SOS Meeting Notes – September 30, 2014

Good Evening SOS!

Our next meeting is:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014,  5:15pm to 6:15pm

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

So as I prepare to write notes from last Tuesday’s meeting, I have just received a text message from one of our newest SOS members who live in the West Jones Creek area, just outside of the Grants Pass city limits, informing me that the Oregon State Police had just arrived. He wrote: “The woman has stopped screaming and gunfire and yelling has also stopped…”

He had frantically called me earlier, reporting how several neighbors were exchanging gunfire in the dark, with a person who was obviously under the influence of some type of drug. “Did anyone get hit?” I wondered.

He reported that the Sheriff’s Office was unable to respond, they are closed and he reported that the Oregon State Police said they did not have the manpower to intervene in a gunfight, especially in that area, in the dark, where the friendlies and the aggressors appear to be mixed amongst one another.

I would not want to go up there.

Again, this isn’t Redwood Highway, Mile Post 19. This is just outside Grants Pass.

In the last two months, two Search Warrants for drugs and stolen property have been served at different residences up in that area. One Search Warrant was actually served by the City of Grants Pass, chasing stolen property from the city out into the rural county (4 stolen vehicles were recovered) and the most recent by the Oregon State Police Swat Team.

My heart went out/goes out to people in these situations. God Bless the Oregon State Police for showing up.

This is just one Friday Night example in Josephine County of why we as a united group are doing what we are doing.

New Text Just In: “Sound like a stand-off. Maybe waiting for SWAT. Hard to tell. I think he yelled F#@! OSP! The guy is very high and not too bright!”

What can we do?

Exactly what we have been doing.

Figuring out long term funding solutions for our Criminal Justice System.


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SOS Sponsor Report Jennifer Essick

  • Weekly success report
  • SOS Emblems (Cliff Thomason)
  • 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 @ etopps_08@hotmail.com

Lottery Committee – Cliff Thomason

    • October 27 will be the date that we actually begin to collect signatures statewide; at that time, the Lottery Committee will officially become political and will cede from our nonprofit SOS group! This is exciting news!!!
    • We will be having the same ballot title as we had approved last year; there have been no appeals or conflicts and we are free to move forward
    • There is a another organization with a worthy cause who will also be attempting to redirect Lottery Dollars: “Keeping Our Promises”; they are a Veterans organization who want to tap into 5% of Oregon Lottery dollars for struggling veterans
    • There will be different faces of the “Local Control” Lottery effort, which will include a tri-county effort by Washington/ Multnomah/Clackamas counties
    • Cliff went to Portland/Salem on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, to drum up support
  • This is going to happen in the 2016 ELECTION!

MAT-C Committee – Nancy Yonally/Marilane Jorgenson/Dr. Felica Cohen

    • The introduction of Dr. Steven Rotter our MAT-C Medical Director, was well received
    • Dr. Rotter has an impressive background and is a practicing primary care physician in Grants Pass, Josephine County, OR
    • Dr. Rotter attended the University of Wisconsin where he received a BS in Molecular Biology in 1982
    • Dr. Rotter attended the Medical College of Wisconsin and became a Medical Doctor in 1986
    • From 1986 until 2008, he practiced medicine primarily in Portland, OR
    • He has since practiced medicine in Grants Pass, OR since 2008
    • Dr. Rotter is a certified Yoga Instructor and has experience in acupuncture
    • Introduction of Committee Chairs consisted of the introduction of one Chair, Nancy Yonally
    • Nancy is well known in Josephine County and has a depth of experience in drug prevention and in rehabilitation
    • OUR concept is to build a Medically Assisted Treatment Center (MAT-C), where the patient arrives and our goal is to assist the patient not only regaining control of their life, but in becoming a productive part of our community
    • Every single patient who leaves our doors will contain our rehabilitation reputation
    • We’re going to be doing things that incorporate discipline, accountability, and self sustainability—we firmly believe, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for the day. If you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for the rest of his life.”
    • This center will be a non-profit organization, who employee people who care and who in turn, receive a family sustaining wage
    • As an aside, this center will create jobs
    • The bill will be paid by the patient
    • Each patient will have a sponsor from the point of admission into the program
    • Our Video Production is our next focus, which has a threefold focus: 1) to make the community aware of the opiate addiction crisis and what it means to you and me 2) to make opiate addicts aware that we will be a resource 3) to solicit donors
  • Next Meeting: Women’s Health Center; October 15, 2014 @ 5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Casino Night Felita Short

    • Further details about October 28, 2014
    • Felita produced a Flyer
    • WE are still working out some of the details and will have everything concrete next Tuesday
    • Tickets will be $50, will include food and chips to be used for blackjack, roulette and poker


  • 300
  • OUTREACH Event Calendar
  • Rycke Brown did an outstanding job at the SOS Booth at the Gilbert Creek Park Event this past Saturday, September 28, 2014
  • Visit the Saturday Market and Phil Killian at the SOS Booth
  • CJ Skate Park Donation/Fundraiser

Community Research-Linda Scott

Scientific Research Update

In the past few months, the community has become increasingly aware of the potential public safety funding crisis facing the County at the end of this fiscal year.  Without additional funding, the County will likely be forced to close the jail, reduce Sheriff’s Office staffing further, to a level near non-existence, and drastically cut funding to other public safety departments including the District Attorney’s Office and Juvenile Justice.

Spurred to action by this impending crisis, a growing coalition of community leaders, businesses, professional associations, faith community leaders, non-profit organizations (including SOS), medical professionals and individuals has come together in a spirit of cooperation to seek solutions to avert this crisis.  This coalition, Community United for Safety, has contracted with Strategy Research Institute (SRI) to develop scientific research which will determine what funding mechanism(s) Josephine County voters will be willing to support to improve public safety services, and at what funding level.  While there have been several failed public safety measures in the past in Josephine County, this is the first time that scientific research has been employed locally to collect and analyze data from local voters regarding public safety, thus greatly enhancing our ability to understand the desires of voters and their degree of willingness to support subsequent actions that the coalition may take.

Preparation of the survey instrument has proceeded through the third and final draft and will go into the field next week.  After the information has been collected and analyzed, a full presentation of the results will be given to SOS.  This will be a special meeting not to be missed, the date of which will be announced soon.

Join this committee by e-mailing Ken: ken@greatprograms.org

RUN/Walk for THE LAW Bill West

    • March 7, 2015
    • Next Meeting is November 2, 2014 at the AFSCME Headquarters at 5:30 PM



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