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The Oregon governor-elect and Portland mayor meet on Wednesday to discuss serious issues.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Homeless tents in Old Town.Oregon Gov-elect Tina Kotek discussed crises facing Portland with Mayor Red Wheeler Wednesday afternoon.

According to Kotek, the two agreed to meet every two weeks to continue discussing how to address such pressing Portland issues as homelessness, the downtown economic downtown and the shortage of police officers.

"I requested that we meet every two weeks going forward to ensure that we are sharing information and working together to take on the biggest issues facing the Portland region," Kotek said in a Nov. 16 press release.

Wheeler's office did not promptly respond to a request for comment.

"I had a constructive meeting with Mayor Wheeler this afternoon, Kotek's release said. "We discussed several urgent issues."

Issues included:

• The city's latest push to address street camping and homelessness, which I generally support and will continue to follow closely as more detailed plans are developed;

• The city's initial planning for next steps after I declare a homelessness state of emergency;

• The Portland Police Bureau's staffing challenges and delayed response times;

• The need to partner with major employers to revitalize downtown; and

• Our shared commitment to build a constructive working partnership, along with Chair-Elect Vega Pederson and other local leaders.


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