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The City of Portland, Oregon

Ted Wheeler

Mayor, City of Portland

main phone: 503-823-4120

1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204


The Holladay Park Safety Plan: Safety in Community

I’m happy to share the fact that the Holladay Park Safety Plan has demonstrated meaningful results. The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has observed a significant decrease in crime in and around Holladay Park. Statistics compiled by PPB’s Strategic Services Division have shown that calls received regarding Holladay Park have decreased significantly. This indicates that the Holladay Park Safety Plan has achieved its goal, which was to decrease crime around that area.

The data shows that calls for service have seen a 50% decrease in assaults, an 18% decrease in disturbances and a 45% decrease in thefts from May 5 through July 22 of this year compared to the same period in 2018. Community partners have been an instrumental part of this process to achieve these results. You can view the full results here.

As commissioner of PPB, I strongly believe it is important for community members to feel safe in public spaces so that we can all enjoy the benefits of Portland’s parks. PPB has worked tirelessly to reduce incidents in this area, and I am proud of the Police Bureau for achieving its goals to increase community safety and improve relationships with the community. Some of the organizations who were instrumental in the creation of this plan include the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, SOLVE, Portland Parks and Recreation, Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, Rosewood Initiative, Portland OIC, Portland Public Schools, Transit Police Division, Bonneville Power Administration, Federal Protective Services, Portland Police Bureau, Providence Health Care, Connected, Church of Scientology, Portland 5 and Lloyd EcoDistrict.

Anti-Displacement & Displacement Mitigation Work: Righting Past Wrongs and Moving Forward the City of Portland’s Anti-Displacement Action Plan

On November 27, 2018, Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks at the opening of Hazel Heights, an affordable housing community in SE Portland

On November 27, 2018, Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks at the opening of Hazel Heights, an affordable housing community in SE Portland

The City of Portland’s racist governing history created disparities that still exist today. In the past, in North and Northeast Portland, African Americans were segregated, and the neighborhoods were redlined or denied access to housing loans. Large public investments such as the construction of the I-5 freeway and Legacy Emanuel Hospital, including demolition of housing and commercial buildings, caused displacement and physically split predominately African American communities. The City of Portland was eliminating the housing stock in neighborhoods that people of color could buy in, while at the same time limiting where people of color could live. This caused mass involuntary displacement and the ultimate decimation of historically black neighborhoods, particularly in North and Northeast Portland.

This displacement is also a result of gentrification. In the Portland Plan, it states, “Gentrification often means that the change has resulted in involuntary displacement of residents and businesses. It can occur as the result of rising property values, redevelopment or land clearance. Most often, lower income populations, renters and the businesses that serve them are displaced and/or separated from community and social support systems”(More information here). The harm of gentrification is tangible and measurable. It includes:

  • Loss of access to desirable locations;
  • Displacement of individuals and businesses to fewer desirable locations;
  • A loss of wealth when homeowners leave without realizing the increased property values
  • Loss of the ability for current residents to enjoy the benefits of revitalization

Percent people below poverty by race/ethnicity and age: Portland City, OR, All ages, 200% 2015

In our city, more than half of people of color living in Portland are economically insecure. With housing prices rising over time, Portlanders are more likely to be priced out of their historical neighborhoods and away from their communities to find more affordable housing.

Housing burden by tensure, race/ethnicity, and gender: Portland City, OR, Owners, 2015

The Mayor proposed funding for an Anti-Displacement Action Plan to be developed, building off the anti-displacement policies in the Comprehensive Plan. As the steward of the Comp Plan, he’s asked the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to lead the planning process. The Mayor is asking for more public accountability through inclusive co-creation of the Plan with communities most impacted by displacement and a set of equity measures to track over time.

 

Increasing Safety in the Entertainment District

If you have ever visited Portland’s Entertainment District in the evening, you know first-hand that it has a vibrant, colorful nightlife that draws people from all over. Located in the heart of the city’s Old Town area, it’s one of the most popular spots to visit. Whether you’re chasing entertainment, looking for a great craft cocktail or dancing, you can find it there.

On Friday and Saturday nights, approximately 10,000 people come to the Entertainment District, so we’ve made it a priority to ensure the safety of all those in the area. Though crime has been greatly reduced since the City of Portland began focused efforts to put safety measures in place, there have still been crimes in the district that negatively impact public safety. This is why my office, Portland Police and Entertainment District business owners thought it would be important to create the Bar Summit.

For several weeks now, the Bar Summit has come together and increased communication and collaboration among businesses, area residents and the City to see how we can further create a safer nightlife experience. Through this collaboration, the business community has shared concerns and focused on ways to increase safety for the entertainment area.  

The group will soon come to the city council to report on progress and the specific steps being taken by community partners. The goal is to foster a safe environment, while the community enjoys the best of Portland's nightlife.

Mayor Ted Wheeler takes national stage to discuss local action in fight against climate change

Mayor Ted Wheeler is one of five mayors selected from across the country to contribute in a ground-breaking hearing organized by the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis.

The hearing was held on Wednesday, July 17 in Washington D.C, and included testimonies from Mayors from Atlanta, Honolulu, Saint Paul, Pittsburgh, and Portland.

The Mayor shared Portland’s continuing strategy and efforts to become more resilient to the impacts of climate change and cut carbon pollution. He, as well as the other mayors, discussed the role the federal government can and should play in helping cities achieve their clean energy goals and fight climate change.

“This hearing is about what cities across the country are doing to fight climate change,” Committee Chairman and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said. “By bringing together our country’s mayors, we can understand how our cities are taking action against climate change and how the federal government can help.”

The duties of the Special Committee—which includes Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley (D)—are to:

  • Prioritize oversight and investigation of the efforts of special interests to foster climate denial.
  • Convene meetings and conduct outreach with frontline communities impacted by climate change.
  • Hold a series of hearings through 2019 and 2020, including expert witnesses and testimonials.

 

 

Mayor Visits LifeWorks Northwest

 

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to tour the Children’s Relief Nursery at Lifeworks NW where they offer classroom-based therapeutic care for children. The tour gave me a first-hand look at the many wonderful services they provide thanks in-part to the support they receive from the Portland Children’s Levy.

I would just like to say Thank you to the Children’s Relief Nursery and LifeWorks NW for the tour.

To learn more about the work of LifeWorks NW, please visit https://www.lifeworksnw.org/

To learn more about the Portland Children’s Levy, please visit https://www.portlandchildrenslevy.org/

“A huge shout out to Mayor Ted Wheeler for stopping by to meet the children, parents, and staff of the Children's Relief Nursery in St. Johns. The LifeWorks NW program offers classroom‐based therapeutic care, home visits, parenting education, and respite care and is one of the 70+ proven programs supported by the Portland Children's Levy.”-From the Portland Children’s Levy

 

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