Be a Part of Shaping the South Burlingame Neighborhood

South Burlingame is a small neighborhood but we are mighty.

We have dynamic, interested and selfless neighbors who are passionate, engaged, community-driven and show up when called upon to do so. We believe in good and bad times we can depend on one another; now more than ever. We are hoping that you feel the same and will consider joining our meetings and the South Burlingame Neighborhood Association Board.

If interested, please contact  



7:00 - 8:00 pm

The board meets the 2nd Thursday of each month for an hour.  To share your interest, please reach out to We look forward to seeing you!

DRAFT Board Meeting Agenda
South Burlingame Neighborhood Association


7:00 pm Call meeting to order

7:03 pm Welcome Members and guests - establish a quorum
(12 current board members, 7 board members needed for quorum)

7:05 pm Approve the agenda for the meeting

7:07 pm Approve past meeting minutes (Board Members and Members Voting)

7:10 pm Committee Reports
Finance (Carol)
Safety - OPEN
Equity and Inclusion (Erin)
Schools - OPEN
Land Use OPEN
Parks (Suzanne) 
Transportation (Scott)

              SWNI (Shannon) 

7:45 pm New Business

7:50 pm Good of the Order

8:00 pm Adjourn

All meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Meeting Materials on Google Drive

SBNA is CENSORED by Executive Director, Sylvia Bogert

The following has been censored by Executive Director, Sylvia Bogert, from inclusion in the SW News distributed to residents of SW Portland and specifically our SBNA residents from fully understanding what has led to City Council unanimously pausing funding to SWNI. 

Code 3.96.010 provides that the City of Portland support services by which the people of Portland may effectively participate in civic affairs and work to improve the livability and character of their neighborhoods. Neighborhood Associations do not receive direct funding from the city. Instead, there are 7 coalitions that are geographically located to support the Neighborhood Associations within their boundary. South Burlingame is represented by Southwest Neighborhoods Inc. (SWNI) which is an independent 501c3 and acts as an intermediary providing services to support Neighborhood Associations from the City of Portland’s Office of Community and Civic Life (Civic Life). Civic Life offers a financial grant to an organization for the purpose of supporting civic participation services for Neighborhood Associations and the SWNI award for FY20/21 was set to be $297,414 of taxpayer monies (they have received $3.174 million in the last 10 years). On July 9th, City Council voted unanimously to withhold these funds due to concerns presented by SWNI board members and residents as well as with the recommendation of the bureau with oversight of SWNI, Civic Life. SWNI has not acted within the bounds of their bylaws that guide the organization or within the Civic Life contractual obligations to be in compliance with the Standards of Practice that guide access, equity and transparency. Several board members have raised concerns regarding not having access to documents to inform financial decisions regarding SWNI’s application for and receipt of a $66,000 PPP Loan in addition to other matters related to fiscal oversight. Residents of SW have asked for records to understand more about how the organization is operating on resident’s behalf and these requests have been denied by SWNI. Civic Life has requested records they are contractually required to receive and SWNI has delayed, denied or demanded over $30,000 from Civic Life to produce the records requested. For these reasons and several more, City Council has asked for a forensic audit of SWNI before evaluating to fund this 501c3 over another to provide services to Neighborhood Associations. In the meantime, all services to SW Neighborhood Associations will continue through Civic Life without interruption.

An update provided to the board is that a forensic auditor has been retained, the process is anticipated to take 3 months and SWNI will be reducing hours and drawing from their reserves that will be exhausted between November and December. SWNI will not be funding the CEAP grant program at this time. The forensic auditor is Marsh Minick and they will be interviewing anyone interested in sharing relevant information with protected anonymity, feel free to be in contact should you have any information to share:

Marsh Minick, P.C.

Phone: (971) 266-1846


To learn more go to


Press to Learn More:

6.17.20 Neighborhood Coalition Faces Backlash Over Federal Small Business Loan

7.9.20 Portland Withholds Funding to Neighborhood Group Amid Financial Questions

7.10.20 City Temporarily Defunds Southwest Portland Coalition Citing Concern

9.25.20 Amid City Audit Southwest Neighborhoods Inc. Braces for Broke

10.13.20 Neighborhood Coalition Faces Lawsuit Over Public Records

10.14.20 Lawsuit Asks Judge to Declare Southwest Portland Neighborhood Group a Public Agency


11.18.20 Audit Reveals Pattern of Financial Mismanagement at SWNI

11.19.20 Land Use at the Heart of Taxpayer Funded Racism


11.19.20 Southwest Neighborhoods Inc Audit City Funded Money


SBNA Racial Equity Policy 2020-09-10.pdf 

  SWNI Equity and Inclusion Committee Equity and Inclusion Best Practices:(PDF)

SWNI Equity and Inclusion Committee Racial Equity Policy:(PDF)

Historical Context of Racist Planning in Portland:

Racist Planning History
More on City of Portland website.


 Government policies at the time in 1947, such as those of the Federal Housing Administration, supported racist practices, blocking Black Americans and other people of color from the new suburbs and homeownership. The Supreme Court ruled in 1948 that house covenants with racial restrictions were “unenforceable” and unconstitutional, six years before the ruling on racial integration in Brown v. Board of Education.

South Burlingame Racist Covenants:

Declaration of C&R Amended Plat of So Bulingame.pdf 

"None but persons of the Caucasian race shall use, occupy or reside on any of said lots; provided, however that this restriction shall not be deemed to apply to domestic servants, chauffeurs, or employees of a Caucasian owner or tenant while so employed."

South Burlingame Racist Covenant


Sewer Repair Peoject presentation

South Portland-Burlingame Sewer Repair Project - Phase 2

View the City of Portland project website and sign up for email updates.


Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to
South Burlingame Neighborhood Association

Fred Meyer Community Rewards



You answered the call! Thank you!  GoFundMe was a great success...THANKS

After the City Council decided against Riverview Abbey’s Macadam Ridge development, Riverview Abbey appealed the decision to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). In December 2018, our attorney and the city attorney appeared before LUBA to defend the City Council decision. In January 2019, we again learned we had won.


WE won at LUBA  AND the appeal to the Oregon Court of Appeals...

Portland City Council approved (vote 5-0)  SBNA's appeal on  Macadam Ridge decision. Our thanks go out to the Mayor, the City Council and all who care about the livability, sustainability, and safety of SW Portland. Thank you.

Council Vote (7 minutes): 

Council Discussion and vote (27 minutes):


How to be Involved in Your Neighborhood

South Burlingame Neighborhood Association is involved in many events. Some neighbors like to organize events like picnics and block parties. Others prefer to work around environmental issues, where neighbors participate in park cleanups and stream restorations, while other neighborhoods are involved in land use issues, carefully monitoring livability concerns. All activities make a difference and there is bound to be something that appeals to everyone, find out how you can get involved. Please contact our Chair.