A New Levy – With a Catch

image002It’s that time of year again: another tax levy to fund justice in the county.

Three times levies have made it to the ballot since funding for our justice system was pulled, and four times they’ve been defeated. What’s different this time around?

Quite a bit, actually.

After the last levy failed to pass by a narrow margin, and as the lack of a functioning justice system has created escalating problems in the county, it became clear a new approach was needed.

That’s where Community United for Safety came in.

“Community United for Safety is a large group of Josephine County residents, businesses and organizations that have come together to place a Public Safety Measure on the May 19, 2015 ballot.”

One of the big problems with previous levies was the flurry of negative reports that often arose from lack of communication and misunderstandings about how the raised funds would be spent. Community United for Safety has been working to spread accurate information, teaming up with other local groups like Securing Our Safety .

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SOS Meeting Notes – January 20, 2015

Run For the Law Shirts 2015

January 20, 2015 NOTES:

We had a special visitor in our audience last night, Ms. Le Raish after witnessing one of our members out in the community supporting safety activities and our mission.  Ms. Raish is the type of person with solid character and wisdom that we want to unite with. It is only joined, with the likes of her kind, that we shall be successful.

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

SOS Sponsor Report Jacki Halcomb

  • If you have any questions please feel free to call or e-mail Jacki @ jaklar@msn.com or call her at 541-218-1427Sponsor Count: 34 (01/20/15)
  • That is a 283% increase over last week!
  • FANTASTIC!
  • Jacki and crew Mark Gatlin, Jay Meredith, and Grant Medley, canvased the downtown GP area for several hours last Friday and Saturday. It is quite impressive to see our SOS signs in the storefronts demonstrating unity!
  • It’s simple: 1-They sign a form demonstrating support; 2-They receive an SOS placard to hang in their window demonstrating our unity; 3-They provide an e-mail/phone number for contact (the e-mail addresses are not published); 4-They send us their business logo to be displayed on our SPONSOR page of our website (our Webmaster Gordon Edstrom posts the business logo; 5-We encourage others to “shop local” and support each other and we will be featuring “Businesses of the Week” on our website
  • The next Sponsor Committee Meeting is on January 27, 2015 @ 1 PM at the Bohemian Restaurant located at 233 Southwest G Street
  • Do you have a business or know of a Josephine County business who wants to join us? E-mail Jacki @ jaklar@msn.com

Art Auction Committee  JoAnne Alvarez

Art Auction Tickets 2015

  • Art Auction: FEBRUARY 5, 2015

TICKET COUNT: 75

  • There are still some tickets left! You can order a ticket on-line at http://securingoursafety.org/sos-art-auction/ or go to Platinum Financial or the Chamber of Commerce!
  • Tickets are $25 each and includes hors d’oeuvres; wine sampling from Troon, Schmidt, and Bridgeview Wineries; beer sampling has been changed from Frank N’ Stene to the WILD RIVER BREWERY (unfortunately Frank N’ Stene had a scheduling conflict), who shall graciously be featuring two of their top beers and hopefully get Jon Bowen of Roux 26 to place one of them on tap permanently!; music by Antonio Melendez www.antoniomelendez.org; and a chance to support your community through some really awesome ART!
  • We have 41 pieces of ART!!! View the Art: www.securingoursafety.org under the Art Committee tab
  • We already have 3 attempted bids for the majestic “Fruit of my WOMB” on our ticket by famed local artist JoAnne Alvarez (we aren’t accepting bids until the actual auction-Thank you!)
  • Join this committee, e-mail JoAnne at britus@charter.net for further details!

O+C Funding Update Cherryl Walker

  • Cherryl informed us that there apparently will be a substantially decreased amount of Federal Funds awarded to Josephine County
  • Cherryl reported that we received approximately 7.5 Million dollars in Federal Funding last year
  • Cherryl reported that we might see approximately 3 Million dollars this year
  • Cherryl is going to send us a brief synopsis of her knowledge to date and we will send it out to you once received

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SOS Meeting Notes – January 13, 2015

Art Auction Tickets 2015

January 13, 2015 NOTES:

SOS Sponsor Report Jacki Halcomb

  • Last committee meeting was on January 14, 2014, @ 12:30 at the Black Bear Diner
  • January 16, 2014, the committee went knocking on doors!
  • There are 9 sponsors posted on our website and more to come soon!
  • If you have any questions please feel free to call or email Jacki @  jaklar@msn.com or 541-218-1427.

    Sponsor Count:12

Art Auction Committee  JoAnne Alvarez

  • Art Auction: FEBRUARY 5, 2014
  • We still have tickets! $25 each and includes hors d’oeuvres; wine sampling from Troon, Schmidt, and Bridgeview Wineries; beer sampling from Frank N’ Stene; music by Antonio Melendez www.antoniomelendez.org; and a chance to support your community through some really awesome ART!
  • We have 40 pieces of ART!!! View the Art: www.securingoursafety.org under the Art Committee tab
  • Join this committee, e-mail JoAnne at britus@charter.net for further details!

MAT-C Committee Nancy Yonally/Marilane Jorgenson/Dr. Felica Cohen

  • Dr. Steven Rotter MAT-C Medical Director
  • Video Update
  • We welcome Rebecca Peterson to our Committee and she has volunteered to be our Attorney—Thank YOU Rebecca!
  • Next Meeting is Wednesday, January 21, 2015 @ the Women’s Health Center from 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Join this committee, contact Nancy at nancy.yonally.coleman@gmail.com

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SOS Meeting Notes – January 6, 2015

Art Auction Tickets 2015

January 6, 2015 NOTES:

Art Auction Committee  JoAnne Alvarez

  • Art Auction: FEBRUARY 5, 2014
  • We have 30 ARTISTS committed!!!
  • We still have tickets! $25 each and includes hors d’oeuvres; wine sampling from Troon, Schmidt, and Bridgeview Wineries; beer sampling from Frank N’ Stene; music by Antonio Melendez www.antoniomelendez.org; and a chance to support your community through some really awesome ART!
  • View the Art: www.securingoursafety.org under the Art Committee tab
  • We still need several volunteers!
  • Join this committee, e-mail JoAnne at britus@charter.net for further details!

SOS Sponsor Report Jacki Halcomb

  • The purpose of the SOS business committee is simply to ask our local businesses to unite with us to show our community that they support the efforts of SOS to have a safe and secure community.  We are asking the business owners to sign a sponsorship form and to post an SOS sign in their business window.  When they sign up we will highlight their business on our website.  We will also have a section on our website that promotes shopping local and their business will be selected as business of the week to help promote their business. Business of the week will rotate so that business should have many opportunities to be selected.
  • We are restructuring our sponsorship and basically starting over with all of our sponsors, which currently include: Club Northwest, Wild River Brew Pub, Roux 26, Newman United Methodist Church, Martin’s Printing, Frank N’ Stene’s Monster Growlers, A Show of Hands, Portola Super Mini-Mart and Deli, Anytime Fitness, and The Tan Factor
  • Next meeting is on January 14, 2014, @ 12:30 at the Black Bear Diner
  • On January 16, 2014, we shall be asking committee members to knock on doors to get the SOS signs in the windows
  • If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me.  jaklar@msn.com or 541-218-1427.

    Sponsor Count:_10_

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