'I drove to City Hall in tears': Salt & Straw considers moving its headquarters out-of-state due to crime

The CEO of Salt & Straw said she’s been asking city leaders for years to address the crime, trash and danger in their Central Eastside neighborhood.

PORTLAND, Oregon — The head of Portland-based ice cream maker Salt & Straw is sending a message to local leaders: make Portland safer or say good-bye to the company’s headquarters.

CEO and co-founder Kim Malek said she’s considering moving Salt & Straw’s Southeast Portland kitchen and headquarters out-of-state, citing ongoing and unchecked crime and safety threats in Portland’s Central Eastside neighborhood.

“Seeing it get worse and worse, I don’t know what option I have,” she said. “I can’t stay

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