This weekend!

FRIDAY

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An Evening with the Wisdom of the Elders features a cultural presentation, salmon dinner, and silent auction. The organization was founded in 1993 by the late Martin High Bear, Lakota medicine man and spiritual leader, and Rose High Bear, Deg Hit’an Dine (Alaskan Athabascan). Their mission:

Wisdom is committed to its mission of Native American cultural sustainability, multimedia education and race reconciliation. We record, preserve and share oral history, cultural arts, and traditional ecological knowledge of exemplary indigenous elders, storytellers, and scientists in collaboration with diverse cultural organizations and educational institutions.

Melody Ballroom, 614 SE Alder * 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm * ??

Poppet, Pregnant, PWRHAUS, and Good Night Billygoat are at Alhambra Theater. No time to define… but it looks like both Poppet and Good Night Billygoat invest in the visual elements along with the musical— and on the big screen at Alhambra’s lounge it should come off nicely. 4811 SE Hawthorne * 9 pm * $5 adv, $8 door

SATURDAY

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At Laurelthirst Public House Country Trash is having their album release party. Dunnoy kicks off the evening. 2958 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm * $5

Superluminous, a psych folk band, is playing their first “really public” show. The Press Club. 8 pm – 10 pm * ??

Inner SE Crime Calls: 2/9 – 6/16

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In Buckman crime this week, there were 2 cold burglaries, 16 thefts, and 2 assaults.

3 property calls: 1 prowler, 1 priority vandalism, and 2 cold vandalism.

16 traffic calls: 4 hit and run, 1 priority hit and run, 2 injury accident, 4 parking problem, 4 non-injury accident, and 1 accident unknown injury. Hit and run calls are labeled at H&R; injury accidents as INJURY.

4 multiple incidents (included in above totals):

6th and Ankney: 1 priority theft, 1 cold vandalism

Salmon and 8th: 2 cold thefts

Burnside and 11th: 1 cold theft, 1 non-injury accident

Ash and 15th: 2 cold burglaries

The Buckman neighborhood boundaries are: Burnside Ave to the north, 28th Ave to the east, Hawthorne Ave to the south, and the Willamette River to the west. For more information on any incident or to offer a tip, visit CrimeReports.com or contact the Portland Police Bureau.

I film the police… and you should too

boy taking picture with a cameraThe wail of sirens, flashing red and blue lights, and a speeding police cruiser have shattered many a mellow day of mine lately. I used to assume the best and just get out of the way— but now I’m drawn to police-public encounters.

A training from Portland Copwatch a few years back taught me filming the police is legal in Oregon, as long as you’re not interfering with them. It’s definitely best to know your rights and not be surprised if the police try to intimidate you— as an Oregon woman found during an encounter with Gresham Police last year.

While reading on the grass in Col. Summers Park recently, I had a police cruiser drive past me about ten feet from my head, moving too way fast for comfort. When I walked over to the scene a few minutes later, I found out they were responding to a call about a guy who was naked. This weekend when I was in the Pearl for Pride, PPB responded in haste to a man who had a beer in an ice cream shop. No one was hurt or arrested in either incidents, and both drew a crowd.

Last week I was in Red and Black Cafe, when four officers entered unexpectedly. Two officers were from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and two were from PPB. Red and Black has received local and national press for their policy of excluding police, so the OLCC officers brought PPB officers for their safety, they implied.

From my training (thanks Dan), I remembered to clearly state I wasn’t interfering, and stayed a safe distance away. A “safe distance” is relative, and in a small restaurant, I got pretty close to capture the exchange. I missed the beginning of it, but what I filmed summed up the reason they came fairly succinctly. You can read background on the police and OLCC’s investigation in the video description.

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This weekend!

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FRIDAY

Pride parties tonight at Crush and Holocene! All the weekend’s events are here.

Buddy Jay’s Jamaican Jazz Band looks fun too… Eastburn, 1800 W Burnside * 10 pm * free

Another event— they’re too interesting not to include— Felicia and the Dinosaur has their tour kickoff show at Red and Black. 400 SE 12th Ave * 7 pm – 10 pm * $5 suggested donation

What’s that… ? Funk, hip hop, perhaps an afro-beat groove… I can’t really define it, but Bel Mizik looks and sounds like a good time.

SATURDAY

All That Glitters Burlesque Academy is having a graduation showcase at Analog Cafe and Theater tonight. The show’s the glittery culmination of a six-week burlesque course. 8 pm – 10 pm * $5

I haven’t been to the Jade Lounge for quite a while, but it’s a intimate venue that takes chances with less-established artists. Tonight, a band called Head Rest (6 pm) and Christopher John Mead (8 pm) are performing. Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny * free

Neighbors learn about Portland’s residential demolition “epidemic”

photo-19Neighbors have few protections or even notifications for residential demolitions, a vocal and clearly frustrated crowd learned at a panel discussion Wednesday night.

Residential demolition permit applications have surpassed pre-recession levels, said Shawn Wood, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and he expects them to top 300 this year, what would be a record year in Portland. He said that doesn’t even include major renovations, projects that remove less than 100 percent of the current structure and foundation.

Neighbor frustration with demolitions has been well documented, and some changes have been made. A loophole for skipping neighbor notification was narrowed, and Jill Grenda, supervising planner for Bureau of Development Services, said a voluntary demolition notification process is being developed. She said BDS is also adding links on its website about demolition.

“If you come home and a house that used to be next to you is gone, that can be jarring,”  Grenda acknowledged.

Justin Wood, a builder with the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, said the demand for new construction in desirable neighborhoods is driving the demolitions. He said neighbors can go to their elected leaders if they’re not satisfied with the current process, and get involved in the Portland’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan, that’s in the process of being updated.

Maxine Fitzpatrick, executive director of Community Reinvestment Initiatives, said the City of Portland has invested a couple hundred million dollars into NE Portland, and as a result about 10,000 African American residents were displaced between 2000 and 2010. The city promised to bring 10 percent of those displaced families back to NE Portland, but she said that promise hasn’t been fulfilled.

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Inner SE Crime Calls: 6/2 – 6/9

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In Buckman crime calls this week, there were 6 assaults, 3 burglaries, 15 thefts, 9 property calls, and 16 traffic calls.

9 property crime calls: including 5 cold stolen vehicles, 4 cold vandalism, and 1 prowler.

16 traffic calls: including 3 injury accident, 2 unknown injury accident, 4 non-injury accident, 1 priority hit and run, 4 hit and run, and 2 parking problem.

Multiple incident calls (included in the above totals):

near Stark and the riverfront: 2 hazardous conditions

MLK and Madison: cold burglary and priority assault

Burnside and Grand: priority vandalism and cold theft

Burnside and 9th: 2 cold thefts

Hawthorne and 19th: 2 cold burglaries

The Buckman neighborhood boundaries are: Burnside Ave to the north, 28th Ave to the east, Hawthorne Ave to the south, and the Willamette River to the west. For more information on any incident or to offer a tip, visit CrimeReports.com or contact the Portland Police Bureau.

The ABCs of Portland’s Land Use Planning

officialsealThe City of Portland fosters a culture of wanting to shape your community, said Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Paul Eisner, but he acknowledged there are fair concerns with development procedures, especially the notification process for demolitions and infill construction. He said the city is on the verge of improving the system, and surveys seeking feedback will be going out soon.

Eisner spoke Thursday at the Historic Kenton Firehouse last week during the ABCs of Land Use Planning, a regularly-held workshop. About 30 neighbors were given actionable information on the permitting process for developments. Eisner said most neighbors don’t get involved until they are personally impacted by development— but someone in your community has already done the homework on the options neighbors have to influence developments.

Participating in the ongoing update to the City of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan is critical way neighbors can get influence the development of their neighborhood, Eisner said. The update process is nearly finished and a draft will be released July 21, he said, but there are still opportunities for input. Developed in 1980. the state-mandated plan “sets the framework for the development of the city,” according to the Bureau Planning and Sustainability.

“If i was neighborhood association chair I’d be all over this,” said John Cole, senior planner with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, who also spoke at the workshop. “It’s an opportunity that comes along once in a generation effecting policy and land use mapping and investment strategies of the city that have a significant impact on livablilty of your neighborhood.”

If a neighbor receives a Land Use Review or Environmental Zone Development Standards notice— an official notice that a development is proposed— Eisner said encouraged them to contact their neighborhood association and their area’s planner. Amanda Fritz, Portland Commissioner and 17-year neighborhood association land use chair, put together this step-by-step primer for how to proceed.

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Did TriMet misrepresent the reason behind their new “leaner” benches?

photo-19After a long day at work, it’s nice to sit down and wait for the bus. But in about 60 locations, TriMet’s new “leaners” take away that option, and the reason for the new stops are raising questions from riders.

TriMet said the new leaners were installed to meet the criteria of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal law that requires allowances be made for people with disabilities. The old benches were by law too wide for sidewalks, TriMet wrote in the announcement, and people with mobility devices couldn’t get by.

“The shallower leaner allows for installation in areas where sidewalks are not wide enough to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and accommodate a traditional bench.”

A TriMet spokesperson told the Oregonian that “many locations” didn’t comply with ADA regulations for mobility devices. That explanation was enough for the Oregonian, and besides a little snark implying the motivation was advertising-based, transit reporter Joseph Rose took the issue no further.

On TriMet’s Facebook page and social media, the riders doubt the reasoning. The leaners were cited as another example of the transit agency de-prioritizng riders for the bottom line— and it looks as though the federal disability law was only an excuse to install the new leaners.

Announced in early April, TriMet struck a ($3.3 million annually, the Oregonian reports) deal with Lamar Advertising to display advertising on vehicles and at stops. 600 new benches were funded by the company, and about 10 percent of those are leaners.

They’re not seats for sure, and only people of a certain height can actually use them to lean. They’ve been compared to medieval torture devices by The Portland Intelligencer, and commenters on TriMet’s Facebook page say they discriminate against children, the elderly, and people with disabilities who can’t use them to sit or even lean.

On FB and Reddit, supporters of the new leaners say it will keep “hobos” from sleeping at bus stops and reduce the amount of trash left by transit riders. Several commenters also suspect advertising is the real motivation: the leaners provide bigger space for ads and lack of usability keeps riders from blocking them from view.

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Inner SE Crime Calls: 5/26 – 6/2

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 9.25.18 AMIn Buckman crime calls this week, there was 1 burglary, 7 thefts, 6 traffic calls, and 4 property calls.

6 traffic calls: 1 priority hit and run, 3 non injury accident, and 2 parking problem.

4 property calls: including 2 priority vandalism, 1 vandalism, 1 cold stolen vehicle.

Multiple incidents: 2 hazardous condition calls near the Hawthorne Bridge.

The Buckman neighborhood boundaries are: Burnside Ave to the north, 28th Ave to the east, Hawthorne Ave to the south, and the Willamette River to the west. For more information on any incident or to offer a tip, visit CrimeReports.com or contact the Portland Police Bureau.

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This is the final weekend of the Village Building Convergence! VBC’s had 14 years of building community through building projects. Here’s a nice summary from permaculturenews.org.

FRIDAY 

Branx is hosting a benefit for the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp, featuring Pyrotense, Alex Bradley, Dope Boy, and Morgue Boss. Branx, 320 SE 2nd * 9 pm * $12 adv, $15 door

Check out “8 bit future bass” at the Alahambra Theater Lounge with Rhinostrich, bryface, and Temple Maps. If you don’t know what that means (and are too lazy to follow the link), imagine the music you’d hear at a rave thrown by Link from the Legend of Zelda and the robot-headed hero from Metroid. God job keeping up with the classics, folks. Alahambra Theater Lounge, 4811 SE Hawthorne * 9 pm * $5

SATURDAY

The Analog Theater and Cafe is hosting a benefit to send Portland burlesque performers to the Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. (6:30 pm * ??) There’s also a burlesque workshop in the afternoon. (3 pm * ??)

How about some mariachi heavy metal covers with… METALACHI. They get extra points for the Christmas lights on their sombreros. Looks like a party. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside * 9 pm * $15

Live Americana with Jacob Miller & the Bridge City Crooners, Smut City, and Jellyroll Society are performing at LaurelThirst Public House. 2958 NE Glisan * $5 * 9:30 pm