SOS Meeting Notes 12-4-12

Here are the highlights of Tuesday’s Meeting 12-4-12:


We are moving forward

A) Fireteams have been established as follows:

1) CAPTAIN: Jay Meredith 2) Darin Fowler 3) Quin Collins 4) Bill Ertel (COMPLETE)

2) CAPTAIN: Bill West 2) Mike Waldon 3) Mary Bowers 4) Jennifer Essick (COMPLETE)

3) CAPTAIN: Holly Lidey 2) Liz Hirni 3) David Smith 4) Frank Morin (COMPLETE)

4) CAPTAIN: Abe Huntley 2) Ryan Mulkins 3) John McCafferty 4) Jim Frick (COMPLETE)

5) CAPTAIN: Pat Fahey 2) Dave Daniel 3) Dylan Orton 4) Peter Angstadt (COMPLETE)

6) CAPTAIN: Linda Rahberger 2)_____________ 3)____________ 4)____________

7) CAPTAIN: Steve Marshak 2) Greg Redfern 3) Toni Webb 4) Dominic Zottola

8) CAPTAIN: Kim Gasperson 2) Lily Morgan 3) Shane Simon 4)__________________

9) CAPTAIN: Erica Johnston 2) Matt Johnston 3) Melissa Snyder 4) Travis Snyder (COMPLETE)

10) CAPTAIN: Archie Lidey 2) Erin Mateja 3) Ryan Brown 4) Cliff Thomason (COMPLETE)

11) CAPTAIN: Cheri Adkins 2) Keith Heck 3) Harry Mackin 4) Mark Gatlin (COMPLETE)

12) CAPTAIN: Brian Pendleton 2) Laurie Norman 3) Mike Sanchez 4) Janine Wilson (COMPLETE)

We have just 4 Fireteam openings left. Please sign up. E-mail me your choice if you are not already on a team.

B) Divide up the County by Precincts (John McCaffertyhas developed a strategic map for Josephine County/Our goal now is to just get out and present; we shall fine tune as we go along)

C) Prepare/Approve of the Presentations10% Presenting 90% Listening (see attached final proposed Presentation Document and PowerPoint NOTE:This includes language addressing the decision made last night to address the BCC by SOS)


D) Target Areas/Presentation Lists

Our Fireteam Captains have provided the following thus far:

Kimberly Gasperson

1.City of Cave Junction Council Meeting December 10th

2. Rotary in Cave Junction December 18th

Bill West

1. Disabled Vets 541-660-5174

2. Rogue Valley Gems Club (Mary Bowers Club)

3. Veterans of Foreign Wars 541-479-5241

4. Middle Rogue Steelheaders

5. Local old folks resthomes! (more to follow on this)

Linda Rahberger

1.The Democrats of Josephine County

2. Friends of the Library – Grants Pass Branch

3. Daughters of the American Revolution – Rogue River Chapter

4. Grants Pass Genealogical Society

5. The Josephine County Historical Society

Steve Marshak

1. american association of university women

2. illinois valley rotary

3. josephine county of republican women

4. Korean war veterans

5. relics senior softball league

Holly Lidey

1. Newcomers (hopefully the end of January – I have been in constant contact with their President and just need a final yes!)
2. Catholic Church
3. GP Toastmasters
4. Towne Hall at Wolf Creek Community Center
5. Mid Rogue Independent Physicians Association

Cheri Adkins

1. IV Chamber of Commerce, (Confirmed)

2. IV Lions Club, Confirmed

3. Lions Club, waiting for confirmation

4. North Valley Business Association

5. Galice Business Association

6. 9-12 group, Kerby

Archie Lidey

1. Knights of Columbus

2. Neuman Methodist Church

3. Grants Pass Elks and Emblem Club

4. Grants Pass Police Officer’s Association (Confirmed)

5. Dutch Brother’s HQ

F) Plot/Record our Presentations (John McCafferty assisted by Bill West will be ensuring efficient and timely coverage before established deadlines) 

G) Manage, calculate and match incoming data to Committee Efforts (Jay Meredith)  As information comes in, we will forward it to Jay for processing; that information will be passed onto the group in the weekly meeting

H) Formulate viable options from the VOICE OF THE MAJORITY-We are seeking input from our community, while working on ideas/proposals at the same time; the input should help craft and carve out our solutions

And that’s the BLITZ. One of the things we discussed is how important the website is going to be as a live—up-to-date functioning tool of SOS.

2) Website-We are still soliciting input; Jay Merdith, myself and Gordon Edstrom will be attempting to meet late Sunday afternoon to polish the site. If you are interested in helping, please let me know. Other people such as Toni WebbDylan Orton and Jan Masters have also expressed interest in helping. Thank you. One of the most vital aspects of the site is the input and maintenance of the FAQ/Answer Box. Frank Morin has agreed to be the gatekeeper for the box. If you have a question about anything regarding the Criminal Justice System, about SOS or anything else that you think is important for us to have an answer to, please forward it to Frank. That question will be answered and subsequently posted on our site with a verifiable source. In this way, should we run into any questions/comments in the field during a presentation, we can direct people to our website and to the FAQ/Answer Box for the answer.

3) Property Tax Variations-steered by Jeff Wolf and assisted by Mike SchnyderConnie RoachJay MeredithPat FaheyKeith HeckCherryl Walker and others, have been working diligently to meet the upcoming proposal deadline to present to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). County Counsel Steve Rich attended the meeting and provided additional insight. The group Tuesday night unanimously agreed by vote to push forward with a proposal for a Taxing District concept. While the specifics for the actual proposal are still being worked on, we needed to act in order to avoid missing the deadline, thereby forfeiting any chance of any type of such proposal for the May 2013 Ballot. Again, this is a work-in-progress and at this point in time, we are simply “keeping the door open” or preserving an opportunity, which we would have otherwise missed by not taking any action. I shall forward the actual letter presented to the BCC on behalf of SOS in an e-mail directly after this one. Great effort and great job by all of those who participated. As with every SOS concept, we cannot express enough how open our process is and how we continue to extend an open invitation to every and anyone in Josephine County who wants to help us resolve our problem. We also reminded ourselves that this idea is only a single prong of a multi-prong solution to achieve our goal of: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.

4) Insurance Presentation-Brian Pendleton explained in general how and why insurance rates go up; In a nutshell, Brian stated, “Losses will drive the rates.” Brian commented on how insurance companies are wondering what is going on in Josephine County and how they have actually created teams to investigate claims which are absent of any police reports. It was suggested that Brian do an interview withMike Jones on SOS Radio and discuss the same topic. Great job Brian!

5) Methadone Clinic-We are becoming increasingly aware of the opiate addiction as a driving force in our community behind some of our criminal activity. People who have this addiction need the drug daily. Methadone, which is an opiate but more of a controlled pharmaceutical ideally used to wean people with the opiate addiction away from that addiction, is commonly provided free to those with the addiction. Sadly enough, people who have the addiction often resort to crime to get the opiate anyway they can, mostly to avoid the severe withdrawal symptoms. It’s called a Methadone Clinic and people go there daily for free methadone. Josephine County lost its’ clinic rather recently and people now have to travel to Medford. I have been told multiple times by people I have contacted in the course of my job, that it is cheaper to buy heroin on the streets in Grants Pass than to pay for gas to get to Medford.  At Tuesday’s meeting, I read a letter from Diane Hoover, Josephine County Public Health Director, who attended our meeting last week (11/27/12) and wrote the following:

The 2011 Legislative Assembly adopted a Public Health budget that required an increase in fees charged to Oregon Medical Marijuana Program applicants as well as an additional fee for growers to generate revenue to fund other public health programs. I wholeheartedly supported the changes to OAR chapter 333, division 8. It would be great if in future State budget planning that a portion of those revenues be returned to the County that generated that revenue. Particularly if that County falls in the bottom 3rd of Public Health County Rankings. In 2012 Josephine County ranked 29th of 33 surveyed counties in the public health rankings.

As of April 1, 2012 Josephine County had 4,095 patients registered for medical marijuana cards, and presumably the growers live here too. (Only Jackson, Lane, & Multnomah counties have higher numbers than we do in Josephine County.) It sure would be great if we could tap in to the 2011 fee increase and put it to work for positive public health changes such as opening up the Methadone Clinic again and other public health concerns related to the SOS effort.

Excellent! Next week, Diane HooverBill Landis and I, intend to meet to discuss this proposition further. Anyone interested in joining the discussion, please advise me asap.

6) It is our intention to go away from the e-mails and place the Meeting Agendas, updates, etc. on our website. What Say You?

7) We will not be meeting on Christmas or on New Years. It has been proposed that in a show of unity and support, that we all get together and join hands and form a large circle around the Juvenile Justice Center. While it currently stands empty, by our presence, we will demonstrate to the community, if not but for a single moment, our commitment and resolve to restore our Criminal Justice System, and demonstrate by this single act, how our children are not forgotten. Wouldn’t it be great if we had so many people that we circled the building several times? I am suggesting a date of maybe December 20, 2012 @ 5:15 PM… What Say You? 

Thank you all for you efforts to save and preserve our home.

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