>Today in the Fireside Room of the Peninsula Park Community Center 5 PNA board members, 10 residents, PPB Officer Lisa Clayton met with OLCC Executive Directory Stephen Pharo and 3 OLCC folks. Previous to the larger meeting the OLCC group met w/ Amie Massier (Peninsula Park Community Center Director). The OLCC’s Stephen Pharo’s visit was to survey the park, the community center, and to listen to resident’s concerns first hand. This was in addition to the overwhelming number of letters to the OLCC opposing the removal of the Civic Food Mart’s liquor license restrictions.
Stephen Pharo opened by asking residents to describe what the neighborhood “was” vs what it is now. PNA Parks Co-Chair Allan Folz was first up commenting that we don’t have to look at the neighborhood’s distant past to point out problems, but rather just look to recent events (e.g., shootings, hit and run) to see that the neighborhood is not the calm oasis they claim (paraphrased heavily). Resident after resident spoke up with their observation that the lifting of the restrictions (for more info on the restrictions, see HERE) would be the magnet that would draw crime and irresponsible behavior to the park and community where we live and breath every day.
The OLCC team left the concluded the meeting by restating that the hearing this Friday will still occur and that residents and concerned citizens should come and address the OLCC Board of Commissioners. The board will vote on the restrictions immediately following the comment period.
The OLCC hearing is scheduled for Friday, April 18th at 9am. The hearing will be located at 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Room 103A, Portland, Oregon, 97222. You must show up at 9am and sign in with OLCC employee Carrie Korbe (she will be in the front lobby) if you wish to speak to the OLCC Board. For those that will be speaking, the time allowed for this issue is during the “License Matters” portion of the agenda (not the “Public Forum”).
To view a copy of the OLCC’s original recommendation to their Board of Commissioners, click HERE.
“Those that forget history are doomed to repeat it” was my parting comment to the OLCC.
Speak up at the meeting or simply show to support if you can.