Monday, October 16, 2017

Oregonian Op-Ed: Eudaly Blocked Landlord's Free Speech in Public Forum

Portland landlord Nishant Bhajaria penned an op ed that appeared in this week's Sunday Oregonian. The piece was critical of Portland City Commissioner Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. Bhajara says when he posted on Eudaly's public Facebook page for evidence that rent control really worked, Eudaly deleted his posts and banned him from the page without explanation, in violation of the City's social media policy.

Bhajaria says it wasn't until he threatened the city attorney with a lawsuit that he was unblocked and allowed to comment. The opinion piece states that while Eudaly and mayor Ted Wheeler claim to embrace diversity, they met privately with "mostly white liberals" who had not registered as lobbyists, and that these groups were "allowed a seat at the table in almost every discussion around housing policy in Portland." Read more.

Bhajaria's previous Op-Ed in opposition to the ordinance requiring payment of relocation fees to renters appeared in the Oregonian on Sunday, February 25, 2017.