After 40 years as a Republican, Oregon elected official Lori Stegmann is now a Democrat.
The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed a landmark Equal Pay Act, putting Oregon at the forefront toward equalizing pay between women and men. Trish Garner, Public Policy Chair of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Oregon, will lead a discussion of this important legislation at the Tuesday, July 24 meeting of the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). The discussion will take place at 6 pm in the McEntee Meeting Room, Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street, Newport. The public is invited.
OREGON’s new FAIR PAY ACT specifies that: (1) an employer cannot pay an employee less because of their sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability or veteran status; (2) an employer can’t pay an employee’s coworker more for a comparable job unless the entire pay gap is based on one or more of these conditions: seniority, merit, quality or quantity of production, education, training, experience, workplace location or travel; (3) an employer cannot screen job applicants based on current or previous compensation or determine salary on that basis; (4) an employer cannot ask a potential new hire how much he or she is currently paid or has been paid in the past until after making a job offer that includes compensation; and (5) an employer cannot cut an employee’s pay to follow this law or retaliate against the employee for asking for equal pay.
Rep. Janelle Bynum, a Democrat who is running for a second term this fall in the state House, said she was knocking on doors and talking to residents for two hours along Southeast 125th Avenue in Clackamas. She was taking notes on her cellphone from the conversation she’d had with someone at the second to last of about 30 homes on her list around 5:10 p.m. when a Clackamas County deputy pulled up to her.
I’m running to ensure:
A VITAL Newport.
There are serious challenges our community faces in terms of growth, affordable housing, quality health care access and living-wage jobs. I am committed to working with key stakeholders to develop stable and long-term solutions. I want to see us achieve our collective potential as has been laid out in the Newport 2040 Visioning Plan and continue to grow responsibly. I am invested in seeing our community thrive, economically and socially and be a place people choose to live, work and play. I like to say, Newport: It’s not just for visiting anymore.
I am committed to ensuring that our city’s programs and services represent all of us, including working families, people of color, people with disabilities, and immigrants in our community.
I am inspired by all the good happening in Newport and believe in our limitless potential. I bring experience from my cultural work with individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, and LGBTQ. I have represented public sector workers and helped organize a veterans constituency to use their power and voice. I have also seen how power and privilege can disenfranchise individuals who lack time, money, or information to have a voice in decisions being made. To that end, I’m committed to upgrading Newport’s digital access so as to be mindful of our environmental footprint and to encourage more civic engagement. Let’s brainstorm new ways to make citizen participation more accessible. I pride myself on being accessible and responsive. Reach out anytime by phone, text, FaceTime, email or Facebook.
We can achieve a vision for Newport.
We can achieve a vision that celebrates a livable, artistic and vital Newport. One that ensures Newport’s beauty and that our parks and bike paths remain safe and navigable. One that is mindful of how we recruit, train and retain a diverse workforce across all Newport’s sectors. A vision that supports access to the library and its programming. Improving the city center and vistas by investing in small business development and thinking creatively about where we live, work, and shop. These are just a few of the efforts I care about. The Newport City Council has the opportunity to respond and govern on local issues. The work of the council supports our quality of life and how we, as a community, THRIVE. Stability, civility, positivity, access, and follow-through are strengths I will bring to the City Council.
I’m ready to run and bring over two decades of community organizing experience, working for non-profit organizations, educational institutions and on campaigns. I’ve worked in coalitions to align shared interests through collaboration and dialogue. My record of leadership and involvement in my community has included fighting for health care access for women, for worker’s rights, and for inclusive non-discrimination laws at the local, state and federal level. I have chaired and served on national and local boards for both my interpreting profession as well as my volunteer pursuits and I understand the municipal governance process. I value community input and the responsibility the city has to be accessible and responsive to constituent concerns.
I hope you will see and feel my optimism for what Newport is already and can continue to grow and become. I am invested. I hope I can count on your support.
CM Hall is a proud native Oregonian and gleefully makes her home in Newport. She has long been a community activist, committed to equity and social justice as well as the belief that we are stronger together than we will ever be apart.
CM believes that it is her work experience as well as her volunteer activities that have prepared her to run and serve the Newport City Council. Professionally, CM manages dual careers in both the field of interpreting grant administration and teaching. She is a nationally-certified sign language interpreter, having earned a Bachelor’s in Interpreting from Western Oregon University and a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in LGBTQ and Gender Studies from Oregon State University.
CM is the Co-Director for the DeafBlind Interpreting National Training and Resource Center interpreter training grant and teaches DeafBlind Culture, Communication & Guiding as well as LGBTQ sociology courses at Western Oregon University. Among her professional accomplishments, CM co-created DiscoverInterpreting.com, to encourage those considering a career in interpreting. She also created and runs an active Facebook group of the same name. CM regularly provides training and workshops on topics related to interpreting and for several years provided ongoing professional development for the sign language interpreters on Guam and Saipan.
CM has worked as a fundraiser and political strategist for nonprofit organizations and campaigns, and also leads social justice-themed and fundraising how-to workshops.
CM has been recognized for her advocacy work by Basic Rights Oregon, Pride Northwest, the Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest, Campus Pride, the Human Rights Campaign, the Oregon Association of the Deaf, the Oregon Deaf & Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and Western Oregon University’s Stonewall Center. CM is proud of these honors as they represent projects and collaborations with many individuals over the years. In 2015, she was invited to present at a TEDx on the topic of linguistic access as a social justice issue. CM is actively involved with Central Coast NOW, Oregon Coast PFLAG, the Central Coast UU Fellowship and The Lemonade Project at the Newport Farmers Market.
In 2017, CM began a three-year term on the Newport Budget Committee and volunteered in the 2017 Newport 2040 Visioning outreach efforts. She is currently a member of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lincoln 2018 class and is one of the founding members of the Diversity Coalition of Lincoln County. She recently proposed a voucher for all Newport residents to visit the Newport Rec & Aquatic Center in an effort to encourage more memberships. This idea was well-received by the Parks Committee and implementation efforts are under way.
It is these experiences, along with CM’s passion and vision, that have prepared her to serve as a member of the Newport City Council.
Chris Vogel, Revenue and Tax Reform
The Joint Interim Committee On Sole Proprietors will meet on 5/16/2018 1:00 PM, HR A to hear testimony from The Honorable Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon and to accept Public Testimony on LC 1. A special session of the legislative assembly will convene May 21, 2018 at 8 a.m. Please know that interim committees cannot introduce bills to the special session. The only committee that will hear legislation for the special session is the Joint Committee on Sole Proprietors. Its work will be limited to two bills: the Governor’s proposal LC 1 and the sine die resolution (LC 2). READ MORE
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Read the Press Release:
March 20, 2018 (PORTLAND, OR) — Oregon NOW enthusiastically endorses Governor Kate Brown,
recognizing Governor Brown’s proven record of championing policies for equality and social justice and her
commitment to make Oregon a place where every person has the opportunity to thrive.
Brown’s entire career has been dedicated to advocating for vulnerable women and children. A few
highlights from her long career in public service:
• Helping to pass Oregon’s groundbreaking Family and Medical Leave Act (OFLA) as a state legislator,
• Raising the minimum wage,
• Ensuring that all working Oregonians have paid sick leave,
• Guaranteeing access to reproductive health care, and
• Passing common sense gun safety legislation.
On these important issues and others including equal pay, LGBTQ equality, and racial equity and justice,
Oregonians could not ask for a stronger advocate than Governor Brown.
Michelle Ganow-Jones, Executive Director of Oregon NOW, had this to say about Oregon NOW’s
endorsement of Governor Brown:
“Particularly in these troubling times, we are grateful to Governor Kate Brown for
standing for justice and defending our state’s values. We can trust Governor Brown to
fight for the rights of women and girls and to ensure that the policies of our state
support the most vulnerable Oregonians. Governor Brown shares NOW’s values and
vision for Oregon and we are proud to endorse her continued leadership.”
We are confident that Governor Brown will continue to be a leading advocate as Governor and we welcome
four more years of her leadership.
Three victims’ rights advocates filed complaints concerning Multnomah County Circuit Judge Kenneth Walker’s behavior during a domestic abuse sentencing hearing.
The Oregon Supreme Court issued its decision Thursday on embattled Marion County Circuit Judge Vance Day.
Thank you so much for the many positive responses to my weekly reports from the 2018 legislative session.
I enjoy sending news and information throughout our district on a regular basis. However, legislative rules prohibit newsletters like this sent from our office within 60 days of a primary or general election. I think that is a good policy that makes it clear that public resources are not used or perceived to be used for campaign purposes. But it also means you will not be hearing from me again until May 15 except in response to emails or letters you send to me.
On Wednesday afternoon, I will be delighted to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Marine Studies Initiative in Newport.
Oregon State University’s new marine studies building at the Hatfield Marine Science Center will not only increase the region’s marine science education and research capacity, it will use state-of-the-art architectural and engineering techniques to serve as one of the first “vertical evacuation” tsunami sites in the United States.
The facility aims to increase the region’s capacity for marine-related education, research and outreach, and engagement. OSU plans to have as many as 150 new staff and up to 500 students annually studying and doing research at the Hatfield campus by 2025. The new building will include classroom space and offices for faculty and graduate students.
“The amount of science here is mind boggling,” says Gil Sylvia, a marine resource economist and superintendent of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experimental Station. “It spans everything. Agencies here are studying where fish stocks are located in the ocean, how fish age and how that relates to their migration. We study oceanographic conditions and the relationship to fishery productivity. We are helping map the bottom of the ocean. We study underwater volcanoes and earthquakes.”
Looked at from a different perspective, the MSI will bring more living wage jobs, more customers for local business, and more potential employees from the student population.
In addition to housing Marine Studies Initiative programs, the new building will host the Marine Fisheries Genetics Program and provide headquarters for OSU’s nationally recognized Marine Mammal Institute and its marine genetics and genomics programs.
Speaking of the Marine Mammal Institute, we are now very, very close to selling 3000 vouchers for the new Oregon Coast Whale License Plate.
Every purchase supports the OSU Marine Mammal Institute, meaning the license plates are more than distinctive and stylish — they also help support whale research, graduate student education, and public outreach.
You can be one of the first to own the new plate by purchasing a voucher. As soon as 3,000 vouchers are sold, the plates will go into production, and you will be notified when your plate is available at the DMV. Purchase a voucher online for only $40, of which $35 will directly support the Marine Mammal Institute.
In a final piece of OSU news, a major win for the Coastal Caucus during the recent session was House Bill 5201 – an appropriation package that includes $3 million for the Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site.
Senator Roblan and I worked hard to fund this wave energy test site off the Oregon Coast. State funds are being leveraged to help secure an additional $35 million in federal monies for the project. The test facility is being designed and constructed by an OSU team, and is expected to be operational in 2021.
The research site has been approved by the fishing industry at a location where wave energy developers can test utility scale wave energy converters in the ocean, with a connection to the electric utility grid through a subsea cable. It will be operated by Oregon State University’s Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center.
Whether it is new jobs, new and critical ocean research, the study of new energy sources, new architecture that demonstrates how we can prepare for future seismic events, or simply the pride of a new coastal license plate, these developments help strengthen the economy and the communities of the entire central coast and Coast Range.
As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns about your state government!
Rep. David Gomberg