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Portland Trash

Another Day In Portland

Portland Problems, they’re real, not fake news.

This is the very same store front I keep checking in SE Portland Oregon, on SE Powell Blvd. this morning. I saw a worker repairing two broken windows, so I pulled over to chat. He asked me to not take pictures of him since he is all around Portland doing break in repairs and doesn’t want to be targeted. No, he doesn’t feel safe in Portland anymore, no one does. I went to the front of the store and it was covered in trash again, same as the last two days. It smelled like burned trash and the shop employee confirmed he had been putting out small fires regularly there and dealing with the junkies who started them.

I was informed by the shop employee today that if fire is involved in an online Police Report you have to call a number (503) 823-3333 and wait for hours. It gets automatically rejected if fire is in the body of the text. Once you get an officer on the other end they will likely take a statement over the phone and assign a case# or send a detective over…… at some point. I was going to post the Portland Police Reporting email response here, but they basically threaten you with legal action. What the hell are they trying to hide?

The moral of the story is Portland has problems, you’re on your own to deal with them.

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Store Theft

Store Theft

Portland Oregon is pretty understanding when it comes to store theft. Basically, people walk in and take what they can get, or want, and just walk out with it unchallenged. I don’t know the reasoning behind this “hands off” approach but I can certainly say it’s a problem. On my way down SE Powell Blvd. I stopped by one of my regular check points and saw this sunflower seed display.

This person must really like sunflower seeds. They took the whole display and ran off with it. Based on it’s proximity to the Plaid Panty on Se Powell Blvd. and SE 21st Ave. I’d venture to say it came from there as I’ve gone in and seen a display similar to it recently.

Two days later I stopped by and saw this Apple box and packaging left under the awning.

When I asked the store worker he said, “They always leave their trash here while they shoot up.”. When pressed he also revealed that it’s pretty much a nightly thing. They steal T.V. sets, clothes, food items, electronics, etc. from local stores and from residents in his neighborhood. Sometimes they steal homeowner’s garbage cans and dump them out by his business doorway to look for empty bottles and cans to return or just because it had wheels on it. These “homeless” people are powered by meth and fentanyl, they don’t think, nor do they care about you or your property.

Please don’t assume I have it out for homeless people. I was one when I got out of the military. Portland isn’t that friendly to prospective renters, especially if you’re ex-military. You were deployed for years, that makes you a baby killer in most of Portland’s eyes. I’m sorta glad I was homeless because I know what it’s like and what the people imagine themselves to be like. I can say with certainty that if you want off the streets you can do it in Portland. Don’t get distracted by the huge drug sub-culture or the business of human trafficking and there are opportunities in Portland a plenty.

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Fence Cutter Thieves

Two real jerk Portlanders committing crimes early Sunday October30th 2022. No one stops , flashes their lights or even says anything to the miscreants as they boldly cause damage to the business on SE Powell Blvd. Little do they know the business and it’s neighbor have cameras and alarms that alert them and the police. It’s too bad they were able to perpetrate this crime and make off with a few items before the armed response arrived. The fence repair will cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars. When I interviewed the business I was told this happed three times in October alone costing over $15,000.00 in damages.
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Graffiti Is Not Art

I chose to pick this building on Powell Blvd as an example because the business paints over their graffiti every morning when I’m driving or walking by. I can’t imagine what it costs them a year in graffiti abatement both monetarily and from a man hour perspective. The building across the street from them on Powell Blvd. is covered completely in trashy graffiti. It seems like they have given up the fight and let the taggers/vandals win. When I spoke to the business employee who covers it up daily the employee just said to be better than the crooks and the vandals.

We need more people like the un-named painter doing the tag covering. What did you do today to make Portland better?

Be Better Portland!

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Dirty Needles

The gallery above is just one storefront I see every morning. Every morning the poor worker is out there with a snow shovel picking up medical waste in the form of dirty drug needles. Contact your local representative about your area. Legislator Lookup (oregonlegislature.gov) File a police report online PPB Online Reporting – Portland, Oregon Police Bureau (portlandoregon.gov) and keep doing it until someone shows up. It might take decades to undo what harm Portland has done to it’s self in the last four to six years.