Multnomah Democrats 2020 Ballot Measure Endorsements

At the August 13 meeting of the Multnomah Democrats Central Committee, the Endorsement Task Force chaired by Jason Allen, submitted 10 Measures with Recommendations for Adoption. Each of the proposed ten Party endorsements were discussed, and votes were taken to Endorse, Don’t Endorse or Take No Position.

Note: All of the following have Central Committee acceptance with one exception – the Central Committee took “No Position” on 5 “Yes for a Healthy Future,” tobacco tax increase. 

1. Universal Preschool Now 

EDF Recommendation: Endorse.

MultDems Endorses UNANIMOUSLY.

Universal preschool addresses a fundamental social inequality by ensuring all children begin their educational and social educational experience with a guaranteed a strong foundation.. Multnomah County can join other communities across the nation, including Washington, D.C., New York City, and Chicago who extend this right to all young children.

Preschool for All

2.  2020 Portland Public School Bond Renewal  

EDF Recommendation: Endorse.

MultDems Endorses.

As stated by the School Board, “Every student in the district is going to benefit from the investments that we’re making in technology, in updated textbooks, in the culturally relevant curriculum and increased building accessibility for students, staff and families…” The $1.2 billion bond will include funds to renovate Jefferson High School and finish modernizing Benson High School.

Portland Public School Renewal

3.  Strengthen Our Libraries  

EDF Recommendation: Endorse.

MultDems Endorses.

Significant deficiencies exist in our library system now. This measure will enlarge and modernize eight county libraries across the area.  The East County will get the flagship – comparable to the downtown Central Library – that it has long been needed. Seven branches will be built, expanded or renovated – Albina, Belmont, Holgate, Midland, North Portland, Northwest, and St. Johns. All libraries will have gigabit speed internet.

Multnomah County Ballot Measure 26-211

4. Let’s Get Moving – Metro Transport Measure  

EDF Recommendation: Endorse.

MultDems Endorses.

Investments generated by this measure will significantly improve safety for everyone on all neighborhoods.  It will be easier to get around. Communities of color will be protected from further displacement. The measure provides opportunities for economic growth, improvements to foster healthy ecosystems with clean air and water, and greater resiliency from disasters and emergencies.

Let’s Get Moving

5. Yes for a Healthy Future – Increased Taxes on tobacco and other nicotine delivery systems such as e-cigarettes. 

EDF Recommendation: Endorse.

MultDems NO POSITION.

After administrative and enforcement maintenance costs, remaining revenue would be dedicated to the Oregon Health Authority for medical and healthcare-assistance programs, including mental health services, tribal health providers, including Urban Indian Health Program, and other programs concerning tobacco and nicotine health issues.

Yes for a Healthy Future

6. Yes for Fair and Honest Elections

EDF Recommendation: Endorse.

MultDems Endorses.

Oregon is one of five states with no limits on campaign contributions. Committees are not currently required by Oregon law to include disclaimers stating who paid for a communication or advertisement, but they may do so by choice. This will to authorize the state legislature and local governments to enact laws and ordinances to limit political campaign contributions or other contributions that could influence the outcome of an election without impeding candidates or political committees from obtaining resources necessary for to run a campaign or advocate for an issue; limit political campaign expenditures or expenditures that influence the outcome of any election to the extent permitted under the Constitution of the United States; require disclosure of contributions and expenditures; and require that political advertisements identify the people or entities that paid for them.

Ballot Measure 107

7. Police Oversight Charter Change 

EDF Recommendation: Endorse.

MultDems Endorses UNANIMOUSLY

The mission of the City of Portland Community Police Oversight Board (Board) is to independently investigate Portland Police Bureau sworn employees and supervisors thereof promptly, fairly, and impartially, to impose discipline as determined appropriate by the Board, and to make recommendations regarding police practices, policies and directives to the Portland Police Bureau and with a primary focus on community concerns A Board is hereby authorized and it shall comply with any legal obligations the City may have under the Public Employees Collective Bargaining Act, other state and federal laws, and upon adoption by City Council of an implementing Ordinance . 

Police Oversight Charter Change

8. Drug Addiction and Recovery Act

EDF Recommendation: Endorse.

MultDems Endorses.

The measure would reclassify personal/non-commercial drug possession offenses. Possession of a controlled substance such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines, would be reclassified from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E violation resulting in a $100 fine or a completed health assessment. Individuals who manufacture or distribute illegal drugs would still be subject to a criminal penalty. The health assessments would be conducted through addiction recovery centers and include a substance use disorder screening by a certified alcohol and drug counselor. Health assessments must be completed within 45 days of the violation.

Oregon Measure 110

9. Oregon Psilocybin Services Program

EDF Recommendation: Endorse.

MultDems Endorses.

This would establish a Psilocybin Services Program, which would manage, regulate, and enforce policies related to the licensure, production, sales, and purchase of products containing psilocybin. The authority would also keep informed about emerging research, clinical trials, and public policies to consider their impact on the program’s rules and guidelines.

10. Decriminalize Natural Psychedelics in Portland – Psilocybin Service Initiative  

EDF Recommendation: Endorse.

MultDems Endorses.

Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms. The program established under this measure will allow for the licensed production and distribution of psilocybin.by qualified and licensed individuals, and the dispensing of this substance to consumers by qualified and licensed individuals.

The Psilocybin Service Initiative of Oregon

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