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Notes from the October 29, 2013 SOS Public Meeting

We had another great meeting last night!  Here are the notes:

·      The SOS Website: to date has received: 13,693 HITS!  Great job Gordon Edstrom for managing our site! Please continue to comment and make the site even better!

·      Lottery Committee Update Cliff Thomason

Briefed us on the response from the Attorney General’s Office with respect to the Ballot (#31) Language Proposal

Please review the AG’s Office response which can be found here:  we are seeking a more mirrored/balanced response for the “Result of a Yes and NO Vote” explanation; as such, we are now in the appeal process and it is estimated that it shall take between 2-8 weeks to complete

For additional information regarding this committee, visit their website:

Lottery Local Control Committee

To comment, please email:

Lastly, this Committee meets every other Tuesday @ 6:30 PM at Club Northwest/Next Meeting: November 5, 2013


·    REPORT on the Walk

Briefly we discussed our walk last week in support of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety last Tuesday, October 22, 2013/we received positive responses and one message was clear, as demonstrated by our speakers: For Josephine County to move forward and out of these dark times, the city Government of Grants Pass and the Josephine County Board of County Commissioners will have to work together!

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·      The Immediate Change Committee’s First Project

Jubilee Park, Cave Junction

Jody Nigh/Shane Simon/Cheri Adkins

Our Goal is: $1,000

If you need tickets, please e-mail Cheri

Tickets are $5 each and include a helmet!

Buy a ticket and help the kids in CJ

With respect to CJ, Shane wrote:

I have remained in contact with some of the active community members within CJ and we have been spit balling some ideas. In doing so, we have started a project called, “Taking Back Jubilee Park.”

This project started because of the recent serious criminal activity surrounding JP and the overall deterioration there because of the lack of law enforcement. According to them, “…the park is no longer safe for their children and one of the reasons for this is the lack of law enforcement.”

The goal for this short term project is to rally the many supporters in Josephine County to attend an event at Jubilee Park similar to what SOS does for the Juvenile Justice Center. This group has asked me to see if SOS wants to take part as a partner in this effort within the next two months. Partner meaning: Side by Side.

A friend of mine who is a math teacher at Lornaburn Middle School would also like to join in the efforts and feels he could advocate from the school side.

I believe this invite from citizens of Cave Junction for SOS to take part in their event is ground breaking!!

One sure fact that SOS is making a difference out there can be seen online by people in that community offering SOS’s link as a positive resource in our counties journey through our criminal justice issues. Seeing this happened in the Illinois Valley by citizens that primarily get their jaded info from anti-government influences has given me more desire to have SOS apart of their community.

Awesome Shane!



·      Jail/Juvenile Justice Levy Committee Update 

Pat Fahey

1.    The final approved language for the Levy Petition is now available.

2.    We are now officially kicking off our signature gathering campaign for this levy; Pat informed us how and why the signature collection has to be precise

3.                    Signature GOAL: 2,300

4.    A PAC, Citizens for Securing Our Safety (CSOS) has been formed as the heart and soul of this petition/levy

5.    We shall have sign-up sheets at the Saturday Market this week

6.    We spoke about the focus point of this movement to be the emphasis that the jail and juvenile justice center is the core of our criminal justice system

7.    Pat shall be reviewing this effort at every meeting

8.    Please come ready with questions or e-mail your detailed questions to me at regarding the levy

9.    The above questions shall be posted on a FAQ site on this committee’s website webpage and then go to this committee’s webpage

·      Justice of Peace Committee Update Dave Corsi

Penny Mueller and I reviewed recent developments with this committee: 1) We had our first meeting this past Friday, October 25, 2013 @ 5:30 PM at the Tap Rock 2) Committee consists of Captain Dave Corsi, Kirk Brust, Penny Mueller, Keith Heck, GPDPS Deputy Chief Bill Landis, Josephine County Sheriff Gil GilbertsonHarold Haugen, Connie Roach, Frank Morin andArchie Lidey; our next meeting will be at the same location on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 @ 5:30 PM; Dave led the meeting; we have some hurdles to clear, but there is hope! If you would like to join our committee, please e-mail Dave at ; one of the subjects we discussed was our website webpage, our Mission and Goals

·      Community Networking Roger Brandt, Keith Heck, Cheri Adkins, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson, Mark Gatlin and I attended this presentation/network exercise hosted by the Ford Foundation this past Monday; slowly but surely, SOS is making it into CJ

·      The Hardrock Mining Committee—What’s the Next Step? Michael Cope/Jay Meredith we ran out of time for this committee; more to follow next week!

·      Medically-Assisted-Treatment (MAT) Committee is the new name for this Committee, formerly known as the Opioid Clinic CommitteeToni Webb Our first step will be the Awareness Campaign Brochure and the next step shall be our planning of the MAT Center—“If we build it, they will come”; next meeting is at 5:30 PM at the Women’s Health Center on November 7, 2013!

·      POKER NIGHT Fund Raiser at the Pub Jay Meredith

Announced the date to be Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Wild River Brew Pub; the cost is $50; the meal, included in the ticket price will be stone-oven-baked Pizza and Salad; there will only be 100 tickets; Jay will have brochures and tickets available at the next meeting; we are going to have a dealer at every table; we are in need of prize donations; SOS will provide the top prize of $500

·      Fund-Raising Art Show February 7, 2014 this date is set; Cheri Adkins/whoever would like to join this committee, please e-mail me back ASAP! We ran out of time to discuss this event any further

·      SOS Office—We need someone to become our Sergeant of the Arms so to speak, and be in charge of SOS property at a room donated by the Newman United Methodist Church for storage; please e-mail me if you are interested

·      Saturday Market Signs/Award

We briefly discussed how important our attendance is at the Saturday Market and reflected for a moment on the quiet and dependable stewardship of Neal Appleton, who had been religiously setting up our stand every Saturday Market; Neal had surgery today for a brain tumor and Cheri Adkins just reported: “Long day, just got home, Neal’s surgery went longer than expected.  Was told he will not be the same. They removed the tumor and the sac surrounding it had to be peeled off, it is cancer.  This will cause some damage to the use of his left side and his memory.  He was in the ICU when I left tonite and Sonnia, his wife, will call  me either tonite or in the morning with an update. Doctors are advising’s more chemo and radiation, plus therapy.  Amber stopped by and was with us.  Please pray for my good friend Neal.”

·      Per John McCafferty:

Expansion on the Section 501(h) Election

For an organization to remain eligible for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3), it must not engage in too much lobbying activity.  Section 501(c)(3) provides in relevant part that an organization shall be eligible for tax-exemption so long as “… no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided in subsection (h))…”.  Since under the “no substantial part” test there is very little guidance to help section 501(c)(3) organizations know what is too much lobbying, in 1976 the Congress added subsection (h) to section 501. Subsection (h) generally allows section 501(c)(3) organizations to elect to have the question of whether they are engaging in too much lobbying decided on the basis of how much money they spend on lobbying, i.e., the level of their lobbying expenditures.  We will refer to this election as the “(h) election.”  Generally, section 501(c)(3) organizations are permitted under the (h) election to spend up to 20% of the first $500,000 of their budget on lobbying and reduced percentages of budget amounts above $500,000 with an overall cap of $1 million.  Of the permissible amounts, only 25% may be spent on grassroots lobbying.  Generally grass roots lobbying involves contacting members of the general public and in turn urging them to contact legislators to urge them to act favorably or unfavorably on some proposed legislation.

The (h) election provides very clear guidance as to what is and is not lobbying, etc., and its rules are liberal in the sense of characterizing activity, that might be considered lobbying under the rules that apply if a group has not made the election, as not constituting lobbying.  Many close observers of the nonprofit sector think that groups that do lobbying at any significant level are well advised to make the election.  It appears, however, that few have done so.


Thank you all for your energy and time. It is not in vain. Two people were run over and killed last night in Cave Junction after an altercation. While it is true, we might always have crime, with or without a functioning Criminal Justice System, it is hard to argue that a functioning Criminal Justice System is not im-pact-ful. Stay the course and again, Thank you for fighting for our home.


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

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