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Parks bureau to create new rangers to patrol public parks

BY JAKE THOMAS, CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Portland Parks and Recreation’s contract for downtown security services is coming up for renewal. And with the season’s change is in the air.

Currently, a subsidiary of the Portland Business Alliance holds the $530,000 contract with the parks bureau for downtown security services. The PBA then contracts through the private security firm, Portland Patrol Inc., or PPI, for actual patrols.

Under this arrangement, 38 armed and 22 unarmed PPI guards patrol Portland’s Business Improvement District, 213 square blocks of downtown. Guards in the district operate between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends in the district. PPI guards also patrol 12 parks in the downtown as well as the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade as part of the current contract with the parks bureau. Continue reading

Park rangers destroy individuals property

(July 9) The Portland Mercury has reported that park rangers destroyed a homeless individuals belongings. Even more damning is the fact that the City of Portland has admitted to throwing the individuals belongings away “without what would seem to be appropriate notice.”

A recent lawsuit in Fresno, California led to the city having to fork over $2.3 million dollars for similar actions.

Attorney’s representing six-individuals on the streets have just filed another lawsuit against the Fresno Rescue Mission for similar actions.

In Seattle, the city claims to have thrown away an astonishing 21 tons of debris from a homeless camp. Advocates say the action by the city amounts to illegal search and seizure.

posted by Israel Bayer