Failed Portland Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler appeared to laugh and scoff at a woman during a virtual city council meeting when she raised concerns about the homeless crisis in the city.
While Portland is supposed to be a left wing utopia, the homeless problem there is so bad that some people are selling their houses in the Democrat run city to escape from it.
Residents in a Portland, Oregon, neighborhood are resorting to selling their homes and moving due to homeless encampments right outside their front doors.
“It’s a little scary because I know there is mental illness and that concerns me,” North Portland resident Maria Inocencio told KGW8.
Residents of North Portland said at least three families on one street have left in recent days due to the homeless camps, and KGW8 reported seeing for-sale signs up and down streets.
“It’s neighborhood by neighborhood. You can be driving through North Portland, and you’re in this lovely area where there’s no issues, and then you can make a turn around the corner and have homeless camps there. It’s kind of sad. I’ve been doing this for 10 years here in Portland, and it’s changed quite a bit,” she said.
Homeless encampments along parts of the Peninsula Crossing Trail, a once-popular bike path, have been there for years but have grown in recent days, prompting residents in North Portland to call on the city for help.
In her remarks at Wednesday’s council meeting, Rose spoke passionately about the stark impact that Portland’s prolific homeless population has on quality of life.
‘I moved here in hopes of becoming part of a progressive city where it seemed like its leaders cared about social issues — what’s transpired here is not progressivism,’ she said.
‘A lot of people who live on the streets fill them with trash and their own feces while openly using drugs — it’s not progressive, it’s insane and unacceptable,’ added Rose.
‘Portland has become the laughing stock of the country, it really has,’ she told the city’s leaders.
While efforts were made to recall Wheeler last year for not being woke enough, at least some citizens are tired of Wheeler’s failure to address the homeless situation in Portland.
Gillian Rose raised concerns about the negative impact of the city’s homeless crisis directly with Wheeler during a virtual city council meeting. Wheeler scoffed at Rose’s concerns.
At a virtual city council meeting on Wednesday, Gillian Rose slammed Portland’s handling of its homeless population, saying the squalid encampments that are pervasive around the city make life miserable for residents.
‘You have to stop enabling this,’ said a visibly emotional Rose. ‘I’m angry and I’m sad and I’m fed up, and I’m so sick of having politicians pander to a woke agenda that’s been nothing short of an epic failure.’
Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, chuckled audibly as he responded, saying, ‘thank you, you’ve made your point emphatically clear. Thank you for being here and sharing your perspective, we do appreciate it.’
Rose spoke with Portland’s KOIN 6 News about her frustration after Wheeler’s response.