"Everyone who is eligible for a booster will get one”
Governor Kate Brown provided an update on the current state of COVID-19 and the state's plan for delivering booster shots in a press conference, joined by Oregon Health Authority Public Health Director Rachael Banks, Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Tom Jeanne, and Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill.
"The good news is that, while we still have a long way to go, it appears things are slowly getting better," said Governor Brown. "And every day there is renewed hope as we see more people getting vaccinated, progress on vaccines for our 5-11 year-olds, and now, the beginning of boosters for some of our most vulnerable.
"Everyone who is eligible for a booster will get one. For those who have received the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine, I ask for your patience as we wait for further data and guidance from the federal government. For those who received the Pfizer vaccine but are not yet eligible for a booster, please know that you are still well protected from COVID-19. Boosters offer an extra layer of protection -- and that is important for individuals at higher risk of exposure or illness -- but you are still fully vaccinated with the two doses."
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared their recommendations for the first large group of Americans who are eligible for booster shots. The Western States Scientific Safety Workgroup followed with their recommendations, which align with the federal guidance, and which Oregon will be following.
These groups of Oregonians who received the Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months ago are now eligible and recommended to receive a booster shot:
- People 65 and older,
- People living in long-term care facilities, and
- People 50 and older with underlying medical conditions.
Additionally, the following group of Oregonians ages 18-64 who received the Pfizer vaccine may receive a booster after 6 months:
- People with underlying medical conditions, and
- People who are at a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to occupational or institutional setting. This includes Oregonians like health care workers, teachers and grocery workers.
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Ready to take on the socialist agenda of high crime and inflation
On the heels of the passage of the new Oregon congressional maps, Oregon Republican Congressional Candidate, Lori Chavez-DeRemer, released the following statement:
"Last night, Oregon became the first state in the country to enact new congressional maps that will determine our political representation in Washington D.C. over the next decade. When announced two months ago that I would be running in the5s congressional district, there was uncertainty where the district lines would be drawn but that changed yesterday when the redistricting process was finalized.
"Barring any legal outcomes from the courts, I reaffirm my commitment to running in Oregon's 5 congressional district that stretches from the suburbs of Happy Valley, down to rural Clackamas and Marion Counties, and finally to parts of Central Oregon.
"In just ten weeks, we have built a strong grassroots movement and campaign organization ready to take on the Biden/Pelosi socialist agenda of high crime and inflation. I look forward to traveling up and down this new 5 congressional district over the next year and representing these communities as Oregon's next Congresswoman.
The new 5th Congressional District -- which some are calling "gerrymandered" -- stretches from the heart of Portland all the way to Bend. In an earlier statement, Chavez-DeRemer said, “Speaker Kotek has politicized the redistricting process, reneging on her agreement with Leader Drazan for a balanced and fair approach to better serve Oregon. The proposed map is blatantly gerrymandered and denies representation of our diverse communities. The Speaker’s actions are plainly undemocratic.”
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For completing their work to pass redistricting
Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan today congratulated the Oregon Legislature for completing their work to pass redistricting for Oregon.
“Congratulations to the Oregon Legislature for completing their Constitutional responsibility of redistricting of Oregon’s Congressional and Legislative districts.,” said Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan. “With leadership and persistence, they came together and got this done for the people of Oregon.”
Secretary Fagan also noted that her office was prepared to begin redistricting. "I'm extremely proud of the work my team did to prepare, in case the Legislature missed today’s deadline," said Secretary Fagan. “We’ve been working for months, reaching out to hundreds of community and civic organizations, culturally-based groups and others to lay the groundwork for a transparent public process. We also did a tremendous amount of work to set up our People’s Commission, infrastructure for public hearings and testimony, and an Oregonian-centered redistricting process.”
“I’m especially proud of the work we did to prepare the People’s Commission that would have reflected our growing population: Black, Indigenous, Latinx, people of color, rural, suburban, urban -- all those who call our beloved Oregon home. I want to thank the Oregonians from every corner of our state for stepping up to serve their neighbors. We will continue to engage these civic-minded Oregonians in the years to come."
760: Oregonians applied to be on the People’s Commission
145: People’s Commission applications from District 1
151: People’s Commission applications from District 2
125: People’s Commission applications from District 3
142: People’s Commission applications from District 4
188: People’s Commission applications from District 5
265: Organizations who received outreach from Kathy Wai, Redistricting Administrator
4: Languages other than English for which outreach materials were translated: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian
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The mandate violates the employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements
Free Oregon, Inc.
has filed a lawsuit
on behalf of several plaintiffs against the State of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority for a temporary stay on the state’s vaccine mandate on health workers, first responders, teachers and government employees. The suit also names Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen.
Free Oregon is demanding that the State follow federal law and Oregon law and make the vaccine treatment for COVID-19 optional. According to Free Oregon, the vaccine mandate described in Rule OAR 333-019-1010
is a false choice to hundreds of thousands of Oregonians to either undergo an experimental medical procedure or lose their jobs, livelihoods and, in some cases, retirement benefits. The Oregon Attorney General argues this is not a mandate.
According to Free Oregon, the mandate violates the employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements of thousands of Oregonians that work at hospitals and government agencies, including public school districts and that obtaining a vaccine, mRNA treatment or other injection of unknown foreign objects into one’s body is a permanent treatment that will last beyond the expiration of this administrative rule. Under ORS 431.180
every Oregonian has the right to select their own medical provider and treatment to fight against the Covid-19 virus if infected.
None of our Plaintiffs have been given the option by their employers to decline vaccination. Many of them have been denied exemptions that violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and their only recourse is legal remedy.
Molly Valdez is one example. She is an 18-year-old medical receptionist at Oregon Eye Specialists. Her employer required her to get vaccinated. But Molly already had Covid-19 and had natural antibodies. Her doctor specifically told her that she should not get the vaccination because it would negatively affect her. She turned in her medical exemption and it was promptly denied. She was then forced to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to maintain employment. Soon after getting the vaccine, she felt tingling in her left foot and leg. Additionally, she had paralysis on the left side of her face. She promptly went to the emergency room, where she was told she had a migraine. The next morning the right side of her face and body started to tingle. While the symptoms in her face have subsided, the issues involving her body have not. She was required to purchase a cane so she can walk. This once perfectly healthy, vibrant 18-year-old has apparently suffered permanent nerve damage and now requires a walker to move.
Free Oregon and its Plaintiffs represent thousands of nurses, healthcare workers, teachers, firefighters, paramedics, police officers, state executive branch employees, correctional institution members and more. If this mandate is not terminated, it is our assessment that hundreds of thousands of Oregonians will have their rights violated, experience the loss of their employment and have their lives further devastated. If hospitals, doctors offices and emergency responders have a drastic reduction in workforce between October 1 and October 18, the innocent public will suffer the avoidable consequences.
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“This House cannot function”
In a gesture of frustration, House Republican Leader Christine Drazan (R-Canby) made a motion to censure Representative Tina Kotek (D-Portland) for disorderly behavior on the House Floor related to Representative Kotek’s decision to break her word to fellow lawmakers in order to force partisan redistricting maps through the legislative body.
Leader Drazan included the following reasons for the motion during her floor remarks:
“With the events of this past week when she chose to cheat Oregonians and breach an agreement, Tina Kotek has exhibited disorderly conduct and must be censured by this body.
I would assert that those with power demand our highest standards and greatest commitment to accountability.
The inability of the Speaker of the House to keep her word, or conduct her affairs in the execution of her duties at the highest ethical standards affects our ability as a body to function.
If we cannot trust Tina Kotek’s word, if we cannot trust that what she says is true in her capacity as Speaker of the House, if she is allowed to reap the benefits of an agreement without the obligations it imposes, this House cannot function. She has impacted the ability of this body to operate as a fair law-making body.
Today I willingly face political reprisals and urge this body to exercise the power given to us to hold our members accountable for their conduct when it has grave and far reaching impacts.
We cannot silence the voices of the minority when they are inconvenient to the majority.”
The motion failed with all present House Democrats voting to defend Representative Kotek’s decision to break her promise to Republicans and Oregonians in order to pass gerrymandered redistricting maps.
Tina Kotek is essentially a lame duck, having to give up her House seat and Speakership in order to run for Governor. It is unknown if this incident will impact Republicans willingness to make deals with Democrats and future Democratic leaders.
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“Political gerrymandering in Oregon is illegal”
As a hopeful Secretary of State Shemia Fagan most certainly noted, the Oregon House passed what has been touted as highly-partisan redistricting maps
with the minimum 31 votes needed to pass and just hours before the court-imposed deadline. House Republican Leader Christine Drazan (R-Canby) blasted the plan, which passed over her "no" vote. “These partisan maps are a wake-up call for Oregonians. They know Democrats had to cheat to get these maps across the floor.
The passage marks a black mark for Oregon House Speaker -- and now gubernatorial candidate -- Tina Kotek, who was all too happy to get concessions from Republicans to provide quorum and stop requiring bills to be read in their entirety only to renege on he promise to give Republicans equal representation on the redistricting committee.
Drazan continued, "Democrats in Oregon have passed rigged political maps that will guarantee super-sized majorities in the legislature and immediate control of more than 80 percent of Oregon’s congressional seats. They should be ashamed that they have gerrymandered Oregonians out of their shot at fair elections for the next decade.
"This is by no means over. The illegal congressional map adopted today, clearly drawn for partisan benefit, will not survive legal challenge. Political gerrymandering in Oregon is illegal and drawing congressional lines to ensure 5 out of 6 seats for your party long-term is gerrymandering.
Representative E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls) said, "I have no doubt that these maps could have been even worse if they went to the Secretary of State. That’s why this process has failed the people."
After the vote, the bill had to return to the Oregon Senate where the Senate concurred in House amendments which, according to Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod (R-Lyons) "seek to cement Democrat dominance in Oregon for the next decade."
The Senate vote was 18-6, with all Republicans voting no. The plan now goes to the Governor for her signature.
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Believes Covid vaccines should be required for kids to go to school
Via a video posted on YouTube, Democrat Tobias Read has announced
that he will be running for the position of Oregon's next Governor in the 2022 election.
He is the second high-profile Oregon Democrat to do so, alongside Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland). Tobais Read is the current Treasurer of the State of Oregon. He was elected to that position in 2016, following 5 years of being in the House Legislature.
In the announcement video, Read expresses his worries over not being allowed to inject his children with COVID-19 vaccine and tells viewers that he would like to implement even more vaccine mandates on employees and customers of businesses in Oregon if he is elected.
"I'm tired of adults who think their version of freedom allows them to endanger children. No one has the right to put our kids and thousands of others at risk." To date, only 504 children 19 and younger have been hospitalized because of COVID-19, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Read says. "COVID-19 vaccines should be required for all children to go to school"
He then explains how, as Oregon State Treasurer, he has been responsible for growing Oregon's economy. This may seem to be a questionable accomplishment to many observers, as many businesses in the state have suffered recently, and the sector that has seen the most growth is in government workers. Economic critics don't consider this to be the wisest way to grow a state's economy.
Read claims in the video that he helped to implement full day kindergarten for Oregon children, and that he wants universal Pre-K education administered to Oregon children. He says he would like to see the Oregon school year extended, a move that many parents in Oregon might find disruptive and who simply want to see the schools function normally again, and with some accountability.
Is the promise of extending the school year just an indication that he would like to see unionized teachers get paid more to do less?
"We have to stop lurching from one crisis to the next, and invest in our future." says Read. Governmental critics would point out that invest means to spend the people's money. He intends to "fight climate change" with that public money. But he claims this would only be after getting the Covid virus under control, and that regular testing and masking are not enough.
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Officers used less lethal foam-tip projectiles
On Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 4:43p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a Premise Check at a house in the 00 block of Northeast Farragut Street. Neighbors were reporting a suspect trying to open doors and windows of a house while carrying a sword and a knife.
When officers arrived, they saw the suspect inside the house. When the suspect saw officers outside he became combative, charging out the back towards officers on the perimeter while carrying a sword. An officer fired a less lethal foam-tip projectile, which was partially effective and helped the officers maintain a distance. But the suspect continued to threaten the officers with the long blade. He also threw the axe and knives, but officers were able to remain at a safe distance. An officer deployed another foam round, which changed the suspect's demeanor.
Officers were able to utilize de-escalation skills, develop rapport, and convince the suspect to drop his weapons and surrender. Ultimately, he was found in possession of 15 weapons, including a sword, axe, several knives, and a slingshot. He was transported to a hospital for an evaluation.
The residents of the home were not there at the time, and no one was injured.
After he was released from the hospital, Chance T. Haylett, 20, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Burglary in the First Degree, Criminal Trespass in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
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It will also serve as an important link for Portland’s Green Loop
After over a year of construction to build the bridge's foundations, the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Congressman Earl Blumenauer Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge
is ready for the next phase of its installation.
The approximately 450,000 lb. and 400-foot-long bridge will be lifted and rolled into place over Sullivan's Gulch the weekend of Oct. 8. The bridge will then be attached to a temporary tower between the I-84 freeway and railroad tracks. Following the initial bridge placement, crews will connect the bridge to the north landing as part of the final phase of construction. When complete, the Blumenauer Bridge will connect pedestrians and people biking on NE 7th Avenue between two of Portland's fastest growing neighborhoods-- Lloyd and the Central Eastside -- and beyond. In the future it will also serve as an important link for Portland's Green Loop.
Both eastbound and westbound I-84 will be closed around the clock from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11.
People driving should expect delays and use alternate routes or ways of getting around, such as walking, biking, or taking transit.
Here are the closure details:
All I-84 eastbound lanes will close from I-5 to Cesar Chavez Boulevard, including:
- The ramps to I-84 from northbound and southbound I-5.
- The eastbound on-ramp from Northeast Grand Avenue.
- The eastbound on-ramp from Northeast 16th Avenue (will be periodically open).
- The eastbound on-ramp from Cesar Chavez Boulevard will remain open. On-ramps east of Cesar Chavez Boulevard will also remain open.
All I-84 westbound lanes will close at I-205 including:
- The ramps from northbound and southbound I-205.
- The on-ramp from Northeast Halsey Street, near 82nd Avenue.
- The on-ramp from Northeast Glisan Street, near 58th Avenue
- The on-ramp from Northeast Sandy Boulevard.
- The on-ramp from Northeast 33rd Avenue.
- The ramps to northbound and southbound I-5.
For real time traffic information during the closure, go to TripCheck.com. This work is weather dependent and the schedule may change.
When it opens in Summer 2022, the bridge will be seismically resilient and serve as a backup route for emergency vehicles over I-84 in the event of an earthquake. In addition to the bridge, the project includes two new public plazas and landings on the north and south sides of the bridge.
Funding for the project comes from the Oregon Convention Center Urban Renewal Area and from Transportation System Development Charges, which are fees paid by development to mitigate the impact of new users of the transportation system. Other funding sources include a commitment from the nonprofit transportation management association Go Lloyd and the Central Eastside Industrial Council. The estimated construction cost is $13.7 million.
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Left-wing activists find a home in the embattled school district
In what some are regarding as, on the one hand an act of defiance, while on the other hand an affirmation of the activist deep state within district administration, the Canby School District has quietly hired a person who is presumably a replacement for Autumn Foster
who resigned from the district shortly after the Northwest Observer reported on her posting vulgar comments
about former President Donald Trump and actively working to seek the termination of a Newberg School District board member.
It appears that Kristen Wohlers has been hired for the position and the Canby School District has her name listed on the District Staff Directory
, but does not have a picture up, nor a job title listed next to her name.
This story started when the Newberg School District voted to remove political symbols like BLM and “gay pride” flags so that teachers and students could concentrate on school subjects. But the school board voted to remove all political flags and symbols -- although there have been no reports of any “Proud Boy” or “III%” flags ever making an appearance in Newberg schools.
The Newberg School District faced a firestorm of criticism, including that of Autumn Foster who was at the time employed by the nearby Canby School District as the Communication Director. Foster has since resigned.
Apparently, the Canby School District approves of Communications Directors who are gifted in the art of communication via social media, especially supporting left-wing causes, as you can see from the included posts.
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“The Portland Police Bureau play word games with civil liberties.”
In another blow to Portland law enforcement, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Tom Ryan has held that the Portland Police Bureau’s practice of filming and broadcasting protesters via livestreams broadcast internally, such as in the bureau’s situation room and on social media such as Twitter, violates state law that prohibits police from collecting or maintaining information about the political, religious or social views, associations or activities of people who are not suspected of criminal activity. The court also held that PPB’s livestreams violate an agreement between the ACLU of Oregon and the City of Portland/PPB regarding the collection of information about protestors.
In August of 1988, ACLU and PPB reached a civil settlement agreement regarding the latter’s collection of information about
participants in public demonstrations. Among other things, the Agreement obligated PPB to adopt the following formal policy:
“Portland Police Officers shall not collect or maintain information about the political, religious or social views, associations or activities of any individual, group, association, organization, corporation, business or partnership unless such information relates directly to an investigation of criminal activities, and there are reasonable grounds to suspect the subject of the information is or may be involved in criminal conduct.”
In this lawsuit against the City of Portland
, the ACLU of Oregon and Marie Tyvoll (“Protestor No. 1”) were represented by ACLU of Oregon pro bono attorneys Edward Piper, Ursula Lalovic, and Joanna Perini-Abbott of Angeli Law Group LLC, Alan Lloyd Kessler and Rian Peck of Visible Law, and Kelly Simon of the ACLU Foundation of Oregon.
Pro bono attorney Edward Piper of Angelia Law Group LLC stated: “We’re very happy with Judge Ryan’s ruling, which shows that the law can keep pace with evolving technology.”
Pro bono attorney Alan Kessler stated: “The Portland Police Bureau and the Portland City Attorney’s office are accustomed to playing word games with our civil liberties. We are grateful that Judge Ryan saw through the City’s obfuscation and identified the PPB’s practice of filming and live-streaming demonstrators for what it is: an unlawful collection of information about protesters’ free speech activities.”
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Kids Get Penalized When Adults Play Politics
Editor's note: This article appeared as a blog on the Oregonians for Liberty in Education site and is reprinted here, with permission.
After a COVID-19 timeout
this week at the Capitol, the clock is running down on lawmakers, led by Democratic House Speaker Tina Kotek, to agree on new congressional and state legislative district boundaries by Monday.
As a result of the 2020 census, Oregon will gain a sixth seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. “PlanScore, a nonpartisan online tool that analyzes redistricting proposals for partisan bias, suggests the congressional map Democrats are hoping to pass is heavily favored
in their party’s interests.”
As to state legislative boundaries, even before maps are redrawn, Democrats hold supermajorities–more than three-fifths of the seats–in both the House and Senate. The new maps are expected to further widen the disparity.
Why this matters for Oregon schools.
Democrat supermajorities mean education bills do not need bipartisan support. For example, on June 26, the final day of the last regular legislative session, SB 225
passed 23 to 5 in the Senate, and HB 2001
passed 20 to 8. These bills, and others enacted this session, are heavily influenced by left-leaning activists, the teachers union, the Oregon Department of Education, and Governor Brown’s office. It seems parents and students are getting short shrift.
is about educational service district funding. But tucked into the legislation is the creation of a new statewide Task Force on School Safety, with membership appointed in part based on status as “historically, traditionally and currently disadvantaged or underrepresented groups.” The Task Force–which has some useful goals like developing a statewide database of school floor plans for emergency responders–must use an “equity-driven approach,” and will look at standardizing school safety statewide, which could limit local control of school safety decisions including school resource officer staffing.
is also about school staffing and was pushed
by activist groups including Oregon Partners for Education Justice
. It requires a “school district that is making reductions in educator staff positions to retain the teacher with less seniority if the release of the teacher would result in a lesser proportion of teachers with cultural or linguistic expertise.” The underlying goal of the bill, evident in earlier drafts: diversity-ratios and race-based hiring practices.
Scrapping standards shortchanges students.
Other education bills passed during the regular session include HB 2954
, which “allows public charter schools to implement a weighted lottery that favors historically underserved students,” and SB 744
which eliminated the essential skills test–reading and math proficiency–required to obtain an Oregon high school diploma.
epitomizes the problems in Oregon public education today. The bill was promoted by the same group that pushed HB 2001
, Oregon Partners for Education Justice.
In a breathtaking display of irony, the group claimed that "with SB 744
, Oregon can ensure high school diplomas are rigorous, relevant, and truly reflect what every student needs to thrive in the 21st century."
As we wrote
in June: “Oregonians should be wary of activist groups claiming–without evidence–that removing requirements makes diplomas more “rigorous.” Removing requirements is not rigor. Rigor is not equity. And equity is not equality or excellence in education. Whether or not adults agree on vocabulary, the bottom line is that SB 744 uses equity as a euphemism for scrapping standards and shortchanging students.”
ODE prioritizes ideologies over academics.
Over the last year, the Oregon Department of Education, under the direction of Colt Gill, has been busy issuing guidelines about quarantining kids and enforcing mask mandates. And they’ve continued to push ideologies over academics.
In June ODE paid $50K for two Nikole Hannah-Jones webinars, diverting funds from the Every Day Matters program aimed at addressing chronic school absenteeism. At that time we wrote
: “The May 7 webinar characterized America’s past as a 400-year-old system of oppression and America’s present as irredeemable due to the ‘legacy of slavery.’ One panelist insisted that ‘slavery hasn’t ended.’” Now local school districts are baking this New York Times-based worldview into their social studies and new “ethnic studies” curriculums
A more recent example of ODE’s push for divisiveness in the classroom was its September 16 resolution
“encouraging solidarity and support for student identities.” “The Board’s resolution calls on the Newberg School Board specifically to reverse course on its efforts to remove BLM and Pride flags from school settings.” Should we hold our breath for ODE to issue a resolution in support of Christian and pro-life identity symbols? Should we be concerned with ODE’s heavy-handed attack on local school boards and their common sense policies which are the last line of defense against the left-leaning ODE and Oregon legislature?
We’ll need to play the long game.
In their editorial
today, the Oregonian criticized the “Democrats’ anti-democratic power play” and called the redistricting “shamelessly gerrymandered.”
So we won’t have a level playing field, but we’ll still need a game plan.
Parental awareness. School choice and alternative education options. Common-sense local leaders like Newberg School Board chair Dave Brown. New leadership in Salem. Better curriculum for Oregon school children. Kids deserve to win.
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