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Clackson Newsletter

February 2016

In this Issue:

February General Meeting:
“Working to Make Oregon’s Tax System Fairer?”

WHEN:  Friday, February 19, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Provincial House (Auditorium, 2nd floor),
Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst, Holy Names Dr., Lake Oswego

You won’t want to miss our February General Meeting. Please come at 1:00 p.m. to take part in a brief LWVUS Program Planning session. (See the Program Planning information in this issue of the Clackson on pages 2 and 5.)At 2:00 p.m. our speaker will be Jody Wiser, a former educator and the founder of Tax Fairness Oregon, whose mission is to "reform Oregon’s tax code so that it serves the common good, not special interests." She will share her organization’s key accomplishments on behalf of taxpayers in the last dozen years and give us her perspective on current hot topics, including the troubled state of Oregon’s energy tax credit program.  The public is invited to hear Jody speak, so please feel free to invite your friends to that portion of the meeting.

 
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Day at the Legislature

The 2016 Legislative Session is a brief one, convening on February 1, so activity will be fast and furious in the next few weeks as the state’s action team gets into high gear. Stay tuned for action alerts that will appear in your inbox, and be ready to contact legislators on issues the League cares about. 

The best way to stay informed about bills the League is supporting is to attend Day at the Legislature at the Capitol on February 22. The registration form is included on page 8 of this issue, or register online at http://lwvor.org/event/day-at-the-legislature-2016-2/. If you’d like to join a carpool, please contact Marge Easley (marge.easley@frontier.com, 503-638-7023).  You are also encouraged to read the LWVOR Legislative Report, which will be sent twice during the session via email to League members and is also found at www.lwvor.org

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Clackamas County State of the County

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners (BCC) has announced that the 2016 State of the County will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Public Services Building in Oregon City, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The event will be broadcast live on the Clackamas County Government Channel (CCGC) and streamed online. At the event, BCC Chair John Ludlow will provide an overview of the progress made by the county during the past year and speak about the 2016 priorities of the board. All commissioners will participate in a Q&A session after the initial address.

Clackamas County residents and business owners, members of the media, and other interested individuals are welcome to attend and pose questions to the commissioners.
http://www.clackamas.us/pressreleases/pr20160125a.html

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LWVUS Program Planning for 2016-2018

Program planning is a valuable League tool for identifying issues for focus and for insuring that League resources at each level—local, state, and national—are engaged where they have the most impact. During the first hour of our February general meeting we will focus on LWVUS program planning for the upcoming biennium. Before doing so, it’s important to first take a look at the current three-part program, Key Structures of Democracy, adopted at the 2014 LWVUS Convention for the 2014-16 biennium:

Given today’s political realities, it is hoped that LWVUS and local Leagues will continue to work on the core issues of voting rights, voter protection and service, and election reform in the next biennium and beyond. Thus, in providing input for where the League should put its future energies and resources, it is asked that members consider:

  • In what way can the League best empower citizens to shape a better nation and communities during the next two years?
  • What do our communities and nation need from the League right now?
  • Where can the League’s strengths have the greatest impact?
  • What program work would best help enhance the League’s influence, credibility, visibility, and membership?
  • Should the focus be that proposed by LWVUS: a nationwide League campaign: Making Democracy Work, taking the power from the few and returning it to the many, as the single focus for LWVUS education and advocacy work in the 2016-2018 biennium? If the answer is “yes,” what specific activities should be included in the campaign? What kinds of training and assistance would enhance your League’s participation in the campaign?
  • If our League would rather recommend another issue for education or advocacy as an alternative to the proposed focus, we need to provide details of our proposal, including a statement of the problem that needs to be addressed, an analysis of the unique role the League can play in helping resolve the issue, and a description of some of the specific activities the League could undertake on the issue.

For a summary of LWVUS positions, see below.

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Meet New Member Marie Daniels

We’re thrilled that Marie Daniels has recently become an official member after several years of having a close association with the Clackamas County League.  You may recall that Marie, formerly a teacher at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, facilitated the League’s involvement there in teaching civic engagement skills to women inmates who were soon to transition to the outside world. 

Marie moved to Portland nine years ago to study conflict resolution and subsequently received her master’s degree in Peace Education before teaching at an alternative high school and Coffee Creek.  Along the way she has developed a deep interest in mentoring and leadership development, skills that are highly valued in the League. Welcome, Marie!


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Clackamas County Citizen Academy:

Pam Ashland
Clackamas County will be offering its Citizen Academy in 2016, a seven-month long training course designed to educate and engage county residents about Clackamas County government and services. Applications are due February 29, 2016.  Meetings are held monthly on Wednesday evenings.  The first meeting will be April 20, 2016 at 6pm.  Please consider attending this academy, I attended last year and it was truly a great experience.  For more information go to: http://www.clackamas.us/pga/citizenacademy.html.

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Lunch & Learn

Friday, Feb. 26 at 11:30
Szechuan Kitchen
15450 Boones Ferry Rd., Lake Oswego
Speaker: Linda Brown, Clackamas County Educational Service District (ESD)

Linda will talk about the varied services the ESD provides ten school districts and their evolution through collaboration, including programs serving children at risk.

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New State Scenic Waterway in Clackamas County

It’s official! On January 17, 2016, Governor Kate Brown named two new State Scenic Waterways, the first since 19988.  We’re pleased to say that our League supported the designation of one of them – the upper sections of the Molalla River in Clackamas County.  Portions of both the Chetco and Molalla Rivers were recommended by the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation and ultimately chosen as rivers that meet the Scenic Waterways Act criteria for outstanding scenic, fish, wildlife, geological, botanical, cultural, and outdoor recreation opportunities.  These two rivers join the other 1,150 miles of state scenic waterways on 19 rivers and Waldo Lake.

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Clackamas County Commissioners Corner

January 5-26, 2016


The Commissioners will have a State of the County Address and 4 town halls in 2016.
Policy sessions for January:

  • Ongoing discussion of Clackamas County Service District (CCSD) and the Tri-Cities agreement regarding solid waste capacity and the need for an additional digester.
  • Commissioner Tootie Smith will serve as the Vice Chair for 2016
  • The Commissioners approved both the state and federal legislative priorities http://www.clackamas.us/bcc/documents/presentation/20160112apolicy.pdf. A discussion regarding the difference between serving as a liaison to a committee versus being appointed to a committee will result in a written policy.  This was discussed over several meetings, and the audio can be found in the County Administrator’s section of the policy sessions.
  • There will be more evaluation and information provided to the county residents regarding a vehicle registration fee.  The proposal is a $25 per vehicle per year fee – and it would be in effect for 7 years.  This fee would be shared with the cities of Clackamas County.  The fees would be used for road repair.  The Commissioners are discussing whether this will be a ballot proposal in November or whether they will  impose the fee (as allowed by state law.) http://www.clackamas.us/bcc/documents/presentation/20160119apolicy.pdf
  • A report was received regarding the transient room tax.  It pointed out that the collections are not being received properly.  Additional staff will be added to help monitor this program.

http://www.clackamas.us/bcc/documents/presentation/20160119bpolicy.pdf

More information (audio, videos, and packets) can be found at http://www.clackamas.us/bcc/  or contact Pamela Ashland misschattr@aol.com

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Text Box: Lunch & Learn  Save the Dates    q	February 26  q	April 1  q	April 29  Szechuan Kitchen  15450 Boones Ferry Rd.,   Lake Oswego

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IMPACT ON ISSUES: SUMMARY OF PUBLIC POLICY POSITIONS

League of Women Voters® of the United States

REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT

Promote an open governmental system that is representative, accountable and responsive.
Voting Rights
Citizen’s Right to Vote. Protect the right of all citizens to vote; encourage all citizens to vote.
DC Self-Government and Full Voting Representation. Secure for the citizens of the District of Columbia the rights of self-government and full voting representation in both houses of Congress.

Election Process
Apportionment. Support apportionment of congres- sional districts and elected legislative bodies at all levels of government based substantially on population.

Campaign Finance. Improve methods of financing political campaigns in order to ensure the public’s right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office and promote citizen participation in the political process.

Selection of the President. Promote the election of the President and Vice-President by direct-popular-vote. Support uniform national voting qualifications and procedures for presidential elections. Support efforts to provide voters with sufficient information about candidates.

Citizen Rights

Citizen’s Right to Know/Citizen Participation. Protect the citizen’s right to know and facilitate citizen participation in government decision-making.
Individual Liberties. Oppose major threats to basic constitutional rights.
Public Policy on Reproductive Choices. Protect the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.

Congress and the Presidency

Congress. Support responsive legislative processes characterized by accountability, representativeness, decision making capability and effective performance.
The Presidency. Promote a dynamic balance of power between the executive and legislative branches within the framework set by the Constitution.

Privatization
Ensure transparency, accountability, positive community impact and preservation of the common good when considering the transfer of governmental services, assets and/or functions to the private sector.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Promote peace in an interdependent world by working cooperatively with other nations and strengthening international organizations.

United Nations
Support a strong, effective United Nations to promote international peace and security and to address the social, economic and humanitarian needs of all people.

Trade
Support U.S. trade policies that reduce trade barriers, expand international trade and advance the achievement of humanitarian, environmental and social goals.
U.S. Relations with Developing Countries.
Promote U.S. policies that meet long-term social and economic needs of developing countries.

Arms Control
Reduce the risk of war through support of arms control measures.

Military Policy and Defense Spending
Work to limit reliance on military force. Examine defense spending in the context of total national needs.

NATURAL RESOURCES

Promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest.

Natural Resources
Promote the management of natural resources as interrelated parts of life-supporting ecosystems.

Resource Management
Promote resource conservation, stewardship and long- range planning, with the responsibility for managing natural resources shared by all levels of government.

Environmental Protection and Pollution Control

Preserve the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the ecosystem, with maximum protection of public health and the environment.

Air Quality. Promote measures to reduce pollution from mobile and stationary sources.

Energy. Support environmentally sound policies that reduce energy growth rates, emphasize energy conservation and encourage the use of renewable resources.

Land Use. Promote policies that manage land as a finite resource and that incorporate principles of stewardship.

Water Resources. Support measures to reduce pollution in order to protect surface water, groundwater and drinking water.

Waste Management. Promote policies to reduce the generation and promote the reuse and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes.

Nuclear Issues. Promote the maximum protection of public health and safety and the environment.

Public Participation
Promote public understanding and participation in decision making as essential elements of responsible and responsive management of our natural resources.

Agriculture Policy
Promote adequate supplies of food and fiber at reasonable prices to consumers and support economically viable farms, environmentally sound farm practices and increased reliance on the free market.

Federal Agriculture Policies. Provide financial support to subsidize agriculture in specific instances, enforce federal antitrust laws to ensure competitive agricultural markets and apply clean air and water regulations to all animal and aquaculture production. The federal government should fund basic agricultural research to provide adequate safety of our food supply.

SOCIAL POLICY

Secure equal rights and equal opportunity for all. Promote social and economic justice and the health and safety of all Americans.

Equality of Opportunity
Equal Rights. Support ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and efforts to bring laws into compliance with the goals of the ERA.

Education, Employment and Housing. Support equal access to education, employment and housing.

Federal Role in Public Education. Support federal policies that provide an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12.

Fiscal Policy
Tax Policy. Support adequate and flexible funding of federal government programs through an equitable tax system that is progressive overall and that relies primarily on a broad-based income tax.

Federal Deficit. Promote responsible deficit policies.

Funding of Entitlements. Support a federal role in providing mandatory, universal, old-age, survivors, disability and health insurance.

Health Care
Promote a health care system for the United States that provides access to a basic level of quality care for all U.S. residents and controls health care costs.

Immigration
Promote reunification of immediate families; meet the economic, business and employment needs of the United States; be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises; and provide for student visas. Ensure fair treatment under the law for all persons. In transition to a reformed system,

Meeting Basic Human Needs
Support programs and policies to prevent or reduce poverty and to promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families.

Income Assistance. Support income assistance programs, based on need, that provide decent, adequate standards for food, clothing and shelter.

Support Services. Provide essential support services.

Housing Supply. Support policies to provide a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family.

Child Care
Support programs and policies to expand the supply of affordable, quality child care for all who need it.

Early Intervention for Children at Risk
Support policies and programs that promote the well- being, development and safety of all children.

Violence Prevention
Support violence prevention programs in communities.

Gun Control
Protect the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons. Support regulation of firearms for consumer safety.

Urban Policy
Promote the economic health of cities and improve the quality of urban life.

Death Penalty
The LWVUS supports abolition of the death penalty.

Sentencing Policy The LWVUS believes alternatives to imprisonment should be explored and utilized, taking into consideration the circumstances and nature of the crime. The LWVUS opposes mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses.

Human Trafficking
Oppose all forms of domestic and international human trafficking of adults and children, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking.
Whatever the issue, the League believes that efficient and economical government requires competent personnel, the clear assignment of responsibilities, adequate financing, coordination among levels of government, effective enforcement and well defined channels for citizen input and review.

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Farewell to Accessories of the Heart

As Carol Winston closes her business, Accessories of the Heart, we thank her for her heartfelt support of our local League and many other community and business organizations. We are all the more fortunate for her accomplishments and advocacy of a strong community. Well done, Carol.

Calendar

General Meeting: Friday February 19, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Provincial House (Auditorium, 2nd floor), Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst, Holy Names Dr., Lake Oswego

LWVOR Day at the Legislature: Monday February 22, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 900 Court St NE, Room 50, Salem, OR 97301. Registration due by February 16.

Tuesday, February 23: Board Meeting, 9:30 am Social, 9:45 AM Meeting, Pacific West Bank, West Linn

Friday, February 26: Lunch & Learn, 11:30 AM, Szechuan Kitchen, 15450 Boones Ferry Rd., Lake Oswego. Speaker: Linda Brown, Clackamas County Educational Service District (ESD). RSVP to Karen Sherman:‪503-636-8223klsherman@comcast.net.

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Thank you to Our Corporate Affiliates

Accessories from the Heart
220 ’A’ Avenue, Suite 100
Lake Oswego, 97034
http://www.accessoriesfromtheheart.com/

Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst
17400 Holy Names Dr.

Lake Oswego, 97034
http://www.maryswoods.com/

Pacific West Bank
5200 Meadows Rd # 100, Lake Oswego and
2040 8th Avenue, West Linn
http://www.bankpacificwest.com/

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