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SOS Meeting Notes – July 22, 2014

Here are our notes from Tuesday’s Meeting (July 22, 2014):


SOS General Brochure (Linda Scott/Phil Killian) was revealed!

Overall, well received! We will be sending out an edited version for your approval this weekend.

Here are some of the comments received of the current version:

    • Really great…the group is doing a lot.
    •  Phil Killian: It’s great…I especially like the captains’ names and e-mails being included.
    • Too wordy
      1. Connie Roach: Could take the text & make it bullet points
      2. Jack Swift: The more white space you have, the easier it is to read
      3. Bill West: agreed
    • Under Hard Rock Mining, “captain” is misspelled.
    • Put the website URL in blue
    • Last page…Order of needs should be re-organized to indicate importance, as indicated by focus groups…
    • We will reach out via e-mail to the entire group for their input
    • Comment: people’s opinions about the order of importance depends on where they live, city or county…

We discussed the possibility of, through our outreach; we have a separate one-page handout that asks people to rate the importance of issues we present—What SAY YOU?

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SOS Meeting Notes – July 15, 2014

Our next meeting shall be: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 5:15pm to 6:15pm at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, Grants Pass.

Notes from Last Meeting (Tuesday 7-15-14):

Website Webmaster Gordon Edstrom has begun his weekly maintenance of all of our committee SOS website webpages. If you are a Committee Captain, Gordon shall be contacting you on weekly basis to ensure that our website reflects our ACTIVE efforts, serving as a living document of SOS. We realize how busy everyone is and appreciate your tenacity as we help make Josephine County a safer place to live.

Trust and Transparency Grant Medley

  • Grant indicated that members of his committee were all engaged in research
  • The simple question of, “Where does my .58 per assessed $1,000 property tax money go?” is being researched by Dr. Steve Marshak, who met last week with the County Finance Department and who is currently authoring a simplified report addressing said question
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Lottery Committee Cliff Thomason

  • UPDATE-Cliff got word that our signatures were counted and we fell short 35. He said not to worry, as Cheri Adkins and Mark Gatlin were going to Coos Bay this weekend and would collect them there. Cliff said that we should have 100 new signatures by this coming Monday, which should satisfy the signature requirements.
  • What’s the next step? The next step is to again wait for the ballot title, which has already been written and approved, to be approved again for the 2016 election. Cliff anticipates 30 days from Monday—so, he estimated, August 20, 2014 or so, all should be approved and the next big step, campaign funding and signatures, shall begin.
  • This is going to happen in the 2016 ELECTION!


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SOS Meeting Notes – July 8, 2014

Last week’s NOTES from the July 8, 2014 meeting:

Website Webmaster Gordon Edstrom

  • UPDATE-Needs to remain current-How do we achieve this? From this point forward,  on a weekly basis, Gordon will first e-mail and then call, if necessary, each Captain, for a committee update
  • Phil Killian commented that he went to our website did not locate anything there, except for some “old stuff”; it was determined that Phil possibly went to be wrong website but still, we need to remain focused that our website is a: Living Documentation of SOS
  • Our old poll was taken down—Bill West suggested a weekly poll. Gordon suggested we have a bank of weekly poll questions. We have a new poll question: “Do you know where your $.58 per assessed $100,000 goes?” Please visit the site and vote!

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SOS Meeting Notes – July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014  Wild River Brew Pub

On June 25, 2014, SOS Chairman Jay Meredith received news that SOS has been officially recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization!  Jay noted it took 15 months to achieve this status because a method for expediting our application was not available until recently.  We are now “officially” a non-profit and due to the time it takes to achieve this status, as planned all past and future donations to SOS are tax deductible.

SOS can now apply for a much wider range of grants.  Jay would like one or two SOS members to search out grant opportunities instead of having to rely mostly on fundraisers to earn money.

Trust and Transparency
Shane Simon reported that their group has a fire underneath them…lots of e-mails going around the committee…lots of numbers to work through…seeking to make a simple presentation that all can understand. Jay suggested also bringing out examples showing how our County’s safety situation is actually impacting people in addition to the nuts and bolts of our County’s budget / revenue challenges.

Shane: Main goal is trying to figure out the county budget. If the average person knew what’s happening in the criminal justice system and the youth justice system, there wouldn’t be a problem getting people to support funding…stories about what’s happening to kids and others would help put a face on the problem.

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SOS Meeting Notes – June 24, 2014

Good evening SOS!


On June 25, 2014, SOS received news that SOS has been “officially” recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization!


Here are the meeting notes from Tuesday’s Meeting (June 24, 2014):

Trust and Transparency

Grant Medley  UPDATE

This committee is working on defining what our Local Government is doing and where our current tax dollars go. While it is grueling, it will be worth it in the long run. We need to understand how the current collection of taxes works and where our shortfall is, with respect to funding of the Criminal Justice System.

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SOS Meeting Notes – June 17, 2014

Good Evening SOS!

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, from 5:15pm to 6:15p at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, in Grants Pass.


Last Week’s Meeting Notes:

Shane Simon led the meeting

Trust and Transparency

Grant Medley   Grant and his team continue to meet and evaluate the happenings within the county government. They met the week before with the County Commissioners and we have yet to hear their report. They are scheduled to meet with Sheriff Gilbertson. We have to clearly define what it is our Government is doing and where our current tax dollars go. While it is grueling, it will be worth it in the long run. People need to understand how the current collection of taxes works and where our shortfall is, assuming there is a “shortfall”.

Lottery Committee

Cliff Thomason

Cliff reported that the required amount of signatures were turned into the Secretary of the State in Salem, Oregon last Friday (June 13, 2014). Actually 1300 signatures were turned in. 1,000 were needed. Cliff said he hoped have a Ballot Title by this July, for the 2016 Election.

Run for the Law

Bill West

Set date for next run - March 14, 2015
Bill will pretty much have his same team as he had this year
Bill invited people to participate and a Sign-Up sheet was posted
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SOS Meeting Notes – June 10, 2014

Good Evening SOS!

Our next meeting shall be Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, from 5:15 PM until 6:15.


Trust and Transparency Committee

Grant Medley

  • Grant, and several of his committee members were going to meet with the Josephine County Board of County Commissioners on June 11, 2014
  • Grant also has an upcoming meeting with the Sheriff scheduled
  • Grant said his committee is also working on an article for our website
  • That committee met after the SOS general meeting


  • We engaged in a lively discussion about reaching out to the community, which consumed the rest of our meeting time.  Here are some of the comments:
  • Levy Results released in the Daily Courier on Friday revealed the City supported the Levy, with every single precinct passing
  • We wanted to see how the precincts voted; then target all precincts, go out and meet them and find out what they want

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Walking for Justice!

SOS Meeting Notes – June 3, 2014

Good Evening SOS!

Great Meeting Tuesday!

“I have been driven many times to my knees,” Lincoln said, “by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.”

I chose this quote from Abraham Lincoln, because I can only imagine the burden and stress he must have felt as he guided our country through the Civil War. I am amazed that the daily death counts alone did not drive him mad. While I am not the President or a leader in any sense of a title, I do stand next to you in our efforts to make this place we call home safe for our children. I can’t help but feel as if we are having our own little private “Civil War” in Josephine County. Sometimes when I pick up the newspaper and read the incessant attacks by people who care less about the overall welfare of our home and more about extending their egos, I am dismayed. Especially when the people who are trying to lead are constantly criticized by those who have no record or intent of anything positive for our common good, except to attract attention to themselves and demonstrate, at least for a moment, that they have some semblance of wit. Continue reading

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SOS Meeting Notes – May 27, 2014

Again, great meeting Tuesday!



  • We discussed how we need community buy-in for whatever it is that we choose to do

  • We discussed that at the heart of our Mission should be commitment and that commitment should come from our community—we agreed that in our sessions with Travis Boersma over two years ago, when we were trying to come up with options after that levy attempt, Trust and Transparency was one of the major things we identified with respect to matter of importance! We agreed that we needed to have trust in our leaders and a transparent government.


  • Trust & Transparency Committee Resurrected!

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Agenda for Critical SOS Public Meeting on Tuesday, May 27 2014

We will be having a CRITICAL meeting tonight at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street from 5:15 PM until 6:15 PM on May 27, 2014.

Please plan on attending, especially if you are a Committee Captain. If you haven’t been to a meeting in a while, please be there.


  • Jim Goodwin thank you!
  • The Tin Man
  • “The Plan”
  • Good News
  • Unveiling the Committee
  • “0″
  • Stay the Course – Justice of the Peace, Run, Art Auction, Mining, Timber, BioMass, Lottery!

What Say YOU?


MISSION: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”