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The 'Letters to the Editor' is where BEE readers give their thoughts and have their say about Southeast

Additional detail for "Hidden Mural" story

Editor,

I appreciate saw the article in the April BEE [on the "hidden mural" at S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland]. I would like to make sure that Eden Hansen is also credited – she's the Kalapuya tribal linguist with whom I worked to coordinate the appropriate imagery for the mural, and to create the final text for the story. 

Andrew Young

Owner, C.A. Butt Building via e-mail

"DOZA" looms – and what you need to know

Editor,

From now until May 12 is THE BEE's readers' once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the look and design of new buildings. The Portland City Council will hold a hearing on May 12, and local testimony would help improve city design standards. Please go online to – sellwood.org/doza – for all the details, and instructions on how to testify.

In short, for the first time since the mid-1990s, the City of Portland is revising building design requirements in areas where growth is expected – generally the denser commercial corridors. These additional requirements are called the "design overlay zone" or the "d-overlay", and the revision is called the "Design Overlay Zone Amendments" (DOZA). DOZA affects the design, not the size, of commercial buildings, and buildings with more than four dwellings.

In 2019, the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League neighborhood association (SMILE) collaborated with the community and with "PDX Main Streets" to write the Sellwood-Moreland Main Street Design Guidelines. These guidelines describe common design features that improve the appearance of new buildings, and how new buildings meld with the existing neighborhood – but these guidelines are missing from DOZA. SMILE and others have asked City Council to add these to DOZA to improve for the benefit of all Portlanders; "PDX Main Streets" has also collaborated with communities on Division, Hawthorne, Woodstock, Sunnyside, Alberta, and Hosford/Abernethy corridors. This is the time to provide input. Thank you for your support.

David Schoellhamer

Chair, SMILE Land Use Committee

Eastmorelander advocates for "Double Up Food Bucks"

Editor, Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 in 11 Oregonians faced food insecurity. Today, that number is 1 in 4 – a staggering increase. As our Oregon legislators look to rebuild Oregon post-pandemic, they should be looking at local SNAP incentives programs, like Double Up Food Bucks, to help address the food needs of our communities. Double Up Food Bucks is a statewide SNAP incentive program that increases access to local fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets, farm shares, and a growing number of locally owned grocery stores. A healthy diet provides health benefits for everyone. For SNAP participants, however, adding more fruits and vegetables to one's diet is an affordable, effective way to combat risk factors and help reduce the incidence of chronic diseases like heart disease and type II diabetes. Providing more people with access to healthy diets will help save the state money when we, in turn, reduce our rates of these chronic diseases. Without continued funding by the Oregon Legislature in 2021, the program will be forced to drastically limit the number of participating farmers markets. Double Up Food Bucks is an ideal investment for Oregon, serving an immediate need of providing healthy food that will have long-term health benefits, all the while investing in local farmers and local economies when they need it most. The Oregon Legislature should include an investment in the state budget for it. Dick Clark, CEO The Portland Clinic, LLP Eastmoreland

CORRECTION

In a Letter to the Editor in last month's BEE headlined "Eastmoreland student in competition for journalistic excellence", we are informed there was a misspelling, and an incorrect reference. The correct spelling of the distinguished student's name is Maddie Khaw; and the school prefers to be known as "LaSalle Prep". We regret the errors and wish Ms. Khaw well in the competition and her future career.

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