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The district provides services and cleans up trash in the 213-block core of downtown Portland.

PMG FILE PHOTO - A Downtown Portland Clean and Safe worker.Downtown Portland Clean & Safe has released its most recent annual report and announced a new security referral number.

The program, an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance, provides cleanup and other services within the 213-block core of downtown. In its most recently completed fiscal year, the program reported the following impacts in the district:

• Collected 182,127 needles downtown

• Picked up a total of 82,166 bags of trash

• Removed 35,127 graffiti tags

• Cleaned up 22,367 bio-hazards

In addition, the program announced a new security services number of 503-388-3888. By calling that number, Clean & Safe's safety coordinators can help with:

• Disorderly behavior

• Public drinking

• Individuals blocking access to sidewalks or doorways

• Advice on a security issue

The district's cleaning crews can also help with:

• Cleaning the sidewalk

• Assisting with graffiti removal on the building walls facing the street, no higher than 8 feet

• Picking up needles or other biohazards

For emergencies, call 9-1-1 for an immediate response. Call Clean & Safe after a police officer is confirmed on the way. For non-emergencies, call the Portland Police Bureau at 503-823-3333.

Formed in 1988, Clean & Safe is the oldest and largest enhanced service district in Portland, providing essential services to its districts. It is financed with a fee on properties authorized by the City Council that supplements publicly-financed services for neighborhood improvement including cleaning, security, market research and retail advocacy.

The district underwent several renewals in the 1990s before the council decided to renew the service district every 10 years in 2001. Other districts serve the Lloyd District and Central Eastside Industrial District.

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