Election Review and 2019 Legislative Session
As you are preparing for the upcoming holidays, I wanted to send out a
brief email to give you an update about what has been happening in the
district and the state.
First, I want to thank you for electing me to serve you in the Oregon
Legislature. It is truly a humbling experience and would not have been
possible without your support. Oregon is strong because of people like
you and I am proud to represent you. Please know that my office has an
open-door policy and I, as well as my staff, are here to help with
anything you need.
Elections for the rest of the state were a bit surprising. The
Republicans lost three important seats in the House and one seat in the
Senate, meaning that the Democrats now have a supermajority in both
chambers. In case you aren’t familiar with this term, it means that it
will be easier for Democrats to pass tax increases and other
controversial proposals like climate change legislation. Although this
will bring a new challenge, I will continue to be strategically
advocating for House District 60.
I am developing legislative concepts that will be ready when the 2019
Legislative Session begins in January. Some of the legislation that I
have proposed will work to make the Eastern Oregon Border Region more
competitive with Idaho in terms of trade and career certification, better
access to high speed internet, and incentivizing housing developers to
come to the region.
Additionally, I am working on legislation that would increase funding
for public safety answering points (PSAP) for 9-1-1 dispatching. Rural
counties currently don’t receive enough funds for this service and so,
typically, they have one shared PSAP for the entire county.
Another issue that I am trying to address is the lack of volunteers
that we have to fight frontier fires. Oregon’s Frontier Fire
Organizations are primarily staffed by an aging volunteer population,
which is already limited as a result of smaller isolated populations and
extensive training requirements. Currently, we have the problem of
experienced firefighters retiring while not having the population base to
find replacements. The legislation that I am proposing will make
recruiting new volunteer firefighters in the Frontier Region easier and
will allow us to maintain essential fire services throughout the Frontier
regions of Oregon. If you would like to discuss any of these proposals
further, please feel free to reach out to my office.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s important to remember
the people and families in our communities who may be struggling
financially. We have compiled a list of organizations in House District
60 that will provide free Thanksgiving meals. If you have extra food to
donate, or if you would like to attend one of these Thanksgiving Dinners,
please reach out to the organization.
Baker City McDonald’s, 760 Campbell St,
Baker City, OR (541) 523-7041
Free Thanksgiving Day meal for seniors and
veterans Nov. 22nd from 6am-11am
Salvation Army, 2505 Broadway St, Baker
City, OR (541) 523-5853
Free Community Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner
Nov. 20th starting at 10am
Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 42171 Chico
Rd, Baker City, OR (541) 523-4913
Thanksgiving boxes – collection through Nov.
St. Francis De Sales Cathedral, 2235 1st
St, Baker City, OR (541) 523-4521
Baker County Senior Citizens Inc,
Community Connection of Baker County, 2810 Cedar St, Baker City, (541)
Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner/Lunch Nov.
Baker City Calvary Baptist Church, 2107
3rd St, Baker City, OR, (541) 523-3891
Free Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner 11/22
Grant County Food Bank, 530 East Main
Street # 9, John Day, OR (541) 575-0299
Normal monthly Distribution of food (staples
only-no pre-made food) 4th Wed 9am-1pm
For Thanksgiving will distribute food on
Safeway, 246 W Monroe St, Burns, OR (541)
Turkey Boxes Nov. 20th 9am
Sign in & provide food bank link-to-feed
Elks, 118 N Broadway Ave, Burns, OR (541)
Free Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner Nov.
Lake County Food Share, 247 North N St,
Lakeview, OR (541) 947-3222
Thanksgiving Day boxes for the needy Nov. 20th
10am-1pm & 4-6pm
First Christian Church, 180 NW 1st St,
Ontario, OR (541) 889-6716
Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 22nd
Starlite Café, 152 Clark St N, Vale, OR
Free Community Breakfast Nov. 22nd 7-11am
& Thanksgiving Day Dinner 12-2pm
Nyssa Community Food Pantry, 415 Main St.,
Nyssa, OR, (541) 372-5623
Distributing Thanksgiving boxes in November. Please
bring donations by Nov. 15th dropping off on Monday from 5-7pm or
*Items needed are 200 cans of vegetables
(especially corn & green beans), 100 boxes of stuffing, and all
baking items such as salt, flour, oil, sugar, baking soda, shortening,
baking powder, all spices, cinnamon, & cake mixes.
Nyssa Senior Center, 316 Good Ave, Nyssa,
OR, (541) 372-5660
Free Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner Nov.
*donations accepted, or you can bring a side
dish or desert
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!