Meet Sheriff Corey Falls
Thursday, February 26 at 6:30PM
Location: Medford Library, 205 South Central, Medford
Please join us after our next Central Committee Meeting where we will be joined by Sheriff Corey Falls who will speak on the topic of "My Road to Becoming Sheriff, Setting up my Management Team and Building Public Trust." He will also answer questions from the audience about public safety in Jackson County.
Sheriff Corey Falls grew up in the Applegate Valley and is a graduate of South Medford High School. He plans work to provide a safe community by building partnerships, coordinating resources and efficiently managing personnel.
Note: This meeting has been moved to the Medford Library.
Open to the Public! New Members Welcome! Invite Your Friends!
DEQ Can Stop Jordan Cove Project, Wants Your Comments
The Department of Envionmental Quality (DEQ) in Oregon has the power to stop the Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector LNG Project and they are asking for your public comment until March 13, 2015. If you are concerned about a pipeline going through our wetlands and under the Rogue River, please take a moment and leave a comment for the DEQ.
In case you are interested in some suggestions about making comments we want you to have this information. Find sample topics, questions and more on our website at http://jcdemocrats.org/Jordan-Cove-DEQ-Comments.
Gov. Kitzhaber Resigns, Kate Brown Steps in
John Kitzhaber has resigned governorship amid an investigation that will likely take months and in which he is hopeful to have his name cleared. Kitzhaber said "I love this state and its people, its rivers, its mountains and its landscapes with every fiber of my being. It is because of that love that I tender my resignation as Governor." Read or Listen to Kitzhaber's statement.
On Wednesday morning Kate Brown was sworn in as Governor this morning and plans to focus on bi-partisan efforts to help Oregon. "Although as individuals we may have our differences, one thing connects us -- we are all Oregonians." Read or Watch Gov. Brown's written inaugural speech.
Medford City Council Bans Styrofoam, Thanks to Sam Becker and Community Supporters
Medford will soon have a lot less styrofoam waste, thanks to Saint Mary's senior, Sam Becker. The Jackson County Democrats supported Becker and his community initiative that protects both human health and local environment.
Read more about the Polystyrene containers ban from the Mail Tribune.
With heavy hearts we report the sudden loss of Jolie Johnson, who passed away while on vacation in the Caribbean on February 10. Jolie is survived by her wife, Kathy Bauer.
Jolie was an advocate for our community, especially helping women and children. Her death has left many people broken-hearted.
"She was a strong advocate for anything that helped make the community stronger and people’s lives better," said Michelle Wilson, from the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County.
Read Jolie Johnson's obituary in The Daily Tidings
We are very saddened to learn that Victor Rogers passed away on February 3. Victor is survived by his wife Arlene Rogers, a retired member of the Executive Committee for the Jackson County Democrats. Victor supported the Democrats in many ways and also was active in the Ashland Food Project, Mountain Meadows Community, created stained glass, woodworking, and miniatures.
Read Victor Roger's obituary in The Daily Tidings
Rochelle Savitt of Medford passed away at home February 1, 2015. She will be missed. Rochelle was an office volunteer for Jackson County Democrats and will be missed. Born in Chicago December 12, 1935, she worked as a stage and film actor in Los Angeles and here in Medford and Ashland. She is survived by a daughter, Susan Schwartz, and a son, Richard Savitt, both living with their families in Southern California. Memorial contributions to the Maslow Project (www.maslowproject.org).
Wider Community Events
Oregon Labor Candidate School, Candidate Communications Training
Saturday, Feb 28, 9:00AM-4:00PM, & Sunday Feb 29, 9:00AM-2PM - This interactive training will cover public speaking, working with the media, campaign literature, social media, and messaging. This training is intended for rank-and-file union members, community group members, and non-union workers who are considering running for public office in Southern Oregon. Electing labor champions not only benefits union members, it benefits all Oregonians. OLCS trains people to run for elected office who will pass laws that support an economy that grows the middle class, which benefits all Oregonians.
Location: OEA Building, 2495 South Pacific Highway, Medford.
To register: Please fill out the online application by February 20th, 2015: Communications Training Application. For more info, contact Sara Ryan at 503-957-0306.
'A Fair Shot For Oregon' Community Forum
Monday February 23, 5:30-7:30pm -
Fair Shot supports local legislation around raising the Oregon minimum wage, required paid sick days for all workers, retirement security for all workers, ending profiling, ending hiring discrimination based on previous arrests or convictions. Join the community forum on Feb 23 at RCC/SOU Higher Education Center located at 101 South Bartlett Street, Medford, OR 97501.
Rogue Valley Food Systems Network Brainstorming Session
Wednesday, March 4th at 3:00pm to 4:30pm - Join the Rogue Valley Food System Network for a productive brainstorming session at their next meeting to discuss local infrastructure needs. Topics will include meat processing, distribution/ aggregation/ storage, seed cleaning, and on-farm refrigeration. For more info contact Hannah Ancel from ACCESS at 541-618-4019. RSVP to email@example.com. This meeting will be held at the new Jackson County Public Health building located at 140 S Holly Street, Medford
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