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Redistricting Forum Round 2

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You are invited to an educational forum about Redistricting, AKA Gerrymandering.

If you would like to know more about this important subject that affects every election, please attend.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019
1:30 to 3:30 PM
Roseburg Public Library
1409 Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg, OR
South Umpqua Room

Here’s a link to a PDF that will fill you in about how/why it’s done in Oregon.

Link to why we do redistricting all over the country. It’s all about the national census that will take place in 2020, making the next census critical to redistricting done in the following year, 2021.

Here’s a great link to the Brennan Center information on the subject.

Please plan on attending this interesting meeting. The state League of Women Voters of Oregon will present a compelling case. Let’s hear from you, too!

This meeting is open and free to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, email lwvuv.info@gmail.com or call [541] [672] [6982].

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Listening to Each Other

Brian Prawitz, Roseburg city councilor, spoke to League members at their annual meeting on May 15 at the Roseburg Country Club.

Brian’s talk is so pertinent to our situation throughout America that we thought we should share this with you. Brian struggles with the violence and division between Americans. He says we need to actually listen to each other and to try to understand each other. Here’s a link to his talk to the League on his business’s website — https://soundcloud.com/brian-prawitz/togetherness-without-tragedy-uvlwv, thanks to BP Media Solutions.Brian-Prawitz-Roseburg

Brian encourages us to find ways to work together for the good of our community, despite our differences. He suggested that we each make an effort to seek out someone who is different than we are and get to know them, offer respect, and prepare to love them even if we disagree with them.  Change starts with one-on-one relationships and good listening skills.

Also, Brian’s TED Talk “Togetherness Without Tragedy” can be viewed online at: http://www.tedxroseburg.com/2017/04/17/brian-prawitz/

Brian participates in the American Leadership Forum (ALF) where he has gotten to know a diverse group of Oregon leaders from urban and rural areas this year. He finds himself in the minority as a white, middle class, conservative man from a rural area and he is gaining new perspective.  He is dismayed that some people in the group have told him they are afraid to come to Roseburg.

Brian mentioned a person who has impressed him with his Kindness Diaries (now on Netflix). The author is Leon Logothetis, and more can be learned about him here: http://www.leonlogothetis.com/. He drove around the world on his motorcycle with no money. When Brian asked him how to lessen division and create more harmony in our communities, he told Brian, “Be the change.”

Brian’s mission is similar to the League’s efforts called the Listening Project which was created in the wake of the October 1st, 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting tragedy. The project will continue this coming fall.

Check out the links above, and contact the League for more information.

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Candidates Forum Videos & Photos

Thanks to all who came out last Tuesday night (4/17/18) for the Douglas County Commissioner Candidates Forum sponsored by League of Women Voters Umpqua Valley at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center in Roseburg.

We recorded some of the segments of what the Commissioner Candidate had to say. Questions came from the audience. All was civil, open, and very informative.

Video links to the League of Women Voters Umpqua Valley’s YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2Jb6Hdt

The News-Review did a nice job on covering the event. Here’s a link to their reporting. https://bit.ly/2HDXNIh

Photos from the evening:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Candidate Forums

You can check here for current LWV Umpqua Valley Candidate forum information.

All candidates forums are nonpartisan and unbiased. All candidates are treated the same and given the same information and opportunity to inform the public.

Upcoming:

Douglas County Commissioner Candidates Forum to be held Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 7:00- 8:30 PM at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, 1624 W. Harvard Ave, in Roseburg. This forum will feature the slate of candidates running for the open seats on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Nine candidates have filed and have been invited to attend.

This event is free of charge, all are welcome. No campaign materials are permitted.

Be sure to come early!

For more information email lwvuv.info @ gmail.com or call [541]-[672]-[1914].


And the Candidates are . . .

Douglas County, OR – Position 2 – Four-year term
Tim J Freeman 541-580-7545 time@timfreeman.us
Rita Harris 541-378-7543 ritafordouglascount@gmail.com
Ashley Hicks 541-670-1666 ahicks@cityofroseburg.org
Victor J Petrucci 541-671-1965 victor@monstervintage.com
Brandy Stone 541-673-7709 goldenchachi@gmail.com

Douglas County, OR – Position 3 – Four-year term
Chris Boice 541-430-8699 chris@boice4douglascounty.com
James Hoyt 541-530-1497 jimhoyt420@yahoo.com
Jason Leeper 541-817-6830 jason_leeper@yahoo.com
Jeremy Salter 541-583-0533 jeremy@jeremysalter.org

Listen-and-be-informed

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Our Children’s Journey

Please attend “Climate Change: David vs. Goliath — Our Children’s Journey”

Our Children's Journey

  • Wed., January 10, 2018
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • 375 W Harvard, Roseburg
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Another Chance to Learn About #M101

Thank you for attending today’s public forum on Ballot Measure 101. Oregonians will vote on this measure on Jan. 23’s special election.

Please see our photos from today’s forum at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association in Roseburg. Presenters were Anna Willman and Rick Staggenborg, League members.

If you missed today’s very informative forum that explained both YES and NO sides of the measure, you have another chance to attend a similar forum in early January in the evening. Look for more information about this upcoming event.

The Arts Center has a display of handmade ceramic cups free to Veterans now available.  See photo. Cups artist is Ehren Tool. For more information see their main webpage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a link to a one-page PDF that summarizes the effects of the measure.

The measure’s title is “Approves temporary assessments to fund health care for low-income individuals and families, and to stabilize health insurance premiums. (Referendum Order by Petition of the People)”.

Download or view the measure in PDF form here.

Here’s a link to the state League’s Voters’ Guide.

Election Day is Jan. 23. Get your ballot in. The last day to register to is Jan. 2nd. Get Registered! Call the County Clerk’s office for more information — 541-440-4252.

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Home Rule Charter vs. General Law County Government

Over 100 people attended a forum last night held by LWV Umpqua Valley at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center. Thank you to all who attended the County Government Options meeting.

Thanks also go to our speakers, Joe Leahy and Bill Van Vactor, who traveled from Eugene to discuss a current ballot measure 10-159 – Changes Douglas County Government to “Home Rule” Under County Charter versus the current form of Douglas County government, general law.

Joe Leahy (on the right) teaches Local Government Law at U of O Law School. Bill-Van-Vactor-Joe-LeahyHe was City Attorney for the City of Springfield and is Legal Counsel for the Springfield Utility Board.

Bill Van Vactor (on the left) was Lane County Legal Counsel for 15 years and then Lane County Administrator for 15 years. Lane County operates under a Home Rule Charter.

Remember to mail in or drop off your ballots by Nov. 7. Be sure to VOTE!

Links Galore!

Home Rule Charter proposal – http://www.co.douglas.or.us/clerk/documents/10-159HomeRule.pdf

Here are a few video links to a bit of last night’s information. Please ‘like’ the videos!

This is a link to the News-Review coverage

Our Facebook page

And here are some photos from last night, 10/17/17, too! Enjoy!

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Speakers to Explain Different Types of County Government

Are you confused about the difference between a General Law county and a Home Rule county?

On Tuesday, October 17, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, 1624 W. Harvard Ave. in Roseburg, the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley will feature Joe Leahy and Bill Van Vactor speaking about different forms of county governance.

Mr. Leahy teaches Local Government Law at U of O Law School. He was City Attorney for the City of Springfield and is Legal Counsel for the Springfield Utility Board.

Bill Van Vactor was Lane County Legal Counsel for 15 years and then Lane County Administrator for 15 years. Lane County operates under a Home Rule Charter.

The League is nonpartisan, and encourages informed voting.

The meeting is free and open to the public. There will be time for questions. For more information, call 541-672-1914.