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Overall this is a statewide issue, however, it affects Monmouth Oregon. Local companies want to build solar panels and sell electricity back to the city. If we allow these companies to do this, and in the event of an Earthquake where we lose power due to downed lines, we will have a power source available for needed services.
Again this is a state issue. Monmouth can identify, and build up emergency supplies. Monmouth also needs to be a leader in seismically upgrading the Independence Bridge, which holds the pipe that transports our main water supply.
This is a state issue. The city is dependent on Federal and State money. One of the issues that Monmouth faces is 17 million in debt to MINET, loans are continually taken out, prices are raised on the everyday citizen, and still, MINET cannot pay its debt.
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Occupational Background: Teacher (OSU, PSU, WOU); National Security Division Chief, High Impact Technology; Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Ted Kulongoski; Master Air Battle Manager, U.S. Air Force.
Educational Background: M.A., Oregon State University; B.S., Western Oregon State College (WOU); Central High School (Independence, Oregon).
Prior Government Experience: Oregon House of Representatives; Board of Directors, Central School District 13j; Monmouth Mayor; Monmouth City Council.
House District 20 covers portions of Marion and Polk Counties.
These issues have long been a priority for me.
We need: 1) a change in thinking – to prioritize investments that may never be as “visible” as other priorities; 2) targeted short-term funding for pre-disaster deployment of equipment (and training) necessary for response; 3) reform of existing seismic resiliency bonds; 4) a cyber-security defense strategy prioritizing critical ESF functionality; 5) a statewide educational effort to inform the public of our individual preparedness responsibilities.
As the chair of the House or Representatives Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparedness and a lifetime of relevant experience, I think we should: 1) restructuring our existing public safety structures and systems; 2) facilitation of statewide fire mitigation/protection in areas presently “uncovered;” 3) development of strategic geographically located safe areas; and 4) development of an Oregon Youth Conservation Corps Rapid Response Team for pre-event, pre-season, mitigation programming.
It is time for us to look at the states of Ohio (Republican govt) and Washington (Democrat govt). Both implemented versions of a gross receipts tax that has both improved small business competitiveness as well as yielded revenue stability for essential public services. Tax reform does NOT require “more” from those already paying taxes; we need a structural reform that implements a systemic approach to ensuring all people contribute so that all people may have access to necessary public services.
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Term Limits Petitioner,
Bud Pierce Governor campaign,
Marion Polk Dental Society Board, Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic Coordinator, Medical Teams International Dentist, Chemeketa Foundation Board Member, OHSU Foundation Board Member, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce past Board Member, Oregon Community Foundation Leadership Council & Volunteer Grant Evaluator, Inspire Foundation Board, Salem Leadership Foundation Advisory Board,
Assistance League Of Salem-Keizer, UCLA D.D.S.,
UC Berkeley, B.A
Polk & Marion
Oregon’s infrastructure should be as up-to-date as possible and operating with high efficiency under normal conditions. Crucial systems need backups so there are options if a failure occurs somewhere in the system. Disaster simulation exercises should occur to prepare people to know what to do in event of a disaster. To prevent cyber-attacks, IT safeguards should constantly be in place, and employees should be trained to prevent intrusions from outsiders.
For Oregonians to be prepared for disasters, everyone should learn the effects of disasters and the hazards they create, plan with family members, know their neighbors, take CERT classes, prepare emergency kits, learn first aid & CPR, and have access to radios & communications. Home preparations beforehand include following seismic building codes, having adequate drainage around your home, and clearing nearby brush to create firebreaks.
Oregon’s revenue growth each biennium outpaces the growth of Oregonians’ wages. Oregonians should be demanding more value for the tax dollars they send to government. Government processes should be constantly updated, modernized and streamlined to reflect our evolving society and to achieve maximum efficiency. Spending should be prioritized to budget important items such as education, healthcare, and social services first, before other budget items are planned.