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Woodlawn Neighborhood Association April 6, 2016 meeting minutes



Board members present:

Maija Spencer, Byron Tennant, Andrée Culpepper, Beth Heins, Anjala Ehelebe, Dennis Kennedy, Luke Groser, Meg Chambers, Shirley Minor


Community members:

Avery Lewis, Liz Kennedy, Aaron Sackett, Rick Reynolds, Erin Cooper, Justin Lovero, Vanieca Kraus, Francisco Gadea, Ali Hadiashar, Amanda Gladics, Ian Krist, Ezra Carieff, Rae Selvey, Jill Kusmirek, Shelly Caldwell, Lisa Gladstone, Kaleen Anderson, Sean Donnell, Brett Barton, Mark Wilde, Rick, John, Carlo Castoro, Fritz


Approve agenda for tonight; approve minutes for 3/2 and 3/28

Motion to approve tonight’s agenda: Beth; Second: Andree; All in favor

Motion to approve both sets of minutes: Anjala; Second: Luke; all in favor

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Wed, April 6, 2015 – 7:00 – 8:30PM

7:00  Introductions

7:05  Approve agenda for tonight; approve minutes for 3/2 and 3/28 (5 min)

7:10  Police Officer’s Report, if available (10 min)

7:20   Multifamily Projects on Dekum – Mark Wilde, Portland City Homes (20 min)

  • Presentation about two 22-unit multifamily projects planned for NW corner of Dekum/Grand & 422 NE Dekum.
  • Brief Q & A – no decision to be made by WNA

7:40 New Business Coming to 18th & Dekum Market space (15 min)

7:55 Events Announcements (15 min)

  • Easter Egg Hunt debrief
  • Farmer’s Market (opening day 5/21) & Dekum/Durham intersection painting
  • Woodlawn Clean-up  – Saturday, May 28
  • Summer Movie in the Park – We’ll announce the movie selected & date!

8:10 Approve Treasurer’s Report – Luke (5 min)

8:15 Northeast Coalition of Neighbors (NECN) Updates:

  • Land Use & Transportation Committee – Anjala & Dennis
  • Safety & Livability Team (SALT) – Byron & Meg
  • NECN Board- Shirley

8:30 Meeting Adjourn – next meeting – May 4th

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WNA Special meeting March 28, 2016
@Classic Foods

Draft minutes – will be submitted for approval at April board meeting

Board members:
Maija Spencer, Luke Groser, Beth Heins, Dennis Kennedy, Anjala Ehlebe

Attending from the community:
Travis McGuire, Bettina Hammersly Rys, Liz Kennedy, Francisco Gadea, Aaron Sackett, Erin Cooper, Justin Lovero, Robert Jackson, Danya Feltzin, Carlo Castoro

Presenting: Adrian Vasile – the builder for the project at 7071 NE Grand (NW corner of NE Grand & NE Bryant)– the empty lot behind the auto lot shop; it’s one lot, approx. 10k sf.
Will be twelve 2- and 3-bedroom condo units to be sold individually. Exterior will to take into consideration police requirements: entries have to be secure, plan lighting & landscaping keeping policing standards (i.e. visibility) in mind




Streetscape rendering above – note that some things may change a bit
since permitting isn’t totally complete. 

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7pm – 8pm, Classic Foods, 817 NE Madrona St

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Come hear about a 12-unit, 3 story multifamily project coming to the NW corner of NE Bryant and Grand. The developer will present the design plans and answer questions. Because this project is compatible with the zoning, the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association is not being asked to approve or deny this project. This is largely an opportunity for neighbors to hear what is planned and make suggestions if any concerns about design or construction.

At our April 6th WNA meeting, we will be hearing about two projects planned for NE Dekum (between MLK/Grand). Each project will be 4-story buildings with 22 multifamily units.


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**Draft minutes until approved by the board in next month’s meeting**
WNA March 2, 2016 minutes
Wed, March 2 2015 – 7:00 – 8:30PM

7:00  Introductions
Board: Maija Spencer, Beth Heins, Anjala Ehelebe, Meg Chambers, Shirley Minor, Luke Groser
Unable to attend (prior notice given): Byron Tennant, Martin Vandepas, Andrée Culpepper
General members in attendance: Liz & Dennis Kennedy, Erin Cooper, Brenda Hubbard, Tom Anderson, Avery Lewis, Francisco Gadea
Guest: Siobhan O’Leary re: sewer project – Bureau of Environmental Services
7:05  Approve agenda for tonight
Motion: Beth moves, Meg seconds, approved unanimously
Approve minutes for 2/3 (5 min) – amend to include that Byron attended the meeting (edit has been made)
Motion: Luke moves, Beth second, approved unanimously (Anjala abstains as she did not read the minutes)

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Wed, February 3, 2016 – 7:00 – 8:30PM


Board In Attendance

Maija Spencer, Jana Olsen, Beth Heins, Shirley Minor, Meg Chambers, Andree Culpepper, Anjala Ehelebe, Luke Groser, Byron Tennant
General Members in Attendance

Shelly Caldwell, Liz Kennedy, Tom Anderson, Duoshun Pledgure, Anthony Zoeller, Misty Doornerl, Erin Cooper, Ross, Amie, Phil, Francisco
Approve Agenda & minutes for 1/6

Andree Motions, Jana Seconds, All Approve

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Wed, March 2 2015 – 7:00 – 8:30PM

7:00  Introductions

7:05  Approve agenda for tonight & minutes for 2/3 (5 min)

7:10  Police Officer’s Report, if available (10 min)

7:20  Bureau of Environmental Services – Woodlawn Sewer Project Update – Siobhan O’Leary (15 min)

7:35 Update on 2016 Event Planning (15 min):

  • Easter Egg Hunt – this month!  (Sat, March 26, 2016) – Jana
  • Woodlawn Clean-up Planning (May) – need Co-Chair to work with Carlo Castoro
  • Street Tree Workshop – Sat May 21st
  • Summer Event Fundraising – Jana & Beth
  • Summer Movie in the Park Application – any updates? – Jana
  • Sunday Parkways comes through Woodlawn: July 24th!

7:50 New Business (10 min):

  • Farmer’s Market update – opening day 5/21 – Avery
  • Benefits of hosting Grimm for a week – Shirley
  • Any other announcements

8:00 Approve Treasurer’s Report – Luke (5 min)

8:05 Board Member seat is open – any interest?  Need to fill Secretary role.

8:10 Northeast Coalition of Neighbors (NECN) Updates:

  • Land Use & Transportation Committee – Anjala & Dennis
    • NECN LUTC Updates – Anjala
    • Report on Woodlawn LUTC February meeting – Dennis
    • Report on NECN meetings on homelessness & toxic air – Maija & Dennis
  • Safety & Livability Team (SALT) – Byron & Meg
  • NECN Board- Shirley

8:30 Meeting Adjourn – next meeting – April 6th

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Wed, February 3, 2015 – 7:00 – 8:30PM

7:00  Introductions

7:05  Approve agenda for tonight & minutes for 1/6 (5 min)

7:10  Police Officer’s Report, if available (10 min)

7:20  Events Update – Jana / Maija (20 min):

  • Easter Egg Hunt Planning (Sat, March 26, 2016) – Jana
  • Woodlawn Clean-up Planning (May – usually Saturday of Memorial Day weekend) – need Co-Chair to work with Carlo Castoro
  • Summer Event Fundraising – Jana & Beth
  • Summer Movie in the Park Application – update on application submission in January – Jana

7:40 New Business (15 min):

  • NECN Small Grants – applications due 2/25 – Farmer’s Market submission?  – Martin, Avery, Shannon
  • Woodlawn PTA meeting update – Jana
  • Any other announcements

7:55 Approve Treasurer’s Report – Luke (5 min)

8:00 Northeast Coalition of Neighbors (NECN) Updates:

  • Land Use & Transportation Committee – Anjala
    • NECN LUTC Updates
    • Report on Woodlawn LUTC January meeting
    • Any new land use notices
    • Report on discussion of homeless camps permitting
  • Safety & Livability Team (SALT) – Byron & Meg
  • NECN Board- Shirley, adding new member

8:30  Meeting Adjourn – Wed, March 2, 7pm – next WNA meeting


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Wed, January 6, 2015 – 7:00 – 8:30PM

Board In Attendance: Maija Spencer,  Martin Vandepas,  Jana Olsen,  Luke Groser,  Anjala Ehelebe,  Byron Tennant,  Meg Rose, Shirley Minor, Andree Culpepper, Beth Heins

General Members In Attendance: Vanieca Kraus, Judy Immesoete, Dennis Kennedy, Liz Kennedy, Shannon FitzMaurice, Doris Hendrix

Approve agenda for tonight & minutes for 12/2:

Beth moves to approve Agenda, Anjala seconds, All in favor
Beth moves to approve last month’s minutes, Luke seconds, All in favor
7:10 Police Officer’s Report:

It has been a slow month in Woodlawn and he doesn’t have much to report. A neighbor asks about the shooting at 15th and Liberty. He was not working that night and has not heard anything about it.   Another neighbor asks if there is a lots of gang violence in Woodlawn. Officer explains that lots of gang members grew up here and many still have family that they visit. When they visit things may happen, but it’s not out on the streets as much as it used to be. The same neighbor then asked about drug activity especially on 18th and Holman. The officer knows which house she is referring to and tells her that those tenants have moved from said house.  She then asks about cars in yards.  He tells her that’s something to call the city about. Someone else says that they believe there are rules about cars on lawns.
7:25 Northeast Coalition of Neighbors (NECN) Updates:

– Land Use & Transportation Committee (LUTC),  Anjala.  The Woodlawn LUTC meets the Third Sunday of most months – 5:00 at P’s & Q’s. The committee reviews issues at the meeting and then brings recommendations to the WNA Board.

Two land use issues came up in between meetings:

1) Construction has started on a project for 10 multifamily residential units at 424 NE Stafford . Neighbors were surprised that this project is allowed under the current zoning (commercial).  Commercial zoning does allow residential uses, and it appears that the developer has all permits needed to do the work.

2) The owners of two lots at 7212-7232 MLK contacted Anjala / LUTC about.  He had received noticed previously that the city planned to change the zoning of his lots to Mixed Use.  They are currently zoned R1 residential.  On the main Comp Plan map in the Map App, it is designated as changing to a Mixed Use designation, but it is not highlighted on the Mixed Use map that is looking at zoning changes.  Anjala sent a letter to the City’s Planning Bureau stating that the WNA would likely support these lots being designated as Mixed Use but that we had not voted on it. Anjala reached out to Maija before sending the letter.  The Board decided we need more information before taking any further action on this. Maija and Anjala will reach out to the Planning Bureau to get clarification on the difference between the Comp Plan designation map and the Mixed Use map.
Crosswalks: The Woodlawn Triangle master plan has approved crosswalks, but there is currently no money for it. Anjala plans to reach out to Woodlawn’s new business association and talk about getting funding together.
Homeless camp in Overlook neighborhood: The Overlook neighborhood has an existing homeless camp called Hazelnut Grove that the City / Mayor’s Office is looking at permitting as an official camp. The Overlook Neighborhood Association sent out a letter to other neighborhoods about rules they would like administered as part of the permit and have asked other neighborhood associations to sign on to their letter. Some of these requirements include: a specific end date, recording legal names of campers, and a fence. The City and ODOT are owners of the camp property. Currently the city of Portland has no official policy on homelessness, but they are working on one. Multnomah county does. Andree notes it would make more sense to develop affordable housing instead of having people live in tents. Someone else brings up Dignity Village as an example of a City-sanctioned permanent camp, and Maija points out that the Mayor & City are also working on investing in affordable housing development as well as camps.

The WNA Board decided to not sign onto the Overlook letter given some of the wording and may consider drafting our own.  This will be discussed at next Woodlawn LUTC and will bring any recommendations on further action to the February WNA meeting.
Safety & Livability Team (SALT)  Byron:  There was no NECN SALT meeting in December.

Meetings coming up:

January 25th @ 6:30 How to organize events for emergency preparedness
January 26th Workshop on levees
Foot Patrol:  There has been a discussion among neighbors about starting up a neighborhood foot patrol. Byron is very reticent about starting one up and feels that he should be not be the one to do it. He does however welcome discussion on the matter. Woodlawn used to have one that consisted of walking around, watching out for neighbors in a non confrontational manner, and handing out flyers for WNA.

If we were to start one, it might be nice to incorporate the planner of the old foot patrol

Martin suggests maybe using a different name than foot patrol; Jana says to make sure it’s a good mix of neighbors.  Maija says there is even special training offered by the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement that  interested parties could take. The possibility of reaching out to similar groups in other neighborhoods is also brought up to see what works well.

No action is taken at this time, as  even though the group is supportive of the idea, there is no one able or interested in taking the lead on organizing a foot patrol.
NECN: There was no NECN meeting in December, but there will be one in January. Due to lack of a meeting in December, we still do not have a second NECN representative for WNA.
7:45 Approve Treasurer’s Report – Luke (5 min)

Martin Vandepas would like to be added as an approve signer for the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association checking accounts at Albina Bank – both the main WNA account and the Woodlawn Farmer’s Market account.

Anjala Ehelebe motions to add him as a signer to these bank accounts, Beth Heins seconds, All in favor (board vote only).

A neighbor asks where the money comes from. Luke responds that it comes both from NECN and fundraisers.  Jana motions to pass the treasurer’s report, Anjala seconds, All in favor
Old Business:

-Woodlawn Tree Team

They have put in requests for workshops. The first one is May 21st @ the Woodlawn Farmers Market. It will be  a tree walk focused on tree diversity. There will also be a basic pruning workshop in October, but no set date. Beth wonders if we could possibly make the workshops into a fundraiser

On January 30th, Friends of Trees is hosting a planting event for Woodlawn & Piedmont. It is from 9 am to 1 pm, starting at Holy Redeemer school on NE Rosa Parks.
-NECN Small Grants

applications due 2/25, workshop on 1/28, applications online 1/4.  Bring any ideas to February WNA meeting to get Board’s endorsement.
New Business

-Summer Movie in the Park

Everyone agrees we should do one again. A list is passed around so people can vote on possible. The list was also posted on Nextdoor and Facebook for voting. The cost for WNA is $750.  Application is due January 29th and Jana will fill it out
– Summer Event Fundraising

Every year we send out a letter to local businesses asking for monetary contributions to WNA. The money raised goes towards summer events including the movie in the park, Sunday Parkways, and National Night Out. It was quite successful last summer, and thank you notes were sent to all the businesses that contributed. Beth and Jana will be in charge of it this year
– Easter Egg Hunt Planning

This year the Easter Egg hunt will be held on Sat, March 26, 2016. Jana is heading it up but would love any and all volunteers. Hopefully working with Emmaus Church and Woodlawn Elementary again. Maija motions to set budget for $300, Beth seconds, all in favor.
Woodlawn Clean-up Planning

Clean up is held in May (usually Saturday of Memorial Day weekend). Carlo is once again willing to help out but needs a co-chair and lots of volunteers.
Other News:  The Woodlawn PTA is one of the charities up on the board at Oregon Public House. They are looking for people to help out by filling their volunteering slots at OPH.

Luke delivered 300 flyers thanking people for their holiday decorations in December.

8:30 Meeting Adjourn – Next meeting is Wed, February 3 @ 7pm

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015 – 7:00 – 8:30PM


Members Present:


Maija Spencer (Chair)

Martin Vanderpass (Vice Chair/Vice Treasurer)

Jana Olsen  (Secretary/Events Chair)

Luke Groser (Treasurer)

Shirley Minor (NECN)

Anjala Ehelebe (LUAT)

Byron Tennant (SALT)

Meg Chamber (SALT)

Beth Heins (Communications)


Liz Kennedy

Dennis Kennedy

Shannon Olive

Patrick Key

Rick Reynolds

Vaniera Klaus

Lauren Burns

Josh Pinkston
Avery Lewis

Shannon Fitzmaurice

Approve agenda for tonight

Anjala Ehelebe makes motions to approve

Beth Heins seconds

All in favor
Approve minutes for 11/4

Dennis Kennedy motions to approve

Shirley Minor Seconds

All in favor
No police report
Northeast Coalition of Neighbors (NECN) Updates
Land Use & Transportation Committee

Anjala Ehelebe

-She would like a vice chair. They would attend the NECN Land Use meetings when she is unavailable and run Woodlawn Land Use meetings when she out of town.

– She is also looking for more general members. She would like those attending meetings to take on a task. They currently have about 15 different projects going.

– There are lots of things going on in the comprehensive plan and it’s important we keep up with that.
Maija Spencer

We receive a lot of permits for demolitions.  There have been neighbors who are contacting contractors about what actions they’re taking for demolitions to be done safely. Maija would like WNA to write contractors asking about safety when we get these notices.
Anjala says we don’t need a motion for that but it is something that would fall under land use.
Maija also suggests creating a map of all current and proposed demolitions and building sites.
Safety & Livability Team (SALT)


Byron Tennant

– He testified in front of city council about oil trans and fossil fuel infrastructure. Both resolutions passed unanimously.

– Fritz thanked NECN and said language from an NECN letter is going into the Comp Plan Economic Opportunities Analysis.

– SALT NECN will be focusing on emergency preparedness in 2016

–  There are a few meeting coming up

Dec 3 6-9pm

Dec 10 @ Park Rose High School 6-9 pm

Dec 16 Rent Crisis Meeting @ Community Warehouse 5pm



No new business at NECN to report.


Maija Spencer

-Luke Groser has stepped down as NECN representative for WNA. We are supposed to have two (Shirley Minor is the other) so we need another. This person must be on the WNA board.

– Meg Chambers and Byron Tennant are both interested in taking Luke’s place. They are both going to attend the next NECN meeting and decide after that.

– Thank you Luke!!
Treasurer’s Report

Luke Groser

Meals on Wheel sent WNA a letter thanking us for donating towards their event at Dawson Park
-Maija created a letter thanking businesses that donated to WNA this summer. Luke handed them out.

– Luke goes around thanking people for putting up holiday decorations. He handed out around 250 last year. He plans to do it again this year. Maija and Jana are going to help him make get a handout together.

Beth Hins motions to approve report.

Byron Tennant Seconds

Beth motions to approve

All approve
New Business
Greater Solid Rock Church’s Holiday Collection Drive

Shannon Olive

-Greater Rock Solid Church is located on 17th and Dekum

– For the last four years they’ve been feeding and clothing family’s in need at 4th and Burnside. They help over 800 people at their Day of Giving event. They will be collecting  new and gently used blankets, socks, coats, gloves, and hats til the 13th. They also collect items for hygiene kits,. You can drop off at the church 8-5 pm every day.
Business Group

Josh Pinkston

-A business group is forming in Woodlawn. It is currently very informal and they will be meeting for lunch on Tuesday’s at Bushwhacker Cider.

-Maija urges inclusivity of all businesses. (update: Jana sent Josh a list of all Woodlawn businesses)
NECN Grant

Anjala Ehelebe and Maija Spencer

NECN give out a $2000 a year gran every year The application will be out on January 4th, 2016. Later in January there’s a workshop to help those applying for grant. Applications are Due February 26, 2015

Knitting and Craft Group

Anjala Ehelebe

She saw on Nextoor that a knitting and craft group is starting up. They meet at Bushwhacker Cider on Thursdays at 6
Woodlawn PTA

Jana Olsen

Woodlawn is going to transition from a K-8 to a K-5 school.
There are also going to be changes in school borders. They are minimal for the elementary school, but mean a lot for the middle schools. The two scenarios would bring different programs and different amount of students to the middle school.
For more information on these changes visit
A food pantry has been set up at Woodlawn Elementary. They are looking for volunteers. Please email Mary Evans
Street Tree Report & Workshops

Maija Spencer

– This past summer they went out and surveyed all the trees of Woodlawn

– All the data was compiled and is now a 44 page report.

– She would like to have a tree team that can come up with a tree plan based on this report.
Patrick Key with Urban Forestry with Urban Forestry

He will be putting on various workshops this year. Woodlawn qualifies for two this year and we need to sign up son . We have option such as general tree care, history of trees, heritage trees, and many more. Many people were interested in the general tree care
,    – Avery Lewis would like them to hold a workshop at the farmers market this spring

-A heritage tree is a tree that is protected from being cut down. It is dependent on things such as species

-Lauren is a neighbor and new master student who is possibly using the data for school.

-Predominant tree species in Woodlawn are maple, plum, pear, snowball, and crabapples.

-Patrick warns about Golden Trees of China which are a weed and on the invasive species list. They are known to  crack foundation. He working setting up a program to remove them

-Recommendations: 51% of possible planting sights don’t have trees. Woodlawn has many young small trees. We should work on planting more substantial ones.
Woodlawn Farmer’s Market

Avery Lewis

Holiday Market on Sun December 13, 1:30-4:30pm at the  Village Ballroom on Dekum. There will be some farm vendors, lots of craft vendors and even christmas trees. You will be able to order food and drinks from Oregon Public house and bring it upstairs. They still need volunteers and are still taking vendors ($20 fee).
Currently working on applying for grants and sponsorsphips.
The farmers market will be held May 21 to 0ct 29 on Durham right next to Bushwhacker cider.
They plan to have a SNAP matching program and are working with Solterra.
Woodlawn Elementary will have a booth at the market.
They plan to have their workshops focus on environmental sustainability

– If you would like to get things on agenda please email or message on Facebook.

– Check out

– There has been lots of discussion about people knocking on doors asking for money. Be cautious and use your best judgement.  Maybe just offer to call for help and do

Next WNA meeting – Wed, January 6th

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