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SAFE Committee gathers around the campfire, talks about sidewalk obstruction ordinance




Pop quiz time, Willamette Week readers! Which of the following was discussed today at the SAFE (Safe Access for Everyone) Oversight Committee in its hearing regarding the sidewalk obstruction ordinance?

A) The ordinance should be repealed.
B) ...   More
 
Monday, August 11, 2008 by Amanda Waldroupe

Sisters of the Road's Truth Commission Draws Powerful Testimony




Yesterday evening, 60 people—including City Commissioner Nick Fish and City Council candidates Charles Lewis and Amanda Fritz—gathered inside homeless nonprofit Sisters of the Road's cafeteria to listen to moving testimony of approximately 15 people directly af...   More
 
Friday, August 8, 2008 by Amanda Waldroupe

Streets of Rage

Anger over city’s sit-lie ordinance on tap again this week. But will anything change?


News Stories
One year ago, City Council passed an ordinance making it illegal for people to “sit or lie down upon a public sidewalk” between the hours of 7 am and 9 pm in the downtown and Rose Quarter ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 Amanda Waldroupe

Amanda Fritz and Charles Lewis on affordable housing and homelessness






Everyone is getting excited about Obama-mania hitting Europe, but Portlanders need look ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 by Amanda Waldroupe

City Council gets an ear (and mailbox) full against the sit-lie ordinance




This morning, Patrick Nolen, the community organizer for Sisters of the Road, testified to the City Council that the sit-lie and anti-camping ordinances "criminalize people based only on the fact that they have no place to call their own."

"Between these two...   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 by Amanda Waldroupe

Drink 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
If the conspicuous absence of hobos reclining around the entrance indicates anything, this chi-chi, predominantly gay establishment has come a long way in its 25 years. Offering cheap beer ($4 draft and $3.75 imports) and signature cocktails—try one of the coffee-infused drinks, especially on    More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Amanda Waldroupe

Drink 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Regular blue-collars go here to chat it up with the friendly and prompt staff and their fellow drinkers. The drinks run cheap ($3.50 well drinks and drafts) and are served stiff, but the grease-soaked food will hold off intoxication. Not quite dark or dingy enough to feel like a real cellar, Joe's h   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Amanda Waldroupe

Homeless carry on protest




The homeless protesters outside of City Hall are continuing to protest for their causes of more affordable housing and the suspension of the sit-lie and anti-camping ordinances despite a split amongst the ranks regarding whether they should leave City Hall during the eveni...   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 by Amanda Waldroupe

Homeless protesters dissatisfied with meeting with mayor




This afternoon, leaders of the homeless protesters outside of City Hall met with Mayor Tom Potter behind closed doors for a meeting they said was pre-planned and not addressing their concerns.

"He already had a response to this meeting before the meeting too...   More
 
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 by Amanda Waldroupe

Homeless not swept from City Hall as expected




WW spent the night with the homeless protesters outside of City Hall, waiting for a police sweep expected to occur early this morning. It has not — yet.

Here I am! (not looking quite as fashionable ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 by Amanda Waldroupe
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