Montavilla crime calls: 6/13 – 6/19


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Screenshot 2016-06-21 at 12.07.01 AMpriority theft: 81st & Burnside, 6/16 @ 11:27 pm; 82nd & Division, 6/13 @ 12:21 pm

Quality of Life

shots fired: 82nd & Holladay

suspicious subject, vehicle or circumstance: 69th & Halsey; 82nd & Hassalo; 80th near Oregon; 79th & Oregon; Glisan near 76th; 83rd & Stark; Ash near 92nd (1 more in multiple incidents)

unwanted person: 82nd & Multnomah; 82nd & Pacific; 76th near Glisan; Burnside near 81st; 82nd & Ash; 79th & Stark; 78th & Alder (5 more in multiple incidents)

vice – drugs, liquor, prostitution, gambling: 76th near Glisan (1 more in multiple incidents)


warrant: 77th near Ash

flagdown: 81st & Stark; 88th & Alder


All listed are hazard – hazardous conditions (1 more in multiple incidents)

Proactive Policing

traffic stop: 80th & Halsey; 68th & Pacific; 75th & Glisan; 92nd & Glisan; 80th & Stark; 82nd & Stark (3 more in multiple incidents)

welfare check – priority: 79th & Clackamas; 82nd & Multnomah; 82nd & Glisan; 92nd & Stark; 82nd & Market; I-205 & Division

welfare check – cold: 82nd & Halsey

community policing: 82nd & Oregon

premise check: 71st & Glisan

area check: 82nd & Davis; 87th & Taylor (1 more in multiple incidents)

assist – citizen or agency: 82nd & Davis; I-205 & Market

Person contact (86): 93rd near Division (2 more in multiple incidents)

animal problem – 1 in multiple incidents


accident – non-injury: 78th near Glisan; 86th & Glisan; 95th & Stark (1 more in multiple incidents)

accident – injury: 80th & Burnside; 92nd & Marker

accident – hit & run – priority: near Berrydale Park

Multiple incidents

I-84 & 82nd: accident – non-injury; hazardous condition

81st & Halsey: 2 unwanted person; suspicious – priority

Montavilla Park: unwanted person; person contact (86)

78th & Glisan: 2 unwanted person

82nd & Burnside: traffic stop; person contact (86)

76th & Morrison: area check; vice – drugs, liquor, prostitution, gambling

82nd & Mill: traffic stop; animal problem

82nd & Division: medical assist; traffic stop

Montavilla crime calls: 6/6 – 6/12

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Robbery with weapon: I-205 near Stark, 6/7 @ 7:25 pm

Priority theft: 82nd & Hassalo, 6/10 @ 5:56:19 pm


Missing – person endangered: 67th near I-84

Missing – person, lost, found, runner: 78th near Glisan

Warrant: 82nd & Glisan

Flagdown: 82nd & Burnside; 92nd near Pine

Animal problem: 82nd near Mill

Quality of life

Suspicious with weapon: 81st near Ash

Suspicious subject, vehicle or circumstance: Halsey & 69th; Halsey & 70th; 69th near Burnside; 83rd & Pine; 88th & Washington; 76th & Taylor; 93rd & Market; 86th & Mill; 92nd near Division (2 more in multiple incidents)

Priority suspicious: Hassalo near 90th; 82nd & Glisan

Unwanted person: Broadway & 71st; 76th near I-84; 77th near I-84; 68th near Glisan (3 more in multiple incidents)

Priority threat: Hassalo near I-84

Hazardous condition: 3 in multiple incidents

Assist – citizen or agency – 1 in multiple incidents


Priority vandalism: 82nd & I-84; 82nd near Madison

Proactive policing

Welfare check – cold: I-84 near 67th; I-84 near 92nd; 75th near Alder

Traffic stop: Halsey near I-84; 75th & Glisan; 82nd north of Glisan; 67th near Burnside; 82nd & Ash; 82nd near Alder; 82nd & Taylor; 82nd & Yamhill  (8 more in multiple incidents)

Area check: 75th & Hassalo; 78th near Burnside (1 more in multiple incidents)

Welfare check – priority: 81st near Clackamas

Community policing: 71st & Glisan

Person contact (86): 81st near Glisan; 84th & Hawthorne (2 more in multiple incidents)

Premise check: 88th near Ash


Accident – injury: I-205 near Lincoln

Accident – non-injury: I-84 near 86th; 80th & Burnside; 92nd & Washington

Accident – unknown injury: 75th near Burnside; Market & I-205

Accident – hit & run – priority: 84th & Stark

Multiple incidents

I-84 near 84th: accident – unknown injury; accident – non-injury

Montavilla Park: undescribed incident; ssvoc

90th & Glisan: traffic stop; hazardous conditions

I-205 & Everett: 2 hazardous condition; assist – citizen or agency

Ash & 76th: unwanted person; person contact (86)

Ash & 80th: unwanted person; premise check

Ash & 81st: unwanted person; premise check

82nd & Stark: 2 traffic stop

82nd & Clay: 2 traffic stop

82nd & Division: traffic stop; person contact (86); area check

84th & Division: 2 traffic stop; 2 ssvoc


This weekend!


I’m still exploring my neighborhood and East Portland in general. I want to focus on Montavilla, but I’m expanding my event listings to all of East Portland. Not sure what the official line between Portland and East Portland is, but I usually consider it to be Mt. Tabor. It’s worth a discussion. Regardless— the interests of this part of town have been neglected, and righting that wrong is a cause I’ll be championing as this site develops. So let’s celebrate all the wonderful things happening out this way!

It’s the Portland Pickles home opener in Lents Park! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the first season of Portland’s wooden bat league team gets going. This seems like something for East Portland to be proud of. The schedule’s here;  get tickets here.

If there’s not a guy in a giant foam pickle costume, I’m going to be very disappointed. (EDIT: Yes!! There is and his name is Dillon!)

Walker Stadium, NE corner of Lents Park, 92nd & Holgate * 7:05 pm & 5:05 pm * $6 – $12


Powell Butte Nature ParkJoin The Nature Conservancy in restoring Powell Butte Nature Park… Powell Butte, an extinct cinder cone volcano, rises near the headwaters of Johnson Creek – an urban creek with remnant populations of native salmon and steelhead. Possible projects include trail work, ivy and other invasive species removal, fence work and mulching or watering native plants. After the three hour work party, volunteers are invited to stick around for a BYO sack lunch and informal hike.

Powell Butte, SE 162nd Ave. and Powell Blvd. * 9 am – noon * free


I’ll say again: Duff’s Garage is an amazing resource for East Portland and Portland’s blues community. There are two shows on Saturday: Rocky Butte Wranglers (6 pm – 8 pm) and Gary Bennet / Leslie Beia & The Lowburners (8:30 – ???)

2530 NE 82nd Ave. * ??? (usually $10)


I’m gonna pump the Montavilla Farmers Market every Sunday until October! There are a few unique draws beyond supporting your region’s food producers, like doubling your EBT benefits, and teaching kids to love fruits and vegetables.

7600 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood * 10 am – 2 pm * free


The first time I’d ever heard of the Portland International Raceway was recently when neighbors complained about the noise. I’m not really into motorcycles, but I think this could be a fun afternoon.

Screenshot 2016-06-09 at 10.55.36 AMIt doesn’t get much more exciting that this. Big classes of fast motorcycles, a standing start and then knee-dragging through the corners and screaming speed in the straights — oh, and the chicane! The Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Assoc. is the host for two days of great racing. For more information go to 

The event listing says the sound limit is 103 decibels, so try to stay quiet, will ya?

1940 N Victory Blvd * 9 am – 5 pm * $10 

Montavilla crime calls: 5/30 – 6/5

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Three injury accidents were reported this week and also three DUIs.

Another thing that was concerning: my 9-1-1 call wasn’t listed on the map. It wasn’t a huge incident, but there was a motorcycle rider speeding up and down 82nd. After the second time, it seemed like it was worth a call. It wasn’t on the map. I wonder what else we’re missing…

Priority assault: 82nd & Halsey, 6/2 @ 10:39 pm; 80th & Taylor, 5/31 @ 7:43 pm; Burnside near 82nd,  6/3 @ 8:24 pm; 93rd near Stark, 5/31 @ 5:48 pm (1 more in multiple incidents)

Priority theft: 82nd near Yamhill, 31 May 2016 @ 3:55:40 pm

Quality of Life:

Priority threat with weapon: 78th near Glisan; 5/31 @ 8:46 am

There was also a robbery with a weapon at SE Main & 100th 6/3 @ 7:45 pm.

Suspicious subject, vehicle, or circumstance: I-84 & 76th; 70th near Glisan ; 83rd near Glisan; 85th near Glisan (2); 78th near Ash; 76th near Stark ; 82nd near Market; 87th near Mill (1 more in multiple incidents)

Suspicious (person) with weapon: 88th near Glisan

Unwanted person: 82nd near Halsey; 83rd near Hassalo; 83rd near Pacific; 79th & Stark; 92nd & Stark; 93rd near Pine (2)

Vice – drugs, liquor, prostitution or gambling: 81st near Halsey; 79th near Halsey ; 80th & Ash

Priority threat: I-84th near 90th


Warrant: 79th near Davis

Animal problem: 78th near Stark; I-205 near Main

Missing person: 78th & Salmon

Proactive policing: 

Follow up: Clackamas near 66th

Traffic stop: I-84 near 92nd; 82nd near Multmonah; 82nd & Oregon; near Montavilla Park; 92nd & Glisan; 85th & Burnside; 81st & Pine; 93rd & Stark; 82nd & Washington; 82nd & Alder; 82nd & Yamhill; 92nd & Hawthorne (24 more in multiple incidents)

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This weekend!

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I think it’s fair to say there’s a lot of new things happening at Milepost 5. There’s new leadership in the coffee shop, new co-gallery directors, the garden’s being redone, and the board (that I’m serving on) has been reformed. A long-term resident of the condos said that after six years of existence, now is the best time to be living here. That’s good to hear.

First Friday is the time when we debut our new art installations and open the doors to the public. There are three galleries here, and residents Leviticus Appleton & Maxwell Rupert are showing this month.

Also, from 7 pm – 9 pm MP5 condos resident and pianist Theo Burk will be playing “jazz stylings, torch Noir jazz ballads, a little Talking Heads, Elton John, and maybe a gospel number”. Should be fun.

Come by and visit the show, or come by the Art Haus Coffee Shop (open Mon – Fri, 7 am – 7 pm). There’s a variety of art and crafts made by the residents in the coffee shop, and the galleries are open during the day as well.

First Friday @ Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon * 6 pm – 10 pm * free


The 2016 Village Building Convergence begins tonight. You’d know it best from the painted intersections all over town. The projects are a chance to meet your neighbors, and create gathering spaces for community to happen. Most of the projects are closer in, but there is one underway all weekend near 71st & Oregon. Here’s a link to the VBC map where you can find it. After working during the day, there are parties at night.

Most of the projects are for neighbors nearby, but every time I’ve been by the project coordinators welcomed the help. Visiting one would be a good way to see if you wanted to organize something for next year. Here’s a description of the project off 71st:

1) building an outdoor roof structure which will be embellished with bat houses, mason bee hives, and eventually native vines; 2) planting a 175′ long area of right-of-way with pollinator-friendly plants; 3) installing a permeable walkway for pedestrians on an unimproved road.


Saturday is the 6th annual Montavilla Food Co-op Pancake Breakfast. I missed the meeting earlier this month, but the co-op just reached 500 members and I’mScreenshot 2016-06-02 at 7.18.00 PM curious to learn more about their plan for the future. 

We’ll have great food for most diets (carnivores, vegetarians, gluten-free), music, a raffle, door prizes and more. 

Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 SE 80th Ave * 8 am – noon * $10 suggested donation, free for members 


Seasoned actors bring the magic of live theatre to children and families with Once Upon a Time Family Theatre’s production of Rapunzel. Tickets are available here.

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.

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

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The Montavilla Farmers Market is happening every Sunday until October!

7600 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood * 10 am – 2 pm * free 


TechnoHosts is free one-on-one computer help at the Midland Library. Pretty cool.

Friendly, trained TechnoHost volunteers can help you with basic computer issues such as creating and saving documents, printing, sending email, connecting to the library wi-fi, and getting started on searching the web and navigating the Library’s website and catalog.

 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 5 pm * free

Enjoy! And stay cool…


Montavilla Crime Calls: 5/22 – 5/29

There was a big change to the site last week, but now it’s back to normal. The icons were changed, as was the map. A few categories of incidents weren’t included in the update. The only improvement was a website embed function (that didn’t work for me). I didn’t publish the crime report last week, using the time I spend writing to try and figure out the embed feature.

I’m also annoyed by crime reporting in general in Portland— there is no consistent way to track what’s happening in the neighborhood. I’m working on a longer piece about what is available and a meeting our building had with Portland Police Bureau officers last week on crime prevention. I’ll also be talking about a possible crowd-sourced solution that would help neighbors keep up with what’s happening.

But until something better comes along, these 9-1-1 calls, the occasional PPB press releases,  and citizen-reported sites like Facebook and Nextdoor are the only way to really track what’s happening in the neighborhood… And this map is only the calls; the response is unknowable right now. For me the map raises more questions than it answers, but it does raise the questions.

priority assault – 91st near Pacific, 27 May 2016 @ 10:05:00 pm

priority burglary – Burnside near 94th, 29 May 2016 @ 4:59:35 pm

priority theft – Glisan near 66th, 22 May 2016 @ 8:59:54 pm; Burnside near 81st, 24 May 2016 @ 5:06:35 pm (1 more in multiple incidents)

Other (O):

warrant: Glisan & 88th; Burnside & 81st

animal problem: 66th & Burnside

priority fraud: Mall 205

priority missing person: 89th & Division

Quality of life (Q):

Hawthorne & 85th: threat with a weapon, 5/26 @ 8:54 pm

All the rest were routine Qs: suspicious subject, vehicle, or circumstance; unwanted person (6 more in multiple incidents)

Proactive Policing (PP):

traffic stop: 82nd & Hassalo; 93rd & Glisan; 86th & Stark; 80th & Washington; 82nd & Morrison; 72nd & Taylor; I-205 & Division; 85th & Division; 69th & Division (13 more in multiple incidents)

All the rest were area / premise checks (7 more in multiple incidents); person contact (86) (3 more in multiple incidents); citizen or agency assist (2 more in multiple); civil standby


injury accident: 74th south of Glisan, 5/22 @ 11:41:17 am

priority hit & run: 80th & Glisan; 80th near Stark

non-injury accident: 82nd & I-84; 83rd & Glisan; 82nd near Yamhill

Multiple incidents: 

84nd & I-84: traffic stop; assist

82nd & I-84: check; 86

82nd & I-84: priority hit & run; 86

82nd & I-84: check; SVPoC

Montavilla Park: flagdown; check

92nd & Stark: 2 unwanted person; check

82nd & Yamhill: 2 traffic stop

82nd & Glisan: priority theft; check

82nd & Glisan: 2 traffic stop; 86

82nd & Everett: 2 traffic stops

82nd & Burnside: 2 traffic stops

81st & Burnside: priority threat; SSVoC

82nd & Pine: 2 traffic stops

82nd & Stark: 2 traffic stops

82nd & Stark: check; unwanted person

I-205 & Everett: traffic stop; hazardous conditions

79th & Stark: 3 unwanted person

89th & Lincoln: 2 premise check; 1 assist

89th & Lincoln: 1 premise check; 1 assist

I-205 & Division: hazardous condition; SSV0C; check; 2 traffic stop

For more details on each incident, visit

This weekend!


I need some help with the nightlife part of these posts. I will make the rounds soon, and see what I can find fun in the neighborhood at night.

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Cute pic? Yes. A family film? No.

Montavilla Station has regular music, but their Facebook page hasn’t been updated  since October 2011 and if they have a website I can’t find it. And I really would like to. Grr. 417 SE 80th Ave * ??? * free 

Candlelight Lounge (7334 NE Glisan St.) has karaoke, as does Chinese Village (520 SE 82nd Ave)! 9ish * free

Deadpool and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and five other second-run / special showing films are on at Academy Theater! 7818 SE Stark  * $4 (yep, $4 for an adult)


EDIT: The Montavilla Food Co-op Pancake Breakfast is next week, not this week. Pardon the error please.

Chinese (Cantonese) Storytime Storytime presented in Cantonese for children ages 0-6 years (with a favorite adult and other family members). Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave.2-2:45 pm * free


The Montavilla Farmers Market is on every Sunday until October! I went last week and it was super cool. I got some strawberries, sweet potatoes, kale, and sugar snap peas. Bam, let’s cut out the middle man and put more money in our farmers’ pockets.

7600 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood * 10 am – 2 pm * free

When you’re driving on the interchange between I-84 and I-205, please keep your attention fixed on traffic and the road ahead of you.  When you get where you are going, taken a moment to consider that the small slip of land between the two roadways called Gateway Green apparently has some decent bird watching. It seems implausible, but my attention has been piqued. Gateway Green is excellent for cycling too, I hear.

email Jim at for directions * 7:30 am – 9 am * free

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