SOS Meeting Notes – April 28, 2015

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Wild River Brew Pub in Grants Pass located at 533 NE F Street in Grants Pass from 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM.  This will be a BIG meeting – BE THERE!


Once, when a young Captain of Andrew Jackson surveyed the battlefield, he froze up thinking about all the “what-ifs”, jeopardizing his men as well as the lives of others. When Jackson asked the young Captain what was wrong, he answered, “I fear this—I fear that—what if they do this—what if they do that.” Jackson gently placed his arm around him and said, “Never take counsel of your fears…”


Let us operate from a position of strength, one that we earned through blood, sweat and tears, and on the backs of so many great forces who carved the way for us.




April 28, 2015 MEETING NOTES:

SOS Sponsor Report Jacki Halcomb

Business Appreciation Dinner

May 2nd we held a business appreciation dinner for businesses in Josephine County.   22 business owners signed our guest book and we had approximately 65 attendees.  The focus of the dinner was to bring the business owners current on the projects we are working on and what those projects can mean to the safety of our community if they are implemented.  We had guest speakers as well as a showing of the Grace Roots video and one video in a series that is simply titled “The Cost.”  The video’s had a profound effect on several of the business owners that attended. We had 5 businesses requests to be sponsors and 4 requested to donate to our efforts.

Please join us in thanking our guest speakers:

Jay Meredith

Cliff Thomason

Dr. Steven Rotter

David Smith

Scott Draper

Key Note Speaker Dr. Matt Johnston
A very special Thank You to Ruth Wall and Jody Nigh for all their hard work in coordinating this event and also to the staff at the Grants Pass Golf Club.  The food and service was wonderful.  If you are looking to hold an event we would highly recommend this venue.

  • Sponsors as of April 28, 2015: 113
  • To view all of our listed sponsors and support local merchants, please go to the SPONSOR tab at www.securingoursafety.org
  • If you have any questions or if you would like to get involved in being a part of uniting businesses and promoting commerce in Josephine County, please call or email Jacki @ jaklar@msn.com or 541-218-1427

Last but not least, a great THANK YOU to Jacki Halcomb and her awesome husband Larry Halcomb for all of your efforts in making our community safer! Great job Jacki!!!


So… How’s the Housing Market in Josephine County?

Penny Mueller

The current real estate market is very active.  In Josephine County, as of 4/28/15 we had 478 active listings.  Based on current selling statistics, that gives us about 6 months of inventory with nothing new being added.  This would be considered a balanced market.

The Josephine County market needs more listings as there are more Buyers than listings available.  When the market was at its highest before the housing crash, we had more than 1400 listings active and available.

The market dictates what a property is worth.  Properties that are priced right, in good condition and are in a good location are going quickly. As an example, early in April, two of my new listings had accepted offers on them within 9 days of listing.  They both met the requirements of price, condition, and location.

In 2014, there was a total of 1,085 sales, with an average sales price of $231,170.  During the last six months we have had 541 closed sales.  The last six months are considered by many to be the slowest sales periods of the year.

Comparing year over year, 1/1/14 to 4/28/14, there were 281 closed sales.  During the same time period in 2015 we had 321 closed sales, a 14.2% increase.

January had 69 closed sales, February 79, March 96, and to date in April there were 76 closed. We started the summer sales season a little early this year in March.

As an update, April ended with 97 closed sales with an average sales price of $238,742 and going into escrow within 108 days of being listed.   As of the end of April there are 342 closed sales at an average price of $235,679 and going into escrow within 107 days of being listed.

Real Estate is big business for Josephine County!  

Penny can be reached for comment at penelopesmueller@gmail.com



Reporter David Smith and Kerin Sharma

“The Cost”

They are here!!!

As many of you are aware, SOS is in the midst of producing mini-documentaries videos which capture the impact of a depleted Criminal Justice System in Josephine County. The first SOS video series is called “The Cost.”

Please VIEW them!

Please SHARE them!

Go to www.securingoursafety.org and click on the SOS VIDEO SERIES

Here are some direct links:

  “THE COST” VIDEO SERIES Trailer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIldQq-Mb-4

“What are YOU going to do?” Juvenile Justice Center Crisis:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLzjKJS9HwQ

“Battered” – Illinois Valley Safe House:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMqeA04zrdU

“Has Crime Decreased?” – Sheriff Dave Daniel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9XHU7nnwX4

“Is crime down in Cave Junction?” – Scott Taylor of Taylor’s Sausage in CJ:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7SkdZLw4uc

“Black Widows” – Phil Newton of Adult Protective Services:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTCFWf9aR90

“The Undertaker” – Kevin Stephens of Stephens Family Chapel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxF5wCeQ8VQ

“Lone Wolf” – Bill Landis, City of Grants Pass Public Safety Chief:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlRHDIlKZeA

“What’s Going On In YOUR Neighborhood?” – Chris B, retired firefighter moved to JoCo:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuR8ephEFRQ



First step  Invite your friends to like this page:


Second step – Share each of the videos we release over the next 6-8 weeks…they’ll be posted on Facebook so you can like and share.  They will also be posted to our YouTube channel.

Additional segments of “The Cost,” as many as 12-15 in total, will be premiered on social media and SOS’s website once or twice per week throughout May and June, 2015.

Our Community

Our Responsibility


For any questions or comments, e-mail David Smith at:  joshuaspoppa@icloud.com


GRACE ROOTS Pathways to Wellness

Nancy Yonally/Marilane Jorgenson/Dr. Felica Cohen

  • Dr. Steven Rotter Medical Director
  • The Panel was scheduled with Dr. John McIlveen, Dr. Rotter and Deputy District Attorney Matt Corey on May 19, 2015
  • If your organization would like to schedule a private showing of our Awareness Video, don’t hesitate to call:
  • Grace Roots (541) 218-2059


SOS Website Gordon Edstrom

Go to the website www.securingoursafety.org and tell us what you think! Or contact SOS Webmaster Gordon Edstrom gedstrom@gmail.com  or  gordon@daydreamdigitalmedia.com

Almost all of our committees are up-to-date and current on the website.  GREAT JOB!!!


County Finance UPDATE Keith Heck

Just to run the jail costs $4 million a year.

President Obama signed the SRS Bill on Thursday. We don’t
know how much 2014-2015 will be, but it roughly could be
around $2 million. We will receive some money by the end of
May, enough to keep going, but not enough to maintain current levels. 2015 money won’t be received until August.

First county budget meeting was scheduled for April 30, Thursday at 4pm.

Jay Meredith commented, We have less law enforcement than third world countries outside the City of GP, based upon his research.

Keith emphasized, “Six detectives in the city; zero in the county.”


SOS Storage Jody Nigh

We are very grateful for the donation by Grants Pass Attorneys Deb Cumming and Rebecca Peterson for storage space, where we can secure SOS equipment.

Any questions, e-mail Jody at jodyn56@ymail.com


SOS MEDIA Public Information Officer

David Albright/Cheri Adkins

David and Cheri are working together to establish a current Media List for future communique. They just coordinated a release regarding “The Cost” videos.  Great job Dave and Cheri!!!

Please contact David @ davnandy@earthlink.net and/or Cheri @ adkinscheri7@gmail.com with any and all suggestions!



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