Notes from September 24, 2013 SOS Public Meeting

“We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before, and it has changed for the better; so I trust it will again. If difficulties arise, we must put forth new exertion and proportion our efforts to the exigencies of the times.” – George Washington

Our meeting yesterday was good.
Here are the notes:

·       Levys, Crime and Information Mark Seligman (5 minutes) Mark read a prepared speech; at 10 minutes he was cut off; there was a brief heated moment that I take responsibility for, which was a result of at least two mistakes I made: MISTAKE #1) I did not make Mark fully aware that 5 minutes really means 5 minutes; I realize how critically valuable everyone’s time is when we meet, and I attempted to hold Mark to the 5 minute mark at the 10 minute mark (which, to be fair to Mark, included a question); I should have planned for Mark to have more time; MISTAKE #2) Many of you reminded me that in Mark’s speech, he broke our one and only rule at SOS, “No personal attacks”; apparently I should have immediately addressed some of the personal comments Mark made, as your Facilitator, but I did not, which led to the Sheriff needing a rebuttal moment, which, again, was not planned; That will not happen again.

·        I would like to remind everyone that we need to ensure that we listen to everyone’s point of view, as I can assure you, what we don’t address now, we will certainly need to address later; “Solve the problem when it is small”; We have always taken and will continue to take the high road of respect; we may not agree with Mark or others who have opposing views when it comes to the safety of our community and how we get there, but we should permit others, actually promote them to speak, especially when they respectfully ask to be heard and then drive all the way into Grants Pass from Selma, to do so; it’s just the right thing to do; Continue reading Notes from September 24, 2013 SOS Public Meeting

SOS Public Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Our weekly meeting is today, Tuesday, September 24, 2013 @ 5:15pm to 6:15pm at the Newman United Methodist Church,  located at 132 NE “B” Street, in Grants Pass.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Our Agenda thus far:

·       Levies, Crime and Information Mark Seligman (5 minutes)

·       What does the recent movement of House passage of the O+C Timber Plan in Washington DC mean for Josephine County? Josephine County Commissioner Keith Heck

·       The Immediate Change Committee’s First Project   Jubilee Park, Cave Junction Shane Simon Saturday, September 21, 2013—How it went! Continue reading SOS Public Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, September 24, 2013