreation at 503-823-1600 or submit a report online at

Please provide as much information as you can about the location, especially pole numbers, adjacent addresses, and side of the street. If you get voicemail, please leave your name and daytime phone number in case more information is needed to locate the street light. If the light presents a hazardous situation – such as the glass or lens is broken, the fixture is in danger of falling, the wires are exposed, or the pole is damaged, leaning or knocked down –do not submit the online form. Instead, call 503-823-1700 immediately.

• Free iPhone & Android mobile PDX Reporter app

• A locked mail box isn’t helpful if someone can reach in the delivery slot to grab the mail.

• Learn more on bicycle theft prevention @BTAOregon!

– Celeste Carey –
Crime Prevention Program Coordinator, City of Portland
Office: 503-823-4764

Related links:
Crime Prevention website:
Crime Prevention FaceBook page:
Crime Prevention Flickr account:
Follow us on Twitter: @pdxpreventcrime

Serving Alameda, Concordia, Humboldt, Irvington, King, Sabin, Vernon & Woodlawn.

“To ensure access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-4000 or the TTY at 503-6868, or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900 no less than five (5) business days prior to the event.

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In recent months, a team of urban planning students at PSU has been working with the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods to develop a Community Disaster Preparedness Plan. One action we have identified is locating community information hubs in each neighborhood. If traditional communication methods were to fail after a disaster these hubs will help facilitate the flow of information between neighborhoods and ultimately from the neighborhood and coalition to the city and beyond.  We have developed criteria for siting these hubs, but it relies on local knowledge only those familiar with the neighborhood can provide.

Please come join us at the May 16th Woodlawn Neighborhood Association meeting at Woodlawn Methodist Church where we will begin identifying possible hub locations. Your input is needed!

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Resilience PDX is a community event which will be held on June 2nd 2012 to help people prepare for disasters.
The event will be held at the King School on NE 7th, near NE Alberta Street in Portland, Oregon.
Come to the event if you are interested in meeting like-minded Portlanders and if you want to learn how to best prepare yourself, your friends, and your family for a disaster. The event is hosted by the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods.
Resilience PDX is an event to connect Portlanders who want to acquire or share knowledge and skills about disaster preparedness. Geologists suggest we are due for a major earthquake in this region, and better preparedness can save lives and minimize impacts of a disaster. The more we are prepared, the faster we will be able to recover and return to ‘normalcy’. At this event, we will showcase the various groups around Portland that can serve as resources for the community before, during, and after a major emergency. There will also be a number of skills workshops, where subject experts will share knowledge to help you prepare for and recover from a disaster. All for free! Come learn and get connected. The final schedule will be posted by the end of May.
The expected attendees include : Multnomah County Emergency Management, City of Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Multnomah County Environmental Health, Earthquake Tech, Seismic NW, Oregon Red Cross, PREP, PHLUSH, Cloacina, Terra Firma, Trackers Earth, PortlandNET, Betsy Shand, and more!
For more information and list of workshops, see

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ARCMake a plan, Build a kit, Get trained:
Red Cross Disaster Preparedness training for Woodlawn neighbors

Woodlawn Neighborhood Association invites residents to learn about how to prepare for a disaster. Join us at Classic Foods, 817 NE Madrona, January 18 from 7-8:30p.m. Child care and refreshments will be provided. Details here.

Please note that this training is instead of our usual monthly meeting.

We’d like to know how many people are coming, especially if you would like child care.  Please register with Sheila Hale. Thanks!

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Effective January 1st, Oregon updated its cell phone law. You must use a hands-free accessory if you use a mobile telecommunications device while driving, or risk citation. For details, look here.

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This presentation will explore how nationally and in the Portland area, the location of industrial sites and freeways and exposure in the workplace, home, and place of worship leave communities of color highly vulnerable to chronic disease linked to toxics. Speakers will include Ben Duncan, Program Specialist with Multnomah County Health Department, Environmental Health Division and Board Chair of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon which works for Environmental Justice in the Portland metro area. This presentation is part of the Healthy Homes, Healthy Congregations: Green Steward Project, a pilot project to improve environmental health in our homes and our congregations, especially for infants and children.

5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Concordia University, 2811 NE Holman Street.

You can find out what room the presentation will be in, and register for the event, by email or by calling 503-221-1054. The event is free and open to the public. Please notify us if you will be needing childcare by January 6th.

by Jan. 6.

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The Office of Youth Violence Prevention is developing a two-part training for community members that will include in-depth information about gangs. Trained volunteers will then educate their neighbors. For more information on enrolling in this program, please contact Rob Ingram, Director, Office of Youth Violence Prevention at or 503-823-3584.

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As Tonya Dickens, gang outreach worker said in the recent Oregonian article, “Everybody’s got to get their hands dirty. Parents, community, school, police, everyone has a role. If we are going to save our community…”

Connected is a group of community members determined to be a presence and positive role model in the lives of youth. This group meets weekly to walk through and around known “hot spots,” acknowledging and engaging with young and old alike as they go about their business. Connected invites volunteers join them on walks and organize their own groups of walkers. For more information, contact: Gary Marschke at 503-412-8520.

Woodlawn Neighborhood Association is looking for volunteer walkers. Contact the WNA Board.

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Concerned about safety and liveability issues? Over the summer, SALT, an NECN Community Committee focused on violence in our Neighborhoods and what could be done on a neighborhood level to address it (see link). The next SALT meeting is Monday, September 19th, 6:30pm, at NECN. All are invited to attend.

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