Lily Schoen _ Midnight Garden

Notes from SOS Public Meeting – January 28, 2014

Good Evening SOS!



AWARENESS Raising Art Show

February 6, 2014

Joanne Alvarez, Cheri AdkinsKay Smith, Camille Benedict and Nadine Patel

Nadine did a great job representing the Art Auction Committee on KAJO yesterday morning!

  • There are now over 27 Artists
  • We are on FACEBOOK
  • There are 35 pieces of donated art!
  • We have sold 81 Tickets!
  • The ART is good!!!
  • How Mucho? Tickets are only $25 and include Hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting
  • Jim Frick is the Auctioneer!
  • Don Monetti from KCMD shall be “MC” for the event
  • Where? Roux 26 in Grants Pass (We will have the entire restaurant and plan to fill it!
  • When? February 6, 2014 from 6PM-9PM

  • How Mucho? $25
  • What does the $25 ticket include? 4 tickets for 4 wine tastes and Hors d’oeuvres

    1) Smoked Salmon/Goat Cheese

    2) Steak/Potato

    3) Bruschetta w/Vinaigrette

    4) Pumpkin with Curry spread

    5) Hummus

    6) Chicken Teriyaki

    7) Fried Artichoke Hearts

    We sampled the above and they were fantastic! You will be delighted!

  • There will be a Harpist and maybe, just maybe, Jim Frick will dance?
  • Wineries participating are TroonBridgeview, Schmidt and Fiasco
  • Next Meeting is at JoAnne’s house on February 4, 2014 @ 6:00 PM
  • Go on-line to purchase tickets or e-mail Nadine Patel
  • Peter Tamshiro also has tickets and you can contact him at his business at Platinum Financial or by e-mail at
  • Join this committee, e-mail JoAnne:

Jail/Juvenile Justice Levy Committee UPDATE  – Pat Fahey


GOAL: 2,200 Signatures

Collected Signatures to Date:


Percent of Goal:




DEADLINE: February 19, 2014

*These numbers are being tallied by Connie Roach and updated every day; please keep getting valid signatures; we have to account for a certain percentage of invalid signatures; so please do not stop with your efforts until we sound the official stop bell!  

  •  WE ARE ON Fire!
  • PLEASE bring in your completed petition sheets to next week’s meeting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The Levy is being run by a PAC and we are providing information regarding the PAC’s efforts
  • A BCC Letter of Support for Public Safety in Josephine County was approved and signed by all three Josephine County Commissioners! Awesome!

    The honorable Keith Heck read said letter (see Attached)

  • Connie Roach/FAQ Section—These questions shall be posted on the website this weekend!
  •  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’s PAC committee will next meet at his Southern Oregon Sanitation (SOS) Office on Redwood Avenue on Sunday, February 2 (Ground Hog Day), 2014 @ 1:00 PM
  • Pat Sign-UP Schedule is posted on the website
  • Door-to-door/Neighborhoods Signatures; per Steve Marshak, please walk your neighborhoods and gather signatures like he has been doing! It’s a great way to get others involved with making our home safer!
  • If you have a completed petition, please bring it to the meeting or e-mail Pat or myself or drop them off at Southern Oregon Sanitation (SOS) Office on Redwood Avenue; or bring it to the next Securing Our Safety meeting! Do not take it to the County Assessor’s Office.
  • Lastly, let’s bring Cheri Adkins out of the COLD!
  • Join this committee, e-mail Pat:

Medically-Assisted-Treatment (MAT) Committee  Toni Webb

  • The next meeting at Women’s Health Center shall be on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

    Toni passed out the finished product and it is very impressive; this kicks off our awareness campaign! Our goal is to help educate our community on opiate addiction and how we might come together to help opiate addicts gain control of their addictions

  • These brochures are in place already at Options, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and at the Women’s Health Center
  • Anyone wishing brochures should contact Archie Lidey or Toni Webb
  • Check out this:
  • This committee met yesterday and decided the next three steps are: 1) Funding 2) Identifying a MAT-C Director and 3) Identifying a location
  • Our next step is to begin designing the center
  • Join this committee, e-mail Toni:


“Run for the Law” Committee

Bill West/Holly Lidey


  • Holly had samples of the shirts for the run on display
  • IF you want to purchase a run T-shirt but don’t plan to register, such as volunteers, they can e-mail Holly: 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
  • Where are we at?
  • We are on FACEBOOK!
  • Sponsors have been impressive! Evergreen Federal announced to its’ employees that it would pay the registration for any employee that wanted to participate! WOW!
  • Dr. Matt Johnston’s Office are all running and are throwing out the challenge to ALL local Dentists! Dr. Johnston recently reported, “We have the patients with the best and whitest teeth which gives us an aerodynamic advantage in the run!” 
  • The Josephine County Search and Rescue shall be assisting!
  • Dave Matthews and AMR will be supporting our event with Medical Personnel!
  • Conservative estimates of participation in this run, in our county of 82,000 is: 1000
  • Our County NEEDS this wake-up event!
  • The next BIG meeting for this Committee is: February 6, 2014 at Wild River Pub @ 12 Noon (tentatively)
  • Join this committee, e-mail Bill:

St. Patrick’s Day Run For The Law

10k Run or 5k Walk/Run & Kid’s Dash

March 15, 2014

Go to to register

State Session Report

State Representative Wally Hicks

Wally spoke about the men who had been murdered in CJ, who were run over by a truck, and how those murders are unsolved; how the State Police is doing what they can but cannot replace the necessary Sheriff’s Office for such tasks; Wally also spoke about happenings in Salem to include two Bills he is working on at this next short session: 1) Updating current Marijuana Statutes if Marijuana is legalized (Wally did not say that it would be) and 2) Getting reimbursed by the State if a person, who gets sentenced to prison, is credited for the time served, the County Jail who lodges said person, should be paid for the lodging from the Prison System budget; Wally shall also be working with our Justice of the Peace CommitteeCaptain Dave Corsi, and assist him with some legislative language changes so we can proceed with this court; We thanksed Wally for his service!

Lottery Committee Update

Cliff Thomason spoke about our progress and how we still await approval from the Oregon Supreme Court relative to the language of the ballot measure; Cliff said we should hear something any day; Cliff also shared that the Oregon State Lottery has advised him that our effort logo looks too close to the Oregon State Lottery logo and we have been warned to change it; Cliff attended the Public Safety Summit in Gold Beach weekend and will report on it next week! Apparently, most all of the County Sheriffs, to include Our Sheriff Gil Gilbertson were there.

Join this (PAC) committee, e-mail Cliff:


Timber Committee

Jim Frick gave us a quick update: As a result of the fire season, and the subsequent timber sales of over 80,000 burnt acreage, Josephine County had 1,000 truck loads of timber sales

With 55,000 acres of burnt BLM lands, only 3,400-3,500 acres have been harvested

Jim spoke about the danger of reforestation of private lands if the Federal Lands do not follow suit, because the investment would be dangerous if the same type of sale-clean-up is not conducted…

Join this committee, e-mail Jim:

Radio Ads We are offering free tickets for our awareness events on the radio, KAJO and KCMD for people who can answer questions regarding the Criminal Justice System which we have developed:

Q:    On any given weekend in Josephine County, Oregon, with almost 83,000 people and approximately 1,642 square miles, how many Josephine County patrol deputies are on patrol?

A:    0

SOURCE: Josephine County Sheriff’s Office

Q:    There were eight criminal cases involving heroin in Josephine County in 2012. How many were there in 2013?

A:    67

SOURCE: Josephine County District Attorney’s Office

Q:    How many babies were born in Josephine County with opiate withdrawal symptoms in 2012?

A:    126

SOURCE: Women’s Health Center

Q:    A Detective from San Diego calls for assistance to locate and interview a sex offender suspect who she suspects is now residing in rural Josephine County. She asks to speak to the Detective Sergeant for Josephine County. Who does she speak to?

A:   Not the Josephine County Detective Sergeant. There isn’t one. She does not speak to any Josephine County Detective. There aren’t any. If the Sheriff himself and/or any one of the two remaining deputies are available and not responding to emergency calls for service, she might speak to one of them. She might be able to speak to one of several detectives who work for the Oregon State Police, who are trying to fill in the gaps left by the reduction in manpower, but they have limited resources themselves and are now focused on solving several unsolved homicides in Josephine County. 

SOURCE: Josephine County Sheriff’s Office

Q:    What do you do after arriving to your rural Josephine County home late Sunday afternoon to discover that thieves have broken into your house while you were away, taken your car which had been parked out front, now most likely loaded with your stuff they just stole, and have left a mess inside?

A:    It depends. First call 911. We don’t know if the thieves have finished. Your home needs to be cleared. The 911 call taker will transfer your call to the Oregon State Police. A trooper might respond to “clear” your home if there are no other emergencies in progress. If the trooper responds, they will not take a report. You will be directed to call the Sheriff’s Office Monday morning and/or to the Sheriff’s Office on-line reporting system.

SOURCE: Josephine County Victim

Q:  How many abused or neglected Josephine County youth who required shelter care received that care locally in 2013?

A:    0

SOURCE: Josephine County Juvenile Justice

Q:    How many juveniles were cited and released for crimes rather than being transported to the Josephine Juvenile Justice Center from June 2012 till June of 2013?

A:   OVER 300

SOURCE: Josephine County Juvenile Justice

Q:    With respect to fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes per the Community Health Assessment 2013, the state average per 100,000 people in Oregon is 12. How many fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes did Josephine County, a county of a population of almost 83,000, have in 2013?

A:    23

Q : True or False – Crime Affects Property Values.

A:    TRUE

Many studies have been done that nearly unanimously show that high crime rates cause property values to fall.  According to a recent 2013 report by the National Association of Counties that can be found here  Real Estate is the #1 industry in Josephine County.  Not providing for proper law enforcement via the Criminal Justice System could be the most costly thing we as a County could do. We have a lot of REAL value to protect.

 Q:   Per , from reported information from the Medford Police Department, which has over 100 sworn police officers, between January 1, 2014 and January 23, 2014, 281 crimes were reported in the City of Medford, which has a population of approximately 76,462 (SOURCE:   US Census 2012). Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, which has over 50 sworn police officers, between January 1, 2014 and January 23, 2014, 385 crimes were reported in the City of Grants Pass, which has a population of approximately 34,805 (SOURCE:   US Census 2012). How many crimes occurred in Josephine County during that same period of time?

A:    Unknown

        Crime reporting in Josephine County, aside from the Grants Pass Police, is broken. Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson does not have the manpower to collect statistics. He only has two deputies on any given weekday and three contract deputies. Victims are encouraged to use the Josephine County Sheriff’s on-line reporting system, but it is suspected that many crimes go unreported due to victim frustration and/or the inability of computer/internet access.


Next Week Preview:

The Hardrock Mining Committee Update/What’s the Next Step? The Summit! Michael Cope

Join this committee, e-mail Michael:

Timber Committee

Jim Frick better update with more time!

Join this committee, e-mail Jim:

VICTIM’s Forum

  • Dr. Steven Marshak’s Idea /CJ City Councilor Dr. John Gardiner /Penny Mueller; letter to CJ Mayor…

Our plan for our SPONSORS

Amber GarzaGordon Edstrom

Gold Beach Summit Keith Heck/Sheriff Gilbertson/Mark Gatlin



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

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