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Intimidating Metro rules suspended a popular cleanup last year; this year it's back

DAVID F. ASHTON - Multnomah County Commissioner (District 3) Jessica Vega Pederson encourages neighbors to become, and stay, engaged with their neighborhood association.
At their March 1 meeting, the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association meeting learned that their "Neighborhood Bulky Waste Clean-up" is likely to return this spring, as will a "Movie in the Park" this summer.

"About the Clean-up: Metro has given clearer guidance about some of their rules and regulations, and we're hoping to bring in help to screen for trash and debris we can't take," said BDNA Chair Chelsea Powers.

The association voted to go forward with the clean-up event, and set the date for May 5; but the location has not been finalized.

"And, this year, we'll be having a 'Movie in the Park' in Brentwood Park," Powers told THE BEE.

The guest speaker at the meeting, Multnomah County Commissioner (District 3) Jessica Vega Pederson, told THE BEE that her visit wasn't a campaign stop; she isn't up for re-election until 2020.

"I'm now starting my second year as a County Commissioner, and came here tonight to visit with people in Brentwood-Darlington, a neighborhood association in my district," she said. "Because sometimes, people don't know what the county does, I've come to share some of our accomplishments – including 100% commitment to renewable energy by 2050, prioritizing investments for safe schools, early childhood mothers and children, and dealing with transportation issues."

An issue of interest to most neighborhoods, including the BDNA, Pederson remarked, are those of housing and homelessness, and she answered questions about the new county-owned Foster Road Homeless Shelter.

After the meeting, she summarized, "This evening, I learned that Brentwood-Darlington neighbors are concerned about safety, housing and homelessness, and taxes – common themes I hear from many communities.

"But, there is a special urgency in getting attention for them because, like East Portland, they live in a part of the city that doesn't get much attention," she said.

Neighbors are invited to the Brentwood-Darlington April 5 neighborhood association meeting, at which Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz will speak, on behalf of Portland Parks & Recreation, on work being done at Errol Heights Park and also Hazeltine Park.

For more information about the BDNA, see their website: brentwood-darlington.org

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