Ah, January, sweet January, with the homeless dying on the streets

Your Intrepid reporter, vain though he is has managed to unearth by means of the magic of Google algorithms [which although Mr Meo understands he is willing to forbear, the arrogant asshole, requiring such understanding of you] a news story from six months ago.

The latest action on that front: Meo was arrested in the antechamber of the mayor’s office for a third time on Christmas Eve (judges have ordered him to keep at least 25 feet from the office at all times). And when he showed up for a court date two days later, Meo was held in the city’s (sometimes overcrowded, deputy-overtime generating) jail for five days.

Court records show Multnomah County Circuit Judge Michael Greenlick ordered Meo booked in jail at a December 26 hearing. Bail was set at $1,000. Meo was released on his own recognizance on the 31st, and even given permission to travel to Seattle earlier this week.

The latest arrest in Hales’ office means Meo is now facing four misdemeanor trespassing charges as a result of his protest, which involves little more than occasionally sitting in the mayor’s office lobby, reading, and always announcing his presence and intentions in the mayor’s official visitor’s book.

And fasting, of course. Meo says he’s ingested only liquids since the beginning of December.

“Today is Day 37—but who’s counting, eh?” he wrote in an email yesterday. “I weigh 165 pounds, from 195.”

Meo doesn’t want to talk to Hales about his protest—he wants a “substantive action.” Exactly what that needs to be is unclear. Meo has called on Hales to follow reform recommendations of the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform, but has also said he’ll end his fast if the city severs its ties with the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Taskforce, which officials will consider on February 5.

Hales’ staff, meanwhile, say they’re not sure how to placate Meo, and that he’s not welcome in the office if he doesn’t want to hash things out.

“I haven’t seen him since around Christmas,” says Dana Haynes, the mayor’s chief spokesman. “We talked for quite a while the last time he dropped by, but that’s been a while.”

Update, 1:45 pm: Meo is back in Portland City Hall today. According to Denis, he told a group rallying outside the building he is preparing his will, only half jokingly. Denis says Meo was outside of Amanda Fritz’s office when he last saw him, well outside the 25-foot distance he’s been ordered to keep from Hales’ office.

Too Much Information Department: Your Intrepid Reporter confesses to exaggeration when talking to the news media. It is with deep with abject humility I bet [the Machine is still at it: I write I beg the forgiveness of my followers, and the Machine substitutes “bet”.]

I only got down to 175 pounds. From 195, that part was true. Sorry.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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