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February 2018 -- Vol. 112, No. 6

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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Mike Abbate, Amanda Fritz, Portland Parks Bureau, budget, community centers, Sellwood, Woodstock, Portland, Oregon
Portland Parks Bureau Director Mike Abbaté outlined, as the January meeting got started, how the budget discussion would take place – accompanied by City Commissioner Amanda Fritz. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Sellwood and Woodstock Community Centers again threatened


Those concerned about the future of Inner Southeast Community Centers or programs traveled to the Sokhom Tauch Community Center, at the Immigrant & Refugee Community on N.E. Glisan Street, on Thursday evening, January 4, for a meeting that Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) called, “What is the ‘Right Budget’ for Parks?”

The PP&R meeting’s promotional outreach made it clear that permanently shuttering both the Sellwood and Woodstock community centers is once again, as usual, among the budgetary choices the Bureau is considering this year.

PP&R Director Mike Abbaté set the stage for THE BEE before the meeting began. 

“Tonight, we’re sharing with the public some ideas that we have for ways that we can align this Bureau’s budget with the Mayor’s and the City Council’s direction for preparing the Portland City budget this year,” Abbaté explained. “We were asked to submit a requested budget that includes a 5%, or $3.2 million, reduction – so, we’re here put some of those ideas out to people, and, get feedback from citizens about which are the ‘right things’ we should be cutting and, if not, what things we should we be cutting.”

He said that the Portland Budget Office had revealed in December that, based on a new December economic forecast, it was projecting about a $4.5 million ongoing deficit for the entire city budget. But it got worse: Adding in contributions to the Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services, that gap may be as much as $14 or $15 million. In a telephone interview after the meeting, Portland Budget Office Director Andrew Scott verified these figures.

“So, along with all other ‘General Fund Bureaus’ that have been asked to make cuts of 5%, we’ve compiled about twenty packages of various kinds, affecting all parts of our organization,” explained Abbaté.

Asked about the proposed cuts to Community Centers, he replied, “These are tough decisions – closing small Community Centers are some of the things we will be talking about, and hearing what people think about that.

“Places like the Sellwood Community Center come with long-term maintenance and capital improvement needs, it was not originally designed to be a Community Center, but instead, a boarding house.”

Actually, the Sellwood Community Center – which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places – was originally designed as a YMCA facility, a century ago.

At the meeting was SMILE Vice President Gail Hoffnagle, representing the neighborhood association’s Friends of Sellwood Community Center Committee: “Once again, the Sellwood Community Center is on the cutting block at the Parks Bureau; it seems like we’ve been on the cutting block, like, forever!” 

About the Sellwood Center’s characterization as an “older, smaller building”, Hoffnagle remarked, “For people in Inner Southeast Portland, there is no Community Center south of Matt Dishman Community Center, or Mt. Scott Community Center out on 72nd Avenue – except for the Woodstock Center, which they’re also trying to close! It looks as if we’re being put in a ‘recreation desert’ here.

“We’re getting thousands of new residents in the neighborhood, some of whom are living in new very small apartments, with no yards and no place to recreate – or, of the Center were to be closed, with no place to go to feel a sense of community – all of which are benefits our center has offered for 100 years,” reminded Hoffnagle.

She decried having the Center again on the public “budget cut list”, because “This also makes it very difficult for the Friends of Sellwood Community Center to fundraise for improvements to the building; few people want to donate funds for a building that might soon be closed.”

Ironically, historically, the Sellwood Community Center has brought in more revenue from its classes and programs each year than it has cost the Parks Bureau to operate it, so – as Hoffnagle noted – closing the Center might actually ADD to the city’s budget deficit.

Observing that some City Bureaus make their cuts with little public process, Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz remarked, “I believe it’s better to work in a more collaborative manner, because people are sometimes more understanding, and more accepting, if they understand what’s happening, and why.

“And, also our community advocates are some of the best people to tell the Portland City Council what they want, and why we should fund it,” Fritz said.

This meeting was more than just “window dressing” in the decision-making process, Fritz explained. “People do make a difference when they show up and advocate for their programs, whether or not they’re on our ‘cut list’ – because we won’t be sure about this until the very last vote.”

About the Woodstock and Sellwood Community Centers, Fritz said, “We do need to look at both this year’s budget, and then also long-term: What are we going to do with our smaller Community Centers ... I fought to keep Buckman Pool open for as long as we did, acknowledging that we don’t have a Southeast Community Center.”

The potential of having their own Center shut down brought several members of the Friends of Woodstock Community Center to the meeting, too – including Terry Griffiths.

“Our group provides routine maintenance for the Center, as part of a partnership agreement with Portland Parks – a partnership we’ve had since 2004. Now the Parks Bureau claims that the Woodstock Center is being run at a $35,000 deficit; which is something we don’t understand.”

One of the other Woodstock supporters, Steven Beattie, said he’s a volunteer assistant Tae Kwon Do instructor there, and, “Losing the Community Center would be a loss to the community that rallied around it to support for many years; the volunteers have lived up to their part of the agreement.”

Expressing her displeasure with the potential closing of the Center, and at the meeting to support the Friends organization, was Woodstock Neighborhood Association Chair Elisa Edgington, who exclaimed, “Our Community Center is the heart of the neighborhood. All of the community events that we do are based out of that building; and, many of our elementary school kids started out in the preschool held there.”

After the Parks Bureau floated the idea of closing the Center in the past, Edgington said, they’d rallied together, and sent a letter to Commissioner Fritz listing the reasons why closing it was inappropriate. “This year, the possibility of closing the Center definitely ‘feels more real’. I don’t know whether we will have the same opportunity for recourses that we did last time,” the Neighborhood Chair mused.

As the meeting got underway, Parks Bureau Director Abbaté told the group of about 100 attendees, “Our city government wants to be looking at other ways of improving what we do, and we are complying with the directives, as are other Bureaus.

“We’re not advocating for one cut, or another; we’ve looked at our entire budget, and our entire list of things that we do, and we have worked with our Budget Advisory Committee for input on our most important values; this list has come from those discussions,” Abbaté said.

Those attending were invited to join one of three groups to discuss the proposals:

   Service Area A – Asset Management, Director’s Office/Operations and Strategies

   Service Area B – Land Stewardship and Urban Forestry

   Service Area C – Recreation, Equity and Inclusion

During and after the group discussions, participants were instructed to fill out lengthy ballots, indicating their preferences, given the available choices.

This was the last Parks Bureau public meeting scheduled regarding budget decisions. The Portland Budget Office has not yet released further dates for upcoming public budget meetings.

U Haul, Powell Boulevard, fatal shooting, robbery, grand jury, exoneration, Portland, Oregon
This Powell Boulevard business became a crime scene, after an armed robber was shot by an employee in the midst of a holdup. (Courtesy of KATU-TV-2 News)

Clerk exonerated in fatal shooting at Powell U-Haul


On Wednesday, January 3, at 6:59 p.m., police responded to the U-Haul store at 4831 S.E. Powell Boulevard. “Officers found an adult male with injuries that appeared to be the result of gunfire,” said Portland Police spokesman Sergeant Christopher Burley.

The injured individual, whom Burley later identified as 53-year-old Robert R. Porter of Newberg, was transported to an area hospital by ambulance, where medical personnel pronounced him dead.

Two days later, Burley reported that detectives had learned that Porter entered the U-Haul Powell Boulevard and demanded money from 27-year-old Tyson B. Pfau, an employee of the store, while brandishing a handgun.

During the robbery Pfau, a valid concealed handgun license-holder, fired his handgun, striking Porter multiple times. Another U-Haul Powell Boulevard employee called 9-1-1 after the robbery and shooting. Pfau and witnesses who were present in the store at the time of attempted armed robbery cooperated with the subsequent investigation.

Detectives believe that Porter was involved in several holdups in the Portland area prior to the January 3rd incident.

On Friday, January 19, a Multnomah County Grand Jury returned a “no true bill” in that shooting death, determining that no criminal prosecution is warranted as a result of the use of deadly force by Pfau.

Pomgo One, Pongo Fund, Brooklyn neighborhood, mobile veterinary clinic, Larry Chusid, Portland, Oregon
The Pongo Fund founder Larry Chusid proudly shows off the organization’s new mobile veterinary clinic, PONGO ONE. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

New mobile vet hospital unveiled in Brooklyn


In November of 2009, Larry Chusid founded an organization called “The Pongo Fund”, in honor of a dog of his that had passed away – its purpose to provide a living legacy for his late companion, through a program that helps keep pets safe, healthy, well-fed, and out of shelters.

“The Pongo Fund, ‘Oregon’s pet food bank’, came about because I found no organization dedicated to helping people care for their animals – people who were not as fortunate as I,” Chusid remarked to THE BEE.

The organization’s warehouse is situated at 3632 S.E. 20th Avenue, one block due east of Bullseye Glass Company, in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Inside, as we visited with him amidst shelves lined with pet food and animal supplies, Chusid proudly revealed a new service – one provided through a new vehicle, named ‘PONGO ONE’. It’s a 23-foot long state-of-the-art mobile veterinary hospital.

PONGO ONE now provides a wide range of care including exams, lab work, x-rays, vaccinations, medications, dentals, spay and neuter, life-saving surgeries, and other services, all at no cost to qualified pet owners in need. That would include the homeless, seniors, veterans, victims of domestic violence, and residents in low income housing, Chusid said. “We serve many people who have lost [financial] stability.

“In this day and age, many people cannot afford to provide for the care of their animals’ needs,” he told THE BEE. “To them, these animals are ‘family’, and they need food and medical care, as do their humans; when somebody is financially struggling and cannot care for their pet, we will help provide that care.”

Already, The Pongo Fund has a network of veterinary clinics throughout the community ready to help out. “But now, we will make vet care more available; we will be able to care for the animals in the community who might not otherwise receive care,” Chusid explained. 

PONGO ONE travels to low income apartment buildings, working in conjunction with Home Forward, Northwest Housing Alternatives, and Cascadia Mental health – and is also visiting homeless camps such as Dignity Village, as well as unsanctioned homeless camps.

“It’s not about getting signed up for our service; we’re on the road, reaching out to people and their pets,” smiled Chusid.

“However, the truck itself means little without caring veterinarians inside,” Chusid pointed out – introducing us to two primary pet physicians who are participating. 

“I’ve been working with The Pongo Fund for about two years now; it’s given me an opportunity to give back to our community, and, at the same time, to realize how lucky and fortunate we are,” said Dr. Robin Bertke, DVM.

And, as she was stocking the truck, Dr. Melissa Stephenson, DVM, joined in: “Working in the community, working with the people, helping their pets, and focusing on the human-animal bond – this is everything I hoped for in becoming a veterinarian.”

The Pongo Fund is a volunteer-driven 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity, making any contributions received tax-deductible. Learn more online:

Bullseye Glass Company, lawsuit, Governor, State of Oregon, Brooklyn neighborhood, Portland, Oregon, art glass
Conferring about their lawsuit against the State of Oregon are Bullseye Glass Company co-owner Daniel Schwoerer, Allan Garten from GRM Law Group, Bullseye co-owner Lani McGregor, and the company’s Manager Jim Jones. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Bullseye Glass sues Gov. Brown and agencies for $30 million


On December 12, attorneys representing Bullseye Glass Company of the Brooklyn neighborhood filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, District of Oregon, Portland Division, against Kate Brown, in her capacity as Governor of Oregon and state and county agency heads, for “Violation of Civil Rights; Conspiracy to Violate Civil Rights” – and demanding a jury trial; asking for $30 million in relief.

Early in January, Bullseye Glass owners Daniel Schwoerer and Lani McGregor, company manager Jim Jones, and attorney Allan Garten of GRM Law Group, sat down with THE BEE to talk about the legal action.

From the time the company owners approached him, Garten began, Schwoerer and McGregor made it clear that “one of their paramount objectives was to get their reputation back.

“They believe in strong environmental regulation, believed that they had always followed what DEQ had asked them to do, and they believed that they were being unfairly penalized – from the presentation of really bad science and a rush to judgment,” Garten remarked. “The discriminatory way in which the [Oregon] DEQ, some of the media, and state agencies treated them has had a devastating impact on their reputation, and their ability to conduct their business.”

Unlike other glass companies who have left the States of Oregon and Washington, and gone to Mexico, Bullseye Glass decided to stay in Portland and continue to produce their art glass, Garten told THE BEE. “In order to do that, they had to successfully defend themselves in a class action case [which has yet to be certified].

“This lawsuit is designed to highlight DEQ’s failure to regulate the large industries in the state that contribute to the ‘toxic soup’ in which we live – while Bullseye thought that it was, and history shows that it has been, in compliance with its permits.

“So, to single out a company for discriminatory treatment, when it is been in full compliance with all of its permits, seems to be a serious breach of trust that this company placed in the state regulators,” Garten asserted.

To this end, the 88-page document also names, in their respective capacities, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Richard Whitman, Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen, the Multnomah County Health Department, and unnamed state officials.

“From what is written in the lawsuit, it’s is quite clear that Bullseye welcomes strong environmental regulation,” Garten asserted. “And, in addition to recovering monetary damages for the injury to the reputation, it is also to shed light on what the state has failed to do.”

Co-owner Schwoerer pointed out the company promptly spent more than $1 million to make Bullseye Glass “the cleanest manufacturing facility in the state, in terms of particulate emissions – held to a standard this 20 times more stringent than other manufacturers in the state.”

Specifically, the permanent rule that was passed to regulate the company – and only Bullseye Glass, Schwoerer reminded – is a permit to meet .005 grains per cubic foot of emissions, while all others are held to .01 grains per cubic foot of emissions, a standard 20 times higher.

“We complied with the regulation because we wanted to stay in business; but also, because, quite honestly, we care,” Schwoerer said. “I feel good about the money that was spent to put our filtration systems in place, because we are now a very clean manufacturing facility, unlike any other.”

Garten chimed in, “The company is not seeking to get out of the singularly stringent regulation that is been imposed upon this company – they’re not trying to escape the responsibility, or elude the regulatory regime this been imposed upon them – but they simply want a ‘fair, level, playing field’ for all industries across the state, resulting in cleaner air for everybody.”

Concerns were raised in early 2016, based upon a leak to media of an 18-day air monitoring study in October in 2015 and an earlier study based upon moss by the US Forest Service, Garten recalled; “these studies are deeply flawed and don’t come close to showing significant contamination that would harm anybody.

“In fact there were three soil studies during the course of the year which didn’t show the soil itself had any level of contamination that would cause concern for the health or safety of any people – including the 150 Bullseye employees, many of whom live in the neighborhood,” Garten went on.

These “leaks” to media that became news stories led to a class-action lawsuit filed in April, 2016, in the amount of more than $1 billion for damages to neighbors, he said.

“Two weeks after the article came out, class action lawyers came into town from Seattle – a nationally-based plaintiffs class-action law firm – and they were already saying that the ‘gold standard of remedies’ was filing class-action lawsuits. That was before they conducted any tests or research. They claimed that neighbors could not sue the state, but instead, should sue Bullseye for negligence, trespass, and nuisance,” said Garten. “Again, this lawsuit was not filed based on doing any research, but was on the basis of maps that published in newspapers.”

Not long after the class-action lawsuit was filed, Garten pointed out, the Oregon Health Authority came out with a soil study “saying that is safe to eat your locally-grown vegetables; and I guarantee you, nobody was publishing that it was safe to eat your locally-grown vegetables,” commented the attorney.

“The determination was that the only way Bullseye Glass could fight this class-action lawsuit, get their reputation back, and continue with their business, was to make it clear to the State of Oregon that they could no longer be viewed as the company that could be bullied, while others were not being [similarly] regulated.”

The law firm expects the lawsuit to be a lengthy process, starting with state attorneys filing motions to dismiss the case, Garten stated.

“The last thing they want, in the process of legal discovery, is for us to shed light on the practices that they’ve used over the years – ‘looking the other way’ when regulating heavy industry, while putting an undue amount of focus on one company, based on what we will show was flawed science,” he said.

About the class-action lawsuit, Garten said, “It is our belief that the neighbors and environmental groups should support Bullseye in this effort to shed light on the state’s failure to regulate heavy industry.

“Instead of cheering on a class-action lawsuit that is designed singularly to put Bullseye out of business, they should be intervening on behalf of Bullseye in this effort to force the state to regulate all businesses in a fair and nondiscriminatory way,” Garten concluded.

The State of Oregon has not yet officially commented on the Bullseye lawsuit.

Oaks Bottom, culvert, rehabilitation, river access, Willamette River, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon, Army Corps of Engineers, Portland Parks Bureau
On the Oaks Bottom side of the project, this water control structure will be removed as well, and the terrain regraded, which will permit better water flow into and out of Oaks Bottom all year long. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Long-planned Oaks Bottom renovation getting underway


In an effort to improve the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, now the largest remaining natural area within the Lower Willamette River floodplain, local and federal agencies are joining forces to make the long-delayed “Oaks Bottom Tidal Restoration Project” finally a reality.

“This is an Army Corps of Engineers project, in conjunction with the City of Portland,” Jim Adams, Project Manager, Portland District, Army Corps of Engineers told THE BEE.

“It’s part of the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Projects Continuing Authorities Program under Section 206 – the same program under which we worked with the city on the Crystal Springs Creek Restoration and Westmoreland Park projects.”

The focus of the project, Adams explained, is removing and replacing an existing culvert, about a quarter mile north of Oaks Amusement Park along the Springwater Corridor Trail, which connects Oaks Bottom with the Willamette River.

“This culvert is not very fish-friendly, creates a lot of turbulence, and is also perched high, so it doesn’t connect very well with river under low-water conditions,” Adams said, as THE BEE looked out over the site.

City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Project Manager Sean Bistoff, who said he’s been involved with this project for a last decade, added detail: The round concrete pipe there now will be replaced with a box culvert, 16’ wide by 12’ high.

“After the culvert has been installed, the bottom will be lined with stream-bed material; and and the openings will be considerably lower than the current culvert,” Bistoff said.

“We’re really excited to finally work to get the salmon habitat in Oaks Bottom opened up, so when they arrive here they’ll have a hospitable environment to live in,” enthused BES Environmental Program Coordinator Ronda Fast. “The project benefits will be huge, in terms of helping Portland meet its goals for salmon recovery, building on other projects we’ve done together with the Army Corps of Engineers. This project will also improve water quality in Oaks Bottom by a establishing a normal hydrologic connection with the river.”

Thanks to the funding provided to the project by the Army Corps of Engineers’ involvement, and the technical expertise they bring to it, this project can now get underway, observed Ms. Fast.

Under Section 206, the Corps contributes 65% of the total cost of the project; the City of Portland contributes 35% for ecosystem restoration components of the $7.5 million project Adams revealed. “Recreational components” of the project are cost-shared on a 50/50 basis, he said.

$7.5 million is a lot of money, Adams agreed, “But, keep in mind that this is not only for improving salmon habitat, but it’s also a wide-ranging ecosystem restoration that will also help amphibious creatures and waterfowl. However, salmonids are of particular importance.”

Bistoff remarked that the main work will coincide with the mandated “in-water work window” from July 1 through October 31. “We’ll be doing some preliminary work in the late winter and early spring – like clearing some trees before birds come to roost in them, making way for construction access.

“By the way, we’ll be reusing many of the removed trees in the project itself to provide large wood structures in this stream.”

Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Specialist Sarah Bennett said that, for the 120-day main construction period, the trail will be closed to both bicyclists and pedestrians – and Dick Samuel’s rail line will be interrupted too. “This is a relatively short-term impact; and hopefully, when the trail is reopened, everyone will see and enjoy the benefits of this project.”

The plan is to put signs up, warning of the trail closure, and then, during construction, post detour signs on bicycle routes leading to the trail so users aren’t surprised to find it closed off. One of the reasons for the S.E. 19th Avenue Greenway having been finished when it was, was to provide an alternate bike path from S.E. Linn Street north to the Springwater Trail north access point at S.E. Mitchell Street at McLoughlin.

THE BEE will be following the progress of this unique ecological project.

PBOT, Janie Jeffrey, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Sellwood, cut through traffic, Portland, Oregon
PBOT Traffic Design Section Manger Janie Jeffrey described some permutations of the ideas presented for solving Sellwood’s cut-through traffic problem. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

PBOT ideas to discourage Sellwood cut-through traffic


Traffic persistently clogs S.E. Tacoma Street from the Sellwood Bridge out past the McLoughlin Boulevard overpass during the morning and afternoon rush hours – and for quite some time, the SMILE Transportation Committee and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) have been looking for a solution.

At a meeting at SMILE Station a short time before Christmas, some 40 people interested in the topic packed the room to hear about possible solutions for the resulting cut-through traffic that spills out through neighborhood side streets.

“The goal of the meeting is to fine-tune alternatives for improving congestion issues around the Tacoma Street Corridor,” explained SMILE Transportation Committee Chair Scott Kelly as the meeting began. “Tonight, PBOT will present alternatives they’re considering, based on feedback from our previous meeting. They will then fine-tune them even more, to come up with a plan to implement improvements.”

Stepping up was PBOT Project Manager Rich Newlands: “We continue to work with a team of folks – traffic engineers, primarily – to figure out this issue that impacts Sellwood-area neighborhood livability – the impact of traffic congestion, along both main and side streets, leading to and from the Sellwood Bridge.”

PBOT’s involvement began, Newlands recalled, shortly after the new Sellwood Bridge opened. “And, since then, we have been hearing complaints about growing cut-through traffic issues. Early in the spring of 2017, we decided to actively study the issue, and start a dialogue with the community about what could be done to address it.

“The takeaway is, we’re looking to see if there are ways that we can smooth traffic flow on the Sellwood Bridge, and on Tacoma Street, to reduce the tempting incentive to use alternative routes on side streets – in other words, to discourage non-local, cut-through traffic.”

Although a lot of local drivers do use the Sellwood Bridge, past studies have consistently shown that the majority of the weekday commuters using the bridge are coming from, or are enroute to, Clackamas County.

Newlands remarked that the extensive data collection PBOT undertook last summer shows that traffic volumes on side streets, primarily south of Tacoma Street and west of 17th Avenue – as well as north of Tacoma Street – are, indeed, above average for what would be expected for locally-generated traffic.

“The patterns of traffic, looking east to west, also clearly indicates that there is a cut-through traffic problem,” Newlands conceded. “It is city policy to design and manage roadways so that drivers stay on arterial networks for arterial trips. The trips over the Sellwood Bridge are not all local trips; and we have reason to believe that a lot of the traffic is coming from Clackamas County.”

There are few traffic-control strategies and methods that are likely to provide a lot of “bang for the buck” for easing the congestion, Newlands remarked. “We’re looking for ways of discouraging the bad behavior of cutting through side streets, and at the same time, keeping an open mind to offer strategies that offer both ‘carrots and sticks’.”

As the meeting got underway, PBOT Traffic Design Section Manger Janie Jeffrey joined Newlands, and both together gave a presentation.

The PBOT representatives made it clear that they were not presenting any “preferred alternatives” at the meeting, but instead were illustrating a wide variety of options – and all of these options do also have trade-offs.

“It is a question of which of the alternatives, except for extraordinarily expensive ones, will – in and of themselves – contribute significantly toward solving the problem,” Newlands told the group.

Jeffrey walked the group through the presentation providing about a dozen main categories of options, each with numerous permutations, including:

  • Signal timing adjustments at the west end of the bridge
  • Convert the bridge to reversible travel lanes
  • Replace the S.E. 6th and Tacoma traffic signal with a pedestrian hybrid beacon, such as the one now at Tacoma Street at 19th Avenue
  • Access restrictions, using traffic diversion
  • Metering traffic flow on 17th Avenue to potentially reduce the amount of outside commuter traffic entering neighborhood from the south on 17th Avenue. Bonus: This could improve safety at the Springwater Trail crossing; but it could pose potential for unacceptable unintended consequences
  • Improve Umatilla Street as a Greenway, with speed bumps and a 20 mph speed limit, ‘Sharrow’ pavement markings, and possible diversion
  • Add a stronger 6th Avenue diverter, south of Tacoma Street

To view a PDF document of the entire matrix, go online –

The next steps in this long process include adopting a three-tier “Implementation Strategy”, then addressing feasibility and desirability issues, then designing construction and assessment.

To learn more about the SMILE Transportation Committee, go to their webpage:

Chain reaction crash, Eastport Plaza, inattentive drivers, S E 82nd, Avenue of Roses, Portland, Oregon
Traffic in front of Eastport Plaza comes to a halt on a busy Saturday afternoon, when four vehicles slam together in a chain-reaction smashup. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Lack of injuries in 82nd Avenue 4-vehicle chain-reaction crash


Everyone who has driven S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses near Eastport Plaza, on a Saturday, knows how congested this thoroughfare can get.

Traffic was moderate to heavy on Saturday, January 20, at 1:30 p.m., when one car stopped and three others didn’t, in the northbound lanes near S.E. Bush Street.

East Precinct officers shut down northbound traffic on 82nd Avenue while firefighter/paramedics from Woodstock Station 25 pulled in – responding to early reports of injuries in this smashup.

When a Toyota Highlander had made an abrupt stop, a Hummer H3 appeared to have stopped in time – just “kissing” the rear of the SUV, and causing little damage.

However a Toyota four-door sedan stopping behind the second vehicle was hit by the fourth – a Toyota FJ Cruiser that struck the sedan with such force, it pushed the smaller car deeply into rear of the HUM-V.

Although airbags had deployed in some of the vehicles, paramedics found no crash-related injuries, and quickly departed.

It took longer to haul away the damaged vehicles and open the street fully. The lesson, in case you missed it, is to be careful and attentive at all times while driving.

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