Rep. David Gomberg files for re-election

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Oct 032015

Rep. David Gomberg D-Central Coast

Rep. David Gomberg
D-Central Coast

Lincoln City small businessman David Gomberg has filed to run again for State Representative in the sprawling 10th House District. The district ranges from the Tillamook city limits to Yachats and inland to Sheridan and Falls City.

“I’m honored and I’m proud to represent this very special part of Oregon. I
committed to frequently visit every corner of our large and diverse district. I’ve made a point to listen. And I worked hard to reflect the values and interests of the people from the Central Coast and Coastal Range.”

Gomberg was first elected in 2012. He quickly emerged as a persistent
advocate for small business, tourism, the environment, education, and older
Oregonians. In his first term, he was the only House member appointed to the
Governor’s Commission on Senior Services and was named Oregon Legislator of
the Year by the Humane Society of the United States for his work on animal

In 2014, Gomberg ran for re-lection. He is a Democrat but was nominated by
the Democrat, Republican, Independent, and Working Families parties. No other House candidate was endorsed by all four parties.

“I was proud to earn the endorsement of Democrats, Republicans, and
Independents in the last election. I sincerely believe that good things
happen when we work together. That’s why I first decided to run for the
State Legislature. That’s why I’m running again. I’m running to continue
working for the kids and families who live in our district, for our seniors,
and for our small businesses.”

In 2015, Gomberg was appointed to co-chair the influential Transportation
and Economic Development subcommittee of the budget-writing Ways and Means
Committee. He was recently elected to a leadership position in the Democratic Caucus, providing an important Coastal perspective to the largely metropolitan panel.

For his advocacy of education, Representative Gomberg was the recipient of
the first “Friend of the College” award from Oregon Coast Community College.

Susan and David Gomberg own Gomberg Kite Productions and Northwest Winds
Kite stores. “I don’t think there are five legislators in Salem that actually own cash registers.” said Gomberg. “That’s gives me a unique perspective which reflects our core economies of fishing, farming, and tourism in our small business district.”

Oregon’s primary election will be held in May, 1016 with the general election following in November. For more information, visit

For more information, contact David Gomberg at 541-921-1281 or email

 Posted by at 3:34 PM

Oregon needs to double down on delinquent tax collections

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Oct 032015
Rep. David Gomberg D-Central Coast

Rep. David Gomberg
D-Central Coast

In my own small business, when we need money, before we consider cutting programs, laying off staff, or increasing prices, we look at what is owed to us and how we can better collect it. The State of Oregon should do the same.

I have been talking about unpaid taxes and delinquent debt since I first went to Salem and began to understand the problem. I’m really pleased the question is starting to get more attention. For too long there has been an attitude that we’re doing all we can and can’t do better. But I think we can!

I see this as a matter of good management and basic fairness. Instead of increasing our taxes or creating new fees, the state should collect money already lawfully owed. Those who fail to pay should not be subsidized by those of us who do.

Each year, people report $600 million in taxes owed but fail to send a check or present a payment plan. Outright tax fraud is believed to total about another billion dollars annually. Overall, the total amount of unpaid fees, fines, taxes and restitution now total over $3 billion! And each year that amount goes up as new debt is piled on top of old.

This week Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins released an audit report on efforts to collect these debts. The report concluded, “The state needs a sustained focus to improve collections performance.”

To put this in context improving the collection of annual unpaid taxes by only fifty percent would produce nearly $300 million per year in additional revenue — without raising current taxes, fees and charges. That’s enough to pay for pay for more than 2,000 fully funded teaching positions.

Collection of past due receivables has dropped since 2008. At 2014 debt levels, every increased percentage point in the statewide collection rate would net about $38 million. If Oregon had collected delinquent debt at a 13.5% rate in 2014 – last achieved in 2008 – the state would have brought in nearly $90 million more. Clearly there is real money at stake and a real opportunity for improvement.

The Secretary of State is looking agency-by-agency at how much is owed, what is really collectible, and how we can more effectively catalog or collect it.

Unpaid accounts are owed to more than fifty state agencies. However, about ninety-nine percent of all the outstanding debt is owed to only nine state agencies and the Judicial Branch. More than eighty-eight percent of the debt is owed to just three state entities, the Judicial Branch, the Department of Justice and the Department of Revenue.

Most of the money owed is the result of unpaid taxes, fines, fees, or charges. By far the largest amount is for restitution ordered to crime victims. And many of these debts may be difficult to collect. The debtor may be unemployed and have limited capacity to pay. The debtor may be incarcerated. The debtor may have experienced bankruptcy. A good deal of the total debt has been owed to the State for a long time and is unlikely to ever be collected. So we need to track what I call “real” debt rather than just numbers.

At the same time, we know there are 9,000 businesses that currently get contracts from one agency at the same time they owe money to another agency. That’s unacceptable!

So what can be done?

Oregon can implement some productive collection tools used by other states, resolve tricky legal issues that keep agencies from talking to each other, and precisely measure how well different collection companies perform for us.

Some agencies have made improvements. However, the audit identified four tools the state has considered for years, but not implemented: vendor offset, expanded levies on debtor bank accounts, a state lien registry, and internet posting of debtors.

I was a principle advocate of Senate Bill 55 in the last session. The SOS audit references this new law as an important tool to start cross-matching information and improving collections. I helped add counselors to the Department of Revenue to help people create payment plans. And I inserted a requirement in the ODOT budget that they have to stop hiring firms with outstanding debt to the state.

In the coming February session, we’re discussing ways to improve liens and other tools to recover restitution owed to crime victims. There is lots to be done. But we are making progress.

You pay your taxes and I pay mine. But when some people do not, that means we either need to cut important programs or ask other Oregonians to pay more. I’ll continue working to ensure that all Oregonians pay their fair share.

Warm regards,

Rep. David Gomberg
email: I phone: 503-986-1410
address: 900 Court St NE, H-371, Salem, OR, 97301

 Posted by at 9:32 AM

Weather or Not: They’re Stickin’ to It

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Oct 032015

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, October 3rd – Lincoln County

Summary: The tiniest peeks at the Sun punctuated yesterday’s overcast, the thermometer rose to around 60F and northerly winds gusted a bit past 10 mph. At dusk, light drizzle began and some areas even picked up measurable predication as a couple of showers passed through; Lincoln City recorded a tenth of an inch. Most of the wet stuff was east of our area by early this morning (some Valley and Cascades locations received over a quarter inch of rain). At dawn, there were scattered clouds over the Central Coast and a light east wind.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/52F/0.10”
Depoe Bay: 58F/50F/0.02”
Newport: 61F/46F/~0.01”
Waldport: 60F/52F/0.04”
Yachats: 61F/52F/0.04”

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Forecast: Computer models and meteorologists are sticking to their predictions of a sunny day and near-record high temperatures for tomorrow. The set-up for that event begins today as skies gradually clear and the mercury warms to 65F or better. WON PARTLY CLOUDYClear and chilly tonight (it is Fall after all), lows near 45F. Then sunshine tomorrow with a high of 70-75F and northeast winds gusting 15-20 mph. Outlook is for sunny again Monday but a smidge cooler, highs around 70F, and then increasing clouds and fog Tuesday, followed by a chance of rain/showers Wednesday through Friday; seasonal temps throughout the long term. Some projections are hinting at a possible Pineapple Express rain event shaping up for next weekend but details are uncertain at this point.

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Travel: In the Coast Range, partly sunny with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers, partial clearing and a high of 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, a slight chance of showers, light east winds, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; mostly cloudy today, showers, the snow level is 7,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads in Northwest Oregon tonight through tomorrow night.

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Marine: It’s fairly quiet nearshore, but blowing 15-20 knots with 9 foot seas at 11 seconds this morning offshore WON SCAnear Stonewall Bank. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow morning. Northerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 today and tonight with steep seas 8-9 feet at 10-11 seconds. Tomorrow, NE winds 10-15 knots with swells down to 5 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for a NE breeze 5-10 knots Monday, then southerlies 5-15 knots Tuesday and Wednesday; seas 3-4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

Notices to Mariners… Yaquina River Light 38 is currently extinguished. Also, the OSU Newport Shelf Research Buoy has a misleading signal and its light has been extinguished. And, the Chart 18581 tabulation for Yaquina Bay and River Channel Depths has been updated. Go here for a copy.

On the Beach… Becoming sunny, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/03 Sat 10:42 AM 2.73 L
10/03 Sat 04:55 PM 8.13 H
10/03 Sat 11:40 PM 0.07 L
10/04 Sun 06:24 AM 6.66 H

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In Short: Gradual clearing, windy, warming, then cooling with showers.

 Posted by at 7:02 AM

More insights into college shooter

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Oct 022015
Chris Mercer, 26 Killed10, wounded many others.

Chris Mercer, 26
Killed10, wounded many others.

The New York Times has managed to trace the college shooter’s recent movements with his mother in the Los Angeles area and then to Winchester, near Roseburg. Here’s what the Times found out. Here’s a link.

 Posted by at 2:38 PM

Family Promise spreads its wings and love for families

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Oct 022015

family promise logo

Family Promise Week will be celebrated nationwide in the 192 communities where there is a Family Promise Affiliate. Since 1988, Family Promise has helped more than 600,000 people—men, women and children—with housing, case management and other services. There are 3 affiliates in the State of Oregon: Salem, Hillsboro and Lincoln County.

Started as a local effort to address the crisis of family homelessness, Family Promise works on the principle that the elements to help children and their families, are already in the community. The program brings together, facilities to provide space during the day for case management, houses of worship to provide overnight housing, and most importantly, thousands of volunteers who, by sharing a few hours of their time, enable families to turn their lives around.

Family Promise of Lincoln County, started in 2014, has served 66 people since opening its doors. This represents 20 families including 4 pregnant women and 36 children who have been given the opportunity to get back on their feet. This is done through a partnership with 12 local congregations and organizations and involves approximately 300 volunteers.

Because of the extent of in-kind contributions, Family Promise is able to help families despite a very low budget—while at the same time building community between its volunteers and the families served in the program. In Lincoln County, 80% of families served have moved on to long-term housing. The people they meet and work with during their stay with Family Promise, become their community and support system of the future.

Those families in the program are learning a variety of skills along the way. They have opportunities to gain skills in parenting, budgeting, nutrition and home renting programs. They have worked on menu planning, responsible shopping skills and are also learning to give back to the community. Several members of the families participated in a recent car wash fundraiser for Family Promise and have now started preparing meals once a week to take to the congregational volunteers as a way to say thank you to their weekly hosts.

During Family Promise Week there are a number of activities planned as outreach to the community:

*Monday, October 19th from 4-7pm there will be a Volunteer Training at the Family Promise Day Center. If you have ever been interested in volunteering or would like to hear about the possibilities, please join us at our Day Center at 5030 SE Hwy 101, Lincoln City.

*Wednesday, October 21st we will have a Celebrity Server event called “Guns and Hoses” with a friendly competition between Police Chief, Keith Kilian and Captain Jim Kusz from the North Lincoln Fire Department. The event will be held at the Red Hook restaurant (now called New Mexico) from 5:30-7:30pm. While eating your great meal at our sponsoring restaurant, if the servers do a great job, we ask that you tip them a little extra for Family Promise.

*Friday, October 23rd at Taft 7-12 at 6:30pm there will be a Family Promise Awareness Worship and Prayer night. Please join in for worship, prayer and an offering for the local affiliate.

Family Promise Week will help spread community awareness of the crisis of family homelessness here in Lincoln County. For more information go to the Family Promise website at or call the Family Promise Day Center at 541-614-0964.

 Posted by at 1:31 PM

Already rising: Discussions among lawmakers to again try to toughen gun control laws

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Oct 022015

stolen handgun

Under the heading “He must’ve been nuts to do that,” there is already emerging discussion about enacting tougher gun control laws – at least in Oregon. Despite a general consensus that those with serious emotional and psychological problems shouldn’t be allowed to acquire a gun, there are still perhaps millions of gun supporters who don’t want one more gun-control law put on the books.

Here’s part of that rising discussion in the Oregonian.

 Posted by at 12:48 PM

Mentally challenged young man pulled the trigger many times as he killed and wounded nearly 20 people at UCC in Roseburg

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Oct 022015

An all too familiar scenario is emerging in the horrific shooting spree yesterday at Umpqua Community College. The young gunman had a form of autism that basically makes a person very inward looking – little empathy for other people.

More and more details are coming out of the investigation which produced bottomless grief for families yet heralding a hero who, though shot many times, still managed to save lives – and lived to tell the story.

Here’s a good link for ongoing details.

 Posted by at 11:58 AM

Weather or Not: An Outlier on Sunday

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Oct 022015

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, October 2nd – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday’s daylight period began and ended under low clouds with fog, but the middle portion was sunny. The bookend clouds kept the midday October Sun from generating much extra heat so the thermometer had its work cut out for it and highs barely closed in on 60F. The northwest wind felt chilly albeit gusts were only in the low teens. Clouds and fog rapidly swept back in around 4:00pm shutting down the otherwise beautiful Fall conditions. Low overcast, haze and fog held sway overnight with low temps averaging about 50F. At daybreak, it was still cloudy, foggy in spots and dead calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 59F/52F
Depoe Bay: 57F/49F
Newport: 59F/45F
Waldport: 61F/48F
Yachats: 60F/52F

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Forecast: If the prognosticators are right, we could see sunshine and a high in the low-70s on Sunday. Of course, always take this with a grain of salt in October because overall weather patterns are somewhat unstable this time of year. WON SUNBREAKSCurrently, the potential is there for a northeast wind and a California thermal-low combining over the weekend to produce Summer-like conditions. Today, won’t be like that, however. It’ll probably remain mostly cloudy and cool with a high of 60F or so and moderate northwest winds. Tonight, cloudy and windy with a slight chance of showers, low about 50F. Mostly sunny skies are in the cards for tomorrow and a little warmer, highs of 60-65F. Outlook is for clear with a high of 70-75F possible on Sunday, clear and cooler Monday, partial clearing Tuesday, increasing clouds with a chance of showers/rain Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures near seasonal all week except for the outlier on Sunday.

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Travel: In the Coast Range, mostly cloudy with 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting partial clearing and highs of 70-75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, a slight chance of showers, west winds gusting 20, temps near 75F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40-50F; partly cloudy today, the free air freezing level is 11,000 feet.

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Marine: Winds are light and variable this morning but swells have grown to 8 feet at 14 seconds. A Small Craft WON SCAAdvisory for winds is in effect beyond 10 miles from shore this afternoon through late tonight. Nearshore winds today NW 5-10 knots, but out past 10 miles NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with swells 6 feet. Tonight, nearshore winds rising to NW 10-15 knots gusting 20, and offshore winds NW 15-20 knots gusting 25; swells 7 feet and windwaves 4-5 feet. The breeze veers to N 5-15 knots gusting 20 tomorrow, seas holding at 7 feet. Outlook is for NE winds 5-15 knots gusting 20 on Sunday and Monday, and southerlies 5-10 knots Tuesday with swells 4-6 feet through the period. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Partly sunny, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
10/02 Fri 09:47 AM 2.04 L
10/02 Fri 04:02 PM 8.71 H
10/02 Fri 10:40 PM -0.48 L
10/03 Sat 05:18 AM 7.04 H

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In Short: Mostly cloudy, windy tonight, then warm and clear.

 Posted by at 8:08 AM

A chance to “be first” for a change in a delightful Yachats setting!

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Oct 012015
Brand new Ocean Creek Bed and Breakfast - Yachats!

Brand new Ocean Creek Bed and Breakfast – Yachats!

Long time Lincoln County residents Diane Disse (Historical Society) and Jim Murphy will offer an early opening special of 10% off a room and breakfast in their new bed and breakfast Oct. 16-19 to celebrate the Yachats Mushroom Festival. Ocean Creek Bed and Breakfast at 1010 Hwy. 101 S. is located in a newly renovated landmark building just south of Yachats across from the ocean. Three of the four rooms will be open: the Blossom Room, Seafarer Suite, and Heritage Suite.

The Blossom Room offers full west-facing ocean views from the bed and an in-room, two-person jetted tub. Inspired by a Basho haiku, the room has a strong Asian ambiance. The Seafarer Suite, inspired by the John Masefield shanty, “Sea Fever,” has a maritime influence with a spacious living room with a gas fireplace, separate bedroom, and private bath. The living room couch opens to a bed to accommodate additional people in a party. The Heritage Suite, inspired by Emily Dickenson’s poem, “Yesterday Is History,” is decorated with inviting décor inspiring nostalgia. It offers a spacious living room, gas fireplace, separate bedroom and private bath. The sofa bed can accommodate additional guests.

“After four months of renovating and decorating the amazing property in Yachats, we’re anxious to share it with visitors. Our grand opening and open house will come soon,” Jim said.

Jim will offer gourmet breakfasts in the large front room with a large table offering a great view of the ocean to the west. Jim has worked at Caterpillar in Davenport, University of St. Thomas, Hilton, Holiday Inn, and Radisson hotels in the Twin Cities and operated the Spyglass Inn when he and Diane moved to Lincoln City in 1992. Jim worked 15 years as director of catering and conference services at Salishan Spa and Golf Resort. He served for several years on the Lincoln City Planning Commission and the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau Committee. He has a degree in philosophy and economics from Wooster College in Ohio. Couple that with Diane’s long time service to the Lincoln County Historical Society, there will never be any shortage of enlightening conversations sitting out on the front porch with an ocean view.

Diane taught writing and journalism at Western Oregon University during the years Jim ran the Spyglass Inn. She has had a long career in marketing and publishing including jobs at Republic Airlines, St. Thomas University, and the Minnesota Historical Society in the Twin Cities, and the Newport News Times, Lincoln County Historical Society, and Lincoln City Cultural Center. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of the North Lincoln County Historical Museum. She has a B.S. degree in English from Moorhead State University and an M.A. in mass communication from California State University, Northridge.

The room rate for the early opening special is $150 for double occupancy. For more information and to make reservations, call 541-547-4113.

 Posted by at 5:12 PM