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2016 RNA Board Elections
by Cyd Manro

houses, especially our
or (503) 206-6529.
basements and garages, of
unwanted and hard to recycle
Please read carefully, as the
(non-curbside) items. Just bring
election procedures are
them to our annual Richmond
changing. The board will vote
Clean-Up on Saturday, May 21.
April 11th, 2016 on
Please note, however, that Metro
recommendations from the
will no longer accept demolition
election reform committee that or construction materials
was formed in 2015. If passed,
because they are all-too-likely to
one proposal would require
contain asbestos which the DEQ
anyone who wishes to run for a
has “outlawed.”
seat at the RNA board of
Seeking Litter Picking
directors election on June 13th, Our clean-up accomplishes
Superheroes for the
2016 to announce their
several things. We have access to Division/Clinton Litter Pickup
candidacy at the May 9th, 2016
a centrally located place to
by Katy Asher
meeting. There are other
dump unwanted items such as
proposals requesting candidate bulky waste and obsolete
Vanquish trash while wielding a
statements, proof of RNA
electronics. It is a fundraiser for litter picker and bucket, and help
membership, and a standing
YOUR Richmond Neighborhood make your neighborhood shine.
elections committee.
Association which supports
neighborhood events. Plus, if
Spend the morning spreading
Please visit the website at
you don’t have stuff to get rid of good neighbor vibes with SE
richmondpdx.org for more upyou can still visit our popular
Uplift, Division Clinton Business
to-date information regarding
plant and rummage sale. The
Association (DCBA), and SOLVE
the 2016 RNA board and officer
plant sale has been growing
as we work our way up one of
elections. All who are 18 or older each year and is an excellent
the busiest corridors in inner-SE.
who live, own property, or a
opportunity to get affordable
Let's work together to make a
business in the Richmond
plants for your yard. The
simple and visible impact. As a
neighborhood are encouraged to rummage sale is a big
sign of gratitude, DCBA member
attend and vote!
neighborhood garage sale with
St. Honore will serve volunteers
all sorts of reusable household
tasty coquettes and coffee.
items looking for a new home.
Clean-Up, Rummage and Plant
What: Division/Clinton Spring
This event is only made possible Litter Pickup
by Jonathan King
thanks to our neighborhood
When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 
volunteers who donate their
Once again, our annual
time on clean-up day. For more
Where: Begin and end at St.
Richmond Clean-Up gives us a
information, contact Jonathan
Honore, 3333 SE Division
great excuse for cleaning our
at richmondcleanup@gmail.com RSVP: requested but not

required at
Planning Your Neighborhood
Block Party
by Allen Field

waived. Online registration for a
National Night Out event is at
Some tips to keep in mind:

• Hold a neighborhood
barbecue or potluck so
neighbors can get together to
Having a block party on your
pick the date, to decide whether
street is the best way to get to
the entire street or only part of it
know your neighbors, and it’s
will be closed, to divide
easy to organize.
responsibilities, and to decide if
you want entertainment.
The Portland Bureau of
• Divide the workload: some
Transportation (PBOT) handles
neighbors can supply the
block party permits, which cost
barbecues, others can bring
$10. There is an extra $5 per
tables and chairs, maybe some
street fee for each additional
neighbors play in a band or have
street that is closed as part of
other talents to entertain, and
the event. There is a $25
one or two people can take care
expedited fee for applications
of all the permits.
received 5 business days or less
• Organize games or contests
before the event.
for kids, for example: bean bag
toss game (cornhole game),
PBOT’s block party website
sidewalk chalk contest, a piñata,
provides all the necessary
pumpkinseed spitting contest,
information and street closure
outdoor movie, kids’ races, rent
permit applications:
a jump castle, hold a talent
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/ show, etc. Collect donations
transportation/66080. The
from neighbors to help cover the
Office of Neighborhood
cost of any permits you get,
Involvement block party
drinks, ice, communal food, and
webpage has very useful tips on other costs.
planning block parties and
useful links:
You do not have to close off the
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/ entire street, but you do have to
get the signature of every house
on the section of the street you
Noise permits are required if you want to close and the corner
will have amplified music.
houses if one side of the house
Permits are $58, but, if you
sits on the closed street. Submit
registered your block party as a
your paperwork to PBOT no later
National Night Out event (first
than four weeks before the
Tuesday in August, but any block event.
party the first two weeks in
August usually qualifies – check Street closure barricades (at
with the city’s Noise Office, 503- least three Type I barricades are
823-7350), the noise permit fee is required) and signs can be

borrowed from SE Uplift and the
RNA or rented from a local
company. The RNA requires a
$150 deposit and $5 battery fee
-- contact
allen_field@yahoo.com to
reserve them well in advance of
your block party (at least 3
Richmond Community Action
by Lisa Miller
Richmond Community Action
Network (RCAN) is a new group
supported by OHSU Family
Medicine at Richmond Clinic.
RCAN is partnering with the
community to address social
determinants of health. Social
determinants of health (SDHs)
are factors outside of medical
care that impact health: housing,
education, nutrition, social
support, socioeconomic status,
etc. The team has chosen
housing as the first area of focus.
The first aim is responding to the
City of Portland’s Safe Sleep
guidelines, an emergency plan
from Portland’s mayor’s office
for managing camping on cityowned property by people
experiencing homelessness.
RCAN, Richmond Neighborhood
Association (RNA) and DivisionClinton Business Association
(DCBA) are forming a workgroup
to engage the community in
providing local interpretation
and guidance for these Cityapproved guidelines.
In an effort to provide inclusive
input by affected stakeholders,
the workgroup has reached out
so far to members of Home

Forward, Portland Police Bureau, feedback, desired information
Richmond Community Church,
developers should bring so the
as well as RNA and DCBA.
community can better
understand the design and
If you are interested in joining
potential impacts, and a process
our work on the Safe Sleep
and form for how to follow up on
guidelines, or helping form our
community feedback topics.
long-term work to address the
impact of housing on the health While this policy is a not a
of the community, please e-mail mandatory requirement
enforced by the City, it does
represent community priorities
for having enough information
RNA Adopts Notification Policy to better engage with architects
by Heather Flint Chatto
and developers more
successfully in future planning of
There has been rapid
the neighborhood, particularly
redevelopment of Division from for those projects where the NA
both public investments in the
has discretionary or advisory
Division Streetscape project and power (demolitions, rezones,
extensive new private large
etc.). It is further hoped that this
development projects over the
policy will help improve
past three years. The nearby
compatibility of new
residents have had neither the
development with
policy nor political framework to neighborhood context and
have a say in this development. character. The policy will be
In response, the Richmond
posted on the RNA website later
Neighborhood Association (RNA) this month and will be shared
formed the Division Design
with future developers and
Initiative (DDI), a coalition with
Hosford Abernethy
Neighborhood District (HAND),
To learn more about the Division
Mt. Tabor and South Tabor
Design Initiative work and Top
Neighborhood Associations
Ten Policy Recommendations for
(MTNA & STNA), the Division
the City of Portland, please visit
Clinton Business Association
(DCBA) and Southeast Uplift
To contact the DDI or be added
to their notice list, email
ilovedivision@gmail.org. To
On February 19th, the RNA
support the work of this
adopted the Community
grassroots inter-neighborhood
Notification and Engagement
coalition to help provide
Policy, applicable to projects
technical assistance on adopting
5,000 square feet or greater and policy improvements that
five units or more. The policy
respond to neighborhood
gives a desired timeframe within context and character, please
which developers are asked to
send donations to: Division
come to the neighborhood
Design Initiative, c/o SE Uplift,
association so there is earlier
3534 SE Main Street, Portland,
opportunity for community
OR 97214.

Dare to Prepare: Cascadia
Subduction Zone 101
by Callie Jones
Unless you have been living off
of the grid, or have been out of
the country for a few years, or
perhaps, like me, you moved
here from a place where
earthquakes are not an issue,
you have probably come to
realization that you are living on
the edge of the Cascadia
Subduction Zone.
The Cascadia what? The
Cascadia Subduction Zone is a
fault line that separates the Juan
de Fuca and North America
plates, extending from Northern
Vancouver Island Canada to
Cape Mendocino California. The
Juan de Fuca plate is moving
towards the North America plate
and is being pushed below it,
hence the word "subduction."
The problem is it appears to be
stuck. Pressure has been
building for over 300 years and is
overdue to for a "megathrust"
earthquake. Geological evidence
shows that such great
earthquakes occur every 400 to
600 years.
We all react differently to this
kind of information. You could
move away, or pretend it's not
going to happen, or you could
look it straight in the eye and
deal with it in small, proactive
ways while you carry on with
your normal life in Portland.
Here's a few things that you can
do to prepare:

• Sign up for “Public Alerts” at
• Prepare together, get your
neighbors involved. PREPOregon
• Join your local chapter of
Portland NET (Neighborhood
Emergency Team)
• Make a plan and build your
- Portland Bureau of
Emergency Management (PBEM)
- PREPOregon (Planning for
Resilience & Emergency
Stephanie Swanson of Enhabit
offers the following extra tips:
• Identify Home Hazards.
Heavy objects that can be
dangerous if they move or fall
during an earthquake. Secure
bookcases, electronics,
appliances, and any other items
to walls with fasteners, or move
them away from beds and
• Retrofit. Reinforcing older
homes—bolting them to the
foundation, reinforcing the
“cripple wall” between the first
floor and the foundation and
shoring up weight-bearing posts
and beams—helps them stay
standing after an earthquake. A
seismic retrofit can also help you
get earthquake insurance, and
since your home is your biggest
investment, make sure it’s

The RNA Adopts a Vision
by Cyd Manro

RNA Board Members
Chair: Cyd Manro
Vice Chair: Brendon Haggerty
Secretary: Kari Schlosshauer
Treasurer: Jonathan King
On February 8, 2016 the RNA
adopted a vision statement after SEUL Delegate: Denise Hare
Land Use Chair: Doug Klotz
collecting input from RNA
members and the board over a Election Reform Chair: Luisa
Simone (not a board member)
couple of months. A vision
statement is concise, clear, and At Large: Tom McTighe, Chris
describes what kind of role the and Heather Flint Chatto (shared
seat), Erik Matthews, Jordan
RNA strives to play in the
Lanz, Megan Light, Alan Kessler,
Richmond neighborhood.
Greg Petras, Callie Jones,
Elisabeth Varga.
The RNA adopted the following
success criteria for the vision
RNA Newsletter
Editor: Open
1. aligned with our values
2. inspirational and clear
3. holds up when we check our
decisions against it
4. represents the constituents of
5. both forward thinking and
grounded in Richmond’s history
and culture
The vision statement is as
“RNA inclusively listens to
Richmond residents and
supports with integrity their
collaborative engagement to
improve the livability,
accessibility, and safety of the
neighborhood for all.”
There will be more opportunities
for RNA members to give input in
order to shape the vision
statement during a special
session to be scheduled in April.
If you have feedback or you want
to be on the email list, send an
email to

Interim Editor: Cyd Manro
Distribution: Jonathan King

Richmond Neighborhood News is
seeking an editor. Email Cyd at
RNAboard@eco-munity.com for
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Opinions expressed in the
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are not necessarily those of the
Richmond Neighborhood
Association or its board.

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