Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty cast the lone ‘no’ vote on a contract for central city security and sanitation, saying she had heard overwhelming concern from the public that the contract left major concerns unaddressed. But the rest of the council said they felt the agreement was necessary to help revitalize the city’s downtown post-pandemic and rehab its reputation. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler cited a public at its “wit’s end.”
The city of Portland unanimously agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday brought by the family of Quanice Hayes, a Black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer in 2017 while on his knees.
In a memo distributed this week, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler urged Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty to speed up the Portland Street Response, a highly-anticipated program that will dispatch a non-police response to certain 911 calls. The fire bureau began training staff for a pilot program on Monday.
With less than two weeks to go until election night, Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is pushing to place stringent restrictions on the 56 Portland Police officers who remain federally deputized.