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The People for Portland measure would require each county spend three-quarters of the Metro money on shelters.

COURTESY PHOTO: KRISTYNA WENTZ-GRAFF/OPB - These are sleeping pods at the Arbor Lodge shelter site in North Portland, operated by Do Good Multnomah. Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bushong ruled Monday that People for Portland made two legal errors in its quest to put a measure before voters to radically alter the way the Portland region addresses homelessness.
A Multnomah County judge ruled Monday that an effort to radically alter the way the Portland region addresses homelessness cannot move forward in its current form.

Since March, the nonprofit political group People for Portland has been trying to get a measure on the November ballot that would shift most of the money generated from a tax on affluent residents away from services to keep people in their homes and toward creating temporary shelters. The proposal also sought to make governments in the Portland region enforce any public camping bans they had on the books to receive the money.

Lawyers for Metro, the regional government, rejected People for Portland's proposal twice, saying that the wording and the intent of the measure violated the Oregon Constitution. People for Portland appealed the decision in April to the Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bushong sided in Metro's favor Monday, ruling People for Portland made two legal errors.

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