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Mayor Ted Wheeler Announces Safer Summer PDX Plan

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has introduced the newly appointed team to lead Safer Summer PDX. The upcoming action plan to prevent and address gun violence over the summer months is headed up by Shareef Khatib and Julian Massenburg. According to the Mayor’s Office, Khatib has over...
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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler delivers State of the City address

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler delivered the annual State of the City address at noon Friday, discussing the city's struggles with homelessness, gun violence and mental health. The address was scheduled to be followed by a Q&A moderated by Rukaiyah Adams, chief investment officer at Meyer Memorial...
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Mayor Ted Wheeler’s proposed budget includes money to fast-track police officer hiring, deter car thefts, hire civilian public safety specialists

Mayor Ted Wheeler has proposed a $247 million police budget that transfers money from officer vacancies to hire more civilian staff and provides temporary funding of $2.6 million to fast-track hiring and training of police recruits. The one-time money would allow the bureau to hire 30 new officers in the...
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Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Her Two Leading Challengers All Give Mayor Ted Wheeler a Failing Grade on Gun Violence

As of April 21, Portland police say that 28 people have been killed by gunfire in the city this year. That’s a rate of killing on pace to eclipse the 69 shooting homicides the city witnessed last year. And the Portland Police Bureau says the 390 shooting incidents in the city from January through March are up 248% from the same period two years ago.
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Portland’s chief administrative officer, long-time aide to Mayor Ted Wheeler, is out — with one year’s salary

Portland’s chief administrative officer will receive one year’s salary in exchange for his resignation. Over his five years at the city, Tom Rinehart led the Office of Management and Finance and helped start the city’s Community Safety Division, which is intended to bring together the city’s four public safety bureaus. In a city rife with political bickering and siloed departments, Rinehart had a reputation among some city staffers for offering an apolitical hand steadying the city through financial and administrative bumps.
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We Asked Mayor Ted Wheeler About His Plan to Hire 200 New Police Officers.

Public safety in Portland has undergone significant upheaval in the past two years, including six months of racial justice protests, the establishment of an unarmed crisis team called Portland Street Response, contentious contract negotiations between the city and its police union, a new voter-approved community police oversight board, and a historic rise in gun violence.
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One Elected Official Says Mayor Ted Wheeler Shouldn’t Wait for Portland Voters to Change the Form of Government

“What needs to happen is the mayor really needs to consider stepping away from this commission form of government, now. He has the ability to do an emergency order, take the commission assignments away, take his own assignments away, and get a city manager now, and prove the concept that we can do better.” —Metro Council President Lynn Peterson.
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Mayor Ted Wheeler to Centralize Services to Fight Homelessness

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will use his executive powers to create a new homeless service hub within the city government, streamlining the work of various departments that interact with people living outside. Wheeler made the announcement at a Wednesday news conference. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports...
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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on his approach to homelessness

It’s been almost a month since Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler issued an emergency order to ban camping near busy roadways. Advocates for people experiencing homelessness have been critical of the decision. Wheeler has also said he plans to create large outdoor sites in the city for sanctioned camping where campers could be relocated from busy roadways and other makeshift campsites. And, on Wednesday, he announced a plan to use his executive powers to create a new homeless service hub within the city government, streamlining the work of various departments that interact with people living outside. We talk with Wheeler about his plans to address homelessness.
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