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SOS Dinner Event October 26th – Law Enforcement: Where We Stand

Oregon’s Secretary of State, Dennis Richardson, will be the guest speaker at a dinner on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the Grants Pass Golf Club.  Tickets are $50.00 per person.

100% of fundraiser proceeds go to the non-profit Securing Our Safety, (SOS), to fund the project “Law Enforcement: Where We Stand” as it applies to Josephine County. This is not about politics, this is about public safety!

Tickets or additional information can be obtained by calling 541-441-0740 or 541-660-8642. Participants will briefly hear about and have the opportunity to donate toward satisfying SOS’s $60,000 contract with NPC Research. 

The event begins from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM with a no host social hour, and dinner will be 6:30 to 7:30.

Tickets may also be obtained online by the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sos-law-enforcement-dinner-where-we-stand-tickets-38423983168

Securing Our Safety is a non-profit 501(c)(3), citizen-led organization dedicated to the mission of providing for a secure, stable, and sustainable future for Josephine County, Oregon.

Timber and Public Safety

logs

It’s nearly impossible to talk about public safety in Josephine County without mentioning timber. For decades, our public safety services were funded largely by timber receipts from the sale of timber on federally owned land. Now that those federal dollars have mostly dried up, Josephine County has scraped by on federal Secure Rural Schools payments meant to temporarily replace those lost revenues until our county can stand on its own.

Each year, our public safety officials spend a nail-biting few months waiting to hear whether the county will receive another federal payment through the Secure Rural Schools Act. The most recent SRS payment to Josephine County was for nearly $4.9 million. No SRS funding has been authorized for the coming fiscal year.

On Thursday, Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley urged the Senate to pass legislation reauthorizing SRS. But the senators said Congressional leaders blocked their efforts, arguing that more effective timber management could replace the lost revenue. According to Wyden and Merkley, logging on public lands would have to increase by 400 percent to match what counties have been receiving in SRS payments.

Unless there is a last-minute shift by the Senate, the SRS payments that Josephine County received last spring will be our last.

With the failure of the public safety levy on Nov. 8, this leaves us with few options for funding law enforcement in our county.

Securing Our Safety (SOS) is working to get the community more involved in conversations about our county’s future. Please join SOS for our next meeting this Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. at the Newman United Methodist Church at Sixth and B streets in Grants Pass.

To join our email list, send us a message via Facebook, or email media@securingoursafety.org

Photo of the Day

riverside

Autumn explosion of color in Riverside Park.

By posting a Photo of the Day, we’re looking to capture “the good, the bad, the ugly and the unique” of Josephine County.

Do you have a photo you think we should feature? Email it to media@securingoursafety.org

We’re looking for shots that illustrate:

• The beauty of Josephine County
• The crime-related challenges we’re facing
• The essence of what we love about living here
• Aspects of our county we’d like to see improved
• The quirky: Unique stuff you’d only find here

Check out our past photos of the day below: