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Oregon City mayoral candidate says the city’s homeless will live like ‘the Japanese’ if he wins

  • Oregon City mayoral candidate Leslie Wright said he wants the homeless in his city to live like “the Japanese people” by placing them in a vacant school.
  • The retired sergeant major unveiled his plan while discussing his second attempt to run for Oregon City mayor during an interview with radio talk show host Lars Larson last month.
  • “Have you ever seen the Japanese people, how they live? They live in these small, compact areas,” Wright told Larson. “We’re going to take each one of those [homeless] people and put them in their own little area and give them an address.”
  • While Wright might have been alluding to the popular low-budget capsule hotels in Japan, his statement may also bring to mind the crowded internment camps that thousands of Japanese Americans were incarcerated in during World War II.
  • Wright is set to face Oregon City Commission President and acting Mayor Denyse McGriff in a special election on Aug. 23.

A mayoral candidate for Oregon City revealed that he intends to use a vacant school for the homeless people in the city so they can live like “the Japanese people.”

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Leslie Wright unveiled his plan while discussing his second attempt to run for Oregon City mayor during an interview with radio talk show host Lars Larson last month.