HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

On Simpson trail: Picking up campers’ trash

Written March 5th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

A cleanup of homeless camps took place today in the jungle that is the Willamette riverfront off Albany’s Simpson Park. And from the looks of it, cleaning up the place is a never-ending task.


Costly pathway turns into trashy walk

Written January 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Sometimes you get the feeling it makes no sense to spend big money on public improvements as long as vandals and vagrants remain free — and motivated, if that’s the right word — to ruin them with spray paint and trash.


Albany’s war on vagrancy, crime

Written March 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany has banned unauthorized camping on public property and set up a zone from which the municipal court may banish repeat criminals for up to a year. Both measures are in effect starting now.


Vagrancy laws stall at city council

Written March 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

A proposed crackdown on crime and other problems associated with vagrancy in Albany turned into a public debate before the Albany City Council Wednesday about what to do — and not to do — about the homeless.


New attack on crimes and messes

Written March 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

  Albany officials are poised to get tough — or tougher — on abandoned vehicles and houses, and on behavior that drags down the quality of life especially in the central part of town. You might call it a combined campaign against crime and the messes people leave behind.


The cleanup never ends

Written January 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The wasteland under the Pacific Boulevard viaduct is not exactly Albany’s garden spot. Vagrants have turned it into a dump where repeated cleanups have to be done.


No ‘deposit or discharge’ allowed

Written August 17th, 2013 by

This is kind of indelicate, so be warned. The Albany City Council, as you may have heard, has passed a couple of ordinances to give the police more enforcement tools against vagrants that cause trouble. One new city law outlaws open containers of alcohol in a public place. No problem with that. The other ordinance […]


 
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