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CAN Board Elections 

April General Meeting:

Join the Cully Association of Neighbors Board.

There are nine board member positions, seven of which are now open for election this spring. Four executive positions and three member-at-large positions. The positions on the CAN executive board are one-year term, from April 2017 to April 2018. Open Executive Board Positions are:

Chair: Presides over board meetings, develops agenda and signs official CAN documents.

Vice Chair: Takes over role of chair when chair is unavailable.

Secretary: Keeps accurate records of board meetings, board roles and membership

Treasurer: Keeps and reports on CAN’s financial records.

Additionally, there are three other board positions on the board, board member-at-large, which can have a focus on specific issues, such as Land Use and Transportation, Economic Development, Outreach or other topics, depending on the board member’s interests.Whomever runs for these can change the focus but the open board member-at-large are now:

Economic Development


Land Use & Transportation

Two other board members will serve their second year of their two-year terms starting in April. They hold member-at-large positions.Typically the past board chair also holds a seat on theboard for one year and he will be stepping down this year.

Parks & Open Spaces -    Rich Gunderson

Newsletter Editor         -    Alma Velazquez

Meeting will be held at:


Anyone living in, working in or owning a business within the Cully neighborhood is automatically a member of CAN.




CASE FILE: LU 16-257974 CU

REVIEW BY: Hearings Officer

WHEN: February 8, 2017 9:00 AM

WHERE: 1900 SW Fourth Ave.,

Northwest Regional Re-Entry Center is a post-incarceration facility and resource center serving federal offenders. A Conditional Use Permit was approved in 2002 for a 75-bed facility that began operation in 2005. Additional Conditional Use approvals in 2009 and 2014 expanded the facility to 150-beds and added approximately 9,500 square feet for enhanced program functions. The facility is currently operational. As part of each decision, conditions of approval were included in the decisions  FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE


Mini-Grant Program

The Cully Association of Neighbors (CAN) is excited to announce the fourth year of its successful Mini-Grant Program, supporting projects with grant requests from $50 to $500. CAN has budgeted $2000 with funds generously supplemented by the Cully Boulevard Alliance, totaling $3000 to be awarded to local neighborhood improvement and enhancements. 

Mini-Grant Applications are available in both English and Spanish, and may be submitted in either language. The grant is available to Cully residents for projects specific to the Cully Neighborhood. 

Projects could  include  works of art, public performance, temporary or permanent structures or community events, or anything that will meet CAN's objective of  enhancing the livability of Cully. The past 3 years have shown amazing ideas and community-building events including bicycle safety at Sunday Parkways; Dia de los Ninos festivals; public community herb garden; reading project at Rigler Elementary; street paintings; neighborhood information kiosk; community kitchen; and more!  The program has been a huge success!

A volunteer committee will again judge and choose recipient projects emphasizing equity, accessibility and value to the community. Applications are currently available and can be found on the CAN  website  (www.cullyneighbors.org/minig rant.asp),  in  CAN  newsletter boxes throughout the neighborhood, at CAN meetings and at the CNN office. The deadline for application submissions is January 30th, 2017, at 5pm, and winners will be announced at the CAN meeting on February 14th, 2017.  If you have any questions, please contact Xan Hamilton asusiesomeone@gmail.com or 503-5937894. For questions in Spanish, please contact Oscar Moreno Gilson at oscargilson@comcast. net, or 541-230-4958


Proposed cross walk and parking/biking lanes for Cully blvd/57th between Fremont and Prescott st.

Here are the pictures of the street improvements for 57th/Cully between Fremont and Prescott st.
Click on link to show map then expand to see details. 


Hear news about the Portland Infill Project from a Chief Planner for the City of Portland:

Rose City Park Neighborhood Association will have Chief Planner Joe Zehnder coming to their General meeting on Jan. 24th.


Joe has been with the City of Portland since 2001. Please - join us!!! Joe is scheduled to talk from 8pm to 8:45.

RCPNA will be meeting at the German American Society, 5626 NE Alameda, from 7-9 pm Tuesday January 24th 2017. Click here to get the agenda.  Come with questions

Please join incoming legislators, Senator Lew Frederick & Representative Tawna Sanchez, and me for a town hall meeting on January 28, 2017.

Rigler Season of Sharing: Rigler PTA is raising money to provide 30 families with holiday dinners through Albertson’s. Look for “ Santa Bucks” in the check-out line to support our neighbors.   We are accepting donations of non-perishable food items, warm hats/mittens, and pre-loved Legos/Duplos/MegaBlox near the main entrance.  Sign up to be a “Toy Elf” this Friday; we need 20 volunteers to assist parents selecting and wrapping gifts. In the event of school closure, we’ll call you and reschedule for next week. We look forward to having you on our team!

January 5, 7pm: Wondering what tree to plant this spring? Spend the evening with the Concordia Tree Team and Jim Gersbach, of the PDX Urban Forestry Department for a free workshop. Flowers, fall colors, fruits/nuts for wildlife are just a few characteristics to consider when choosing a tree. Friends of Trees sign-up deadline is in February.       Location: Kennedy School.   Register: www.tinyurl.com/ConDiversity

January 12, 6pm Rigler PTA meeting. Short presentation by immigration attorney, Irma Valdez followed by Q&A. 

12 de enero, 6 pm Reunión de la asociación de padres y maestros. Breve presentación por la abogada de inmigración, Irma Valdez seguido de preguntas y respuestas.
5 de enero, 7pm ¿Se pregunta qué árbol de la calle a plantar? Pasar la noche con el equipo del árbol Concordia y Jim Gersbach, del Departamento de Bosques Urbanos de PDX para una presentación gratuita. Flores, colores de otoño, frutas / frutos secos para la vida silvestre son sólo algunas características a considerar al elegir un árbol. La fecha límite de inscripción de Friends of Trees es en febrero. Ubicación: Kennedy School. Registro: www.tinyurl.com/ConDiversity

Rigler: Estamos recaudando dinero para proporcionar a estas mismas familias cenas de Navidad a través de Albertson. Busque "Santa Bucks" en la línea de salida.  Estamos aceptando donaciones de alimentos no perecederos, sombreros y mitones calientes y Legos / Duplos / MegaBlox pre-amados en la oficina de la escuela. Regístrese para ser un "Toy Elf" este viernes; Necesitamos 20 voluntarios para ayudar a los padres a seleccionar y envolver los regalos. En caso de cierre de la escuela, le llamaremos y reprogramaremos para la próxima semana. Esperamos contar con usted en nuestro equipo!


House Speaker Tina Kotek

January Town Hall – Get a Preview of the 2017 Legislative Session and Share Your Priorities

Please join incoming legislators, Senator Lew Frederick and Representative Tawna Sanchez, and me for a town hall meeting previewing the 2017 Legislative Session. We look forward to hearing your questions and learning about your priorities.  

WHEN:    Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:  PCC Cascade Campus, Moriarty Auditorium

(on the NE corner of N. Albina and N. Killingsworth)

Reflections on the 2016 Election Results

The results of the November election have produced a range of emotions for many of us here in Oregon.  I'm honored to have the privilege and responsibility of representing North/NE Portland again in Salem for the next two years.  I will keep working tirelessly to make Oregon a state where everyone can succeed.

Now, more than ever, we should lean on our shared hopes – equal opportunity for all, respectful communities, and a healthy world – to guide us in meeting the challenges in the months ahead.

In the aftermath of a tumultuous campaign season, I’ve heard many questions and concerns about the failure of Measure 97 and, of course, the election of Donald Trump. Here are statements I released last month on both of those results:

Statement on Measure 97:

Despite the defeat of Measure 97, the conversation the campaign started is essential for moving Oregon forward. Thousands of Oregonians volunteered on the campaign and hundreds of thousands of voters supported the measure because they believe that Oregon's unequal tax system is shortchanging our schools, limiting access to health care, and undermining services for seniors.

National experts have confirmed that large corporations are paying far less in taxes here than they do in other states where they operate. Meanwhile, Oregon's students are sitting in the third largest class sizes in the nation, health care is too expensive for many working families, and seniors are struggling to retire with dignity. We must focus now on protecting our current investments and challenge ourselves to find a way to build the equitable and inclusive Oregon we all want.

Joint Statement with House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson on the Aftermath of the Presidential Election:

As legislative leaders in the Oregon House of Representatives, we want to assure people that we will protect and preserve equal opportunity, fairness, and respect for everyone in our great state. 

Since the results of the Presidential election, multiple incidents of intolerance and harassment have been reported in our communities, with many more likely unreported. Peaceful protests have been marred by violence. Many people feel unsafe. 

We are committed to doing everything in our power to protect Oregonians from intolerance, bigotry, or injustice. Moving forward, we ask everyone reading this to consider ways to be an ally to your neighbor. When any of us witness intolerance, bigotry, or injustice, it is critical that we stand up to it and show those being bullied, threatened or harassed that we support them and that such incidents are unacceptable. 

Oregonians must recommit themselves to ensuring that our state is a place where tolerance and diversity are valued and sustained. Let’s get to work.

Transportation Survey

One of the top priorities for the 2017 Session will be passing an investment package that will preserve the transportation infrastructure we have and modernize our systems to keep up with our growing, dynamic state.  Right now, Oregonians are traveling on crumbling roads, unsafe bridges, and congested highways, which has a significant impact on our economy and is affecting our quality of life.  As more time passes and our population grows, our current challenges will become even more difficult and more expensive to fix.

That’s why Senate President Courtney and I, with the full support of Governor Brown, appointed a special bipartisan committee to build support for a significant transportation package for consideration next year.  The committee spent the summer months meeting with local leaders across the state, touring local trouble spots, and hosting public hearings to hear directly from community members about their transportation priorities. 

At each stop on their 11-city, 2,000-mile tour, there was a clear, consistent message from the public: Oregon’s transportation system is failing to meet the everyday needs of families and businesses across the state, and it is high time to invest in a comprehensive, statewide plan to fix it.

The special joint committee will continue its work in the upcoming session.  You can learn more about them here.

The committee gathered important feedback from over 500 community members who testified across the state.  To build on that, I’d like to hear your thoughts, too. 

Please take a few moments to share your opinions on transportation issues by completing this survey.

Keep in Touch

In the coming weeks, I’ll send out newsletters highlighting some of my other top priorities for the 2017 session – including the urgent need to address Oregon’s housing crisis. I also encourage you to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for additional updates.

Our democracy relies on public involvement and advocacy.  I hope you will participate in your state government by contacting me about what is important to you.

If you'd like to set up a constituent meeting in the district before or during the upcoming session, please email rep.tinakotek@oregonlegislature.gov or call 503-986-1444 and my legislative assistant, AmyBeth Stevens, will work to set up an appointment.

I hope you and yours have a restful and joyous holiday season.




Tina Kotek

State Representative
House District 44
Speaker of the House

email: Rep.TinaKotek@oregonlegislature.gov I phone: 503-986-1200
address: 900 Court St NE, H-269, Salem, OR 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/kotek


The Cully Association of Neighbors takes pride in its neighborhood involvement and the achievements that have resulted.

2012 Cully Association Chairwoman receives the "Spirit of Portland Community Stewardship Award".

2006 Spirit of Portland Neighborhood Association Award Winner

Held largest one day association neighborhood clean up in the entire City of Portland, collecting over 50 tons of material, bulky waste and recyclables 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Attendance at CAN general meetings averages 60+ people monthly.

Negotiated with private developer and City for dedication of 3 acres on new park land as part of a rezoning approval.

Participates on committees related to Columbia Biogas Good Neighbor Agreement, Portland Airport, Transportation, Cully Blvd Green St, Parks, Whitaker Ponds Master Plan, Cully Park Master Plan, Hacienda Safety, SUN Schools, good neighbor agreements, and Cully Neighborhood Plan (1992).

Community outreach and neighborhood enhancement includes neighborhood fairs, tree plantings, litter patrol, book and harvest fairs, donations to various groups, bilingual flyers and having information available at 6 newsstand boxes.

"Cuisine in Cully" successfully brings together neighborhood businesses and restaurants with residents for a delicious evening.

Partnered with PSU and City Planning on Cully neighborhood 2006 survey.

Chair received "Chief's Forum Award" 2005 Certificate of Appreciation

1994 "Spirit of Portland Neighborhood Association Award Winner".

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