Here’s another update from our fearless leader on the TriMet layover issue, Anjala Ehelebe.  She attended a briefing of the TriMet board by staff on the Woodlawn layover proposal.

TriMet did brief their Board on the proposal to put a layover at site 11, which is the one on NE Lombard.  This was a briefing only.  Board members had many questions that TriMet staff will try to answer in the interim before they make an official proposal to their Board on July 23rd.    The Woodlawn Neighborhood Association subcommittee will schedule a meeting to discuss this proposal and come up with any questions or concerns.  The subcommittee cannot make a decision for the association, so the Association may choose to have a BRIEF emergency Board meeting to take an official position prior to the TriMet meeting.  It could also choose to wait until after seeing the final proposal to TriMet and hearing the TriMet Board’s decision before taking an official position.  At past meetings, the Association voted that the neighborhood was against layovers near residences.  Site 11 has the fewest residences near it of all of TriMet’s site choices (one residence to the west approximately 150 ft away, and several across Lombard).  If chosen, it would be across a small street from Pawsitive Thinkers – Lombard Animal Hospital.    At this meeting, no public questions or testimony was scheduled.  There will be a chance for that at the next Board meeting.

Here are a few concerns voiced by TriMet Board members:     Safety of drivers who would have to turn left from east-going Lombard to cross two lanes of traffic and enter the lot from 6th St.  (could there be a left turn lane restricted to buses only?) What do the bus drivers say about this proposal (not known as yet but staff thinks they’ll be enthusiastic)  Why are they using a modular unit instead of building from scratch? (keep down expenses) Will other buses be able to layover there? (Not likely, not enough room, only proposing buying the front portion)  Would this acquisition help improve on-time performance? (not known)  The Board wants more details about the proposal’s $1,200,000 in contingency costs (some are for bid market risk, owner risk, design risk, street development costs, and others they were told, but not in specific dollars).  One Board member was concerned about the cost for this whole project, (estimated $3,135,000, spread over 3 budget years, to save approximately $390,000 per year, with a payback period of nine years)   Some questions we have are:  what is the cost estimate per year for maintenance of this site?  What would sound mitigating landscaping look like? And, if the costs and benefits of extending Line 8 to East Columbia neighborhood could pencil out and a suitable layover spot out there could be found, would TriMet consider that option?

Thanks to all of the people who petitioned and emailed.  TriMet Board members have listened, and one even read from Diana Larson’s email question.  Please continue to keep yourselves informed, active and involved, and when we set the time for a TriMet subcommittee, you’ll be invited, and kept in the loop!  Thanks!

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Here’s a special update from Anjala Ehelebe, our TriMet Committee Chair (and much more):

TriMet briefing of the board about our layover options: A chance to be seen, and to be heard behind the scenes. there’s going to be a briefing of the TriMet board July 9th, 9:00 a.m. at their offices on 1800 SW 1st st. Saltzman room pl 2. That is when they’ll reveal what their plans are regarding the line 8 layover. Anybody can attend, although there will be no public testimony. The Board will make its decision at the meeting later this month.

But anybody can indeed contact our NE Portland TriMet Board representative Pastor Dr. Bethel BEFORE THE MEETING at either or Dr. T. Allen Bethel Board Vice President District 5: N and NE Portland Email Dr. Bethel at “” <> First appointed: March 1, 2010 Current term expires: February 28, 2014* Dr. T. Allen Bethel is the senior pastor of Maranatha Church of God, where he has served since July 1994. He is also involved in many civic activities, including serving on the boards of Warner Pacific College, North Portland Bible College and the Albina Ministerial Alliance.

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All are welcome at our Woodlawn Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting, coming up July 2nd at 7pm at Classic Foods (817 NE Madrona).

Here’s the draft agenda:

7 PM  Introductions, approval of agenda and meeting minutes from May

7:05 Neighborhood events coming up in July and August

Parkways, Movies in the Park and National Night Out

Come on out and volunteer for these great community events!

Updates on the upcoming transition of board members and officers

7:15  Surprise Raffle

7:20 Fundraising updates!

7:25 Who is new in Woodlawn – welcoming our new neighbors

7:30 Safety and Livability Updates

7:40 Land Use Update – Tri Met and more

7:55 Treasurer’s update

8:05 Signs, Banners and Facebook/blog

8:15 New Business

8:20 Announcements – No Meeting in August – Meet us at National Night Out – Woodlawn Park on Saturday August 2

8:30 Meeting ends


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Anjala Ehelebe, WNA Vice Chair, Land Use Chair, Historian, and our go-to on all things TriMet, wanted to be sure that we shared the following email from Clay Thompson of TriMet. We’d been hearing some rumors and we wanted to be sure to clear the air:

From: “Thompson, Clay”
Date: Jun 10, 2014 9:15 AM
Subject: TriMet site selection
To: “Anjala Ehelebe”


Thanks for the message. As you know, the comment period ends on Friday. After which our project team will make a recommendation to Neil McFarlane and pending his approval, the board will then be briefed on July 9 and a resolution will be presented on July 23.

We will not be purchasing any property for the layover site until the TriMet board has reviewed the recommendation and given their approval.

Bottom line…we haven’t purchased any property yet for the layover site.


Clay Thompson

TriMet Outreach Services

“TriMet:  See Where It Takes You”


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All our welcome at our next WNA Monthly Board Meeting – Wednesday, June 4th, 7pm at Classic Foods.


7:00 Introductions, Approval of Agenda, Approval of Meeting Minutes from May 7th , 2014

7:10 Bylaws: Amending the number of board members – First Reading

7:20  Events

Updates on Clean up and Discussion on National Night Out, Movies in the Park and Parkways

Fundraising and Committees

7:40 Outreach for Board, Chair, Co- Chair,  Secretary, Communications Lead, Treasurer’s assistant


7:45 Treasurer’s report

7:50 Land Use

8:00 SALT

8:10 OLA – Review

8:15 New Business

8:20 Announcements

8:30 Meeting ends



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On Wednesday, May 14th, TriMet will hold a community meeting in Woodlawn regarding two proposals for a permanent layover in Woodlawn. The Woodlawn Neighborhood Association opposes any permanent layover in Woodlawn.

The meeting will be held at 6 pm at Classic Foods at 817 NE Madrona. Neighbors are encouraged to come and share their thoughts. Information from TriMet can be found here.

Here’s a special message from neighborhood leader Anjala Ehelebe, who has convened a special subcommittee on the TriMet layover issue since 2012:

We don’t hate buses, I use them whenever I can, Max, too, but we find bus LAYOVER zones to have huge problems. One of the options we presented would allow us to get on the bus in Woodlawn, and go by New Seasons on Interstate. Another would take us to the Fred Meyers on Interstate. Another would take us out to East Columbia neighborhood and the Walmart and mall there. All of the options would connect with the Max yellow line, and wouldn’t that be a good thing?

Three main reasons not to have layovers near residences: diesel exhaust has extremely noxious particulates that harm health. diesel engine starters sometimes give off ultrasonic bangs! that make sleep impossible, especially when buses are starting their engines every 15-20 minutes. Then there are vibrations from the engines, which I have experienced from across the street, two houses away from an idling bus. Intense… small earthquake-like.

So please come to the meeting and tell TriMet that they shouldn’t build a layover next to residences!

We, the Association, presented three options to TriMet that would remove the end of line from Woodlawn and move it out to other neighborhoods, one of which has an ideal place for a layover/turnaround to be built. AWAY from residences! These options were reviewed by the staff member known to least be in favor of extending the line out of Woodlawn. Tellingly, they are not offering to even discuss these options at Wednesday’s meeting, just building TriMet toilets and bus parking zones near residences. Interestingly, TriMet notified drivers of the change from the layover on Dekum back in 2013, but drivers still layover there (near residences and the Park) and have accordingly been reported by neighbors to TriMet supervisors, who, to date, have not been able to curb the activity.

It is important to know that the Association formed a subcommittee that has met with TriMet and other concerned parties and decided firmly that NO LAYOVERS SHOULD BE BUILT IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS. They propose site 1, which is across the street from a senior/disabled housing apartment and next two four townhouses and a house. Neighbors who currently experience the sounds and vibrations of layovers implore you NOT to support layovers near residences and seniors. Site 11 is near a residence also.

TriMet only think option 1, next to Koken Market, and new option 11 on Lombard, are worth considering.  Let us tell them in no uncertain terms that neither site is acceptable because they are each near residences, and site 1 is near a senior/disabled apartment to boot! and that we want them to extend the line, preferably to East Columbia, which prays for such service to return. Invite your neighbors.  
Bottom line, layovers in neighborhoods are Undesirable, and don’t start here!
Call with questions – 503 805-6325

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Woodlawn’s Annual Spring Clean-Up is coming soon!

WOODLAWN 2014 CLEANUP SATURDAY–MAY 24th 9:00 to 2:00 6360 NE MLK Blvd

NOW is the time to go through your cupboards, closets, drawers, basement, garage, yard, and PURGE (such a magical word)!!


X DO NOT BRING X Yard Debris Hazardous materials (paint, oil) Large appliances UN-bagged garbage Concrete / Dirt

FEES BASED ON SIZE OF LOAD &/OR ITEM: <> Full Car = $15 <> Wagon/SUV/Truck = $20-$50 <> Trailer w/any above: ADD $10-$40 <> U-Haul = $50-$100 <> E-Waste = $5-$15 each <> Tires = $2 each <> Walk-up / Bicycle = $Donation

SPONSORS: METRO / Bureau of Planning & Sustainability / NECN, Cloudburst Recycling / Good Neighbor Pizzeria

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Woodlawn Neighborhood Association Draft Agenda

Updated 5/7/14
May 7th WNA Board Meeting

 7pm-8:30pm at Classic Foods – 817 NE Madrona


7:00 Welcome and Introductions

Approval of Agenda and Minutes from April Meeting

7:05 (postponed) third vote on bylaws update

7:10 Off-Leash Dog Area:

7:30 SALT (Safety and Livability Team)

  • Dispensary
  • Coal Trains

7: 40 Treasurer’s report

  • Fundraising outreach for summer events
  • Coalition for a Livable Future (CLF) Membership

7:50 Events

  • Update on Easter Egg Hunt
  • Clean-Up: Saturday, May 24 at Henry V (9am-2pm)
  • Movies in the Park: Friday, July 11 (6:30 music, movie at dusk)
  • National Night Out: Tuesday, August 5 or a weekend date that week (let’s discuss!)

8:05 Land Use/TriMet

  • Vote on LU 14-143278 AD, a request to allow an adjustment for Nicole Kress and Gregg Lavender to turn their garage into an accessory dwelling unit.

8:15 New Biz

  • It Takes a Community – Fundraiser for Woodlawn School PTO: May 30, 4-7:30pm

8:25 Announcements

8:30 Adjourn



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In January, after months of hearing frustration from neighbors about issues surrounding off-leash dogs in Woodlawn, your Woodlawn Neighborhood Association held a forum to talk about possible solutions. The notes from that conversation can be found here.

A work group that formed as a result of the forum determined that having some sort of legal, off-leash area at Woodlawn Park would fill a need for dog owners and encourage lawful behavior while providing consistency and safety for neighbors at and near the park. That work group has shared three proposals for feedback from YOU, Woodlawn’s residents.

Please note that there will be a separate city-led public process if and when any of these proposals move forward to Portland Parks. This is not your only chance to weigh in overall. This is your chance to help inform the work group as they pursue a solution and potentially forward a proposal to Portland Parks.

Also, please note that the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association has NOT taken a position on any of these proposals. We may choose to do so based on feedback from you, our neighbors and association members.

To provide feedback on the three proposals, please email your thoughts to

The three proposals resulting from a 3-month work group process are:

1. Off-Leash Area NORTH of the bridge – The MAP indicates this whole area, but a written descriptions says as follows: “Unfenced Off-Leash Area, with or without set off-leash hours,” located North of the Claremont Bridge, northeast of the spray park, NOT including the baseball diamond, bounded on the east by NE 13th Avenue. This area is commonly referred to be neighbors as “The Bowl.”

2. A Fenced Off-Leash Area in the SOUTHWESTERN portion of the park – MAP – Written description: “Fenced Off-Leash Area at Woodlawn Park. The Off-Leash Area will make use of the south-west corner of the park, with proper set-backs along the sidewalk at NE Dekum and the existing pathways that border the area.”

3. A Fenced Off-Leash Area NORTHEAST of the bridge –  MAP  – Written description: “Fenced Off-Leash Area at Woodlawn Park. The Off-Leash Area will make use of the area near “The Bowl,” north of the Spray Ground play area, adjacent to the eastern-most path on the north side of the park.”

Again, to provide feedback on the three proposals, please email your thoughts to



In related news, Portland Public Schools released the following story last week:

Dog owners asked to “Keep Schoolyards Safe & Healthy”

April 01, 2014
The goal of the campaign is to keep playgrounds safe and healthy.
Dogs may love playgrounds and ball fields as much as kids, but Portland Public Schools wants to remind dog owners to leash pets and scoop and remove pet waste to keep schoolyards safe and healthy.

Although Multnomah County and the City of Portland have codes and ordinances that forbid dogs from being off leash, many dog owners disobey the law.

PPS for years has received dozens of complaints about dogs running off leash at schools across the city.

On April 1, Portland Public Schools, Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau and Multnomah County Animal Services launched a Spring education and enforcement campaign that aims to increase dog owner law compliance.

Throughout April, dog owners will be reminded to leash pets and scoop poop on school grounds because it’s the law. In May, targeted enforcement will be conducted at three PPS schools — Beach, da Vinci and Duniway — where leash law violations are a chronic problem.

Dog owners will be fined up to $150 for not leashing pets and for failing to clean up and remove animal waste.

To report dogs off leash on school grounds, contact Multnomah County Animal Services. The Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau, which operates more than30 off-leash dog parks across the city, issued 110 citations for dog owners violating the leash law after the fines went into effect last year.

Please help spread the word about the law and keep our schoolyards, ball fields and playgrounds safe and healthy!


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