A Portland, Oregon resident said Mayor Ted Wheeler laughed when he raised concerns about the city’s worsening homelessness crisis during a city council meeting. She now believes local leaders are not taking the issue seriously.
Gillian Rose addressed the Portland City Council on Wednesday to voice her concerns, asking members to stop wasting money and start being leaders. As her time expired, Wheeler remarked, “You’ve made your point clearly,” with an apparent laugh.
Rose moved to the city more than four years ago for its progressive values, but told America’s Newsroom on Tuesday that the liberal mayor’s policies weren’t working.
“I don’t think it’s funny,” she told host Sandra Smith. “People are scared.”
FOX research found Portland has more than 5,200 homeless people and the Portland Police Department reported a 25% increase in crime. These two factors caused the inhabitants to flee.
Rose argued that city officials are unwilling to adjust their approach to crises.
“Good leaders pivot when things aren’t working. They can admit a mistake and then change direction. And they don’t,” she said.
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“They’re sticking to one narrative: that it’s all because of the pandemic and rising housing costs. And it’s not true.”
Rose said she hoped the community would vote for the change mid-term after a number of people reached out to offer their support for her comments made at the board meeting.
“I think quite a few of us feel the same way,” she said.
Former Portland resident Jeff Reynolds left town after nearly 30 years. He said on “Fox & Friends First” in early September that the homelessness crisis has led to “unbearable” conditions that city officials are unwilling to address.
“I think the issues are so big and they want to keep their ideologies up to the point of sacrificing real public safety,” he told host Todd Piro.
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Rose said she was amazed at how much the city had changed.
“It used to be beautiful, and it isn’t anymore.”
Fox News’ Bailee Hill contributed to this report.