All posts by Mike OConnor

Mike has been a Brooklyn resident since 1990.

Last Chance to Testify for No-Wake Zone in Holgate Channel

URGENT: Public Hearing on No Wake Zone for Holgate Channel and Ross Island Lagoon, Monday, July 27th 6 pm, Portland Building 1120 SW 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor Auditorium

From Mike Houck, Director, Urban Greenspaces Institute:

Thank you for you support to date for creating a No-wake Zone in the Holgate Channel and Ross Island Lagoon. Several hundred people have written letters in support of this effort, and more than 200 people showed up to support this effort at a hearing back in May. We have sent a strong message to the Oregon Marine Board that there needs to be one location along the entire Lower Willamette River that is set aside to protect wildlife and provide a safe place of canoeists and kayakers to enjoy nature.

THE MARINE BOARD WILL BE MAKING A FINAL DECISION ON THE NO-Wake ZONE  PETITION ON MONDAY, JULY 27TH.

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE HAVE A STRONG TURNOUT AT THIS HEARING AND THERE WILL BE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC TESTIMONY.

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Next Brooklyn Action Corps Board Meeting 7-8-09

Interested in joining the Brooklyn Action Corps board, or just seeing how it operates? All are invited to the next board meeting Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 PM.

Location: Thelma Skelton Loaves and Fishes Center-Sacred Heart Villa, 3925 SE Milwaukie Blvd, Portland, Oregon.

Recurring Business
Land Use Update, 3523 SE 13TH Avenue
Discussion of Officer Duties
Light Rail Update
BHS/Historic District/Banner Update
Neighborhood Help Line Report
Neighborhood Newsletter Update
July General Meeting Planning

Questions? Call (503) 232-2031

Saturday March 7 10AM-Town Hall Meeting in Brooklyn-State Sen. Diane Rosenbaum, State Rep. Jules Bailey and State Attorney General John Kroger

Title: Town Hall Meeting in Brooklyn-Diane Rosenbaum, Jules Bailey and State Attorney General John Kroger
Location: SEIU Local 49, 3536 SE 26th Avenue
Description: Senator Diane Rosenbaum will be holding a Town Hall meeting on Saturday, March 7th, where she’ll be joined by Representative Jules Bailey and State Attorney General John Kroger. Please join them for the latest news from the Legislature.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2009-03-07
End Time: 12:00

Rosenbaum

Please Attend this TriMet SE Corridor Light Rail Open House Tuesday March 10, 5:30-7:30PM

Night BridgeTitle: TriMet Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Open House
Location: St. Philip Neri Church, 2804 SE 16th Ave., Portland
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Description: Please join us at this open house for a progress report on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project. Topics will include the new Willamette River transit bridge, engineering, the project timeline and the Final Environmental Impact Statement. Continue reading Please Attend this TriMet SE Corridor Light Rail Open House Tuesday March 10, 5:30-7:30PM

OREGONIAN: Tualatin May Have to Wait Two Years for MAX Quiet Zone

Wednesday, March 04, 2009
BRAD SCHMIDT
The Oregonian Staff

Tualatin policymakers hope to use federal stimulus money as part of a new and cheaper plan to eventually end the use of train horns by TriMet’s Westside Express Service.

City officials now say they can create a citywide quiet zone for about $2.5 million, half the original budget-busting price tag. But the lower cost comes with fewer safety enhancements, and the horns probably would continue blowing for another two years until improvements are made. Continue reading OREGONIAN: Tualatin May Have to Wait Two Years for MAX Quiet Zone

Oregonian Editorial: New Westside Express Train Horn Noise Problematic

The brand new Westside Express commuter rail gets high marks–except for the unanticipated consequence of a huge increase in horn noise required by federal railroad rules…

A rude awakening for Tualatin, and for TriMet
by Editorial Board, The Oregonian
Monday February 16, 2009

The Westside Express Service is a welcome addition
to the region, but the noise problem can’t be shrugged off

In hindsight, Chris Barhyte wonders if they should have rented a freight train.

That sounds extreme, but Barhyte is a Tualatin city councilman. In the two weeks since the Westside Express Service started running, he’s been asking himself how the city could have fully anticipated — or simulated — the noise WES would inflict on the city. Continue reading Oregonian Editorial: New Westside Express Train Horn Noise Problematic