The Montavilla Neighborhood Association has their election earlier this week.
According to their Facebook page, the new board consists of: Brad Donahue, Peter Emerson, Louise Hoff, Lindsey Johnson, Alice King, Matt Moore, and Ron Thrasher.
It’s good to see so many people step up to serve. It makes me wonder about the nearly 100 other neighborhoods in this city and how they are represented.
Portland neighbors put a lot of work into their neighborhood associations, but after a considerable time with a front-row seat at several, the institution always seems to attract trouble. Is this just the nature of humanity, or trying around geography? You’d think common ground was a good place to start.
While the conversation has been around how to bring new groups to the table, I’ve been wondering how we could fix the current system. Reform to the grievance system and more support and training to help board members encourage engagement are my first ideas…
If you have ideas, I’d like to hear them, and will be starting a story soon to bring more ideas forward. Thanks for reading and being involved as we work together to improve civic engagement.
This is the second of a five-episode series that played on Open Signal earlier this year. The series is a compilation of Village Portland videos that feature Portlanders organizing events and serving their community.
In this episode, we feature the annual Halloween party at Burnside Skatepark; the Portland Krampus Walk; a performance at a MLK celebration; a visit to the Grotto for their Christmas choir concerts; an interview with the designer of the Cascadian flag; and a look at the City of Portland’s Sunday Parkways.
Haunted Ghost Town (event):
This weekend and next weekend as well…
‘“Where History Won’t Die’, Portland’s newest haunted attraction!”
Rossi Farms, 3839 NE 122nd Ave * adult $12, youth $8 * 7 pm – 9:30 pm