Astoria to crack down on lawlessness at park: Complaints at Ninth and Astor – February 2, 2021 The Astoria City Council has supported taking a zero-tolerance approach to bad behavior at the park on Ninth and Astor streets after complaints from residents, business owners and visitors. Mayor Bruce Jones said city councilors have received a…

HB 2006 – PASSED! Relating to housing; declaring an emergency – 81st OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY–2021 – February 2, 2021 HB 2006 – Relating to housing; declaring an emergency – 81st OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY–2021 Signed into law by Governor Brown on May 12, 2021! From my understanding this legislation “trumps” local zoning for the placement of…

Businesses, residents probe for solutions to homelessness in Seaside – June 7, 2021 Businesses, residents probe for solutions to homelessness in Seaside – June 7, 2021 Sandy Palmer, who owns Five Star Henna in Seaside, described her experience with the homeless as “men under my windows, in my doorways, with grocery carts, smoking, eating, defecating,…

Nonprofit plans drop-in center for homeless in Astoria – July 8, 2021 Nonprofit plans drop-in center for homeless in Astoria – July 8, 2021 A daytime drop-in center to serve the homeless will open in downtown Astoria next month. Filling Empty Bellies, a nonprofit that provides meals and other services to people in need, has…

Trash encampments defy city, pile up at Mill Ponds – December 8, 2020 Trash encampments defy city, pile up at Mill Ponds – December 8, 2020 The entrance to Mill Ponds is only a few feet from U.S. Highway 101 in south Seaside, but a few steps in, the sidewalk ends and low reeds bristle…

Behind the News: 'It's wasting a whole lot of potential' (interview with Arline LaMear) – December 26, 2020 Behind the News: ‘It’s wasting a whole lot of potential’ – December 26, 2020 Arline LaMear has learned the gears of government often turn slowly. The former librarian ran for mayor in 2014 on the promise of…

Astoria City Council – Work Session on Homelessness – April 25, 2019 An automated transcript is available here. Welcome by Mayor Jones Brett Estes, City Manger – Welcome Geoff Spalding – Setting the Stage (HOST, focus on behavior) Dan Crutchfield, Fire Chief Jeff Harrington, Public Works Director Tim Williams, Parks & Recreation Jimmy Pearson, Library…

A life on the streets in Astoria ends in death: A familiar face downtown – December 20, 2019“The death of a 72-year-old homeless woman on the streets of Astoria this week rattled city officials and advocates, leading them to question what more could have been done to help her. Gail Griffey died of natural causes…

The Nonprofit-Industrial Complex – August 24, 2018 When I applied to DukeEngage Seattle, I knew that I would be placed with a “community partner” nonprofit organization. I would then work with this partner throughout my eight weeks in Seattle. To me, nonprofit work was unequivocally good. It was wholesome, selfless work done for the greater…

Police say homeless cleanup a success – December 5, 2018“The Astoria Police Department has called a sweep of homeless camps in the woods on the east end of town a success, but some have criticized how the city went about cleaning up the sites.” “Before the sweep, Police Chief Geoff Spalding said any personal possessions…