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November 2016 -- Vol. 111, No. 3

Memories of THE BEE's first 100 years!
In 2006, THE BEE celebrated its centennial of serving Southeast Portland!  A special four-page retrospective of Inner Southeast Portland's century, written by Eileen Fitzsimons, and drawn from the pages of THE BEE over the previous 100 years, appeared in our September, 2006, issue.
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Don't Shoot Portland, Black Lives Matter, demonstration, Eastmoreland
Self-appointed “crossing guards” delighted in stopping vehicles on S.E. 27th, in front of the Mayor’s empty house, for no apparent reason. By this time, as the photo makes evident, the skies had opened and rain came down in buckets. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Protesters tire of City Hall; encamp in Eastmoreland


A public demonstration that ended up on the lawn of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales in Eastmoreland on October 14 was originally posted on social media as set to take place at the “Watershed Building” on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland.

The posting was apparently a ruse, inasmuch as “Don't Shoot PDX” and “Black Lives Matter” acolytes late that afternoon sauntered south along S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard, occasionally blocking traffic, and followed their leaders, Greg McKelvey and Teressa Raiford, over the Bybee Bridge, then south on S.E. 27th Avenue to a position in front of Mayor Charlie Hales’ house.

When THE BEE arrived at the scene, the group had just stopped in front of the Hales home, and there was not much police presence to be seen. However, just around the corner at S.E. 30th Avenue at Knapp Street, a contingent of 16 Portland Police Officers – wearing personal protection gear – were standing by on the running boards of specially-equipped SUVs, in case they were needed.

Speaking as if the Mayor were at home – he wasn’t, but instead was away, attending an event for a nonprofit organization – McKelvey shouted through a bullhorn, “We’re here to tell Mayor Charlie Hales we have a reason to protest; since he didn’t want us at City Hall, we took it to his house. If we can’t be comfortable, you can’t be comfortable.”

McKelvey was referring to protests on October 12 and 13 at which ten people were arrested during a camp-out at City Hall in an attempt to protest the approval of a new Portland Police Bureau labor contract, which the City Council members eventually approved by a three-to-one vote. Some of the arrests made at that location were for assaults on police officers.

In the afternoon of October 14, from surprisingly new and classy-looking cars and SUVs, the protesters started hauling out high-quality camping gear, including groundcloths, tents, and supplies. Within an hour, some twenty tents had been set up along the parking strip in front of the Mayor’s still-empty house, and also across the street along the sidewalk next to the Eastmoreland Golf Course.

A street “crossing guard” helped pedestrians cross the street, but often stopped neighbors as they were heading home for work, or going out for the evening. On several occasions, the self-appointed flagger stopped vehicles for no apparent reason, stood in the path of cars, and taunted the drivers – apparently just for fun.

The looming rain, which was steadily increasing from a light sprinkle to a torrential downpour, dampened the enthusiasm of many protesters, who took shelter in the tents, vowing to camp out overnight – and perhaps longer.

The following morning, die-hard and drenched demonstrators remained at the encampment, apparently hoping that the Mayor would eventually return home. But by that afternoon, when we again swung by, they were all gone.

Eastmoreland, deep water, storm, cars stalled, Ides of October
Pushed to higher ground by neighbors, the flooded vehicles will need work in the shop before they’re running again, after they stalled in deep water on S.E. 28th Avenue at Martins Street in Eastmoreland. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

October storms soak and batter Inner Southeast


Climaxing a stormy week, a hammering rainstorm flooded neighborhoods with rain in the late afternoon of Friday, October 14, as residents braced for a major windstorm the next day.

“The 48 hour total at our official weather station at PDX was 2.5 inches of rain,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Matthew Cullen said. In the three days between October 13 and 15, THE BEE recorded 3.74 inches of rain at our Westmoreland rain gauge.

Two drivers who tried driving through Eastmoreland’s perennial “flood zone” along S.E. 28th Avenue at Martins Street stalled out in high water Friday evening, one telling the 9-1-1 Center dispatchers that she had three inches of water in her car, and it was sinking.

Neighbors braved the torrent, and pushed both vehicles up to higher ground.

“We’ve had a series of low pressure storm systems,” Cullen told THE BEE.

“Super Typhoon Songda” in the western Pacific the week before moved north and got caught in the jet stream, bringing both energy and moisture into the Northwest, from as far south as the San Francisco Bay Area north into Canada. The Saturday storm had been referred to by the Portland Weather Service in its daily advisories as the “Ides of October Storm”.

Oaks Bottom, Sellwood Boulevard, road damaged, washout, Ides of October, storm
Looking up the bluff from Oaks Bottom, THE BEE saw a person was peering down from the corner of S.E. 7th Avenue and Sellwood Boulevard at the ground washed away during the intense rainstorm on the late afternoon of October 15. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Indeed, on Saturday, October 15, more heavy rain was followed, in early afternoon, by wind gusts as high as 55 mph, felling trees and breaking off branches here and there, and causing numerous power outages all over the region. One outage took out a large section of Inner Southeast between 2:12 and 3:18 p.m., darkening over 2,000 homes and businesses, and bringing Orange Line MAX trains to a halt for a while.

In the aftermath of that outage, traffic lights in the area were flashing red, and the north elevator at the Bybee Boulevard MAX station malfunctioned, requiring servicing before it returned to service. Portland Fire and Rescue responded to 62 emergencies in the city between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., mostly wind-related, including a tree into a house, on October 15.

Although that storm represented the apex of the extended wet weather, more rain and wind was predicted into the middle of the following week at least – and presenting PBOT with one new problem: The always-problematical bluff-edge along which Sellwood Boulevard runs, overlooking Oaks Bottom, suffered another major slide on October 15th just under the roadbed, near the turn to S.E. 7th – and just how to shore THAT up permanently remained to be determined.

bicycle, theft, David Joshua Dutcherson
Formerly out of jail on probation after being convicted of burglary, 32-year-old David Joshua Dutcherson is once again back behind bars – this time accused of stealing bicycles in Inner Southeast, and reselling them online. (MCDC booking photo)

Prolific Inner Southeast bike burglar busted


Did you know that the Portland Police Bureau has a Bike Theft Task Force (BTTF)? They do, and at least two Sellwood-Westmoreland residents are happy about it, having gotten their stolen bikes back.

The case started in early September, when an off-duty Portland Police Detective saw a suspicious van, with three high-end racing bikes inside.

“The detective took note of the plate, and the driver,” said reported Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. “Later, when officers were investigating some new bike thefts, the detective recognized the suspect and the vehicle he’d seen a week prior.”

On September 22, BTTF officers arrested 32-year-old David Joshua Dutcherson in connection with at least three burglaries of apartment complex garages, where numerous bicycles had been stolen, Simpson said.

Detectives reportedly fingered Dutcherson for several burglaries – including one each in the areas of S.E. Umatilla Street at 13th Avenue in Sellwood, and on S.E. Harold Street at Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland – and they believed he was reselling the stolen bikes online.

Dutcherson was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 7:11 p.m. the day of his arrest on charges of Burglary in the First Degree (four counts), Theft in the First Degree (three counts), Possession of Heroin, and Theft in the First Degree by Receiving.

According to official records, Dutcherson was also held on numerous other outstanding warrants – and he was on probation for burglary at the time of the offenses. However, at his arraignment the following day, the “County Hold” and “Probation Violation” charges were dropped by a judge.

Nonetheless, Dutcherson remains in custody at Inverness Jail – in lieu of $170,000 bail for the unsentenced new burglary, theft, and heroin charges.

Historical District, Eastmoreland, Mary Kyle McCurdy, Keep Eastmoreland Free
“Keep Eastmoreland Free” organizer Mary Kyle McCurdy talks with a neighbor at an informational meeting her group sponsored, regarding the proposed Eastmoreland Historic District. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Opponents draw big crowd to Eastmoreland ‘Historic District’ meeting


On a cold, rains-swept evening nearly 200 people made their way into the Holy Family Catholic Church Celebration Hall on October 4, to hear about the Eastmoreland Historic District from opponents of the plan – a group called “Keep Eastmoreland Free”.

“We are group of residents of Eastmoreland who are opposed to, or at least very concerned about, the process by which our neighborhood might be designated as Historic District,” said one of the meeting organizers, Mary Kyle McCurdy.

“We think there is been a lack of objective information out to help neighbor come to their own conclusions,” McCurdy told THE BEE. “A lot of people asked us to put on this forum, which is what we’re doing tonight.

“Our presentations are purely fact-based,” McCurdy alleged. “We want provide factual information about the process for becoming a Historic District, and the process for doing exterior alterations and rebuilding in a Historic District.”

Further, McCurdy said, she does not believe that imposing a Historic District is an appropriate land-use planning tool. “We think there are better solutions for this than an Historic District, such as the city has proposed – they currently have a proposal that would reduce housing height and size of new houses in single-family neighborhoods and in remodels.”

Another meeting organizer, Liz Dexter, said that, as a licensed architect who is used to reading code and going to land-use reviews, “To me, many parts of this are baffling. I dove into the topic in July, and am coming ‘up to speed’ on current historic district resource code.

“The more I’ve learned, the more afraid I became of Eastmoreland becoming an Historic District,” added Dexter. “It’s mostly because the restrictions are really intended to preserve history – not to preserve charm or character.”

Looking at Eastmoreland from an architect’s standpoint, there certainly are homes of “historic landmark” caliber, Dexter conceded. “But the majority of the ‘housing fabric’ in our neighborhood is pretty basic residential architecture. Trying to preserve that doesn’t really make any sense.”

During the meeting, attendees also heard from a City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Historic Resources and Preservation manager, who described how such districts are created.

Observing the meeting was Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association (ENA) President Tom Hansen, who said that he wasn’t there to debate issues, but to learn more about the points of view of those who oppose the district.

“We are in the process of finishing the survey of all 1,500 homes, so we can determine the boundaries of a potential Historic District, in which of the properties are conforming, and which are not,” Hansen said.

Next for ENA is arranging a poll to decide whether or not to go forward with the process, Hansen added. “In this poll, who will be able to vote, how to calculate it and how it will be made to be fair, has all been arranged through Southeast Uplift. A third party will do the count, the audit, and the reporting.”

This is a long and difficult process, he said. “We are in the next phase of trying to do some intensive review of some of the properties for the application.”

Some of the opponents’ claims that some information regarding the Historic District process and what it would mean to affected neighbors has been misleading, Hansen said, “We’ve been trying to put the word out as best we can. Our website is pretty balanced, our meetings are all open.

“We’re working to be informative,” Hansen continued. “And, we’re looking forward to having more meetings in about six weeks [from the date of this meeting on October 4], sponsored by the Board, coming up as we get to the next stage of defining the boundaries of the Historical District.”

Those on both sides if the Eastmoreland Historic District issue have established websites:

And, each side has been maintaining a lively dialogue each month in the “Letters” column of THE BEE, as well.

Precision Castparts, DEQ, monitoring, Brentwood Darlington
An Oregon DEQ worker checks on one of the air monitor devices at the new S.E. Harney Drive at 52nd monitoring station up the hill from the Precision Castparts facility. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Data revealed from new Precision Castparts air monitors


Just across Harney Drive from “Precision Castparts Corporation Structurals” (PCCS), and near S.E. 52nd Avenue, above the plant, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) installed two new air monitoring stations back in May, in addition to doing so at a site along the Springwater Corridor Trail.

“The first set of data from two additional air monitors placed near industrial manufacturer PCCS show levels of the heavy metals nickel, hexavalent chromium, and arsenic above annual ‘benchmarks’,” reported DEQ Environmental Cleanup Manager Keith Johnson in mid-September.

According to a report issued by DEQ and OHA, nickel concentrations were 3.4 times above the “benchmark” at the Springwater Trail monitor, and 1.2 times above it at the S.E. 52nd Avenue at Harney Drive location.

Hexavalent chromium concentrations were some 4.1 times above the “benchmark” at the Springwater Trail monitor, and 1.5 times above it at the S.E. 52nd Avenue at Harney Drive location.

The data show arsenic levels are generally above the health-based air quality goal (ambient “benchmark” concentration) for the metal, although still within levels normally found in urban environments.

“Although some the levels of the metals are above health-based ‘benchmark’ concentrations, they are all below Oregon 24-hour screening levels, so there is no indication of an immediate public health threat, according to Oregon Health Authority (OHA) health experts,” OHA Lead Communications Officer Jonathan Modie added.

“[The levels] also do not indicate the need for any special precautions on the part of residents in the area,” Modie said.

Upon hearing the news, Neighbors for Clean Air President Mary Peveto told THE BEE, “One ‘hit’ doesn’t tell the story; there have been unchecked emissions for decades.

“We haven’t finished crunching the numbers from our small-scale monitoring, but believe it is in line with what we found, potentially putting neighbors at risk in that neighborhood,” Peveto asserted. “We are concerned that the long-term exposure of these elements to the community is problematic.”

In early October, the Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association announced that a community meeting, a continuation of the meeting held in May at the Monarch Hotel, regarding air/water/soil quality and PCCS, was to be held at Lane Middle School on October 24, from 7 until 9 p.m, after this issue of THE BEE had gone to press.

Sellwood Bridge, seal deck
Workers seal the remaining parts of the new Sellwood Bridge concrete deck. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

New Sellwood Bridge: Sealed above, restored below


In late September, and right through October, work continued on the Sellwood Bridge project.

After moving concrete “Jersey barriers” from the north side of the bridge to the south edge, strips of pavement were left unprotected. On the weekend the bridge was closed, September 24-25, crews spread sealant over the previously unprotected areas.

“The sealer that crews use on the concrete bridge deck is called ‘methacrylate’,” Multnomah County project spokesman Mike Pullen informed us.

The two-component, rapid-curing, high-molecular-weight methacrylate is called a “crack healer/penetrating sealer”. “It seals superficial cracks to keep out the water that can freeze and expand cracks,” Pullen explained.

As the project approaches its ultimate end, one of the last bridge-related projects is well underway, pointed out Pullen, on a tour of the site with THE BEE.

“What now looks like a dirt pit, north of the bridge and east of the Riverpark condos, will become a new bioswale,” Pullen remarked, as workers connected plumbing inside the bioswale outfall’s pipes.

“By the end of this year, whenever it rains, the rainwater will flow off, from the center of the bridge, going east to S.E. Grand Place, where it will be captured,” Pullen explained.

“This runoff will contain some pollutants, such as oil, tire powder, and brake dust,” Pullen pointed out. “There’ll be plants in the bio-swale that will filter out pollutants before the water goes into an underground pipe under Spokane Street, and then outfall into the Willamette River.”

While the bioswale looks deep now, it will be filled with plants, rocks, and gravel, through a series of concrete weirs that slow down the water. It won’t be fenced. “The neighborhood representatives didn’t like the look of fenced areas, so the swales are designed with gentle slopes and shallow water depths,” Pullen said.

While it will look like a nature spot, the eastside bioswale is designed to treat up to 190 gallons per minute.

Below the bridge’s deck, except for a “work easement”, the land is owned by Sellwood Harbor and Riverpark condominiums. “Crews are working here, restoring the parking lots and landscaping for the two condominium projects that share the land under the bridge,” Pullen said.

And, by the November 8 election day, the south sidewalk expected to open, along with the west-side bicycle and pedestrian bridge.

Currently the project’s total cost is $324 million. “That’s about 5% over our original estimate of $307.5 million,” Pullen reported. “We do have funds to cover the increased cost from the vehicle registration fee, and from the City of Portland.”

Oregon Music Hall of Fame, Duffy Bishop, Chris Carlson, Aladdin Theater
With her husband Chris Carlson singing harmony and playing guitar, blues music legend Duffy Bishop pours deep emotions into her performance. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Major Oregon music talents honored at Aladdin Theater concert


It was a grand Saturday evening on October 8, when the 10th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) Induction and Concert again filled Brooklyn’s Aladdin Theater with supporters of the musicians involved, and supporters of the nonprofit organization.

“Part this evening is a great concert, featuring blues-music-great Duffy Bishop and other honorees, but there’s another, more important aspect of this show for OMHOF,” said the organization’s co-founder and director of the music education and college scholarship programs, Janeen Rundle, at the theater.

“Every penny that we raise from ticket sales, and from the ‘Signed Guitar Auction’, goes to our Music Education Scholarship Fund, and to present music education assemblies in Oregon public elementary schools that don’t have music programs – serving more than 5,000 students,” Rundle told THE BEE.

In addition to introducing children to music, “This year, we helped four students go off to college to study music, by awarding each a $2,500 scholarship.”

Headlining the show was Duffy Bishop – perhaps Portland’s all-time favorite blues artist and one of this year’s OMHOF inductees. Appearing with her band, led by her lead guitarist and husband Chris Carlson, Bishop demonstrated her signature vocal prowess as she cooed, sang, and belted out musical numbers while wandering through the audience, as well as on the stage.

An OMHOF “Album of the Year” awarded band, the elegant and daring modern chamber pop music quartet, “3 Leg Torso”, played updated classics, and a scintillating tango infused with equal parts of tradition and innovation.

Supper club owner Tony Starlight again sparkled as Master of Ceremonies, helping OMHOF President Terry Currier keep the evening moving along.

Introducing the awards portion of the evening, Currier told the audience, “We honor Oregonians who have made outstanding contributions to, or significant impact on, the evolution, development, and perpetuation of the music industry. Nominees must have been born in Oregon, or have lived or operated in Oregon sometime during their lifetime.”

Although they didn’t perform, sweeping the awards this year was the group Sleater-Kinney – members of which were inducted into OMHOF, but which also won “Album of the Year” and “Artist of the Year” awards.

And, those who bid boldly during the live auction took home guitars signed by music celebrities and groups such as Chicago, Steve Miller, and Weezer.

While there are great concerts at the Aladdin Theater almost every evening, this is perhaps the only show held there all year that combines great music, with raising money to help a good cause.

Learn more about the evening, awardees, and the work of OMHOF, a nonprofit 501c3 organization, with a visit to their website:

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