By Emily Scarvie
(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Friday, Oct. 15 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.
Portland business owners met with former Mayor Sam Adams, who now serves as the city’s director of strategic innovation, on Thursday to voice their frustrations about the many problems the city is currently facing and what they view as inaction by city officials. They discussed the violence, vandalism and issues with mental health that are impacting them daily. Many said they fear for their employees’ safety and are considering leaving Portland.
“I feel, overall, sometimes I have a sense of resentment,” business owner Craig Olson said, per KATU. “The city is very fond of touting its independent businesses, restaurants, etc., when it suits their brand, but they seem to do very little tangibly to actually support those businesses, and after 16 years, you feel quite taken advantage of. You have to ask yourself, ‘Is it really worth it?’ And we’re definitely asking that right now.”
Adams said the city needs more police, but funding and lack of support from City Hall has made that difficult. He told the businesses in attendance that his advice was to make their voices heard by city leadership.
As Oregon’s COVID-19 case rate continues to decline, the Oregon National Guard has begun the process of removing troops from hospitals across the state. According to a spokesperson, 25% of troops will be pulled out next week, followed by another 25% on Oct. 31. Most troops will be removed by the middle of November, but a small group will remain through the end of the year.
Kate Brown authorized 1,500 National Guard members to be sent to hospitals in August, as Oregon was experiencing record COVID cases and hospitalizations. The troops assisted with health screening stations, moving supplies, laundry, delivering meals and more.
“Having the National Guard here has been instrumental in terms of morale,” Salem Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer Sarah Horn told KGW. “They’ve offered a sense of protection They’ve helped us navigate this crisis which has been quite frankly overwhelming for all of us.”
After Multnomah County Animal Services seized nearly 100 animals from an unlicensed facility last year, those animals are now eligible for adoption. MCAS received complaints about the care of animals at Woofin Palooza, located in the 2300 block of Northeast 82nd Avenue, in August 2020. The facility was advertised as a training, boarding, rescue and daycare for pets. A search warrant was executed on the property and 52 dogs and 65 cats were seized. MCAS announced Thursday that 95 animals from the seizure would be forfeited to animal services and the status of the remainder will be determined at a later date.
According to MCAS, foster volunteers who have looked after the animals will be given the chance to adopt them first, but the remainder will be available for new homes. Animals available for adoption at MCAS can be seen here.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s returns to Portland this Saturday at the Oregon Zoo. The walk starts at 9 a.m. and raises money for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration for the event is free. Most of the research around Alzheimer’s aims to find a cure for the disease, but researchers are also examining the effect on unpaid caregivers, which are typically family members. These caregivers have a higher risk of developing depression, anxiety, high-blood pressure and infections, according to doctors.
“Here’s the kicker, it’s not just like, ‘oh, you’ve got a sick parent and you need to help bathe them and take care of them.’ You have to do this, in this disease while they’re also agitated and somewhat violent,” Kelly Kalkofen, who took care of her mother after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, told KATU.
OHSU is conducting several studies aimed at helping family members cope with that burden and caring for their loved ones. Anyone interested in participating can call the OHSU Brain Institute at 503-494-7647.