Ted Wheeler, Portland’s abysmal Democratic mayor, is finally getting around to shutting down 700 unsanctioned homeless camps that promote poverty, misery, drug use, crime, and disease around the city.
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Squalid, filthy crime-ridden shanty towns have popped up all over what was once a beautiful city under his watch. Wheeler called it a “vortex of misery,” which is an understatement. He has come up with a plan pretty much doomed to failure from the get-go to handle some of it. Meanwhile, residents are fleeing the city as fast as they can to get away from the crisis.
The Daily Mail is reporting that locals are dumping the Democrats over it because they have been in charge for 40 years and have driven Portland into the gutter. They are fed up with skyrocketing crime, drug use, and rampant homelessness in the center of the city.
That’s why in a state that is mostly red except for the bastions of liberalism in the big cities such as Portland, a Republican is on the verge of becoming the governor with the backing of Nike co-founder, and Oregon’s richest man Phil Knight. He’s backing Christine Drazan to defeat her Democratic rival.
Wheeler is being blamed for the demise of Portland. A record number of 90 murders occurred there last year shattering the previous record of 66. It looks like the murder record will be surpassed again this year.
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Hey Dems, when you’ve lost Portland…
Portland's open-air drug markets and homeless encampments turn Oregon election upside down | Daily Mail Online https://t.co/cGU8wndatp
— Buzz Patterson (@BuzzPatterson) October 18, 2022
There are over 700 homeless encampments across Portland crammed into less than 150 square miles. It has purportedly made Portland one of the most violent cities in the nation. No wonder Starbucks and other businesses have closed up shop and just left.
It’s not just downtown either. Some of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city are besieged by homeless tent cities which crowd and block sidewalks and spew trash all over the place. Locals and tourists don’t want any part of that scenario.
“The magnitude and the depth of the homelessness crisis in our city is nothing short of a humanitarian catastrophe,” Wheeler proclaimed, stating the obvious concerning a situation he helped create.
He plans to ban the 700 homeless encampments and prep for the construction of 20,000 affordable housing units over the next decade. Many contend it won’t work, according to the Daily Mail.
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“We need to move our scattered, vulnerable homeless population closer to the services that they need,” Wheeler impotently declared.
He wants to create additional emergency shelters, Safe Rest Villages, and city-designated campsites. It’s a typical progressive way of addressing the situation and will almost certainly faceplant. Plus, he doesn’t plan to ban the homeless until “funding has been secured.”
Once funding is secured, the plan could take 18 months to roll out. There are more than 3,000 people living on Portland’s streets and winter is coming fast.
“No government agency in Oregon has more experience putting together temporary outdoor emergency shelter camps than the State. With the state’s help, we can get Portland’s designated sanctioned camping areas up before winter,” Wheeler hilariously claimed.
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Wheeler is blaming much of the homeless problem on mental health issues and drug use.
“Collectively, this is a vortex of misery for all involved,” he stated on Friday.
According to the mayor, social workers would be responsible for locating individuals living in campsites on the city’s streets and directing them to the designated sites. If they refuse, the police will be called in.
This isn’t the first time Wheeler has taken aim at the homeless in Portland. He’s made four emergency declarations this year alone. He has prohibited camping on highways and walking routes nearby K-12 schools… none of it has made even a dent in the situation.
'This is a vortex of misery': Portland mayor announces his plan to BAN unsanctioned homeless encampments – as squalid tent cities plague the city's streets and crime skyrockets
— DaneG (@Dane__Garcia) October 24, 2022
Wheeler’s latest lame plan follows a virtual meeting of the Portland City Council where one woman proclaimed that the Democrats’ attempt to stop homelessness in the area has been an “epic failure.”
“You have to stop enabling this,” Gillian Rose, a Portland resident, demanded. “I’m angry and I’m sad and I’m fed up, and I’m so sick of having politicians pander to a woke agenda that’s been nothing short of an epic failure.”
Wheeler had the gall to chuckle at her comments, responding, “Thank you, you’ve made your point emphatically clear. Thank you for being here and sharing your perspective, we do appreciate it.”
She said he made her point and added that “Portland has become the laughing stock of the country, it really has.”
“Please stop wasting our money and destroying our beautiful city and please start being leaders,” she concluded.
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