PORTLANDERS ARE FIGHTING BACK
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THE CITY HAS DOUBLE CROSSED ALL OF US
The proposal of new committees are merely "window dressing" as they have embedded in the Placard "contract" they plan to force building owners to sign an encumbrance on the titles that cannot be removed unless FULL RETROFITS are done. This burden transfers on the deed. This could breach encumbrance clauses in mortgages. This guarantees no possibility of selling unless for demolition.
None of this was in the ordinance or discussed. The document (link below) was buried in an email sent out to "interested parties" by BDS at 5pm on December 14th. The City wants the public to think the community is just upset about a "sign" while they're literally removing all the equity from most buildings and encouraging demolition of the brick buildings.
We, along with the groups below, oppose approval for placarding.
Testified against placards at City Council
• The NAACP
• Portland Business Alliance
• Venture Portland (50 business districts)
• Music Portland
• Oregon Chinese Benevolent Association
NO NEGATIVE PLACARDING
No “Scarlet Letter” (on individual buildings)
Fix the City list of URMs (city admits it is not accurate)
Educate the community on earthquake readiness (liquefaction zones, schools, gas lines and safety plans)
PLACARDING AND TENANT NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
URMs ARE OUR MAIN STREETS - APARTMENTS - CHURCHES - SCHOOLS - NON-PROFITS
7,000 Residential Units (1,800 City Funded Low-Income)
1,415 Commercial Main Street Buildings (1,000's of Small Businesses)
43 Portland Public Schools