In the 10 weeks since Oregonians began to stay at home, it's sometimes seemed like the world has been turned upside down. Now, as most Oregon counties begin the process of slowly and carefully reopening, it's not entirely clear which way is up. This week, for instance, we are awaiting the latest budget projections from Salem, knowing that cuts to state agencies will almost surely mean more work for nonprofits like 1000 Friends.
But as I said at the beginning, perspective is everything. More work for us also means more opportunities to demonstrate all the ways that land use planning contributes to Oregon's overall exceptional quality of life, and to our state's resiliency in times of crisis. I hope you'll agree that this is a challenge worth accepting!
Thank you for all you do, Friend, and thank you for being a Friend.
P.S. Please note that our offices remain closed while my staff and I remain fully accessible by phone and email from our home offices. Please feel free to reach out at any time.
One More Day to Vote
Oregon's primary election ends tomorrow—be sure to cast your ballot! 1000 Friends officially endorses Measures 26-209 (Portland's Fix Our Streets) and 26-210 (Metro's Supportive Housing Services).
Last month we sent letters to 2 state agencies (LCDC and ODOT) urging them to make changes in the transportation sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect Oregonians from climate change and pollution.
You'll hear more about our soon-to-be-published farmland report, our newest Gerhardt Intern, the start of wildfire season in Oregon, the upcoming (long-awaited) vote on Portland's Residential Infill Project, and more.