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June 2017 -- Vol. 111, No. 10

Memories of THE BEE's first 100 years!
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Eastmoreland vote, ENA, Board Election, 2017, Reed College, Eastmoreland
Southeast Uplift Director Annie Dufay and worker Kelly Fedderson monitored the election, keeping careful watch over the ballot boxes. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Nine new members elected to ENA Board in tense meeting at Reed

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Since it first became apparent that residents in the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association (ENA) were taking sides about establishing a large part of the area as a nationally-registered historic district at their July 4 Parade last year, the issue has become increasingly more contentious.

The acrimony was fueled by the results of a poll, taken by mail this winter, about whether nor not to proceed with the historic district application. The “nay” votes prevailed by slim majority, with fully a third of the neighborhood not voting at all – indicating that the neighborhood was clearly divided on the issue – yet, the majority of the ENA Board voted to continue with the application.

The contention over the ENA Historic District nomination spilled over into an undeniably tense Annual Meeting of the association – the May meeting, at which volunteer Board Members are elected each year – held on the evening of Thursday, May 18, at Reed College.

According to the meeting announcement, after the monthly Board Meeting business, the sole agenda item for the Annual Meeting was to elect nine ENA Directors for the forthcoming year.

In the Vollum Lecture Hall lobby, neighbors crowded in, showed their photo ID to a registrar to certify that they were a member of ENA, and received a paper ballot. Southeast Uplift Director Anne Dufay stood by and observed the ballot boxes, until voting closed at 9 p.m.

As many as 250 people came into the lecture hall to attend the meeting, while a total of 1,040 neighbors cast their votes as the meeting progressed.

ENA President Tom Hansen brought the meeting, his last before leaving office, to order.

Stepping up to a microphone at the front of the audience, neighbor Patrick Cummings asked to be recognized, and asked if there would be a vote on a matter submitted to the Board on May 2 – to remove all the sitting ENA Board of Director members whose terms were not expiring this year.

Hansen did not recognize this motion, or the many other similar motions presented by neighbors from the floor.

Some of the motions didn’t skirt the issue of whether or not to proceed with the historic district nomination, but wanted a public vote on the topic, during the meeting.

Saying he saw both positive and negative aspects of establishing a historic district, Bert Sperling said, “Frankly I’m undecided about it; but I don’t like the division that has occurred. Before the historic district goes through, we need to pause and bring people together.”

Sperling then moved to “pause” action on the historic district. “If it’s a good idea then, it’ll be a good idea in three or four months when we can draw people together, we can reach out and recognize that the people who are actually opposed to it and pull the neighborhood together and not pull it apart.”

Hansen responded, “It is ruled out of order; but it is a lofty goal.”

Some neighbors echoed Sperling’s sentiment.

Toward the end of the meeting, Peter Hamilton was recognized and said, “I understand this is your last meeting as ENA President; I believe we owe you appreciation and I want to publicly thank you for all of your work.”

After a hearty round of applause, Hansen responded, “I don’t know if I deserve that or not, but thank you.”

About 8:45 p.m., Tom Crist came to the microphone and said, “I think that I have motion that maybe you’ll entertain: I move that we be adjourned.”

His motion was seconded, and the meeting came to an end.

After the meeting, Patrick Cummings said that a notice, signed by dozens of Eastmoreland neighbors, was hand-delivered to ENA’s President and Secretary on May 2, and also mailed and e-mailed to all of the Board members, in plenty of time to be included in the Annual Meeting’s agenda. “It was a petition to add to the agenda a vote to remove the sitting ENA Board of Directors, those whose terms had not expired.”

During the meeting, Hansen had characterized the letter as a legal document, a “Petition and Demand Letter”, which the Board had referred to their attorney, and after legal consultation, declined to act upon.

After the meeting, Hansen told THE BEE, “The ENA bylaws required me to deny the motions, including the one to remove all of the directors with ongoing terms.”

He read from the bylaws, “Notice of all membership meetings must be given seven days before the meeting; it’s done by first class mail. This notice shall include the date, time, place of meeting and items on the agenda.” The meeting notice was sent out three weeks before the meeting, Hansen said. “There was one agenda item, the election of Board Members.

“To all who saw it, the letter petitioning and demanding the removal of all Board members whose terms were not expiring, wiping the slate clean, appeared to be a legal document,” Hansen conceded. “For this reason, the letter was sent to the ENA attorney; but he determined the demand letter to be flawed – there was a ‘lack of notification’ and ‘due process’ for removing sitting Board Members.”

“If there was genuine interest responding to a letter, petitioning for a meeting to be held, or adding it to the general meeting, we would have had something else happen that evening,” said Colin Folawn, one of the two petitioners who signed the cover letter, after the meeting.

Hansen countered, “The bylaws are very clear that the duty of the Board of Directors ‘Shall be the governing body of the association and exercise control of the affairs, funds, and property’; and ‘A Board Member can be terminated for non-attendance’.

Reflecting on the meeting, Cummings said, “The thing that bothers me is more the process than the historic district itself; the process has been fundamentally mishandled by the Board.

“The Board are the people who created the division,” opined Cummings. “If it’s been this divisive, it lands at the Board’s feet. If they would have recognized that there are a lot of people against this, and had several educational meetings about it, I may have gone along with it, although I may have raised some objections.”

Afterward, having had time to contemplate his last meeting, Hansen remarked that he didn’t regret his actions. “The intent of the motions and demand letter was to take over the ENA Board of Directors. That’s a mistake; it’s hazardous to have a Board taken over by one-issue candidates.”

As for himself, he chose not to run for reelection, said Hansen, because he’d rather spend his time doing other things. “I value the neighborhood and will continue to be a neighbor volunteer, but I’ll not be on the Board.”

As for the election itself, it took Southeast Uplift workers nearly a week to go through the ballots, reported Director Anne Dufay. Each ballot was counted by two different staffers, and recorded on tally sheets, with discrepancies reconciled by a recount. The final batches were entered into spreadsheets independently by two staffmembers, and the results were compared and verified.

Elected to three-year terms:

George Beard (547 votes)

David Dowell (539 votes)

Kristiana Nelson (535 votes) – Incumbent

Kurt Krause (533 votes) – Incumbent

Peter Lamb (526 votes)

Lila Brightbill (519 votes)

Joe Dudman (515 votes)

Elected to two-year terms:

Amy Light (508 votes)

Andy Payne (429 votes)

Following the announcement of the election results, a meeting of the new ENA Board took place on June 1 at Duniway Elementary School to select its new officers.



K9, Jeff Dorn, Mick, Canine, memorial
PPB Canine Unit Officer Jeff Dorn pauses for a moment next to the Canine Memorial – a sculpture of his fallen partner, “Mick”, whose heroic response, he says, saved his life. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Statue and tribute in Southeast honor K-9s killed in line of duty

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Following the shooting death of Portland Police Bureau (PPB) K-9 “Mick” in 2014, members of the Portland Police Historical Society worked with many volunteers and donors to create a bigger-than-life statue of the police dog – the centerpiece of the Canine Memorial.

The memorial, and the service dedicating it, took place on May 20 at the former Southeast Precinct building on Burnside Street.

One of the many officers at the dedication was PPB Canine Unit Officer Jeff Dorn, the partner of “Mick”.

He’s still working in the Canine Unit, after 11 years, having partnered first with “Ranger” for eight years, Dorn told THE BEE.

“What attracted me to the Canine Unit work is that you get to go to in-progress crime calls, and help catch the suspects that are the hardest ones to apprehend,” Dorn explained.

He hasn’t been on patrol with a human partner over the years, Dorn said. “When you get into it, you don’t really recognize how strong a bond forms, until after you been with the dog for a while.”

After “Ranger” retired, Dorn had worked with “Mick” for about a month before they were called to a “burglary in progress” call in 2014. A fleeing suspect shot and killed his partner, and he was wounded in the skirmish. He feels Mick’s sacrifice saved his life.

Losing his partner so tragically didn’t end his enthusiasm for having a canine partner, Dorn told us. “I have a dog in training right now; his name is ‘Kahn’.”


K9, Argos, Rod Lucich, Portland Police, Mollala Police, Canine, memorial
Former PPB officer Rod Lucich, now Chief of Police in Molalla, shows memorabilia of his partner, “Argos”, who was also killed in the line of duty. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Also at the service was retired Canine Unit member Rod Lucich, who is now Molalla’s Chief of Police.

In 1986, “Argos” became his canine partner, Lucich recalled. “Before our training classes were over, he made his first capture.”

From June 5, 1986, until the day he was killed in the line of duty exactly a year later, “Argos” apprehended 84 people. “He was very successful, and really good at most everything he did,” reflected Lucich.

“On the night he died, an armed suspect was shooting at officers with multiple weapons,” Lucich recalled. “The suspect broke out of the house; the dog came after him as he was trained to do. Whither it was dumb luck or marksmanship, we don’t know, but he took a rifle round to his collar, and it killed him.

“That was a very tough day; we all know our job is dangerous, but I don’t think we ever let ourselves dwell on that possibility,” Lucich said. “Suddenly, I went from riding pretty high and feeling pretty proud of what we were doing, to not knowing if I’d continue with the Canine Unit.”

That tragic turn of events took some time to resolve, Lucich conceded. “The dogs live with you all the time, 24/7. When you’re in street clothes, they act like a family dog; but, put on the uniform and they are ready to go.”

Several people spoke during the dedication service, including PPB Chief of Police Mike Marshman.

“I’ve seen some of the renderings that look quite nice, but when I actually saw the statue in person – It’s a very impressive monument,” Marshman said. “Being here, it’s quite emotional for us, as we recognize our ‘Canine units’ who spend countless hours tracking down suspects.

“Canine teams are our partners in every sense of the word: Strong, brave, and loyal,” Marshman added. “We won’t forget these K-9 partners in the sacrifice that they made in service to our city and its citizens.”



Multnomah County Fair, Oaks Park, Oaks Amusement Park, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
In the fair’s Exhibit Hall, Jennifer Vasstabacchi, of the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, showed her prize-winning flower in the “perennial” category – a purple Lupine. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

111th Multnomah County Fair drew big crowds to Oaks Park

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

The multitude of families coming to opening day of the 111th Multnomah County Fair on May 27th was a good indication that historic, nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood really is the ideal location for the county fair – which runs over Memorial Day weekends annually – this year, that was May 27th through the 29th.

The historic fair continues to thrive, and grow in popularity, even it was abandoned by the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners in the 1990s. It continues, thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers.

The Multnomah County 4-H Clubs’ exhibits have had a steadily growing presence at the fair, even though a while back Multnomah County abandoned 4-H also. But the OSU Extension Service stepped in and revived the program here.

“Exhibits and activities of 4-H Clubs are bigger and better this year,” commented Oregon State University (OSU) Extension 4-H Faculty Maureen Hosty. “We’re celebrating the final projects that our club members have been working on all year – here to be exhibited, judged, and evaluated. In addition to recognizing them for the efforts, it’s also a time when kids and their families can have fun here at the fair.”

On display, and being judged, were animal projects – including chickens, rabbits, and guinea pigs and goats. “And, other 4-H members brought their photography, cooking, sewing, and rocketry projects here as well,” Hosty pointed out.

“It’s really true, 4-H is the original STEM program, starting more than 100 years ago – and the Portland 4-H is the first urban program in the entire nation, started in 1922,” Hosty observed. “Because of our affiliation with Oregon State University, our 4-H clubs are keeping up with today’s technology.”

“This fair continues to be put on by the nonprofit organization called Friends of Multnomah County Fair, as it has been for years; we are volunteers who are keeping the 111-year tradition of this wonderful fair going,” smiled Board President Larry Smith.

“In addition to supporting the excellent youth development programs of 4-H clubs, there is something for every age or interest at the fair,” Smith remarked.

New this year, Smith pointed out, is the “Art in the Park” pavilion, featuring local crafters and artists who demonstrate, exhibit, and sell their unique offerings.

“And, we have something that the other big event in town doesn’t have – the opportunity to ride a camel!” Smith exclaimed.

The coordination of two entertainment stages, commercial vendors, food purveyors, and the arts and crafts exhibits in the Oaks’ Dance Pavilion, is done by a volunteer Board – just six members, and six exhibit superintendents. As many as 50 additional volunteers do come in to help operate the fair during its three day run, however.

Smith said he’s had a life-long love of the fair. “Abut 50 years ago, I participated in my first fair, as an exhibitor,” Smith explained. “Someone needs to keep the tradition alive, I decided I’d be a person to help out.”

Finally, it wouldn’t be a fair without amusement rides for the little kids, thrill rides for the bold – and fun for everyone – on the midway of Oaks Amusement Park.

“The Multnomah County Fair, and Oaks Amusement Park combined make this a great way to spend a day on Memorial Day weekend,” Smith grinned.

And admission to the fair is free, too. If you missed it this time – catch it next year at Oaks Park, over Memorial Day weekend! Always plenty of free parking.



SP Locomotive 4449, Mortimer B. Fuller III
Historic locomotive SP 4449 rumbles through Lake Oswego on its way to Tigard on May 9th. On board for the special trip: The retiring chairman of Genesee & Wyoming Inc., Mortimer B. Fuller III. (Courtesy of Jim Thomas)

Locomotive 4449 gives special ride to retiring railroad man

By PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP
for THE BEE

It was hard to miss the sound of the historic steam locomotive powering through Oaks Bottom and past Oaks Park on Tuesday, May 9. It was the wrong time of year for the annual “Holiday Express” trains between the new railroad museum near OMSI and Oaks Park – and anyway, this train kept going, returning later in the day.

It continued into Milwaukie, then crossed the Willamette River at Lake Oswego to continue a run into Tigard, drawing attention and turning heads along the way. The Southern Pacific 4449 rumbled across the river to honor the retiring chairman of Portland & Western Railroad’s parent company.

Mortimer B. Fuller III, the President and Chairman of Genesee & Wyoming Inc., was on board the train as it headed to Tigard, where the Fuller Yard was dedicated in his honor.

Fuller became CEO, President, and Chairman in 1977 when he purchased a controlling interest in G&W’s corporate predecessor, the original Genesee and Wyoming Railroad, which his great-grandfather founded in 1899. He served as CEO for 30 years and Chairman for 40 years.

The SP 4449 is one of the historic locomotives on display at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, 2250 S.E. Water Avenue, just east of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, which is open to the public from 1-5 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

As THE BEE reminded you in its May edition, for years, the 4449 was on display at The Oaks Amusement Park. In 1974, it was restored to operation for use in the second American Freedom Train, which toured the 48 contiguous United States for the American Bicentennial celebrations. As we reported last month, there is a plan afoot to repeat that epic trip around the country in the near future.

The locomotive continues to be maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers called Friends of SP 4449, and is used for a variety of excursions and events. According to railroad officials, the engine has be started three days prior to a run, because it takes that long to bring enough water to a boil to work up a head of steam to power the historic engine.



Theodore Cornelius Jones, hit and run victim, S.E. 82nd, Flavel Street
THE VICTIM: Killed in the early-morning May 5 collision was this man – 45-year-old Theodore Cornelius Jones. He was not in the crosswalk, and it was dark; but the driver who slammed into him fled south on S.E. 82nd, and is now sought for felony hit-and-run. (Courtesy of Oregon DMV)

Man killed in hit-run while dashing across 82nd Avenue

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

About an hour before dawn on Friday, May 5, a man died in the darkness while attempting to cross S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses.

Witnesses said the victim was staying at the Del Rancho Motel, and was crossing 82nd, heading toward the 7-Eleven Store on the corner at Flavel Street – but not in the crosswalk – when the accident occurred at 4:33 a.m. Due to the darkness and the position of the pedestrian outside a crosswalk, had the driver remained at the scene, he or she would probably not even have gotten a ticket – but that was not the driver’s choice.

A bystander told police the victim was hit in the street, and the force of the impact catapulted him to the west side of the road in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, partially onto the sidewalk, as the car that hit him then sped off southbound on the avenue.

“Officers and medical personnel arrived and found a male suffering from traumatic injuries lying on the sidewalk,” confirmed Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. “The involved driver left the scene.”

S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses was closed off to traffic in both directions, from Flavel to Malden Streets, while the PPB Traffic Division Major Crash Team investigated the incident.

The following day, Simpson said the man killed in the accident had been identified as 45-year-old Theodore Cornelius Jones.

“Video footage of the incident indicates that the suspect driver was in a smaller, dark-colored sedan, and continued to drive southbound on 82nd Avenue after striking the pedestrian,” Simpson said. “The vehicle likely would have sustained damage to the hood and windshield.”

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a cash reward for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this hit and run crime, and those with information can remain anonymous. For all the ways to leave a tip, go online: http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Chris Johnson at 503/823-2213, or e-mail: chris.johnson@portlandoregon.gov.



Tucker Maxon School, Portland, Oregon, Portland Trail Blazers, Blaze, the trail cat
Upon his arrival in the Tucker Maxon School gym, Trailblazer mascot “Blaze the Trail Cat” vigorously greeted the kids as he walked among them, then plopped down here and there for a more personal visit. (Photo by Eric Norberg)

Tucker Maxon School celebrates 70 years, as Trailblazers’ mascot visits

By ERIC NORBERG
Editor, THE BEE

Those travelling S.E. Holgate Boulevard, passing 29th Street, on Friday morning, May 12, may have been wondering about all those TV News trucks near Tucker Maxon School.

Nothing alarming was going on – the renowned nonprofit private school for the hearing-impaired was celebrating its 70th birthday, a successful fundraiser earlier in the month, and a recent move to open enrollment to students with “normal” hearing as well.

And the celebration that morning was being led by a visiting celebrity – the Portland Trailblazers’ on-court mascot, “Blaze the Trail Cat”. In the 45 minutes allotted for the visit, which started at 8:30 a.m., Blaze arrived and boisterously greeted the school’s elementary and preschool students in the gym, then posed individually for photos with the students in a fast-moving line around the edge of the court, and concluded with a brief but lively basketball game.

Blaze had been announced as being the referee for the game, but he decided to play instead. Everyone on the court (students were switched in and out of the game, and faculty joined in) seemed to feel free to shoot at either basket, and there appeared to be only one team in action, albeit one on which players occasionally blocked each other. Nobody kept score, and everybody had a good time.

Tucker Maxon has always been a maverick in teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing children, refusing to concentrate on sign language, and instead working to let these children hear the world, often through hearing aids or cochlear implants, and teaching listening and spoken language.

That being the case, with the private school well-regarded for the quality of its teaching and curriculum, Tucker Maxon now also enrolls students with good hearing, who gain by its educational excellence, while providing for the other students a context for learning to excel in the “real world”. The school’s mission statement is “Tucker Maxon School teaches deaf and hearing children to listen, talk, learn, and achieve excellence together.”

For more information on the school and its programs, and to see a video on the school’s anniversary, go online to – http://www.tuckermaxon.org.



Lake Carlton, Woodstock, Portland, Oregon, unfinished streets, deep puddles, ducks
This year there is no canoe on “Lake Carlton” or its companion mudpuddles in Woodstock, but the ducks are happy. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Woodstock’s ‘Lake Carlton’ is back – raising questions

By ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF
For THE BEE 

With the prodigious amount of rain we’ve had this past winter and spring, it is not surprising that the mammoth mud puddle, dubbed “Lake Carlton” by neighbors several years ago, is back. This large body of water reappears every winter on S.E. Carlton Street between 44th and 45th Avenues in the Woodstock neighborhood.

In early April, Lake Carlton had offspring – five mini-ponds extending eastward, one of which served as the floating home of two Mallard ducks, who had undoubtedly found their way there from the Rhododendron Gardens. At the end of any long rainy period, the lake is about fifteen feet in diameter and about a foot deep. When the sun comes out from behind the clouds, the lake and ponds diminish in size – but they’re always back within just a few rainy days.

But, in fact, it IS surprising that Lake Carlton has returned. When its history is reviewed, we remember that measures were taken six years ago to fill and “fix” the lake once and for all.

In 2012 THE BEE published an article entitled “Lake Carlton Is Gone” – because in 2011 the unimproved roadway was graded and graveled with the hope that the lake would become just a memory. The work was made possible by a $2,000 grant through the Inner Southeast neighborhood coalition “Southeast Uplift”, plus the in-kind contributions of volunteers and neighbors.  The mud “ponds” were gone, and the edges of the street were naturescaped by adjacent neighbors. But, as is now obvious, the “lake” came back.

At this point, what the City of Portland might do about these cavernous holes in the street is as clear as mud.

And in conversation with neighbors about the stretch of potholes, we found opinions vary. From residential neighbors a fairly consistent message has been, “Don’t pave them”.  However, a similarly muddy, “pond-holed” stretch on S.E. Martins between 43rd and 44th, behind the Woodstock Tan and Liquor building, is deemed unacceptable by the affected businesses.

An employee of Woodstock Tan says of the huge potholes, “I hate it. They’re awful.  People have tried to fill them with yard debris. It just makes it worse.” The business owners and some neighbors would like to see that portion paved with angled parking.

A full road improvement constructed by the City, called a Local Improvement District, or LID, would be prohibitively expensive for most adjacent property owners and would include sidewalks and curbs that most neighbors don’t seem to want. There is a less expensive option from the city which would provide asphalt paving without the sidewalks and curbs, but it still would require an LID. Woodstock is thought by many to be ground zero for unfinished streets in Inner Southeast Portland – a city with over 60 miles of such streets.

Nance Schaefle, who lives next to the ponds and Lake Carlton at 45th says, “We do love the water being here for the ducks and adventuresome bicyclists. We feed the Mallards who stop by regularly for a snack.”

Jessie, who lives behind the Joinery would not like to see that section of S.E. Martins paved.  “Cars would be flying by,” she observed.

Beth Riley, who lives on the corner of S.E. Martins and 42nd says, “I do not want a paved street, especially with all of the children in the neighborhood.”

Mark Ripkey, who lives on the same corner of Martins, is considering a community project that would create bike and pedestrian pathways. With the opening of the New Seasons Market in Woodstock, the amount of foot traffic there has quadrupled. And, currently, biking on Woodstock Boulevard is more difficult and even dangerous because of the recently increased traffic.

If the city were to designate the unimproved right of way to allow neighbors, in cooperation with the city, to make bike and pedestrian paths on these pot-holed streets, that could possibly lead to improved safety for those want to travel east or west without using motorized vehicles.





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