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SWNI Fall Cleanup

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Portland Christian Center parking lot, 5700 SW Dosch Rd.

Have you started your fall cleaning yet? Wood, yard debris, bulky waste, scrap metal and donations for Community Warehouse will be accepted at the cleanup site. Suggested fees: $10 per trip (This helps cover the disposal fees and organizational costs).

Mixed Use Zones Project Concept Workshops

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at either workshop to hear what they've learned from public input and research, learn about the potential zoning components, directions and framework and share your thoughts.

Wednesday, November 5th
6:00 to 9:00pm
1900 SW 4th Avenue
Room 2500 (2nd Floor)

Thursday, November 6th
6:00 to 9:00pm
Jefferson High, Cafeteria
5210 N Kerby Avenue

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Open House: Our Streets PDX

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites you to an open house to learn about the current effort to fund critical transportation safety and maintenance improvements on city streets. You’ll be able to ask questions and learn more about safety and maintenance projects that could be funded. The City Council is expected to vote on the program later in November.

What: Open House to learn about the current Our Streets funding effort
When: Wednesday, November 5th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Neighborhood Small Grants due January 16th

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 5:00pm

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) and Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) are excited to offer another year of the City of Portland’s Neighborhood Small Grants Program. We invite Neighborhood Associations and community-based organizations in Portland to apply. This year a total of $10,676 is available to neighborhood and community organizations in the Southwest Neighborhood coalition area. Grant funding range is from $200 to $2,000.

SWNI Tree Code Workshop

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Multnomah Arts Center auditorium, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.

The workshop’s purpose is to teach about the new city tree code (Title 11 of the city code) that comes into effect on January 1, 2015. The workshop is free. Whether you are a property owner, or in the business of cutting or pruning trees, or someone who loves trees, this is an event you should attend.

Multnomah Arts Center Open House

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 5:00pm
Multnomah Arts Center Open House
Instructors Art Show Reception from 5-7pm. "Village Vaudeville 2" starts at 7pm. Presented by the Performing Arts Department. Activities and entertainment for all ages! Free! Open to all!

Multnomah Village Trick-or-Treat

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Multnomah Village Business Association:

Rain or shine. A safe, fun, community event in Multnomah Village, the village in the heart of the city. Trick-or-treat starts at Starbucks where you can pick up a walking map and parents get a complimentary cup of coffee! Finish at Dr. Jensen's for a special surprise treat, 7717 SW 34th Ave.

2035 Comprehensive Plan: Public Hearing Focus on Transportation System Plan

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 4:00pm

Location: 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A
Attend a public hearing to offer oral testimony directly to the Planning and Sustainability Commission. All testimony welcome.
View the Planning and Sustainability calendar of events at

Spirit of Portland Awards Ceremony

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center - Atrium, 501 N. Graham Street

Spirit of Portland award recipients are chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from the mayor’s and city commissioners’ offices, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Neighborhood District Coalition offices, Diversity and Civic Leadership Program partners, business associations, non-profit community organizations, and past award winners.

West Willamette Restoration Partnership seeks new coordinator

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West Willamette Restoration Partnership Coordinator

Position Duration: Approx. 10-15 hours/week for 12 months, based on current funding.
Employment Dates: July 2013–June 2014 (further employment contingent on funding)


SW Bicycling

This group is for discussing issues related to bicycling in SW Portland, Oregon, including (but not limited to) safety, improving bicycling options, routes, events, etc.

Currently the SW Trails group is working with the City of Portland to identify potential Bicycle Boulevards, trails, bike lanes, etc. for SW Portland. We conducted a series of “ground truthing” and route planning rides in July and August, 2007. Visit the SW Bicycling Routes page for more information, including a downloadable map of proposed routes.

Mailing Lists

We have installed the open-source Mailman mailing list software on our server. This enables us to quickly and easily create community mailing lists for a variety of purposes and audiences. Sending eMail to list subscribers is simple, and automation handles the drudgery of maintaining subscriber lists. Your lists will each have their own home page (as will each subscriber), so folks will be able to locate and self-subscribe to your list. You need not know subscribers’ eMail addresses, worry about bounced eMails, etc.

SW Trails monthly walks


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Join us every second Saturday of each month for a walk around Southwest Portland. We meet in the Parking lot of Wilson High School behind the dance studio. The average walk is five to six miles with 300 to 500 feet in elevation changes.

Check back here for details on specific walk destinations.


Community Webmasters

This is a resource for SWNI committee and neighborhood association web masters. It is a place to post questions and tips about creating your community website, here on the SWNI server, using our CMS (Content Management System).

Fire Station 18 Advisory Committee

This is the Fire Station 18 Advisory Committee home page. It is a repository for information and documents pertaining to SAC 18 activities.

SW Trails Bike Route Project

At the October SW Trails meeting, we talked about using a forum on the SWNI site to trade ideas on bike routes through SW Portland. We were invited to take a SW Trails Map and mark it up with our comments. An effort is being made to solicit input from all of the neighborhoods about bike routes. I didn't see that anyone else had posted to this site relative to this topic, so I'm taking the liberty of initiating a discussion here. What follows are my comments on routes through Maplewood and SW Portland in general.


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Proposed Mission Statement for the SWNI NET Team


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Recognizing that there are emergency preparedness situations  which may not directly impact specfiic neighborhood, but rather SWNI, or the City of Portland as a whole, the SWNI Emergency Preparedness Committee has formed the SWNI NET Team. The SWNI NET Team will be available to respond to incidents such as floods, windstorms, public speaking requests and recruitment opportunities as requested by SWNI, POEM or Portland Fire Bureau.

Winter weather information & resources

Information on the web on how to cope with winter weather conditions…

Hello from neighborhood police officers!


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Hello SWNI neighbors, my name is Brian Hughes. I am a Portland Police Officer who recently started in the Neighborhood Response Team Office, which is essentially a group of officers who are assigned neighborhoods within their respective precincts. I, along with Officer Mark Freidman share the SW Neighborhoods. Our mission is to help the members within our neighborhood associations with problems that the regular patrol officers might not be able to adequately take care of. It is not uncommon for us to deal with loud party houses, drug houses. homeless population issues and traffic problems.


New CPR technique triples survival rate

Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only. It should not be construed as medical advice nor as CPR training.

Update: We published this web page in 2006. In 2008, the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care committee recommended that bystanders who witness a sudden collapse in an adult should give CCR [ref:NIH]. In 2010, mainstream TV news finally picked up the story as “breaking news.”

A new CPR technique is said to dramatically increase survival rate for adult (over 15 yo) cardiac arrest victims. Survival rate for out-of-hospital witnessed cardiac arrest is nearly tripled by the technique called “cardiocerebral resuscitation” (CCR). Not only is CCR more effective, it is simpler and more people may be inclined to render aid. Many people are reluctant to perform mouth-to-mouth on a stranger, but would probably be willing to perform CCR, so additional lives might be saved.

Amateur Radio Supporting NET


PFB Station 2
4800 NE 122 Ave just north of Sandy Blvd
United States is the new URL for Multnomah County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services), the organization of volunteer amateur radio operators who will connect NET teams back to fire stations if conventional coomunications fail. You can also find us by going to the Portland Amateur Radio Club site and selecting ARES/RACES.Please consider using us as an information resource for your internal communication planning, for we practice weekly and have broad experience with using radio all over the City. We meet monthly at Fire Station No. 2, 4800 NE 122 Ave (just north of Sandy) on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7PM.


Creating an Account & Logging In

Are you having trouble creating an account† or logging into our web site? The most common problem is entering an incorrect user name. On our server, we ask that you use your real name, no handles, aliases or abbreviations. So you should enter both your first and last name, with a space in-between. The system will reject entries which don’t follow this convention; this is the most common problem people encounter when signing up for an account.


Aid experts debunk post-disaster myths

Found an interesting article titled Aid experts debunk post-disaster myths on Reuters’ AlertNet web site:

LONDON (AlertNet) - In the aftermath of a sudden disaster, aid workers say the media often perpetuates certain myths and misconceptions about survivors and the best way to help them. Here are some of the myths that seasoned relief agencies want to debunk.

Learning From The Earthquake – What Rescuers Learned


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There is an excellent article everyone – especially ET members – should read titled Learning From The Earthquake. It is a firsthand account of citizen emergency response in one area of San Francisco following the Loma Prieta earthquake. Reading the whole article is important because you better understand why the bullet points in the synopsis below are important. And only by reading the full account can you understand the all so important psychology of such a situation. You will be dealing with not only with your own emotions, but those of others around you as well. By understanding what to expect, you will be better prepared to respond to an emergency and save lives.

All Hazards Planning Suffers

National Journal
The distance between the Homeland Security Department, where the nation’s national disaster-preparedness plans are crafted, and America’s cities and counties, where the plans are put to the test, can be measured many ways.
It’s about 2,800 miles, for example, from the department’s Office for Domestic Preparedness in Northwest Washington to the King County Office of Emergency Management in Renton, Wash., a suburb of Seattle. On a map of the lower 48 states, the feds and the Washington state emergency planners couldn’t be much farther apart. And that’s fitting, because King County is also philosophically miles apart from Uncle Sam on how to protect its citizens from the gravest threats, and on what those threats actually are.

What is RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication), XML and Atom feeds – known generically as web feeds – are useful for keeping abreast of web sites which update often. When you subscribe to a web feed, you see an abbreviated list of articles, much like a table of contents for a magazine. Web feeds contain a title, a “teaser” showing a little of its content, and a link to view the whole article. This is a convenient and time-saving way of scanning new content on a web site. You can quickly find those pages of interest without wasting time loading the “stinkers.”


Wait for firehouses burns up more time

The Oregonian
Wait for firehouses burns up more time
Southwest residents expected two new fire stations when voters approved a Portland Fire Bureau bond measure in 1998.
Seven years later, there's no sign of either one.
The Fire Bureau has acquired two sites, but whether there will be two new stations or just one remains to be seen. The answer is expected sometime next year.
Fire Marshal John Klum says the bureau delayed relocation of Fire Station 18, now in Multnomah, and construction of a new Fire Station 21 because of inflation in the construction industry. Both stations had been planned to be built this year. The bond measure included money to cover a 3.5 percent inflation rate. But Klum says many bids were running 8 percent to 30 percent higher.

EDITORIAL: Disastrously unprepared

The Oregonian
EDITORIAL: Disastrously unprepared
SUMMARY: A wave of natural disasters across the planet should drive both Northwest citizens and officials to be more ready for the one that could hit here
This is a teachable moment in the emergency preparedness business.
There are things that both private citizens and government agencies need to learn.
With earthquakes, hurricanes, mudslides and terrorist attacks dominating the headlines, Oregon officials are soberly considering the two kinds of issues about catastrophe: things they can't control and things they can.

Disaster-Resistant Community

What does it mean to build a disaster-resistant community? It means raising citizen awareness of the dangers we face, the importance of preparing for disaster, knowledge of how to respond, and insisting that our elected officials do what they can to create a disaster-resistant infrastructure (e.g. building disaster-resistant fire stations and schools – which can serve as emergency shelters – in every community in our city, beefing up seismic building codes, etc.)

Portland NETs Yahoo! Group

I'd like to let folks know about the Portland NETs Yahoo! Group. I started this group after finishing my NET training with the idea that it could be a city-wide information source. It is completely unofficial and does not have any sponsorship by POEM or the City of Portland. Right now there are not a lot of members, but there are some useful links. I've also posted dates of some of the upcoming NET basic and advanced training.


A Primer on Creating Web Pages

An overview of creating web pages on the SWNI site.


Internet services we offer

This page describes what InterNet services we offer to neighborhood associations & committees, what we hope to offer in the future, and what we don’t plan to support.

Southwest Neighborhoods Inc. dog off-leash page

In 2001 the Portland Parks Bureau asked SWNI to give recommendations on where dog off-leash areas could be sited in Southwest Portland parks. SWNI formed a committee with representatives from all SW neighborhood associations. The committee worked for 8 months to prepare a report of recommendations to the Parks Bureau (see Final_Report_2.4.pdf attachement below to view the entire report). On November 20, 2002 the full board of the SWNI approved the report and directed that it be sent to the Parks Bureau. Click here to see the minutes of that Board meeting.


SWNI Board Minutes - Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Attendance: Glenn Bridger, Jayne Cronlund, Ester McGinnis, Dennis Hays, Nancy Hand, Dorothy Gage, Kathy Bambeck, Darien Reece, Andy Rocker, Keturah Pennington, Brad Baugher, Jan Weston, Jack Klinker, Kirky Doblie, Don Baack Lillie Fitzpatrick. Staff: Sylvia Bogert.

Guests: Lee Perlman, freelance writer Multnomah Village Post.

Pres. Bridger convened the meeting at 7:00 pm. The agenda and December minutes were approved.

President’s Report: Glenn Bridger

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