More stories from September's issue of THE BEE!


Portlandia, Woodstock Park, filming, final season, Carrie Brownstein, Portland, Oregon
Filming in Woodstock Park for the eighth and final season of the television comedy “Portlandia” is Carrie Brownstein – third from left – with some of her crew. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

‘Portlandia’ filmed in Woodstock Park

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE

Anyone who has ever watched the IFC television series “Portlandia” knows that it is a gently satirical hoot about Portland. Portraying some of Portlanders’ idiosyncratic habits – a penchant for environmental, dietary, and relationship “political correctness”– is at the heart of some of the series’ zaniness.

On a recent beautiful summer day, Portlandia’s eighth and final season – yes final – was being filmed in Woodstock Park. Staging was set up under the Douglas Fir trees on the path just northwest of Woodstock Elementary School.

A dozen production and supply trucks were parked in the neighborhood, on S.E. Ellis and on 46th and 47th Avenues. The base camp on S.E. 46th was keeping track of production details, with Steven Weisman, production supervisor, in charge.

“We shoot for forty-one days – that’s about two and a half different locations every day. There are eighty total locations in Portland for the eighth season,” Weisman explained.

Since there are only two people in the cast, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, Weisman noted “they don’t get many days off. They work really hard.”

Bystanders near the production were urged not to get too close, or to take photos during production, but about a dozen people who had stumbled on the shooting while walking in the park were gathered to see how the filming was unfolding.

Around the corner was an old converted school bus, named “Old School Craft”, that was filled with snacks, coffee, and soft drinks. Owned by Aaron Ward and Rachel Lipsey, it has provided refreshment support for twelve years – since the beginning of all of the series. Ward commented, from experience, that a lot of support and logistics are required for the filming.

The day after filming “wrapped” in Woodstock Park, the production was off to Lloyd Center to film in the streets surrounding the mall.

The new season will air in January and February of 2018. It can be viewed on IFC, the “Independent Film Channel”, which is a cable and satellite television channel owned by AMC Networks. Viewers who don’t get IFC can access all of the seasons on Netflix, or can check out the DVDs at a branch of the Multnomah County Library.



MAX train, power outage, trains stopped, Harold Street Station, Reedway, Westmoreland, Portland, Oregon
Stalled on the grade, at the yet-to-be-constructed “Harold Street MAX Orange Line Station”, this train waits for the circuit breakers to be reset at a nearby light rail substation. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Fallen wire stops Orange MAX trains in their tracks

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

During this summer’s long heat wave, regular riders of TriMet MAX Light Rail trains suffered slow rides, and complete service disruptions. Some of these were blamed on the heat; others were caused by a major glitch in the MAX computer-aided communications system.

But when, on August 1, the TriMet MAX Orange Line in Inner Southeast came to a complete halt – stopping a northbound train at what emergency first responders called the “Reedway Street Station” area (a station that has never been built) – this was not the fault of the computers or even the sizzling summer heat.

“A wire fell onto the southbound overhead [catenary] wires on the Orange Line at S.E. 17th and McLoughlin, and, initially, we thought it was one of our wires, so we immediately shut down power to investigate,” explained TriMet Public Information Officer Tia York.

When the line fell across their wires, it tripped the MAX power substation, shutting the system down, and stopping the train before it could reach an actual station, York explained to THE BEE.

Portland Fire & Rescue Station 21’s crew arrived in case paramedics were needed – but soon went back into service.

While emergency responders prepared to evacuate the train, and move the passengers to a bus on northbound McLoughlin Boulevard near Harold Street, inspectors checked the line, inspected their wires, and set about resetting the circuit breakers in the substation.

“The disruption lasted approximately one hour, and we thank those on board who stayed patient as we worked to safely get them off the involved trains, and back on their way,” York said.


Weather year 2017 in Southeast – ‘a little bit more of everything’

By ERIC NORBERG
Editor, THE BEE

The weather in Inner Southeast in the first half of the year was not that unusual – but in every respect was just a little bit more extreme than usual. The year began on January 1 with a quarter inch of precipitation, and the weather quickly turned quite cold. We recorded lows at 20 degrees or lower from the 5th January through the 16th, by which time the winter had become memorable.

On January 7 the high did not exceed 28 degrees in Inner Southeast, with sleet, followed on the 8th by close to an inch of snow falling.  Some snow and freezing rain marked the following morning, but the daily highs were starting to moderate. Then came the evening of the 10th! Snow started in Southeast at 5 p.m.; three hours later several small limbs fell off a fir tree at THE BEE – after two inches of snow pulled one down, and its fall knocked off the others. Limbs were breaking off in many places in Inner Southeast before the night was over, and there were many power failures.

By 6:30 a.m. on the morning of January 11 we measured eight inches of snow. We’ve seen more than that in Portland, but not recently – and eight inches is more than enough to paralyze the Rose City. The snowfall ended in the 10 a.m. hour, with only some snow showers after that, but the city was in major gridlock, and some folks needed many hours to commute to work or to get home. It took several days to melt away, with rain and freezing rain observed on the afternoon of January 16. January 18 was the third wettest day of the year to date – 1.62 inches was our measurement (we record from 4 p.m. to the following day’s 4 p.m., so our daily totals may vary from other published tallies).

On February 3, after a low of 26.8 degrees at our measuring station in Westmoreland, we recorded rain and freezing rain after 1 pm. The shortest month of the year continued very wet, with rain recorded on 20 of February’s 28 days; the wettest day of the year to date was February 5 (1.96”), followed by the second wettest day of the year on February 16 (1.81”), and the fourth wettest day so far of 2017 was on February 9 (1.20”). February ended with a total in Inner Southeast of 11.76 inches of precipitation. That was a bit more than the Portland Airport recorded – 10.34” – but at the airport, that total was the highest on record for any February in Portland. 

Rainfall continued through midyear, but with each month adding up to less than the last: March recorded 8.14” here; April 4.53”; May 2.55”; and June 1.27”.  A Portland joke, which has a lot of truth in it, is that summer starts on July 5 – and indeed we do remember rainy July 4 celebrations here. But this year, the rain stopped earlier. In fact, no measurable rain was recorded in Inner Southeast in June after the 19th this year; and in July, the precipitation was zero. The only break in the rainlessness was .11 inch on August 13, with none further – at least, by the time THE BEE went to press for September.

Hot? Yes, it was also quite hot at times. We do have four seasons, and summers here are always warm and dry; but we recorded an 86 degree reading as early as May 3! On June 24, just three days after the official start of summer, we notched a 98 degree reading (as did the airport – a record for the date), and the following day we recorded a 101 degree reading (as did the airport – tying the record for the date).

Other notable high temperatures in Inner Southeast in July were 92 degrees on the 5th, 91 degrees on the 22nd, and 90 degrees on the 30th. August started even hotter with 97 degrees on the first, 101 on the second, and 103 on the third (it got up to 105 that day at the Portland Airport). Other 90+ degree days in Southeast in early August were 96 on the 4th, 90 on the 5th and the 7th, 91 on the 8th, 93 on the 9th, and 90 on the 10th. Adding to the discomfort here, the end of July and the first ten days of August we experienced considerable smoke and haze from wildfires in British Columbia and elsewhere.

We ended the first six months of the year with a total of 33.25 inches of precipitation, which is actually the highest such total we’ve logged since we began our daily rain readings at the start of 1998; the runner-up would be the first-half total of 30.50” inches in 2010 – and that year the annual total was the highest we’ve noted to date: 56.04 inches.

But 2016 was the runner-up, in that respect – with an annual total of 51.89 inches, after a first half of 24.70 inches. So the trend recently has been towards wetter winters.

So, based entirely on our records of the past nineteen years, we’d have to say it seems likely we’re going to have a wet fall and winter – after the rains return. Keep your umbrella handy.



Holgate Bolulevard, house fire, Woodstock, Portland, Oregon
Broken windows at the front of the house attest to the fire’s heat inside, from the flames said to have first ignited on the deck. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Holgate Blvd house fire displaces ten

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

A house fire in the Woodstock neighborhood, at 4014 S.E. Holgate Boulevard, on Saturday afternoon, August 12, at 4:06 p.m., brought a number of Portland fire companies, including those from Westmoreland Station 20, Woodstock Station 25, and Lents Station 11.

After firefighters pulled in their rigs, East Precinct officers shut down traffic on S.E. Holgate Boulevard from S.E. Chavez (formerly 39th) to 41st Avenue.

“There was smoke and fire showing from the back of the structure when crews arrived,” a PF&R Battalion Chief told THE BEE. “A fence and a narrow side yard made it more difficult for crews to reach the back of the house. And, there was construction at the back of the house, where the ground was dug out, complicating our efforts.”

By about 4:30 p.m., however, the fire had been extinguished, although firefighters continued looking for hot spots and embers, as smoke still rolled out of the structure.

A review of City of Portland permits shows that the homeowner had applied on May 2 to replace “failing foundation walls” on the south and west side of the home, and apparently it was excavation related this construction that hampered firefighters’ efforts.

“The fire affected seven adults and three children. Red Cross volunteers provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected,” reported American Red Cross Cascades Region Regional Director of Communications Monique Dugaw.

The cause of the blaze has yet be revealed by PF&R Investigators, but PF&R Public Information Officer Lt. Damon Simmons said they list damages at $140,000.



Asbestos, Fred G Meyer Boys and Girls Club, Westmoreland, demolition, remediation, Portland, Oregon
An excavator crushes the remaining corner of the Fred G. Meyer Memorial Boys & Girls Club, after asbestos abatement has been completed. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Asbestos fully abated in Boys & Girls Club demolition

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

As the July issue of THE BEE went to press, concerns of Westmoreland and Sellwood neighbors had arisen, during the demolition of the Fred G. Meyer Memorial Boys & Girls Club building, when – after the major portion of the structure had been demolished – a “tented” area warning of asbestos appeared inside the remaining structure.

The sealed-off area, replete with ominous-looking asbestos warning tape caused concerns that this demolition might have taken place without an inspection and abatement plan approved by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

On July 24, the DEQ’s NW Region Asbestos Program person, Susan Farland, e-mailed THE BEE an “Asbestos System – Project Summary Report”, end date of May 12, 1989, which contained little information. “The project was completed long enough ago that it is past our retention schedule; therefore no original exists, [the] only copy from online database is] attached,” Farland wrote with the cover note.

THE BEE responded, sending Farland photos of the 2017 tented Asbestos Hazard Area, asking if this remediation project was unknown to DEQ.

 In a subsequent e-mail sent by Farland on July 25, she wrote,

“I have found an additional record for your request (see attached copy of notification). The contractor made a clerical error slightly with the address, which is why it didn’t show up in our original search; that has been corrected. The contractor will be sending additional information on this site today and I will forward that upon receipt.”

The two attached “Asbestos System – Project Summary Report” forms showed that this analysis began on July 14 and ended on July 21, but provided little meaningful information.

The paperwork did indicate that testing was done by MESA Environmental LLC; other than that the asbestos remediation was performed by Richard “Rick” Zillmer of Zilco NW, LLC – a firm with a colorful past, as documented by the Oregon Construction Contractor’s Licensing Board.

Asking for help deciphering the forms, and learn about asbestos remediation at the site, Farland suggested speaking with Zeb Bates of the DEQ Asbestos Program.

“In November, 2016, East Bank LLC hired MESA Environmental, who did a very good survey of the building,” Bates told THE BEE.

“That inspection identified asbestos-containing materials,” Bates said. “The amount of asbestos found was small. When the area of asbestos is under 40 sq. ft. or 80 linear feet, [it] can be reported as part of the contractor’s annual ‘small-scale notification’ report; that material was removed.” 

During the actual building demolition that began in late June, Bates told THE BEE that the crew found floor tile, suspected of containing asbestos, under a “rat slab” – a thin layer of poured cement.

“The demolition stopped, and they had had Mesa collect samples; then Zilco NW, LLC removed the materials from the site,” Bates reported.

So, after a rather labyrinthine inquiry by THE BEE, it appears in this case that the developer, and its contractors, did follow the rules and laws, and they did not expose the neighborhood to danger from asbestos exposure.

If you would like to examine the documents we received from the DEQ for yourself, they are available HERE.



Foster Road Cruise In, Bucket T, American Graffiti, Leslie Sinai, Portland, Oregon
Leslie Sinai showed off her newly-acquired 1922 Ford T-Bucket – which was featured in the movie “American Graffiti”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Foster Road Cruise-in...fundraiser for a ‘Dream’

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Many cruise-ins are held just for fun – so folks who own classic and unique cars and trucks can gather, admire one another’s vehicles, and perhaps take home a trophy.

The Foster Road Cruise-in, held on July 23 in the Junior Achievement parking lot, certainly had those elements – but also had an additional important component, said Peggy Romero of the Allstate Insurance Agency in the Foster-Powell neighborhood.

“We’re just gathering together people from around our area who are into classic cars, and enthusiasts who enjoy looking at their cars, and at the same time raising a little money for a nonprofit organization I started called ‘Dream’,” Romero confided to THE BEE.

“The mission of ‘Dream’ is to give people encouragement, mentoring, and guidance to help them realize that dreams really can come true, and they don’t have to stay in the situation,” Romero explained.

She started “Dream”, she said, because people kept asking her for advice and help over the years. “I’d help them ‘figure things out’, and get from ‘where they were’ to ‘where they want to be’. By starting this organization, I’ve been able to get other good people to offer help – to more people, and in better ways.”

She and her group help people learn to create a personal financial budget, get out of debt, and even buy houses, she explained. “Many people are just really discouraged, and don’t realize that there is a whole world out there. We help them find it.”

Learn more about “Dream” online – http://www.ok2dream.org.


17th Avenue/McLoughlin bike trail open; but bicyclists not stopping

By ERIC NORBERG
Editor, THE BEE

The long construction project is finished, from Garthwick southward down McLoughlin Boulevard in Milwaukie, which added a paved pedestrian and bicycle trail next to S.E. 17th that connects to the Springwater Trail at Linn Street. But some of its new users seem oblivious to traffic control devices along 17th.

The Milwaukie Police Department reported that, just in one hour on August 11, two separate collisions between bicycles and cars had occurred, although in these two cases, no one suffered any major injuries.

The first incident occurred about 6:30 a.m. when a cyclist traveling northbound on the Trolley Trail rode through the intersection of S.E. River Road and McLoughlin Boulevard. The cyclist did not stop at the traffic signal, and was hit by a driver turning right on a green light onto McLoughlin.

Both the cyclist and the driver stayed at the scene of the accident and exchanged information. The cyclist suffered minor injuries and damage to the bicycle. The accident was reported to the police shortly after the incident occurred, and no citations were issued.

The second incident happened just 19 minutes later, when a cyclist traveling northbound on the 17th Avenue Bicycle Path crossed the intersection of S.E. 17th Ave. and Waverly Drive. As a driver traveling eastbound on Waverly Drive turned right on a green light onto 17th, the car collided with a cyclist, who had not stopped for the red light at the intersection, but told police he thought he had the right of way at the time.

The cyclist received minor scrapes and bruises, and both the bicycle and the vehicle received minor damage. No citations were issued to either party.

A total of four bicycle vs. motor vehicle incidents occurred in that same week in the same general area. The Milwaukie Police Department – as do the Portland Police – strongly urge both drivers and cyclists to take additional safety precautions, obey traffic control devices, and be extra alert for one another.



Gas line breaks, construction, Westmoreland, Portland, Oregon
At this Westmoreland construction site, natural gas was escaping from a ruptured mainline – fire and gas company personnel worked to shut off the gas in the street, just west, next to the post office parking lot. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Two Southeast gas-line breaks in a day keep crews busy

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Two Northwest Natural gas-line breaks, both on Thursday morning, August 10, and only about 90 minutes apart, kept both gas company and Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) crews busy.

The first rupture was reported at 10:16 a.m. that morning, bringing fire trucks from Woodstock Station 25, among others, to S.E. Lafayette Street, between 61st and 62nd Avenues.

In that area of the Foster-Powell neighborhood, sections of Lafayette Street have recently been closed off for road construction projects.

“Our readings show that this leak is coming from under the pavement, perhaps the sidewalk,” said a PF&R lieutenant. NW Natural crews moved in, shut down the gas main, and took care of what they determined had to be done. The work was done by 11:31 a.m.

Then, at 11:57 a.m., just minutes later, there was another “major gas callout” – this time in Westmoreland.

Gas was spewing from the front of the new mixed-use building construction site located at 1611 SE Bybee Boulevard, between the new home of “PDX Sliders” and Oaks Bottom Public House.

Woodstock Station 25’s engine crew responded again, joined by Engine 20 from Westmoreland Station 20, just down the street.

“The break is right there, next to the porta-potty,” indicated a PF&R lieutenant.

Instead of trying to shut off the gas flow at the construction site, NW Natural crews decided to pinch off the gas line by digging down in the northwest corner of S.E. 16th Avenue and Bybee Boulevard, across from the Sellwood-Moreland Post Office.

By about 1:30 p.m., the gas line had been closed off, affecting some of the customers on the street until the rupture was repaired later that afternoon.

Most such gas line breaks come from construction activity, and – say workers – sometimes underground utilities are not found where maps indicated they were supposed to be, which can cause such mishaps.



Dutch Brothers Coffee, kiosk, robbed, Foster Road, Portland, Oregon
Standing at the drive-up window where the armed robbery took place, an officer interviews employees at the Dutch Bros. Coffee kiosk on S.E. Foster Road. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Armed bandit robs Dutch Bros coffee stand on Foster Road

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

When a car pulled up to the Dutch Bros. Coffee kiosk, located at 6710 S.E. Foster Road after dark on Monday evening, July 31, a man inside made it clear he wasn’t looking for an early-evening pick-me-up.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were called to the coffee shop at 9:18 p.m. to investigate a robbery. Within minutes, officers were driving through nearby streets in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, looking for the suspect’s vehicle.

“Officers learned that this was a robbery, at gunpoint,” explained PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Chris Burley. “The subjects arrived in a car, demanded money while brandishing a firearm, and left the area.”

Robbery Division detectives have declined to reveal more about this holdup, due to the ongoing investigation, Burley said.



Providence Bridge Pedal, Sellwood Bridge, rain shower, biking on sidewalks, Portland, Oregon
Providence Bridge Pedal participants head across the Sellwood Bridge, this year on the sidewalk and bike lane…amidst the only rainy morning since mid-June! That didn’t seem to bother any of the riders. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Bridge Pedal’ riders restricted to Sellwood Bridge’s sidewalk

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Many participants were overjoyed last year when they learned that the newly-opened Sellwood Bridge would be featured on the Providence Bridge Pedal.

But this year, bikers were asked to “stay on the sidewalk” when crossing the Sellwood Bridge; the westbound lanes of traffic remained open to vehicular traffic during the event on Sunday, August 13.

That wasn’t the only change; instead of riding on S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard and turning onto Milwaukie Avenue, before snaking into the Westmoreland-Sellwood neighborhood, riders were routed along the Springwater Trail from downtown.

“They did cut three bridges from the ride, so I’m happy they didn’t take away this one,” remarked Brentwood-Darlington neighbor Kyle Milson, while taking a quick rest stop on S.E. Grand Avenue, before heading across the Sellwood Bridge.

Event director Rick Bauman explained that a new Portland Police Bureau policy limits the number of police officers that can be used to support special events to 33 – yet the traditional Bridge Pedal route required some 75 officers. “There was no option but to change the route,” he said.

Even facing bicycling in a light rain shower – on the first day with any rain at all since mid-June – the smiles on the faces of devoted (albeit soggy) bike riders were plentiful, as they pedaled across the new Sellwood Bridge.



Parole violation, warrant, K9, Brentwood Darlington, arrest, release, Portland, Oregon
With a Police K-9 taking the lead, officers move into the yard – searching for the man with an active parole violation felony warrant. (Photo by David F. Ashton)
Denny Galofteanu, warrant, parole violation, arrest, release, Brentwood Darlington, Portland, Oregon
Police arrested 38-year-old Denny Galofteanu on a felony warrant – violating the terms of his parole – but puzzlingly, he was then released by the court for “time served”. (MCDC booking photo)

Parole violator arrested in Brentwood-Darlington

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

After a “Suspicious Subject” call went out to East Precinct officers at 10:51 a.m. on Wednesday morning, August 9, eight officers – including a K9 unit – came to S.E. 62nd Avenue, a couple of houses north of Duke Street.

Neighbors were startled to see – In addition to officers in the street – additional police with long guns, along with some with non-lethal weapons ready, when squad cars pulled into the unpaved alley to the east.

About 20 minutes after they arrived, officers moved in, surrounded the house, and took a man into custody.

“There was a report of a ‘wanted’ subject at the location,” Portland Police spokesman Sergeant Chris Burley told THE BEE, after looking into the incident. “Officers took 38-year-old Denny Galofteanu into custody on a parole violation warrant.”

Galofteanu was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 12:10 p.m. that afternoon on a felony charge of Parole Violation. He was released by a judge on August 11, with the reason given: Time Served on a Sentence. Just what that meant, in the context of an arrest on a legally-obtained felony warrant, is unclear.



Artichoke Music, nonprofit, new location, Hawthorne, Powell Boulevard, Brooklyn, Portland, Oregon
At nonprofit Artichoke Music’s new site at S.E. 20th and Powell, Operations Executive Bob Howard mans the front counter with volunteer Don Wheatley. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Artichoke Music’ moves south, to SE 20th and Powell

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

The nonprofit music community center “Artichoke Music” has moved from their longtime Hawthorne site to a space at S.E. 20th and Powell Boulevard.

For 45 years they have supported musicians and music lovers in a creative milieu that offers classes, training, live events, and instrument rental and repair. They offer encouragement to music lovers of all levels, styles, and ages – but mostly to adults. They also produce compilation CDs to promote local talent.

Artichoke will occupy two adjacent storefronts. 2001 S.E. Powell will be home to Café Artichoke’s concerts and “open mic” opportunities. Next door, the 2007 S.E. Powell site will house the instrument store and music school, with classes and practice rooms upstairs.

The transition is occurring in phases. The instrument store opened July 30, while the Music School will begin on September 11 with the start of fall classes. Go online to http://www.artichokemusic.org for registration information. Café Artichoke is expected to be up and running in early October, following structural renovations. The Café will continue to host its long-running Thursday night “Songwriters’ Roundup” open mic, its popular “Friday Night Coffeehouse” featuring audition winners, and Saturday and Sunday night concerts.

“We're looking forward to connecting with our new neighbors and welcoming back our loyal supporters,” says Ed Rosney, one of many longtime volunteers who helped in the move.

Bob Howard, Treasurer and Operations Executive of Artichoke Music, reveals that the new space is about 400 square feet bigger than their former Hawthorne location, and is organized differently. “In the 1920s, the Café area here used to be a theater, with high ceilings. It will make a great space for the stage we’re building in the back. We’ve brought some of our antique furniture, signs, and instruments from the Hawthorne Boulevard site, and will use them for decorations.”

Artichoke supports Oregon’s professional musicians by growing the audience for acoustic music, which has deep roots in our culture. They help audiences understand and appreciate the character of folk music, blues, jazz, bluegrass, and country music. They provide education through their Music School, assistance with all types of instruments, and outreach to under-served communities. Loyal volunteers have assisted for decades.

All of Artichoke Music’s programs and activities are built around and focused on community-building, says Howard. They strive to offer a wide range of instructional books and DVDs for the public. The center connects performers with audiences, teachers with students, learners with mentors, and players with each other. 

“The new building is air conditioned – a big help during the recent heatwave,” says Howard. “We are so grateful for the support we've received from Commissioner Nick Fish’s and Chloe Eudaly’s offices in setting up our new venue.”

Open daily, Artichoke Music has a mission of serving people who love music, both players and listeners. They are dedicated to the inclusion of diverse cultures in both artists and audiences, offering a site where everyone can engage in the benefits of music. Call 503/232-8845 for more information and business hours.



Sheriff Mike Reese, Multnomah County Sheriffs Office, Brooklyn neighborhood, Portland, Oregon
Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese addressed livability issues at the July meeting of the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

County Sheriff Reese appears at July BAC meeting

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese, in an announced appearance at the Brooklyn neighborhood association meeting of July 26, spoke about livability and crime issues.

As for his background, he told the Brooklyn Action Corps meeting that he grew up in North Portland, earned a degree in Psychology from Portland State University, then worked five years in the area’s Boys & Girls Clubs – where he saw the need for social services. He said he was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in 1989, and continues studying ways to serve the community.

“MCSO spends about 65% of our time in corrections efforts,” he said. “When there are not enough shelters, jobs, or jail beds available in the community, we have to be creative in our response to homelessness, while focusing on individual rights and human dignity.”

He continued, “In an effort to focus on livability, we met with leaders in Portland, Gresham, and Milwaukie to create a unified strategy to deal with the area's shelter capacity and diversion programs. We want to stabilize homeless individuals through appropriate treatments and opportunities. Initial contact is through jail intake, but recent funding cuts have reduced the number of jail beds available.

“Consequently, we now have to release some people before we have a chance to divert them to appropriate social services for more positive outcomes. We need proper capacity in our jail systems so that Community Policing can work better.”

Other speakers at the monthly community meeting in Brooklyn included Ernest Jones from the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management; Kristin Hall with the Bureau of Environmental Services, discussing local sewer repairs; and Joel Migliaccio of  “Environmental Works”, who explained radon gas mitigation. Learn more about the B.A.C. online – http://www.brooklyn-neighborhood.org.


Sewage spill at park did not reach the river

Sewer maintenance crews responded Sunday afternoon, August 20, to the report of sewage flowing from a manhole at the southwest corner of Sellwood Riverfront Park, near S.E. Spokane Street. An unknown quantity of sewage discharged from a manhole and was contained and cleaned up by sewer maintenance crews.

The flow did NOT reach the Willamette River, according to preliminary field reports; however a public warning was posted at the site.

According to the Bureau of Environmental services, the cause was unknown; pipes that become blocked with grease, tree roots, and debris are the most common cause of sewage overflows. Environmental Services advises the public not to flush anything other than waste and toilet paper, and to not put anything down storm drains, which are intended for rainfall only.




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