BIG NEWS and Notes from SOS Public Meeting – February 25, 2014

Here are our NOTES:

There is nothing more important right now than our upcoming “Run for the Law”AWARENESS EVENT on March 15, 2014.

We want to try and get as many people as we can to come out and support our Criminal Justice System.
It is a show of FORCE.
WE want everyone in Josephine County to know that WE who live here, refuse to allow lawlessness to become the norm in Josephine County. WE want our home to be a safe place. WE want to know that our roads are safe and not worry when our kids are driving on them outside Grants Pass City limits. WE want our children to know that if they are being abused or feel hopeless, that WE are there for them. AndWE want those who offend to know that there are consequences for their actions.

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

“Run for the Law”

Bill West/Holly Lidey updated:

  • We are only 16 days away!
  • PLEASE REGISTER NOW FOR THE RUN/WALK!
  • As I write, the Run Committee meets at the Juvenile Justice Center
  • I have been taunting us to get at least 1,000 participants at our Run/Walk. I have been told that I am not being realistic. As a personal favor, I am asking you to help me achieve 1,000 participants. We are at 115/1000=

    11.5%

  • Please register tonight at www.securingoursafety.org
  • Club Northwest will be putting on a promotional event called “14 Days to your first 5K!”  This will begin March 1 and go until March 14th.  They will teach you how to get prepared for your first 5K in 2 weeks.  Please sign up for that at Club Northwest if you are a member and are interested!
  • Our response to the SWAG bags has been good but we are still looking for items to put into our swag bags for the runners.  If you know of a business that may be able to donate an item: inspirational plastic bracelets, pencils, water bottles, key chains, etc.! It’s a great way to promote your business!!!
  • We are also encouraging businesses to help our event by offering to pay the registration fee for their employees. Challenge other businesses with this offer! Thus far Evergreen Federal and Southern Oregon Sanitation have stepped up!
  • LAST CALL! IF you want to purchase a run T-shirt but don’t plan to register, such as volunteers, e-mail Holly: haalidey@msn.com or call her at 541-660-8186. She will need the shirt sizes and money for the shirts before March 1st! Cost of the shirts: Adults $13.50 and Kids $12.00
  • FACEBOOK! Please share this event!  https://www.facebook.com/events/487372901383252
  • The Kid’s Dash” will start at 8:30 AMand it will be completed before the other races which begin at 8:40 AM, so that if parents want to run, Kidzone will be letting member’s kids in free during the 10K/5K on race day and will only charge $3.50 for non-member kids!
  • Please do not forget, this is YOUR AWARENESS RUN! If you have an idea, please let Bill or Holly know!!! Come up with an idea and RUN with it!
  • WE STILL NEED A PHOTOGRAPHER! This would be a great opportunity for an Amateur photographer to set up shop, help us and yourself out. You can make this a great business venture! Please e-mail Holly Lidey haalidey@msn.com
  • Join this committee, e-mail Bill: ontherogue219@gmail.com

St. Patrick’s Day Run For The Law

10k Run or 5k Walk/Run & Kid’s Dash

March 15, 2014

Go to www.securingoursafety.org to register

Sobering Center

Bill Landis

  • Update
  • Non-Profit Status fantastic!
  • Sponsors include ASANTE, Primary Health, All Care and the Ausland Group!

Continue reading BIG NEWS and Notes from SOS Public Meeting – February 25, 2014

ABOUT SOS

Securing Our Safety is a non-profit, citizen-led organization dedicated to the mission of providing for a secure, stable, and sustainable future for Josephine County, Oregon.

Since 2012, Josephine County has had minimal funding for criminal justice operations, due to the loss of federal subsidies for former timber-producing counties and the failure to pass a local property tax levy to replace this revenue.  SOS was formed by local business owners, community leaders, parents, retirees, and other concerned citizens to explore any and all ideas that might help address the County’s long-term needs. The initial focus has been primarily focused on finding sustainable sources of funding and/or cost savings to restore criminal justice services. More broadly, SOS has explored a broad range of potential solutions to make Josephine County a safer, more stable, more sustainable community, to build the alliances across disparate community groups, and to seek to restore trust and communication between local citizens and their elected officials and other public servants.

If you would like to join SOS, have questions or concerns, or would simply like more information about our organization and the local issues we are working to address, please feel free to contact us.

We’re always looking for volunteers to help in many ways – please leave us a suggestion HERE if you are interested in joining SOS meetings or participating on any of the SOS teams.

Even as we speak, there are children and adults out there in our County, our World, our Home, who are being offended. Children who are being forced to do unspeakable things without any end in sight. Elderly who no longer have the mental capacities to realize the abuse upon them… They seek the light of Justice for protection, yet ours burns faint. Thank you for making that light burn brighter. Thank you for giving them hope. Every act, every cent you have given, every moment of your time you have sacrificed away from your family, has not been in vain. It falls into a collective pool of HOPE which grows stronger each and every day.

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Special Message from the SOS Board:

SOS – Our Time Is Now!

As we’ve discussed in recent meetings, time is of the essence in finding safety solutions for Josephine County.  Our Criminal Justice System was devastated in 2012 with the lower amount of federal (timber) funding to support local services and without an extension of the much smaller federal amounts we’ve received in the last couple years we’re facing another cliff in July of 2015.  The system is in rough shape now, and is set for another cut of nearly 50% next summer unless we come together as a community and implement some funding solutions.

It takes a long time to make a major change in funding for local services and thanks our hard work for a little more than two years we’re right on the edge of successes in many ways.  Our volunteers have contributed thousands of hours of work in the many areas we’re focusing on to bring health back to JoCo.  But we need your help financially in a few ways where we’re bringing in professional help that’s not available by volunteer support of our members.

The time is now to support the troops that keep us safe at home.  Please consider an online donation at http://securingoursafety.org/join-sos/ or by mail:

Securing Our Safety
PO Box 2626
Grants Pass, OR 97528

Thank you for your help in restoring safety services to our community!

SECURING OUR SAFETY

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

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Want to join the SOS email list?  Send an email to:   SecuringOurSafety@gmail.com

Please also visit THIS PAGE for more information about becoming a member or making  online donations to SOS.

Our calendar of events and meetings can be found HERE.

Agenda for SOS Public Meeting – Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Good Evening SOS!

Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at the Newman United Methodist Churchlocated at 132 NE “B” Street in Grants Pass, from 5:15 – 6:15.

AGENDA:

“Run for the Law” Committee

Bill West/Holly Lidey

Less than 3 weeks away!!!

PLEASE REGISTERNOW FOR THE RUN/WALK!

  • This thing just keeps growing!!!
  • This is your run! Jump in and help plan it! Next Meeting will be THURSDAY, FEBUARY 27TH AT 5:15 PM at the Juvenile Justice Center (Only 3 WEEKS to go!)
  • READ THIS: HTTP://RUNOREGONBLOG.COM/2014/02/21/RACE-PREVIEW-ST-PATRICKS-DAY-RUN-FOR-THE-LAW-10K5K-IN-GRANTS-PASS/
  •  RUN AWARENESS Attendance GOAL: 999.5
  • Club Northwest will be putting on a promotional event called “14 Days to your first 5K!”  This will begin March 1 and go until March 14th.  They will teach you how to get prepared for your first 5K in 2 weeks.  Please sign up for that at Club Northwest if you are a member and are interested!
  • We are still looking for items to put into our swag bags for the runners.  If you know of a business that may be able to donate an item: inspirational plastic bracelets, pencils, water bottles, key chains, etc.! It’s a great way to promote your business!!!
  • We are also encouraging businesses to help our event by offering to pay the registration fee for their employees. Challenge other businesses with this offer! Thus far Evergreen Federal and Southern Oregon Sanitation have stepped up!
  • LAST CALL! IF you want to purchase a run T-shirt but don’t plan to register, such as volunteers, e-mail Holly: haalidey@msn.com or call her at 541-660-8186. She will need the shirt sizes and money for the shirts before March 1st! Cost of the shirts: Adults $13.50 and Kids $12.00

  • FACEBOOK! Please share this event!
  • The Kid’s Dash” will start at 8:30 AMand it will be completed before the other races which begin at 8:40 AM, so that if parents want to run, Kidzone will be letting member’s kids in free during the 10K/5K on race day and will only charge $3.50 for non-member kids!
  • Please do not forget, this is YOUR AWARENESS RUN! If you have an idea, please let Bill or Holly know!!! Come up with an idea and RUN with it!
  • WE NEED A PHOTOGRAPHER! This would be a great opportunity for an Amateur photographer to set up shop, help us and themselves out… Just sayin’…
  • Join this committee, e-mail Bill: ontherogue219@gmail.com

St. Patrick’s Day Run For The Law

10k Run or 5k Walk/Run & Kid’s Dash

March 15, 2014

Go to www.securingoursafety.org to register

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Jail/Juvenile Justice Levy Committee (PAC UPDATE)  Pat Fahey

  • Where are we?

Continue reading Agenda for SOS Public Meeting – Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Notes From SOS Public Meeting – February 18, 2014

We are moving Josephine County! Progress is slow but sure.

Meeting NOTES 2-18-14:

Jail/Juvenile Justice Levy Committee UPDATE  Pat Fahey

  • Petition Signatures were turned in to Art Harvey at the Josephine County Clerk’s Office!

    DID THE CSOS PAC DO IT?

    GMO, public safety measures make ballot 2/19/2014 – see the Daily Courier article!

WE DID!

fantastic!

  • An extra big THANK YOU to Erica LedesmaJennifer and Ken Snook, Steve Marshak and of course,Cheri Adkins, for being the heart and soul of 199 signatures in less than 48 hours! Your COMMUNITY thanks you!
  • Connie Roach is maintaining the FAQ Section on the WEBSITE for this committee; we discussed the recent Letter to the Editor by Al Hammersly:

    Daily Courier Letter to the Editor 2/14/2014

    Securing Our Safety (SOS) is a group of dedicated, hard working citizens willing to donate their time and efforts to re-establish our defunct criminal justice system. Their mission statement is “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine COUNTY” (emphasis placed on “county”).

    One of the methods to realize their goals has been an initiative placed by petition on the May primary ballot. The measure would increase all county residents’ property taxes for a period of five years and would reopen the Juvenile Detention Center and increase the county jail-bed capacity — admirable goals.

    But once again, the measure does not fund additional deputies for county patrols. County residents are asked to increase their taxes with little or no benefit. A safe haven for abused children is definitely needed.

    But what good does extra space in the jail do for county residents when they have virtually no police force to arrest criminals? Who wants to pay for something with no benefit?

    The last ballot on this issue was carried by city residents but was defeated due to the county vote. Comments made in the Feb. 6 issue of Sneak Preview by SOS’s petition drive chairman repeatedly refer to benefits for city dwellers but never mentions county residents. I cannot believe such a dedicated, citizen-oriented group would pit city residents against county property owners just to gain passage of their measure. Would someone please explain why the initiative was written without increased sheriff’s patrols to benefit county residents?

    AL HAMMERSLEY

    Grants Pass

  • We all agreed how much we appreciated the question posed by Al Hammersley and how much we appreciated the opportunity to answer that question and any others!
  • Pat’s Committee answered that question with the following letter by Darryl Scott:

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Good news, Mr. Hammersley, regarding your letter asking why the upcoming Jail/Juvenile Justice Center levy doesn’t include county patrols. 

The levy will not only increase the number of jail beds and re-open the Juvenile Justice Center to treat, detain and shelter juveniles, but it will – importantly – free up County funding currently used for reduced jail services to increase the Sheriff’s patrol.  Great news for County residents!

Voters have stated, through two failed initiatives, that they are not willing to pay for the entire public safety system because it’s just too expensive.  SOS has listened and has placed a limited, more affordable levy on the ballot that will help restore some – not all – of the most critically needed services: jail beds, juvenile justice services, increased Sheriff’s patrol.

Those critically needed services will benefit us all, both city and County residents, which is why I am voting YES and urging others to do the same.

Darryl L. Scott

Grants Pass

  • Linda Scott commented that we need to ensure that we attribute that letter to the PAC: Citizens for Securing Our Safety (CSOS); Please do not forget: while many of our SOS members support the upcoming Jail/Juvenile Justice Center Levy and the Animal Shelter Levy, SOS itself is a non-profit organization and must refrain from political commitments to remain a non-profit organization! Thank you for respecting this separation.
  • Josephine County Commissioner Keith Heck commented that when asked, “Where shall the money (approximately $2 Million dollars) currently directed towards jail funding, go, when the Levy is successful and the Jail and the Juvenile Justice Center are fully funded?” The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) shall answer, “To the Criminal Justice System, which includes the Sheriff’s Office and the DA’s Office.” That will mean MORE rural patrols!
  • Don’t forget to review the Letter signed by the BCC stating that Public Safety in Josephine County is their number one priority!  http://securingoursafety.org/jailjuvenile-justice-levy-committee/
  • IF you have questions that you have encountered regarding the upcoming levy, please forward them to Pat Fahey ASAP. Please, don’t be shy! pat@sosanitation.com
  • A core group of people, to include Ken Smith, Linda Scott, Darryl Scott, Connie Roach, Roy Lindsay, Sue Fahey, and Pat Fahey, have begun to orchestrate campaign strategy and are doing EXCELLENT! The aforementioned Committee will be meeting next Monday, February 24, 2014 at Tap Rock at 5:15 PM, where there will be 9 sub-committees formed for the Levy campaign—-PLEASE attend and join a sub-committee! WE NEED YOU!
  • The Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce has announced that they shall be supporting this effort!
  • Join this committee, e-mail Pat: pat@sosanitation.com

Why It’s Important Local Governments Work Together  

Keith Heck spoke on the necessity of local governments working together and how the City of Grants Pass and Josephine County have been embarking on tasks together! Continue reading Notes From SOS Public Meeting – February 18, 2014