SOS Invites Josephine County residents to “Uniting For Justice” – February 1st

 SOS Invites Josephine County residents to “Uniting For Justice” 

Securing Our Safety (SOS) would like to invite all local residents to a community event called “Uniting For Justice” on February 1, 2013.  The event begins at 5:15pm at the County’s Juvenile Justice Center in Grants Pass and participants will gather around the facility.  SOS will briefly say a few words about why we are gathering and the importance of our efforts to restore criminal justice services in our community.  We will also have a moment of silence and a candlelight vigil (weather permitting) for the victims of violent criminal acts across our state and country.  The event will end by joining hands and forming a big circle around the facility.  The Juvenile Justice Center is located at 301 NW F St, Grants Pass, and we look forward to the community Uniting For Justice.

All ages are invited to join the event “Uniting For Justice.”  Securing Our Safety is trying to raise awareness of safety concerns in our community due to the lack of funding for the local Criminal Justice System, and the Juvenile Justice program is an important part of that system.  For further questions please email SOS at

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SOS Meeting Agenda: 1-22-13

This week’s meeting will be Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street in Grants Pass from 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM.

Here’s The Agenda:

1)      Uniting for Justice-Quin Collins has brilliantly rescheduled our event for First Friday Art Night on Friday, February 8, 2013! @ 5:15 PM!

2)      A Letter from Mike Vorberg

3)      TASK #4: Harry Mackin  and Toni Webb were tasked to figure out a way to get the City of Grants Pass to donate a heap of the wood chips they reportedly have in surplus to the animal shelter for its’ run areas. Mark Gatlin , Lily Morgan and Darin Fowler were challenged to get together and get that done by next week:

 “I contacted Terry Haugen, City Public Works Director, to verify if the City had any spare wood chips.  They do not.  (JoGro sells all their wood to a company in Medford that chips it and hauls it off… none stays here).  Terry did refer me to Rob Brandes, Josephine County Public Works Director.  The County reportedly has a large surplus of wood ships after the storm clean up.  I left him a message and will let you know what he says.”

Lily Morgan wrote, “Regarding the wood chips.  Appears no SOS intervention was necessary.  County Public Works had already delivered a couple of loads and the supervisor at the Animal Shelter had already contacted Rob Brandes to get more.  Rob returned my call and said they would continue to supply wood chips until the need was met.”

Thanks Rob!!! Awesome job Team!

4)      Multi-Pronged Attack to achieve our Mission: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”

Merriam-Webster Definition of MULTIPRONGED

1: having several distinct aspects or elements <a multipronged attack>

2: having several prongs


5)      Taxing District Report (Pat Fahey)

1.      Status of District

2.      Hearings on District

3.      Need for Political Action Committee (Jeff Wolf)


6)   Update on Mr. Salvador Corona:

Salvador Corona wrote:

“Dear Archie, I has been honored by meeting you as well as by the invitation to the SOS meeting. Meeting you have not been under the best circumstances in life due to the fact of being a victim of crimes committed to my business and more so and not connected in less than a week by the unfortunate fiscal/assault/crime committed yesterday evening at plain day light time to my best friend in life, my beautiful wife, Esperanza Morera-Corona.

             As you are aware the safety security and well been of every Grants Pass citizen as well as to businesses in our city has been exposed to crime/crimes committed in the daily bases and not related a week ago today, Thursday     my business got burglarized by braking a glass door and my ATM taken away.

In regards to my wife’s assault she was taken away from the crime scene by an ambulance an taken to the local hospital for X-Rays reveling a serious injury to her left shoulder wrist knee and thumb finger nail plus cuts to her face and bruises to her left eye. She then IMMEDIATELY was taken to the emergency floor and within 30 minutes she was intervene by a team of three doctors and six nurses which, relocated her left shoulder that got miss-located as the assailant pushed her to the ground with a great force while resisting her purse successfully taken away from her.

I would like to add, the emergency procedure was not without a glish, seen my wife not coming back after the induce coma/anesthesia administered for the medical procedure was with scaring moments because she stop breading. By a direction of one of the doctors I helped the team to bring my wife back.

It was a quite of a life experience that seen my wife alive and then die before my eyes for a respiratory arrest was of a shocking experience and incredible enough just due to a crime as she was pushed to the ground with a great force.

In regards to the police I have a lot to be thankful and I will be addressing that in a scheduled meeting with the Police Chief. I learned myself that it could be his wife or any other citizen(s) the victim(s) and unfortunately in this case was my wife and the lesson learned is that the police response was extremely superb as they end up catching the assailant resulting in the arrest.

In another side of the story is that by coincidence the two police officers that arrested the two criminals that burglarized my business last week were the same officers that got involved in the yesterday’s assault case of my wife.

Therefore I would like to commend you as well as your department for the overwhelming response without knowing who was the assaulted citizen or the victim of a crime. While my wife was transported to the hospital the criminal got arrested and should add that my wife’s purse and all the contents, cash/ID/credit cards and others were accounted for as the police officers delivered her purse at the emergency room.

Once again thank you for your unconditional professional and diligent support and more than ever I would like to make a contribution to the SOS team and to tell you that I am personally committed to support any effort to make our city a safe and enjoyable place for our friends neighbors children and families to live in.”

7)      “SOS Clarifies Josephine County Law Enforcement District Research” (Jay Meredith)

8)      Methadone Clinic (Diane Hoover)

Bill LandisToni Webb and I met with State Senator Herman Baertschiger regarding the Methadone Clinic in Grants Pass last Friday (January 18, 2013) @ 9:00 AM. It was very promising. We have to coordinate a proposal by the end of this week. The following SOS Team Members are on board for this task: Gil Gilbertson, Wally Hicks, ToniWebb, Joe Henner, Diane Hoover, Bill Landis,  Erin Mateja t Felicia Cohen,  Liz Hirni, Steve Marshak 

Toni Webb wrote,

“I talked with Dr. David Gilmur (he is a physician in Medford & was a Jackson County Commissioner); he said that Dr. Jim Shames (who is the Public Health Officer for Josephine & Jackson County) runs the methadone clinic in Medford.  Dr. Shames should be able to help with writing the proposal, finding a grant writer for additional money, and giving us a budget for staffing & monitoring.

Dr. Gilmur suggested that we look into the idea of a mobile clinic, staffed with an RN and a security officer, that could travel to reach more people.  He thought that the Sheriff could deputize a security officer.  I think that we should plan a comprehensive PR campaign to reach medical personnel & raise public awareness/support.”

9)        Fireteam Report (Bill West)

Bill wrote about their recent presentation to HUGO LDS, “Great meeting, about 37 – 40 people! Lots of questions! We started at 7pm and finished at 8pm! Many questions andMary Bowers will forward them to you! We were thanked several times! Great Crowd! Gordon Edstrom organized it and pulled it off!” Awesome job Gordon!!!! (10% Presentation 90% Listening!!!)

Bill also wrote, “I went into DMV to do some personal DMV stuff and started talking with a clerk! She was telling me how busy they were due to the stealing of license plates in our area. Then she thanked me for going to the SOS meetings and being a part of that group!” Great job Bill!

10) Team Captain’s Report

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

Natural ResourcesJim Frick

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

State Lottery FundsCliff Thomason

Justice of the Peace CourtDavid Corsi

BIOMASSCheri Adkins

11)     Volunteer-ism (Mark Gatlin)

Mark wrote,

“I would like to try to harness some of our civic volunteer groups into a larger picture of securing our neighborhoods and streets.  Our Public Safety has a very and good long standing relationship with C-FAC as added “Eyes on the street” performing regular patrols on the weekends.  The Neighbor to Neighbor project is trying to take hold and our Neighborhood Watch programs could use a definite shot in the arm to energize the folks to actually participate.  If we can do this, we win on two fronts.  1. To actually do something tangible on the cheap utilizing volunteers and raising awareness that we all have a stake in our safety.  2.  By going forward, we silence the argument that all SOS wants is money for public services.”

“I would like to make a short statement and appeal for “support” to go forward and build a coalition of leaders of said volunteers and others.”

12)    Website Update(Frank Morin)

13)    TASKS-Doing the best you can.

TASK #1: HOW DID WE DO? We will be posting the Garcia video on our website. Herb Carter  will work with Frank Morin and Jay Meredith  to get the Garcia’s video to Ron Brown of Channel 12 News to do a Special Story. Sharon  from Channel 12 said she wanted to do an updated story on SOS and would like more information regarding the Garcia incident. Herb, Frank and Jay, would you please get with Pat Fahey to get the Garcia discs and complete that task ASAP. We also decided that we wanted a spot on the website where people can view victim stories and see such videos.

TASK #2: HOW DID WE DO? Angel and Jaime Garcia, would you please e-mail Frank Morin  your synopsis of the event to post on our website? Thanks!

TASK #3: HOW DID WE DO? On January 18, 2013, Friday at 9:00 AM in the Anne Basker Auditorium located at 604 NW 6TH Street in Grants Pass, will be the first County Public Hearing on the Taxing District.

TASK #5: HOW DID WE DO?  Bill Ertel needs to coordinate with KAJO and KMED-Bill Meyers to get us a weekly (if possible) spot on the radio. Also, Bill needs to get the radio stations to announce our weekly meetings as a Public Service Announcement via the radio! Thanks Bill!!! 

TASK #6: HOW DID WE DO?  We need an update from State Lottery Funds Captain Cliff Thomason  and Justice of the Peace Court Captain David Corsi

TASK #7: HOW DID WE DO?  Present the edited presentation to the group at the next meeting. DATE DUE

TASK #8: HOW DID WE DO?  Implement a new section to the website at the FAQ part, where anyone can type in any question. That question will be fielded, answered properly and then posted with a credible source for future information;

14)     Comments by a Local Politician

·        Determine what you want—it will most likely be the bare minimum

·        Determine how much that will cost

·        Be and act as one voice

·        Make people aware of where the .58 per $1,000 goes now and where it will go later…

·        Get a guarantee that the money raised, goes only to the Criminal Justice System

·        If get Federal Money, it goes back to the people

·        Everyone should know the price tag and what it means

Thanks for your efforts to save our home!