SOS Meeting Notes – July 15, 2014

Our next meeting shall be: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 5:15pm to 6:15pm at the Wild River Brew Pub located at 533 NE F Street, Grants Pass.

Notes from Last Meeting (Tuesday 7-15-14):

Website Webmaster Gordon Edstrom has begun his weekly maintenance of all of our committee SOS website webpages. If you are a Committee Captain, Gordon shall be contacting you on weekly basis to ensure that our website reflects our ACTIVE efforts, serving as a living document of SOS. We realize how busy everyone is and appreciate your tenacity as we help make Josephine County a safer place to live.

Trust and Transparency Grant Medley

  • Grant indicated that members of his committee were all engaged in research
  • The simple question of, “Where does my .58 per assessed $1,000 property tax money go?” is being researched by Dr. Steve Marshak, who met last week with the County Finance Department and who is currently authoring a simplified report addressing said question
  • Join this committee @

Lottery Committee Cliff Thomason

    • UPDATE-Cliff got word that our signatures were counted and we fell short 35. He said not to worry, as Cheri Adkins and Mark Gatlin were going to Coos Bay this weekend and would collect them there. Cliff said that we should have 100 new signatures by this coming Monday, which should satisfy the signature requirements.
    • What’s the next step? The next step is to again wait for the ballot title, which has already been written and approved, to be approved again for the 2016 election. Cliff anticipates 30 days from Monday—so, he estimated, August 20, 2014 or so, all should be approved and the next big step, campaign funding and signatures, shall begin.
  • This is going to happen in the 2016 ELECTION!


Indiegogo Campaign for a year of full-time litter cleaning:

    • Rycke Brown epitomized how one person can really make a difference and gave a presentation on her efforts to literally clean up our county
    • Rycke reminded us of the “broken window” theory: The broken windows theory was first introduced by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling, in an article titled “Broken Windows” which appeared in the March 1982 edition of The Atlantic Monthly.[1] The title comes from the following example: Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside. Or consider a pavement. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of refuse from take-out restaurants there or even break into cars.
    • Before the introduction of this theory by Wilson and Kelling, Philip Zimbardo, a Stanford psychologist, arranged an experiment testing the broken-window theory in 1969. Zimbardo arranged for an automobile with no license plates and the hood up to be parked idle in a Bronx neighborhood and a second automobile in the same condition to be set up in Palo Alto, California. The car in the Bronx was attacked within minutes of its abandonment. Zimbardo noted that the first “vandals” to arrive were a family – a father, mother and a young son – who removed the radiator and battery. Within twenty four hours of its abandonment, everything of value had been stripped from the vehicle. After that, the car’s windows were smashed in, parts torn, upholstery ripped, and children were using the car as a playground. At the same time, the vehicle sitting idle in Palo Alto, California sat untouched for more than a week. Then Zimbardo himself went up to the vehicle and deliberately smashed it with a sledgehammer. Soon after, people joined in for the destruction. Zimbardo observed that majority of the adult “vandals” in both cases were primarily well dressed, clean-cut and respectable whites. It is believed that in a neighborhood such as the Bronx where the history of abandoned property and theft are more prevalent, vandalism occurs much more quickly as the community generally seems apathetic. Similar events can occur in any civilized community when communal barriers – the sense of mutual regard and obligations of civility – are lowered by actions that suggest apathy.
    • Rycke also announced: It’s a bit short notice, but she will be doing an initial cleanup under the Caveman Bridge on Saturday:
    • Rycke spoke about how people in Las Vegas know the impact of litter on their streets with respect to tourism, that’s why they keep the streets clean
    • A story was related how last week a couple from California en route to Washington, pulled off the road and camped for the night in beautiful Josephine County; they awoke and returned to their car only to find it gutted of their valuables… I know it can happen anywhere, but their website words appeared sad and I suspect will echo…
    • Lastly, Rycke is asking people to contribute to her cause, to help her survive and clean-up the city
  • Go to the site below and donate to Rycke and her cause. We are challenging YOU to make a donation!


Tax Option Committee Ken Smith

  • Ken spoke about the upcoming FOCUS GROUPS this past Thursday night (July 17, 2014) at Club Northwest
  • there will be a group of men and a group of women, all different ages and from throughout Josephine County, who at different times and separately, shall voice their opinions
  • some of the observations of what was realized in the majority of the responses in the hundreds of people who were invited was the following: 1) many do not want to be involved; 2) many have never heard of SOS, and when they did, applauded the efforts that someone was attempting to do something positive; 3) some believed the problem with respect to public safety in Josephine County could not be repaired 4) many felt helpless to do anything, stating in substance, “My voice is too small” 5) many believed they had nothing to contribute to a solution
  • the results of the FOCUS GROUPS should lead us to polling questions
  • the chance of getting anything on a November ballot, with respect to a measure of any sort is not going to happen


MISSION: To connect with people and businesses throughout Josephine County and inform them of:

  • who SOS is
  • what SOS’ Mission is (“A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County”)
  • what we are doing to accomplish our Mission (Committees researching: Lottery, Timber, Hard Rock Mining, Medically Assisted Treatment Center, BioMass, Justice of the Peace Court, Tax Options and Sobering Center)
  • what ideas or solutions others might have to make Josephine County safer
  • collect basic info of resident
  • “Ask not what your county can do for you; ask what you can do for your county!”


  1. Our community of over 83,000 gains a better understanding of SOS
  2. People with like desires, join SOS and contribute—however they can, to our efforts
  3. Develop networks
  4. Increase business sponsorship-Jennifer Essick has agreed to become our business/sponsor coordinator! A) Going to our website and inventorying all of our current sponsors B) Ensuring that we have a current contact for each sponsor…WHAT SAY YOU?  C) working with the Chamber of Commerces in Josephine County encouraging “buying locally” D) Establishing a “spiel” for future sponsors

Mechanics of Deployment:

  • We decided that we will be attending events throughout Josephine County to “spread the word”

IF YOU know of an event in Josephine County, please e-mail me that date and a contact person ASAP so we can schedule our participation!

    • Teams of 3
    • Each event/tour will last 2 hours
    • Coverage will be of all of Josephine County
  • A sign-up sheet shall be available at regular SOS Meetings and posted/updated on our website
  • A sign-up list for the Saturday Market was passed around
  • YOU agreed that we would rent a space at the Saturday Market vs fighting for a spot and upsetting customers (Jay will follow up!)  
  • Media will be used to announce upcoming dates, times and locations
  • Josephine County Fair, GP Saturday Market and other such events shall also be included in the OUTREACH; a list of all the upcoming events will be presented at next meeting and volunteers will be asked to participate

WHAT shall be present at each event?

  • 3 MOTIVATED SOS members
  • A table
  • SOS Focus Poster (Linda Scott)
  • SOS Brochure (Phil Killian)—we reviewed the brochure; it is a work-in-progress and well on its way!
  • SOS Trust and Transparency Poster
  • SOS Poster
  • Cooler for free water
  • Lottery Brochure
  • Lottery SIGN-UP Petition
  • MAT-C Brochure
  • SOS E-MAIL sign-up list
  • General Survey (Jay Meredith)
  • SOS pencils
  • A collection log for ideas
  • A collection log for crime stories

SOS General Brochure will be revealed TUESDAY!


SOS Fundraising Art Auction Committee 

  • met Monday, July 14, 2014
  • they are moving forward with the next Art Auction and have a tentative date of February 5, 2014
  • The Art Auction was a tremendous fundraiser and awareness event for SOS last year
  • Quite a few of our local artists in Josephine and Jackson counties donated Art to help raise awareness of the financial predicament Josephine County was/is experiencing and the lack of funding for the Criminal Justice System
  • It was a great way for artists and art connoisseurs to contribute
  • Thank you! This year, 2014 -2015, they intend to raise more awareness and have more artists donate to the cause
  • To start the ball rolling, we are asking local artists to e-mail Committee Chairperson JoAnne Alvarez at to express their intent to donate and reserve a spot at this year’s auction
  • Again, thanking you for sharing your talent and abilities and helping our community.


  • Poker Night Date suggested: Thursday, August 21, 2014

Felita Short has stepped up and agreed to run this event for us! Fantastic! Thanks Felita!

  • Cancelled Talent Show—Date suggested: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 You guys so Bah-humbugged me and canceled this idea around Christmas. Fine. YOU will not get to hear me sing!


Ask yourself, “What have I done for my county lately? How has that action made a positive difference in someone’s life, who resides in Josephine County?”




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