By Nick Perry-Guetti
Seven Greens have announced their candidacy and filed for local offices in the upcoming 2017 Special Election to be held statewide on 15 May 2017. Jacqueline DeVaney is running for Clatsop Care Center Health District Director position 3, Daniel Polehn for Northern Wasco Parks & Recreation Director position 5, Alex Polikoff for Corvallis Rural Fire Protection District Director position 2, Zach Dotson for McMinnville School District Director position 1, Kindwyn Hoge for Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District Director position 1, Cindy Johnsen for John Day Water District Commissioner position 5, and Bob Goldberg for Astoria School District #1C Director position 5.
I have declared my candidacy to run for my the North Wasco County Parks and Recreation board and filed with the Wasco County Clerk.
I am a mother whose son has lived in Seaside all of his life and has attended Head Start and Seaside schools. I want to be on the Seaside school board to help volunteer, serve, and to help the schools continue to improve.
My ideas include green solutions for when the new high school is built, including solar panels to help save money on electrical bills and to progress toward cleaner energy. My other ideas include composting and garden programs for education on sustainable living and healthy living.
I oppose funneling money away from public schools in order to create charter schools.
My name is Jacqueline Devaney, and I will be running for Clatsop Health District position three. I have 8 1/2 years of nursing experience including the fields of home health, dialysis, and med surg, am the current Chair of the Pacific Green Party of Clatsop County chapter, and am a member of the Pacific Green Party State Coordinating Committee.
I also have experience in nursing management as a clinical coordinator at a dialysis facility, during which time my clinic experienced a crisis in turnover of staff. I was able to train the new staff to take excellent care of the patients so that the patients' health outcomes remained high. During my time as a clinical coordinator, my clinic won an award for having one of the highest outcome measures in the region.
I am running for this position because I am passionate about members of our community, especially those who are most vulnerable and who require advocates that make decisions based on what will benefit these residents the most.
By Nick Perry-Guetti
On February 14th, in Salem, OR, the Oregon State Land Board (SLB) in a public hearing voted 2-1 for sale of the Elliot State Forest (a public land trust attached to the state’s Common School Fund (CSF), and comprising some 83,000 acres of beautiful, ecologically diverse forest rich in old growth and known to be habitat for federally threatened species) jointly to Lone Rock Timber, a private timber company, and the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe. The SLB consists of Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D), Secretary of State Dennis Richardson (R), and Treasurer Tobias Read (D). Brown, who favors an option for continued public ownership of Elliot that still allows for logging, cast the dissenting vote. The sale is not finalized, awaiting another meeting set for April 11th.Continue reading
By Nick Perry-Guetti
The State Land Board (Governor, Treasurer, and Secretary of State) needs to hear from us that Oregonians do not want the Elliott to be privatized. The Department of State Lands (DSL) released the agenda for this meeting, stating that unless the State Land Board tells the DSL to not sell the Elliott, it will be officially sold. Key talking points:
-The Elliott needs to remain in public ownership.
-The DSL is disregarding the Land Board's decision in December to look into other options.
-There are currently groups formulating alternative options for the Elliott and these should not be disregarded.
-The common school fund needs to be decoupled from the revenue of the Elliott, but not at the cost of losing our public lands
If they don't take action this coming Tuesday 14 Feb then a sale will (unfortunately) go through. There is a massive rally planned in Salem on Tuesday click for details.
Wear green in support of the Elliott!
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By Nick Perry-Guetti
On February 2nd, an Emergency Relocation Ordinance introduced by Commissioner Chloe Eudaly was unanimously passed after an approximately five-hour hearing where 118 people in addition to those formally invited to testify gave testimony, overwhelmingly in favor of the ordinance. The law requires landlords who instigate no-cause evictions must pay three months rent (actually a flat rate determined by Portland Housing Bureau [PHB] information on the average rent paid by renters whom the law would affect) in relocation assistance to the tenants.
Proponents, citing PHB data as well as much direct experience, argued that in low and moderate income households, incomes are not keeping up with rent increases. Meanwhile landlords in the city have had the right, for the last thirty years, to perform no-cause evictions: a process that bypasses many of the restrictions landlords face in ordinary evictions where they must state a cause. Moving costs around 2.5 times the average monthly income of Portland renters. Short-term rent assistance has had only limited effect, and representatives of Human Solutions––a homeless sheltering organization that would be housing 5,000 people that night––reported that every homeless shelter which opens immediately fills, that a high percentage of those needing shelter are experiencing homelessness for the first time, and that the city is about 25,000 housing units short. Before the hearing, Commissioner Eudaly addressed a large and appreciative crowd gathered outside, citing her own experience of housing loss as a significant inspiration for crafting the ordinance.
The hearing had an impressive attendance. The two-floor hearing room at City Hall quickly filled, and attendees not giving testimony were obliged themselves to relocate to the nearby Portland Building to watch the proceedings via live stream in an equally packed auditorium. The overall atmosphere was of strong support for the ordinance; though some testimony expressed concerns that the law might create difficulties for landlords in some circumstances, or that the law does not go far enough to assuage the housing crisis and that overturning a current ban on rent control remains necessary. Proponents, including commissioner Eudaly, responded that landlords’ difficulties did not outweigh those of tenants, but the Commission did craft a number of amendments to the law excusing landlords under certain circumstances; they also agreed that the ordinance was only an emergency stopgap measure to arrest the sharp increase in homelessness, and that the ban on rent control was a major cause of conflict and should be reexamined. In the meantime, to avoid difficulties, landlords are encouraged to reconsider no-cause evictions unless absolutely necessary.
By Nick Perry-Guetti
On Wednesday evening February 1st at University of Oregon - a presentation sponsored by the Pacific Green Party Lane Greens Chapter and given by Coast Range Forest Watch - discussed an ancient forest under threat from a land management administration whose focus seems unclear. CRFW’s co-Director Max Beeken spoke to a full lecture hall in Straub Hall concerning the beautiful 83,000-acre tract of public land, rich in old growth and biodiversity and ecologically valuable for its capacity to absorb carbon, and the issue of its legally and economically questionable sale for timber harvest.
Beeken said that according to the Department of State Lands, the Common School Fund (CSF)––which owns most of the forest––is losing money due to logging restrictions prompted by concerns for federally protected species who reside there. However, Beeken’s data indicated two problems with this story: 1) the CSF does not seem to be losing money at all according to its own statistics, and 2) Elliott’s timber sales are responsible for less than1% of the CSF’s revenue in any case. “Oregon just voted overwhelmingly to support the Fund,” Beeken said. “With such a huge $1.2 billion windfall, it’s hard to see why the forest needs to be sold when timber sales hardly seem to a;ect the Fund’s revenue at all.”
Nevertheless, parcels have been sold to private timber companies. Many of these parcels, upon examination by volunteer wildlife biologists, were found to contain threatened species such as marbled murrelets. Some sales were withdrawn or stopped largely due to the efforts of forest activists, necessary despite Oregon Revised Statute 530.450, which arguably prohibits the sale of most of the forest.