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Thursday in Portland: Tensions run high at Portland City Council meeting on proposed camping ban and more news

Emily Scarvie

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, June 1 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Tensions run high at Portland City Council meeting on new homeless camping ban

Tensions ran high at a Portland City Council meeting on Wednesday, where council members heard hours of public testimony over proposed changes to homeless camps. The meeting became contentious as people made their pleas for or against the ordinance changes.

“For this, you should stop sleeping well if you have any conscience at all,” Margaret Zebroski, who spoke against the ordinance, said. “For this, you should burn in hell.”

There were comments from both sides, but it appeared that the majority of those signed up to speak were against the ordinance. Nearly 200 people registered to speak. Early on in the meeting, some shouted at the city council, prompting Mayor Ted Wheeler to threaten to clear the chambers and move the hearing to completely virtual.

Wednesday’s meeting was for public comment only and the Portland City Council will vote on the ordinance next week. If approved, it would go into effect on July 1.

2. Thieves steal dump truck from NE Portland work site, crash into several cars

Officials say thieves stole heavy equipment from a job site early Thursday, then crashed a dump truck into several cars in northeast Portland’s Piedmont neighborhood. Officers responded to a hit-and-run crash just after 4:30 a.m. and found a crashed dump truck and several totaled cars.

According to Portland police, officers determined the dump truck, as well as a trailer and excavation equipment, had been stolen from a nearby work site. The thieves drove down Northeast Rodney Avenue where they hit four vehicles, two or three of which were likely totaled.

The suspects fled before police were called and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police non-emergency number at 503-823-3333 or email crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov.

3. Celebrate National Donut Day tomorrow with local deals

Friday is National Donut Day and several Portland businesses are offering deals to celebrate. National Donut Day was started by the Salvation Army in 1938 to celebrate their “Donut Lassies” who traveled to France during World War I to serve troops. It’s now celebrated on the first Friday of June every year.

Sesame Donuts is celebrating by offering customers one free mini cake donut. Voodoo Doughnut is going back to the basics, offering a dozen glazed donuts for only $10. National chain Krispy Kreme is offering a dozen original glazed donuts for $2 with the purchase of any dozen.

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