Multnomah County Chair calls out complacency in “state of county” speech

Multnomah County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury cited statewide problems with environmental regulations, inmate racial inequities and housing affordability.

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“We have become a victim of our own self-image and forgotten the hard work it takes to be worthy of that image,” Kafoury said. “For example, we have an incredible and ultimately false sense of success as a green city.”

…”There are so many questions,” she said, “and as an elected official I have to admit that I couldn’t offer reassurance when my own sense of outrage was—and still is—so great at the complete failure of state regulators to protect the health of our neighbors, not the health of businesses.”

(READ MORE: Willamette Week)

View the prepared remarks for the 2016 State of the County Speech here.

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