Minutes November 4, 2009


HILLSDALE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
MEETING MINUTES
November 4, 2009
ST. BARNABAS CHURCH

 Action Items and motions:
·         It is moved that a letter be sent to the Portland City Commission, the Mayor, our Representatives:  It is moved that we support the HAP proposal for Hillsdale Terrace subject to the following conditions:
a.       Some accesses (vehicular/pedestrian) face and be open from SW California.
b.       A direct connection be made to SW California to provide an alternate connection at Capitol Highway.
c.       A lighted pedestrian or pedestrian/bike connection to SW 26th to the south and a connection to SW 25th and through the Raz brothers property be created.
d.       Improvements be made on the SW 25th Safe Route to school from Vermont to
Beaverton Hillsdale Highway to enable middle schoolers to safely walk to school.
e.       Steps be taken to maintain the local school offerings at Hay Hurst and to assure as many displaced Hillsdale Terrace students continue to attend Hay Hurst.
(Vote:  10 voted in favor, 5 abstentions, 2 opposed.)
·         Minority report in opposition to The Hillsdale Neighborhood Association’s motion to conditionally support the New Hillsdale Terrace project.
We object to the motion for the following reasons:
·         Building the new project on the current site, which is a deep, hard-to-access gulch unseen by passers-by,  ensures continued Hillsdale Terrace isolation from the community. It also drives up the cost of the project.
·         The limited access makes the project potentially vulnerable in case of emergencies such as earthquakes or fire. Further, HAP asserts that building additional vehicular access is not possible at the site.
·         Because of the interlocking complexities posed by the site, doubling the size of Hillsdale Terrace more than doubles the number of problems there.
·         Several alternatives sites exist in Hillsdale. They should be explored under funding methods that allow for their development for public housing. None of those sites suffers from the isolation, access and safety problems of the current site.
·         The cost of addressing unique siting problems at the current site is at least $5 million. That money could be used to purchase a suitable site. Moreover, proceeds from the sale the current site could be used for a resited project.
·         By razing the current structure, residents must be relocated, disrupting their lives for at least a year. The dislocation carries with it financial costs both for the residents and the community.
·         The new Hillsdale Terrace should be designed and built to have a life of at least 50 years. Taking one to three years to do this project right is well worth the extra time and effort.
·         While the HNA conditions that are part of this motion are helpful, they do not adequately address the fundamental flaw of the site — its isolation and excessive site-specific costs. Moreover the conditions are likely not to be implemented as HAP has rejected most of them in discussions thus far.
·          The approved motion will be misperceived by others as “neighborhood approval” of the project when in fact it is “conditional” approval. It must be clearly understood that the HNA has serious reservations about the current project proposal and does not support it unless their conditions are met.
Our recommendation is that HAP and the City’s Bureau of Housing should seek sources of funding that allow for the purchase of a public housing site in Hillsdale. The chosen site must allow for the project’s residents to be visible, participating, fully integrated members of our community.
Rick Seifert
Peter DeCrescenzo
·         It is moved and seconded  to write to Nick Fish that any future park bond begin with input from the neighborhoods coupled with a winnowing process to arrive at a community based board proposal.  The motion passed unanimously. 
·         It was moved and seconded that the application of the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association for bike parking on behalf of the APBA [Hillsdale Bicycle Alliance?  HBA] be supported.  The motion passed unanimously.

Meeting Minutes:

7:00-7:15

I.              Opening & Introductions (sign-up sheet) – The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. by Acting Co-Chair Sheila Greenlaw-Fink, assisted by Acting Co-Chair Robert Hamilton.
II.                    10 minutes   (approximately 25 present)
III.                  Approval of Agenda (note any changes) – 3 minutes
·         It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda.  The motion passed.
IV.                 Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes – 2 minutes
·         The approval of the minutes will be delayed to next meeting pending accessibility of HNA website, which is down.

7:15-8:15

V.                   New Discussions & Guest Speakers

A.       Schools Update, by Portland Public School Board Member Ruth Adkins, and architect Stephie (20 minutes)
1.       Goals: increase high school graduation rate, close achievement gap, engage students, improve programs so that all schools are in high demand and teachers want to teach in every high school, increase college success.  Now, the school with the highest graduation rate is Lincoln, but it has only, approximately, a 50% success rate for students completing four-year college programs.
2.       Focus so far is on structures of schools –design.  Of course, teachers and teaching is a major focus, as well. 
3.       Magnet and focus options will be available, but an intention will be that programs be equalized at all schools across the district in the sense of a core program; thus transfers will be limited though magnet programs will continue.
4.       Facilities:  Sustainability and green building is a priority.  All buildings need significant updating, if not complete rebuilding, with the exception of Rosa Parks. 
a.       Long-range plan is being written at this time.  Now that the high school design plan is in process, the plan should continue and eventually be completed.  The long-range plan is being designed to be sustainable so that it can be brought to completion.  Schools will be prioritized and construction according to need and distribution throughout the city.  There will be a process of local involvement for the communities where each school is located.  The community will help drive what the school will become.
b.       The timeline has been extended because community involvement is being sought. 
c.        Seismic assessment is an important consideration in school planning.
d.       The website includes information about buildings:  the age of all buildings, needs for different buildings, viability, and information about how long new buildings will be intended to last.  The goal is to construct buildings of as high a quality as possible so that they will last longer.  Over time, this approach is more cost effective. 
e.       December or January:  the superintendent hopes to have a proposal for process of big picture, preparing to say when building will start and when it is intended to be finished. 
f.         School modernization website:  www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/schoolmodernization.  Contact:  schoolmodernization@pps.k12.or.usThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   or 503-916-3817.
B.       Hillsdale Terrace: Consider HUD Support Letter  — HAP Representatives (15 mins)
1.       There was a walking tour of Hillsdale Terrace and a bus tour of New Columbia Villa and Humboldt Gardens.
2.       City Commissioner Nick Fish has started meetings to solicit community involvement and support; one was held at the Southwest Community Center on November 3.
3.       This morning, Portland City Council passed a resolution supporting the project, and $5 million  was committed to the project.
4.       If the grant is received, the process will be continued. 
5.       There will be community design venues so that all of the interested parties will have a chance to give voice to their desires for the project. 
6.       It is moved that a letter be sent to the Portland City Council, the Mayor, Multnomah County Commission, our Congressional delegation, and the Multnomah Village Neighborhood Association:  It is moved that we support the HAP proposal for Hillsdale Terrace subject to the following conditions:
a.       Some accesses (vehicular/pedestrian) face and be open from SW California.
b.       A direct connection be made to SW California to provide an alternate connection at Capitol Highway.
c.        A lighted pedestrian or pedestrian/bike connection to SW 26th to the south and a connection to SW 25th and through the Raz brothers property be created.
d.       Improvements be made on the SW 25th

Safe Route
to school from Vermont to
Beaverton Hillsdale Highway
to enable middle schoolers to walk safely to school.

e.       Steps be taken to maintain the local school offerings at Hayhurst and to assure as many displaced Hillsdale Terrace students as possible to continue to attend Hayhurst.
7.       Vote:  10 voted in favor, 5 abstentions, 2 opposed.
8.       It is moved and seconded that the two people in opposition to this motion create a minority report.  The motion passed unanimously.
9.       Minority report in opposition to The Hillsdale Neighborhood Association’s motion to conditionally support the New Hillsdale Terrace project.
We object to the motion for the following reasons:
·         Building the new project on the current site, which is a deep, hard-to-access gulch unseen by passers-by,  ensures continued Hillsdale Terrace isolation from the community. It also drives up the cost of the project.
·         The limited access makes the project potentially vulnerable in case of emergencies such as earthquakes or fire. Further, HAP asserts that building additional vehicular access is not possible at the site.

 
·         Because of the interlocking complexities posed by the site, doubling the size of Hillsdale Terrace more than doubles the number of problems there.
·         Several alternatives sites exist in Hillsdale. They should be explored under funding methods that allow for their development for public housing. None of those sites suffers from the isolation, access and safety problems of the current site.
·         The cost of addressing unique siting problems at the current site is at least $5 million. That money could be used to purchase a suitable site. Moreover, proceeds from the sale the current site could be used for a resited project.
·         By razing the current structure, residents must be relocated, disrupting their lives for at least a year. The dislocation carries with it financial costs both for the residents and the community.
·         The new Hillsdale Terrace should be designed and built to have a life of at least 50 years. Taking one to three years to do this project right is well worth the extra time and effort.
·         While the HNA conditions that are part of this motion are helpful, they do not adequately address the fundamental flaw of the site — its isolation and excessive site-specific costs. Moreover the conditions are likely not to be implemented as HAP has rejected most of them in discussions thus far.
·          The approved motion will be misperceived by others as “neighborhood approval” of the project when in fact it is “conditional” approval. It must be clearly understood that the HNA has serious reservations about the current project proposal and does not support it unless their conditions are met.
Our recommendation is that HAP and the City’s Bureau of Housing should seek sources of funding that allow for the purchase of a public housing site in Hillsdale. The chosen site must allow for the project’s residents to be visible, participating, fully integrated members of our community.
Rick Seifert
Peter J. DeCrescenzo
C.      Hillsdale Plan Overview / Prioritization — Jim Stutz, Robert Hamilton (20 mins)
·         July 25, 2010, there is a goal to close

Capitol Highway
for a day –the same day as the pancake breakfast.   

D.      Brief Update on Bylaws Committee – Aloha Wyse (5 minutes) aloha@hevanet.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Aloha requests that committee members and parties interested in the issue or serving on the committee contact her:  Don Baach, Jim Stutts, Philippe Kreiter, Mike Clopton.  We need to be in touch and start work on the updates.
E.       Michael Reunert:  schools and bicycle improvements
1.       There are four bike parking sites proposed.  Funding is being provided from four sources.
2.       It is moved that the application of the HBPA for bike parking to the APBA [Hillsdale Bicycle Alliance?] be supported.  The motion passed unanimously. 
3.       Another modular building will be added to the Rieke campus.  The goal is to build a new school eventually.
F.       Richard Stein:  an exhibit of rendering
1.      In recent Hillsdale planning sessions, more work was done toward creating a plaza in front of Casa Colima restaurant.  A mini plaza is proposed and would include some benches and 10 bike-parking spaces–all for the price of two automobile parking spaces. 
2.      A proposal was made to approach Food Front about using their porch as a community gathering space; it is currently underused.
3.      It was proposed that the mini-plaza be used only in the summer months.
4.      The proposal and it’s variants were enthusiastically received.
G.       Julian Lauzzana:  microcinema report and questionnaire.
1.       The microcinema is a success.  The “Aging Artfully in America” film drew a capacity crowd.
2.       Films will be continued into the spring, with a summer hiatus.
3.       It was suggested that, at times, classic or genre films be shown (e.g. film noir).   However, licensing fees become an issue and, so far, those have been avoided.
H.      Jim Stutts: meeting with Joan Frederiksen
I.          Aloha Wyse:  bylaw revisions
J.        Rick Seifert:

Hillsdale Street
Fair
 
8:15-8:45

 
VI.                 Standing Committee Reports – 2-5 minutes (max.) for each report   
A.       Transportation Issues: Don Baack Bicycle master plan comments need to be in by Dec. 8.  Sunset will be looked at as an east-west bike route.
B.       Land Use Notices & Issues: Glenn Bridger or Wes Risher
C.      Hillsdale Business & Professional Association: Richard Garfinkle
D.      Hillsdale Alliance:  Glenn Bridger or Linda Doyle
E.       Hillsdale Foundation:  Rick Seifert. 
1.       The foundation has $5,000 more than it did because Linda Doyle and others contributed to Rick being chosen as a Bank of America community hero.  B of A gave $5,000 to the non-profit of Rick’s choice and he chose the Hillsdale Foundation.
2.       Rick was commended and applauded at HNA as a community hero for all he has done.
F.       Nonprofits: Sheila Greenlaw-Fink.
1.       Neighborhood walks this Sunday.
2.       More food boxes than ever have been requested.  359 food households, 1,500 individuals, served in October.  Remember Neighborhood House.
3.       SW Hope food drive kicks off in February.
G.      Schools:  Michael Reunert
H.      Hillsdale Plan:  Robert Hamilton or Jim Stutts (earlier on agenda)
I.         SWNI report:  Carolyn Raz or Glenn Bridger

 
8:45-9:00

 
VII.                Old Business (5 minutes)
VIII.              New Business  (2 minutes)
·         It is moved and seconded  to write to Nick Fish that any future park bond begin with input from the neighborhoods coupled with a winnowing process to arrive at a community based board proposal.  The motion passed unanimously. 
IX.                 Announcements (5 minutes)
X.                   Next meeting:  At The Watershed:  a potluck to celebrate the season. 
XI.                 It was moved and seconded to adjourn at 9:05.  The motion passed unanimously. 

 
Respectfully submitted by
Philippe Kreiter
HNA secretary.

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