July 15, 2013

Council to consider Portland panhandling problem

Police Chief Michael Sauschuck says it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt or killed.

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — The Portland City Council is taking up a proposal that would ban panhandling from median strips, a measure sought by police and supported by many motorists.

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In this file photo, Don Dietz, 48, panhandles for change in the median at the corner of Franklin Street and Marginal Way Friday, May 24, 2013.

Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

Police Chief Michael Sauschuck says there's been a big increase in roadside panhandling since the City Council rejected a similar proposal a year ago.

He says it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt or killed.

The city already bans aggressive panhandling. Sauschuck says his concern is panhandling in close proximity to cars and trucks on busy streets, a practice that becomes even more dangerous when alcohol is involved.

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