SOS Meeting Notes – June 23, 2015

Meeting Notes: June 23, 2015

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.”

1) Crime update – we need to come together and focus on solutions that are in our control now more than ever.  Stats and real stories are pointing towards our crime and law enforcement crisis getting worse…some more data to follow over the next month.  We need to be more vocal in lots of ways because this situation is unacceptable!

2) Our Mission Has Not Changed, Update on the CITIZEN-Voiced Plan – From early on we knew there is no single silver bullet here….we remain focused on the series of solutions that will come together and get our County back on its feet.

3) Report on State Legislature’s bill HJR 21 – the “$2 Bill” – SOS had nothing to do with this bill so we sent two SOS members to the Capitol Building last week in Salem to investigate where it originated and to talk to House Representatives to try and gauge their support for this bill.  A bill such as this one could significantly alter the SOS “Citizen-Voiced Plan” if the legislature moved it forward, so we reported on what we found.

Our sense is that there are a few groups lobbying for this bill behind the scenes but there doesn’t seem to be much awareness from legislative members that represent other parts of the state.  There does not appear to be a well organized effort to try and promote this bill and we heard that there hasn’t been any polling or organized campaign activity (which legislators often like to see before they send a constitutional measure to a vote of the entire State).  Tax reform constitutional measures are very difficult to pass a statewide vote so because of all these uncertainties SOS needs to remain focused on solutions that are more in our control.

4) 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!


For more info contact Cliff at clifft9@gmail.com

5) In the News – The City of Grants Pass formed a Criminal Justice Sales Tax Task Force to study a program that could potentially reduce city property taxes and the city jail utility fee while assisting with funding to the local criminal justice system.  The Grants Pass City Council just formed a task force last week to develop program terms and a ballot measure for a very low rate sales tax that could potentially reduce GP property tax rates and potentially eliminate the jail services utility fee for Grants Pass residents and businesses while bolstering funding to the local criminal justice system.  This could potentially be brought to a vote of Grants Pass electors as soon as this November and the first task force meeting is June 24th.  Since there is not a state sales tax structure in Oregon this program could be designed with some relatively unique exemptions to make sure local businesses are not adversely affected and to make sure it’s set up in a way that best meets the unique needs of Grants Pass and the needs of our local law enforcement systems.

6) GRACE ROOTS Pathways to Wellness – Nancy Yonally/Marilane Jorgenson/Dr. Felica Cohen

We’ll catch up with program development for Grace Roots in the next meeting!

  • If your organization would like to schedule a private showing of our Awareness Video, don’t hesitate to call: MAT-C (541) 218-2059



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