Progressives Update

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Dec 082010

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Network: Lincoln and South Tillamook Counties
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Advancing democracy in rural Oregon

Announcements for December 8, 2010

[Ed. note:Last week our server, RiseUp, reported that a “spamhaus block” had been placed on their site, and they had been unable to get it removed until last Tuesday, leaving them with a huge backlog of undelivered mail. Consequently, although I had gotten the CoastNet announcements out by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, many of the announcements were outdated before you got them on Friday.
RiseUp is a great international volunteer service providing free listservs to nonprofit organizations. Let’s hope they do not continue to have interference with their efforts to provide good service.
–Joanne Cvar]

Responding to crisis with our feet on the ground
In times of crisis and media hype, clarity can be hard to find. How do we stay grounded when the news is so chaotic? Yet it is in the midst of crisis that we need to shake off the chaos and emerge in our communities as clear-eyed guides.
When I heard about the recent sting operation against Mohamed Osman Mohamud for trying to plan a bombing in Portland, I worked hard to see with those clear eyes. I started wondering, is Mohamud a dangerous sleeper cell terrorist waiting for the opportunity to strike? Or is he a misguided youth who happens to also be Somali and who fell into a bad FBI entrapment plan? What is right and wrong when it comes to our families’ security? Or our civil rights?
If the world gives you lemons, make lemonade. Awful events like these are opportunities to practice courage, clarity and unity. These are the things we need to nurture our democracy back to life. Continue reading »

Depoe Bay’s good safety record means more money in city employee pockets.

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Dec 082010

Depoe Bay City Council

Depoe Bay City Recorder Pury Murray gave a happy report to her city council Tuesday evening, that the city’s safety record was so good, their insurance company gave them a discount. About a thousand dollars worth. Murray said she’d like to divide the money up among Depoe Bay’s 12 city employees.

The council received the official canvass of the November 2nd general election. Since there was no candidate listed for Position Six on the council, the council was prepared to seat the top vote-getting write-in candidate Seth “Zeke” Olsen. However, upon contacting Mr. Olsen, he revealed that he was not a resident of Depoe Bay. Whereupon the council dropped their interest in Mr. Olsen and declared the seat vacant. They will take up the matter after the first of the year after the new council and new mayor are sworn in. The council is expected to ask for applications, interview those who respond and pick one to fill the vacancy.

Outgoing Mayor Jim White told the council and those in the audience that he’s enjoyed his years as mayor. He said he is most proud of the way the Depoe Bay Planning Commission and the City Council have learned to work as a team while meeting the needs of Depoe Bay citizens and business people. He’s also glad that he kept enough pressure on ODOT and the governor’s office in order to get Depoe Bay three new crosswalks on Highway 101. One at the town’s post office, one at Collins, and the third one at Clark. White said “it took me three years of constant phone calls and reminding everyone that we needed crosswalks.” He said ODOT finally put ’em in. Continue reading »

Toledo group brainstorms with LC Schools Superintendent Tom Rinearson over Mary Harrison School.

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Dec 072010

At long last they shoved in an axe handle to stop the rumor mill in Toledo about Mary Harrison Elementary School. And what’s going to happen to it.

A group of Toledo residents and Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Tom Rinearson sat down to talk about possible options for the old school which now provides storage for old records and other minor functions. Resident Sandy Blackman and Brenda Brown, a member of the Lincoln County School Board, put forth the idea that the old facility might be re-dedicated as a Toledo public asset. Some asked what the school district would take for the old building and various figures were batted around. But in the end Rinearson asserted, “Put down $50,000 in an escrow fund and we can talk more seriously.” No one pulled out their check book. Rinearson told that if the district can’t make a few bucks on such a transaction, he would try to make sure the district didn’t lose any money either.

The group came up with ideas like turning Mary Harrison into a high school culinary arts or other form of economic incubator for Toledo. Other suggestions included children’s after school care, student learning center, etc. Continue reading »

Oregon takes huge step toward better stewardship of its coastal waters.

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Dec 072010

A two day meeting in Newport has just concluded with what may be an historic step forward to better understanding Oregon’s territorial waters which reach out three miles. It’s full of fish, marine mammals, marine habitat, sea-going commercial and sports fishers, recreationists and everyday folks who rely on the ocean’s good health.

During the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) meeting, the health of Oregon’s territorial ocean as well as the economic health of those who fish and who otherwise enjoy it, were debated for hours. They also debated the relationship of Oregonians, especially those living along coast, to the sea and how it affects traditional as well as evolving contemporary culture. But front-and-center were concerns about the establishment of what are called Marine Reserves, and MarineProtection Areas that are proposed up and down the Oregon Coast from near Garibaldi on the north to Port Orford on the south. These areas just offshore are targeted to become real-live scientific laboratories to determine the health of Oregon’s near-shore ocean and the effects human interaction has had on it. However, under an executive order from the governor, none of the marine reserves, individually or as a group are allowed to cause “significant economic or social impacts.” Continue reading »

Newport City Council approves $110,000 to fix Performing Arts Center roof.

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Dec 072010

The Newport City Council Monday night decided to spend the last tax proceeds from the north Urban Renewal District to fix the roof of the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC). A report to the council indicated that the PAC’s roof has leaked off and on for a number of years and that occasional patch jobs are no longer working. Water intrusion, said the report, is causing internal damage necessitating a new roof.

The council said, in approving the roof expenditure, that any money left over would be spent on repairing the PAC’s parking area to the east.

Former Portland armored car driver and family indicted for staging $3 million theft.

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Dec 072010

Provided by Portland Office of the FBI

PORTLAND, OR—Archie Cabello, age 64, together with his wife Marian Cabello, age 58, and their son, Vincent Cabello, age 39, all of Portland, were charged last week by a federal grand jury in a 51 count indictment with conspiracy to steal and possess bank money, false statements in credit card applications, filing a false tax return, and money laundering. Continue reading »

Federal investigation begins its rounds of “big banks”

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Dec 072010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 7, 2010
U.S. Department of Justice

WASHINGTON – Bank of America entities have agreed to pay a total of $137.3 million in restitution to federal and state agencies for its participation in a conspiracy to rig bids in the municipal bond derivatives market and as a condition of its admission into the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Corporate Leniency Program, the Department of Justice announced today.

Bank of America entered into agreements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), and 20 State Attorneys General. The global resolution with these federal and state entities provides for payment of restitution to the IRS and to municipalities harmed by Bank of America’s anticompetitive conduct in the municipal bond derivatives market. In a related matter, Bank of America entered into a written agreement with the Federal Reserve Board to address certain remedial measures.

According to agreements announced today, Bank of America employees engaged in illegal conduct, including bid rigging and other deceptive practices, in connection with the marketing and sale of tax-exempt municipal bond derivatives contracts. Continue reading »

Bank of America pays $67 million to Oregon to settle anti-trust claims

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Dec 072010

Provided by Oregon Attorney General John Kroger:

Attorney General John Kroger today announced a $67 million multi-state settlement that resolves allegations that Bank of America engaged in anti-competitive conduct that restrained competition in the $400 billion municipal bond derivative industry.

“Illegal conduct in the financial services industry helped cause the global recession that we’re only just beginning to emerge from,” said Keith Dubanevich, Chief of Staff and Special Counsel to Attorney General Kroger. “We need to take action against companies that break the law to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself.” Continue reading »

Newport Chamber of Commerce update

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Dec 072010

December 9th Business After Hours – Hosted by Festival of Trees

The December 9th Business After Hours will be hosted by the Festival of Trees. Chamber Members & guests are invited to attend this complimentary networking and socializing event at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn from 5:15 – 7pm.

Young Professionals Lunch Mob – December 8th

Calling all ‘Yo-Pros!’ We have an upcoming Lunch Mob set for Noon, December 8th at Nana’s Irish Pub. We hope to see you all there to enjoy a great lunch, network and support a local business. For more details, call the Chamber office @ (541) 265-8801.

Slight change in LC Schools bad weather “make up” days.

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Dec 072010

Lincoln County school students missed November 23rd due to a cold snap that iced up the streets. Originally the district thought the best way to make up the missed day was to hold school during one of the “Spring Break” days.

Well, district officials have changed their mind. They going to leave “Spring Break” alone. They’re now saying that Monday, April 25th will be the make up day for losing November 23rd. If it becomes necessary to make up additional days of school lost to bad weather, those days will be made up in this order: March 28, May 2, 9, 16, and 23; and, if necessary, March 29.

The Lincoln County School District master calendar now reflects the adjustment.