Now Hiring: Full Time Executive Director

Please spread the news: NECN is hiring for a full time Executive Director to provide leadership in formulating and implementing NECN’s mission, values, goals, and programs. Key areas of responsibility are: resource/partnership development, strategic and annual planning, financial management, program development, evaluation and management, human resources, public policy monitoring and advocacy strategies, community relations, and legal/contract compliance. Applications are due April 25th, 2013.

More details about application requirements, compensation and the hiring process is available on our employment opportunities page, or job description available here (pdf)No calls, please.

Commissioner Loretta Smith, Sam Adams and NECN

This week, three of NECN’s Community Committees meet, and next Wednesday, April 3rd, NECN co-hosts a Portland Public School Board Candidates Forum. We invite you to attend one or more of the events and find out how to join with other community members to make a difference.

NECN Schools Committee hosts Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith: Thursday, March 28th at 6:30pm

Commissioner Smith will provide short update on her office initiatives, including her work fighting for youth education and jobs programs, information regarding SUN School programs and thoughts on how to extend the TriMet Youth Pass.

Land Use and Transportation Committee to discuss Infill Development in your neighborhood: Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00pm

We will have a guest presentation Trimet’s budget, and then go into discussions concerning infill development happening around our neighborhoods. You can’t help but notice that things are being built across NECN- houses, apartments, mixed-use, big and small. After we talk about what we have going in, we will talk about what we and our neighborhoods would like to see. Are current developments missing the mark? Is there a site or area that could use more attention or investment?
Our NE District Planner liaison, will help us identify opportunities that with the current Comprehensive Plan Update that could help address and influence the location and type of development that our neighborhoods will experience in the future.

Community Economic Development Council to plan upcoming workshop on prosperity: Tuesday, March 26th, at 6:30pm

CEDC is planning a workshop for our April meeting, Save the Date for April 23rd when we host Dr. Terryl Ross who will lead us in an interactive workshop on the changing demographics of Oregon and what it means for prosperity in our neighborhoods. CEDC is also exploring Neighborhood Small Grant distribution models.

Portland Public Schools Candidates Forum: Wednesday, April 3rd, doors at 6:30pm, forum at 7:00pm, Concordia University.

PPS School Board Candidates: Martin Gonzalez, Pam Knowles, Steve Buel and Tom Koehler

Master of Ceremonies: Sam Adams, Executive Director, City Club of Portland
Moderator: Mark Langseth, President and CEO, “I Have a Dream” Oregon

At Concordia University, Hagen Campus Center (2nd Floor), 2811 N.E. Holman Street, Portland, OR 97211

Co-hosted by the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Concordia University and the City Club of Portland

NECN PPS Candidate Forum Apr 3Help us spread the word about this important event! Download a PDF flier or jpg image.

Proposed House Bill 3256 to make Good Neighbor Agreements stronger in OLCC decisions

Representative Lew Frederick has been working on a bill in the Oregon Legislature to change the way Good Neighbor Agreements are considered in decisions of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The proposed bill, HB 3256, is on the agenda for the House Committee on Business and Labor, Wednesday, March 20th at 8:00am. The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods has not taken a position on HB 3256, however the NECN Board of Directors will discuss HB 3256 at the March Board meeting on Tuesday the 19th, agenda here.

HB 3256 Summary:

Allows parties to good neighbor agreement to file agreement with Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Specifies effect of commission licensee compliance or noncompliance with agreement for purposes of commission proceeding to determine whether to suspend or cancel license or impose civil penalty. Requires commission to allow neighborhood association or local government that is party to agreement to present testimony or other evidence in proceeding to determine whether to cancel or suspend license or impose civil penalty.
Requires commission to give notice and request comments by known parties to agreement when considering application for renewal of license.

Read the full text of the bill here.

Unrelated to the State legislature, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is considering rule changes to set licensing qualifications and operating standards for exterior areas of establishments selling alcohol. The proposal would impact exterior areas adjacent to an existing establishment (an outdoor patio area, for example) as well as exclusively exterior licensed premises (a food cart). The rules address hours of operation, noise levels and more.

The OLCC hearing on the proposed rule changes is Thursday, March 21st, 10:00am, in SE Portland. Click here to read the public notice of OLCC hearing or here for the actual text of the proposed rule change.

March 21st OLCC hearing:

March 21st, 2013, 10:00am.

At Oregon Liquor Control Commission, 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Portland, OR 97222

Columbia River Crossing: Not over yet

Thank you to everyone who contacted the Oregon Senate asking for a No vote in the lead up to last Monday’s vote on HB 2800! While the bill passed, it was clear the concerns about the project from the inner North and Northeast Portland community had been heard. Below, watch two of our elected officials tell their colleagues why they voted No.

The fight isn’t over yet!

The CRC funding bill, HB 2800A, had several conditions placed in it that must be met before Oregon can issue bonds for the project. Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler must approve the financial plan before issuing bonds, but has some concerns about the project, read about them here. Another condition is that Washington State approve CRC funding as well. There are many outstanding questions among Washington leaders on the project, read about the situation in WA here.

Representative Lew Frederick CRC floor statement:

Senator Jackie Dingfelder CRC floor statement:

More background on CRC here.

City of Portland Community Budget Forums

The City has announced upcoming community budget forums. The forums will be an opportunity to speak up for your priorities in budget proposals for the next fiscal year. Read below for dates and locations.

The Forums provide you with the opportunity to offer testimony before City Council and express which service priorities are most important to Portland residents for next year’s FY 2013-14 budget.

There are two opportunities in the coming weeks and more in April and May:

Wednesday, March 6th, 6:30pm-8:30pm at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR 97220

Tuesday, March 12th, 6:30pm-8:30pm at George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave., Portland, OR 97203

April 11th, 6:30pm-8:30pm at Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210

Council hearing for Mayor’s Proposed Budget is May 16th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

At City Hall – Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97204


Helpful Links:

Get Involved in the City’s Budget Process

Learn About the City’s Budget Process

Budget Documents

FY 2013-14 Requested Budgets

Council Budget Work Session Materials

Other Budget Documents

Budget Dates

Budget Work Sessions Schedule

FY 2013-14 Budget Calendar

For general questions about the forums or accommodations, please contact Ryan Kinsella (, 503-823-6960