CNN e-newsletter 
April 2014
Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN)  


In This Issue
Small Grant Program
What is Important to You?
May Cleanup Events
Green Space
Town Halls
Transportation System
Earth Day Event
April is Arbor Month!
Sunday Parkways
Special Events
Join Our Mailing List!
Links to Get Involved!

Support the Neighborhood Small Grant Program in the City's Budget!


 Bicycle Educators in Cully-CNN Neighborhood Small Grant Program-2012
The Neighborhood Small Grant Program boasts 7 years of stellar projects - putting money where it counts - in the community. The program has funded the projects of over 600 organizations across Portland. These projects were mostly partnerships with organizations that serve low-income youth, immigrants and refugees, communities of color and elders in our CNN neighborhoods.  In Portland collaborative grants ran an average of $2,000 per project and leveraged over five dollars for every single dollar granted. The City may decide to cut this valuable program in the budget! See the CNN projects funded over the years here and our neighboring SE coalition's call for action here. We hope to continue the best work there is which is to provide the opportunity for positive change from the community for the community.  The Neighborhood Small Grant Program is through the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.  
What is Important to You? Participate in the City's Budget Forums!
The City of Portland invites you to participate in the upcoming budget-related events. These events will provide you with the opportunity to share with City Council how you will be impacted by the City's budget decisions. The forums will welcome community testimony.


Community Budget Forum

Wednesday, April 9th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus

Performing Arts Center 12000 SW 49th Ave


Community Budget Forum

Tuesday, April 22nd, 6:30pm-8:30pm

David Douglas High School, North Cafeteria 1001 SE 135th Ave


Budget Committee Public Hearing

Thursday, May 15th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

City Hall, Council Chambers 1221 SW 4th Avenue


City Utility Rate Review: The proposed combined rate increase of 4.92% will be explained in detail and the public will be invited to ask questions of City Commissioners and bureau staff.


For more information click here.

May Cleanup Events in your Neighborhood! 

Neighborhood Cleanups make donating reusable items and disposing of unusable items easy and inexpensive.  



Helensview School 8678 NE Sumner St.

May 3 9-3pm

wood waste, mixed waste, scrap metal, tires, yard debris, electronics

Madison South 

Glenhaven Park NE 82nd and Siskiyou 

May 10 9-3pm

mixed waste, scrap metal, tires



Rose City Park


St Rose School 2727 NE 45th Ave

May 17 9-3pm

wood waste, mixed waste, scrap metal, tires


Glenhaven Park NE 82nd and Siskiyou 

May 24 9-3pm

yard debris, wood waste, mixed waste, scrap metal


Trinity Lutheran Church 5520 NE Killingsworth

May 31 9-3pm

wood waste, Mixed  waste, scrap metal, tires, yard debris


More Green Space in the Cully Neighborhood!

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz are pleased to announce that Portland City Council has unanimously approved the City's acquisition of 85 acres of natural area and the Colwood Golf Course. The land will be acquired and managed through a partnership with the Bureau of Environmental Services and Portland Parks & Recreation. The City's acquisition of the Colwood property is part of a long-term project that will reshape the existing property into the Cully neighborhood's most important public natural area. PP&R will manage more than one-third of the restored land as a natural area, protecting wildlife and water quality, creating a rare opportunity for Portlanders to access nature in the city.   
The Bureau of Transportation April and May Town Halls
The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites you to join Mayor Charlie Hales, City Commissioner Steve Novick, Transportation Director Leah Treat and your neighbors at one of four upcoming town halls to discuss new funding for transportation maintenance and safety needs.





Wednesday, April 16: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., IRCO, 10301 NE Glisan St


Thursday, April 17: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Kaiser, 3704 N Interstate Ave


Thursday, April 24: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Mult. Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol H


Thursday, May 1: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Woodstock School, 5601 SE 50th Ave.


The meetings will provide an opportunity to give input on how to fund identified maintenance and safety needs. They will also include a presentation on funding mechanisms and potential maintenance and safety investments.

For more information and the opportunity to complete a Portland transportation funding online survey, please visit us at If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact Mark Lear at (503) 823-7604 or


Your voice is important: Join Metro's Transportation System Forum
Metro is hosting a series of community discussions about the future of transportation investments.  Join Metro Councilors at Madison High School April 3rd. This is an opportunity to give your input on regional plans, and help shape the future of the region.  


Thursday, April 3 from 5:30-7:30 PM

Madison High School library
2735 NE 82nd Ave.
Metro is also seeking public comments at

Celebrate Earth Day Event in your Neighborhood on April 19th!

Earth Day Volunteers, Activate! Hollywood Theater and the Cully, Rose City Park and Hollywood Neighborhood Associations are teaming up for a litter pickup, followed by FREE food and entertainment at Hollywood Theater.  Spend two hours removing trash from our beautiful shared public spaces, then gather at the Theater for food from Chipotle, educational activities for the kids, a short educational presentation facilitated by PSU Professor Teresa Bulman and a wonderful short film about urban trees.  Already volunteering for Earth Day? Come on down to enjoy the activities at Hollywood Theater at 11:15am and let us thank you for your hard work!


Litter Pickup | 9-11am 4/19

Meets at NE 57th Ave & NE Sacramento St

Food and Entertainment | 11:15am-12:30pm 4/19

Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.

Contact Cailin at Hollywood Theater for additional information or to sign up to volunteer! or 503.281.1142  

 April is Arbor Month!
Celebrate our beautiful urban forest all throughout the city and all during Arbor Month.  Join us and learn how Portland's trees work 24/7: filtering our water, cleaning our air, cooling the city, providing wildlife habitat, enhancing livability, and increasing property resale value.  All activities are open to the public and free of charge. The complete Arbor Month calendar and more information are available online here.
Transportation Bureau Announces 2014 Sunday Parkways

Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space - its streets - for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. Estimates put total attendance at the events at more than 100,000 annually. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It's safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors. To find routes please go to


May 11 -East Portland

June 22 -North Portland

July 27 -Northeast Portland

August 24 -Southeast Portland

September 28 -Southwest Portland

Special Events and Meetings

Please visit our calendar for neighborhood association general and board meetings, spring cleanup events, and more 



CNN Board Meeting April 2 7p CNN, 4415 NE 87th 


CNN Land use Transportation Committee (LUTC) April 7 7-8:30p CNN, 4415 NE 87th-Mixed Use Zones Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


3rd Annual Rob Ingram Youth Summit Against Violence April 5

learn more here 


Brunch with the Birds-Columbia Slough April 11 learn more here 


CNN Parks Committee Meeting April 22 7p CNN, 4415 NE 87th


Elders in Action Commission Candidates Forum  April 26 noon- 3p
Hollywood Senior Center 1820 NE 40th Ave.

82nd Ave. Improvement Coalition meeting April 28 7p at CNN, 4415 NE 87th


Portland Community College Job Fair April 29 1-3p Cascade Gymnasium
705 N Killingsworth St.     


Portland Regional Graffiti Summit-Free May 20 6-8:30p OMSI Auditorium

1945 SE Water Avenue-please register to:  



Sandra Lefrancois
Central Northeast Neighbors