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’s Finest At Work

An un-named Flanders Lofts resident caught this great photo of seven cop cars doing a bust on Flanders! This occurred at around 9:30pm on Wednesday (11/20/13) in front of the Flanders Lofts front door.

Great job on reporting this!!11-20-13-arrest

Remember! If you see a crime in progress call 911 and report it. Then email 911@northparkblocks.com and we will record it.

Together we can clean crime off our blocks.