Community reacts to Governor Kotek's new task force planning to tackle challenges in Downtown Portland

The task force will address homelessness and crime among other things.

PORTLAND, Oregon — Steven Lien has owned underU4men Downtown Portland for about 18 years. He has enjoyed it immensely, but he will admit it has not always been a walk in the park, especially in recent years. Lien points to fentanyl issues and vandalism. In fact, he dealt with some vandalism just this week.

“All of our flags in front of the store were ripped off and just yesterday morning the Mercantile had its windows broken out again,” Lien said. 

It is not going unnoticed.

This week Governor Tina Kotek announced

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