Add Portland to the list of cities whose liberal policies and leadership are responsible for the collapse of the community. Whether it be sanctuary cities, those embracing the $15 minimum wage, rampant homelessness, or unfavorable business policies, the common denominator remains the same, Democrats.
In Portland, the problem is homelessness of the dangerous kind. Big businesses are fleeing at an alarming rate and it appears that Columbia Sportswear may be the next to go. Multiple terrifying encounters, break-ins, and even human waste are causing this company and others to rethink their decision to be located in the so-called “progressive” city.
Columbia Sportswear President and CEO Tim Boyle believes he may have made a mistake. In an op-ed piece he wrote for The Oregonian he writes;
“I love Portland. But as the chief executive officer of a company based here, I am concerned I may have made a mistake when we recently relocated one of our brand headquarters downtown. In fact, I am so concerned about the safety of our employees at the Sorel headquarters that we are taking the next 90 days to re-evaluate our location decision.”
— Cole Miller (@ColeKOIN) November 22, 2017
Boyle cites employees being hassled and even threatened, car break-ins, and garbage and human waste being left on their front door as some of the problems plaguing their new headquarters. He is not alone.
Judith Arnell decided to close her jewelry shop after 20 years of business in Portland.
“It’s very difficult to do business here right now. Our customers are afraid to come in. The biggest problem is that the customers feel unsafe, so I can’t afford to save this.”
A spokesperson for Mayor Ted Wheeler issued a statement from the mayor;
“As we prepare for the holiday shopping season, the Mayor is dedicated to improving public safety in the downtown business district. People from around the region and beyond come Downtown for a great retail, culinary, and cultural experience. We are working with our partners in the business community to provide visitors a great experience this holiday season.”
… Portland is a great place to do business and I look forward to meeting with Columbia and Sorel again soon to discuss how we can work together to make it even better.
— Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) November 11, 2017
This is a typical response from a politician that means little and promises nothing. People’s lives are being threatened and the homeless are using the street as a toilet. In California, this has led to a massive outbreak of Hepatitis A and the liberal leaders there have proven to be just as ineffective.
Portland police have said they are increasing patrols in shopping areas and that is a nice idea but it does little to combat the root of the problem. What happens when the holidays are over? Police are also supposedly trying to educate the public on keeping their cars “showroom clean” so thieves are less tempted. So it is the car owners’ fault when their property is vandalized? Talk about liberal logic.
Source: Fox News