Vera Katz would be considered a "Right wing Fascist" today by most in Portland if she were still alive. I remember moving up here in 1995 as a kid, and from then to about the mid-2000s, Portland was considered a lot safer and cleaner than it is today. Oh sure, there were nutjobs, but there's no way she would have tolerated this homeless or crime epidemic.I may be young, 40 going on 41, but I remember when Ashland Oregon was the kooky weird place and Portland a respectable fishing/industrial place, with a good timber industry, very sleepy coastal towns that just weren't tourist traps.. this was the 80s. But I also remember during that time, the whole enviro-nut thing and the killing of the timber industry.. before Katz. Portland was still somewhat respectable during the late 80s to mid 90s until Katz. Also about the same time (early 80s) Colorado went from a sleepy, quiet mining and forestry state to being the destination for wealthy snow skiers and affluent business people banking on Aspen and Denver.
In my opinion, her only failing was butting heads with her revolving door of police chiefs towards the end of her career. She'd be appalled if she saw Portland today.....just nothing but sheer incompetence and corruption after her tenure.