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Berry-picking time

By PATRICIA SANDERS

If you talk to long-term Montavilla residents, sooner or later the subject of berries comes up. “Past 82nd Avenue,” you may be told, “there was nothing but berry farms.” An exaggeration— there were other crops like vegetables— but berry crops were a major enterprise in eastern Multnomah County and they stuck in people’s memory, perhaps because so many grew up with berry-picking summer jobs. 

Some of these berry farms were in Montavilla— for example, the 65-acre strawberry farm of German immigrant Nicholas Thomas located a quarter-mile east of 82nd Avenue on the south side of Stark. And Berrydale Park is a reminder of the importance of berry crops in eastern Montavilla.

But most Montavilla children picked berries at farms further east and many of these were owned by Japanese-American farmers, such as the Fujii family farm in Troutdale that has been in business since 1943. (Japanese-Americans, who came from rural areas in Japan with restricted farming resources, applied traditional intensive techniques that produced high yields.)

Strawberry Time in Oregon  Source: Oregon Blue Book, 1911

Summertime meant berry picking. Farmers needed workers to harvest their blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, black caps, and blackberries. Children were out of school and ready to work to put a little money in their pockets.

Several Montavilla residents have told me about their experiences with berry picking and many, many Portlanders have shared their memories on Facebook. Their experiences date mostly from the 1950s through the 1980s. I like these stories because they seem so vivid and personal. Collectively they paint a picture of mid-20th Century Montavilla and East County as it was before the later urban sprawl. 

Most people mention getting up in the dark to catch one of the “berry buses” (old school buses) which fetched workers for a day’s work in the field. It was hot work and backbreaking, especially when stooping to pick strawberries. And with thorny berries, you’d probably end the day with pricked and stained hands. Still, there was fun, too: eating berries—maybe too many and cutting into your profits—, making new friends, having berry fights (which could get you fired).

Brothers Dave and Mike Kaplan, sons of Joseph Kaplan— who owned the old Hammond Portrait Studio on Stark across the street from the Academy Theater— have vivid memories of picking berries every summer from about age 11 until they got “regular jobs” at about age 15 or 16. Dave remembers getting the “berry bus” at SE 96th Avenue and Division Street. Mike took the bus that stopped at Vestal School. (Another stop in Montavilla was at the Ascension grade school. Possibly there were other pick-up points in Montavilla as well.) 

Both brothers remember picking raspberries at what is currently Advantist Health or Mall 205, just outside Montavilla’s east boundary. The strawberry fields they went to were further out, almost to Gresham and Boring. Strawberries earned them 50 cents a crate with a 10 cent bonus if they worked to the end of the picking. It was hard work and, in those days, pickers had no protection from either pesticides or the sun.

Some pickers, instead of catching the daily “berry bus”, camped out near the fields. EmmyLou Johnson remembers camping with her mother and three of her sisters during the week and going back to Montavilla on weekends. The berry farm where they camped was on 12 Mile Road, which seemed so far away when she started picking at age 11 or 12. The girls first picked strawberries, then later raspberries and finally beans, making enough money to buy their own school clothes. One year, EmmyLou missed a week of school because she wanted to finish picking the bean crop to get her bonus.

Such was many a child’s summer in the mid-20th Century. Now children, if they pick berries in quantity, are likely to do it at u-pick farms and earn not cash but toppings for shortcake or ice cream. As for me, I get my berries in my back yard or the Montavilla Farmers’ Market.

Times change. Memories linger.

Historical story ideas? Questions about Montavilla’s past? Also share a love for neighborhood history? 

Comment on the article at the link in the heading. Or you can reach out to Pat Sanders at pat.montavilla.history@gmail.com.

Read all of the “Montavilla Memories” articles by Pat Sanders here

Montavilla Gets a Playground

By PATRICIA SANDERS

Just the sight of a playground can send me back to the thrill of play. Leg hooked over a bar spinning around and around until the back of my knee was sore. Seeing how high I could go on a swing. Getting dizzy on the metal merry-go-round. Oh, the joy!

Ad for Everwear All-Steel Playground Apparatus.  Source: The American School Board Journal, vol. 65, 1922

Didn’t every child have this experience? Wasn’t it a child’s right? Well, no.

Playgrounds don’t actually go back that far and the first ones— dating from the 1880s in the US— were pretty modest, just sand in a big box, called sand gardens, set up in crowded eastern cities. 

Early Sand Garden in Boston.  Source: Clarence Elmer Rainwater, The Play Movement in the United States, 1922

Very soon, however, reformers and parents wanted more elaborate play areas for children of all ages. They advocated for safe, outdoor play areas with a variety of activities— games, sports, classes— which they believed would develop healthy bodies, sound minds, and good citizenship. So convinced was the American public, across the spectrum from progressives to conservatives, of the virtues of organized play that a playground movement gradually took shape in the early 20th Century. 

By 1900, 14 cities already had public play areas. The movement picked up speed and intensity in 1906 with the founding of the Playground Association of America. To promote playgrounds the PAA sent speakers around the country, published a magazine called The Playground and held annual conventions. When the PAA held its first convention in 1907, Portland’s Mayor Harry Lane appointed delegates from the People’s Institute Club and the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association).

By this time, Portland already had its first playground, located on the North Park Blocks between Davis and Flanders Streets, the result of the women of the People’s Institute, which lobbied the Park Commission for space and play equipment. Like other playgrounds of the day, girls and boys had separate areas and play was supervised.

North Park Blocks Playground.  Source: Portland Parks and Recreation, “Play Areas Technical Paper,” June 2008

Soon neighborhoods like Montavilla were clamoring for their own playgrounds. In 1909, the Montavilla Home Training Circle and the Montavilla Rose Association advocated for a Montavilla playground and put in a request to the Board of Education. However, it was not until 1921 that Montavilla finally got its wish but, at first, the play area was minimal at best.

If playgrounds were such a big deal, why did it take Montavilla more than ten years to get a playground? There are many possible answers from other issues claiming attention to failing park bonds, but it certainly was not for lack of effort. Here’s run-down of what I’ve found in local newspapers about those these:


1912: the Montavilla Parent-Teacher’s Circle, forerunner of the PTA, tries to stir up interest.


1913: the Montavilla Board of Trade advocates for a playground at Montavilla School. A tract is acquired, but by 1914 we find a huge school garden instead.


1915: Montavilla Sun publisher James Irving Crabbe issued an appeal for a children’s park.


1916: Inveterate Montavilla letter-to-the editor writer, Sarah Hinds Wilder, complains in The Oregonian about gangs of schoolboys breaking into houses and laments that lack of a community playground or a civic center in Montavilla. (A reason many Americans wanted playgrounds was to get kids off the streets.)

A more forceful effort is made in 1920, one more likely to succeed since a parks and playground measure had passed by a 2:1 vote in the 1917 general election. Now Montavilla churches, fraternal organizations and the local PTA band together to hold rallies. More than 300 Montavillans create the temporary Montavilla Welfare League and send a proposal to the City Council. Success, at last! In 1921 the City agrees to buy a tract of land at the northeast corner of 82nd Avenue & NE Glisan Street.

Today we call this Montavilla Park, but initially it was Ruby Park, named for Alfred Curtis Ruby, the previous owner. He was well-known in the community as the President of the Montavilla Savings Bank and as a prominent horse importer and breeder. Gradually, however, people started to call it Montavilla Park and gradually it became a multi-purpose park and community center.

In 1921, the City only had enough money to lay out two baseball diamonds, which quickly became popular venues for bush league games. Montavilla’s team played for the first time on May 14, 1922.

With only baseball fields, the park was pretty bare, lacking the beautiful landscaping of other Portland parks. The City didn’t even provide trees, so in 1921, Montavillans had to buy and plant trees. The City provided roses and shrubbery. (More trees were planted by the Vestal School Forestry Club boys in 1937 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the US Constitution.)

In 1924, Ruby Park got a lawn. And, finally, in 1925 playground equipment arrives: swings, teeter-totters, flying rings, chutes (slides). Children thronged the park. And more was to come: tennis courts in 1927 and a pool in 1930.

Montavilla Park with shade trees and old lamp post. Are these some of the trees planted by Vestal Park students in 1937?

It’s interesting to note that the pool and adjacent building, used as temporary changing room spaces in the summer when the pool was open, were designed by architect Roscoe Hemenway (1899 – 1959), a familiar name in Portland architectural history. In 1930, he was at the beginning of his career, but he would become one of the architects most sought-after by Portland’s elite.

It’s hard to know what Hemenway’s original park building looked like, since it has been added to and altered over the years, eventually becoming the Community Center and gym we know today. (Incidentally in 2006 the gym was dedicated to Larry Krohn aka “Mr. Montavilla”, director of the Montavilla Community Center for some 40 years.)

Since its inception in 1921, Montavilla Park served a wide variety of functions besides play space for children. Sports, as we’ve seen were—and still are— prominent. Besides baseball, tennis and swimming, there were also horseshoes, handball, and volleyball for both women and men. (The Montavilla Times of July 21, 1927 reported that the women’s volleyball team was so good they had challenged the men’s team.)

The Park also put on events like concerts, picnics, and dances. Child beauty contests were popular in the 1920s, and in 1929 the Park hosted one for children under five. After races, a picnic dinner, and dancing, the beauty contest ended with a tug-of-war with the losers— playfully, I’m sure— being dragged through the wading pool. The Park also offered a variety of classes for children and adults: swimming, dance, handicraft, etc. 

The diversity of the fully developed Montavilla Park is exactly what the proponents of children’s playgrounds envisioned in the early 1900s. It just took time and effort to get there.

Historical story ideas? Questions about Montavilla’s past? Also share a love for neighborhood history? 

Comment on the article at the link in the heading. Or you can reach out to Pat Sanders at pat.montavilla.history@gmail.com.

Read all of the “Montavilla Memories” articles by Pat Sanders here

This weekend

The Beets building where Pegasus Project is located on Stark was sold in June. The owner took the opportunity to diss the City’s commitment to artist in this Willamette Week article.

Probably due to its owner, the art space gets a lot of grief from neighbors. But Pegasus Project hosted a clothing drive last weekend, as well as a Montavilla Street Fair afterparty with DJs, dancing, and swimming in their pool. Nearly every time I pop through something cool is going on.

I don’t think it’s surprising that a place like that could survive very long in a growing city, but it’s definitely been a hub for some beautiful moments.

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Village Portland reporter Cory Elia wrote an interesting piece this week about his experience helping with the Point in Time homeless count that was released recently. Read it here

Lesley McLam, another Village Portland reporter took a closer look at what’s left after a homeless camp sweep. Read that on Village Portland @ St Johns here

The City claims there’s a process to make sure former camps are cleaned up after a sweep… have you found the site of former camps to been fully cleaned?

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I’ts out of the neighborhood, but what’s been known the Foster shelter is having an event to celebrate its opening on Monday, August 12th (6 pm – 7:30 pm). 

The Laurelwood Center (6144 SE Foster Rd) will serve those who “identify as female and couples, with priority access for people 55 and over, those with disabilities, and veterans.”

For more info and who’ll be there, visit the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association site

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9TH

Whitenoise Project 21 (event):

“The Pilipinx Radical Imagination Reader is a collection of a multiplicity of beautiful voices from the Philippine diaspora exploring visions we carry for our dynamic, intersectional communities in this historical moment. “

Part of the APANO Arts & Media Project (AMP) Summer Series.

Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave * 7 pm – 9 pm

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH

Community art:

“A mandala is a sacred spiritual symbol representing the universe. In this program, we’ll talk about mandalas as they appear in nature, and then create our own mandala projects using a variety of art supplies.”

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd * 2 pm – 3:30 pm

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11TH

Farmers market:

For the full list of producers and some of the special fall produce available, go here.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

Reflection: conducting the survey for the Portland Street Response

By CORY ELIA

My name is Cory Elia and I have been reporting on the houselessness crisis throughout the city of Portland for over two years now as a journalist and photographer. Seeing the Portland Street Response model program developing as I have is quite relieving to me.

Maybe because I see it as a step towards a more compassionate treatment of those experiencing crisis and traumas that have rendered them living on the streets or out of vehicles.

It’s also because there has been a well-documented history of interactions between first-responding officers and those experiencing mental crisis ending in a horrifying manner, sometimes even with the death of those having the mental episode. 

The Portland Street Response developed from the advocacy journalism of Street Roots and their journalist Emily Green. She saw an opportunity to use her writing to demonstrate that a better response system could be implemented in Portland.

Street Roots’s Emily Green reports: “Portland Street Response: A Street Roots special report”

My experiences in the field while conducting interviews with houseless individuals has taught me that the interactions between those on the streets, regardless of their mental state, and officers are rarely that of a positive nature. These interactions often seem to be the source of a fair amount of agitation amongst the houseless community.

As previously reported in Street Roots, Portland Street Response is being based on the CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) program in Eugene. However, the Portland Street Response is still in its preemptive modeling stage.      

Currently, volunteers are conducting surveys of the houseless community to figure out how to best implement the program throughout Portland. This inspired me to take part in the opportunity to help conduct this survey. It is unclear at the moment if there will be further surveying in the near future.

Photo credit: Cory Elia

I arrived at Street Roots on the morning of Thursday, July 18 around 9 am to take part in the surveying. The goal of the survey was to gather opinions from the unhoused on how they would like the interactions between themselves and first responders to go. 

When I arrived at their office I was one of the first people there, but quickly the main office was filled with around 30 people also there to take part. This was the second day of groups going out and conducting surveys, the Tuesday before being the first deployment of survey groups.  

After a quick run-through of the strategy for conducting surveys by Street Roots Executive Director, Kaia Sand, and a break down of the survey by Neal Sand of the Yellow Brick Road‘s youth program, the crowd separated into groups of two to three people. The main requirement for the groups was for each to have an individual who had lived experience of houselessness.

Having reported on the situation in the Lents neighborhood and having lived amongst that community myself, I volunteered to lead the group out there which consisted of: Greg Townley, who is co-director of Portland State University‘s Homelessness Research Action and Collaborative, a Street Roots vendor named Jeremy, and myself. We were also joined by KGW reporter Maggie Vespa.

KGW’s Maggie Vespa reports: “When should police be present? Street Roots, other groups survey homeless about the street response” 

Upon arriving at our first destination, SE 92nd Ave and Flavel St, around 10:30 am, it became apparent to me that the area had just been swept by City work crews due to the lack of tents I usually see there. Regardless of that, there was still a good amount of the houseless community in the area for us to survey.

I am well known amongst this crowd, not only for seeking out interviews with members of the community but also by some that are still living on the Springwater Trail. I was houseless myself and lived in a tent on the trail from 2010 through 2013.

This experience on the trail resulted in me being approached by several people before I was even prepared to conduct the survey and getting bombarded by questions like, “where have you been?” and “how are you doing?”

This is typically what happens to me when I show up in this area and it helped me getting several surveys completed in a matter of minutes.

The most disheartening part of this excursion was when my group ventured on to the part of the Springwater Corridor that runs parallel to the 97th Ave MAX stop and saw a Rapid Response work crew conducting a sweep of the camps.

Portland Mercury’s Thacher Schmid reports: “Oversight Questions Arise as Portland Pays to Clean Up Homeless Campsites”

The consensus amongst those living on the Springwater is all of a similar manner and that is that they have had both positive and negative interactions with the police, but that the negative interactions far outnumber the positive ones.    

They expressed that they would appreciate someone else like a crisis worker with a medical or social worker to be the ones to respond to mental health episodes— but they do see a legitimate need for police at certain times.

Between the three other members of the group and myself, we were able to conduct around a dozen interviews in about an hour at this location. Most of the people we talked to were willing to share their input.

The structuring for the Portland Street Response should be finalized for presentation to City Council around November. And if everything moves smoothly, should be up and running by January. 

Conducting the survey and leading the group as I did was an amazing experience that I was able to use my knowledge of where people are camped out to do some good.

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Cory Elia is a journalist, photographer, videographer, documentary director & producer, radio personality & podcaster. His journalistic focus is on politics, protest, and poverty.

Contact Cory:

Facebook: Cory Elia
Twitter: @therealcoryelia

This weekend

The controversy around the change to City code rolls on. Finally, the Office of Community and Civic Life put out a FAQ on the changes. Read that here. If this had come out on the front end, we could have avoided a lot of the acrimony that flared up. 

Sunnyside neighborhood advocate Mary Ann Schwab testified at City Council this week on the issue, and… it didn’t go well. Despite the fact that the FAQ and Commissioner Chloe Eudalysays that both the NAs and coalitions will continue to be funded, Schwab and some other neighborhood advocates still have their doubts. 

It was sent in July 22nd, before new information came out, but this letter from the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association expresses concern with the process and the proposed code changes. A quote: 

“The audit also shows a severe mismanagement of funds within Civic Life, resulting in extremely inequitable financial distributions, favoring affluent, gentrified neighborhoods. Instead of taking responsibility for previous mistakes and implementing safeguards, Civic Life has vilified NAs and is working diligently to remove them from city code.”

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OPB did a fun piece on East Portland’s Portland Picklesthis week. 

They talk to some of the college-age players who are hosted by local families for the season. They also focus on Dillon, the Pickles mascot, and the co-owner humbly claims that he’s one of the 10 or 15 greatest pickles in the world. I know he’s at the top of mylist.

The Pickles crank up again next weekend, August 9th! Here’s the schedule.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2ND

Rosewood Night Out Party (event):

“Community BBQ at 5, live Music with Friends of Noise and a movie at dust, thanks to Portland Parks & Recreation! Thank you to our wonderful sponsors Kaiser Permanente Northwest and Portland General Electric!

Food provided by Pacific Seafood! Bring a refillable water bottle for Rockwood Waterr to fill for ya! Check out over 40 community organizations and get resources!”

Also— Movies in the Park showing “Black Panther”. The movie begins at dusk.

Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St * 5 pm

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3RD

Rocky Butte Farmers Market:

After 1,000 people showed up to the market last month, the organizers of the Rocky Butte Farmers Market are having another one! For more information, read this story from PDX Food Express.

Dharma Rain Zen Center, 8500 NE Siskiyou St * 10 am – 2 pm

Lovin’ Local (event):

“Lovn’ Local is a volunteer ran art pop-up event meant to bring artists and their audience together to celebrate local creatives!”

Remedy Gallery @ Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave * 11 am – 4 pm * free

First Saturday of the month Garden Curator led tours (event):

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“On the first Saturday of the month, Garden Curator Courtney Vengarick will show you what’s blooming and of seasonal interest, provide useful and engaging information, and sharing fun stories about the adventurous creators of the Garden, Botanist Lilla Leach and pharmacist/civic leader John Leach.”

Leach also had a groundbreaking for their upper garden project this week— so come see what’s planned!

Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave * 11 am – noon * free

Vanport Jazz Festival (event):

Featuring: WAR, Queens of Soul Jazz (Althea Rene’ & Jeanette Harris), Euge Groove, Eric Darius, Jazz Funk Soul (Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp & Paul Jackson Jr.), and Andy Stokes.

This is a history on the tragic history of Vanport, and the musical legacy its displaced community created.

Colwood Golf Course, 7313 NE Columbia Blvd * noon – 9 pm * $60 – $75

Once Upon a Time Family Theatre:

“Once Upon a Time Family Theatre is a magical mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for kids and their families. There’s always a slight twist to the traditional story that keeps these productions fresh. Though simply produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have everyone fully absorbed in the interaction of live theatre.”

This month’s production: “The Firebird”.

Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St * 11:30 am * children $1, $2 adults $2

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4TH

Farmers market:

For the full list of producers and things happening at the market, go here.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

Berry-picking time

By PATRICIA SANDERS

If you talk to long-term Montavilla residents, sooner or later the subject of berries comes up. “Past 82nd Avenue,” you may be told, “there was nothing but berry farms.” An exaggeration— there were other crops like vegetables— but berry crops were a major enterprise in eastern Multnomah County and they stuck in people’s memory, perhaps because so many grew up with berry-picking summer jobs. 

Some of these berry farms were in Montavilla— for example, the 65-acre strawberry farm of German immigrant Nicholas Thomas located a quarter-mile east of 82nd Avenue on the south side of Stark. And Berrydale Park is a reminder of the importance of berry crops in eastern Montavilla.

But most Montavilla children picked berries at farms further east and many of these were owned by Japanese-American farmers, such as the Fujii family farm in Troutdale that has been in business since 1943. (Japanese-Americans, who came from rural areas in Japan with restricted farming resources, applied traditional intensive techniques that produced high yields.)

Strawberry Time in Oregon  Source: Oregon Blue Book, 1911

Summertime meant berry picking. Farmers needed workers to harvest their blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, black caps, and blackberries. Children were out of school and ready to work to put a little money in their pockets.

Several Montavilla residents have told me about their experiences with berry picking and many, many Portlanders have shared their memories on Facebook. Their experiences date mostly from the 1950s through the 1980s. I like these stories because they seem so vivid and personal. Collectively they paint a picture of mid-20th Century Montavilla and East County as it was before the later urban sprawl. 

Most people mention getting up in the dark to catch one of the “berry buses” (old school buses) which fetched workers for a day’s work in the field. It was hot work and backbreaking, especially when stooping to pick strawberries. And with thorny berries, you’d probably end the day with pricked and stained hands. Still, there was fun, too: eating berries—maybe too many and cutting into your profits—, making new friends, having berry fights (which could get you fired).

Brothers Dave and Mike Kaplan, sons of Joseph Kaplan— who owned the old Hammond Portrait Studio on Stark across the street from the Academy Theater— have vivid memories of picking berries every summer from about age 11 until they got “regular jobs” at about age 15 or 16. Dave remembers getting the “berry bus” at SE 96th Avenue and Division Street. Mike took the bus that stopped at Vestal School. (Another stop in Montavilla was at the Ascension grade school. Possibly there were other pick-up points in Montavilla as well.) 

Both brothers remember picking raspberries at what is currently Advantist Health or Mall 205, just outside Montavilla’s east boundary. The strawberry fields they went to were further out, almost to Gresham and Boring. Strawberries earned them 50 cents a crate with a 10 cent bonus if they worked to the end of the picking. It was hard work and, in those days, pickers had no protection from either pesticides or the sun.

Some pickers, instead of catching the daily “berry bus”, camped out near the fields. EmmyLou Johnson remembers camping with her mother and three of her sisters during the week and going back to Montavilla on weekends. The berry farm where they camped was on 12 Mile Road, which seemed so far away when she started picking at age 11 or 12. The girls first picked strawberries, then later raspberries and finally beans, making enough money to buy their own school clothes. One year, EmmyLou missed a week of school because she wanted to finish picking the bean crop to get her bonus.

Such was many a child’s summer in the mid-20th Century. Now children, if they pick berries in quantity, are likely to do it at u-pick farms and earn not cash but toppings for shortcake or ice cream. As for me, I get my berries in my back yard or the Montavilla Farmers’ Market.

Times change. Memories linger.

Historical story ideas? Questions about Montavilla’s past? Also share a love for neighborhood history? 

Comment on the article at the link in the heading. Or you can reach out to Pat Sanders at pat.montavilla.history@gmail.com.

Read all of the “Montavilla Memories” articles by Pat Sanders here

This weekend

If you’re reading this story, you’re probably very familiar with Portland’s neighborhood association system. And if you’re familiar with it, you know it isn’t alway smooth; isn’t always nice. 

But should it be scrapped? And what will be lost?

That’s the question being considered by the City of Portland. In a partership with the fabulous listener-powered KBOOradio, I interviewed Christian Trejbal, chair of the Overlook Neighborhood Association.

Trejbal says that the City hasn’t been communicative or clear about what’s going to be changed, but if NAs lose their City-sanctioned powers, there will be a lot less opportunities for oversight and engagement.

This is a citywide-heavy post this week, but I’m just following the flow.

Portland activists are organizing for the fight for a better police union contract. It might sound wonky, but the union contract sets the frame for police oversight and accountability— and right now the contract heavily favors the police.

The rally was organized by Portland Resistance

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The Oregonian wrote an interesting pieceon how the painting of the Southeast Steele Street footbridge— a really cool grassroots effort—- was almost “restored” (painted over) by Oregon Department of Transportation.

FRIDAY, JULY 12TH

East Portland baseball:

The Portland Picklestake on the San Francisco Seals all weekend! There are games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! 

The schedule is here.

Walker Stadium, 4727 SE 92nd Ave * $5 – $13

SATURDAY, JULY 13TH

Four years in Montavilla:

“Montavilla Brew Works will tap four special beers that will be released on Saturday. It’ll also host Mixteca, a food truck known for its tamales and tacos, serve a birthday cake and offer up some nice raffle prizes!”

Montavilla Brew Works, 7805 SE Stark St * all day

People of the Drum (event):

“Enjoy vibrant performances and free drumming workshops for youths in this special program designed to strengthen and celebrate our community! 

Presented by Portland Taiko, sponsored by Portland Parks & Recreation, East Portland Community Office, and KBOO Community Radio. Supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, and The Collins Foundation.”

Gateway Discover Park, 10520 NE Halsey Street * 2 pm – 4 pm

SUNDAY, JULY 7TH

Farmers market:

For the full list of producers and things happening at the market, go here.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

Vino Veritas Sunday Jazz / All Day Happy Hour:

“Come enjoy live jazz Sunday afternoon along with all day Happy Hour. A wonderful way to wind down the week.”

Vino Veritas, * 5 pm – 7 pm