LA Alliance for Human Rights, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al. – Notice of Interlocutory Appeal – April 20, 2021 The Notice of Interlocutory Appeal was filed later the same day….

Seaside City Council revives plan for homeless forums: Designated homeless encampment needed, resident says – April 14, 2021 A designated homeless encampment is needed in Seaside, resident Sharon Johnson said at an April City Council meeting. “Port-a-potties and dumpsters are direly needed. With the summertime influx of illegal campers with the end of the eviction…

Police feel the weight of crisis response: A small number of people account for hundreds of police calls – April 12, 2021 Sixteen people accounted for nearly 600 calls to the Astoria Police Department last year. Many involved drinking in public, emotional outbursts, fighting, welfare checks, abandoned junk and trespassing. They often shared the common…

Vaccine outreach planned for the homeless in Astoria: Event will focus on wellness – April 12, 2021 In an effort to get coronavirus vaccinations to the homeless, Clatsop Community Action will hold a wellness event in Astoria this month. The homeless became eligible to receive the vaccine in March, part of a group that included…

Letter: Vicious cycle for those in need by Pamela Cromwell – April 8, 2021 That man from Clackamas County is right (letter, “Time to move transient RVs out of Seaside.”) It’s a travesty that people are living in broken-down RVs parked on the street. And, unlike housed people and the landlords, they’re using alcohol and…

Letter: Time to move transient RVs out of Seaside by George Sticka – April 5, 2021 The transient RVs that are being allowed to camp for months across from the public restrooms at 12th and Necanicum need to be moved out of town. These people have expired registration dating back to 2015, they have no…

Letter: Two kinds by Barry L. Plotkin – April 1, 2021 Referencing Rick Bowers’ letter of March 6, there are two kinds of homelessness — economic and chronic. Economic homelessness can be solved by additional housing stock, but that housing stock has to be affordable. When housing is scarce, as it is in Astoria, affordable…

Converting motels to housing one step closer: Idea in response to wildfires, housing shortage – April 1, 2021 SALEM — The conversion of hotels and motels to emergency shelters and low-cost housing would be eased under a bill that is halfway through the state Legislature. House Bill 3261 would exclude the conversion of hotels and…

City Council lays out two-year, four-year to-do lists: Preparedness, ‘whole gamut of housing’ to be addressed – March 23, 2021 At a goal-setting session in January 2019, the city aimed to reestablish its community emergency response team, stream live meetings and work with the school district to bring a reservoir to the new campus. They…

Homeless liaisons to lead outreach in county – March 16, 2021 Clatsop County will soon have two liaisons dedicated to connecting homeless people to social services, along with gathering data and addressing gaps in outreach. The positions, funded by the county and Clatsop Community Action, grew out of an Astoria task force on homelessness. The…