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An important innovation is that classified ads placed in THE BEE may also be available at the special Community Classifieds website, at the HotLink below!

In addition, Community Classifieds now offer the additional service of in-column photographs of vehicles and homes for sale. The photos can not only appear in THE BEE, but on the website as well.

Community Classifieds appear each month in THE BEE, and can also reach up to a half million additional readers by being published in any combination of the 24 other newspapers in the "Community Newspapers" group, including the weekly Clackamas Review, Oregon City News, Lake Oswego Review, and West Linn Tidings; the monthly Sherwood Gazette, and Southwest Community Connection; the twice-weekly Gresham Outlook and Portland Tribune; and the other newspapers in the group.

To get information or place your classified ad by phone, here's the number to call: 503/620-7355!

Now, click on the logo directly below, and read the Pamplin Media online "Community Classifieds"!

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INNER SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S

BUSINESS NEWS!


BDNA Chair Stephenie Frederick (standing, center) welcomed participants to the December roundtable, convened to help Korean-owned convenience store operators in that neighborhood to be more resilient to crime and vandalism.
BDNA Chair Stephenie Frederick (standing, center) welcomed participants to the December roundtable, convened to help Korean-owned convenience store operators in that neighborhood to be more resilient to crime and vandalism. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

BDNA supports Korean-American grocers experiencing vandalism

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Concerned about several of the Korean-American owned and operated convenience stores that serve the neighborhood, leadership of the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) hosted a meeting in their Community Center on Monday evening, December 11, seeking to bring resources to these retailers.

“The past few years have been brutal for these convenience stores – including the seven (not all of which are Korean-American owned) that serve Brentwood-Darlington,” BDNA Chair Stephenie Frederick explained at the outset. She added that this meeting had been months in the making.

“When I was distributing flyers for BDNA's July “Movies in the Park” to area businesses, the owner of Food Fair, at S. E. Duke Street and 72nd Avenue, told me about the vandalism, property damage, theft, and threats with which store owners and their workers have been contending on a regular basis – and asked if we had connections with any elected officials,” Frederick recalled.

So she reached out to Portland City Commissioner Mingus Mapps, who initiated a ZOOM virtual meeting in August with her, and with Korean-American Grocers Association of Oregon (KAGRO) President Chris Kim. 

“Commissioner Mapps said he believed that Commissioner Carmen Rubio would be the best person for us to work with, and directed his staff to assure engagement with Commissioner Rubio's office,” Frederick said.

“Commissioner Carmen Rubio and her staff took our request for help very seriously,” continued Frederick. “Her staff convened the meeting in December where an extraordinary assembly of talent offered valuable and relevant services to KAGRO representatives.”

In addition to Chair Frederick, the attendees at this meeting included:

  • Portland City Commissioner Carmen Rubio
  • Angela Rico, Senior Policy Advisor to Carmen Rubio
  • Christine Ryan, AAPI Advisory Board to the PPB
  • James Kim, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney
  • Portland Police Bureau East Precinct Commander James Crooker
  • Bobby Lee, Chief of Staff to Mayor Ted Wheeler
  • Prosper Portland Economic Development Director Shea Flaherty-Betin
  • Chris Kim, President, KAGRO
  • Steve Yu, Treasurer KAGRO
  • John Li, Chair, KAGRO
  • Kimberly DiLeo, BDNA Director

During the meeting, a slate of resources were presented, including:

  • Funding opportunities from Prosper Portland
  • Prosecution assistance from the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office
  • Safety training from Portland Police Bureau
  • Support from Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office
  • Connection with the Asian Pacific Islander American Advisory Council

In the coming weeks, as KAGRO’s Chris Kim will be reaching out to the individual members of the panel, and THE BEE will follow up with him to chart the progress made to help the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood’s convenience store owners.




BUSINESS BRIEFS


Kevin Minkoff: Entertainer? Licensed CPA? Yes, both!
Kevin Minkoff: Entertainer? Licensed CPA? Yes, both!
Much fun for all at AHB in Woodstock FEB. 13th this month: Either one of the features at this month’s “Association of Home Businesses” meeting would be memorable, but together it’s an evening you won’t want to miss. Sheldon Penner's "ChrisCakes Northwest" tasty and amazing Breakfast for Dinner – it’s all you can eat of his own secret pancake blend, sausages, scrambled eggs, with coffee and orange TANG to drink! Then follows the entertaining Kevin Minkoff, "Not your ordinary bean counter", in person with salient details on this year's tax changes you need to know...and making it fun! NO DOOR FEE OR CHARGE, AND THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME – SPECIAL LOCATION (WOODSTOCK WINE AND DELI, on the southwest corner of Woodstock Boulevard at 41st), and everyone is welcome. (The change in the normal Sellwood venue is because of damage done to SMILE Station in the recent ice storm.) SPECIAL NIGHT – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th. COME AROUND 6 p.m., and bring family and friends – there will be all-you-can-eat breakfast for dinner!  More information online – http://www.ahboregon.org   HERE'S a new flyer you can print out for yourself, your guests, and for posting!
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Sellwood New Seasons staff votes to unionize: The New Seasons Market in Sellwood has become the 11th location to unionize, after workers voted 52-28 in favor of joining the “New Seasons Labor Union”. In the mid-December vote, 65% supported joining the union. Locations in north and northeast Portland also voted to unionize late in 2023. More than half of the Portland-area locations of the high-end grocery store have unionized since mid-2022. A group of workers at the Sellwood location tried to unionize in September 2022, but the vote failed with 29 votes for and 33 against. The New Seasons Labor Union now represents more than 1,000 workers across 11 locations. The Sellwood location has 86 union members. Even with 65% support, the Sellwood vote found less support than other recent wins for the New Seasons Labor Union. The Williams location unionized with 87% support, while the University Park location on Lombard unionized with 81% support. – Anna Del Savio, Pamplin Media Group


Steph Routh, Inner Southeast representative on the city Planning Commission, speaks at the WCBA annual meeting on February 22, 5:30-7:30, open to the public in the KeyBank lobby in Woodstock.
Steph Routh, Inner Southeast representative on the city Planning Commission, speaks at the WCBA annual meeting on February 22, 5:30-7:30, open to the public in the KeyBank lobby in Woodstock.

WCBA annual meeting is Thursday, February 22: And you can take that to the bank – Woodstock KeyBank, where it will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Refreshments provided, a report on the Woodstock Community Business Association and election of officers – and there will be a program, too, that you won’t want to miss! Steph Routh, currently serving on Portland's Planning Commission; running her own consulting business, and teaching as adjunct faculty at PSU. She will be catching us up to date on her work within, and her views of, Inner Southeast Portland, including the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association. Shhh – there also may also be a well-known surprise guest who can offer incisive opinions with a citywide perspective! Business owners won’t want to miss this, and everyone interested is welcome to come!  http://www.woodstockbiz.com

Sellwood Starbucks reported closed: BEE reader Chris Norman tells us he found what appears to be the reason the Sellwood Starbucks closed its doors on S.E. Tacoma Street at 13th at the end of 2023, although he concedes that the information is “unconfirmed”. According to a social media post from someone who claimed to work there, he says, the store had not recovered from the sharp drop-off in business sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic – and, with the lease up at the end of 2023, renewing it would require a ten-year commitment – with successful Starbucks close by at S.E. Bybee at Milwaukie in Westmoreland, and inside the Woodstock Safeway store. Longtime Sellwood residents may remember that location was once home to a Pizza Hut restaurant.

Inner Southeast businesswoman plans to help “aging in place”: Lisa Warnock tells THE BEE that her Glow Interior Designs, LLC, is orienting to help local elders with aging in place. “For those interested in staying in their own homes, either because of personal preferences or financial decisions, I aim to help people reinvent their homes to be more ‘aging friendly’. I also am planning to provide access to the specialized furniture, fabrics, and accessory lines that are specifically designed to be ‘senior friendly’, which have until now only been available to be purchased commercially.” For those interested in learning more, call 503/481-6770, or email her at – lisa@glowinteriordesigns.com




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