August Membership Meeting Recap

Gateway businesses kicked off our August 9th membership meeting with a presentation by our meeting sponsor, Advantage Gateway Funeral & Cremation Services. Director Chris Allen emphasized that he wanted the location to be a community space where people came together to celebrate life. Originally from East Portland, Chris worked as a grave digger, where he was inspired to help families through funeral services. Jonathan Frochtzwajg of Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington then presented a grant opportunity impacting the Gateway district. His organization is applying for a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to empower youth in Gateway to create still life art pieces about their experiences growing up. After collecting feedback from Gateway businesses, Jonathan emphasized that he would continue to engage the association regarding the project. Finally, Liz Mahon of the Portland Bureau of Transportation updated members on the status of the Halsey/Weidler Streetscape project, scheduled to break ground near the end of August. A protected bike lane is being added adjacent to the southern curb of Halsey – however, both traffic lanes will be preserved. A number of crosswalks are being added to ensure pedestrian safety, especially with the addition of Gateway Discovery Park. See Liz’s full presentation here....
Annual Meeting Recap

Annual Meeting Recap

  On Thursday, June 14th, Gateway businesses gathered at Rental Housing Alliance Oregon to celebrate a year of accomplishments with Commissioner Amanda Fritz. Member business Atomic Auto sponsored the meeting, and owner Travis Decker welcomed attendees with a brief speech about the importance of being a part of the association. “Being a part of this association has allowed us as business owners to come to creative solutions together,” said Travis. The meeting then began with a presentation led by Gateway Area Business Association board member Jason Nishikawa of Irvine and Co. CPAs. Jason recapped the past year of activities, which included a district clean-up, mixers and hosting all five city council members at membership luncheons. Jason also previewed activities for the upcoming year. Among those is Cruising Gateway, a car, bicycle and skateboard cruise-in that showcases all the ways around Gateway. Advantage Gateway Funeral & Cremation Services will host a car cruise-in, Outer Rim Bicycle Shop will host a bicycle cruise-in and a skateboard cruise-in will take place at Gateway Discovery Park. Attendees can also participate in activities hosted by local business vendors. Member businesses also learned that they’ll be receiving a new benefit for the upcoming year – professional photography! The association announced a professional photographer will be visiting members to capture 3 photographs that businesses can use in their own marketing. Following the presentation, Hospitality Committee chair Karen Montez of KPM Business Services facilitated a discussion where attendees were asked “What would you like to celebrate as an association in one year?” Members vocalized that they wanted to celebrate another year of informative guest speakers and a...

Cherry Blossom Meals on Wheels Needs Your Help!

  Meals on Wheels needs your help! They are at an all-time low on both Center Helpers and Drivers at the moment. Can you help?  Kids 12 and older can volunteer in the dining room, and kids can ride along with an adult to deliver meals.  All volunteers 16 and older need to complete a background check.   Volunteer opportunities: Meals on Wheels Delivery Driver: Deliver meals to home bound seniors Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays weekly routes & On-Call 10:00am-12:00pm Center Helpers: Assist staff to prepare, serve and clean up the lunch dining service Monday-Friday 10:00am-1:00pm Please follow this link to register as a volunteer and then make an appointment with my office for a Volunteer Orientation.  Your background check application will be submitted and a tour with volunteer opportunities description will be...

Proposed Business License Tax Increase

  Mayor Wheeler’s proposed budget includes an increase in the Business License Tax (going from 2.2 percent of a businesses’ net income to 2.6 percent). It also includes, as an offset, a 21% increase in the Owners Compensation Deduction (going from $103,500 to $125,000). Impact to Your Business The proposed tax increase is .004 (or an additional $4 per $1,000 in taxes paid). The City created a calculator to determine how the proposed changes will impact your business. A few example scenarios: $100,000 Net Income: Sole Proprietor would pay $650 $200,000 Net Income: Sole Proprietor would pay $1,950 $500,000 Net Income: Sole Proprietor would pay $9,750 Owners Compensation Deduction The Owners Compensation Deduction currently allows business owners to deduct 75% of their net income, not to exceed $103,500 per owner, when filing their taxes. When the Owners Compensation Deduction had its last meaningful increase in 2014 (going from $92,000 to $100,000), the city estimated that more than 4,000 businesses would save $865,000 the year it went into effect. Please note, businesses grossing under $50,000 per year before expenses are exempt from paying the Business License Tax. For nonexempt businesses, the Owners Compensation Deduction allows them to deduct a portion of their net income pre-tax. Proposed Use of Tax Increase The Mayor expects the increased tax to generate $15 million/year. Per the Mayor’s proposed budget: “These changes [Business License Tax increase] would result in an estimated $15.3 million in additional revenues this year [7/1/18-6/30/19] to stabilize the budget for homeless services, invest more in moving people out of shelters and into housing, fund programs in the Police Bureau that support community-centered...

Design Overlay Zones Amendments Projects Feedback

  The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is seeking feedback on the Design Overlay Zones Amendments (DOZA) project. The DOZA Process projects would allow smaller projects in Gateway to use Community Design Standards as alternative to a design review The quality of building design matters for a growing city. And the rules and processes to ensure good, human-centered design for our most populated, growing and vibrant places is important for the entire community. So, these rules need to be evaluated and updated periodically. The Design Overlay Zones Amendments projects — DOZA Process and DOZA Tools — do just that; they hit the reset button on the rules for Portland’s Design overlay zone (the d-overlay) and design review program. The DOZA Process Discussion Draft is now ready for review; a DOZA Tools Concept Report will be released in early May 2018. Learn more and read the DOZA Process Discussion Draft here. Comments due June 1,...