Safe & Clean awards handed out at downtown ceremony
Mayor Charlie Hales, business leaders and social service honored members of the Clean & Safe program that works to improve livability downtown on Friday.
Four workers received awards at a morning ceremony at Directors Park. In addition to Hales, speakers included Central City Concern Executive Director Ed Blackburn, Clean & Safe Board Chair Cindy Laurila, and Clean & Safe Executive Director Lynnae Berg.
As part of the program, more than 30 men and women work every day downtown cleaning sidewalks, removing graffiti and alerting Portland Police officers to crime. The program is affilated with the Portland Business Alliance.
According to the PBA, award winners included:
Clean & Safe Cleaner, Hope Kidby: Hope has served as a dedicated employee of Central City Concern and Clean & Safe since 2014. Today, she works as a permanent barrel pusher for Clean & Safe and is also responsible for training and mentoring new cleaners. Hopes compassionate, caring and professional attitude makes her a phenomenal trainer and mentor, and a fantastic ambassador for both organizations.
Clean & Safe Cleaner, James Hull: James joined Clean & Safe in 2015 as a trainee after completing the Community Volunteer Corp. As a formally homeless individual, James now works as a permanent bus mall barrel pusher and is responsible for training all new trainees. His enthusiasm and passion for his job has helped elevate the knowledge of every trainee and has continued to impact the level of training that new employees receive today.
Clean & Safe Security Officer, Judy Dan: Judy has been an unarmed officer for Portland Patrol, Inc. for two years and covers the bid in a timely fashion. She is the definition of a true professional and steps up to take assignments, when there is a need. As a polite and professional individual, she is a great mentor for young officers and a true asset to Portland Patrol, Inc.
Clean & Safe Security Officer, John Picinisco: Officer John Picinisco has been serving the citizens of downtown Portland as a member of Portland Patrol, Inc. for 13 years. In that time, he has trained many new officers, some that have gone on to law enforcement careers. As a senior officer, many new officers come to him for advice and to learn from his professional career, making him a true asset to the organization.
Also honored as 2016 Downtown Champion was Portland Police Captain Bob Day: As the Central Precinct Commander and the Assistant Chief of Operations, Captain Day has been invaluable to the safety and livability of downtown.