All posts by Mike OConnor

Mike has been a Brooklyn resident since 1990.

Freight & Light Rail Quiet Zone Progress

Thanks to Kamala Bremer of the Hosford Abernethy Neighborhood Association for this Quiet Zone Update.

Dear Neighbors:

Linda Netekoven presented TriMet and City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) representatives with copies of our petition requesting a Quiet Zone, complete with 300 signatures, plus a map of the location of the signers.

Dave Unsworth of TriMet presented a power point presentation detailing the 3 options available for mitigating train horn noise.  These include
1) a variance to excuse TriMet’s light rail trains from blowing their horns at the RR intersections,
2) “wayside horns,” which are positioned at intersections and used instead of train horns, and which direct the horn sound toward the immediate intersection instead of out into the surrounding neighborhoods and industrial area, and
3) a full Quiet Zone (which would cover TriMet and all other trains).

Continue reading Freight & Light Rail Quiet Zone Progress

Upcoming Town Hall with Senator Diane Rosenbaum and others


Please join Senator Diane Rosenbaum, Representative Carolyn Tomei, Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury and METRO Councilor Carlotta Collette for a joint town hall meeting.

Topics include current legislative issues, with a special emphasis on the new state transportation package and what it means for the Sellwood Bridge.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

7:00 – 8:30pm
Sellwood SMILE Station


Brooklyn Station Gets a Stay of Execution!

Great news postal fans: Brian Dunsmore, President of the Portland Oregon Area Local American Postal Workers Union has informed us that the Brooklyn Station Post Office and the Central Station have been taken off of the USPS’s chopping block. Thanks to all of you that responded to our earlier post and wrote to Congressman Blumenauer. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Act Now to Stop the Closure of Brooklyn Post Office

Brooklyn Station Post Office

Read the article below and please call, email, or write Congressman Blumenauer and ask him to help us keep the Brooklyn Post Office from closing.   Earl knows about the issue.  A simple email saying “Please help us stop the closure of Brooklyn post office!” will get the message across.

Address:  The Honorable Earl Blumenauer
729 NE Oregon, Ste 115,
Portland, OR 97232

(503) 231-2300 Fax (503) 230-5413

Email Earl Blumenauer

Postal Service considers closing six Oregon stations
by Bill Graves, The Oregonian
Tuesday August 04, 2009, 4:34 PM

The U.S. Postal Service is weighing whether to close six Oregon post offices to save costs in the face of money shortages caused by the recession.

The agency’s Portland District operates 467 post offices in Southwest Washington and Oregon and will consider closing three stations in Portland, two in Salem and one on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, said Ronald Anderson, spokesman for the Portland District.

Nationally, the independent federal agency, which is self supporting and receives no tax money, may run $7 billion in the red this year, Anderson said. The Postal Service has seen a 20 percent drop in business, both in Oregon and nationwide, he said. Companies have cut back mailing and consumers are relying more on online banking and email. Continue reading Act Now to Stop the Closure of Brooklyn Post Office

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.



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

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


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
Link out: Click here
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
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