Heard of staged gas cans and chainsaws to cut telephone poles
As conspiracy theories swirl around about the causes of fires in Oregon, they are quickly countered by media and government organizations denying that Antifa has anything to do with causing the fires. Though proving a negative is hard to do, the word keeps going out that "there is nothing to see here -- move on."
During an emergency meeting of the Clackamas County Commission, commissioners discussed adding a curfew to their emergency ordinance and sought testimony from law enforcement. Since the Sheriff was not available, Captain Jeff Smith provided testimony, which sparked a discussion of whether to call in the National Guard.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Captain Jeff Smith: There are lots of confirmed reports of looting, mostly in the outlying areas, Estacada, Colton, Mollala, Sandy mostly in the outlying areas, lots of looting has been taking place burglaries and whatnot. There's reports of -- and this is not specific to an area -- but all over the county both outlying and even closer to the town, of people of extremist groups staging gas cans for later destruction and equally concerning is there are reports of people from other extremist groups -- it's not confirmed Antifa, but suspected Antifa -- this is more specific to the Estacada area -- reports and sightings of people armed with chainsaws and the goal was to fall telephone poles in hopes of starting further fires.
Commissioner Sonya Fischer: I'm not sure I understand when you say staging gas cans? Could you give a little more information about that?
Captain Smith: Specifically, staging full gas cans in sort of concealed type areas to later be used by themselves or by other members of their groups to initiate the starting of further fires.
Commission Chair Jim Bernard: This is some media thing. It hasn't been confirmed.
Captain Smith: No, that part has not. But the Antifa part, there have been reliable sightings and reports, not confirmed, but it's pretty specific, being armed with chainsaws, falling telephone polls in the hopes of starting further fires, and the looting and burglary in the outlying areas all over Clackamas County is definitely confirmed.
Commissioner Fischer: If this is happening, is there coordination with any other state or federal law enforcement in regards to these acts to increase resources? Is that necessary?
Captain Smith: I can't confirm any coordination with any federal law enforcement sources because I think most of them have been deployed in downtown Portland, but I can tell you that here in our Sheriff's [Emergency Operations Center] we have a member of the State Police in our section with us.
Commissioner Paul Savas: After hearing that from Captain Smith, I'm inclined [Chair] Jim [Bernard], we've got to make an appeal to the Governor to call in the National Guard. That's critical information. That's very unsettling. There's not enough law enforcement resources in the Sheriffs department to handle all that. I'm fine with the countywide curfew now, more than I was 15 minutes ago. We can't allow a deliberate attack on property and people's lives and just somehow leave the National Guard out there sitting at home waiting for the call.
Chair Bernard: I'd be happy to call the Governor.
Commissioner Fischer: Can I just ask a clarifying question, because I want to make sure that we aren't over-exaggerating the situation. I think law enforcement has the the best handle on when we would need to call in reinforcements or call in the National Guard, so could you give us some insight on that?
Captain Smith: I'm here speaking on behalf of the Sheriff, but IO would not want to decide on his behalf, so I'd prefer that he weigh in on that call to the Governor specifically. I'd hate to make that call on his behalf.
Commissioner Fischer: So I would suggest that we hold off on that call to the Governor. We want to make sure it's a real ask, if we're going to ask it and we make sure we have confirmation from the Sheriff that we need that. Or maybe we just say that we are concerned and we want you to know and that we want the National Guard on standby if necessary.
Commissioner Martha Schrader: So, I guess my question is how do we confirm that this is Antifa? You said that you've got it from reliable sources. You haven't captured anybody. What's a real solid way to confirm this, because I think that's the tipping point. And right now, we've been thinking they're just rumors, but now we're hearing maybe not.
Captain Smith: I know this came from a Sergeant on the street, but I don't know who his informants are at this time.
Commissioner Schrader: OK, but we'll really have to know that for sure, because we don't want to have another layer of panic out there.
Commissioner Fischer: The issue and I'm tied in -- I'm sure we all are -- with our connections in the outlying areas of Clackamas County but it's not only "is this Antifa?" but it's people's perception that there's a threat, so we have very strong members of our community that believe in protection of life, property and we could have some unrest, which we need to be measuring the pulse of that in our community, so it's beyond a specific group.
This is a video of the transcribed portion of the meeting. The first speaker is Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Captain Jeff Smith.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has issued an Order of Immediate License Suspension to the licensee of Rogue Jet Boat Adventures in Jackson County for violating public health social distancing and face covering requirements. The business, which holds Limited On-Premises and Off-Premises sales licenses is NOT allowed to sell or serve alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption or sell any alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption.
On September 4, 2020, at the request of the Jackson County Sheriff’s marine patrol, the OLCC responded to and monitored an organized event being held in Central Point on property adjacent to the Rogue River. The location being used for the event was under the control of Rogue Jet Boat Adventures, but the event itself was organized by a third party, Jefferson State Outfitters.
The event organizers told the OLCC they capped attendance at the event, by limiting sales to 200 tickets, but promoted on social media that more people could show up to attend. OLCC compliance staff observed that there were more than 200 people in attendance, and that they were not wearing face coverings or social distancing. Alcohol servers, under the control of Rogue Jet Boat Adventures, also were not wearing face coverings or maintaining social distancing requirements.
The licensee was cited for not following OHA’s Statewide Mask, Face Shield and Face Covering Guidance.
This is the third immediate suspension the OLCC has issued to alcohol licensees for failure to comply with face covering or social distancing requirements. In August, 2020 the OLCC issued immediate suspensions to Jammin’ Salmon in Rogue River, and the Coos Bay Speedway. Those two immediate suspensions remain in effect.
At its regular monthly meeting on September 11, 2020, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved permanent rules allowing licensed recreational marijuana retailers to continue curbside delivery transactions, and increased the marijuana flower purchase amount for OMMP cardholders and caregivers. The Commission also approved ten marijuana violation stipulated settlement agreements.
Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic started, the OLCC approved temporary rules designed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The change encouraged social distancing by allowing licensed marijuana retailers to conduct limited transactions outside but close to their physical location. Under the permanent rule licensed retailers can continue to take orders and deliver product to a person outside the store and within 150 feet of the retailer’s licensed premises.
The Commission believes this has proven to be an effective approach to limiting interactions and exposure to COVID. Although this rule is being made permanent due to the pandemic, commission staff will revisit this rule at a later date.
Commissioners also approved continuing the daily purchase limits for OMMP cardholders and caregivers that were approved in temporary rule on March 22, 2020. OMMP cardholders and caregivers will continue to be able to purchase up to 24 ounces per day and no more than 32 ounces per month.
The permanent rules take effect September 18, 2020.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that after more than 15 years since Congress passed the Real ID Act, all 50 states are now in full compliance issuing these cards, with most states becoming compliant in the last four years. To date, the 50 states have issued more than 105 million Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards, representing 38 percent of all driver’s licenses and identification card holders.
Postponed to October 1, 2021, full enforcement of Real ID will take effect at all federally regulated airports, federal facilities, and nuclear power plants. Passed by Congress in 2005 following a 9/11 Commission recommendation, the Real ID Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies, like the Transportation Security Administration, from accepting licenses and identification cards for official purposes from states that do not meet the standards.
Getting a Real ID requires in-person with identification documents, Social Security number, proof of address, plus an additional $30 Real ID fee. If you’re driver’s license is coming up for renewal, you may be required to go in-person to renew. However, since Governor Brown issued an emergency over COVID-19, the Oregon DMV has operated by appointment only. A driver’s license renewal in April was given an October appointment. That’s a five month wait.
The Department of Transportation has partnered with Oregon law enforcement agencies to exercise discretion in their enforcement of driver licenses, vehicle registrations and trip permits that expire during the COVID-19 emergency. On July 7, Governor Kate Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1601, which creates a moratorium on citations for certain DMV-related activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent reduction of DMV services effective between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
But, if you only need identification to travel, a Passport or Passport Card might be a better option. Airport security changes October 1, 2021, will require TSA travelers by air to present a Real ID compliant form of identification to pass airport security. A good option is a Passport card. It’s cheaper than a full passport book ($65 vs. $145 - and if you already have a passport, the card is only $30). You can apply at one of the over 75 acceptance centers in Oregon, the requirements are similar to that of an Oregon Real ID (proof of citizenship – like a birth certificate, passport photo, photocopy of your driver license), and it only takes about four to six weeks to receive.
If you need to renew your Oregon driver’s license or vehicle registration that takes an office visit, there are no alternatives but to get on the list for an appointment. The question lurks, how fast will they catch up after Oregon opens.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has released the following statement:
On the evening of Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was made aware of "inappropriate statements" made by one of our Patrol deputies while he was on-duty and in uniform.
Clackamas County is currently in a state of emergency due to several wildfires in our county. It appears the deputy was aware he made these comments while on video. At the time of the comments, the deputy was tasked with ensuring that residents knew of the wildfire hazards while he was patrolling the area.
This deputy has been placed on administrative leave while our Professional Standards Unit investigates this potential violation of policy.
The video is being shared extensively and can be seen here
On September 11 at around 10:00 p.m., male adults in custody (AICs) at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution
(DRCI) left their housing units to protest emergency conditions put in place by the Oregon Department of
Corrections (DOC) in response to state wildfires. Approximately 200 male AICs refused to follow direction
and return to their housing units from the yard. All but 12 AICs returned to their housing units by 2:00 a.m.
on September 12. DOC’s Crisis Negotiation Team was deployed, and no force was used to clear the yard.
The remaining 12 AICs were placed in special housing and transferred to another institution. No employee
or AICs required medical treatment.
There are two facilities on-site at DRCI – one minimum security and one medium security. As of September
10, the DRCI AICs were being housed in the medium facility and needed to be transferred to the minimum
facility to accommodate the multi-custody level evacuees from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF).
Before this move, the minimum facility was vacant.
At this time, the men do not have access to traditional phones because the minimum facility had not been
in use since 2016 and phones could not be set up with such short notice. DOC employees had been working
to provide the men in the minimum facility with phone calls via employee work phones. DRCI is
collaborating with our AIC telephone provider to install ten new AIC phones in this facility. Because the
CCCF AICs were moved into the active facility, they have access to phones, video calls, and tablets.
The protesting AICs demanded changes to emergency operations, citing the poor air quality from wildfires,
temporary lack of access to phones, and other disruptions caused by the CCCF evacuation. DRCI employees
will continue to communicate with AICs as the state battles historic wildfires across Oregon. An ongoing
investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the incident.
Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (DRCI) is located four miles east of Madras in central Oregon. DRCI is a
multi-custody prison that currently houses 947 minimum-custody incarcerated adults. DRCI provides a
range of correctional programs and services including education and trades programs, mental health
treatment, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work crews. Construction began in October
2005 with the first minimum-security adults in custody (AICs) arriving in September 2007. DRCI is the
largest minimum-custody facility in the state and Oregon’s fourteenth prison.
Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board meets September 17
What: A regular public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board.
When: Sept. 17, 1-4 p.m.
Where: The meeting will be held via free conference line at 971-673-8888, access code 50989562.
Agenda: After the public comment period, topics will include updates on Consumer and Family services; Peer Advisory Council; communication with families regarding IDT meetings; OSH data, diversity initiatives, and how the hospital meets the needs of people who are transgendered.
Details: The Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board advises the superintendent, Oregon Health Authority director and legislators on issues related to the safety, security and care of patients. Members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.
For more information, see the board’s website here
Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services.
Fire Marshal Jim Walker has been placed on paid administrative leave.
At this time, it is unclear why.
Oregon State Police Superintendent Appoints Mariana Ruiz-Temple as acting Oregon State Fire Marshal
Superintendent Hampton says “Mariana is assuming this position as Oregon is in an unprecedented crisis which demands an urgent response. This response and the circumstances necessitated a leadership change. I have the absolute confidence in Mariana to lead OSFM operations through this critical time. She it tested, trusted and respected – having the rare combination of technical aptitude in field operations and administration.”
Candidate for House District 51 Jane Hays and Don Crawford are challenging incumbent Janelle Bynum, her 3rd run to represent a portion of Multnomah County.
Three major issues to Oregon voters are the economy, safety and education. Bynum voted to increase taxes and fees including cap and trade, corporate gross receipts tax, and reduce the kicker. She voted to prohibit hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas exploration and production. In the 2020 Special Session she voted for a 6% tax on cell phones. Hays and Crawford both indicate they would vote no on these issues but they differ on tolling. Hays would not vote to toll, but Crawford would support tolls “devoted to expanding lanes and capacity.” They also differ in that Crawford supports a sales tax that would replace the personal income tax, and Hays does not.
Bynum helped sponsor the bill that nullified Measure 88 passed by voters allowing undocumented driver’s license and she helped sponsor a bill that allows not requiring proof of citizenship to obtain a driver’s license. Voted to require employers to notify employees of ICE investigations, and sponsored a bill to prevent courts from asking immigration status and notify ICE. Hays and Crawford would vote to support ICE activities, but differ on their support for maintaining Measure 88. Hays would support voters, and Crawford would not.
In the area of education, Bynum voted to include contributions in all curricula from every minority group such as immigrants, LGBTQ, disabled and women. She voted to require mandated vaccination with no exceptions and ban those from schools that don’t comply. Bynum sponsored allowing a child to be taken into protective custody without a court order. Hays and Crawford agree in opposition to curriculum contributions, but Crawford would support vaccinations “with a carve out for private and charter schools.” Hays does not support mandated vaccinations.
Estacada was told to turn off their sprinkler systems and evacuate by the County Emergency Operations Center “because the fire has become too difficult to control and therefore too dangerous to fight. They pulled all firefighters off the fire-lines and out of Estacada. At this point there will be no firefighters protecting the City.”
Residents are furious that the Super Tanker plane sets idle waiting for the Governor’s order. They see this as a repeat of the Columbia River Gorge fire three years ago when Governor Brown refused to send up the Super Tanker claiming it cost too much money.
Earlier this year six of the state’s largest CH-47 Chinook military helicopters operated by the Oregon National Guard that could have helped fight the wildfires were sent to Afghanistan. Seven other military aircraft are assisting in search and rescue and four are carrying water.
In April, Governor Brown sent 140 ventilators to New York only to turn around later and accuse President Trump for not sending Oregon ventilators.
This generosity does not relay security for Oregonians that should be government’s priority. The lack of control from riots and now the lack of providing the assets to drive back fires leaves Oregonians shaking their heads. Can we find our way back to prosperity and recovery under this administration?
Several of the recent fires are suspected to be arson and many of our readers may be wondering what steps can legally be taken to prevent an arson. This section of Oregon Law is reprinted for your convenience.
ORS 161.225 Use of physical force in defense of premises. (1) A person in lawful possession or control of premises is justified in using physical force upon another person when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes it necessary to prevent or terminate what the person reasonably believes to be the commission or attempted commission of a criminal trespass by the other person in or upon the premises.
(2) A person may use deadly physical force under the circumstances set forth in subsection (1) of this section only:
(a) In defense of a person as provided in ORS 161.219; or
(b) When the person reasonably believes it necessary to prevent the commission of arson or a felony by force and violence by the trespasser.
(3) As used in subsection (1) and subsection (2)(a) of this section, “premises” includes any building as defined in ORS 164.205 and any real property. As used in subsection (2)(b) of this section, “premises” includes any building.
This is not considered to be legal advice. Emphasis is ours.
Claim is that Cribbins used official position to campaign
The Republican Coos County Chair has called out Melissa Cribbins and Cal Mukumoto for election violation, using government offices to push campaign.
Coos Bay, OR. - Republican Coos County Chair, Rod Schilling, calls out Coos County Commissioner and Democrat candidate in Senate District 5, Melissa Cribbins, for violating ORS 244.040, which prohibits the use of public office to further her political campaign.
In the middle of catastrophic wildfire sweeping the state and up and down the coast, Cribbins, along with other government officials and Democrat candidate, Cal Mukumoto, cross-promoted a town hall with other government officials, including Senator Arnie Roblan. The town hall was cross promoted on social media accounts from both official and political accounts.
“Is advancing a political agenda that important to Melissa and Cal that they are using a devastating tragedy to gain influence?” Schilling asked. “Now is the time to focus on working together and building up the communities facing destruction. Instead, it’s plainly clear that Democrats are prioritizing their own political agenda over suffering Oregonians.”
It would be incumbent upon the people of Coos County to look further into what their government officials are doing in their official capacity. Residents of Coos County need clear and concise information during emergencies, not political theater.
“In the meantime, we are the watchdogs to hold Democrats accountable for Oregonians and are pursuing a complaint with the Secretary of State.” Schilling ended.