May 22, 2013
A group of people are hanging out in front of your business harassing people. What CAN you do?
We CAN make sure we report all menacing, harassing behavior to Bend PD. The non-emergency number is 693-6911.
We CAN we take ownership of the space in front of your business. Step out and clean it regularly. Put out flower planters, clothing racks, chairs etc.
We CAN stand up for our downtown and not let the behavior of a few spoil the wonderful place we’ve all created and enjoy.
The DBBA is also working with Bend PD, The City, and others to change policy and laws to address behavior problems.
June 20, 2012
Several individuals engaged in menacing behavior have been turned over to the police. Please help us continue to work to reduce the instances of these behaviors. If a customer reports an incident to you, get their name, phone number, the date and time, and report it to the DBBA. Our number is: 541-788-3628.
June 6, 2012
We know with summer coming there will be idle hands. Petty crimes and quality of life issues like negative behaviors usually increase in downtown. This year we are attacking the issue more aggressively than ever, and we need your help. In particular, PLEASE read and follow the “Say No to Panhandlers” information. Also REPORT any menacing, harassing behaviors. See the Safe Kids Zone info below that helps protect downtown. Call police non-emergency at 693-6911 to report all issues. We need to document all incidents downtown in order to see increased police presence.
October 7, 2011
We have made progress, but we need everyone’s vigilance to keep downtown healthy.
Behavior issues, you know them when you run into them. First and most important thing to do if you want to help is call the police (541) 693-6911. Even the smallest quality of life issues are important to report. Negative behaviors should not be tolerated in our City.
A great deal of downtown is covered by the 2006 Bend Safe Kids Zone Ordinance. This ordinance like many similar ones around the country is intended to protect family friendly areas like our wonderful downtown. Help out downtown! Get empowered! Read the Safe Kids law and if you see a violation, don’t just walk away, get involved!
The music system on Mirror Pond Plaza and the regular events have definitely helped the situation there, but we need to do more!
July 11, 2011
Update on our efforts to keep things positive downtown…
Mirror Pond Plaza
- “Smile, you’re on camera” signs have been installed on Mirror Pond Plaza and have already had a positive impact.
- A music system that will help add to the positive atmosphere and will be available for events.
- Yoga classes will be held every Wednesday throughout the summer as we work to continue to encourage use of the space.
- We have been working with the Police Department to deal with the small quality of life issues. Tickets are being issued for bike and skateboard riding on the sidewalk, smoking and more.
- Our Operations Manager Mike has been supervising several community service workers. We have been really staying ahead of the trash and graffiti.
- The Say NO to Panhandlers Campaign is getting good traction. We are working to educate all downtown employees to not give money to panhandlers, but to direct them to social services.
June 7, 2011
We know with summer coming there will be idle hands. Petty crimes and quality of life issues like negative behaviors usually increase in downtown. This year we are attacking the issue more aggressively than ever, but we need your help. In particular, PLEASE read and follow the “Say No to Panhandlers” information. We want to keep our downtown great!
Below is an update on our multi-pronged approach to address the behavior issues downtown and in particular on Mirror Pond Plaza.
- We have submitted a letter of support for a bill moving through the Oregon House which would address consumption of drugs by minors. The bill has an important hearing in Salem today. We have worked with Bend PD and Senator Telfer’s office on this bill and anticipate that if passed it will give law enforcement another tool to address the challenges on the plaza and throughout downtown.
- Mars Bistro has now opened the Mars Cart, a mobile street vendor with the same great food they had at restaurant on Minnesota for years. We have worked with them to have them on the plaza a few days a week to create activity there. We are also working on getting other activities and vendors on the plaza.
- Arts Central is proceeding with a music system on the outside of the Rademacher House. The DBBA will fund the installation and Arts Central is funding the satellite radio subscription. We will be broadcasting Bach and other pleasant music onto the plaza. The system will also prove to be a great asset for events and activities on the plaza.
- Mike, our operations manager along with our community service workers washed the breezeway late last week. We are in the plaza most every day (sometimes twice a day) cleaning. Keeping the area clean helps keep it positive.
- The DBBA has funded numerous small repairs to railings and benches in the area that have been vandalized. We know that if we leave street furnishings broken, it invites more vandalism so staying on top of repairs is a crucial piece of a positive place.
- We are working with Downtown Bend businesses on an internal “Say No to Panhandlers” campaign. This campaign was brought to us by Jeff Datwyler. He had used a similar approach in Salem. The campaign includes a message for downtown business owners and employees that giving to panhandlers only exacerbates their (and our) problems. The campaign directs people to give to social service agencies instead.
- Bend PD has really stepped up on the enforcement side. Patrols have been regular downtown and we have noticed an improvement.
- We are currently investigating cameras for the area as well.
As always, your feedback is welcome if you have other ideas on how we can work to keep things positive in our wonderful little Downtown Bend!