Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
      April 22, 2004

      A 21-year-old man reported at 2 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, that he was robbed at gunpoint by
a man as he was walking near the MAX Light Rail Transit Station on Northeast Eighth Street and Kelly Avenue.


      Oregonian, The
      October 3, 2004

Summary: Law-enforcement officers say they feel handcuffed after transit officials, looking to avoid legal challenges, revise standards on excluding riders

      Portland's transit police say TriMet's overhaul of its 15-year-old system for excluding unruly riders has hamstrung their ability to keep potential troublemakers off trains and buses.

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Police, however, argue that crime statistics don't tell the entire story. They say they are dealing with more problems at the usual trouble spots, including MAX platforms at Southeast 82nd Avenue, Holladay Park and Hollywood.

      Some officers are so concerned they won't let their families ride light rail alone.

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"When your customers call 9-1-1 and request police response to disruptive persons in your kiosks and on your platforms, the police will issue a warning and leave," he wrote. "The passengers and disruptive persons will be left and the police will be gone. Prostitutes could loiter in your shelters and on your platforms but could not be excluded. Drug dealers and drug addicts could loiter on your system and nothing can be done to exclude them. Gang members could occupy these areas with no intent of using your system, but simply to hang out and wait for the next adventure or worse, the next victim."

      In the meantime, TriMet has urged police to get with the new program, but selling it to the ranks has been difficult after a hearings officer threw out most of the exclusions the first few months for technical errors.


      Oregonian, The
      December 23, 2004

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      Despite the precinct's voting record, scratch the surface in curbside conversations and you'll hear familiar complaints about crime, the glut of apartments and the closing of the Rockwood Fred Meyer store. The degrading effect of the MAX light-rail line that follows Burnside Road through the center of the precinct and guarded remarks about the influx of Latino immigrants aren't far behind.

      "It's getting worse," said Reynolds' neighbor Mike Pursley, who has lived in Rockwood for 17 years and voted for Bush. "It seems like all our morals are gone."


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