Six Points of Homelessness

1. Research shows interventions to prevent homelessness are more cost effective than addressing issues after someone is already homeless. The longer a person is homeless, the harder and more expensive it to get them back in housing.
Clean-up, constant policing, ambulances and emergency rooms, crime, mental therapy and a long list of other reoccurring resources are costing our state millions. It’s time to be proactive.

2. Poverty, unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing. Those 3 issues are of utmost importance. There currently are administrative programs and social groups working relentlessly on this and I applaud them all. Thank you. It is very clear given our current situation that more needs to be done. My administration will engage in this matter right away.

3. Treating the homeless while still homeless is money poorly spent. They need a foundation on which to be nurtured. To rebuild from.
I believe we need to provide free long-term state or city-owned shelters with a full centralized sanitation station along with mental health or disability treatment, drug treatment and work training services to help give them that foundation to become a productive member of society. Well-built comfortable shelters can be made affordably and in large numbers. Getting them back on their feet is goal #1.

4. There will be those who will not accept the help needed to stay off the streets. For their own personal reasoning they will choose to remain homeless.
To those I say, please stay safe and acceptance of help. Oregon loves you. But it also must be stated: homeless encampments along residential streets, public parks or commercial walk-ways will no longer be tolerated. The trash that hangs around and is left behind will no longer be tolerated. Being drunk, belligerent or out of control in public will no longer be tolerated. I will work together with professional social workers and community advocates in order to make sure this will be a compassionate and benevolent process, but enforcement is a must in order for tax-paying residents to have any trust in Government.

5. We need to make it so Eugene and Portland are not so homeless-friendly. We can do this in a kind-hearted way, but it needs to be done. What we are seeing are homeless individuals from other states coming into Oregon’s big cities. This is not fair to our residents and our community. I will work with local leaders and together go over the laws and programs to confirm exactly what’s attracting the homeless to Oregon and what policies we can strengthen.

6. Higher Education. Mental Health. Drug Addiction. I strongly feel going into higher education immediately after high school is one of the most effective ways to reduce homelessness in the long run. As your governor, I will put a priority on raising the percentage of those going into higher education.
It has been proven that when a state allocates a higher percentage of its budget towards quality mental health treatment and services, it sees a lower percentage of mental health related costs and expenses on the back end. 
As governor I will offer better options for keeping healthy bodies and minds active so they do not turn to drugs out of desperation, hopelessness, and a desire to be numb. These options include the arts, sports, healthy lifestyle programs or creating more job opportunities. It is also essential to offer high-quality treatment for those dependent on drug use.

It is worth noting,  I will listen to the experts who have dedicated their lives to help end the homeless epidemic. These social angels who have spent years doing the research will be my advisors. 

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A quick mind for Natural Disasters

Nobody knows when a natural disaster Is about to strike but it is important that those in leadership roles need to be ready at any moment of ever day.

I will be creating Oregon's first ever Natural Disaster Task force.
We need to have things in motion immediately after a natural disaster and we need a team dedicated and ready.

Even for disasters that Oregon my never expect such as a Tornado or 6 feet of snow or a major fire within the mass-populated urban boundaries. The climate is changing and we need to be ready for the known such as earthquakes, heat waves and ice storms but we must also be prepared for the unknown.

Before a disaster strikes, I will establish an emergency response team; compile essential emergency management information; and assess the state’s resources and capabilities for dealing with an emergency.

FEMA will be ready for us.

Governors guide for Natural Disasters

The Future of Crime Prevention

Creating jobs and fighting crime.
Crime prevention and manufacturing jobs can go hand in hand in Oregon. As governor I aim to give incentives for new manufacturers to come to Oregon to build the components that focus on crime prevention. My administration will vastly promote these items with one simple goal….let the criminals know that they will be held accountable for their crimes and they will be caught. The future of crime prevention will be robust under my watch. Technology is smarter then you. Crime rates will drop and public safety will be felt.

Lower Vehicle Theft.
My administration will work hard to ensure a lower percentage of stolen cars simply by using the future of technology and massively promoting this simply and effective device. Micro portable GPS tracker devices that individuals can secretly install within their car need to be more widely accessible. The percentage of stolen cars should dramatically drop. This goes with bikes, purses and expensive personal belongings as well. This chip will be small enough to easily hide from sight.

Walking Safe
By downloading a new customized app on to your phone, whenever an individual is walking in public and feeling unsafe, turn on this app and in real-time you will be recorded with the media going directly to crime prevention authorities. In a dark alley? Walking home alone? Answering the door to a stranger? A strange man confronts you? This is just an added layer of protection.

High-Speed Police Chases
They need to be a thing of the past. Those accelerated pursuits put so many lives at risk. Innocent bystanders in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thousands of deaths because of high speed chases, many of whom were innocent bystanders.
Once a car is laser marked (pinned) it cannot escape. Tag and Track. Once the suspect eventually stops they will be apprehended.

Transportation Solutions

Transportation Solutions

Free Transit

One of the best ways we can create a united Oregon with equity for all is by having a free public transportation system throughout Oregon. Oregon’s bus and light rail system should work for everyone. Portland already ranks as one of the top cities with an excellent transportation system. Research has shown that when the transit system is free the community as a whole prospers. Local economies flourish. I would also recommend free wi-fi on public transportation as well. This is a great way to allow those individuals with longer travel times to get work done. Time lost is money lost.
Safety! Creating a safe environment for those riding our public transportation is paramount. Enforcing stricter laws for those riding the system who become violent or out of control will help to ensure public safety.

Encouraging Bike Travel

My administration will encourage bikes to be used as your main mode of transportation. This can increase health benefits, save money, reduce traffic, lessen air-pollution and slow climate change. Biking is a powerful tool of transportation.  

Congestion Pricing

One way around heavily congested areas is by using a method called Congestion Pricing. The study from Oregon’s Environmental Council has found that using this method of charging drivers who drive during the busiest times of the day should be charged a small fee. This will in turn immediately create less traffic during rush hour for those drivers who are able to drive during a different hour of the day.

Transportation Infrastructure

As revenue comes into our state I want to make sure that those dollars will be allocated to projects that help to repair our crumbling infrastructure as well as build for the future of tomorrow. Expanding public transportation.
Transportation infrastructure is absolutely key to a smooth running system.

Future of Transportation

I will not allow any Transportation Advisors onto my team who still believe that gas-powered cars will be the future of Oregon travel. It’s time we build for the future in terms of both the actual transportation and the good paying manufacturing jobs related to transportation components.

It’s time to start thinking about the future of transportation such as shared mobility, electric and autonomous vehicles. It’s time we connect rural and urban Oregon together with amazingly fast travel such as Hyperloop. Though more research needs to go into Hyperloop trasnportation before it becomes a reality, it’s time to be progresssive about the future of transportation.
It’s time we have the environment in mind while building out the future. Clean-energy-powered. Dirty emissions need to be a thing of the past.  It’s time we focus on individuals’ health with regards to transportation which include “Smart Cities” for walking and biking. The future is now and it’s time to go BIG!

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Produce For Security

Produce For Security

The amount that Oregon tax payers spend on feeding the homeless within homeless shelters as well as Oregon residents who are not food secure (being without access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food) is very high.
About 552,900 Oregonians are food insecure, of those 194,070 are children.
To me, that is unacceptable.

Feeding those who need it most

I would like to introduce a program to help lessen this problem.
For the first time in Oregon’s history I will be creating Oregon’s Produce Row. Strategically placed in low-income areas throughout Oregon.
This will comprise of land secured by the state (between 1-4 acres) and create a produce garden of fruit trees ( approx 200-fruit-bearing trees) and organic vegetables and berries to help feed those who are in need. A 3-acre plot of land can feed up to 2,000 households.
The financial cost to keep this going can be off-set from the money saved on feeding the homeless.

Detroit has a successful program similar to what I am proposing, Those will food insecurities are able to walk through and enjoy a fresh snack or have their dinner, at no cost to them. Excess food will be deliver to food pantries and places that need it.

Oregon should provide food assistance to anyone who needs it. Going to bed starving is close to torture. Healthy eating is the first step towards treating homelessness.
It is the compassionate thing to do. It is the right thing to do,

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