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PDX Update: City expands Jeld-Wen Field parking district

Portland’s Bureau of Transportation is expanding the Jeld-Wen Field Event District parking boundaries just in time for the Timbers MLS season.

The new boundaries will extend from the south side of West Burnside Street to Southwest Jefferson Street and from Southwest 18th Avenue to nearly Southwest 12th Avenue.

“By expanding the event district down to 12th Avenue, we now manage an additional 182 on-street parking spaces for a total of 631 spaces available during authorized events at Jeld-Wen Field,” says Robert Burchfield, city traffic engineer. “This enables us to provide event goers more access while lessening the impact on adjacent neighborhoods.”

The event parking rate of $3.50 per hour at parking meters in the district applies during event hours. With the event district expansion, an additional 27 parking pay stations will be programmed to apply the event rate for a period of up to four hours, beginning 90 minutes before the start of the event.

City crews will install new parking signs this month and complete work by early March to coincide with the start of the Portland Timbers home match March 3.

Coca-Cola moving jobs to Wilsonville

Wilsonville’s Coca-Cola operations will add another 21 jobs by early March, company officials confirmed Monday.

Those new jobs result from the closure of the company’s distribution and warehouse operations in Eugene, which has 24 employees. It will close on March 1, said Anna Arodzero, a Coca-Cola spokeswoman.

“There are 24 positions between the warehouse and distribution that will be terminated in Eugene,” she said, “And 21 of those are in the process of being created and moved to Wilsonville. As of this week, it looks like five of our employees will follow their work from Eugene to Wilsonville.”

For the other 19 employees, some of whom are unionized, Coca-Cola offered a negotiated severance package as well as workforce development to find new jobs.

“We’re hopeful that as many of our employees in Eugene as can, will take their work to Wilsonville,” Arodzero said. “We’re doing as much as we can for those who aren’t moving to find new employment. We’re committed to treating everyone with respect and courtesy through the process.”

In the meantime, the company has posted the new job openings on its employment website, enjoycareers.com, and plans to hire immediately for the consolidation of operations.

Arodzero said Wilsonville’s plant, which also produces much of the product distributed throughout the region, was expanded in 2010 to accommodate just such a consolidation.

“That facility was built to have room for growth,” she said. “We have no other plans for any other consolidations that I’m aware of, but as we grow our business in Oregon and some other territories, we do have room for growth there.”

Same-sex marriage bid turns in ballot title signatures

Faith leaders and Oregon United for Marriage Chief Petitioner Jeana Frazzini turned in 2,000 sponsorship signatures this week to get a ballot title for the statewide Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection initiative.

Oregon United for Marriage collected the signatures in one week from 29 counties across Oregon. The initiative would repeal the same-sex marriage ban and replace it with a constitutional provision that protects the right of all Oregonians to marry, regardless of their gender. The initiative protects the existing rights of religious institutions and clergy to refuse to perform any marriage.

The group can draft a ballot title once the State Elections Division validates signatures.

Planned Parenthood gets new president

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette has named Stacy James as its new president and chief executive

officer. James takes the post June 1.

She will be the sixth president in the affiliate’s 50-year history. She is leaving her position as head of Planned Parenthood of Montana, where she has worked for 11 years.

James succeeds David Greenberg, who served as the organization’s president and CEO for 11 years.

County hosts Sauvie Island plan open house

Multnomah County will host an open house March 7 to discuss plans for Sauvie Island and the Multnomah Channel.

The Sauvie Island/Multnomah Channel Rural Plan Area meeting is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Sauvie Island School, 14445 N.W. Charlton Road. It will look at land-use and transportation issues for the area.

Information on the plan can be found on the website, multco.us/simc-planning. Area residents can email questions and comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

State sets meeting on Tryon Creek park plans

Oregon’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Tryon Creek will host a meeting Feb. 27 to discuss a draft comprehensive plan for the 645-acre park near Lake Oswego and Southwest Portland.

The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. in the park’s nature center.

The comprehensive plan will guide development of the park’s facilities and natural areas. Each state park tries to update its plan every 15 years.

During the meeting, state park staff will provide an overview of the Tryon Creek plan’s priorities, which include landscape restoration, trail realignments and updates to the nature center area. Public comment will be taken at the meeting on proposed new features, such as environmental education programs, natural play areas, and improved picnicking sites.

Comments and concerns about the plan can be submitted to state officials through March 26 to state parks Planning Manager Mark Davison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Tryon Creek plan can be found online at www.oregon.gov/OPRD/PLANS/masterplans_draft.html.

Oregon Blue Book published online

An electronic version of the state’s 2013-14 Blue Book has been published online. A hard copy of the Blue Book comes out in March.

“The publication of the Blue Book is a special occasion for all Oregonians,” said Secretary of State Kate Brown. “It’s an opportunity to review our state’s history and revel in its natural beauty and cultural institutions.”

The Blue Book has been published every other year since 1911. It contains up-to-date listings and descriptions of government agencies and educational institutions. It includes an almanac, maps and facts about Oregon history and elections as well as information about the arts, media and other cultural institutions in Oregon. It also provides a concise analysis of Oregon’s economy, government finance and education strategy.

City plans five Sunday Parkways this spring, summer

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has set five Sunday Parkways from May to September in neighborhoods around the city.

The popular summertime events are presented by the city and Kaiser Permanente.

The five Sunday Parkways are planned May 12 in East Portland; June 23 in Northeast Portland; July 28 in North Portland; Aug. 25 in Southeast Portland; and Sept. 29 in Southwest Portland.

Sunday Parkways are free community events opening the city’s streets for people to walk, bike or roll. About 100,000 people take part in the events each year.

More information is available at www.PortlandSundayParkways.org, and by calling 503-823-7599.

Pendleton Woolen Mills names new CEO

Pendleton Woolen Mills in Portland has named Mark Korros as its new chief executive officer.

Korros, 61, joins Pendleton after serving most recently as CEO and president of Seattle’s Filson, an outfitter for outdoor enthusiasts. He brings 39 years of experience in product merchandising, direct marketing, e-commerce and retail and wholesale sales.

“I look forward to being associated with one of the country’s premier iconic names in apparel and home,” says Korros. “Few companies have such loyal and longstanding customers.”

Korros succeeds Pendleton CEO Bill Lawrence, who will remain in an advisory role during the transition.