1000 Friends of Oregon Oregon Stories Newsletter

March 7, 2013

A Vital Legacy, Carried Forward

As you likely know, 2013 is a year of great milestones. 40 years of land use planning, the centennial of Gov. Tom McCall's birth, a century of Oregon public beaches. This month, we celebrate many of these accomplishments with our friends and partners.

But Oregon's way has never been to rest on the victories of the past. It certainly isn't our way at 1000 Friends. That's why we're proud to be working with a new generation of Oregon leaders in our Land Use Leadership Initiative. They took a tour of the urban growth boundary in Washington County last month, and participant Josh Baker shares his reflections.

Also this month, find out what we've been doing for biking and walking in Bend, and keep up with our work in Salem this legislative session.

We are glad to have you stand with us for Oregon's future. As we were reminded last week by Peter McDonald at our Tom McCall Legacy Gala, it is the people of Oregon who make the greatest difference in its future.

Thanks for all you do for Oregon,

The team at 1000 Friends of Oregon

"Our Circumstances Are Every Bit As Compelling": The 2013 Tom McCall Gala

A ballroom filled with 350 friends and supporters, good Oregon wine, and rousing remarks from pioneering leaders like Congressman Earl Blumenauer and farmer Peter McDonald. These were the highlights of our 2013 Tom McCall Legacy Gala last Friday in Portland. Our charge was simple and daunting: while there is much to celebrate after 40 years of Oregon land use planning, the torch is now firmly in our hands. Learn more about the evening's events and see photos here.

Hear from our speakers and see photos

Gala program and cookie

LULI on the UGB: Tomorrow's Leaders Encounter Today's Growth Challenges

We spend a lot of time on the urban growth boundaries of Oregon's cities--figuratively and literally. But a visit to the UGB in Washington County last month brought new perspectives on the line and what it means for livability, productivity, and affordability in the Portland region. Why? Because we were there with our Land Use Leadership Initiative, seeing it with new eyes. Take a look through the eyes of participant Josh Baker and the cameras of Mark Gamba and Lillian Karabaic in this blog post.

Take a tour of the UGB with LULI

Land Use Leadership Initiative Participants on the Washington County UGB

Celebrating a Century of Public Beaches in Oregon

Sixty years before land use planning--actually, six weeks before Governor Tom McCall was even born--another Oregon governor made history. Oswald West, inspired by horseback rides on the beach in Clatsop County, prodded the Oregon legislature to do an unprecedented thing: set aside all of Oregon's beach as permanent public property. The courage of West and the legislature set a bold course for Oregon, one that we honored last month.

Celebrate Oregon's public beaches

Photo at Cannon Beach

Better Biking and Walking in Bend: 1000 Friends Supports Local Effort

Our Central Oregon Advocate, Pam Hardy, is working with a diverse group of Bend residents to make the city's streets safer for everyone, regardless of how they're getting around. Called "Bend Bikes", the grassroots effort will help the City of Bend identify needed bike and pedestrian projects that will give residents and visitors more healthy transportation choices, improve safety on downtown streets, and reduce greenhouse gas pollution. The effort was highlighted recently by a local TV station.

See our 2013 Legislature Page

Two cyclists in downtown Bend by Will Vanlue

Updates from Salem: Gravel Mines, Infrastructure, and Smarter Job Creation

1000 Friends has been active this session in Salem, supporting positive changes to land use planning law and practice to provide better protections for farmland, require smarter infrastructure investments, and support better options for affordable housing. Remember to stay in touch all session long on our Legislature page at friends.org/Legislature. There you'll find our legislative priorities and updates about bills both good and bad as they move through the Capitol.

See our 2013 Legislature Page

Inside the Capitol by Travel Salem

Support Our Work

Tom McCall famously said that "Heroes aren't giant statues...They're people who stand up and say, 'This is my community, and it's my responsibility to make it better.'"

When you support 1000 Friends of Oregon, you are taking that vital step. 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

Rogue Valley Food Summit
Friday, March 8, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
New Beginnings Church, 270 W Evans Crk Rd
Rogue River, OR

We have partnered with groups interested in local food and agriculture in Southern Oregon to organize this exciting day full of opportunities to engage in progress in the region's food systems. Hear from speakers on food access, community gardening, marketing, and more, and connect with others interested in furthering a local food economy. Southern Oregon Advocate Greg Holmes will be on a panel. Learn more and register here.

Tom McCall's 100th Birthday Party
Saturday, March 23, 8 PM
Jack London Bar
401 SW Alder St., Portland
Cost: $5 at door

Our friends at Know Your City (formerly known as Dill Pickle Club) have arranged a centennial birthday bash for our co-founder Tom McCall with Kickass Oregon History and Nestucca Spit Press. The party will feature tributes, drinks, and cake, as well as the release of a historical comic book about McCall and the famous Oregon Vortex. Learn more about the event here.

McCall Society Speaker Series: Author Katherine Cole in Salem
Thursday evening, May 9
Salem (venue TBA)
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. Learn more 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 here.


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

Regional Updates

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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.

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March 5th
Have you seen this? Two adjacent houses in Florida, seven miles apart. A big part of what we do is ensure that this never happens in Oregon--that communities are connected and the connections serve everyone.

February 26th
As we get ready to celebrate his legacy this Friday, we're enjoying this collection of great quotes by Governor Tom McCall from Portland Monthly Magazine.

February 25th
Oregon's best farmland is no place for gravel mines. 1000 Friends supports two bills that would limit aggregate mining's impacts on Oregon's highest-quality soils. The bills will be heard tomorrow before the House Land Use Committee. Learn more:www.friends.org/HB2201. And help get the word out--please like or share this graphic!

February 21st
We're working with partners like Oregon Environmental Council to support Clean Fuels in Oregon. We're also working to reduce the need for all those car trips in the first place. Learn more at cleanfuelsnow.com.

February 18th
Pedestrian fatalities cost the country about three times as much as congestion, according to the AAA. This provocative essay asks where the outrage is. We have the tools to improve safety on our streets--from smarter land use to better design. Is your community doing all it can? http://www.pps.org/blog/ walking-is-not-a-crime-questioning-the-accident-axiom/

February 15th
Enjoyed these winning "Why I Love Oregon" essays from Salem-area middle schoolers. OK, none of them mentioned land use planning specifically. But it's easy to see the things it has done for Oregon in their words: farms, forests, and a spirit of work and risk-taking that, according to the winning essay, may just come from the rain.

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March 5th
.@OPB to release a new docu on our co-founder, Gov Tom McCall, as we approach his 100th bday. Preview screening 3/12 ow.ly/ioY1h

March 5th
It also means smart land use! RT @RayLaHood: Safe lane for #bicycles means more than painting stripe in road #NBS13 1.usa.gov/14pbGf3

March 2nd
RT @Baker4887: @1000oregon, How has Oregon Senate Bill 100 succeeding for 40 years? Farmers! #ThankaFarmer #LandUse #McCallGala

March 1st
Speaking of great speeches, here's an inspiring compilation of Tom McCall quotes and speeches in rare video form: ow.ly/ibmnQ

February 27th
Eugene+Corvallis+Wilsonville+Keizer=~45,000 acres. That's how much Willamette Valley farmland could be lost to gravel mining by 2050. #orleg

The #orleg House Land Use Cmte heard testimony yesterday on bills to curb this mining destruction, HB 2201/2202.ow.ly/i6wGy

February 22nd
Beautiful. What a year 1913 was for Oregon. MT @oregondot: Video celebrates legacy of bridge builder Conde McCullough youtu.be/Vm75adYnyts

February 22nd
Great photo from our UGB tour yesterday. RT @ambrown: If you didn't know better, you wouldn't know this is WashCo: pic.twitter.com/tOoAYt3Rw5

February 21st
Proud to be working for new bike/ped safety downtown #inBend. Local TV coverage featuring our Central OR Advocate: ow.ly/hVvcI

February 19th
Corvallis group looks at innovative solutions to managing neighborhood parking and achieving the right balance. ow.ly/hRdCx

February 13th
Last night in the #SOTU, Pres Obama endorsed #FixItFirst approach to infrastructure. @T4America provides great context: ow.ly/hGAHW

February 11th
We're a member of the OR Conservation Network. Pleased to share its 2013 Priorities for a Healthy Oregon. More at ow.ly/hAZOq

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Photo credits:
Header: Strawberry Mountains in March by Roadside Pictures. Creative Commons.
Gala program: Hallie Will.
LULI UGB Tour: Mark Gamba. Used with permission.
Coast: Peter Roome. Creative Commons.
Bikers in Bend by Will Vanlue. Creative Commons.
Capitol Interior: Travel Salem. Creative Commons.