SOS Meeting Notes – July 14, 2015

Meeting Notes: July 14, 2015

Crime Update Since May 17, 2015, ironically, the night of the Levy failure, there have been 8 homicides in our County (#8—the person who was shot Tuesday night July 14th trying to enter a young family’s residence).  In a County of a population of only 83,000, this is another sign that a lack of funding in local law enforcement programs is having very real negative consequences.  If we don’t solve crime problems while they are small, the problems will grow into much larger problems.  We are unfortunately starting to see very serious impacts of cutbacks in the criminal justice system.

Sobering Center – Bill Landis

After nearly three years of work by this separate non-profit organization that began around the time SOS began, the Sobering Center is going to be a reality!  In the last legislative session, a law was passed that would limit liability for Sobering Centers, recognizes Sobering Centers as individual entities separate from “treatment centers” (they are not really treatment centers but they try to direct people to treatment), and passed a budget allocation of $6 million in the next biennium to support the development and operation of Sobering Centers around the state.  The Grants Pass Sobering Center was given $500,000 of this allocation and is now on the fast track to be built and operational by as early as January 2016!  The Center will serve all of Josephine County and will be a public-private partnership with law enforcement.

This is a huge win for Josephine County as this is a way to hold people that are a danger to themselves or others due to intoxication or heavy drug use and is a significantly less expensive option that using the hospital and adult jail.  There will be 14 beds in the GP Sobering Center and people can be held for up to 24 hours to sober up.  Other sobering centers suggest that 60% of those that use the center are first time uses and these centers are very effective in changing behavior and helping to curb DUI, public intoxication, etc.

Presentation by the Lottery Local Control Committee 

Josephine County would likely receive over $5 million per year from this initiative (WITHOUT RAISING TAXES!) and it could be used for our County’s greatest needs…we just need to get enough signatures to place it on the ballot but WE NEED YOUR HELP both in gathering signatures and finding financial donations to assist with the signature gathering campaign!

The Lottery Committee visited the Marion County fair last week and gathered nearly 400 signatures!

We NEED volunteers to help staff fair booths at the following dates and locations:

Jackson County Fair: July 22-26 (next Wed-Sat 11 AM-11 PM and Sunday 11 AM-6 PM)

Lane County Fair:  July 22-26

Deschutes County Fair:  July 29 – Aug 2

Douglas County Fair:  Aug 5-8

Please help if you can!!!

Call Cheri Adkins at (541) 441-0740

For more info contact Cliff at

GRACE ROOTS Pathways to Wellness

Nancy Yonally/Marilane Jorgenson/Dr. Felica Cohen

  • Grace Roots is well on its way and is meeting weekly to make this a reality!  Grace roots is also on its way to becoming its own nonprofit organization.
  • If your organization would like to schedule a private showing of our Awareness Video, don’t hesitate to call: MAT-C (541) 218-2059
  • Join this committee, contact Nancy at


We have a MUST WATCH new video compilation in the SOS video series “The Cost.”  We played this video on “the big screen” to start the meeting.  Please visit the SOS site or watch it directly on the YouTube link here:

This piece will be used for seeking partnerships, grants, and general SOS education and awareness activities.  We will also use this as a showcase piece to try and attract partnerships to do additional video work and perhaps a full documentary.  Please share this video on your social media pages – the more eyes we have on our crisis and the more awareness, the easier it will be to come together and achieve our mission:  “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”

We have located a foundation that provides grants for documentaries such as our plan.  The requirements for the grant meet our documentary goal very well and we will be applying for this grant by the end of August.  This foundation usually provides grants in the range of $50,000 to $200,000 and our subject matter meets the grantor’s requirements very well.

For more info contact David at

Hard Rock Mining Committee

Michael Cope and Jay Meredith

SOS was one of 8 sponsors of the Southwestern Oregon Mining Jobs Development Summit that was held on July 9, 2015 and the JoCo Fairgrounds.  We had a lot of movers and shakers in attendance including two JoCo Commissioners, two Curry County Commissioners, the director of DOGAMI, the director of OCAPA, the executive director of Oregonians in Action, Rep. Carl Wilson, Senator Herman Baertschiger, Jim Frick, owners of two very large aggregate companies, and many more.  It was a great success and it was reported that HB3089 was passed unanimously in the last legislative session and is a great start to recognizing the importance of mining to our local economy and the economy of all of Oregon.

For more info, contact Michael Cope at


KCMD may allow SOS to provide weekly  reports about our activities and we need a good radio personality to make the reports…what say you?

SOS Sponsor Report Jacki Halcomb

  • Sponsors as of July 12, 2015:113
  • To view all of our listed sponsors and support local merchants, please go to the SPONSOR tab at
  • 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.comor 541-218-1427.
  • Jacki will soon be turning over the leadership of this committee to Valerie Lovelace…THANK YOU Valerie for stepping up and leading this Committee!



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