Every City Council member is crafting their own ideas for how to spend the money. This week, Commissioner Mingus Mapps put his proposal on the table - one he predicts will be potentially the most contentious ask made during the upcoming budget monitoring process, a period when council members make changes to the budget they approved in the summer.
A city-commissioned evaluation of Portland Street Response says the program, which dispatches a team of unarmed first responders to non-emergency mental health and homelessness calls, should be expanded citywide.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday he hopes to reinstate a police bureau program to rehire recently retired police officers in an attempt to shore up the bureau’s staffing and help tackle a worsening gun violence crisis.
The tepid police response has led some in Portland to doubt that the bureau is doing everything in its power to respond to emergency calls. An email obtained by OPB shows that skepticism is not limited to protesters - it has reached the highest level at City Hall.
At least three Portland police officers under investigation for incidents during last summer’s historic racial justice protests, won’t face criminal prosecution, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.