SOS Meeting Notes – June 24, 2014

Good evening SOS!

GREAT NEWS!

On June 25, 2014, SOS received news that SOS has been “officially” recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization!

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Here are the meeting notes from Tuesday’s Meeting (June 24, 2014):

Trust and Transparency

Grant Medley  UPDATE

This committee is working on defining what our Local Government is doing and where our current tax dollars go. While it is grueling, it will be worth it in the long run. We need to understand how the current collection of taxes works and where our shortfall is, with respect to funding of the Criminal Justice System.

Grant said that he and several other committee members recently met with the Josephine County Board of County Commissioners and were impressed with their receptiveness, open to input and overall desire to make our community a better place to live.  Continue reading SOS Meeting Notes – June 24, 2014

SOS Meeting Notes – June 17, 2014

Good Evening SOS!

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, from 5:15pm to 6:15p at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, in Grants Pass.

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Last Week’s Meeting Notes:

Shane Simon led the meeting

Trust and Transparency

Grant Medley   Grant and his team continue to meet and evaluate the happenings within the county government. They met the week before with the County Commissioners and we have yet to hear their report. They are scheduled to meet with Sheriff Gilbertson. We have to clearly define what it is our Government is doing and where our current tax dollars go. While it is grueling, it will be worth it in the long run. People need to understand how the current collection of taxes works and where our shortfall is, assuming there is a “shortfall”.

Lottery Committee

Cliff Thomason        http://www.lotterylocalcontrol.com/news.html

Cliff reported that the required amount of signatures were turned into the Secretary of the State in Salem, Oregon last Friday (June 13, 2014). Actually 1300 signatures were turned in. 1,000 were needed. Cliff said he hoped have a Ballot Title by this July, for the 2016 Election.

Run for the Law

Bill West

Set date for next run – March 14, 2015
Bill will pretty much have his same team as he had this year
Bill invited people to participate and a Sign-Up sheet was posted
Shall start meetings in September Continue reading SOS Meeting Notes – June 17, 2014

SOS Meeting Notes – June 10, 2014

Good Evening SOS!

Our next meeting shall be Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, from 5:15 PM until 6:15.

MEETING NOTES:

Trust and Transparency Committee

Grant Medley

  • Grant, and several of his committee members were going to meet with the Josephine County Board of County Commissioners on June 11, 2014
  • Grant also has an upcoming meeting with the Sheriff scheduled
  • Grant said his committee is also working on an article for our website www.securingoursafety.org
  • That committee met after the SOS general meeting

OUTREACH PROGRAM

  • We engaged in a lively discussion about reaching out to the community, which consumed the rest of our meeting time.  Here are some of the comments:
  • Levy Results released in the Daily Courier on Friday revealed the City supported the Levy, with every single precinct passing
  • We wanted to see how the precincts voted; then target all precincts, go out and meet them and find out what they want

Continue reading SOS Meeting Notes – June 10, 2014

SOS Meeting Notes – June 3, 2014

Good Evening SOS!

Great Meeting Tuesday!

“I have been driven many times to my knees,” Lincoln said, “by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.”

I chose this quote from Abraham Lincoln, because I can only imagine the burden and stress he must have felt as he guided our country through the Civil War. I am amazed that the daily death counts alone did not drive him mad. While I am not the President or a leader in any sense of a title, I do stand next to you in our efforts to make this place we call home safe for our children. I can’t help but feel as if we are having our own little private “Civil War” in Josephine County. Sometimes when I pick up the newspaper and read the incessant attacks by people who care less about the overall welfare of our home and more about extending their egos, I am dismayed. Especially when the people who are trying to lead are constantly criticized by those who have no record or intent of anything positive for our common good, except to attract attention to themselves and demonstrate, at least for a moment, that they have some semblance of wit. Continue reading SOS Meeting Notes – June 3, 2014