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Proposed Edits to the SJNA Bylaws

At the August General Meeting, the SJNA Board proposed several updates to the Neighborhood Association Bylaws. 

To revise SJNA bylaws, all revision proposals must be presented to the community at one public meeting, and then approved by General Member vote at the next month’s meeting.

An overview of the proposed revisions are below. 

    • Article 3, Section 2 – expanding voting attendance requirement to include one (1) of the last two (2) board meetings
    • Article 5, Section 4 – expanding the definition of a quorum to nine (9) non-Board members and four (4) member of the Executive Board, and a Board quorum as fifty (50) percent of the Executive Board
    • Article 6, Section 1 – expanding the Executive Board to 15 members, and creating official positions for the Outreach Chair and SALT Chair (Safety and Livability Team)
    • Article 6, Section 4 – requiring executive positions to be made by a majority board vote
    • Article 6, Section 6 – stating board positions may be replaced by a two-thirds (2/3) vote
    • Article 6, Section 7 – adjusting board committee participation requirements
    • Article 12 – adding housing status as a protected class, acceptable for General Membership

CLICK HERE to see the 9-page PDF file and review all proposed revisions.

If you have attended either the August or June General Meeting, you may vote on revision proposals at the September General Meeting, the second Monday of the month, starting at 7PM.

 

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GOT AN ISSUE? TELL THE CITY WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE

Drive over a nasty pot hole on your way home? Spot a street lamp out during your evening run? Need to report a neighborhood nuisance?

There’s an app for that. Download the free app, PDX Reporter. In just a few seconds, explain your complaint and submit it to the City of Portland.

The app is free to download and is available for both Android & iPhone here https://www.portlandoregon.gov/53613

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BOARD ELECTIONS OCTOBER MEETING

SJNA board elections will be held at the next General Assembly meeting. Come to the St. Johns Neighborhood Association meeting, meet your candidates, and cast your vote, Monday, October 10th.

Interested in getting more involved? Anyone that lives, works, or goes to school in the St. Johns neighborhood is eligible.

To vote, you must attend the October meeting and have attended either the August or September General Assembly meeting.

St. Johns Neighborhood Association General Meeting
October 10th, 2016 | 7PM
St. Johns Community Center
8427 N Central St.
Portland, OR 97203

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SEPT 27 | 12P-5P – Voter Registration @ St. Johns Center for Opportunity

Come to the St. Johns Center for Opportunity office, located at 8250 N. Lombard between 12pm and 5pm, and get registered to vote! You can RSVP online, or just stop by.

Tell your family, your friends, and your next door neighbor!

We’re also looking for volunteers to help us register voters! If you have previous experience registering voters, speak Spanish, or are just excited to help out, email Community Resource Manager, Jenna Hudson.

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Safety and Livability Team sets out 2016 focus areas!

SALT 2016 Focus Areas

  1. Pedestrian safety:

Every person should have safe, comfortable and convenient access to the basic goods, services, and pleasures that the St. Johns neighborhood and business districts offers. Currently, our community lacks this right. Walking in St. Johns can be dangerous and intimidating. Two reasonable solutions that we believe would make immediate impacts are:

  1. Installing crosswalks widely through the neighborhood
  2. Drastically reducing traffic speeds
  1. Trucks and air pollution:

The St. Johns neighborhood is plagued with pass through dirty and dangerous semi-truck traffic. The Portland of Portland reports that 94% of semi-trucks going through our neighborhood simply pass through to I-5, not going to the Terminals, using our neighborhood as a short cut. This must change. We believe that critical solutions include:

  1. Slowing speeds and improving roadways to ensure basic neighborhood safety
  2. Supporting improvements in emissions laws and improving government agency hiring practices to ensure trucks meet modern diesel emission standards
  3. Seriously evaluating the potential of rerouting pass-through trucks out of the neighborhood altogether
  1. Portland Harbor Superfund:

Early 2016 is expected to be the critical window for a strong push to ensure an effective Superfund solution by the EPA. The St Johns Neighborhood Association has strong concerns about the contamination at these sites and will weigh in with strong support to clean these areas up.

  1. Keeping diversity in St. Johns:

St. Johns is a diverse neighborhood, especially in terms of being a place in the urban core that still has a wide range of both housing and commercial spaces, many with affordable rents occupied by a diversity of residents and businesses. The St. Johns neighborhood is also growing and going through a wonderful renaissance and revitalization. The St. Johns Neighborhood Association strongly supports measures to ensure that it remains diverse and affordable for all.

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