Portland is Better Than This!

Park_Everett homlessMembers of City Council were elected to make difficult choices such as how to ensure limited resources go where there is a most critical need. If you are concerned about the safety, cleanliness and livability of the city, as well as the needs and safety of people living on the streets, please call or write to Mayor Hales and individual members of City Council at www.portlandoregon.gov to let them know you believe more shelters, storage and other affordable housing options must be a priority in the city’s budget. Let them know you also believe that we are better than this….

Read the full article: http://portlandtribune.com/pt/239-business/264501-136992-portland-is-better-than-this

Notes From The Field: Clean and Safe Board

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last week was my second Clean and Safe board meeting. Each meeting I become more educated about the inner workings of Clean and Safe and how they make Portland a better place. There may be the impression by some that Portland Clean and Safe is another one of those not for profits that cater to the needs of certain under-represented segment of the population however, this is not the case at all. The Portland Clean and Safe board’s agenda focuses on protecting the interests of businesses, business owners and citizens who contribute to the improvement of Portland. For example; Portland Clean and Safe board members attended a city council meeting last week where there was going to be a decision on continued support of the Portland Police Departments walking beats. These walking beats and new approach to policing contributed to a 26% drop in crime in Downtown Portland. There were similar results in the Hawthorne district as well. This was approved in part because of the case board members presented. Unfortunately, three members of the city council, Amanda Fritz, Steve Novick and Nick Fish voted down the enforcement of the sit lie ordinance which prohibits “vagrants and street people” from sitting or lying in high traffic sidewalk areas. This is somewhat discouraging but, these same city council member consistently vote this way. You can see the repercussions of these failed policies under the 405 bridge in Northwest, along both sides of the waterfront or when you have to step over somebody parked in front of your building. Despite increased Portland Park Ranger patrol this situation with the “homeless criminal element” that has infested our city has not be able to be managed and remains a menace and a danger.

Your participation is important and dare I say critical. I will do my best as your Residential Representative on Portland Clean and Safe to keep you apprised as to meetings, important decisions and tips on how you can help.

There has been an uptick in car prowl activity in the Portland area. In order to address this, Clean & Safe will be hosting a Car Prowl Summit on December 2, 2014 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. The summit will be a chance to learn about the scope of the problem, justice system/prevention resources, and an opportunity to brainstorm solutions. Please see below for further details.

Car Prowl Summit

Where: Building Conference Room, 200 Market St. Portland, OR 97201

When: December 2, 2014, 2:00-3:30 p.m

Agenda

Welcome/Introductions – Lynnae Berg

Overview of Crime Analysis/Prolific Car Prowlers – Commander Day

Prosecution/Importance of reporting /role of private security – ADA Laurie Abraham

Prevention Strategies/Past Initiatives – Jacob Brostoff

Roundtable discussion of issues and strategies – All participant
Please RSVP to Jessica McDonald at jmcdonald@portlandalliance.com if you plan to attend.

 

Keeping informed is a step in the right direction. Bringing friends and neighbors to meetings is another step. Making sure our collective voice is heard is a really big step. I want to hear from you. Comments… criticisms, suggestions; I welcome them all.

City of Portland Fails to Clean Up 405 Crime Nest

man-shooting-up-under-405-bridge-portlandCity Commissioner Nick Fish had been told about increasingly aggressive street people under the I-405 freeway, but seeing is believing.

After a walking tour between Northwest Johnson and Lovejoy Saturday, Oct. 4, and talking to affected neighbors, he characterized the problem as “less about homelessness, and more about illegal behavior.”

He called then Portland Police Chief Mike Reese and triggered a multi-agency mission that completely cleared the area of campers, waste, syringes and stolen property by the end of the weekend.

Though there was a weak attempt to move that homeless criminal element out, they have returned and resumed business as usual. Read more: http://nwexaminer.com/city-cleans-out-i-405-crime-nest

Portland Civility Summit 2.0

Dear Neighbors and Residents,

If you don’t already know me then please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Thom King. I have recently joined the board of Portland’s Clean and Safe program. I will be proudly serving as the residential liaison for Portland Clean and Safe. My goal as residential liaison is to improve the communication lines between Portland Clean and Safe and residents in the area that Portland Clean and Safe services. I am here to answer questions, listen to comment and suggestions that I can bring to our quarterly board meeting.

At our last meeting I was made aware of a meeting occurring on November 17th that will address community issues including those of safety, crime, and livability. I would like to invite you to participate in the Portland Civility Summit meeting and help lend a voice to the concerns of our community.

Here is the official description of the meeting: Participate in a conversation with community members, police, social service agencies, business leaders and city officials. Lend your voice to the conversation on respect, justice, civic duty and community values. And learn what has changed since Civility Summit 2013. Additionally, learn about this summer’s innovative community policing strategies.

You should attend if:
You use and enjoy the public spaces in Portland
You work, play, or live in Portland
You study or worship in Portland
You are a Portland business
You care about our community
You want to know what works to make our public spaces more welcoming and safe
You want to make Portland even better

To sign-up to attend the Civility Summit 2.0 and for more information, visit the Eventbrite page, http://www.eventbrite.com/e/civility-summit-20-tickets-8501477147

Lastly, I encourage you to email me at thom.king (AT) stevivia.com. I can add you to my database and keep you apprised of updates and happenings that affect your lifestyle and community.

Thank you!

Sincerely yours,

Thom King
Board Member – Portland Clean and Safe
Board Member – Flanders Lofts Homeowners Association

PNCA Move To Portland’s North Park Blocks

PNCA’s vision for a campus centered on the North Park Blocks aligns with Portland’s emerging creative services economy. John Jay, executive creative director for Wieden+Kennedy, describes the project’s importance: “Our collective future rests in our ability to create, attract, maintain, and cultivate the business of ideas and innovation. PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design will be the intersection of this city’s intellectual and artistic dialogue.” Read more here: http://pnca.edu/about/expansion/c/vision