By Paul Kemp
(reprinted by permission of the author)
There is no denying that gun violence is a complex problem. But as a founding board member of Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership, I know there are some evidence-based steps that Oregon’s leaders can take to help the roughly 450 Oregonians who die every year from gun violence.
On the evening of Dec. 11, 2012, I planned to meet my brother-in-law, Steve Forsyth, at the Clackamas Town Center mall. That afternoon, I received a frantic call from my sister; there had been a shooting at the mall.
When I arrived on the scene, I stood alongside my sister and niece for hours before learning that Steve had been shot and killed with a stolen, unlocked assault rifle. Steve was shot while on the phone with his father. Continue reading
Planning continues for the temporary, transitional shelter community pilot project on a 1.5-acre site near the corner of 115th Avenue and Jennifer Street. Continue reading
Several Clackamas County Democrats attended the speech-laden, workshop-driven Oregon Democratic Summit at Sunriver recently.
Among those on hand: Clackamas Chair Peter Nordbye and Blythe Nordbye, County Commissioner Ken Humberston, State Representative Mark Meek, state senate candidates Charles Gallia and Shemia Fagan, county clerk candidate Pamela White, John DeHaas, Rosie Stephens, Christine Chin Ryan, Jan Lee, Mary Shortall, Kathy Gordon, Greg McPherson, Mike and Theresa Kohlhoff, and Peter Toll.
Keynote speakers included Governor Kate Brown, US Senator Jeff Merkley, Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian, State Treasurer Tobias Read, as well as three members of Congress: Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader, among others.
Here’s what the Portland Tribune reporter saw.
Like most of you, I found Donna Brazile’s book excerpt released yesterday, distressing and very hard to swallow.
Whether you were a Hillary supporter or a Bernie supporter or just a committed Democrat fighting for the election of Democrats up and down the ticket I’m certain that you were profoundly disappointed to learn that our national party had become so financially weak as to be completely dependent on one candidate for its survival. Continue reading
Philadelphia’s DA-Elect Larry Krasner
Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia County may have just elected the most progressive District Attorney in the country.
His campaign focused on a change in priorities.
For far too long the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has been driven by a win-at-any-cost culture that prioritizes high conviction rates and harsh sentencing over more effective approaches that are proven to reduce crime. While re-focusing the DA’s Office on prosecuting serious crimes, he will seek alternatives to incarceration — dramatically reducing the number of prisoners held, saving millions of tax dollars.
Reprinted by permission from County Commissioner Ken Humberston
Last year Clackamas county did not receive any grant money from Metro because of the “strained” relationship. This year we were able to resolve the Stafford “impasse” with Metro and the 3 cities that surround Stafford. Now this:
County awarded planning and housing grants from Metro
On Oct. 26, the Metro Council approved two grant applications that Clackamas County submitted earlier this year for Metro 2040 Community Planning and Development Funds. Continue reading