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SOS Meeting Notes – August 19, 2014

Good Morning SOS!

Our next meeting tomorrow shall be:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 5:15pm to 6:15pm

Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, Grants Pass.


Meeting Notes:


Josephine County Fair

How did it go? (August 13-16, 2014) The Fair Board records report an attendance of 78,000 this year. That should be good news for the future of the fair. Our booth was attended by Cliff Thomason, Mark Gatlin, Phil Killian, Nancy Yonally, Amber Garza, Cheri Adkins, Mary Bowers, Jennifer Essick, Darryl Scott, Kristine Crewse, Gordon Edstrom, Kay Smith, Felita Short, Mike Schneyder, Steve Marshak, Rycke Brown and Archie Lidey.

Special thanks to Mark Gatlin for setting up and tearing down the booth! Navigating through the fair took some effort and that did not go unnoticed. Mark was also able to secure us a nice spot inside next to a large fan. Thanks again Mark!

The cost of the FAIR Booth was $350 paid for by SOS.

There was a lot of positive feedback. However, generally, a feeling of “apathy” seemed to dominate the response we received, relative to our current Criminal Justice System plight.

We heard:

  • “Good luck, but it (levy) will never happen!”
  • “Thanks for what you are doing!”
  • “Nothing is free!”
  • “You need to fight the Federal Government!”
  • “People are not going to respond until they are personally victimized.”

Those that worked the booth commented:

  • the SOS brochure was well received
  • “The building we were in was very political…city, county, Republicans…people tended to avoid that building.”
  • Very few commercial booths at the fair this year
  • We needed a carrot to bring people to our booth…Rycke handed out water bottles and SOS cards with success
  • Last year we had a booth outside and a petition…something which engaged the public

We got some new e-mail addresses and some new faces said they want to help AND that is just what OUTREACH is all about—reaching out and uniting.

CJ Skatepark Grand Opening

Shane Simon/Cave Junction, OR—Jubilee Park Grand Skate Park Opening!  (August 16, 2014) SOS Members Cheri Adkins, Shane Simon, Mark Gatlin, Amber Garza and Shai Garza attended this event.

How did it go?

Shane reported: It was a highly effective day. The event exceeded all expectations. Throughout the day, I would estimate that over 1,000 people attended. CJ raised enough money to fund first phase of Skate Park Project. The youth of CJ will really benefit from the positive aspects. As you are aware, SOS had a booth for outreach. A lot of people hadn’t heard about SOS. They knew of our initiatives, such as the Lottery, but not SOS. The people of CJ thought we were charging for the dunk tank and bounce house, but we didn’t. We raffled off the skateboard and helmet and a lucky person from the IV won!

We got a lot of positive feedback and made some good progress!

Mark Gatlin, a.k.a. the Snow Cone King, handed out over 400 snow cones. Jump House and Dunk Tank (manned by Shai Garza and her friendAllison) were a smashing success! Shai is still a bit water-logged.

Not including the time and gas needed to get to CJ from Grants Pass, donated by the aforementioned SOS members, the cost of the bounce house, snow cones, etc., was $250 paid for by SOS.


SOS is pushing to give 300 OUTREACH presentations by May 2015.

Thus far, we have 5/300 OUTREACH Events under our belt.

How can you help?  

Please let us know when—you, your organization, your business, your coffee buddies, your book club friends, your church, your gym, your oath group, your farmer friends, your former Marine buddies, your firefightin’ buddies, your medical practice, etc., would like to hear a brief 15 minute SOS presentation. Or let us know if you know of an event in Josephine County, where SOS can reach out and briefly explain our Mission: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”

We will come to you!

Please visit our website to see our OUTREACH Calendar for upcoming events!

Shane Simon is coordinating the SOS OUTREACH in CJ for the upcoming Labor Day Parade/ contact Shane for more

Rycke Brown is coordinating the SOS OUTREACH for the upcoming Gilbert Creek Park Block Party on September 27, 2014/contact Rycke for more info:

Get involved!

If you would like to join this committee, email

“What are the Josephine County Board of Commissioners doing to address the safety issue in Josephine County?”

Cherryl Walker gave this presentation. Keith Heck was present but excused himself once Cherryl began presenting. Cherryl primarily spoke about two subjects: Shared State-County Services and Measure 91, the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act. The presentation was very informative and we know how busy our Commissioners are (how all of us are) and sincerely appreciated her time.

Cherryl reported the following in substance: A lot is happening with respect to county management that, although it is public information, it isn’t necessarily known to the public. We have conducted an audit on the IT department. The Federal government has brought a temporary base to IV airport and we have received $3.5 million in grants so the airport can accommodate more business related traffic.

Cherryl discussed Shared State-County Services. She passes out a handout referencing said topic (see attachment Shared State-County Services). Cherryl said the county is no longer able to provide some services that we used to, e.g., fire management in last year’s Douglas Complex fire response, recycling, Justice Courts, Sheriff Patrol, county jail, etc.

Cherryl said the County Department Managers made presentation to Board of County Commissioners today, and indicated they wanted to start budget process early, unfortunately knowing additional cuts coming.

Cherryl said there is nothing in the funding queue, which is 6 weeks away, to provide O+C County bail-outs for fiscal year (September 30, 2014).

Cherryl said she testified in Salem yesterday (August 18, 2014) on medical marijuana dispensary rules. Cherryl said the “Marijuana Train”, whether we like it or not has left the station. She discussed the County prepared moratorium to provide 1 year to prepare rules on county licensing and how our county is supposed to be responsible for enforcing our own moratorium.

Cherryl discussed Measure 91, the recreational use of marijuana, and how some provisions are negative, in that the local county government cannot exact any fees from participants, that the measure provides that only state (not counties) can get revenues from marijuana taxes; yet local governments must enforce the ordinance.

Cherryl reported that revenue from this measure is estimated between  $17 Million – $40 Million to the state. It is, in theory, to be dispersed as follows:
40% to schools
15% goes to State Police
10% goes to cities and counties for law enforcement

That would mean that Josephine County and the City of Grants Pass would receive between  $30K to $70K per year. Cherryl reported that the “lion’s share” would go to Multnomah County. Cherryl said Marijuana has the potential to be the primary export of Josephine County. She said she took an airplane ride out of Merlin today and saw acres and acres of marijuana plants growing about the county. Cherryl said that our county may be the highest marijuana producing county in the state, yet we’re being frozen out of potential revenue by the way Measure 91 was crafted.

Section 42 is a good place to start reading what Cherryl was referencing.

Trust and Transparency Grant Medley

  • External AUDIT is still being discussed
  • Jack Swift’s article about the Internal Services Fund (ISF) has yet to be published as it needs to be reviewed for accuracy; it was suggested that all articles relating to fiscal operations of county departments, include county input to maintain accuracy
  • Join this committee @ grantmedley@charter.netPat Fahey/Ken SmithPat reported in substance:
  • What’s going on with the “other group”? SOS is committed to our Mission: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County,” and to helping our county arrive at safety. However, we do not want to replicate our efforts, have anyone waste any precious time, or even worse yet, conduct research which thwarts or conflicts with efforts to achieve communal safety. That being said, many SOS members, to include Jim Frick, Bill Landis, Cliff Thomason, Dave Daniel and Pat Fahey have been attending the other group’s meetings, which consists of Simon HareScott Draper, and others.
  • Community Research

We’ve been talking with JL Wilson and Josh Balloch and Dr. G. Gary Manross from SRI Consulting and will probably go with SRI consulting to conduct additional research throughout the county. SRI was the firm which assisted Lane County in their plight and recent success with sustainable funding. It will cost money. Estimates are between $25,000-$50,000.

This group is also talking about a bill to remove the ban against counties levying franchise fee against businesses for utility bills. City currently receives approximately 1.5M for franchise fees against Pacific Power. This Franchise Fee would amount to $1M per 1% of fee.

The Timing scenario reads as follows: Legislature passes bill in March or April; Takes effect 90 days later (April or May); County Commissions pass fee (May or June)

Pat informed us that there is also a proposal being discussed in Salem to fund OSP to do rural patrols. Unfortunately, that would strip the Sheriff of local control of policing.

Again, it is important to note the following:

SOS is committed to our Mission: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County,” and tohelping our county arrive at safety. We do not want to replicate our efforts, have anyone waste any precious time, or even worse yet, conduct research which thwarts or conflicts with efforts to achieve communal safety. WHO gets credit for the success of sustainable funding is, as you all are aware, a non-issue with SOS. Once we achieve our Mission, I know most of you look forward to retiring back to your families.

That being said, I want to advise you that Scott Draper, who is facilitating the meetings for the other group sincerely remains with us and our efforts and has on numerous occasions with me, stressed our unity and solidarity, necessary for the success of our county.

An e-mail from Scott:

Friends at SOS-

Dr. Gary Manross informed me that you that he will be presenting to SOS in the near future.  Fantastic!

We have a group of folks that meet each Thursday.  Our mission is to be part of the solution of ensuring workable and sustainable public safety in Josephine County.  Dr. Manross presented to our group last week.  Listening to what the people of our great county want through professional polling can be a central point that we can all rally around.  Archie, Pat, Cliff and I and others from our group are keeping each other posted.  With all of us in JoCo coming together, we can make this happen.  Thank you for all you do!  Please let us know how we can help!!!!

I was advised Friday (August 22, 2014) by Scott that we shall be proceeding with SRI.

Join this committee by e-mailing Ken:

SOS Fundraising

Art Auction Committee  JoAnne Alvarez

  • We are asking local artists to e-mail Committee Chairperson JoAnne at to express their intent to donate and reserve a spot at this year’s auction
  • February 5, 2015
  • Casino Night Felita Short


  • This will happen in October – date to be decided.  Want to help Felita? Join her at


Next Tuesday we will make a decision on:

Citizen Review Board Discussion Bill Landis

Josephine County Criminal Justice Advisory/Oversight Committee 

To achieve and meet community expectations, Josephine County strives to continuously evaluate and improve its quality of public safety services in partnership with the community. The purpose of the Criminal Justice Advisory/Oversight Committee is to assist the Commissioners and Criminal Justice Department Heads in exploring solutions to community issues, budgets, or staffing and to serve as a forum for community members to seek redress for unresolved complaints, concerns, or suggestions.

Question: If a committee was formed representing County residents that included no public officials of any kind, name one person you would trust on the committee to oversee criminal justice in Josephine County including spending and needs as outlined in the above description.



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