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Dear Friend,

It’s full on fall in Oregon. We are loving the color changes… and the fact that we've almost made it through this year's election season – whew. 

This month we offer up some endorsements for ballot measures from housing to parks preservation. Don’t forget to get your ballots turned in by November 8!

We also explore the recently released White House toolkit on housing, which shows us how to say “Yes in my backyard!”  

Our 2016/2017 Land Use Leadership Cohort has started with a fascinating first session exploring the history of Metro’s Southwest Corridor communities.

Finally, our Farmers Advisory Committee helped us craft our formal statement on solar energy development on resource lands.

While October has been jam-packed, don’t forget to mark your calendars for exciting upcoming events in November and December with 1000 Friends! 

Thank you for your passion,

The 1000 Friends Team

1000 Friends of Oregon is proud to endorse several ballot measures for the November 8 election. These measures work towards more housing affordability, clean air, water and natural spaces, and transit-focused conversations.

Yes for Affordable Homes (Measure 26-179) helps fund low-income housing.
Protect Our Natural Areas (Measure 26-178) provides renewal funding for Metro’s open and green spaces.
Yes for Clean Water, Healthy Soil (Measure 34-269) supports the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District.
Yes for Tigard (Measure 34-255) allows the Tigard City Council to participate in light-rail planning for their community.

Portland and other cities in Oregon and across the country are facing significant affordable housing affordability challenges.  While the causes of this are many, how we plan our communities plays a significant role in meeting the housing needs of all. The White House recently published its Housing Development Toolkit, and we explore what this means for Oregon and how we pursue effective housing policies.

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2016 LULI Cohort Begins its Work
First stop: a history tour of the Southwest Corridor

WES at Station Sign Tigard by Aaron Hockley_some rights creative commonsOn Saturday, October 8th, 1000 Friends of Oregon's Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) began a 9-month training program with a tour of the Southwest Corridor area in the Portland metro region. Located between southwest Portland and Sherwood along Highway 99W and Interstate 5, the Southwest Corridor area is expected to experience explosive population and employment growth over the next 20 years. At the same time, the area’s transportation network is already at capacity, which leads to a fundamental question which our LULIs will explore between now and June:

Where will the tens of thousands of new residents in the Southwest Corridor live, work, play, and pray, and how will they get where they need to go?

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Solar Panels on Resource Lands
Panels on high-value farmland raises concerns
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Solar development in Oregon has increased in the last several years, particularly on farmland. Large scale solar arrays, including some over 300 acres in size, have been proposed and approved all over the state. Many of these projects are sited on the east side of the state. Recently however, concerns have arisen regarding the increase of solar development on high-value farmland in the Willamette Valley. At the urging of several Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Oregon Board of Agriculture and Department of Agriculture have called on the Department of Land Conservation and Development to reconsider rules that allow solar development on high-value farmland. The Board of Agricultural has asked DLCD to reconsider the cumulative impacts of solar development as well as potentially requiring developers to engage in an alternatives analysis to look at other sites before deciding on high-value farmland for the site of the development. 

Read the 1000 Friends Farmers Advisory Committee's statement on this issue.

This Month We....
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Celebrate the West Coast's largest pumpkin. In the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, winner Cindy Tobeck's 1,910 pound pumpkin from Olympia WA beat more than two dozen others from California, Oregon, and Washington.

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Help 1000 Friends beautify a little piece of Oregon when we do our bi-annual highway clean-up on the Historic Columbia River Highway near Bridal Veil Falls State Park. Sunday November 6, 8am-noon.

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Testify in support for Housing Options

Join Portland for Everyone & partners and prepare to submit your own testimony on the Residential Infill Project before it heads to City Council. Thursday, November 3 & Monday, November 7.

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Housing Land Advocates 2016 Conference

There is a great lineup for this year's Housing Land Advocates conference, at David Evans & Associations on the south waterfront on Friday, November 4th. The theme is Seeking Prosperity: The Role of Housing in Local Economies. Reduced prices for students and community advocates.

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Holiday Happy Hour!

Join 1000 Friends staff and board of directors to celebrate the season with drinks, snacks, and festivities.

December 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at 1000 Friends Portland Offices


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Give!Guide Party at Patagonia

It’s that time of year again, the Give!Guide has included 1000 Friends yet again! We are happy to renew our partnership with the Audubon Society of Portland and the Wild Salmon Center for a fun evening of giving at Patagonia Portland on December 15 from 7-9pm. Food, beer, games, prizes, and 40% off Patagonia gear - all for good causes in our community!



OEC is hiring!

Oregon Environmental Council is seeking communications and development professionals.

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Missing Middle Event Recap

On October 6-7, Portland for Everyone, AARP & ULI brought Daniel Parolek to Portland for a 3-part event series on Missing Middle housing options, accessibility & affordability in our neighborhoods.

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Cover: More Gourds by Bruce Fingerhood, Creative Commons; Endorsements, ballot from JPR; White House, President Obama, AP; LULI, WES at Station Sign Tigard by Aaron Hockley, Creative Commons; Solar, Tanner Creek Energy Installation; This Month We…Giant Pumpkin Winner by Gary Reyes/Bay San Jose Mercury News; Side Panel: 2015 Highway clean-up; Holiday Sunrise over Jamison Square by Rob DeGraff, Creative Commons; Tilikum Crossing by Ian Lass; HLA and OEC Logos.

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