Tag Archives: Environment

Draft Resolutions for Criminal Justice and a State Bank Considered at October’s Justice Committee Meeting

Present: Mike Kohlhoff (chair), Ron Carl, Cornelia Gibson, Peter Norbye, Michael DeWitt, Jason Pierson, Connie Lee, and Mary Post (secretary).

Mike presented two draft resolutions: one addressing Criminal Justice and the other, a proposed State Bank.  Jason will make changes to the first, and both will be forwarded to the Platform and Resolution Committee for consideration.

A tentative resolution, “Clackamas County Changing Energy Sources,” was discussed and will be further considered at our next meeting. 

From the Racial Justice Sub-Committee 

We continued our discussion of the health threats posed by racism.  Connie outlined several paths to explore.  Peter requested that we address racism in our own Democratic Party. 

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Clear-Cutting, Racism’s Health Risks, Have’s vs. Have Not’s: Notes from the September Justice Committee Meeting

Present:  Mike Kohlhoff (Chair), Greg Hunt, Ron Carl, Don Klosterman, Mike DeWitt, Sally Hardwick and Mary Post

We discussed options for funding to improve the Juvenile Justice System in Clackamas Co.  Greg Hunt will draft a resolution to use funds previously used for capital punishment.

 From the Environmental Sub-Committee 

  • Reminder of two Sept upcoming climate change events: the Youth Climate Strike and a public forum hosted by the Climate Reality Project
  • Clear-cutting near streams continues as the state legislature did not pass remedies
  • Zenith Energy is still bringing volatile and toxic oil into NW Portland.  Two NGOs — 350PDX and Extinction Rebellion Portland — are still pushing back.
  • The Jordan Cove pipeline is still being developed in spite of protests. (Update: in mid-September Oregon’s Dept. of State Lands delayed the decision for a construction permit for a second time.) 

From the Racial Justice Sub-Committee 

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From the Left Bank
Looking at the Legislature

By Peter Toll

Oregon_Senate_ChamberMany people are gearing up for the regular Oregon legislative session next week. Hundreds of lobbyists are meeting with their clients to put schemes and dreams into law or to protect their positions. Bureaucrats are mulling whether to ignore or cater to the biennial barrage from legislators, the only chance elected officials get to shake a fist at them. Salem is gearing up.

But what about the regular folks? Those in the dwindling middle class in Milwaukie or Sandy, Molalla or Oregon City? What about the one-in-five Oregon children living in poverty? Or the motorist forced to endure the constantly deteriorating roads and highways, the bridges of our county and state? The list goes on and on. Who will represent these people in the fighting and clawing, biting and scratching for new laws? Continue reading

From the Left Bank
County’s Democratic State Senators Score High on Voters’ Priorities

By Peter Toll

State Senate Chamber

State Senate Chamber

Oregonians have made it clear state-wide that they live here or moved here because of our natural beauty, which is enhanced by equally clean air and water, some of the best in the U.S.

People say they are willing, in the same independent Oregon Values survey, to spend money to enhance those qualities that are hallmarks in their way of life. But that’s not all.

Oregonians are equally concerned about the quality of public education we are providing our children. They don’t like it, and they’re willing to pay more to improve it.

So how does that manifest with our Clackamas County legislators? We’ll look at the senators in this report and the House members in subsequent write-ups. Continue reading

Forum on Carbon Tax for Oregon

bluegreen allianceGlobal Warming news just in: The Oregon BlueGreen Apollo Alliance forum on a proposed carbon tax for Oregon is at 6 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Oregon Labor Law Center, 3645 SE 32nd Ave., Portland.

The topic is more timely than ever — just this past Monday, the Governors of Oregon, Washington and California and the Premier of British Columbia announced an Action Plan for the four jurisdictions that will “account for the costs of carbon pollution and that, where appropriate and feasible, will link programs to create consistency and predictability across the region of 53 million people.” Speaking at a press conference convened by the Pacific Coast Collaborative, Governor Kitzhaber said that “Oregon supports the Action Plan because we are already seeing how our commitment to clean energy is changing the face and fortune of our state, accounting for $5 billion in economic activity and 58,000 jobs…. The debate is over. The scientific community no longer disputes that climate change is happening and human-caused. But regardless of where you stand on this question, there’s another good reason to act: transitioning to a clean economy creates jobs.” Continue reading

County Democratic Legislators Score High on Environment

olcvlogoClackamas County’s Democratic legislative team averaged better than 83 percent support for environmentally important bills in the recent session, according to the Oregon League of Conservation Voters score card released this week. One of just a few legislators who voted 100 percent pro-environment was Carolyn Tomei, the veteran representative from Milwaukie.

Freshman Representative Shemia Fagan also received special recognition from the OLCV for exceptional service to her district, which includes part of northern Clackamas County. The Democrat with the lowest support level was at 78 percent.

At the other end of the spectrum, the highest percentage scored by a Clackamas County Republican was Bill Kennemer of Oregon City with 33 percent. All GOPers were at least 10 points lower with Vic Gilliam, who represents the southernmost edge of the county, coming in at 12 percent favorable.

Check out how your legislator did when it comes to protecting the environment.