Public Invited to Todays NAYA Generations Project Launch

The old Foster Elementary School site in Lents has been empty for years, but a coalition of community groups has come together to create something innovative and new on the property.

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Local Legislative Shuffle Underway

Update (Nov. 8 2013):

Tonight the Senate District 23 PCPs met and voted to forward three names to the Multnomah County Commission.

The 34 Precinct Committeepersons cast their ballots as follows:
Michael Dembrow 23
C.M. Hall 8
Enrique Arias 3

Those three names will go to the County for the final selection, which will likely happen next week.

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This Friday evening, various local Democratic Party semi-luminaries will gather to nominate a replacement for our local State Senator, Jackie Dingfelder. Dingfelder stepped down to take a job in Mayor Charlie Hales’ office after 12 years in the Legislature.

This sets in motion one of those only-in-Oregon processes for selecting her replacement.

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Representative Michael Dembrow (HD45), former Senator Jackie Dingfelder (SD23) and Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer (HD44) at this summer’s Bicycle Town Hall.

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City Council Approves Additional Federal Dollars for Foster Streetscape

Today the City Council approved an additional $2 million in funding for the Foster Road Transportation Safety & Streetscape project. That amount will be added to $3.25 million already identified for the 2.2-mile long project.

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Dan Bower and Mark Lear present PBOT’s recommendations on federal transportation funding to Mayor Hales and the City Council.

The Council approved PBOT’s recommended project list for the Metro Area’s Regional Flexible Funds for Fiscal Years 2016-2018. That recommendation now goes to the regionwide Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT), where it is expected to receive final approval next month.

The Council’s full funding recommendation also included $8.3 million for transportation improvements in East Portland, $1.9 million for improvements to SW Barbur Boulevard, $6 million for improvements in the Central City, and $3.7 million for freight access improvements at Swan Island and Rivergate.

Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick told the Council that “investments that make it easier to walk, bike and take transit also contribute to improving our economy. They’re not just about liveability. They’re not just about reducing our carbon footprint. They’re not just about safety. They’re also about economic development.”

The Foster Road project made the final cut with unusually broad public support, which included Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, Oregon Walks, OPAL Environmental Justice and The Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Local citizens submitted more than 150 public comments in favor of the project, far outpacing support for any other project in the region.

A Busy Weekend Ahead on Foster Road

Saturday

It’s all about art in these parts as FAN packs it in again.  Start with coffee and breakfast at Carts on Foster and Pieper Cafe and then it’s a choose your own adventure between the Slingshot Lounge, Salon Mojo, The Crafty Underdog Shop, Torta-landia, Gemini Lounge, and the Foster Road Salon featuring art by Aaron R. Friedman.  While you’re in the heart of Foster, don’t miss the 10th and final grand finale of the Richard Foreman Festival at Performance Works NW.  Dancers, poets, theater and media artists promise to amuse and befuddle you with a marathon of short works created in just 10 days.  Advance purchase tickets are available for two seatings at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. (more…)