Homeless tents more visible as Portland mayor tells police to not enforce laws

Business leaders and residents want an explanation.

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The undisclosed policy shift has been something of an open secret among emboldened homeless Portlanders but is frustrating some residents and business leaders, who this week demanded an explanation from [Mayor Charlie] Hales.

The reprieve is temporary until new rules can be considered next month, Hales told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Thursday. He declined to discuss the proposed changes but hopes they’ll provide balanced enforcement with new options for the nearly 1,900 residents estimated to sleep on the streets each night.

‘…They should be enforcing the laws that exist,’ said Sandra McDonough, president of the Portland Business Alliance. ‘If there’s a change going on around that, around enforcement, they should be communicating that.’

(READ MORE: Oregon Live)


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