The city of Albany passed an emergency ordinance that will ticket people for giving money to panhandlers. The city’s reasoning is that homeless people looking for money pose a safety risk as they stand on the side of the road. The city also hopes discouraging panhandling will lead to an increase of charitable donations, where they say the money will be used more effectively.
“You’re wasting a bunch of valuable resources to something that really isn’t going to have much of an impact,” said Sam Sachs, a former park ranger with Portland, who worked on the clearing of the Springwater Corridor. The city of Albany says it was difficult to enforce its current anti-panhandling law because law enforcement had to witness the transaction. The new ordinance bans people walking into the street in an attempt to get money. CONTINUE