Graffiti Abatement Coordinator Dennis LoGiudice says:
Guy Bodin is one of the most dedicated volunteers we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. He is on the Pearl District Neighborhood Livability and Safety Committee Team-the Graffiti Busters. He has quite a bit of background in photography, and has been invaluable to documenting the graffiti for the City of Portland’s Graffiti Abatement Program, so that, if a prolific tagger is caught, there is enough evidence to bring a case forward.
Guy is also very responsive in cleaning tags quickly. This tactic has been proven to be essential to ensure that taggers recognize that graffiti is not tolerated, and it also sends a message to vandals that there are people who care about livability in Portland’s neighborhoods.
While doing the graffiti patrols, Guy also like to keep an eye on other conditions and/or safety issues that appear to degrade the neighborhood such as vandalism, car prowls, drug/alcohol use and drug dealing on the street and in illegal campgrounds, etc. He documents what he sees with photos and video and then uses this visual media to provoke neighborhood changes or action.
Since Guy’s career was in Public Health and Infectious Diseases, he is sensitive to the dangers of infectious biohazards left on the street where innocent persons can come in contact with them. He has worked with the Livability Committee partners-Portland Crime Prevention, his neighborhood’s assigned NRT officer, ODOT/PBOT, and other city public officials to try to keep the Pearl District neighborhood clean and safe.
Portland Commissioner Steve Novick last week called Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol unit "largely ornamental,'' and suggested the city could use its public safety money more wisely to pay for other services.
In a memo he sent to his City Hall colleagues and the media, Novick questioned the sense of spending $860,000 on the police horse patrol. He said the unit appears to be largely for crowd control, but the city hasn't seen "marauding crowds'' for quite some time.
On the heels of Novick's memo, the Facebook group "Save Portland's Mounted Patrol'' posted on its page an "Action Alert!!'' and urged supporters to contact Novick and explain why they believe the mounted patrol is important to Portland, "why our horses make a difference.''
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The most widely circulated Pearl origin story is that in 1985, local gallery director Thomas Augustine was quoted in a travel magazine as saying that the neighborhood’s industrial buildings were like crusty oysters, while the galleries and lofts inside were like pearls.
The legend was extended in 2002, when The Oregonian’s Margie Boulé tracked down Augustine, who emended his tale with the late-breaking news that he’d actually named the ’hood in honor of his friend Pearl Marie Amhara. Amhara supposedly threw such great warehouse parties that people started calling it “Pearl’s place” or “Pearl’s district.”
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