Hood River City Councilors have asked Mayor Paul Blackburn and City Manager Steve Wheeler to prepare a "Sancutary City" ordinance similar to one developed in San Francisco.  Blackburn had brought up the topic during Monday's Council meeting, explained such a move would mean Hood River city law enforcement would not be active partners with federal immigration officials because the incoming Trump administration is professing plans to deport 11 million illegal immigrants, which he considers "an unconscionable humanitarian and economic disaster for our city."  About fifteen people spoke before the Council on the subject during Monday's meeting, with a mixture for and against such a move.  One big conversation topic was potential recriminations from the Trump Administration in regard to federal funding the City receives in a variety of areas.  The issue will come before the Council again on December 12.  In other business, the Council passed the first reading of code amendments needed to implement short-term rental licensing requirements, with final passage set for Tuesday in a special meeting at 6 p.m. in Hood River City Hall.

 

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