1000 Friends of Oregon Oregon Stories Newsletter

April 19, 2013

Springing Forward

Dear Oregonian,

Spring's always an active time in Oregon. But it's an especially active time in our work this year. The legislative session is really heating up, we're beginning the implementation of a very important regional plan in Southern Oregon, and we're working hard for transportation choices, everywhere in Oregon. We've got updates on all that below, including a victory for walking in East Portland.

We're also celebrating an important milestone this year, the 40th anniversary of Oregon's land use planning program. To that end, we need your help--we're compiling a list of 40 great Oregon places protected through planning, and we want your help completing it! Take our poll in this issue.

Finally, we're celebrating the lives of two great Oregonians, even as we mourn their recent passing. In this issue, our director remembers Peter McDonald of Wilsonville and Milt Reeves of Amity.

We are glad to have you standing with us for a better Oregon, this Spring and always.

All our best,
The team at 1000 Friends of Oregon

Legislative Update: What's Still Standing

Yesterday was a key deadline for the legislature: by April 18 all bills must pass out of their original committees to stay alive. There are exceptions to this rule, but it's a good time to take stock. Once again this session, farmland protection, air quality, and public access to planning are all threatened, as land use bills become bargaining chips. Still, the news isn't all bad: some of our priorities have moved and with the help of passionate Oregonians, we've defeated several major threats. Find out what's happening in our legislative update.

Check in with the 2013 Legislature

Inside the Capitol by Travel Salem

40 Years, 40 Places: Help Us Complete the List of Special Oregon Places!

To mark 40 years of of land use planning in Oregon, we're working on a list of 40 outstanding places benefiting from land use policy. From Astoria (recently listed in Smithsonian Magazine's 20 Best Small Towns) to the Applegate Valley and Steens Mountain, there's a lot to celebrate in Oregon's natural, agricultural, and community places. We need your help to complete our list, though. Take our poll and tell us: what places are most special to you?

Vote for your favorite places

40 Years, 40 Places: Grande Ronde Valley

In Place: Jackson County Regional Plan Reaches Final Approval

A major milestone passed somewhat quietly earlier this month: the Regional Problem Solving map is now officially law, with the final order issued by the Land Conservation and Development Commission. The plan will now guide the region's growth over several decades, directing it away from most prime farmland and encouraging transit-friendly, walkable communities. Our Greg Holmes reflects on this important milestone and what it means for the region's future, as well as Oregon's.

Learn what RPS means for Oregon

Downtown Ashland

Better Land Use Means Better Transportation Choices: OATS 2013

1000 Friends is pleased to once again participate in the Oregon Active Transportation Summit (OATS), the state's largest gathering of advocates, planners, elected officials, and others who care about safe, healthy transportation in Oregon. Our Greg Holmes will participate in a panel connecting land use and transportation on the summit's first day, next Wednesday the 24th in Salem. There's still time to register--and it's just $60! Learn more here.

Find out more about OATS

Kids biking and walking

A Victory in East Portland: After Outcry, Sidewalk Funding Restored

After the tragic death of a five-year-old girl on Portland's SE 136th Ave. two months ago, residents and advocates rallied to ask the city to restore funding for a sidewalk in the area. With Oregon Walks, we wrote an op-ed for the Oregonian and joined other organizations in a letter to Mayor Hales. Last month, the Mayor announced he will restore the funding. We're thankful for this choice and for those who stood with us, but will keep watch: Oregonians deserve safe places to walk, no matter where they live.

Learn about this important victory

Sidewalk ends

Letter from our Director: Farewell to Two Great Oregonians

Oregon land use planning lost two great friends of farmland and livable communities this year: Peter McDonald and Milt Reeves. Peter farmed near Wilsonville, and gave years of service to smart planning. He was presented with the Tom McCall Legacy Award at our annual dinner on March 1. Milt Reeves was a citizen activist in McMinnville who helped defeat Measure 37 and led Friends of Yamhill County. Our Director, Jason Miner, reflects on their example here.

Read about Peter and Milt

Peter McDonald

Support Our Work

If you care about walkable neighborhoods, or protecting local farmland, or thriving natural areas right outside your back door--or, like most of our members, all three--you can help support these causes with a tax-deductible gift to 1000 Friends.

Your support is especially crucial during the legislative session. Please consider joining, renewing, or making a special online contribution to 1000 Friends today, to help us continue making Oregon a better place for everyone. Thank you.

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Upcoming Events

The Monthly Buzz: Central Oregon Land Use Update
Thursday, May 2, 8:30-9:30 AM
The Environmental Center, Bend

Join 1000 Friends' Central Oregon Advocate for our monthly check-in on issues of environment, land use, and community in Central Oregon. Have a coffee, visit with friends, and be a part of the buzz! Learn more here.

McCall Society Speaker Series: Author Katherine Cole in Salem
Thursday, May 16
Wine Reception: 5:30 PM, Presentation: 6-7 PM

Pringle Hall Community Center, 606 Church St. SE, Salem
Free for 1000 Friends members, $15 for others
RSVP: kristin@friends.org or (503) 497-1000 x123

We welcome Oregonian wine writer and self-described "oeno pundit" Katherine Cole to our 2013 McCall Society Speaker Series. Ms. Cole will discuss the impact of Oregon's wine economy and key trends in the industry today. RSVP to Kristin Barber at kristin@friends.org or (503) 497-1000 x123. Learn more here.

Oregon History Pub: Tom McCall and 40 Years of Planning
Monday, May 20, 7 PM
McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland

1000 Friends is pleased to join Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center, and McMenamins to host an engaging "History Pub" lecture exploring 40 years of Oregon land use planning and the role played by Governor Tom McCall. The featured speaker will be Professor Sy Adler of Portland State University. Learn more about this event here.

"Oregon's Vision Turns 40": OAPA Big Ideas Forum
Wednesday, May 29, 1:00-4:00 PM
Oregon Convention Center
Learn more at oregonapa.org/ORVision40

Climate change, demographic change, economic upheaval--how is Oregon's land use program prepared to deal with these issues? To open a conference exploring many dimensions of land use planning today, the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association hosts an afternoon forum exploring these questions in depth. Learn more and register for free here.

Check out our calendar to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming events around the state.

Regional Updates

Central Oregon News Central

Portland Metro News Metro

Southern Oregon News Southern Oregon

Willamette Valley News Willamette Valley

1000 Friends of Oregon has regional offices around the state. Our regional staff work with local residents and elected officials on issues important to their communities.

To find out what 1000 Friends is working on in your region of the state, click on the appropriate image to the right.

Join the Conversation

Let 1000 Friends and the power of social media help keep you up-to-date on our work and related topics. In case you haven't been following us, here's some of what you've missed:

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April 16
See you at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit next week in Salem? Our Greg Holmes will present on the intersection of land use and better biking/walking/transit. (No pun intended!) Learn more here.

April 9
Interesting article in Atlantic Cites that touches on how historical & current urban design and land use planning impact the "urban nature" of cities. Read it here.

March 26
Looking for a safe real estate bet? A new study shows that neighborhoods near transit proved far more resilient during the recession than the rest of their urban regions. That's not even counting lower transportation costs in these neighborhoods! Learn more here.

March 25
Although the headline makes it seem as if this is an article about Tom McCall's historic home, in reality it's about what is happening to his legacy. Featuring our Executive Director, Jason Miner! Read this Oregonian piece here.

March 22
Happy birthday to one of Oregon's greats, Governor Tom McCall, our co-founder. Oregon thanks you. See our "card" for Tom here.

March 20
Did you catch Oregon Public Broadcasting- OPB's Tom McCall documentary last night? What'd you think? If you missed it, you can watch the whole thing online here!

Follow Us!

April 15th
Awesome to see Astoria, #Oregon on @SmithsonianMag's '20 Best Small Towns in America'. Always one of our favorites!ow.ly/k57yQ

April 12
Thanks, Amber! RT @AmberCollett here, had a great time guest tweeting @1000oregonpast 2 wks. Now back to regularly scheduled programming!

April 4
MT @bikearoundbend: TY Pam Hardy, @1000oregon & Brian Potwin, @CommuteOptions 4 endorsing protected bike lane #inbend bikearoundbend.com/2013/04/first-…

April 1
Nationwide barriers for the unemployed include inadequate access to public transit:ow.ly/jCcZX

March 26
Study: Transit-friendly, walkable neighborhoods outperformed urban regions during recession. ow.ly/jqV8v via @bcitiestowns

March 25
What a great story from @TheSkannerNews! RT @LisaLoving: Happy Birthday, Tom McCall: A Personal Remembrancetheskanner.com/article/Happy-…

March 22
An important victory for walking, biking: Connect Oregon Plus passed by House Cmte. More to do! ow.ly/jl70W via @BTAOregon

March 22
Graphic: Happy 100th to one of Oregon's greats, our co-founder, Gov. #TomMcCall. What's your favorite McCall memory?ow.ly/jkqze

March 18
Don't miss this. MT @stephrouth: Silent majority for safe walking silent no longer. @OregonWalks, @1000oregon in O:ow.ly/jaqJm

March 15
.@GovKitz tells #govtol audience (pre on-air) Oregon's proximity of nature & cities are major attractors for European tourists. Expect more!

March 8
Oregon City will take lead on redevelopment at Willamette Falls, reports @oregonmetro's @NickCPDXow.ly/iAfN6 #ORLandUseNews

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Photo credits:
Header: Whitehorse Falls, Umpqua Highway by Frank Kovalchek. Creative Commons.
Capitol Interior: Travel Salem. Creative Commons.
Grande Ronde Valley: James Arnott. Creative Commons.
Downtown Ashland: Hearken Creative. Creative Commons.
"The running/biking/walking family" by Sean Dreilinger. Creative Commons.
Sandy RIver near Oxbow Park: Sam Beebe. Creative Commons