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Climate Change Communication County Emergency

Help during the heat emergency

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive Heat Watch beginning tomorrow, Monday, July 25, through the evening of Thursday, July 28. The entire Portland area will be subject to dangerously hot conditions with temperatures that could potentially exceed 100 degrees for three or more days in a row. Overnight lows spanning 65 to 70 will provide little relief for those without air conditioning.

Update 2022/07/25: Extreme or prolonged heat comes with wide range of health risks, to learn more about what to look out for please visit the CDC website.

It’s a great time to be neighborly. Check in often with the neighbors around you, particularly the unhoused, older folks, and those who live alone, particularly those without air conditioning.

Multnomah County has daytime and overnight cooling centers available: http://tinyurl.com/coolplacesmultco. Update 2022/07/25: Trimet will not turn away anyone who can’t pay fares riding to or from cooling centers.

There are a variety of tips on the Multnomah County website. We also advise you to water plants in the early morning, be careful when walking your pets on hot sidewalks and asphalt, and keep the sun out as much as possible by closing blinds and curtains before the sun hits those windows.

Portland General Electric has a Peak Time Rebates program that helps address the rise in electrical demand by shifting usage to other times. It’s a good idea to unplug unneeded appliances and “vampire electronics” to help power go where it’s needed when it’s needed the most.

Wednesday’s General Meeting will be virtual-only to reduce stress on the power grid from cooling Sacred Heart Fellowship Hall. You can join the meeting via https://bit.ly/bacMeeting

Board member Myong O and others have created a Slack workspace called the Brooklyn Climate Community which includes information on a Do-It-Yourself Cooling Workshop and other Brooklyn cooling resources. Please reply to this email to get the information on how to connect.

Climate change is resulting in more heat events all around the world. We encourage you to urge our elected representatives to address it.

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Brooklyn Action Corps

July 13, 2022 BAC Board Meeting

This month’s board meeting is on Wednesday, July 13th. All BAC board meetings are open for the public to join.

The meeting will be held as a hybrid meeting, both in-person and online or by phone. Meet in-person at the Sacred Heart Fellowship Hall, or on Zoom.

You can join Zoom from your computer, tablet, or smartphone, or call in from a phone. More details can be found on the July board meeting event page.

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Brooklyn Action Corps

Coyote Sightings in Brooklyn Neighborhood

Recently a caller on the neighborhood helpline reported 3 night-time sightings of coyotes. There were two sightings SE Lafayette Street and and one sighting on Milwaukie Boulevard. There have been previous sightings in Eastmoreland but this is the first time for Brooklyn.

Warning to owners of small animals: KEEP THEM INSIDE AT NIGHT!

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Brooklyn Action Corps Communication

BAC Board Meeting

Title: BAC Board Meeting
Location: Thelma Skelton Loaves and Fishes Center at the corner of SE Milwaukie Avenue and Center Street
Description: BAC Board Mtg-Public Welcome
Start Time: 6:30
Date: Oct 14, 2009
End Time: 8:30

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Brooklyn Action Corps

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).

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Brooklyn Action Corps Freight Trains

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.