General Meeting-Field Trip Tiny Houses

We will investigate another aspect of Housing Issues: the concept, philosophy and concrete issues of Tiny Houses and their role as we strive for sustainability and reduced homelessness.

Time: We hope the time will be the same – 11:30, but stay tuned for more information on that.
Place: Rice Park in Ashland (near Verde Village and dog park). More information will be provided on

meeting location and directions.

The Plan: this will include a tour of a tiny house (or more), meeting with the landowner, developer, and contractor/builder, Dana Hopkinson. Hopefully we will also get to speak with residents. They expect our questions.

Follow up: to our “Tiny House” turned “Affordable Housing” Tour.

Thanks all to those who braved the wind, rain and cold last Thursday, compared to today’s glorious sunshine, to join our LWVRV tour of Rice Park at Verde Village in Ashland.  It turned out well, based on affordable housing issues (and low-income housing).  But as you know the builder was unable to bring the Tiny Home to the site as planned due to the location’s road conditions in that weather. 

We have two opportunities for later dates (open-ended) if anyone is interested.  The contractor we met is also involved with Hope Village in Medford – and one of our own members also has a contact there.  The contractor explained that ‘tiny house’ is a misnomer for that area, and that Hope Village is a tiny shelter community, which has done a great deal for the area in terms of homelessness and crime.  Tiny Homes are a bit different (being fully functional living spaces).  If anyone is interested in Housing as a key LWV issue, we can plan a visit to Hope Village.  In addition, the contractor, Gnome Construction, has offered to either transport a tiny home to Hope Village during our tour or invites us to visit their building area (also in Medford).  Those who attended also received information regarding the different options.

If anyone wants to follow up on this issue, also related to homelessness in our area, please let me know via email at (action@lwvroguevalley.org ).  Otherwise, I will end by saying again thanks to all who attended and kept a great, positive attitude in the cold rain.  Very interesting field trip. 

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General Meeting-Hard Rock Mining in Oregon

Members should have received their state study report on hard rock mining by now. Our general meeting will give a brief introduction to the subject and executive summary, then address the five con- sensus questions. Read the study and discover how Jackson and Josephine County are involved in these

issues. The study can be accessed at http://lwvor.org/study-archives/lwvorstudyarchivelibrary/

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Redistricting Topic – General Meeting 2018 11 08

Redistricting Commission for Oregon

 November 8 2018
Medford Library 11:30 to 1:30
Program starts at 11:45.

The LWV of Rogue Valley is sponsoring an educational forum on redistricting, featuring the President of the League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR), Norman Turrill, and Candalynn Johnson, LWVOR’s Campaign Coordinator. The public is invited to this free event and includes Q & A. Coffee and cookies will be served. The Library will be closed but the front entrance will be open to the meeting room.

The LWVOR and LWVUS have positions on redistricting that call for a reform. The LWV has two branches: one for education and one for advocacy. While the League of Women Voters supports the structure of an Independent Redistricting Commission, this event is an educational presentation.

The League of Women Voters of Oregon did a study of the subject in 2007 and produced “Redistricting Oregon 2007.”  As a result, the League favors the creation of an independent redistricting commission.

The League supports reforms that focus on district lines, not the politics. Our goal is to change who draws the district lines. Our aim is to increase transparency and public participation in the redistricting process, clarify the requirements of where district lines are drawn, and close the loopholes in our current system by refining redistricting criteria and requirements. We favor the creation of an independent redistricting commission with strict criteria for drawing district boundaries, which would require an amendment to the Oregon Constitution. This reform aims at limiting gerrymandering because when legislators have control of where the lines are drawn, as they do now, we have a system where gerrymandering can take priority over fair representation.

The redistricting forum is a space where voters can learn and ask questions about our current redistricting process, how it impacts elections here in Oregon, and what reform could look like. This is a space to talk about how the League is moving forward in advocating for fair representation, competitive districts, and a system that prevents abuse. This forum is a part of a larger statewide effort of the LWVOR’s commitment to educate voters on issues that impact them.

Frequently Asked Questions about Redistricting

  1. What is redistricting?

Redistricting is the process of redrawing the lines that define political districts. For legislative and congressional districts, this typically occurs after the completion of the federal census every ten years. Redistricting should change districts to more accurately reflect the changes in numbers and interests of constituents.

  1. What is gerrymandering?

Gerrymandering is when elected or appointed officials in charge of redistricting reconfigure districts to favor a political party, incumbent, or candidate. Often the purpose of gerrymandering is to also create uncompetitive races or “safe districts” where districts are drawn to give one party or interest a clear advantage and secure incumbency.

There are 3 common types of gerrymandering:

Partisan: Where parties who are in control of the redrawing the districts, do so in a way that solidifies or even increases the number of seats of their party in the legislature or congress.

Bipartisan: Where typically both parties are equally represented in the decision making process and negotiate or trade in order for each party to have a more safe districts to protect their respective interests or incumbents.

Racial: Refers to a process in which district lines are drawn to prevent racial minorities from electing their preferred candidates.

There are two ways that gerrymandering is often implemented with the help in recent technology:

Cracking: Spreads opposition voters across districts comfortably favoring the gerrymandering party, wasting opposition party votes in districts that their party can’t possibly win.

Stacking: Places as many opposition party supporters into as few districts as possible such that the opposition wins as few seats as possible.

  1. Does Oregon have a problem with gerrymandering?

We live in a state where partisan elected officials may be tempted to distort the districts they represent for their personal or partisan advantage. Whenever partisan elected officials are in charge of redistricting, we allow a system where gerrymandering takes priority over fair representation. According to the City Club of Portland 2012 report, before 2011 the last time the Oregon Legislature passed a redistricting plan that became the final adopted plan was 1911.

  1. Why do we need redistricting reform?

Reform could make our system less susceptible to gerrymandering, abuse and unrepresentative distortions. With an independent redistricting commission, we would take the process of redistricting out of the hands of partisan politicians and back into the hands of voters.

  1. Who would likely oppose this reform?

With a Democratic supermajority and a Democratic Governor, the current system of redistricting in Oregon favors the Democratic party; therefore, Democratic leaders and legislators will likely oppose this reform. However, gerrymandering is a process issue, a double-edged sword, and any dominant political party could unfairly use it.

  1. Why now?

Besides the coming census in 2020, there is never a bad time to advocate for fair representation and for a process that lets voters hold their elected officials accountable by promoting competitive districts and the end of gerrymandering.

  1. Who should I contact for more information?

If you are interested in joining the movement, please contact Candalynn Johnson from the LWVOR office at Candalynn@lwvor.org. You can also find more information on our campaign website: www.redistrictingmatters.org/reform/ or the LWVOR study: lwvor.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Redistricting2007.pdf. For more resources check out the additional resources on the LWVOR website: http://lwvor.org/redistricting-in-oregon/

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Forum: Jackson County Commissioners 2018 10 11

Our Forum was filmed by KDRV Chanel 12. Medford

Thursday October 11, 2018   11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Medford City Council Chambers 12 Noon– 1pm
The forum will include candidates for Positions

#1—Rick Dyer and Amy Thuren, and Position

#3—Colleen Roberts, Lanita Witt, and Edward Stanton.
The forum will be at noon at the Medford City Council Chambers. The location is on the 3rd floor of the Medford city hall, 411 W. 8th St, Medford.

There are actually three candidates for Position #1, but candidate Frank Brannen is not attending.
Position #3 candidate Edward Stanton (attending) is not in the Voters Pamphlet.
There will an opportunity for written questions from the audience, and League will provide a moderator.

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2018 09 13 General Meeting – What Are We Up To.

What are we up to.

A meeting to discuss and communicate about issues LWV Rogue Valley is  working on.

OEA Bldg., 2495 S. Pacific Hwy

Brown Bag Lunch 11:30. Meeting till 1pm

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2018 General Election Ballot Measures

Ballot Measures 2018 Oregon General Election November 6 2018.

Type

Title

Subject

Description

LRCA Measure 102 Housing Allows cities and counties to use bonds to fund privately owned affordable housing.
CICA Measure 103 Taxes In Oregon, groceries are not subject to a statewide sales tax. Measure 103 would prevent the enactment or increase of any state or local tax, fee, or assessment on the sale of ‘groceries’ including restaurants. This is a state wide measure and would limit local control.
CICA Measure 104 Budget Oregon Legislature already requirement a 3/5ths vote for “raising revenue”. Measure 104 would add; any fees, tax credits or deductions. Measure would amended the Oregon Constitution.
CISS Measure 105 Immigration Repeals law forbidding state or local resources from being used to to enforce Federal Laws. Specificity federal immigration laws.
CICA Measure 106 Abortion Prohibits public funds from being spent on abortions. Measure would amend the Oregon Constitution.

 

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April 12, 2018 Candidate Forum for District 6 House of Representatives Oregon

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Oregon State Rep. District 6 Candidate Forum April 12, 2018 Medford City Hall

Former Representative Sal Esquival has retired, and District 6 has three candidates filing for this Oregon State House of Representatives representing Medford in the primary May 15, 2018.  The League is hosting a candidate forum April 12 in the Medford City Council Chambers at 12 noon on the third floor.

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2018 March 8, Climate and Pipeline – General Meeting

Thursday, March 8, 2017
The Pacific Connector Pipeline Round 3
and Other Causes for Climate Change Action
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
OEA Building 2495 S Pacific Hwy

In order to cover everything and give time for Q and A, we need to start at 11:30 on the dot.
Please bring a bag lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided.

The March meeting will focus on selected climate change issues. The list is long, so we will  confine ourselves to some updates and then zero in on the Pacific Connector Pipeline, which would feed the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal.

As a local League whose jurisdiction is slated to “host” a piece of the proposed natural gas pipeline and its potential damage to our water, land, air, climate, and public safety, the LWV of Rogue Valley determined to oppose the project years ago. Now that a new and bigger Canadian corporation has launched a third application, we and other opponents are gearing up again.
Two special guests at this meeting will share landowner stories. Deb Evans owns forest acreage in Klamath County and, along with her husband Ron, has made it her business to fight the project with knowledge. She will share some of her experience. Juliet Grable is a freelance writer who is gathering stories of landowners along the 229-mile, 36-inch pipeline. If you find yourself wondering if the country is terminally divided along party or political ideology lines, you’ll be heartened to remember that people with diverse politics can and do still find common ground and shared values The fields of battle are economic, political, and regulatory. We are excited to be working in concert with our neighboring Leagues in Klamath County to the east and Umpqua Valley to the north. We are also working with a growing number of individuals and organizations across the state.
Notable among pipeline opponents are landowners. Their refusal to say “yes” to granting 95-foot-wide clear-cut rights-of-way across their lands and share their property with a high-compression natural gas pipeline was a major reason for the March 2016 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denial of the second project application. Their resistance guaranteed massive seizures of private property through eminent domain from Malin to Coos Bay Oregon. The November 2016 change in political priorities regarding climate change on one hand and fossil fuel development on the other, enabled a restart of the proposed pipeline —already 12 years in duration—for a 3rd attempt.

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2017 Dec 17 YES on 101

YES on 101 program

LWVRV will be holding the YES on 101 program on 12/14/17. The event will take place at the Medford Library, 11:30 a.m. to about 1 p.m. The press and public will be invited. A NO vote on Ballot Measure 101 would reverse the Medicaid expansion in Oregon, stop the Cover All Kids program, and eliminate the state’s reinsurance program which would drive up health insurance premiums for many families. Ballots will be mailed on January 3rd for the January 23, 2018 special election.

YES on 101 final press release
Yes on 101 flyer final

This program will be a centerpiece of our Get Out the Vote & Vote YES on 101 campaign. We wish to provide background to our members and the public on Ballot Measure 101’s potential impacts if a YES vote fails.

During the event, Peter Buckley, former Oregon legislator, will provide the history of the legislative funding package passed in the 2017 session. David Gilmour, M.D., will address impacts on patients and providers if the measure passes and if it fails to pass. Lisa Callahan, CPNP, Grants Pass Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner, will explain how children’s services are at risk if the measure does not pass. Senator Alan DeBoer, Oregon State Senate District 3, will discuss his reasons for supporting Measure 101. A Q & A section is scheduled for the program.

Link to list of YES on 101 Supporters

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