We hope that you and all that's yours are having a wonderful summer! Bend is a great place to be any time of the year. Be sure to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. Above all, join your neighborhood colleagues on Thursday, July 19. We have a line up that includes: Shon Rae, Deputy Managing Director for the Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID), Chad Bettesworth from Pahlisch Homes, and Laura Underhill or Michelle Healy with Bend Parks and Recreation. And Ned Myers as he is requesting permission to do a mural art project for Pine Ridge Elementary on the new concrete structure that goes under the Brookswood bridge.
The COID is perhaps the oldest and strongest political entity in Central Oregon. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the brewing development of the land that's west of Brookswood almost to the Deschutes River, to the north of canal where the canal piping project was recently completed. Since parts of the canal have been piped, many residents have lost waterfront canal views as the land is reshaping for better or worse. You don't want to miss this meeting!
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SCNA 2nd Annual Neighborhood Picnic and Trash Pickup!
At this meeting, we will kick off plans for the Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association (SCNA) 2nd Annual Neighborhood Association Picnic and Neighborhood Trash Pickup, scheduled for Saturday, September 8. Last year's event was well attended. We successfully picked up over 15 bags totaling 450 pounds of trash and were sponsored by Deschutes Brewery, Atlas Cider, Safeway, Cascade Ice, Deer Can't Stand, Lee Loomis, generous contributions from the SCNA board and of course the City of Bend, who funds neighborhood associations. This year we are upping the bar!
Now is the time get involved!
The third Thursday meeting (July 19) starts at 6 pm at 61478 Duncan Lane (go to the pathway that leads the ADU in the back along the right side of the driveway). The guest speaker's program starts at 7 pm. We anticipate plenty of time for Q&A. Let your voice be heard.
Light snacks and beverages will be available.
Our public board meetings are regularly held third Thursdays of each month. All who live, work, rent, own and/or run a business in Southern Crossing are welcome! Must be 18 years or older. We discuss events that affect our neighborhood. Sometimes those voices can become mighty contentious!
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Here's the link to check out June's meeting minutes with Korini Riggins who presented Lights Out Bend.
Land Use Notices
Click here to see June and July land use notices.
Help Wanted! We Want You!
Neighborhood Leadership Alliance (NLA)
Friday, June 15th, the SCNA held an emergency board meeting to elect an NLA representative for the Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association. It was voted unanimously by all the SCNA board members that Valerie Pharr represent the neighborhood in this capacity. At this meeting, it was also discussed the need to find an interim president since holding both positions may be too much bandwidth for one person to handle. If the charter is approved and Valerie is approved by the Mayor and Council, Valerie will serve as the voice for any issue that affects multiple Neighborhood Associations. It is intended to be a two-way communications channel between Bend residents and the City Council and staff. The City Council will appoint members to the committee at its regular meeting on July 18, 2018. The "meet and greet" session held June 27 where all the nominated NLAs met for the first time as a group, was well attended.
Click here to get the latest from the Bend Neighborhood Leadership Alliance Guidelines and Policies.
Neighborhood Association Round Table Meeting (NART)
NART met Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 3:30 - 5:00 PM. In the meantime, NART is taking a brief summer break and will resume in the near future. Stay tuned.
Civic Equity Project (CEP)
The Civic Equity Project (CEP) is currently taking a brief summer break July and August and will resume fall 2018. Save third Fridays from 1 to 3 pm for training and action planning. Any changes will be published as we get closer to the dates.
The Civic Equity Project (CEP) is a two-year program focusing on building the capacity of under-represented organizations to participate in civic dialogue and decision-making in Bend. The project is funded through a $100,000 from the Meyer Memorial Trust, a Portland-based foundation supporting equity-advancement projects in Oregon.
Background of Neighborhood Associations
Neighborhood associations provide opportunities for shaping the future of your neighborhood. Membership is open to all citizens who live, own property or operate a business within the association's boundaries. Membership is free! The work we do is voluntary.
Neighborhood Associations draw people closer to their city government and closer still to their fellow neighbors. Neighborhood participation gives residents a stronger, united voice in civic life and joins them in shared neighborhood projects.
Neighborhood associations are inclusive, reflecting the diversity which enriches a community. Members include families, singles, retirees, youths, business owners, faith-based organizations, schools, homeowners, renters, and many more people from every background. Formally recognized and well-developed Neighborhood Associations can provide recommendations to the local government on a variety of topics, including:
• Neighborhood streets, traffic control, and patterns
• City services
• Crime prevention
• Capital improvements
• Land use (zone changes, variances, subdivisions, and zoning ordinances)
We look forward to seeing you Thursday, July 19, 2018.