Steps to Problem Solve Nuisance or Crime Influenced Businesses/Properties:


1. Talk with a couple of your neighbors. See if they have common concerns. Be sure your conversation is problem-solving centered and respectfully specific. What do you want the business or property owner to do?

2. If the problem is not crime, talk with the owner yourself. You can find out who the owner is by going to Multnomah County 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland. OR 97214 Suite 175, Division of Assessment,Recording, and Taxation, M-F 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Ask a clerk to help you navigate the computers. It is not always easy to find the owner and his mailing address.

3. Bring your concerns to the monthly neighborhood association meeting or N.E.C.N. SALT meeting (Safety and Livability Team). The SALT team is a good place to begin if crime is the major concern. The commander of North Precinct comes quarterly.

4. Ask your neighborhood association to do one or more of the following actions:

4a. Ask the association to write an official letter to the business on your behalf detailing your concerns and possible solutions. You will need the name and
mailing address of the owner.

4b. Set up a meeting with the business owner to discuss concerns. Have them
come to special meeting or a monthly meeting.

4c. Ask the crime prevention specialist to write a good neighbor agreement. This a good practice if the business is new as it sets goals for both residents and
owners. It is not as good for a long established business with a poor collaboration
history. More info

5. Report nuisances to the nuisance inspectors. The City of Portland has a long list of city codes. If something bothers you, it may be a violation of code. Call and find out. More info


When all else fails, contact the police and ask them to write a chronic nuisance letter. That letter will specify what the business must do to be in greater compliance. All in all, if the business is closed down for one year, that is the sole decision of the city attorney, not the police. Law enforcement develops and writes the letter, then enforces it. More info


If you need help dealing with a problem in your neighborhood, get in touch with us. We can help! Contact:


Other useful links:

Community Problem Solving Resource Guide

Neighborhood Mediation Program

North Precinct Portland Police

Combat Drug Houses

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Come learn about becoming involved in Multnomah County governance, this Sunday.

The Multnomah County Office of Citizen Involvement is conducting its 2014 Education & Recruitment Campaign. They’ll talk with people about what the county does, answer your questions, and inform you about opportunities to volunteer and to provide input into decision-making. This year they’ll also be asking people for comments or concerns they have with the county which we’ll then pass on directly to program managers.

Since the program began in 2010, we’ve had conversations with over 750 people at 42 events. In addition, over 375 people have requested more information about county programs and volunteer opportunities, which has led to the recruitment of many people for county advisory committees and other volunteer programs.

Come to the King Farmers Market this Sunday, Sept 21st, and talk with Multnomah County staff!


Let Portland Parks acquire your field at the corner of N Emerson and Williams for development as a neighborhood park

Portland Parks and Rec have expressed an interest in developing the empty field at the corner of N Emerson & Williams as a small neighborhood park. Salvation Army currently owns that land and has been unresponsive to the idea of selling it. This petition is aimed at simply bringing them to the table to discuss the possibilities for this under-utilized piece of green space in our neighborhood


Let Portland Parks acquire your field at the corner of N Emerson and Williams for development as a neighborhood park

With the advancing line of aggressive commercial development only a block away now, it is only a matter of time until the national Salvation Army board will be courted to sell this under-utilized land to the highest bidder. Leaders in acquisitions and development at Portland Parks and Rec have reached out to Salvation Army numerous times to start a process of acquiring this land to be kept off the open market and developed instead as a vital piece of neighborhood green space. Salvation Army has been unresponsive so far but the hope would be that a show of support from the surrounding neighborhoods would at least bring them to the table. Ideally they would come to see that this could be a win-win for them and the neighborhood since they could continue to use the land as they currently do if it was a public park.

Sign the petition here

Want to help the city plan for bicycle traffic? There’s a committee for you.

The City of Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) is seeking new members. The BAC has been advising city staff and elected officials on matters related to bicycling since the 1970s. Committee members meet monthly to review and make recommendations on: planning and policy documents affecting bicycling, funding priorities for bicycle-related projects and designs for specific bikeways.

The committee is made up of 13 members with full standing and up to seven alternate members. To qualify, applicants must be: an adult resident of the Portland Metropolitan area, have an interest in promoting the use of the bicycle for transportation and recreation and make a commitment to attend monthly meetings and participate in the work of the committee.

Members are appointed to 3-year terms.

If you are interested, you will find more information and application materials here:

Applications must be received no later than Friday, October 24th.

Applications should be mailed, faxed or emailed to:

Roger Geller

Portland Office of Transportation

1120 SW 5thAvenue, Room 800

Portland, OR 97204

Fax: (503) 823-7576; Email:

Please contact Roger Geller at or (503) 823-7671 with any questions.

Agenda for tonight’s King NA meeting.

King Neighborhood Association Meeting Agenda

September 10th, 2014 ~ 6:30 pm

We meet at the NECN office, 4815 NE 7th Avenue


1. Introductions (all) 1 mins

2. Visit from Commissioner Amanda Fritz regarding Portland Parks (Comm. Fritz) 5 mins

3. Approve minutes from previous meetings (Margo) 4 mins

4. King PTA update: safety issues around King School, poll from Mayor’s office re: SUN program at King (Trace) 10 mins

5. Request to use KNA park permit for “Thrill the World” this fall (Alan) 5 mins

6.Communications: begin to plan a full year of events and publications, review crime prevention info for website (Margo) 15

7. Land Use Committee update: ADU (accessory dwelling unit) workshop, plan for meeting with PDC – 25 min

8. Committee and General Announcements (SALT, NECN, others) (15 mins)


Coming up!

Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) training -  September 11th, 6-8:30 pm, at 4815 NE 7th Avenue

King School Depave, with Green King – September 27th

October’s King NA meeting – October 8th, 6:30 pm, at 4815 NE 7th Avenue