PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – After she got into an argument with a Lyft driver earlier this month, Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty defended herself on Thursday.

The incident happened the night of Nov. 1, after Hardesty requested a Lyft ride to take her from ilani in Ridgefield back to Portland. What happened next ended with 911 calls by both Hardesty and the driver.

After being picked up, Hardesty told the Lyft driver to roll up the driver and front passenger windows, which were cracked for air circulation. Hardesty told the driver, Richmond Frost, that she was cold.

Frost replied that the open windows were a COVID-19 precaution, as recommended by Lyft, but said he rolled the windows up but not entirely -- he kept them open slightly.

An argument ensued and Frost decided to cancel the ride and drop Hardesty off at a gas station off Interstate 5, so she could call another Lyft.

Hardesty refused to get out of the car and called 911, telling the dispatcher she would stay in the car until Frost ordered her another ride -- but that's something riders have to do on their Lyft app.

Frost called 911 as well, to report Hardesty not exiting his car.

FOX 12 spoke with Frost on Wednesday about the incident. He said he thought stopping the ride at the gas station was the best option for both of them.

Police did respond and Hardesty got another Lyft ride.

On Thursday, Hardesty addressed the Nov. 1 Lyft situation at a Portland City County meeting.

She said “It was my responsibility to make sure I got home safe, and I did everything I could to get home safe. When you’re living in a city where white supremacists are proudly riding around in their big trucks, their flags, and you’re a black person and somebody wants to put you on the side of the road at night, not gonna happen.”

Lyft says it has been in contact with both her and Frost.

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ChicagoMan7

[thumbdown][tongue_smile][yawn] She blames it on white supremacy? Typical demoRAT, useless, panic at every step and always blaming it on racism, putting the entire blame on everything else except themselves.

Bebetter

Lmao great example, were having a covid crisis and your at the local casino? Your suppose to be in a position of leadership and be setting a good example your the opposite! Lol what a fool!!

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Ya know..if you're an Uber, Lyft or Cab Driver..do you really wanna pick up anyone from a casino right now? Look at what's happening down in Vegas. Within the next week or so, you're gonna see new reports of possible shut downs of Vegas again. Casinos seem to be a hotbed for it. Think about it. Experts say that being in close proximity for prolonged periods of time puts people at risk, because the virus lingers in unseen moisture vapor. Well, what do people do at casinos? They hang out in the same stagnant air for prolonged periods of time, with occasional yells that send more microscopic moisture molecules into the air..that float. So with that being a given, if you're an Uber, Lyft or Cab Driver, why would you EVER be in an enclosed vehicle, less than 6 feet away from your passenger..without the windows being cracked? But to JoAnn, our little degenerate gambler, she doesn't think that way. She's cold, and she's important, and she's bitter. It's winter, do you not have a coat? Can the driver not turn up the heat just a bit? I mean, honestly, if I'm an Uber or Lyft driver right now..I'm having a transparent plastic shield installed to separate the front and back compartments. Then if she wants to roll her windows up..that's fine with me.

DefundTheMedia

I always like your posts. I fully agree with you and can't stand Hardesty. I do want to correct one thing though...I've been to Ilani a couple times since it opened. They require masks, do a full body temp scan..and they pump copious amounts of oxygen into the building. According to what I've seen about casinos, they do this because apparently it causes the brain to alter ever so slightly in a euphoric way and makes you want to keep gambling. Not sure how true the last part is, but the pumping oxygen is 100% true. Either way, she is evil LOL.

Beefbone

A relevant haiku:

Racism's evil;

But so is hypocrisy.

Neither's justified.

Maxredpilled

I'm sure Ms. Hardest wasn't at the casino gambling with her modest public servants income while so many of her constituents are suffering economic hardships during the pandemic.

Mrbastinado

I apologize in advance to all the other Jo Ann's out there, but if anything, this incident should be a warning to all Lyft and Uber drivers to take a hard pass on any rides from a user named "Jo Ann".

lanquan

"I Hate the Police" Hardesty,

Love hearing about your incident with Lyft the other night! Had to call those Evil Police? Hahaha You should have called Chloe! Or handled the situation yourself! But instead, you call the Police?? What a wimp. You're so tough when taking money away from the Police! But have a fit with a driver for Lyft? You call the RACE card (not surprised at all) then go on to spout racist views about White people? You're the racist dimwit! Big trucks and American flags = racist? Wrong, these are people who have jobs, buy nice rigs and believe in Democracy. It's opposite what you believe in and they don't knuckle down to some raving racist lunatic like you. A recall is in order to stop your embarrassing behavior. Just waiting for one to surface that I might copy and hit the streets looking for signatures. KPTV Censoring again!

DefundTheMedia

Well said!

DenWin52

I sincerely hope she reads this article and all of the comments...however, I think it wouldn't do any good...

DefundTheMedia

I think she is illiterate.

lanquan

"I Hate the Police" Hardesty,

Love hearing about your incident with Lyft the other night! Had to call those Evil Police? Hahaha You should have called Chloe! Or handled the situation yourself! But instead, you call the Police?? What a wimp. You're so tough when taking money away from the Police! But have a fit with a driver for Lyft? You call the RACE card (not surprised at all) then go on to spout racist views about White people? You're the racist dimwit! Big trucks and American flags = racist? Wrong, these are people who have jobs, buy nice rigs and believe in Democracy. It's opposite what you believe in and they don't knuckle down to some raving racist lunatic like you. A recall is in order to stop your embarrassing behavior. Just waiting for one to surface that I might copy and hit the streets looking for signatures.

Clackakitty

Karen Hardesty

Armyvetgrl1

WHY IS SHE ON the Portland City Council when she lives in Washington State?

Kachprop

Why is she calling the police for help? She wants to defund them!! Why dint she call someone who can defuse the situation? Maybe a phycyatist that could help her with her craftiness

nativepdx

'I did everything I could to get home safe' Jo Ann said ----------- Except the part where she started an argument with her driver.

nativepdx

When in doubt and you have no leg to stand on, play the race card.

catfishink

And there it is, the race card. She wants to defund the police, she shouldn't be calling them....ever. What a miserable sad excuse for a human being.

takebackrosecity

Wow - I am afraid Hardesty is a complete wackadoodle - we have 2 more years of this nonsense. We need more police and more respect and thanks to the folks in Blue. Even Jo Ann had to reach out for help - this is a non-emergency and she used 911 - Unreal!

WebFootSTi

I'm not the one to put together a recall petition, but I would sign one.

For brown stuff I drove from North Portland to Gresham to sign the last one to get rid of her. We missed it by 3,000.

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

What a shock that KPTV ripped this thread down from it's home page. I wonder who called the station and demanded that be done? Girlfriend is getting absolutely pummeled here, and rightfully so.

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

Yeah, and mine was one of those deleted. Here it is again.

Seems that big pick-up trucks with American flags = "white supremacists" and this triggers her.

What I understand her to mean by "not gonna happen", provided she's having a coherent thought, is she's a "victim" and feels "at risk" because her racist narrative is that white people have the God given liberty to own/drive a big pick-up truck to fly an American flag on.

Is it medically possible for her to be any more filled with racist and anti-American hate?

NWAmerican

So …

My take on it was I could honestly see both sides. The driver shouldn't have to put up with an unruly and rude person that is entitled. But I also wouldn't drop off anybody, especially a female ANYWHERE.

Then she had to open her mouth and prove that SHE is the BIGGEST racist in Oregon. NOBODY else sees her as Black or anybody else as Black, just rude and ill mannered and a racist. 20 years ago, Portland was the SAFEST metropolitan, now, under her idiotic BS, it is one of the WORST.

SHAME on each and every person, Black, White, turquoise or whatever that would EVER vote for a RACIST that Jo Ann A. Hardesty is.

….. I still would have taken her home, but I don't blame him for not wanting to.

mairez

She's a waste of oxygen. A tempest in a teapot.

racecar57

Exactly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Esc503

Them get a car or take a bus. Don't be a jerk to a Lyft driver and most importantly DON'T you call police for any reason Hardesty! Perhaps you need to become a violent BLM-antifa victim to learn the error of you're thinking.

Merlin

Hardesty represents Potland well.

DefundTheMedia

Black people should be embarrassed of her. She has taken a real problem with race, and makes it an excuse for everything. She wants to defund the police, yet she calls them for help. She calls white people racist, yet she makes a racist remark that white supremacists drive big trucks. Look in the mirror Joann. You a foul, evil hypocrite. So what if I said all black people that drive cars that are slammed with huge rims are thugs? You would call me a racist. You are a terrible, miserable human.

Roberto Estrello Demar

Well, there you have it ... that is what JoAnne Hardesty thinks of Portland! For me, her's or my race doesn't matter. She would have been better off to be dropped off atop the Marquam bridge, or somewhere far, far, far away, and given some time to ponder her paradigms while she hiked home. She needs to take responsibility for her own life, and stop blaming others. She needs to take her little instant pity party back to the people who sold it to her, and rub their leftist noses in it. Things are tough all over, JoAnne.Your bitterness doesn't sell around here, except to a small dysfunctional population.

racecar57

Well said !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

This person is a disgrace..an embarrassment, and she has NO BUSINESS being in ANY government position.

Son of Fukov

When all else fails pull the race card. This women is mentally ill.

guest17135

Thx

Martycat12

She is shameful and a buffoon!! There was no racial discrimination at all . She is a detriment to our city and needs to go! What a laughing stock. She wants the police to be defunded, but calls 911 over some ridiculous reason. There's no redeeming her, she's as hypocrite and a black woman who cried wolf!!!

Erik Erlow Eeckhart

What the heck is she saying, any white person driving a big truck is a white supremist? That is 100% racist, racial profiling, she is racist, she is the problem. She also should be fined for calling 911, clearly her life was not in danger, no matter what her fear of 'big trucks with flags' are.

racecar57

Correct again !!!

CherryAnn1000

This from the woman who wants to defund police. Total hypocrisy again from the left.

WebFootSTi

A night of drinking and loosing must have put the "I hate cops" racist in a fouler mood than usual.

racecar57

Think you got that right !

Kenny Rogers

Come on man. The problem isn't color Jo Ann, the problem is that you're not a nice person. I take Lyft and Uber all the time, and yes they do have their windows cracked. Do I go around screaming it's the white man's fault, no I certainly do not. That is absolute lunacy to pretend that white people are out on the prowl to take you down. For once can you please stop using color as a crutch, and maybe take a look in the mirror. I had a very nice Arab man who was my Lyft driver, the other day, and he had his windows cracked. Did I throw a tantrum? Well, no. Why? Well, because I'm an adult. Sad state of affairs.

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Good call Ken--

Alexander Marinesko

ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield, of course no white supremacists there, only in Portland............

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Hey, she's just trying to find a place where she fits in. Apparently, it's anywhere there are large groups of drunk degenerate gamblers.

DefundTheMedia

Hey. Don't lower those poor gamblers status to match this waste of oxygen LOL!

Twobuck40

We all know who the real racist is here and it ain't the Lyft driver.

Great job portland electing a delusional person who thinks there racists hiding behind every tree.

The question that will never be asked/answered is who does she call when she defunds the police?

ItsPolitical

She said the police have only ONE job to do, and that's to solve crimes. At first, I only thought she was a nutjob hypocrite, but now I think she's actually mentally ill.

kyjaha

That's dumb. The entire story is regarding her calling police.

Lee 98632

There is more to this story then

What is being told. The last driver could have just increased the heat .

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Or she could have just kept flapping her gums and kept the car heated herself. There is NOT more to this story, other then as soon as she didn't get her way, she became combative. It doesn't take much to see who she is and what she's all about. She's an entitled, prideful, angry woman. Everyone else in her world is a racist, except of course she..that is. As soon as someone allegedly wrongs her, it's all about race. She didn't want to be dropped off to wait for the next Lyft driver, because there are white supremacists everywhere in big trucks with flags..right? Please, this is ALL on her, and no..there's not "more to the story."

racecar57

I am glad the people here get who JO Ann really is and what she is all about, It shows up real well in almost every statement she makes !!!

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