Portland leaders to vote on contract to protect and clean up downtown

The contested contract with the nonprofit Clean & Safe would cost about $25 million over the next five years, but critics say botched security is cause for concern.

PORTLAND, Ore. — As downtown Portland struggles to rebound from pandemic downturns, protest fallout, and a rise in homelessness, city leaders are set to vote on a contested security and sanitation contract.

Last week, city council voted to postpone the vote to renew a contract with nonprofit Downtown Portland Clean & Safe.

The city has contracted with the group for years, using a mix of taxes and fees from property owners. The contract is up, so

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