SOS Meeting Agenda: 12-18-12

Our Meeting this week will be December 18, 2012 @ 5:15-6:15 PM at the Newman United Methodist Church located at 135 NE B Street in Grants Pass. In the place where we normally meet, not the parlor. It will be our last meeting for the year.


1) Tax District Update Grants Pass

The Grants Pass City Council voted unanimously in favor of the resolution to be included in the Law Enforcement [Criminal Justice] Service District. In deliberations, councilors cited that they had a duty to allow City residents to vote on this district if it moves forward at the County level since City residents passed the last countywide levy vote by a small margin. The also cited that the #1 duty of government is to provide for the safety of its citizens.

The Cave Junction City Council did not get a second to sustain the motion to proceed and the motion died on the table.

What does it mean?

2) Opposition and Why the BLITZ is important STILL

3) Uniting for Justice (Quin Collins) Update the event-What’s been done? Flyers! Candles? Speakers?

“And yesterday’s tragedy also makes Thursday’s gathering all the more important for us as a community to turn out in big numbers to mourn with the families and to remind our community we need to make it safer for our own kids.

This is also a good opportunity to remind our community leaders and state legislators that they need to join us as well, not just be notified about the event. SOS is hundreds strong, we should be able to do this outreach before Thursday! WHAT SAY S.O.S.?” (Mike Sanchez)

4) Fireteam Captains Update (Bill Ertel)

5) SOS Committees-Why they are so important…

•Sales Tax-Jay Meredith

•Private/Public Partnerships/Improved Efficiencies Toni Webb and Laurie Norman

•Natural Resources-Jim Frick

• Property Tax Variations-Jeff Wolf

•Trust,Transparency, Education and Public Ownership and Involvement-Holly Lidey and Bill Ertel

•State Lottery Funds -Cliff Thomason

•Justice of the Peace Court-David Corsi

•BIOMASS-Cheri Adkins

Thanks for your tenacity in saving our home!

SOS invited to KAJO 1270AM talk show next week and busy week ahead for Law Enforcement District discussions

Tune in to KAJO 1270AM this Tuesday, December 18, at 9:30am to listen to the weekly talk show.  SOS has been invited to talk about our recent recommendation that the County Commissioners begin the process of creating a Law Enforcement District.  Swift action is needed in order to leave the door open to potentially bringing this to a vote of the County in May of 2013.  Click HERE for the exact text of the SOS letter to the County Commissioners.

SOS has recommended the district to provide part of the solution towards restoring Josephine County’s criminal justice services.  The district could potentially focus on funding the base level of services shared and needed by the entire County:  The Adult Jail, District Attorney, Juvenile Justice, Court Security, and Animal Control.

As has been widely reported in the last week, the City of Cave Junction, the City of Grants Pass, and the Josephine County Commissioners are each scheduled to take independent actions on forming the new district next week.  On Monday, Grants Pass and Cave Junction will each have to decide whether to be part of the district.  Then on Wednesday the 19th the County Commissioners will have an opportunity to approve the initial order forming the district.  This is just the start of the public process and there will be additional public hearings required at the County level next year before Commissioners decide whether the idea should be brought before voters.

SOS interviewed by KTVL Channel 10

Here is a video and news link regarding the letter SOS sent to the Josephine County Commissioners two weeks ago.  This letter asked Commissioners to start the process of forming a Law Enforcement District for Criminal Justice program funding for services shared by the entire county.  This is just the first step in the public process for the County before additional required public hearings in 2013.