From the Crotch

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WHO’S WATCHING?

Representation only NOT Asia

MAKE ME STOP..OR WATCH ME DIE !

I ran into Asia as I was coming out of Harbor Freight today about 4 pm. It is now going on 4 years that she has been abused, beaten, assaulted, raped, and ripped off on a regular basis.

The once pretty young girl who is all of 24 or 25 now looks like a 50 year old in bad health. She has her front 4 teeth missing. She walks with a limp that I am sure will be with her the rest of her life...

The infection in her leg...still there. We first reported about Asia's legs a little over a year ago. Most that have seen it can tell you how disgusting it looks...and if you get within 10 feet of her…you can smell it.

I drove up and asked her how she was I could see her clothing around her leg bloody and yellow...stuck to a black infected leg. She smiled and said hello her 4 top teeth missing and said, I am hungry. I gave her the $9 I had in my console and told her to go get some food.

She limped down 82nd. I saw her a few minutes later heading into Don Pedro's probably to get food.

All the money and resources we have spent in this city on this problem. All the phone calls from dozens of folks trying to get her help. I can't even count the phone hours alone arguing with agencies about doing something for this kid. And each month that goes by she dies a little more...

I'll bet you any amount of money if it was their daughter/sister out there... it would be a different story.
They would somehow find a way...

The excuse we get is that she has rights. and that they cannot force her to get help......but they can allow her to kill herself slowly.

Someone downtown needs to wake the fuck up before this kid and more like her die or destroy themselves waiting for them to figure it out. They seem to have nothing but time.... hers is becoming very limited.

From the Crotch - Squatter House

FROM THE CROTCH !

Michael and Lara Storke seem to be living deja vu. I remember working with Mark Wells from Crime Prevention on the squatter house next to them 4 years ago. Lara and Mike had already gone through 5 years of living next to this hell hole. What was the scenario then? Well a woman who owned the house next to them died. She had a reverse mortgage on the house.

A relative decided to stay there and eventually the house was taken over by drug addicts and dealers. They had no water, no electricity. They crapped on the side of the house. The house was filled with junk and junkies, The basement had piles of clothing 2 feet high...you could see the rats moving through it. Finally Mark got an eviction through the city and they went to the house,. I was there when they served that and watched them pull almost a dozen folks out of there and had them lined up sitting on the curb. We all thought that was the end of their problem…we were wrong!

For another 2 years the house would be broken into and at least 3 times was caught on fire before they finally tore it down. Yesterday when I went over there you could see the new building being constructed. Peace at last....no so fast!

On the other side of Mike and Lara a woman died. She too had a reverse mortgage. She too had a relative that just stayed there. The place went to shit. The guy finally moved. Then squatters took over and after numerous calls and complaints the bank I guess had the squatters removed. Thank God it is over.....no not yet! One morning they had fire trucks there.. Yes the house next door was on fire. In fact Mike said the fireman told him they were actually waiting for the call as they could smell fire somewhere but had no idea where it was coming from until it was called in.

Over the last 5 or 6 years we emptied about a dozen of.these houses just in Lents. One would think with all the time that has passed the city would have a better system to protect neighborhoods from having this type of issue, So the Storke's have had dopers, squatters, and criminals as neighbors on both sides of them for going on a decade with a short breather between them...lets see how many years they have to endure this mess. Your situation Mike, with these two homes and the city brings to mind a verse from a song..

Clowns to the left of me Jokers to the right,,, Here I am .. Stuck in the middle with you!

These pictures were taken yesterday. I am told they had already taken two truckloads out.

UPDATE: : Mike and Lara just found out that their fence was cut and they stole a 3 wheeler out of his yard.

An Open Letter to Oregon Walks

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OREGON WALKS practices censorship!

Last month we signed up for a walk on Oregon Walks Steptember Event Calendar. Yesterday I received this response from them.

"Greetings,

Members of Oregon Walks raised concerns about the inclusion of the Lents Neighborhood Livability Association walk on the Steptember calendar. Of specific concern was the title of the blog, "From the Crotch", and some of the blog content, featured on your organization's website. As such, Oregon Walks is unable to advertise your walk on our Steptember calendar.

Sincerely,
Jess Thompson
she/her/hers
Executive Director

Yesterday, today, tomorrow: Oregon Walks protects your right to roam. Click here to become a member today!"

So how is the blog “From the Crotch” exclusionary? Are they referring to the criminals, junkies, drug users & drug dealers that are mentioned in this blog? They proclaim that Oregon Walks protects your right to roam. Does this mean that Oregon Walks wants to protect the right of the criminals, junkies, drug users & drug dealers to be allowed to camp along our streets and the Springwater Corridor? Does that fit their inclusionary population? What about the law abiding public’s right to roam? Does safety not fit into their scenario? I certainly wish they would have been less opaque as to the inclusionary part.

Yet another City funded organization that has excluded us because we have an opinion that does not fit their narrative. If the only people that you will allow in your group have the same views as yours, you are not inclusionary and will never see other possibilities.

East Portland Community Office was the first City agency that banned us from using their facility or any of their equipment as well as their insurance for our non-profit because of a Facebook post. They told us later that they do not monitor Facebook pages but was basing this exclusion on voices from the neighborhood. These voices were the voices of the “official” neighborhood association that were threatened by us for starting our own non-profit after they denied us involvement with THEIR city funded group. This was a very exclusive social club and if you didn’t agree with their ideas you were not accepted.

Ironically the Montavilla Neighborhood Association wrote us up in a dossier describing us as anti-homeless after contacting the Lents Neighborhood Association.

Crystal Contreras wrote an article for Willamette Week called “A Poem for the Anti-Homeless NIBMBYs of Lents” that referred to a poem that was posted on our FB page that was aimed at the CITY…. “My City sent to me…” Sarah Iannarone called us out for the same poem. NOTHING in the poem mentioned the homeless. We have never been anti-homeless. We have only been anti-criminal activity.

More recently, the Portland Mercury defamed us by claiming that we had Homeland Security out to one of our meetings and claimed that we were attempting to arrest illegal immigrants, just because it was ironically advertised as ICE. Instead of watching the video from our meeting that was posted the next day they decided to post hearsay from one privileged neighbor who was upset with us.

It makes you wonder why these people are so focused on shutting us up? The more that we as people allow this type of censorship it will only continue to escalate. Our organization supports the right of free speech by our members. As long as it does not promote violence or contain extreme profanity it will be posted on our Facebook page and website. Evidently Oregon Walks, who takes public money and feigns to be inclusionary is just another private club with their own agenda. Their by-line should be "Neighborhood advocates for livability need not apply"

FROM THE CROTCH - WACKOS!

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This morning at 4:58 as my neighbors Brad and Anna were woke up by what they said were large bangs and the sound of breaking glass.

They got up went outside to find someone had put two good size dents in their metal front door and threw a flower pot against the front of their house.

Once outside they saw and heard some wacko heading toward Foster yelling and screaming.

The sad and dangerous part of this is not just his actions but the fact that in all probability this guy is known to have this behavior...and is walking our streets.

They are getting braver. Last week I awoke to find the contents of my console and glove box all over the floor of my car. They took some aftershave a pair of sunglasses and an old GPS I had.

I kicked myself in the ass for not locking my car, not smart!

Yesterday I went to the car wash and while going through water started coming through the passenger side window. 

When I checked it I found the stripping around the window had been pushed in. That means I did not leave it unlocked but that they were brave enough to stand in my driveway and jimmy my lock through that window.

A few weeks ago one of the gas attendants was attacked by a guy. When reported they were told….yea we know him.

A couple who were attacked are suing the city as the attacker was known to be dangerous.

A man gets attacked and his bike stolen after they beat him up. There are pics of a guy riding his bike ?????

The kid that was attacked downtown still has no justice from the attack on him.

So these wackos are walking around our neighborhoods and there is full knowledge they are off or are dangerous

WHY???

FROM THE CROTCH - Welcome to the Jungle

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Want some good news...? Sorry I have none.

Chased out the 53rd junkie this year from my alley yesterday. 
Last years count on May 15 was 38. He was sticking the needle in his leg trying to find a vein. He poked himself several different times to no avail and eventually settled on his neck. Sad! He was from Riverside Cal. and came to Portland with 2 friends All three were in the same prison together and decided to make Oregon their home. They left and apologized for using the alley. As for the alley ...recliners, mattresses, blankets , clothing and piles of garbage.

The fence by the house that housed the murderer from the shooting at Hing Ming’s was down again. At night we see them like cockroaches going in and out all hours of the night.

Violent crime is on the rise.

Theft is on the decline, however most I spoke to believed it was more from folks just not reporting anymore. They believe crime from theft is up also... just folks quit calling it in. I for one believe that.

Now the good stuff. What will be happening over the next 5 years is the lowering of standards relating to many crimes. 

Limits will be raised on theft and drug offenses will result in book and release. Why will this happen?

Well first we do not have an adequate number of police. We have a police department that has the same amount of cops on duty as we did in the 70's ...when there were a lot fewer folks and a lot different times.

Second ..we were already not using about 300 beds in the jails. Due to the new budget cuts..72 more beds are empty..or 2 pods.

Third... Our District Attorney's Office will lose 30 more DA's. Yep that will bring us to a level we had 30 years ago. There will be give or take a few. 62 DA's down from 92 which was 104 not to far back.

What does this mean? It means that areas will be filled with a lot more petty and small crime which will result in much more serious crimes. Example. Lots of drug users bring lots of drug dealers. At least 2 of the murders in Lents were about drugs from what I have been told.

When I told you all 4 years ago it was coming..many thought I had no idea what I was talking about. Even now that it is upon us there are those out there that believe that somehow this will not affect them. That is a big mistake.

Most folks here have no clue as to how bad things can get. No one I am sure thought that this small neighborhood could have 5 murders in a few months…4 in the last month.

You do still have a few choices. You can unite, stand together and get loud.. or go hide…not saying by pushing back it will get any better...but it beats doing nothing.


FROM THE CROTCH - bullets flying

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This is what took place with the shots fired the other day at the Space Age on 84th and Foster. Three guys in a Lexus were getting gas. Another car traveling down Foster caught their eye and a shoot out between them began.

This is right across the street from where a murder happened just a few days prior. It is also just a couple of houses away from where folks had bullets come through the wall in their apartment.

The picture is of a vehicle that was in the gas station during the shooting. The station owner said that this guy."never" got out of his vehicle when he came there.  For some reason he did...when he came back out there was a bullet hole through his windshield and through the drivers seat which would have hit him about chest level.

God was there that day to protect that man.....where the hell is our Mayor.

There are several groups that have been doing this.

Police should compare the video from the Shell station with the Space Age shooting to see if it’s one and same guys. At the Shell station these thugs threatened a Hispanic man who they cut off in line. It is all on video.

FROM THE CROTCH!

ShootingS in Lents

Two shootings on the same day! Foster & 84th and 92nd & Henry

Interesting night....while I watched 15 or so officers surround the home behind me (84th and Foster) looking for the killer from the shooting at Hing Ming’s yesterday; I heard that another fatal shooting had taken place up on 92nd and Henry.

The suspect on 84th is accused of shooting a 36 years old man in broad daylight and lives right behind me. You folks have heard of him before...he was the guy on a half dozen occasions fired his gun off in the alley. My neighbors know him as the guy who fired a bullet into their house that went into their living room through the TV and into another wall. He was the guy who was approached several times by my neighbors and myself about the activity going on at his residence. We know it as a drug house where junkies get drugs and come into the alley and fix,

For hours they attempted to get anyone in the house to come out. My son could hear it at a friends house who lives on the other side of Woodstock. Six or seven loud noises that were more then likely flash bangs set off so officers could enter the home. We finally saw the officers inside, I do not know what the outcome was.

Anyone that can look in the mirror and honestly say that Lents is a safe place to live anymore is nuts. I have seen a lot of stuff go on over the last 25 years but nothing as bad as this.

This guy was a drug dealer and a thug that should have been in jail a long time ago. Not lack of police effort or desire to do so, but a lack of ability to put in the time to go after these folks. 

WE NEED MORE OFFICERS!

Anyone who drives by Hing Ming’s sees the groups hanging out in the parking lot. It is a meeting place for thugs, drug dealers and seems to attract every scumbag in the area. Those of us who live by it see it daily. The alley behind our homes has become the place they sell and use drugs, use as an open toilet and worry neighbors who leave to work each day wondering if their home is next to be robbed.

Many of us remember not that long ago telling our local community leaders that we were concerned about the signs of what was coming... and they told us it would be fine. Lent's they said was changing. New development was coming.

The sad thing is that in Lents folks just kind of ignore reality. They believe a handful of new buildings and a gazebo will make it more livable. To those that spent time or lived in big cities before coming to Portland..you know better. You know exactly what is coming..

Asking PPD to fight crime with the resources they have is like asking someone to drain Johnson Creek with a thimble.

HAPPY EASTER LENTS!

FROM THE CROTCH

6:00 AM in the crotch. Gentleman either mentally ill or on some bad meth. Comes into the Shell opening and slamming doors. Being loud and obnoxious. Walks out of the store without paying for merchandise. Banging on cars yelling nonsense. Smashed his phone and basically having a fit.

Cops called. A young man went after him in the McDonalds parking lot and gave him a few good kicks to the head... minutes later he is hugging the guy. Four patrol cars show up and obviously the officers know who this guy is. He is still wandering the hood. Don't blame the cops folks... if they arrested him the jail would release him in 2 hours. 

Get used to this.. Need a place to house folks with mental issues.

From the Crotch

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WATCH YOUR LADDERS

Last night we had folks trying to break in to the empty duplex next to me. I chased them away as they tried to tell me the owner wanted them to get them ready to rent. Since I know the owner I knew it was bullshit.

This morning I awoke to both of my work ladders ($500) being stolen. The alley behind me had more campers. Meanwhile as crime goes up and our neighborhood gets worse we have folks on the city council who seem to not want to support our police officers.

So my advice to all of you is to be sure you have the ability to protect yourself. Please do not be that person who says, “if I only would have had a way to fight back.” It is dangerous, as they are not afraid to come onto your property and steal. We have good cops here. If they were allowed to do their jobs they would not be quitting.

Burglaries, mail theft, stolen property, tires slashed. We even had video evidence and nothing happened. Criminals that cause destruction and steal from us..walk around unpunished. Several of my neighbors have run into the guy who slashed all the tires... he was never even arrested.

The camps are popping up all over. With Fred Meyer gone all those junkies and thieves have to find somewhere else to make up for not having 1.5 million in merchandise in their coffers.

I picked up 62 needles in the alley. A guy was urinating right across from the Catholic School. not even trying to hide what he was doing.

More and more folks wandering around,.. by the way I have only ran into one out of the dozen or so I talked to that are from Portland. One guy at Lents Park told me some lady feeding them told them to make sure they say they are from here.

The slow spiral of the new toilet bowl we used to call Portland.

Very sad!