12/3/18

Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee NEEDS YOU!

We recently received an email from PBOT that we wanted to pass on to our FoPo neighbors:

Are you interested in learning about Portland’s transportation system? Do you want to shape and contribute to discussions about the future of the transportation system in Portland? If you said yes to one or more of these questions, then you should consider this unique volunteer opportunity!

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is now accepting applications for new members to sit on the Fixing Our Streets (FOS) Oversight Committee.

The Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee plays an important role in ensuring the accountability of the transportation safety and maintenance program voters created when in May 2016 they passed Measure 26 – 173, the four-year, ten-cent Portland gas tax. The program helps PBOT expand preventive street maintenance that saves money and prevents potholes. It also supports more safe access, sidewalks, traffic signals, street lights and bike lanes.

If you are interested in volunteering, please review the job description and complete the Membership Application form. The Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee membership is intended to represent a cross-section of diverse expertise, skill sets, background and viewpoints. New members will be appointed based on the committee’s membership needs and in accordance with the City Advisory Bodies and Commissions policy (Resolution 37328). Representatives from communities of color and candidates with experience and expertise in areas including transit, construction, Project management and DMWESB Contracting are encouraged to apply.

The City of Portland is committed to diversity and equity and encourages people who are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion and geographic identification to apply.

We’ve extended the deadline for applications until December 14, 2018. Download the application online here. For more information about the application process, please email fixingourstreets@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-5185.

If you would like to learn more about other available volunteer opportunities and current open recruitments at the City of Portland, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/index.cfm?&c=76482 or call the Office of Civic and Community Life at 503-823-4519.

11/19/18

Support Local Businesses with Foster Forward and Foster WinterFest

The Foster Area Business Association has organized two events, which are connected. The first is Foster Forward, where “this holiday season, when you visit any participating Foster Area business and spend more than $5, you’ll earn a Foster Forward Ticket to unlock special prizes, discounts and specials at other participating businesses.” The second is Foster WinterFest, where they say, “On Sunday, December 2nd, come down to Foster road for 6 family friendly winter magic events. Build a gingerbread house, sing carols, get free hot chocolate and more! And when you come to any of free WinterFest activity, you’ll get a Ticket for exclusive Foster Forward deals for food, drink and gifts up and down the street.”

And if you need more reasons on why to support local businesses, check out these Top 10 Reasons from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance!

10/29/18

New Pilot Program for Sharps Disposal Boxes

There is a new pilot program in partnership between Multnomah County, City of Portland, Metro, and TriMet and Downtown Clean & Safe to respond to community concerns about syringe waste.  Syringe waste is one symptom of a complex set of issues related to livability that intersect with each of the jurisdictions. In early 2019, the pilot program will be adding 15 new Sharps Disposal Boxes (SDBs) across the city — for a total of 18 SDBs.  SDBs are about the size of a mailbox and provide a place for neighbors to safely and conveniently dispose of found syringes, which can not be thrown into a regular garbage can.

One of these boxes will be located at the Holgate Library parking lot. Please note that the SDB is not a program of the Multnomah County Library.

The agencies are hoping that convenient SDB locations will reduce carelessly discarded syringes, as well as help neighbors who are cleaning up their community to safely dispose of this waste. They have also launched a separate pilot program to provide neighbors with free small disposable sharps containers that can be placed into the larger disposal boxes.  “How to” videos and FAQs on safe syringe disposal as well as more information on these programs can be found on Multnomah County’s new syringe disposal web site.

The participating agencies will evaluate the effectiveness of the SDB program on reducing syringe waste, and they will be reaching back out to your Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association once the box is in place to get feedback.