Albert Lee Town Hall at Mt. Scott Community Center

Albert Lee will be running in the Democratic primary 2020 as a congressional contender for the third district – our district. He is honoring our neighborhood with his first town hall at the Mt. Scott Community Center on Sunday, August 11 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. This is a chance for our community to get a feel for who Albert is and what he stands for. Plan to attend!

Start planning your summer block party

The City of Portland and the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association made planning a block party this summer easier (and cheaper) than ever before. If you plan ahead, you can take over the street for a few hours of games, cookouts and connecting with neighbors.

There are numerous resources for making your block party easy to organize, full of ways to build community, and easy on our environment, too!

Use the resources out there now
Check the great party planning and permitting resources provided online by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation that make it easy (and now, free!) to close your street for your block party. Start by visiting PBOT’s Block Party website (www.pbotblockparty.com) to get the basics down, and apply for your free permit online. Southeast Uplift, our Neighborhood Coalition, has some great resources too.

Borrow the barriers instead of renting
If you’re in the MSANA Neighborhood Boundaries, sign up to borrow the barriers the City requires for closing a street. (No rental fees, just return them when you’re done!)  Currently, they’re available almost every weekend this summer. Fill out our online signup form to reserve the barriers.

PBOT also began offering its “Pink Barricade” lending program to our neighborhood this year.  If the MSANA’s are already committed on your date, you have another option.  Learn more about PBOT’s lending program…

Make the gathering green! 
Cut the waste, prevent the plastic, and incorporate things that get the kids enjoying the nature our neighborhoods afford — use this Green Block Parties guide for some fun ideas. The City of Portland also has ideas from a local artist

Be part of National Night Out
If you want to host your block party as an official National Night Out event, this year it’s on August 6th; host your NNO party anytime between Aug. 2 – 11. The deadline to sign up your event is Tue., July 23rd.  The City of Portland has instructions on how to do that at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/nno.  This is a great option if you want police/firefighters to stop by your event to meet neighbors, want to have amplified music or something else that would normally require a noise permit, or want our city Crime Prevention staff to share information with neighbors.

Renter’s Rights 101

Congratulations to Mt. Scott – Arleta Neighborhood Association for securing a small neighborhoods grant from SEUL (Southeast Uplift) and the Office of Community and Civic Life. The grant will be used toward a much-needed Renter’s Rights Training:

In conjunction with CAT (Community Alliance of Tenants) the MSANA will present a 2-hour training to help community members understand how to become better equipped at locating, securing and retaining affordable and adequate housing. Using an accessible, public location, we will offer free food, childcare and translation services to encourage attendance by communities that need this training most. Please see details below.

Thanks also to contributions and assistance from our partners in adjoining neighborhoods:

  • Foster-Powell
  • Creston-Kenilworth

Mt. Scott-Arleta Land Use Notices: Get Help

Did you know that your neighborhood association can offer assistance and support when you receive notice of a land use proposal or decision?

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If you have questions about a notice, feel free to contact the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association (MSANA) Land Use Chair (msanalandusechair@gmail.com). We can help you understand and respond to notices.

Please keep in mind that responses to proposals and appeals of decisions are limited to addressing the relevant Zoning Code approval criteria. Not liking the idea of a new development does not mean that we can effectively oppose it! However, the MSANA Land Use Chair can help you understand your options in responding to land use notices.

Shoot us an email at msanalandusechair@gmail.com and we can work together on the land use issues that matter to you.