>>>PLEASE HELP US REINSTATE THE PROSTITUTION FREE ZONE ORDINANCE.<<< On September 26, 2007 Mayor Potter & the City Of Portland allowed Portland's Drug Free Zone and Prostitution Free Zone ordinances to sunset after determining both laws have not been effective in eliminating the drug addiction that drives these crimes. However all of the data & research that was conducted to come to this conclusion was centered only on the disparity in how the Drug Free Zone law had been enforced, no research was conducted focusing on the effectiveness of the Prostitution Free Zone and it was lifted in conjunction with the Drug Free Zone. (**18 page report and not one mention of nd “prostitution” in the entire document) Since that time, we the neighbors & residents that border 82 Avenue have seen an extreme increase in blatant prostitution in our neighborhoods. Please help us reinstate the Prostitution Free Zone which was one tool that helped our police department, foot patrols and residents keep their neighborhoods free from this illegal activity and safe. **http://www.portlandonline.com/mayor/index.cfm?a=169712&c=46244
Below are just a few excerpts from recent articles, comments from community forums/minutes/ etc. regarding the steady & blatant increase in prostitution in our neighborhoods since the lifting of the Prostitution Free Zone ordinance.
>>>82nd Ave and Prostitution Activity: NRT reported that calls for police services concerning prostitution along 82nd Ave have quadrupled from this time last year. So far this year, there have been 805 calls for service. This number far exceeds the YTD calls for the years 2006 and 2007. NRT officers will meet with Commissioner Leonard and Mayor Potter to discuss and explore strategies to mitigate this on-going and growing problem. This fall, the Montavilla Neighborhood Association will host a summit to discuss this issue, too. We’ll keep you posted on any new developments, in the mean time, please continue to call the police about this problem. - From Southeast Precinct ,
Community Forum’s July 23, 2008 Meeting Notes.
>>>Mount Tabor Foot Patrol has observed far more discarded condoms & needles in Mount Tabor Park than previous years, now that the Zone ordinance has been lifted.
>>>“Prostitution-free Zones said to be successful. While reinstating Prostitution-free Zones won't "cure" street-level prostitution, everyone with whom we've spoken in law enforcement says they were a good "tool" to reduce the prevalence of street-sex sales activity. We're told that since cities in the Seattle region have stepped up anti-prostitution enforcement and instituted ordinances, their rates of prostitution have dropped – and prostitutes themselves report that they've traveled south to work the Portland street, because the demand is high and the penalties are low. Perhaps when the makeup of Portland's city government changes in the new year, city leaders will once again revisit the Prostitution-free Zone ordinance. If they want to hear it, Portland's own police officers will tell them that the zones really do help reduce the sex – openly for sale, on Portland streets” – East Pdx News, July 4, 2008 http://www.eastpdxnews.com/index.php?mod=article_detail&id_art=916
>>>John Campbell, a principal of Campbell DeLong (whose study the city used when lifting the Zones), has in the past been a proponent of the zones. In one public address, referring to the moving-the-problem criticism, he said that such crimes are “a plant, not a rock. By that I mean, the one thing they don’t do is stay the same. If you leave it alone, it will take root and grow. If you uproot it, you will at least stunt its growth.”
- Mid County Memo
Please join and help us take back our neighborhood – email us at: MontavillaInAction@gmail.com or check out our blog www.MontavillaInAction.blogspot.com for updates/ more info, next steps & upcoming meetings. We will be canvassing with a petition & setting up a website for neighbors to post comments and have an open dialogue on this urgent issue affecting our safety & livability. Thank you, your fellow neighbors of Montavilla In Action.
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o>>> CALL THE NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER & REPORT CRIME ACTIVITY:
If you see crimes being committed, or any suspicious behavior/activity – please call each & every time and report it to the Non Emergency Police #: 503.823.3333 – press option #2 and the press #2 again to be connected to dispatch and state what you saw to log the increasing crime activities. We need to start calling in the crime or activities we see happening on our streets and in our neighborhood.
p>>> WALK YOUR STREETS WITH YOUR FELLOW NEIGHBORS OF THE MONTAVILLA FOOT PATROL Montavilla Foot Patrol meets every Wednesday at 7pm in front of the Montavilla Community Center. They are non-confrontational and report any crime to the police to handle. General rules, over 18, no weapons, and no pets. Pls wear red shirts. They have an evening patrol Aug 9th at 9pm, again meeting in front of Montavilla Community Center. As our numbers have grown, we have expanded our territory. We currently patrol 70th to 94th and NE Pacific to SE Taylor St/Ct. Boundaries are flexible and can vary with patrols. Please contact: email@example.com for information.
q>>> GO TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETINGS: >MONTAVILLA’S: http://www.montavilla.info/ Where: Montavilla Community Center 8219 NE Glisan St. The Montavilla Neighborhood Association meets every 2nd Monday of each month @7pm. MNA Board meets the fourth Monday of each month from 7pm to 8pm and is open to everyone For more details, contact David Linn at firstname.lastname@example.org >MOUNT TABOR’S: http://www.mttaborpdx.org/index.htm Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church (at 55th and Belmont; parking and entrance on 54th) from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, on the third Wed. of the month. >SOUTH TABOR’S: http://www.southtabor.org/ South Tabor Neighborhood Association meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7PM, Trinity Fellowship Church, 2700 SE 67th.
r>>> COMPLAIN TO BUSINESSES THAT ALLOW CRIMINAL ACTIVITY - McDONALD’S - 8149 SE STARK, PORTLAND, OR 97215 This location has turned a blind eye to the crime activity happening at their location, allowing drug deals to happen in their restaurant, allowing prostitutes to be picked up/dropped off in their parking lot. We need the community to call & complain to the both the local franchisee owner & to the corporate site – please call + email your complaints. >Local franchise owner: Pres. Mike Kennedy / Double K Ventures Inc 503.598.9995 8255 Sw Hunziker St #203, Portland, OR 97223 >From their corporate website: How do I share feedback about a recent visit to a U.S. McDonald's restaurant? There are three ways to share a comment, question, complaint or praise with McDonald's. Call us. 1-800-244-6227 Email us. To send us an email, please choose the most appropriate subject/category describing the purpose of your message and fill in the appropriate text boxes. Doing so will better enable us to respond to you as quickly as possible. http://apps.mcdonalds.com/contactus/navigate.do?link=restmatters Write us. Our U.S. corporate mailing address is: McDonald's Corporation, 2111 McDonald's Dr, Oak Brook, IL 60523
s>>> KEEP INFORMED BY ATTENDING UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS: - Tues Aug 5
National Night Out (official night) (Nothing planned/registered for Montavilla)
- Thurs Aug 7
Montavilla Safety Summit Planning Mtg@7:00 pm (location TBD) contact Justin Cutler for Info:email@example.com
- Mon Aug 11
Montavilla Neighborhood Assoc. Mtg @7pm Montavilla Community Center - 8219 NE Glisan St
- Sat Aug 16
Southeast Precinct Open House - an opportunity to speak with the new commander, other supervisors/ officers @11:00 -3:30 p.m
- Wed Aug 20
Mount Tabor N Assoc Mtg @7pm at the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, located at SE 54th & Belmont
- Sat Aug 23
Hands on Portland – Bridger Elementary http://www.handsonportland.org/AboutUs/index.php/Volunteer_PPS.html