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Oregon State Chamber of Commerce Legislative Update

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

As you are aware, this Chamber along with 65 others are helping to make a difference for business at the legislative level by advocating for against specific Bills that are currently being reviewed and voted on by your State Representatives.

Please find attached the most recent updates from our weekly conference call that took place on March 2nd. Additional updates

will be shared as we receive them.

If there is anything that this Chamber can do to help your business and further the economic vitality of our region, please share your ideas with us. Please keep in mind our monthly Public Policy meeting that takes place the 1st Monday of each month from 11:45a.m. to 1:15p.m. Everyone is welcome and you can bring up points of interest that can be discussed openly. Read more

Investing in new power plants to meet customer needs

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

On Feb. 12, 2015, Portland General Electric asked the Oregon Public Utility
Commission to approve price changes in 2016 to pay for a new power plant when it
goes into service next year. This request for a potential overall price increase of 3.7
percent is the first step in a 10-month review process with several opportunities for
public input.
Investing in new plants to help meet customer needs
PGE brought two new power plants online to serve our customers in late 2014 – the
267-megawatt Tucannon River Wind Farm near Dayton, Washington and the 220-
megawatt natural gas-fired Port Westward Unit 2 facility near Clatskanie, Oregon.
These two new generating plants are now helping PGE meet state renewable energy
standards while maintaining a reliable supply of affordable power for customers.
They were brought into PGE’s prices in January 2015 with an overall, OPUCapproved
increase in customer prices of about one percent.

Baseload plant will come online in 2016
Now, PGE is in the process of constructing a third new plant near Boardman,
Oregon. The 440-megawatt Carty Generating Station will fulfill a different role,
providing reliable, efficiently generated baseload power PGE can call on to serve
customers under any conditions.
All three new plants were identified as the least cost, least risk alternatives to meet
growing customer needs as part of PGE’s integrated resource planning process.
The Carty plant is expected to come online in the second quarter of 2016, so PGE is
requesting price adjustments to include an overall price reduction of about one
percent for base business costs on January 1, 2016 followed by an increase when
Carty goes into service later in the year. If approved by the OPUC as requested, the
net overall impact to customers would be a price increase of about 3.7 percent.

Different resources, different needs
The Tucannon River Wind Farm generates 100 percent renewable energy; Port
Westward Unit 2 will back up the output of our renewable generation when the
wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining. Carty will be a workhorse, day and
night, year-round. The three together allow us to bring more renewable energy into
our system while still maintaining a steady, reliable supply of power at all times.

Planning for the future
Careful planning is crucial in any industry and especially in the energy world where
our customers depend on us to keep the lights on today and continuously meet the
energy demands of a growing region over time. That’s why it’s so important for
PGE to establish and execute a vision to power Oregon for years to come.
PGE conducts long-term planning to ensure we can continue to meet our
customers’ needs in the most reliable, sustainable and cost-effective way possible.
In our current resource plans, acknowledged by the OPUC, careful analysis showed
that to provide our customers with the best long-term balance of cost and risk, PGE
needed to acquire additional generating resources to help supply the power our
customers need.

What impact will this have on prices?
If approved as requested, the overall increase of about
3.7 percent would take effect in two phases during 2016.
The typical residential customer using an average of
840 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month would see
an average monthly bill increase of about $2.84.
Impacts will vary depending on the OPUC’s final
price-setting decisions, the type of customer and the
amount of electricity used.

Each PGE customer falls into a billing category, called
a “schedule.” Here is the approximate impact of
proposed price changes on each of the major
schedules, subject the OPUC’s decision and possible
power cost updates during the year.
 Sch. 7 (Residential): 3.1 percent
 Sch. 32 (Small business): 6.0 percent
 Sch. 83 (Commercial): 5.3 percent
 Sch. 85 (Large commercial): 3.9 percent
 Sch. 89 (Large industrial): 4.0 percent

State commission will make the final decision
PGE’s prices are set by the OPUC, an independent commission appointed by the
governor. PGE’s request sets off a 10-month public review involving customer
groups, local governments and others. The OPUC will only allow PGE to charge its
customers for costs it determines are necessary and prudent – and that provide our
customers with the best long-term balance of cost and risk.

Providing resources for customers
We do not take any request for a price increase lightly and PGE has programs in
place to help. PGE offers free advice and in-depth information on saving energy.
We can connect you with Energy Trust of Oregon incentives, and have billing and
payment options to make budgeting easier and free online tools such as
EnergyTracker℠ to help you understand and manage energy use. We can also
connect customers with assistance programs – such as HEAT Oregon – that help in
times of need. Visit PortlandGeneral.com/Save to learn about these resources.

 

 

2015 Oregon State Chamber’s Legislative Priorities

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Oregon State Chamber of Commerce

The 2015 OSCC Legislative Agenda represents the legislative priorities of the Main Street business community as represented by the 66 local Chambers of Commerce represented by the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce.

The OSCC is organized to support business growth, job growth and income growth in each of our local communities, many of which have not realized the economic gains seen in the Portland/Metro Area in recent years.

We believe a healthy business climate, and the jobs that such a business climate creates, is the key to building up our local communities and making them prosperous.

The 2015 OSCC Legislative Agenda reflects our belief that state government can be a valuable partner in helping our local communities grow and prosper.  But the tens of thousands of businesses that belong to our local chambers also caution the Oregon Legislature against enacting counter-productive policies that would effectively block our ability to create jobs and more prosperous communities.

The OSCC Legislative Agenda is equal parts proactive and defensive.  We recognize there are many threats to small and Main Street business viability that will emerge from the 2015 Oregon Legislature, but we are also optimistic that the Legislature will see the wisdom in promoting business growth in all corners of the state and will pursue an agenda that elevates all local communities and sets the stage for long term growth and prosperity in every community across Oregon. 

The OSCC Opportunity Agenda for Local Business and Communities includes:

    1-Transportation Investments.  OSCC will be supportive of efforts to create a comprehensive transportation infrastructure funding package paid for by an increase in the state gas tax.  OSCC is also supportive of efforts to revitalize and leverage federal dollars to repair local airports across Oregon through an increase in the jet fuel tax or through bonding.  Finally, OSCC supports multi-modal transportation investments through a Connect Oregon bonding package.

    2-Expansion of Small Business Tax Cut.  The 2013 Special Session of the Oregon Legislature recognized the need to create a lower tax rate for small business pass-through entities (S corps, LLCs, etc).  OSCC not only seeks to protect this rate cut for existing employers, but to expand it for the smallest businesses that are sole proprietors or have only part-time employees.    We also support common-sense small business tax provisions such as connecting to the federal tax code for consistent expensing and depreciation laws.

    3-Natural Resource Utilization.  The Governor allocated $30 million in his budget to put in place the infrastructure to add storage capacity for water from the Columbia River.  This not only has immediate ramifications for local communities in NE Oregon, but it has future benefits for agriculture and food production statewide.  OSCC also supports innovative projects such as the Urban Forestry Co-op pilot project for Clackamas County that will create local wood supplies that can be harvested and milled and turned into building materials locally. 

    4-Career & Technical Education/Workforce Development.  OSCC supports initiatives that enhance the existing pool of skilled workers, including on-the-job training.  OSCC supports initiatives that enhances the skills of incumbent workers, matches job skills to current employer needs, and continues or enhances funding for Career & Technical Education programs.

    5-Local Community Development & Tourism.  OSCC supports efforts to revitalize our local communities through tourism.  OSCC also supports specific efforts to revitalize our local communities, such as the Revitalize Main Street Act, which provides a 25% rebate for certified rehabilitation of historic commercial buildings in communities throughout Oregon.   Such a proposal would generate 1,300 local jobs and $25 million in additional local income.  OSCC will also support legislation to encourage local brownfields redevelopment as well as increase the supply of industrial land that can support business and job growth.

The OSCC Defensive Agenda for Local Business and Communities includes:

    1-Expansion of Business Mandates & Regulation.  The small business community, particularly in rural Oregon, cannot sustain the cost of a paid sick leave mandate without further compromising our rural job base.  OSCC opposes expansion of the Portland paid sick leave mandate to all Oregon businesses.  Small employers all across Oregon develop their own workable sick leave policies every day without costly and impractical government mandates.  A paid sick leave mandate not only represents a new 3% payroll tax for small business, but even worse it has the effect of overriding a small business’s employee attendance policies.  OSCC is also highly skeptical of redundant “pay equity” mandate proposals that shift the burden of proof to employers and additional leave laws that add to Oregon’s already generous workplace leave provisions.

    2-Increased taxes on businesses & individuals.  Oregon’s general fund is projected to grow at an 11% rate for the 2015-17 biennium.  OSCC believes there is not a compelling need for additional resources from the business community or individual Oregonians.  Oregon’s income, investment, and business income tax rates are already among the highest in the United States.  

Our local communities cannot withstand further discouragement of investment and punitive taxes on mobile income.  

    3-Low Carbon Fuel Standard.  The low-carbon fuel additives needed to achieve this mandate are not commercially available for Oregon consumers in adequate supplies.  The Clean Fuels Program will effectively translate into significant increases in fuel costs as the Oregon mandate will create demand for a product in extremely limited supply.  Our local communities today are just starting to realize the benefits of more disposable income due to lower fuel costs.  To deny 

our communities of this disposable income by artificially driving the cost of fuel back up with this costly mandate will hurt local communities.  We also oppose this mandate because it will drive up fuel costs and not put any money into our transportation infrastructure.

    4-State-run retirement plan for private sector employers/employees.  There are thousands of retirement products available to our local small businesses and their employees, and sold by our local small businesses.  The addition of one state-run retirement plan as a solution to our state’s retirement savings crisis is both disingenuous and dangerous.  It’s dangerous because a state-run plan will have no more benefit than any of the 10,000+ privately managed plans in existence today unless it is mandated for Oregon employers, which is what we fear is the ultimate goal for this proposal.

    5-Increased minimum wage beyond current law annual CPI increases.  Oregon’s minimum wage law is already fair.  Already one of the highest minimum wage rates in the nation, Oregon’s minimum wage increases each and every year based on the Portland CPI.  Increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour, or even $12 per hour, will have the effect of immediate and significant job loss, especially among young and low-skilled workers, and will further hurt the ability of small business to compete with big businesses that can afford to pay higher wages or businesses in other states that do not have similar wage laws.

Bond Measure Approved for CCC

Monday, November 24th, 2014

 

To the Community:

On Nov. 4, voters in the college district approved a $90 million bond measure that will pave the way for updating, modernizing and improving college facilities. This bond measure will fulfill business and community members’ expectations for training and education.

Passage of the bond will also enable us to secure $16 million in state matching funds to construct facilities that meet the needs of today’s career technical fields and build a workforce development center at our Harmony Community Campus. We will also raise at least $5 million in private donations to support the bond proceeds.

To those of you who gave of your time and energy to support the bond, I extend a special thank you.

I am thankful that our bond measure received wide support among the leaders in the county, cities, chambers and newspapers in the region. Education and training are important to and valued by all. But most of all, I am thankful to the members of our community for their investment in CCC.

Moving forward, we will work diligently to ensure that CCC uses these resources wisely. We will mark our 50th year of service in less than two years. Because of your support, CCC will be well positioned to serve the community for the next 50 years.

Warm regards,

President Joanne Truesdell
CCC Class of 1982

April is nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

A large part of The Children’s Center’s  Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign this April includes volunteers handing out their lovely pinwheels at the Clackamas Town Center on the weekends. Friends and family are welcome and encouraged to help at this event – this is a great family activity! Click here to register to volunteer to hand out pinwheels.

The Children’s Center is also offering  a couple of opportunities to get involved.  The 8th annual Champions for Children Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30th and will feature Kenny Anderson as their speaker. This event is free to attend, though they hope you will be inspired to join them as a champion for abused children at the event. Click here for more information and RSVP to this email. If you would like to donate an item to our raffle, please email Tracy.

On Saturday, April 12th they are hosting their first ever Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Training. Stewards of Children is an evidence-based, third party evaluated child sexual abuse prevention training focusing on adult training. Tickets are $25 and include resource materials and refreshments. Click here to purchase tickets.

If you would like to schedule a group tour of The Children’s Center or want to invite a Center representative speak to your business, civic group, or faith community, please email Tracy at tracy@childrenscenter.cc.

For a complete list of their Child Abuse Prevention Month activities and presentations, visit their website.

May Clackamas Community College (CCC) calendar of events

Monday, April 7th, 2014

April 26 – May 1

International Celebration at CCC

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Peace Corps Volunteers.” The opening celebration is Saturday, April 26, and begins at 10 a.m. in the Niemeyer Center, room 119. The opening celebration runs in conjunction with the gallery exhibit titled “The Peace Corps: 50 Years of Service.” International Celebration activities continue April 28 through May 1, with music, dance, art and cultural displays. Most events take place in the Community Center between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. For more information, call 503-594-3403 or 503-594-3245.

May 1 & 2

President’s Community Forums: Oregon City Campus

President Joanne Truesdell is hosting six community forums in May to discuss a proposed college bond measure. Two forums are scheduled at each of CCC’s three campuses. Community forums are scheduled for the Oregon City campus, at 19600 Molalla Avenue, on Thursday, May 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday, May 2, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. For more information, please contact PIO Janet Paulson at 503-594-3162.

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Chrysalis: Women Writers

Local author Pat Lichen guides women writers of all levels through discussions of their work. Chrysalis meets from noon to 2 p.m. in the Literary Arts Center, room 220, in Rook Hall. For information, call 503-594-3254.

May 3

Lights! Camera! MOCAP! An evening showcasing film and media in Clackamas County

This event, hosted by the Foundation, celebrates the rollout of the new design and renewed vision of the Clackamas Community College cable channel. Event begins at 6 p.m. in the Gregory Forum at the Oregon City campus and includes a demonstration of the Digital Media Communication program’s motion capture system. There is no cost to attend.

May 4

CRT Play Reading Series: “Don’t Go Gentle”

Clackamas Repertory Theatre’s play-reading series, Sundays At Three, concludes on May 4 with “Don’t Go Gentle” by Stephen Belber, directed by Annie Rimmer. Show begins at 3 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre at CCC’s Oregon City campus. Tickets are $10 and available online at www.clackamasrep.org or at the box office in the Niemeyer Center. For more information call 503-594-6047.

May 7
‘Water Wednesday’ Spring CCC Community Fair

Community members and groups, college staff, student clubs and vendors will share information and products during the spring CCC Community Fair. The theme is “Water Wednesday.” Event is Wednesday, May 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center. For more information call 503-594-3040.

May 15 & 16

President’s Community Forums: Harmony Community Campus

President Joanne Truesdell is hosting six community forums in May to discuss a proposed college bond measure. Two forums are scheduled at each of CCC’s three campuses. Community forums are scheduled for the Harmony Community Campus, at 7738 S.E. Harmony Road, Milwaukie, on Thursday, May 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday, May 16, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. For more information, please contact PIO Janet Paulson at 503-594-3162

May 22 & 23
President’s Community Forums: Wilsonville Campus

CCC President Joanne Truesdell is hosting six community forums in May to discuss a proposed college bond measure. Two forums are scheduled at each of CCC’s three campuses. Community forums are scheduled for the Wilsonville campus, at 29353 Town Center Loop E., on Thursday, May 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday, May 23, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. For more information, please contact PIO Janet Paulson at 503-594-3162

May 22 – June 1

CCC Spring Term Theater Production

Show title to be announced. Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre, Niemeyer Center. To purchase tickets online, visit www.theatreCCC.org or call Kelly at 503-594-3153.

May 29

Behind the Scenes Tour of Spring Term Mainstage Production

Walk the catwalks, take a behind the scenes tour and discover the “magic” of CCC’s spring theater production. Tour is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre. No cost to attend. RSVP is required; call Kelly at 503-594-3153.

May 27-29

Spring Term Student Performance Showcase

Enjoy student directed one-act plays, stand-up comedy and comedy improv. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. with an additional performance on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre. No cost to attend. For information call Kelly White at 503-594-3153 or visit www.TheatreCC.org.

May 26

Memorial Day Holiday

The college will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

May 30

English Department’s Mark Twain Fundraising Dinner

The English Department is holding its annual fundraising dinner on Friday, May 30, in the Gregory Forum at the college’s Oregon City campus, beginning at 7 p.m. Cost is $25 for students and $50 for others. Donations accepted.  For more information, contact Taylor Donnelly at tdonnelly@clackamas.edu or 503-594-6159 or Sue Mach at suema@clackamas.edu or 503-594-3262.

May 31

Compose Writing Workshop at CCC

The Compose Creative Writing Conference takes place at the college’s Oregon City Campus in Roger Rook Hall on May 31. Workshops include fiction, poetry, playwriting, memoir, comics, songwriting, creative nonfiction, digital storytelling, grammar and publishing. The cost is $10 for CCC students and $15 for the general public. Lunch will be available for an additional $10.  CCC students can register online through Eventbrite beginning April 21.  Registration will be open to the general public on May 1. For more information contact Ryan Davis: at ryand@clackamas.edu or 503-594- 3258, or Sue Mach at suema@clackamas.edu or 503-594-3262.

Clackamas Repertory Theatre’s staged play reading continues

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Clackamas Repertory Theatre continues its fifth annual staged play-reading series, “Sundays at Three,” on April 13th with a production of “One Slight Hitch,” a zany farce by comedian Lewis Black, best known for his appearances on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.

It is 1981 Cincinnati, and Courtney Coleman is about to be married in a lavish ceremony, that is until her attractive, flaky ex-boyfriend shows up, throwing the entire day into chaos. Add a libidinous sister, an uptight fiancée, a tippling father and a mother obsessing over shrimp boats and a riotous day unfolds.  Travis Nodurft directs Clackamas Rep acting company favorites Jayson Shanafelt and Ernie Casciato.

The staged readings are at 3 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre, followed with talk backs with the actors and director and free cookies and coffee.

Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.clackamasrep.org or at the box office in the Niemeyer Center. For more information, call 503-594-3915.

Blue Heron future is topic of college forum

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Oregon City is re-imagining the site of the former Blue Heron Paper Mill for the future. Thousands of area residents have taken part in discussions and surveys about the future of the site, which served for many years as the industrial center of the region.

Clackamas Community College (CCC), a key resource for education and training in the community, is an important voice in shaping the future of the college district. CCC and the mill have been linked through decades of history and will continue as the site is re-imagined for future generations.

CCC will present a forum and discussion on the Willamette Falls Legacy Project (WFLP) on Tuesday, April 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the McLoughlin Auditorium. The WFLP will be the featured topic in the college’s spring Inservice gathering. The presentation was originally scheduled for February but was canceled due to a snowstorm.

CCC President Joanne Truesdell will make opening remarks, followed by an overview of the WFLP by Tony Konkol of the city of Oregon City. Mark Garber, president of by the Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers, will facilitate a panel discussion about the project.

Participants in the panel include Oregon City Mayor Doug Neeley, Jim Desmond of Metro, Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader, Executive Director Amber Holveck of the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce, and Sandy Carter of the Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation. CCC instructors Jackie Flowers and Andy Mingo will talk about their work documenting the stories of the Blue Heron Paper Mill.

When Blue Heron closed in 2011, CCC played a prominent role in assisting the mill workers who lost their jobs, many of whom spent their entire working lives at the mill. CCC responded with workforce advising, emergency vehicle repairs, transportation assistance, emergency medical assistance and child care. Workforce Services at CCC provided support and training to prepare the former mill workers for new careers in fields that include health care, manufacturing, automotive and production.

The program is open to the public. For more information, contact Janet Paulson at 503-594-3162.

Clackamas County Board to hold second hearing on medical marijuana moratorium

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is moving forward to adopt an ordinance to set a moratorium at least until May 1, 2015 on the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated Clackamas County.

The first public hearing on the proposed ordinance was held April 3.  The second hearing will be held during the Board of Commissioners Business Meeting at 10:00am, Thursday, April 24th, in the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Rd., Oregon City.

People who would like to make written comments may do so by 6:00pm, Wednesday, April 23rd, to Clackamas County Planning & Zoning, Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045 or Zoninginfo@clackamas.us or 503-742-4500.

The Board is acting quickly in response to a new state law that gives local governments the option to impose a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries if they adopt an ordinance by May 1, 2014.  The law also states that the moratorium can remain in effect up to May 1, 2015, unless it is extended by the state legislature.

The proposed draft ordinance is available in the Board business meeting packet at http://www.clackamas.us/bcc/documents/businesspackets/bcc20140403.pdf.

For more information, contact Mike McCallister at 503-742-4522 or mikem@clackamas.us.

CCC hosts ‘Stand Up 2014’ resource fair for veterans and families

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Military personnel, veterans and their families from across the metro region are invited to participate in “Stand Up 2014: Because You Serve Too!” a housing, health and resource fair at Clackamas Community College’s (CCC) Oregon City campus on Saturday, April 5th, from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Gregory Forum.

The fair will bring together service providers, agencies and advocacy groups that can assist veterans, service members and their spouses with everything from employment to benefits to transportation to housing in their local communities. The event also includes food, speakers, wellness education, volunteer information and activities for children.

This event is hosted by CCC and sponsored by the Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services department. More information is available online at www.clackamas.us/socialservices/veterans.html.

For more information or to participate or volunteer, contact Margaret McNamara, Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services, at 503-650-5753 or mmcnamara@clackamas.edu.