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Friday in Portland: Mayor Wheeler releases proposed $7.1B budget, Departure reopens with summer food menu and more

Emily Scarvie

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Friday, May 5 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Mayor Wheeler releases proposed $7.1B budget

On Thursday, Mayor Ted Wheeler released his proposed $7.1 billion budget for the 2024 fiscal year, funding services delivered by 28 city bureaus and more than 7,000 employees. Wheeler explained that the budget continues to focus on homelessness, community safety, economic recovery and livability.

“Last year, I put forward a budget that invested in healing and building for the future of Portland. This year, my proposed budget builds on that foundation,” Wheeler said. “Given general inflation to existing costs, sun setting of federal one-time resources to fund ongoing needs and the elevated level of deferred maintenance, the demand for resources continues to surpass availability within the city.”

However, Wheeler emphasized that the city will fund several key projects and missions. This includes dedicating more than $43 million to the continued operation of shelter beds, bolstering Portland police recruitment, allocating nearly $22 million to trash collection and graffiti abatement and more. Read the full proposed budget here.

2. MCSO investigating 'suspicious' death in east Multnomah County last month, reward offered

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers of Oregon are seeking information regarding the death of a 24-year-old woman late last month. On April 24, Charity Lynn Perry was found dead in a gutter near Ainsworth State Park in east Multnomah County. According to police, she was known to often be in Vancouver and downtown Portland.

Other than stating the death appeared suspicious in nature, deputies have not released any information regarding the possible cause of death. No known arrests have been made in the case.

Anyone who saw or talked to Perry after March 6, or has any information regarding her death, is asked to contact Detective Shaun Fitzgerald at shaun.fitzgerald@mcso.us or call 503-988-0461.

Anonymous tips can be made by contacting Crime Stoppers of Oregon. Cash rewards of up to $2,500 are being offered by the nonprofit for information that leads to an arrest.

3. Departure reopens with renovations, new summer menu

After halting operations in January to update its space and menu offerings, Departure has just reopened in downtown Portland. It was closed through April for renovations and to give Chef de Cuisine Jason West the opportunity to curate a summer menu.

Renovations include a refurbished kitchen and new kitchen equipment. There’s also reupholstered seating and fresh bamboo flooring to welcome guests. Some of the new menu offerings are grilled asparagus, bao buns made with Chinese sausage and mapo tofu noodles with fresno chili and crispy mushrooms. There are also new spring-season cocktails.

To celebrate its reopening, the Departure team has launched the Departure Package Contest, which includes a one-night stay at The Nines Hotel, a $200 Departure certificate and a guaranteed reservation to the restaurant. Visit the restaurant’s Instagram for more information on the contest.

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