SOS Meeting Notes – September 23, 2014

Again, another great informative and productive meeting! Thank you!

Our next meeting:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014,  5:15pm to 6:15pm

Location:  Wild River Brew Pub, 533 NE F Street, Grants Pass


Here are the Meeting Notes:

SOS Sponsor Report Jennifer Essick

  • SOS Emblems were presented and well received (Cliff Thomason)
  • We are going to add: at the bottom, otherwise, we shall move forward with the laminated emblems ($1.50 each) which we shall provide for all of our business partners
  • If YOU have a business or know of a business who would like to join our unified effort in making our home safe, please contact Jennifer @

Chris Blydenburgh Story

Chris told his story of recent victimization.

It is as follows in substance:

I live in rural Josephine County, not far outside of the Grants Pass city limits in my dream house. It is my home. Recently, my son was outside when a man on a 4-wheeler came onto our property. My son challenged him, not realizing that the man on the 4-wheeler had a gun on his right side. The man was totally disrespectful and pulled the gun on my son. He basically said for him to back off and that he would ride wherever he wanted to.

Alarmed that there was someone on my property pointing a gun at my son, I grabbed my shotgun and without hesitation shot at the man on the 4-wheeler, hitting him in his butt.

I’ve always believed in my right to own and bear arms, to protect myself and my property. Anyone threatening my family would meet the same reaction. Where was not prepared for was the aftermath of the shooting.

This man and his friends began taunting us, driving through my property as well as my neighbor’s properties, without any regard or respect for our rights. They have informed us numerous times, that they too have guns. We hear them shooting on a property which they are squatting on quite often.

I suspect that they are also involved in illegal drug trade as well, as they are also visited for brief periods of time both day and night.

I do not live 40 miles outside of Grants Pass. I do not live in Cave Junction. Recently the Grants Pass city police served a search warrant on a property nearby. I was excited, especially when I saw some photos of the disrespectful people of whom I speak, in the newspaper next to information about their arrests.

I do not want to live like this. I do not want to wear a gun while I till my garden. I have joined with SOS to become part of the solution. I know we can make this place safe again.


GPDPS Chief Bill Landis

Presented on the following 3 topics:

Sobering Center Update

  • we are a 501©(3) nonprofit organization
  • we have approximately $100,000 in the bank for the center
  • we have received site approval
  • working on at least 4 grants for the operation of the center
  • we’re also working on smaller grants and partnerships
  • we want to have a public and a private partnership; some believe that is sobering center should be something provided by government; we do not, rather a team effort
  • with work by State Representative Wally Hicks, we recently drafted legislation which would change the legal status of the Sobering Center thereby making it easier for us to operate it
  • the third-highest revenues in the state is the liquor tax and we hope to tap into that for operational costs for our center
  • we are looking at buildings and impossibly retrofitting a building for the center
  • once we had been given the green light, we anticipate it taking about 6 months for us to actually open the center

Recent Evaluation of GPDPS by outside firm

  • ICMA was a firm the city chose to hire to evaluate current GPDPS practices
    • this occurred from February-September 2014
  • Jay Meredith was the city project coordinator
  • the firm evaluated police/fire/dispatch
  • overall the evaluation was good
  • they suggested that we were perhaps approximately 9 police officers under, with respect to the current calls for service
  • they were our using 2013 data
  • many of the suggestions will be vetted and discussed with GP City Council to see how we can improve

Criminal Justice System Oversight Committee

  • I am working on a proposal for a Criminal Justice System Oversight Committee
  • the purpose will be to designate community leaders, in business and the professional world in our County, who are not law enforcement, to oversee our Criminal Justice System
  • the main emphasis will be to increase public trust
  • there are 18,000 Law Enforcement Agencies across the country, because everyone wants to have a say on how they want laws in their community to be enforced


Hard Rock Mining Committee

Michael Cope/Jay Meredith

    • Jay spoke about the exciting potential this committee is currently developing with respect to local hard-rock mining and the family-wage earning jobs that will come with this development
    • Jay made it clear that this will not be an industry that will deplete our community as an eyesore or contaminant, these are very small scale developments but very valuable rewards to the County and to local economic development can come from developing public lands with small scale, high grade mineral developments


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  • OUTREACH Event this Saturday (September 27, 2014) at Gilbert Creek Park-  Rycke Brown will be leading SOS members in an OUTREACH event! Please volunteer and hour or two to promote SOS and our community safety!

RUN/Walk for THE LAW Bill West

Trust and Transparency Grant Medley

  • Grant spoke briefly about getting articles published which review our current government workings
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