Saturday, November 29, 2008

Special December Meeting re Trammel Crow Complex

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

7 PM @ Columbia School [Marine Drive and Bridgeton]


The Special Meeting to discuss the design plans Trammell Crow Residential has submitted to the Portland Planning Bureau for the construction an apartment complex on the land at the west end of Bridgeton Road.

Sam Rodriguez from TCR has asked for a meeting of the neighborhood to discuss the plans for the proposed development of a 250 unit apartment complex.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Bridgeton!

A day of giving thanks for many things:

our country will have a new president come January 20th!

my son is happy

I have good friends offline and online

I am healthy

I live in Portland

I see ducks like this

Ah and that soon it’s time to go and eat with many of those friends mentioned above....yummmm

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Slough Events

Click here to find out more Stewardship Saturday
Saturday, December 13th
Join us at Big Four Corners Natural Area along the main stem of the Columbia Slough (see directions below). This is Portland's 4th biggest Natural Area and provides 165 acres of wetland, woodland, waterway and rare white oak habitat. We'll be engaging in some good ol' invasive species removal around some of the public hiking trails. Come donning your sturdiest shoes and, if grey cloud loom above, that favorite yellow slicker. Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Saturday, December 13th

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Big Four Corners Natural Area
(Entrance off Marine Drive & NE 185th)
Portland, OR

Head East on I-84. Take the 181st exit and go left on 181st. Proceed a few blocks and take a right on NE Sandy Blvd followed by a left on 185th. Proceed to Marine Dr. and take another left. Drive approx. ¼ and look for a pullout on the left. There will be signs directing you to a parking area.

Contact Nathaniel at 503-281-1132 or

Click here to find out more

109th Annual
Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
Join the Audubon Society of Portland, Columbia Slough Watershed Council staff, and other supporters for this year's Christmas Bird Count! This historic event is organized each year for intrepid bird lovers to collect annual data. Information from the CBC is used by the Audubon Society to help track bird migrations and population changes. You can help by driving, recording numbers, and identifying bird species.

***Last year's Eagle Eye Award was won by our own North Portland team, for spotting an osprey catching a carp at Whitaker Ponds! Could it be your team this year??

For more information on the Christmas Bird Count, go to

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Environmental Issues - need to comment to EPA by Friday

Friday is the last day to voice your opinion on whether the EPA -- the Environmental Protection Agency -- should regulate carbon dioxide pollution, the primary cause of the climate crisis. This is a big deal.

The EPA is taking public comment, before making a ruling.

Of course, special interests -- like the oil and coal lobbies -- are working overtime to defeat a positive ruling and have already gotten thousands of comments submitted in opposition.

Most people don't know about this opportunity for public comment, so your voice can make a real difference. And with a new president in the White House, it's likely that someone will actually be listening.

In April 2007 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate
carbon dioxide if it is harming our health and welfare. After more than a year of delay, the EPA is finally now requesting public comments on whether carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants are endangering our health and our climate.

Join us, and send a message about how crucial it is to reduce harmful
carbon dioxide pollution. That you expect the EPA to use its powers to protect our health and welfare. That we can "Repower America" by using energy sources that don't emit carbon dioxide, and make the switch to 100% clean electricity. And that the solutions to the climate crisis are the same ones needed to address our economic and security challenges.

This is our chance to go on the public record -- all the comments will be posted on the EPA's website.

For nearly eight years, the Bush administration has done nothing to address the growing threats we face from global warming. Hurricanes are getting stronger, the North polar icecap is melting, and we've suffered through intense droughts, floods and killer heat waves.

The deadline is November 28th. Let's help end the era of delay.


Cathy Zoi

Comment by going to the site and finding the EPA link.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Minutes November 19

Leslie opened the meeting at 7:00 PM at the school with 18 BNA members present.

Christmas Drive - Leslie suggested that BNA contribute to provide a better Xmas for a family. Toys, clothing, food will be collected to meet that goal. Please contact Kim at Channel’s Edge for more information.

Fall BNA Cleanup - was very successful filling two drop boxes with BNA refuse. This was the first time in ten years that three drop boxes were not filled.

Police - a flyer dropped off by Crime Prevention Coordinator La Shanda Hurst was distributed to those present titled North Portland Problem -Solving Resource Numbers. The extra copies will be available at the Channel’s Edge. Brian recounted the lack of response to a non-emergency call based on late night noise from non-residents parked on the levee. He offered that the next caller use the words “drinking inside a car” to elicit an actual police response. Getting the cell phone number of the Bridgeton police officer is considered a next step in re-building a working relationship.

Trammel Crow - Leslie offered Dec 3rd to invite TC to present changes to the plan for the apartment development. An announcement will follow.

Portland Drainage District #2 – board member elections will be held on Dec 4th. All BNA property owners will get a post card ballot in the mail. These cards will be collected and used by BNA representatives as proxy to vote on PDD#2 board members. Four of the five seats are up for election on the newly expanded board. BNA has two candidates running for seats on the board. Walter Valenta is running unopposed for seat #2 and Matt Whitney has thrown his hat into the ring for seat #4. Leslie will coordinate a door-to-door drive to collect all of the proxy votes.

Columbia River Crossing – CRC will hold an Open House on Dec 3rd at Expo Center. BNA residents are asked to please plan to attend this major presentation. CRC staff Carly Frances and Gavin Oein presented the September draft for review along with updates to their extensive June presentation. CRC involves 5 miles of I-5 in Oregon and Washington and covers 7 interchanges, adds light rail, in addition to replacing the bridge. Cost is estimated at $3.1 to 4.2 B and has backing of major government players from OR and WA along with 60% approval rating from general populace. Key issues to be resolved include: financing and tolls, Vanport wetlands mitigation, inclusion of a grade level pedestrian crossing at Pier 99, and the final design of the Marine Dr interchange.

Tree planting update – BNA is responsible for watering the already planted trees throughout the 2009 season. Walter recounted how Wieden-Kennedy and Associates chose Bridgeton as the site for a company project. W&K worked with Friends of Trees and planted 70 trees through-out the school yard last month. BNA supporters remarked on the hard work, enthusiasm, and efficiency of the W&K team. PPS facility managers chose the location of the chain link fence and re-located gate. Next steps will include adding a temporary gravel walkway through the gate. PPS has agreed that final improvements will include a paved walkway and stairway to the field. In the next year or two a sidewalk will be poured on the same alignment as existing sidewalk to the west and extended to at least the gate in the fence. The final phase for 2008 will be trees planted at Ann’s house. The tree planting project is funded and will continue through 2009 and 2010.

Bridgeton Trail – Walter informed us that the trail plan has proceeded through several phases. Completed phases include: conceptual design, survey, and appraisal. Currently PDC is engineering the design for a cost estimate and construction guidelines that can be of benefit to Trammel Crow and other construction partners. Due to the number of completed phases, the trail is included on a list of infrastructure improvements that are eligible for future federal construction dollars.

Next meetings:

Dec 3rd - Trammel Crow presentation at 7:00 PM.

Dec 3rd - CRC Open House held at Expo Center on Dec 3rd. You are asked to attend CRC Open House prior to the meeting with TC.

Dec 4th - PDD#2 election meeting will be held. You do not need to attend, just get your proxy votes to Leslie, Matt, or Walter.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Agenda for Nov. 19th Meeting

November Meeting

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

7 PM @ Columbia Pioneer School

716 N. Marine Dr. [At Marine and Bridgeton]


1- The Columbia River Crossing Project will be discussed

This is the first chance we have had to talk with the team after the recommendation for a new bridge system was made. Interesting things are proposed on the CRC website. We can find out first hand how it may affect us. The plans are advancing and this is our chance to hear what has changed.

 2- Levee Certification Report

Short review of what has happened concerning the removal of trees, filling in on the levee, planting trees, and where we go next. A special thanks to Friends of Trees and Wieden-Kennedy and Associates

3- A Representative from the Portland Police Department will be present.

4- We have no new information from Trammell Crow concerning their plans to build an apartment complex at the west end of Bridgeton Road.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Columbia River Crossing Project Update

CRC hosts open houses to receive input, answer questions
The Columbia River Crossing project invites you to attend an open house in December to learn about plans for light rail on Hayden Island and in Vancouver , a replacement bridge, and fixing seven highway interchanges between SR 500 and Columbia Boulevard .  
Public comments will help the project make decisions on key issues including the number of lanes on a new I-5 bridge and design of the bridge, light rail and highway improvements.
Two open houses will be held:
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Open house: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Hilton Vancouver Washington
301 W. 6th Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
Public transit: C-TRAN #4
More info: or 360-695-0123
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Open house: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center
2060 North Marine Drive, Hall D
Portland, OR 97217
Public transit: TriMet MAX Yellow Line
More info: or 503-238-RIDE
CRC Project Sponsors Council to hold first meeting
A 10-member governor-appointed panel will meet for the first time Tuesday, Nov. 4, to begin advising the Oregon and Washington departments of transportation on project development for the Columbia River Crossing project. 
The Project Sponsors Council will advise the project on completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, project design, project timeline, sustainable construction methods, consistency with greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and the financial plan.
The meeting will be held 1 – 3 p.m. at the Southwest Region office of the Washington State Department of Transportation, 11018 NE 51st Circle , Vancouver , WA . It is open to the public.
CRC appoints Marine Drive Stakeholder Group
In September, CRC appointed a Marine Drive Stakeholder Group to advise the project on reconstruction alternatives for the Marine Drive interchange.
This group represents a wide variety of interests potentially affected by redesign of the Marine Drive Interchange, including the Oregon Department of Transportation, City of Portland , Port of Portland , trucking and distributions companies and property owners.  
Visit the Marine Drive Stakeholder Group page for more information about the group.
CRC project concludes fairs and festivals season
At the completion of its 2008 fairs and festivals season, CRC project staff had spoken with more than 2,000 community members. Throughout the spring and summer project staff hosted booths at 20 events in Oregon and Washington including Juneteenth Celebration, Ho'ike Hawaiian Festival and Seaport Celebration. Staff answered questions about the project and provided informational materials.
CRC wants to talk to your group
Project staff regularly attends community group meetings to give brief presentations and answer questions about the project. If you would like to schedule a presentation for your next meeting, please click here.
Columbia River Crossing contact information
Mail: 700 Washington St, Suite 300
Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: 360-737-2726 or 503-256-2726
Fax: 360-737-0294


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

An update and thank you from Pen2

PHONE (503) 281-5675    FAX (503) 281-0392

November 3, 2008

Leslie Sawyer, Chair
Bridgeton Neighborhood Association
Portland OR 97211

Dear Leslie,

Please accept this report as an update on the tree removal and planting plan approved by the stakeholder organizations earlier this year.  As you know, Wieden+Kennedy staff volunteered on October 30th to plant the first phase of seventy trees at the Columbia School site.  They were guided by a planting plan prepared by the neighborhood through landscape architect Bo Nevue.  Bo even staked the location of the trees to be planted.  Friends of Trees assisted the Wieden+Kennedy staff in organization and helped plant trees.  Jeff Moore of Urban Forest Professionals LLC volunteered his time and equipment to unload and place the trees near the designated planting site, and dug the planting holes where Bo had them staked.  The PEN 2 Drainage District bought the trees through R&M Plant Procurement who dug, bagged and delivered each to the site.

Prior to the staking of trees, the PEN 2 District had been able to backfill fifteen feet along the south edge of the levee to stabilize and enforce its width, and add an additional fifteen feet of soil to accommodate tree planting.  Originally, this project was not thought possible this year, but the bid was most competitive and the District was able to complete the work with the approval of the School District.  The effect in a couple of years will be to create the tree corridor effect that had to be removed.  The addition can also be used as a natural embankment for watching soccer games.

All trees have now been removed and the stumps ground-out, or taken out, per US Army Corps of Engineers standards.  The USACE has inspected the levee and will write a letter supporting levee certification to FEMA this week.  That should provide time for FEMA to compile the information and include it in the final Federal Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) due out September 2009.  The PEN 2 District will be protected by this action.

Congratulations to the Bridgeton Neighborhood for enduring this stressing process of both tree removal and added construction confusion on the levee.  The District looks forward to working with Bridgeton neighbors on the location of other trees to plant in each of the two years to come.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Bob Eaton
Executive Director

Sunday, November 02, 2008

It's not too early for this....

Christmas ship season [aka party time on Bridgeton Road and Hayden Island] is coming!

North Portland Harbor dates are Thursday Dec 11th and Friday Dec. 19th

Full Columbia schedule:

Full Willamette schedule:

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Voted yet?

If you did not mail your ballot yesterday - you MUST take it to a drop box


It be received by 8 PM Tuesday and it's too late to mail it in. Post marks do not count!

Here are official drop off sites:

You can give your ballot to a campaign worker who may come knocking on your door - and you can take it to a campaign headquarters.

If you want to get accolades for dropping off your ballot - take it to the Obama headquarters on 15th and NE Killingsworth. I've been there selling Obama gear and it's fun to watch everyone get so revved up for incoming ballots - beating on pans, ringing what sounds like a cow bell, cheering and applauding...

I wish I had dropped mine off there - I've never been had that kind of attention for voting :-)