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Legislative Report from Rep. David Gomberg

Rep. David Gomberg
D-Otis

Cap and Invest Update

In celebration of Earth Day, I’d like to review the latest news on proposals for a landmark piece of legislation dealing with climate change.

This measure has gone by many names as it has evolved through the past three years. Cap and Trade, Cap and Invest, Clean Jobs, Clean Climate – if you are confused, it is likely because you are paying attention. But the basic premise of HB 2020 is that we place a limit on greenhouse gas emissions, charge firms or industries that exceed those limits, and then invest that money in new clean jobs and industries.

Here at the Coast, we know that climate change is real. We see ocean acidification affecting the crabbing season and our shellfish industries. Warming waters reduce fish runs. Rising ocean levels cause us concern for erosion and flooding. And hotter, drier summers extend Oregon’s devastating fire season and bring them closer to us.

Some argue that Oregon’s role in this looming problem is small. Others reply we all have an obligation. Think globally; act locally.

Like all of us, I worry about the future we leave our kids and grandkids. At the same time, my concerns as measures like HB 2020 move forward are how they may also affect local jobs, local industries, and the cost of living for local Oregonians like you.

The Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction is continuing to work on amendments to the original bill. At last count, there were 79 of them! Here are some highlights.

Cost Reimbursements: Rural residents, particularly lower income families and fixed income retirees worry this measure will increase the cost of gasoline and natural gas. That increase particularly impacts rural communities where we have to drive more for work and essential shopping.

New amendments are designed to reimburse targeted households for 100% of increased fuel costs. The plan is for the Department of Revenue to actually send checks to people. That cost is estimated for the median rural household at about 33 cents per day, or $120 a year. My priority is to ensure that our coast and coast range qualify as “targeted households” in the bill.

Farmers, Dairy, and Fisherman: Coastal small business also will be affected by costs for diesel fuel and natural gas. As the proposal evolves, I’m working to provide exemptions or reimbursements for business consumers in our critical and vulnerable local industries.

Large Employers: Major changes are being considered for some larger firms in rural communities. Mills in Toledo, Willamina, and Tillamook are our largest private employers. But they operate on thin margins. New costs or regulations could cause those facilities to close or shift production out-of-state.

Because climate change is a global problem, a company moving out of Oregon only to pollute heavily in another state doesn’t achieve lower emissions. But more important, the loss of those employers in small communities would be devastating.

We are now negotiating allowances when a company uses the most eco-friendly technology available. Some state money will also be available to help companies implement cutting edge changes. Under the amendment, companies would not be penalized if no new technology exists.

I’m advocating to ensure that the definitions of best-available technology are transparent. I’m also fighting to make sure that our mills have the resources they need to make the transition to these cleaner technologies.

How does the money get spent? The amended bill specifically calls out rural communities, low-income communities and federally recognized tribes as beneficiaries of a prescribed percentage of spending from the program. The amendment also prioritizes specific investments in wildfire prevention and job training.

Too often in policy discussions, “rural” is interpreted as Eastern Oregon and “urban” as the I-5 corridor. I’ve asked that “coastal” be specifically detailed in the bill to ensure our coast range and oceanside communities benefit.

The Oregon Transportation Commission will administer a competitive grant program, which would be distributed 50-50 between state and local projects. And the Commission is required to consider geographic equity of investments, as well as the balance between greenhouse gas reduction and climate adaptation programs.

I have been advocating for investments in regional transportation focused on our major arterials that may be vulnerable to climate-caused landslides.

House Bill 2020 continues to evolve. As the bill moves forward, the time sensitive question is how we can make it a better bill.

My email inbox is brimming with letters, for and against Cap and Invest. We all share a commitment to our environment and our children’s future. We also share a concern for daily costs. And here in Salem, we want to get it right.

Please take the time to email me with specific suggestions and a perspective from your own experiences and values.

National Popular Vote

Should the candidate with the most votes be elected president? Or should we continue to rely on the Electoral College process?

Supporters of the Electoral College argue that it requires candidates to appeal to voters outside large cities and increases the political influence of small states. Opponents argue that it can result in a person becoming president even though an opponent got more votes – which occurred in two of the last five presidential elections. It also causes candidates to focus disproportionately in a few “swing states”.

Eliminating the Electoral College would require a constitutional amendment. But a procedural proposal is working its way across the nation and will soon be voted on again in the Oregon legislature. SB 870  would require Oregon EC electors to cast their votes for the candidate winning the national popular vote (even if a different candidate wins the Oregon election). This commitment would take affect when enough states join the “compact” to total the 270 votes necessary to confirm election in the Electoral College.

The National Popular Vote proposal was approved by the Oregon House in previous years but failed to move in the Senate. However, SB 870 passed the Senate last week and will soon be voted on in the House. I have sponsored this legislation the last two biennia and believe every vote should count equally in the selection of our US President.

Warm Regards,

Representative David Gomberg
House District 10

email: Rep.DavidGomberg@oregonlegislature.gov

phone: 503-986-1410
address: 900 Court St NE, H-471, Salem, OR, 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/gomberg

On May 11th, Lincoln City Community Center is literally “For the Birds!”

Ernie Rose photo

World Migratory Bird Day offers the chance to celebrate Spring and the arrival of migrating birds with live demonstrations, informative presentations, and hands-on activities and games for kids. The theme this year is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.” It will take place Saturday May 11, 2019 from 10am to 2pm at the Lincoln City Community Center.

World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated each year to highlight the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. More than 300 events in more than 60 countries mark[ed] World Migratory Bird Day 2018… [including] bird festivals, education programs, media events, bird watching trips, presentations, film screenings, and a benefit concert to raise funds for international nature conservation.

This year’s theme, “Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution” strikes a chord with all who are interested in protecting our beautiful coastal habitat and wildlife.

“Simply put, plastic pollution is a killer. Checkout bags from the grocery store, foam foodware, single-use water bottles, cigarette butts, and other plastics are responsible for everything from ugly litter to the death of wildlife.” (excerpt from Surfrider Foundation’s “Rise Above Plastics Toolkit”). Festivals like ours help to raise public awareness and offer viable solutions.

Audubon Society of Lincoln City (ASLC) is bringing the Migratory Bird Day festival to the Lincoln City Community Center in partnership with Lincoln City Parks & Recreation, Newport Oregon Surfrider Foundation, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition/CoastWatch, Oregon State Parks & Recreation, Tillamook County Master Recyclers, US Forest Service at Siuslaw National Forest, and Environment for the Americas. The festival is made possible through the support of sponsors including Chinook Winds Golf Resort and Salishan Resort. The festival offers fun for the entire family! It is free to the public and no registration is required.

ATTRACTIONS:
Everyone will have a chance to win a variety of door prizes, including T-shirt and bag from Trillium, variety of household items such as bamboo utensils, reusable food wraps, metal straws, shopping and produce bags, and much more. (must be present to win).
Raffle sales (do not need to be present to win) – two night deluxe accommodations at Salishan Resort.
Interact with Chintimini Wildlife Center’s live raptors.
Celebrate our kids as well as our birds and habit through the huge Lincoln City Habitat Mural created at last year’s festival and completed by St James Santiago School children.
Interactive booths with information and people to answer your questions on our three topics:
Why does plastic pollution matter?
What is being done about it?
What can I do?
Enjoy kids activities including “Message in a Bottle” art project with Pooka Rice, Haystack Rock Awareness Program, free face painting, and our Wingspan mural where kids of all ages can compare their “wingspan” with that of birds like Bald Eagles.

Early risers can enjoy an 8:30am guided bird walk at the nearby Friends of the Wildwoods Open Space.

SCHEDULE:
10:00am – doors open, kids activities begin
10:30am – “Why does plastic pollution matter?” presentation
11:00am – Browse booths, first round of door prize drawings.
11:30am – “What is being done about it?” presentation
Noon – Light refreshments, more time to browse, second round of door prize drawings.
12:30pm – “What can I do?” panel discussion clean-up, advocacy, and ways to reduce single-use plastics in the home.
1:00pm – Browse booths, final door prize and raffle drawings.
1:30pm – We we will wrap up the day showing some of the artwork created by the children during the festival.

The festival offers fun for the entire family! It is free to the public and no registration is required.

For more information, visit our website at www.lincolncityaudubon.org, on Facebook @audubonlincolncity, or
contact ASLC President dawn villaescusa at dawnv@birdlover.com or 503-507-8457.

House Fire – 5615 NW Pacific Coast Highway – Smoke from a chimney

8:38am Seal Rock, Central Coast and Yachats firefighters are enroute to a report of a house fire at 5616 NW Pacific Coast Highway.  Smoke pouring out an upstairs window.  No cars in the driveway.

8:40am Turns out that it’s smoke coming from a chimney.  Fire department responses are cancelled.

Occupied Palestine: Topic up for analysis April 24th – LC Democratic Committee Meeting!

Middle-East Politics: Former US AID contractor Jack Kranz provides his perspective on the situation in Occupied Palestine at the April Democratic Central Committee General Meeting.

The Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 24, in the Fellowship Hall at Atonement Lutheran Church, 2315 North Coast Highway, Newport, OR 97365. The meeting is from 6-9 PM.

After our brief regular meeting business, our guest speaker will be Jack Kranz. Mr. Kranz is an engineer who will share his experiences doing development work in the Occupied West Bank of Palestine. Given the importance of recent developments in Palestine/Israel his insights will be extremely timely and relevant. Our own resident Middle-East expert Gilbert Schramm will present a brief update on events in Gaza as well as providing authentic Middle-Eastern appetizers for the meeting. All are welcome!

We are the blue wave! Join us in this cultural discussion.
https://lincolncountydemocratsoregon.com/

How to raise head-strong children (we think…)

Children ARE, by NATURE, independent.

Author Therese Oneill to speak at Newport Public Library

Therese Oneill will speak at the Newport Public Library on Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about her new book, UNGOVERNABLE: The Victorian Parent’s Guide to Raising Flawless Children.

Two years ago, Oneill burst onto the scene with the New York Times bestselling UNMENTIONABLE, a hilarious and scandalously honest guide to life as a Victorian lady. In UNGOVERNABLE, she invites you to “set yourselves free from the agonizing pressures of twenty-first-century parenting” and take a trip back in time to learn about the backwards, pseudoscientific, and downright bizarre childrearing fashions of the nineteenth century.

Sourced from actual advice books of the era, UNGOVERNABLE advises you on:

– How to be sure you’re not too ugly, sickly, or stupid to breed
– Which positions and room decor will help you conceive a son
– How much beer, wine, cyanide, and heroin to consume while pregnant
– How to select the best peasant teat for your child
– Which foods won’t turn your children into sexual deviants
– How to choose the best birching cane
– And so much more

Endlessly surprising, wickedly funny, and filled with juicy historical tidbits and images, Ungovernable provides much-needed perspective on — and comic relief from — the age-old struggle to bring up baby.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, go to www.newportlibrary.org or call the Newport Public Library at 541.265.2153.

If you like singing for your supper, friends and the public….

Sweet Adelines!

Women who like music and singing are urged to visit a Sweet Adeline practice on Thursday nights starting at 6:30 pm at the American Legion,  424 W Olive St. Newport.  The chorus embraces tradition, innovation, friendship, Learning, and Joy through singing.  Songs are most often learned to be sung in four-part harmony without any accompaniment.  Come sing with the group to determine if it is a fit for you.

Thanks,

Evelyn Brookhyser

541-265-8023

 

Letter to the Editor and to the community…on single use plastic bags…

Plastic bags on their way out??

The following letter, from an 11 year old girl, was sent to the Newport City Council on the issue of banning single use plastic bags within the city limits.

Dear City Council And Mayor,

My gratitude goes to you guys for making the earth better by getting it clean and healthy. My class also thanks you for doing this too. The plastic bag ban has been part of our goal for the whole year, now we have finally done it!  It’s important to me cause I care about animals and they’re part of this plastic impact.  Our class will stick too this subject for the rest of the year.  Maybe even some of us including me will keep it for our whole lives.

I have learned how lovely it feels when you know our taking impact on saving the earth. I have done what no one thought could be done by a 5th grader. Thanks to you guys that happened.  So I just wanted to thank you.

Through my speaking and essays, I have banned plastic bags with your help so this is a very big thank you because you guys deserve it so very much. I’m glad i was partnered with you for this term. Hopefully we will meet and figure out other problems later on in life or in the next year or two. Maybe someday I will even be on the city council with you guys!

Sincerely signed,

Madison Smallwood, age 11

Mrs. Schroeders class 2018-2019

 

Neighbors for Kids now has a visual “shout out” device….

Neighbors for Kids events sign recently installed.

Neighbors for Kids just off Highway 101 south of the Depoe Bay bridge has just installed a new electronic readerboard sign for passing motorists to check out as well as for families who drop off and pickup their children.

Letter to the Editor: VRD’s

Keep vacation rentals out of residential zones 

Preserve our Residential Coast for true residents who live in our communities.

This means (1) no new licenses in Residential zones, (2) the phase out of existing Licenses, allowing investors to recoup losses, (3) nontransferability of a license upon resale, and a (4) city- or county-wide cap, all effective immediately upon passage. If necessary, a moratorium in the interim.

I wonder whether Officials have so much information that they don’t see the forest among the trees. Because I have to deal with nice, but clueless, renters every weekend in the winter and all week in the summer, I have a grassroots feel for the issue.

I don’t like being asked for directions, restaurant recommendations, or to use my phone when they can’t get reception. I don’t like renters taking a shortcut across my yard, asking for an egg, or to jump-start a car. Being a neighborly sort of person, it’s hard to say no. But it grates.

Calling the “Local Contact” about excessive noise after 10 pm or when maximum occupancies are exceeded is not helpful. They do not respond in a timely fashion. They cannot; they do not live on the premises as with a Home Share, a B&B, or a motel.

I don’t like the responsibility of cautioning kids playing on the basalt rocks in my Miroco neighborhood. They do not know about sneaker waves or cold water. They do not know that when you are swept from these rocks it means death, not injury.

In other words, I don’t like nonresident corporate profiteers making money by delegating motel clerk responsibilities to unpaid and unwilling residents like me. What a business model! 

To the City of Newport and Lincoln County: Show Community Volunteers true appreciation. Honor us by preserving our residential neighborhoods and coastal quality of life.

R.L. Hochtritt
Unincorporated Lincoln County

Alsea Falls/Green Peak Falls Trail Hike

Alsea Falls
Archive photo

Alsea Falls Trail & Green Peak Falls Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Alsea, Oregon, that is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

This is a short, “off the beaten path” area that has two awesome waterfalls, the 20-Foot Alsea Falls and 60-Foot Green Peak Falls. The trail is a short loop that goes through both second growth and old growth timber. If you want to check out salmon jumping up a waterfall this is the place to see it! Alsea Falls Recreation Area is next to the South Fork Alsea River, in a lush coastal forest of red cedars, maples, and Douglas firs. The recreation area has 22 picnic tables, 16 campsites, hiking trails, and an outstanding view of Alsea Falls.

Throughout the spring and summer, visitors find blooming rhododendrons, Oregon grapes, dogwoods, and other wildflowers, as well as numerous wild berries. Trails lead to Alsea Falls and other scenic points along the river. Beavers build in the river, and deer and elk graze in the young areas of the forest. Across the river, the trail continues on to Green Peak Falls. The trail passes through the private campground of McBee Park.

The 60+ Adventure Van will be headed to Alsea Falls on Saturday, May 4. We’ll leave the 60+ Activity Center at 9:00 a.m. and return around 3:00 p.m. Pack a brown bag lunch; we will relax and enjoy our lunch in the picnic area. Put on your hiking shoes, pack energy bars and plenty of water and join us for this fabulous hike. Cost of the trip is $10.00. Seats are reserved when payment is made.

The 60+ Activity Center is located at 20 SE 2nd Street in Newport, or give us a call at 541-265-9617 for more information. To see a full listing of events, classes, and trips, visit our website: www.newportoregon.gov/sc.

Fire alarm on SE 32nd, Newport

11:15am – Fire sprinkler alarm at 45 SE 32nd, Newport.  Newport Fire enroute.

11:18am – Alarms are sounding but no smoke or flames.  No water flow detected.  Three story building is evacuated.

A Musical Affair to Remember May 4th in Lincoln City…

Rocky Blumhagen

MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE, CUSTOM COCKTAILS & TUNES BY ROCKY BLUMHAGEN: ‘AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER’

LINCOLN CITY – On Saturday, May 4, the Lincoln City Cultural Center will be setting sail – dressed up like a classic cruise ship and visiting ports of call around the Mediterranean – to support the arts in our community. It’s the fifth annual Culture, Of Course! Gala, and this year’s theme is “An Affair to Remember.” Tickets for this gala evening, featuring entertainment by cabaret vocalist Rocky Blumhagen, are on sale now at lincolncityculturalcenter.org or by calling 541-994-9994.

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Newport Symphony
Music and the beauty of the Central Oregon Coast….

Calling all Photographers from Lincoln County!

Coastal Vistas

The Newport Symphony invites residents of the central Oregon coast to participate in their Coastal Vistas concert by submitting photographs of the region which will be incorporated into its concert in September. The photos will be displayed on screens above the stage while the orchestra plays music by Aaron Copland. The deadline to submit photos is May 15, so act now. To upload your photos and for more information, visit their website at NewportSymphony.org and click on Coastal Vistas.

Photos should cover either of these themes: iconic images of the Oregon Coast and photos of people who live and work here. What are your favorite things about living on the Oregon coast? Spectacular beaches? Our fishing fleet? Landmarks? Architecture? Nature? Wildlife? Activities? Food? Sports? Arts? Fun? People? Submit as many photos as you would like – newly created and ones that you may have taken years ago.

 

Sponsored by the Newport Symphony Orchestra, Yaquina Art Association Photographers, 4-H of Lincoln County.

To learn more about Lincoln County 4-H and programs offered, contact Todd Williver at 541-648-6815 ortodd.williver@oregonstate.edu.

To learn more about Yaquina Art Association Photographers and the meetings they hold every month, visit www.yaaphotographers.org.

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