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Join us for our December General Meeting! It’s open to the public with childcare provided

General Meetings are hosted at the St. Johns Community Center–address 8427 N Central St, Portland, OR 97203.

Meetings start at 7PM and end around 8:30PM.

Afterwards, we invite you to observe the SJNA Board Meeting immediately following the general meeting.

Board meetings are hosted at the St. Johns Center for Opportunity–address 8250 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203.

Board meetings start as close to 8:30PM as we can manage, and end around 9:30PM.


¡Únase a nosotros para nuestra reunión general en Diciembre! Está abierto al público con derecho a guardería para los niños.

Las reuniones generales se realizarán en Centro comunitario de St. Johns, dirección 8427 N Central St, Portland, OR 97203.

Las reuniones comienzan a las 7 p.m. y terminan a las 8:30 p.m.

Luego, le invitamos a observar la reunión de la Junta SJNA inmediatamente después de la reunión general.

Las reuniones de la Junta se realizarán en St. Johns Center for Opportunity, dirección 8250 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203.

Las juntas de la Junta comienzan cerca de las 8:30 PM como podamos, y terminan alrededor de las 9:30 PM.

Nuestras reuniones no están en español. Tenemos servicios de traducción disponibles.


Special SJNA Board Meeting Monday 10/30 at 7PM – Central Lofts Appeal Consideration


On Sept 11th of this year a letter of concern regarding the architectural design of the proposed Central Lofts (which will be built where the Central Hotel now stands) was penned and sent by a stakeholder group made up of the St Johns Neighborhood Association, the Boosters, the St Johns Center for Opportunity, and a group of concerned citizen architects. This letter became part of the public comment.

The development team made significant changes to respond to the concerns of all those who commented – most of these centered around the interface and impact to the public realm.

The City has since approved the design, with the new modifications. The SJNA Board is going to hold a meeting to discuss this decision, whether it satisfied and rectified the concerns sufficiently and further steps. This meeting is open to the public for observation but not for participation or comment.

Monday, October 30th, 7pm, St Johns Center for Opportunity 


REVISED: Click here to view the decision documents from the City of Portland’s design office



SJNA October 9th Board Elections Results Reported

Neighbors, please review the following statement and documents regarding the St. Johns Neighborhood Association’s Oct. 9 board elections, including ballots, sign-in sheets and vote tallies. We are sharing them after Star Stauffer, a longtime neighbor and candidate who wasn’t elected to the board, requested ballots and other materials in the wake of the vote. Her verbal request after the election was followed by a written request sent Oct. 19. We’d like to thank our partners in the Office of Neighborhood Involvement for agreeing to facilitate access to the original documents she’s requested and for helping us share these copies so widely.

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PBOT Discusses Lombard Improvements at Next SALT Meeting – 10/3 at 7PM


Many of you have been following and/or involved with the improvements on St Louis and Fessenden. The community involvement has been integral and essential to getting what the community was promised – quite a success! It’s important to know, however, that the improvements in the plan extend beyond St Louis/Fessenden. As a result of moving all truck traffic onto Lombard (north of St Louis), there are improvements proposed to make it safer for residents who live on this highly impacted corridor. One of the most important are improvements to the “S” curve at N John Street.

Rich Newlands (PBOT) has agreed to come to talk to us at the St Johns SALT (Safety and Livability Team) and Land Use meeting Tuesday, Oct 3rd. 7pm. Center for Opportunity. Come with your experiences and ideas. Attached is a pdf that outlines what was proposed. The Lombard section (the “carrot”?) is towards the end. I’ll post a better diagram/map soon.

We hope to see you there.


Citizens Hold PBOT Accountable for Full St. Johns Truck Strategy – Phase II

Several pedestrian safety measures included in the St. Johns Truck Strategy – Phase II are not to be included when Portland’s Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) begins improvements on St. Louis / Fessenden and N Lombard next spring. At the August General Meeting, SJNA invited both Rich Newlands, PBOT Project Manger, and Donna Cohen, St. Johns resident and citizen activist, to provide respective updates.

According to PBOT, due to federal funding constraints, they cannot include 3 flashing pedestrian crossing signs (starred below) when spring construction begins on the $3.3 million dollar project. The signs, planned for N Seneca, N Charleston, and N Midway would dramatically improve safety when crossing at the sharp bend on St. Louis / Fessenden, as well as at another very active intersection.

After continued pressure from community advocates, PBOT and Commission Dan Saltzman have renewed their commitment to find the funding for the rest of project. However, the measures would only be installed months following the completion of the remaining Phase II improvements.

“We’ve heard this all before,” cautions 2 community members who worked with PBOT to negotiate Phase II of the St. Johns Truck Plan back in 2011. “During the 17 months of negotiations with PBOT, they never mentioned any funding constraints or other foreseen problems. Now, this.”

Phase II was approved in its entirety by the City of Portland back in 2013. It includes 8 projects designed to reduce truck traffic and improve bike and pedestrian safety along the route:

  • Reduced speed from 35 to 30, 25 if possible
  • Instal median islands at 7 intersections
  • Plant trees to promote designation as a neighborhood street
  • Install 2 flashing speed reader signs at either end of the large curve
  • Extend curbs to shorten pedestrian crossing distances
  • Install 2 Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB)*
  • Erect 1 overhead ‘HAWK’ signal*

We hope to have PBOT’s presentation available soon.

View a 19-page PDF file of Donna Cohen’s presentation for the August SJNA General Meeting, and follow on Facebook to get every update and contribute to community efforts.

Review the 58-page PDF file of the St. Johns Truck Strategy – Phase II.


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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