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Dear friend,

It's official: On April 29, 2015 at 1 pm, Governor Kate Brown signed SB 333 into law. This means March 22 is now Tom McCall Day in Oregon! At 1000 Friends, we remember former Gov. Tom McCall as our influential founder and an ardent advocate for Oregon's innovative land use planning system, but it's important to note that he was also a supporter of the Bottle Bill, the Beach Bill, and many other initiatives that reflected a deep love for our great state. We're incredibly proud to celebrate his legacy each year.

While Gov. Tom McCall is often the face of land use, there are many other everyday heroes who fought (and fight) to protect the system's integrity. One of those people was the late Hector Macpherson Jr., who passionately defended farmland protection. In this month's Oregon Stories, 1000 Friends executive director Jason Miner pays tribute to Hector and all that he accomplished. We'll also give an update about the successes we've had in the legislature and outline the work we have ahead of us. Local developer and advocate Eli Spevak promotes small living spaces in our Leadership Spotlight, and we celebrate an affiliate group that organized effectively to win support for inclusionary zoning in the Hood River Valley. Lastly, two stories highlight the movement to find solutions to the housing affordability crisis and what one coalition is doing about it. We hope you enjoy our April newsletter and thank you for generously supporting 1000 Friends.


Thank you for your passion,
The 1000 Friends of Oregon Team

P.S. Don't forget about our McCall Speaker Series event in Astoria on May 6! For more details and to RSVP, check out our events page.

A Tribute to Hector Macpherson Jr.

Oregon's land use system lost one of its most influential founders when Hector passed away on March 21, 2015. He was dedicated to protecting farmland, and his influence will not soon be forgotten. We remember his legacy and share a moving letter from a member of the farming community in this post
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2015 Legislative Priorities Update

We're halfway through the 2015 Legislative Session, but there's still plenty to do. Many of the bills that were detrimental to the land use system have died, and many of our top priorities are (thankfully) moving forward. Learn more about what's going on in this blog post.

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Leadership Spotlight:
Developer and Advocate Eli Spevak

In 2015, we're highlighting 12 land use leaders. If you haven't seen our last post about B-Line, read it here. This month, we're talking with Eli Spevak, a developer and housing advocate who wants to build affordable communities while being conscious of neighborhood aesthetics. Read more about his work here.

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HRVRC Helps Pass HB 2564

It takes many dedicated organizations working together to pass the bill to repeal the ban on inclusionary zoning. The Hood River Valley Residents' Committee is one group that successfully organized to get the Hood River City Council to back this bill in their community. Here's how this 1000 Friends affiliate encouraged local elected officials to support
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Tackling the Housing Affordability Crisis

As housing and rental prices continue to rise in Oregon, many organizations have come together to find solutions to the affordability crisis. One of those groups is the Welcome Home Coalition, which was created to build a movement around finding dedicated funding and supporting policies that limit the number of people affected by the crisis. Advocates have also organized to encourage the legislature to respond to the growing need for housing. Read about Housing Opportunity Day and find out how you can help ensure everyone has a place to call home.

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Oregon Stories is 1000 Friends' monthly e-newsletter, with updates on our work and important happenings across Oregon and the nation.



Photo credits
Header: 1000 Friends photo archives
Land Use Trail: Oswald West by Sam Beebe, Creative Commons, 2.0
Tribute: Hector Macpherson Jr.'s personal photo collection
Legislature: 1000 Friends photo archives
Leadership Spotlight: 1000 Friends photo archives
Hood River: Flickr McD22
Housing: Sam Diaz