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Re: “Protest of Chris Piper's Appointment to the City Council

It was a busy Wed. morning: Numerous people from this protest reconvened an hour later to join a crowd that had assembled to speak out against a proposed "Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance" at the Deschutes County Commissioners meeting. During public comment 20 people urged the Commissioners not to enact this law, which would allow the County Sheriff to refuse to enforce background checks and other features of the Oregon Firearms Safety Act. They cited endangerment of public safety (particularly to domestic violence victims). Many observed that the County would need to spend tens of thousands of dollars in public funds to defend this law against legal challenges.

Only one person testified in favor of this law.

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Posted by fosterfell on 01/31/2019 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Protest of Chris Piper's Appointment to the City Council

They will be under a microscope for the next two years. If they disregard our priorities and needs, then they will be history on Nov. 3, 2020. We showed the special interests last Nov. that they can't buy elections in Bend anymore.

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Posted by fosterfell on 01/31/2019 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Nurses Ratify a New Contract

Wonderful, uplifting news for our community. The solidarity and spirit of the nurses saved the day. Raucous and joyful picket lines and public demonstrations; 'Safe Staffing Saves Lives' signs everywhere. This is significant.

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Posted by fosterfell on 01/29/2019 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Transparency and listening fall off in appointee process

My understanding is that the Bend City Council received dozens of messages of support for Kerani Mitchell. This is acknowledged in a released text message from 1/14 (see http://backroombend.org): The paid Central Oregon Builders Assn. lobbyist tells Mayor Russell, "I'm a little worried about what Gena and Barb are going to pull between now and then [the final vote]. They clearly had something going on as why they both wanted to push the vote to 1/16." To which Mayor Russell replies, "Maybe. They have been working their peeps pretty hard."

No evidence has come to light proving that Councilors Barb Campbell and Gena Goodman-Campbell colluded in any way to marshall support for any of the candidates.

These texts also seem to indicate that the Mayor was only interested in appointing a male candidate to the vacant spot. The texts reveal the Mayor may have spoken to only one Mitchell supporter. 2 or 3 others may have been trying to contact the Mayor in support of Mitchell or Austin, but their requests to talk with the Mayor apparently went unanswered. Finally, there is one text that--to me, at least--seems a little disturbing. It's from Tuesday, Jan. 8. Councilor Livingston writes to the Mayor, "I hear you are taking a lot of heat. I'm sorry they are taking that tactic with you. Stay strong & stick with your gut on how you feel about her."

Posted by fosterfell on 01/28/2019 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Transparency and listening fall off in appointee process

New website backroombend.org is publishing text messages and other records obtained dealing with the selection.

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Posted by fosterfell on 01/27/2019 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Transparency and listening fall off in appointee process

Even the Bend Bulletin editorial staff seemed perplexed, writing this about Mr. Piper: "But we really don't have much for him either." His name appears once in the initial 30 choices of the Council, while others receive as many as 4 nods He phones in his Council interview from Las Vegas, while everyone else shows up in person. Then, suddenly, he emerges in the top two. Thanks to the Source and private citizens for attempting to discover what exactly happened in those intervening days.

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Posted by fosterfell on 01/24/2019 at 6:03 AM

Re: “Apartment fight reveals Bend's latent—and damaging—xenophobia

Another apartment complex opponent has characterized it as a "Cabrini Green" on the Deschutes River. And there was the quote in the Bulletin from an opponent who characterized Colorado St. as the "gateway to all that is beautiful in Bend" without specifying which direction on Colorado the gateway leads, but, Westside elitism seems at play here. These apartments will not be public housing by any means. Nor will they qualify as affordable housing. None of the usual stuff that infuriates elitists. So, why all the fuss? Xenophobia? Maybe so.

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Posted by fosterfell on 01/20/2019 at 11:47 AM

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