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City’s reliance on complaints for property maintenance enforcement disproportionately affects diverse and gentrifying neighborhoods

Data backup Portlanders’ objections to unfair treatment by the City’s property maintenance enforcement system. The City should act with urgency to break with the system’s racist past and engage community members it disproportionately burdens for their ideas to fix it.

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"Portlanders Question Police Priorities As 911 Response Times Lag"

Article from the Portland Mercury. December 17, 2020.

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"Portland fines contractors for allegedly creating ‘front company’ to certify as woman-owned business"

Article from The Oregonian. September 30, 2020.

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"Records show City Ombudsman received 'unprecedented' volume of employee complaints about Office of Community and Civic Life"

Article from the Willamette Week. August 31, 2020.

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"Whistleblower reveals serious injuries, lax oversight at Central City Concern’s Sobering Station"

Article from The Oregonian. June 27, 2020.

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"City of Portland sent evicted homeowner to collections over unpaid water bill, sued him twice"

Article and video from KGW 8. January 27, 2020.

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"City leaders call for review of debt collection practices after KGW investigation"

Article from KGW 8. December 18, 2019.

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"‘It’s not a humane system’: City of Portland sending low income and homeless to private collection agency"

Article and video from KGW 8. December 16, 2019.

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"Portland Has Broken Its Promise to Keep Neighborhoods Safe From Demolition Contaminants"

Article from the Willamette Week. November 12, 2019.

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"A cheap shot from the city of Portland: Steve Duin column"

Article from The Oregonian. November 8, 2019.

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"City investigating Portland firm over possible $2 million fraud"

Article from The Oregonian. April 19, 2019.

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2018 Ombudsman Annual Report

See what we were up to in 2018 and what we're working on in 2019.

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"‘Predatory’ parking fines at private lots and garages get closer city scrutiny"

Article from The Oregonian. December 17, 2018.

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"Steve Duin: Waterboarding and the Water Bureau"

Article from The Oregonian. September 7, 2018.

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"Portland 911, at rock bottom, looks to reach the top"

Article from The Oregonian. August 27, 2018.

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"Portland slapped with lawsuit over failed move of homeless camp to Central Eastside site"

Article from The Oregonian. August 17, 2018.

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"Portland demolition rules targeting lead dust, asbestos take effect"

Article from The Oregonian. July 12, 2018.

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"City watchdog says Portland demolition policy undermined by bureaucratic errors"

Article from The Oregonian. July 12, 2018.

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"Portland’s failed homeless camp move to Central Eastside threatens longtime business"

Article from The Oregonian. June 13, 2018.

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"Murmurs: Airbnb Recruits Its Hosts to Lobby Against Portland Tax"

Article from the Willamette Week. June 13, 2018.

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