Town Hall To Focus On Exclusion Zone

The Dalles City Council will hold a town hall on a proposed exclusion zone ordinance on Monday evening.  The exclusion zones proposal, or “safety zones” as Police Chief Pat Ashmore indicated in a November opinion column in The Dalles Chronicle that he would rather refer to them as, was first advanced to the Council in November.  It would allow for repeat offenders of various misdemeanors to be banished from two different downtown areas for up to 90 days if a court determines the person chooses not to accept help, refuses work crew, or fails to complete other forms of accountability.  Mayor Steve Lawrence says the town hall will be limited to discussion on the ordinance, not the general topic of homelessness.  Monday’s town hall meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at Mid-Columbia Senior Center.

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