SOS Public Meeting Agenda For Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Our Meeting this week, Tuesday, August 20, 2013, will be at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, in Grants Pass from 5:15 PM-6:15 PM.

We have momentum and the future of Josephine County is beginning to look brighter… Make no mistake, there is much work to be done!

Thanks to all of you who have sacrificed and who continue to sacrifice on behalf of a safer home.

Tomorrow’s Agenda:

1.   The Lottery Committee Refund Research Project Update Identify Committee members; present handout/flyers; announce signature effort current results; assign someone to help Cheri Adkins; movement in other counties; announcement of Lottery Website

2.    NEXT-SOS’ NEXT BIG PUSH-Opioid Clinic Continue reading SOS Public Meeting Agenda For Tuesday, August 20, 2013

SOS Achieves Fundraising Goal and Makes News Statewide

SOS is proud to announce it has achieved its fundraising goal of $30,000 by completing the remaining fundraising needed in the last 6 weeks.  Achieving this goal is significant because it allowed SOS to firmly move forward with the research and legal work necessary to develop language for a statewide ballot initiative to bring local control of lottery dollars back to each County based more closely on how much each County pays into the lottery.

In its research efforts to date, SOS discovered that not all Counties are receiving lottery funds based on how much are paid in from each County.  And more importantly, the needs and funding priorities can vary greatly from County to County across Oregon.

SOS in partnership with Kevin Mannix and the Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance Foundation in recent weeks and months have developed language for an Oregon Constitutional amendment that would allow greater financial flexibility and more public input on how to use Lottery dollars.   Continue reading SOS Achieves Fundraising Goal and Makes News Statewide

Victims’ Voices of Josephine County – Story #6

Victims’ Voices of Josephine County – Story #6

By K. David Smith

This column is the sixth in a series that aims to give the human perspective behind the crisis in criminal justice funding in Josephine County, Oregon. For further information about this series, the background behind it, and the stories of other people who have been affected by the loss of public safety funding in the County, please click here.

http://securingoursafety.org/victim-crime-stats/

It was just a little while ago, when the air quality was so bad from the fires that you could barely see from 4th Street to 7th downtown. The streets were virtually empty, just a few cars sliding through the smoke like ghosts, and Grants Pass felt like a set for a volcano movie. Every HEPA filter and face mask in the valley had been bought out, and there was talk among pretty much everyone with kids who had enough money to pay for gas and a place to stay about whether or not to get the young ones out of town for the sake of their lungs. Not to mention the parents’ sanity – a week with no outside-time in the middle of the summer is a sure way to turn little kids into Tasmanian Devils in a hurry.

This family decided not to take any chances. Continue reading Victims’ Voices of Josephine County – Story #6

Notes from August 13, 2013 SOS Public Meeting

Here are the meeting notes from 8-13-13:

One of our members, Mark Bost somberly told his story of recent victimization, returning to his burglarized home from being away and realizing his vehicle was missing. The Bost family is one of the reasons we are fighting so hard!

I announced our newest SOS Member (as of August 10, 2013): Natalie Maria Simon after Mother Maria Simon carried her around next to PapaShane Simon, to our car wash, garage sale, breakfast fundraiser, Sheriff’s truck pull, Flamingo flocking, Poker Night and awareness walk! Welcome Natalie! She’s doing awesome and another one of the reasons we are fighting so hard for our home!

  1. The Lottery Committee Refund Research Project

“Did we raise $30,000 for our Lottery Research Project?”

YES! Continue reading Notes from August 13, 2013 SOS Public Meeting