The Portland Business Journal recently reported the comments of Jim Johnson, retiring CEO of Tripwire link / pdf version
“The thing we run the risk on – Portland is a jewel and there are wonderful things in Portland – but we are tolerant of not-so-good behavior, ” Johnson said.
Johnson said he’s had employees telling him they are concerned for their safety at night around the company’s downtown headquarters (101 SW Main St) because of the aggressive homelessness residents.
“There are certain thing we as community better make sure we do right to be wonderful place to live and attract families, ” he said. “We need to think about the future.”
This means addressing the homeless issues downtown other challenges …
Two East Portland secessionists explain why they want voters to sever their neighborhoods’ ties to the city.
Our form of government [city commissioners elected citywide, instead of from districts] doesn’t work. We don’t want that future, where you can’t control what’s going on in your borders.
Read the article featuring Collene Swenson regarding a change in the antiquated way Portland City Hall is run: http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24255-hotseat_collene_swenson_and_pat_edwards.html
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