Did you miss our last meeting where over 100 attendees participated in a CD2 Democratic Candidate Forum??
View it here. Two part video.
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State Senate District 1 Senator Jeff Kruse has resigned from office, effective March 15, 2018. The Republican precinct committee persons in that district will meet to nominate new candidates to take his place and submit the names to the county commissioners in that district for a final vote. The person chosen by them will serve as the District 1 Senator until the November election (even though the Senate is not in session at this time), when the choice will be turned over to the District 1 voters to decide.
The Democratic precinct committee persons in Senate District 1 will also be meeting to select a Democratic candidate to run against the new Republican senator in November. We are looking for good candidates. If you know of someone who lives in Senate District 1 who would be a good candidate, or you would like to be a candidate yourself, please contact us so we can touch bases.
Candidates must file the Application for Candidacy with the Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO) by Wednesday, May 2nd, at 5:00 p.m. These forms can be found online at the DPO’s Senate District 1 Convention Event Website, http://dpo.org/SD1 and submitted by mail (232 NE 9th Ave., Portland, OR 97232), by fax (503-224-5335), or by email to email@example.com.
Candidates must meet the minimum requirements to hold office. Those include being a registered Democrat for at least 180 days before the effective date of the resignation, living in the district for at least a year, and not being under the control of the Dept. of Corrections.
We are collecting signatures from the citizens of Josephine County that indicate a commitment to adopt, honor, and uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement (also known as the Paris Climate Accord, you can read the full document, in English, here). Your political beliefs or affiliations are not an issue here. You are not even required to be a registered voter. You simply need to be a citizen of Josephine County.
After we collect a sufficient number of signatures, members of the Environmental Action Committee will meet with our elected officials, including each of our county commissioners, city councilmen, and mayors. We will present them with the pledge and the signatures of the citizens of Josephine County. We will ask each of them to sign our pledge. Our goal is to do everything we can to keep our planet healthy for our children, so that they might do the same for their children.
We ask that you provide your first and last name and your physical address, not a PO box. Your address will be used as proof of residence, will not be visible, and will not be used for anything other than proof of residence. Please read the Citizens’ Environmental Pledge then add your name and address below the pledge.
Citizens’ Environmental Pledge
Will you commit to adopt, honor and uphold the Paris Climate Agreement goals?
Nearly 70 per cent of Americans, including a majority of people in all 50 states, support the Paris Climate Agreement. Also, 350 US mayors, representing 68 million Americans, have agreed to endorse this worldwide movement. Therefore, please join us in adopting the following environmental actions:
#1. Strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.
#2. Support local actions such as town clean-up days, zero waste initiatives, and preserving national forests.
#3. Partner with local city and community development organizations to create a yearly Energy Day, prioritizing the development of environmentally renewable energy resources, clean-air transportation options, and reductions of all forms of pollutants.
#4. Support clean energy jobs.
We the undersigned American Citizens urge all elected officials and city governments to support the Paris Climate Agreement and the above mentioned Environmental Pledge:
|The link will take you to a YouTube video of the entire proceedings of the last day of the 2018 Democratic Party of Oregon Platform Convention on March 18, 2018 in Salem. It was one of the highest turnouts ever for one of our platform conventions with over 500 participants from all around Oregon. Five of our Josephine County Democrats participated in the convention and helped to create the platform: Lynda Spangler, Dusty Rhodes, Anita Savio, Bob Lange, and Brian Clark.
The eleven articles of the 2018 platform were amended, voted on and accepted. Additional legislative action items were also voted on in this session. This is what democracy looks like!
Wow! This past weekend, March 16-18, after 14 months of the worst of what it means to be an American, I had the chance to experience the best. The occasion was the 2018 Oregon Democratic Party Platform Convention, which I attended as a delegate along with county chair Brian Clark and three other Dems from our county: Lynda Spangler Dusty Rhodes and Bob Lange. The purpose of the convention was to come to agreement on the platform planks and a list of legislative action items. (The planks are the “what;” the legislative action items are the “how.”) The proceedings were pure democracy in action.
The first thing that impressed me was how the proceedings followed strict rules of order: We had motions, proposed amendments to motions, proposed amendments to an amendment, pro and con discussion on each motion or amendment, motions to call the question and votes on those motions, voice votes, standing votes when the voice vote was close, and votes tabulated by county when the standing vote was close. We even voted on motions to suspend the rules on motions.
Whew! The strict rules-governed procedures were a little overwhelming at first, but after a while I could see how they ensured a democratic decision process.
Among the most rewarding parts of the experience for me, personally, were the several times I had the opportunity — and found the courage! — to stand up at the microphone and present my own point of view. I was particularly proud when one of my personal amendments was adopted by the Criminal Justice work group.
But if I have to choose the very best part, it was this: After I stood up to argue against the wording of a particular motion, the convention chair encouraged several of us, representing the pro and con sides, to huddle together to see if we could arrive at consensus. We huddled, we listened, we respected … and found that consensus. Our solution was subsequently validated by the resounding “aye” votes of the convention delegates.
Did I agree with every decision made at the convention? No. There were some majority decisions where I was in the minority. But that’s not the point. The point is the wonderful and empowering democratic (with a small “d”) process that made me so proud and happy to be an American!
–Anita Savio, Delegate
WHAT: Informational meeting regarding GPSD Bond Measure 17.84
WHEN: Tuesday, March 20th at 6:00 PM
WHERE: Grants Pass High School Library (second floor of the Main Building)
The District will be presenting factual information about Measure 17.84 that will be on the May Ballot. This is a proposed $138.7 million General Obligation Bond Measure to construct and renovate school facilities.
Improve districtwide student/staff safety and security:
● Update doors, door locking mechanisms;
● Improve emergency alert systems;
● Update Camera Systems.
Relieve overcrowding and provide capacity to meet projected enrollment needs:
● Replace North Middle at current location;
● Build new South Middle adjacent to Redwood Elementary;
● Renovate existing South Middle to be used as an Alternative Education Site, Youth Transition Program site and house other District programs.
Protect Community Investment in existing facilities:
● Replace old boilers with new HVAC units to provide adequate heating/cooling and sufficient air flow and air exchange;
● Replace failing electrical panels; expand electrical service at Allen Dale, Highland, and Riverside elementary schools;
● Replace windows at Allen Dale, Highland, and Riverside to provide greater energy efficiency;
● Replace flooring containing asbestos at Allen Dale, Highland, and Riverside;
● Replace failing roofs at Lincoln and Redwood elementary schools.
Create 21st Century Learning Environments
● Upgrade technology infrastructure at all schools;
● Purchase new and replacement technology devices for students and staff;
● Create flexible learning spaces to support current and future teaching and learning strategies and better prepare students for careers after high school or college.
The proposed bond would mature within 30 years or less from its date of issuance and is estimated to cost $1.95 per $1,000 of assessed property value per year. The actual rate may differ based upon growth in assessed values and interest rates incurred.
Three of us recently visited the Wild Rogue Emporium on 6th and G Street after a Women in Black vigil we hold on the next block. We went there for the sole purpose of checking out a story we had heard, that the owner, Jan Bertaggia, had been threatened by local powerful conservative women for selling pussy hats for the Women’s March. They told her she would lose a lot of business when they spread the word to everyone they know to avoid shopping at her store.
Jan tried to explain that the Women’s March wasn’t about party affiliation, but was primarily concerned with supporting and empowering women. Undeterred, the women proceeded to intrude into her business Facebook page with further threats and ugly remarks. After the initial shock and grief over the threats, Jan, a strong, charismatic business person, decided in the end that she would not be bullied. She will have more pussy hats when next year’s Women’s March rolls around.
In the case of the Wild Rogue Emporium, the owner and employees were friendly and helpful, and there were items for sale that were unique, reasonably priced, and quite beautiful. The owner is remodeling and adding stock, trying to make a newly purchased business work without outside interference. All three of us ladies walked out with packages in hand and smiles on our faces from meeting strong, interesting women who personify what the Women’s March is all about.
Rep. Greg Walden has been a staunch supporter of the National Rifle Association. It isn’t easy to find how much money he has taken from the NRA. Here are links to some information about Walden and his relationship to the NRA.