Have you ever wondered why acity would make a code that totally defeated the purpose of government? One of these government regulations in Beaverton, Oregon, was that many churches, schools, and other large facilities couldn’t be used as emergency shelters because they didn’t meet the city’s codes for that.
I’m not sure why the codes didn’t allow for this or what code could have possibly been violated by trying to keep people safe during large storms or other events. However, the Mayor of Beaverton has really stepped up to the plate and has proposed a change that I think is a good one.
Mayor Denny Doyle has proposed that there be a temporary lifting of the rules on development codes during major events making it so these facilities could be used to protect the public from the elements.
The idea is that there is alot of homeless people and people who lose their power during major storms, like the one we had in December. Can you imagine it being 25 degrees outside and to be without power for 8 or 9 days? Well it happened here and we had no place for these people to go to keep warmor evenget a warm meal.
This is one of the reasons I love Beaverton, Oregon. The government here doesn’t always think like the government we have come to expect over the past 30 years,where logic doesn’t prevail, it hinders.
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