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December 2017 -- Vol. 112, No. 4

Memories of THE BEE's first 100 years!
In 2006, THE BEE celebrated its centennial of serving Southeast Portland!  A special four-page retrospective of Inner Southeast Portland's century, written by Eileen Fitzsimons, and drawn from the pages of THE BEE over the previous 100 years, appeared in our September, 2006, issue.
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Litter, shooter, 7 Eleven, Sellwood, felon with weapon, arrest
Making a fast getaway, the gunman sped out of this Sellwood parking lot, and mowed down a tree and a street sign in the process. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Litter dispute leads to shooting in Sellwood 

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

An uncompleted call to the 9-1-1 Center at 4:17 a.m. on the morning of October 19 sent Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Central Precinct officers to the 7-Eleven store on the corner of S.E. 17th Avenue and Tacoma Street. A second call to the emergency number from an employee of the convenience store reported that an adult male had been shot in the store’s parking lot.

“Officers and medical personnel arrived and contacted the adult male victim who was suffering from what is believed to not be a life-threatening injury,” confirmed Portland Police spokes Sgt. Chris Burley.

After being medically stabilized at the scene, the gunshot victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.

“Information learned during the investigation suggests the victim was standing near a burgundy 2000 Honda Accord four-door that was parked in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven; and, the victim was speaking with the driver of the sedan when the driver fired multiple gunshots, striking the victim,” Burley said.

The suspect accelerated out of the lot, and in the process mowed down street sign and small tree as he fled the area.


Devyn Michaeljohn Julkowski
Facing two felony charges as a result of this incident is 20-year-old Devyn Michaeljohn Julkowski. One of the charges concerns the shooting; and the other: “Felon in Possession of a Weapon”. (MCDC booking photo)

Later the same day, at 10:51 a.m. that morning, Central Precinct officers found the Honda thought to be involved in the shooting. It was on the other side of the Willamette River, near S.W. 19th Avenue and Vermont Street.

“Officers observed an adult male approach, enter, and exit the vehicle, returning to a nearby apartment complex,” Burley said

While cordoning off the area, officers called in members of the Bureau’s Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) for backup, as well as the Bureau’s Detective Division Assault Detail. A short time later SERT officers arrested the suspect, and detectives began searching the Honda. “A firearm was located and seized as evidence,” Burley said.

20-year-old Devyn Michaeljohn Julkowski was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 4:50 p.m. on charges of Assault in the First Degree, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. After his arraignment the following day, Julkowski was lodged in Inverness Jail in lieu of a combined bail of $255,000 on the two felony charges.

According to a reader of THE BEE who claims to know the victim, he was shot after he scolded Julkowski for throwing trash out of his car while parked in the 7-Eleven lot, and asked him to get out and pick it up.



Rose City Rollers, Oaks Park, Oaks Amusement Park, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Due to the Fire Marshall’s determination that it is not zoned for “public assembly”, the “Rose City Rollers” stay at this facility inside Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood is now limited. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Oaks’ roller derby team loses its show venue

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

For the past decade, the historic Oaks Amusement Park Roller Rink in Sellwood hasn’t been the only skating facility on the grounds that was drawing crowds.

The “Rose City Rollers” team has used a large structure east of the skating rink adjacent to Oaks Park Way, a building which organizers call the “Hanger”, as their practice hall and competition venue for the last ten years.

But, according to Kim Stegeman, the organization’s director, the Fire Marshall recently limited attendance at these shows to 200 audience members, finding that it was not zoned for public assembly.

So, Stegeman said, Portland’s team in what’s becoming the world’s largest roller derby league, a team that has won two consecutive World Championships – the Rose City Rollers – will need to find a new venue by July 1, 2018. 

In the past, they’ve obtained “Single Use Permits” to hold games on the single track inside the Oaks Park building, which has no running water, and no locker rooms.

The group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, is now actively looking for a property that is proving difficult to find on a budget in the metro area: A 24,000-36,000 sq. ft. building with two clear-span areas of 10,000 sq. ft. to accommodate two full size tracks, with running water, with parking, and near transit, Stegeman told THE BEE. They’re open to suggestions.

Find out more about this unique local sports organization at their website: https://www.rosecityrollers.com.



Kyle Dittmer, Portland, Oregon, winter, forecast
In this slide, Hydrologist and Meteorologist Kyle Dittmer makes his bold forecast for an even snowier winter for us this year – a season like last year, with moderate temperatures, much rain, and with FIVE snow events. Will he be right again?

This winter’s weather? Big difference of opinion!

By ERIC NORBERG
Editor, THE BEE

The 25th annual “Winter Weather Forecast Conference” of the Oregon Chapter of the American Meterological Society (AMS) took place this year, as usual, on the last Saturday morning of October – this year, the 28th – in the auditorium of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The day was sunny, and the room was packed.

Although the presenting Meteorologists made it clear they were just taking their best guess, and went through lengthy explanations of how they do it, they never are all in agreement. But this year, the three forecasts offered in the meeting were all strikingly different.

First, though, the agenda called for Mark Nelson, Meteorologist with KPTV and KPDX, to give his droll and well-illustrated presentation of how the previous winter actually turned out, including making note of when the forecasts diverged widely from reality. This year, that centered on the unexpected eight-inch snowfall on the evening of January 10.

It was actually one of four snow events in the past winter, with the previous smaller one – on December 14th – leading to “the worst traffic nightmare ever in Portland”, despite only a bit over two inches of snow in most parts of the city. If you were driving that evening you remember it; some drivers and some kids on school buses did not get home until nearly midnight. Some cars were stuck downtown on the same block for hours.

However, the four snow events last winter represented a personal triumph for Kyle Dittmer, the veteran forecaster with the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Council and also a PCC science teacher, who last year predicted four snow events in Portland – with two of them fairly significant. When he took the podium he conceded that some other elements of his forecast were a bit off, but he absolutely nailed it on the snow.

And, Dittmer went on to foresee pretty much the same winter conditions in Portland this winter – and he predicts FIVE snow events in the Rose City this year.

Meantime, the newest addition to the National Weather Service at the Portland Airport, Evan Bentley presented the official winter forecast for his agency, which was “near normal”, which he conceded was a bit bland. He pointed out that although average precipitation was projected for here this winter, the temperatures were forecast to be slightly cooler than normal for the winter as a whole, which could suggest a little snow perhaps.

Rod Hill, Portland, Oregon, winter weather forecast
Rod Hill surprised the AMS conference with a widely different winter forecast for Portland than any of the other presenters, with cold periods but little if any snow; and for the winter and for the whole year, much less rain than this past year.

The third and last forecaster to present this year was veteran TV meteorologist Rod Hill, currently with KGW-TV, who explained that he uses some of the same indicators as the other presenters had used, but that he looks at something the others apparently do not. Specifically, the historic Portland records of the winter after the sort of hot and dry summer we’ve had, and his “analogue years” in that situation point in an entirely different direction than the other forecasters had gone.

Hill says that if Portland follows the same trend as it has in all past situations with a hot and dry summer such as we had this year, the winter will be much drier this year – perhaps up to 20 inches of rain dryer – and cold, but with at best an inch or two of snow for the whole season.

All the forecasters in the room were both colleagues and friends, but Hill’s prediction clearly took some of them aback. If he proves right, the others will all be wrong. By the end of this winter, they – and we – will know who got it right.

In the meantime, for skiiers and snowboarders, there was very good news – on the subject of snow at the resorts on Mount Hood, every last one of the Meteorologists expected better-than-average snowfall there. On that, they all agreed.



Mayor Ted Wheeler, Portland, Oregon, Brentwood Darlington, Chelsea Powers, east Portland, Oregon
At its November meeting, Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Assn. Chair Chelsea Powers listened while Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler spoke about livability issues in the neighborhood. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Mayor Wheeler visits Brentwood-Darlington meeting

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Not even life-long residents of the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood say they can remember the last time a sitting Portland Mayor came to visit. However, on November 2, Mayor Ted Wheeler spent nearly an hour at the regular neighborhood association meeting in the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center.

His appearance was more than a year in the making, said BDNA Chair Chelsea Powers before the meeting. “I’m so excited to have him here tonight, to speak on five topics that we’ve sourced from neighbors!”

After brief introductions, Mayor Wheeler told the standing-room-only audience that he’d been given a list of questions in advance. “I’ve been able to speak with Bureau directors and get fairly specific answers – and learn about the projects and the details that I can share with you,” he said. “Also, something I want to share with you, is that one of the most important things for me is to get out of City Hall – both for my own mental health, and so I can hear what people in the community are thinking.”

[Mayor Wheeler’s responses have been edited for succinctness.]

1. Transportation and Safety Improvements
Q  After the Portland City Council passed the “Out of the Mud Initiative”, the neighborhood still lacks paved roads and sidewalks. What are the city’s plans?

A  “I think the city has made a commitment to you in this neighborhood. There are a couple of things we’re working on now in the short term. The ‘Fixing our Streets Program’ by the Portland Bureau of Transportation is undertaking projects in this neighborhood. It is Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s direction, and my wish, that as a result of the State of Oregon passing the Oregon transportation law this year, we’re trying to allocate resources from that package toward improving the streets in the community.”

The mayor suggested a “Local Improvement District” – a program where the residents along a street pay for improvements – may be coming to the Errol Heights section of the neighborhood.

2. Housing Affordability and Security
Q  What is the city doing to support Brentwood Darlington homeowners who were are at risk of being displaced, to be able to stay in their homes? What is the city doing to preserve affordable housing in this neighborhood – including affordable apartment buildings and mobile home parks?

A  “We have the Home Repair Program, a time-tested program to help people with lower incomes and fixed incomes to do remediation repair. It’s a program we want to expand. The Portland Housing Bond framework should be considered as a source of support for not only acquisition, but also potential rental protection as well in the community. Mobile home parks are an issue about which people in this area are concerned. Right now, we’re looking, through the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, at a zoning overlay to protect mobile home parks. And, I am very interested in preserving and acquiring existing affordable housing. We’re looking for every opportunity possible to plan and to ‘land-bank’ properties.” In addition to building more apartments for families with lower incomes, Wheeler said he’s also in favor of creating more opportunities for home ownership.

3. Crime/Neighborhood Safety
Q  Our own Neighborhood Watch goes beyond the city model, with the intention of being proactive and solution-focused, walking the streets and directly addressing people engaged in illegal activities and encouraging lawful behavior. Can we count on your help?

A  “My top-of-the-line answer, as Commission of Police, is that crime is not unique to your neighborhood. Across the city, it’s very frustrating to people. I’m talking about all illegal activity: Everything from littering to drug abuse, to dealing drugs, to needles being thrown on the ground, to graffiti all over the place, to people occupying public spaces and parks; harassment, bicycle left, vehicle chop shops, auto theft – it is more than frustrating to people. I would argue it is infuriating to people.

“As we’ve started the budgeting process again at City Hall – I have asked for 82 more police officers – to the additional 300 officers that we want to bring into the police force. This is not to create a police state – it’s to go back to the best practice model that we know works – which is known as full Community Policing.” Wheeler related his astonishment to learn that during Mayor Bud Clark’s time in office, there were 200,000 fewer people in the city, but the city had 300 more police officers on the force. “I encourage you to support our request for 82 more officers.”

About RVs in his area, Portland Police Bureau East Precinct Commander Bryan Parman, who was also present, said “We’re focusing on enforcement of public right of ways, streets, sidewalks, and properties, trying to get camping in abandoned RVs under control – we’ve worked with 31 RV owners to abate their problems, and have taken 55 RVs, and taken down 20 structures, make-shift sheds.” Additionally, officers have been doing regular missions along the Springwater Trail, and the Multi-Use path to reduce crime, Parman said.

4. Budget Equity
Q  Brentwood-Darlington homeowners pay some of the highest property taxes in the city, yet receive very little support and infrastructure funds – improvements for our parks and streets. What is your plan to address these inequities in 2018?

A  “As somebody who really ‘geeks out’ on property tax issues, you do not actually pay the highest property taxes, or even close to the highest property taxes in the city. However you do pay among the highest effective rates of property tax. What this means is you pay closer to the actual real value of your home, than other neighborhoods do. While this is a quirk of Measure 5, and Measure 50, passed by the taxpayers, the equity issue is very important to all of us.

“Merely being put ‘on parity’ is not going to catch you up,” Wheeler said. “You need more of an intensive investment than do other parts of the city, in order to ‘catch you up’.

“Multnomah County also needs to recognize this, and we can’t let TriMet off the hook either. As people move east to chase housing affordability, they’re moving further and further away from their jobs.”

5. Urban Planning and Infrastructure
Q  How can the city help our community make suggestions for neighborhood improvement more a reality? What is the number one thing that we could do to get city Council’s attention and get these improvements done?

A  “Start by using data that supports the premise of the questions that you’ve asked me,” Wheeler responded. “At the City of Portland Budget website, encourage you to check out the ‘Budget Mapping Tool’. If you know your neighborhood actually falls in terms of certain types of investments in the city budget, we now have it mapped. Also, get us out of City Hall; I encourage the Commissioners to come out and visit you.

“You may not have an intense interest in politics, but politics has an interest in you; simply put: ‘You must be present to win’. So, engage in the budget process; and, email and call your city commissioners, I know they listen.”

Speaks to THE BEE
After his segment of the program, Wheeler told THE BEE why he chose to come to this particular evening meeting. “Every part of the city is important to me. As Mayor, most of the communications that I’m getting from people show that there really upset about livability issues are from East Portland.

“So, this is where I need to be,” Wheeler added. “I’m the Mayor; I want to be present, hear what people are thinking, and be helpful in finding solutions to the neighborhood’s problems.”



Arrow, neck, woman, Sellwood Waterfront Park, Oaks Park Way, Portland, Oregon
After a woman was found with arrow penetrating her neck on Oaks Park Way, she was taken by ambulance for treatment of her injury. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Woman wounded by arrow in Sellwood

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Details about the incident are still unclear, but it’s been officially confirmed that a woman was assaulted, apparently remotely and in a very odd way, near Sellwood Riverfront Park on Sunday morning, November 5. Portland Central Precinct officers responded to the area along Oaks Park Way at 8:23 a.m.

“Arriving officers found a woman who had an arrow penetrating her neck,” acknowledged PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley.

“The woman, with apparently serious injuries, was transported to an area hospital by ambulance,” Burley told THE BEE.

Since the Bureau’s Assault Detail is actively investigating the case, no other information is yet available.



Sellwood Bridge, Bent 19, completion of project, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
After having been cut and pulled from the watery deep of the Willamette River this fall, these are the last remains of the last old Sellwood Bridge pier to be removed – “Bent 19”. (Courtesy of Multnomah County)

Old Sellwood Bridge’s ‘last remains’ removed from river

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE 

Although the new Sellwood Bridge opened to motor traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians on February 29, 2016 – and was substantially completed in November of that year – contractors worked throughout the winter and spring of 2017 to remove its predecessor, demoted to being the “detour bridge”, and to complete road work.

But, the 2017 official “in-water work window” closed before crews could remove the underwater “bents” (piers) in the Willamette River. That opportunity reopened this fall.

In October, Multnomah County hired Advanced American Construction of Portland to remove the last underwater river pier left from the old Sellwood Bridge.

“This is a company that specializes in marine construction,” explained the project’s spokesperson, Mike Pullen.

“During the main bridge project, the same contractor removed all of three other river piers from the old bridge; the pier for Bent 19, on the east side of the main channel, was more difficult to remove than the others, which were demolished down to the mud line – a few feet below the bottom of the river,” Pullen told THE BEE.

What made Bent 19's underwater concrete pier difficult to remove, Pullen said, is that a number of timbers were attached to it. “The timbers interfered with workers using underwater concrete saws to cut the pier into manageable pieces,” he said. “This fall they cut the huge concrete pier into about twelve large blocks, pulled them up on barges, and took them over to the company's work yard in Northwest Portland.”

Why were timbers embedded in the concrete of this pier? “These were likely part of the cofferdam that was used to build the original river piers,” Pullen replied.

With the last submerged pier gone, the river is now free from underwater navigation hazards, and the Sellwood Bridge project is finally complete.



Christmas lights, Sellwood Christmas Treet, SMILE, new lights, Portland, Oregon
Santa Claus, standing by the Sellwood-Westmoreland Christmas Tree on the Oaks Bottom Bluff, says he’s hopeful new strings of LED lights will decorate it this Holiday Season. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Sellwood-Westmoreland Christmas-Tree-light funding campaign ramps up 

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Every Holiday season, a hearty band of intrepid Sellwood neighbors have kept the tradition of festively lighting a giant fir tree on S.E. 13th Avenue on the Bybee curve, overlooking Oaks Bottom.

Last year, when THE BEE documented the stringing process, volunteers handled the aging electrical wires gingerly, hoping to get one more season out of them without a short circuit setting the tree ablaze – or before they disintegrated entirely.

This year, the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) neighborhood association is the fiscal sponsor of a fundraising effort set into motion by Rachel Ginocchio and Matt Hainley to purchase a set of new, colorful, energy-efficient – and safe – LED lights.

The campaign began several months ago and reached about a third of the goal. Now, with the Christmas season rapidly approaching, the campaign is ramping up and hoping to reach a level which will permit buying the new lights before Thanksgiving, when the tree is to be lit again. If that isn’t possible, the old lights will carefully be put back up, and the campaign will continue. Some donors have returned and added to the total repeatedly.

SMILE is a 501(c)(3) corporation, and all donations are tax deductible; contributions of all sizes are welcomed. Donating is easy and can be done online, via a GoFundMe page – https://www.gofundme.com/SMILEChristmasTree.

Or, you can write a check made payable to “SMILE”, put “Xmas Tree Fund” in the check’s memo line, and send it to: 8210 S.E. 13th Avenue, Portland OR, 97202.




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