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Tell Oregon Ways and Means that you support the fight against climate change.

Climate Action: Ways and Means meets Monday for the Climate Bill

Join us to move this critical law forward

As we move closer to a landmark climate bill in Oregon, the week ahead is very exciting. All of your letters and testimony have made a difference for cap and invest. Now is the time to have an even bigger presence in Salem. You can be involved. Read on.

  • SB1530 will be heard in the Ways and Means Committee on February 24th at 9 AM, Hearing Room F. Let’s show our strength by filling the hearing room and overflow.
  • The parallel bill, HB 4167 has also been referred to Ways and Means. The hearing date is not set for HB4167.

This is a great time for more emails and letters to your representatives. Message: Climate change is an emergency. SB1530 (HB4167) is a good start. The cap reduces dangerous pollution. Big polluters will pay their share. The investment in Oregon will go to local communities, benefitting rural Oregon and others hardest hit by climate change.

  • Email to the members of the Ways and Means Committee Click here. You are two clicks away from starting those emails.
  • Email and letters to your Senator and Representative.
    • Please also schedule in-person meetings with them next week.
  • Letters to the editor about the bill.
    • Here’s a link to clear true reporting from the Statesman Journal
    • If you are in a District that walked out last year, please also consider a letter to the editor about the importance of legislators staying at work and doing their job.

Renew Oregon is setting up a meeting room for the week, Monday – Friday 9 – 4:30 next week. Please RSVP to Renew for the dates and times you can attend. Let us know if you can drive or need a ride.

Representatives from MultDems Climate Action Team will deliver cookies and a letter of support for the bill to every Senator and Representative.

Tell Oregon Ways and Means that you support the fight against climate change.

Oregon Ways and Means Committee 2020

On Monday February 24, the Ways and Means committee will hear SB1530, the landmark climate bill for Oregon that will develop clean energy jobs. Send them an email.

Climate change is an emergency. SB1530 (HB4167) is a good start. The cap reduces dangerous pollution. Big polluters will pay their share. The investment in Oregon will go to local communities, benefitting rural Oregon and others hardest hit by climate change.

Position Name and link to OLIS info   District / Community Email link
Co-Chair Senator Betsy Johnson D SD16 Scappose Sen.BetsyJohnson@oregonlegislature.gov
Co-Chair Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward D SD17 NWPDX/Bvtn Sen.ElizabethSteinerHayward@oregonlegislature.gov
Co-Chair Representative Dan Rayfield D HD16 Corvallis rep.danrayfield@oregonlegislature.gov 
Co-Vice Chair Senator Fred Girod R SD9 Stayton Sen.FredGirod@oregonlegislature.gov
Co-Vice Chair Representative David Gomberg D SD10 Central Coast Rep.DavidGomberg@oregonlegislature.gov
Co-Vice Chair Representative Greg Smith R HD57 Umatilla Morrow rep.gregsmith@oregonlegislature.gov
Member Senator Lee Beyer D SD6 Springfield Sen.LeeBeyer@oregonlegislature.gov
Member Senator Denyc Boles R SD10  Salem Sen.DenycBoles@oregonlegislature.gov
Member Senator Lew Frederick D SD22 Portland Sen.LewFrederick@oregonlegislature.gov
Member Senator Bill Hansell R SD29 Athena Sen.BillHansell@oregonlegislature.gov
Member Senator Dallas Heard R SD1 Roseburg sen.dallasheard@oregonlegislature.gov ​
Member Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson D SD25 Gresham Sen.LaurieMonnesAnderson@oregonlegislature.gov
Member Senator Arnie Roblan D SD5 Coos Bay Sen.ArnieRoblan@oregonlegislature.gov
Member Senator Chuck Thomsen R SD26 Hood River Sen.ChuckThomsen@oregonlegislature.gov
Member Senator Rob Wagner D SD19 Lake Oswego Sen.RobWagner@oregonlegislature.gov
Member House Republican Leader Christine Drazan R HD 39 Canby Rep.ChristineDrazan@oregonlegislature.gov
Member Representative Paul Holvey D HD08 Eugene Rep.PaulHolvey@oregonlegislature.gov
Member Representative Susan McLain D HD29 Hillsboro rep.susanmclain@oregonlegislature.gov
Member Representative Rob Nosse D HD42 Portland Rep.RobNosse@oregonlegislature.gov 
Member Representative Carla Piluso D HD50 Gresham rep.carlapiluso@oregonlegislature.gov 
Member Representative Duane Stark R HD4 Grants Pass rep.duanestark@oregonlegislature.gov
Flyer with MultDems logo and colors: Transform TriMet - Buy Electric Buses. Dates of meetings

Call to Action: Tell TriMet, Tell Metro No New Diesel Buses

Greta Thunberg said, “Act as if your house is on fire – because it is.” This is an emergency!

TL;dr What is Happening?

TriMet, the local transit operator, is planning to buy 159 diesel buses. In the face of a climate emergency, putting 159 polluting buses with a lifespan of 16 years each is just not acceptable.

What to do: Testify or Email for Clean Air and Climate Action

  • February 20th 2:00 p.m. Public Comment section of Metro Council’s agenda. 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland OR
  • February 26th 9:00 a.m. Public Forum section of TriMet Board’s agenda. 121 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR
  • February 27th 2:00 p.m. Public Comment section of Metro Council’s agenda. 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland OR

Submit testimony to Metro Council through this online form. If you submit by 10 am the day of the meeting, it will be in the minutes.

Send an email to boardtestimony@trimet.org.

Make Way for Electric Buses

Last fall, TriMet authorized a diesel bus buy of 159 buses over a 5 year purchase contract.

That’s 159 NEW DIESEL Buses, each with a lifetime of up to 16 years, on our roads – adding more CO2 to the planet’s atmosphere, and spewing more unhealthy diesel fumes into our already historically stressed neighborhoods.

We need to STOP this ‘Business as Usual’ NEW DIESEL bus buy! It is unacceptable!

Tell TriMet, Tell Metro – Clean Air! No NEW DIESEL Buses

Why are we going to the Metro Council? Metro has a fiduciary role in receiving Federa thel tax revenue spent on our transportation infrastructure.

TriMet gets funding from Metro and the State of Oregon.

Governor Brown appoints the TriMet Board. Metro Councilors are elected by the public.

Climate Change is a Public Health Emergency

Tell TriMet, Tell Metro – Clean Air! No NEW DIESEL BUSES.

On February 4, 2020 500 Oregon Health leaders from the Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) declared that Climate Change is a Public Health emergency.

Their policy recommendations include meeting and strengthening Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, and rapidly transitioning to renewable energy and zero-carbon emissions transportation systems.

Tell TriMet, Tell Metro – Clean Air! No NEW DIESEL BUSES. Climate Change is a Public Health Emergency

Historically underserved communities require equitable transit service – they do not need dangerously increased levels of pollution in their neighborhoods. An Equity lens places the first electric buses available on the Division Transit Project route.

We must STOP the Diesel Bus buy! No More Business as Usual, No NEW Diesel Buses! Electrify the Fleet!

There are two upcoming Metro Council meetings and a TriMet Board meeting in the next two weeks where we need to come together and take action and to shine a bright light on this bad decision. Provide testimony or come and support those who do. Can’t attend? Write to the TriMet Board, write to the Metro Council.

Do you or does someone you know take the bus? Live near a busline? Breathe the air? Do you or someone you know have asthma? Do you or someone you know work in a social justice, or healthcare field? Forward this to your friends or friendly organizations who might distribute to their members. THANK-YOU for your participation and involvement!

Debbie Gordon and Tracy Farwell, co-leads Natural Resources Protection and Recovery Work Group, aka the Multdems Climate Action Team

The attachments include:

TriMet FAQ and Call to Action

Call to Action on the backside of the TriMet FAQ sheet:

Clean Air! No More New Diesel Buses Climate Change is a Public Health Emergency

Greta Thunberg said, “Act as if your house is on fire – because it is.” This is an emergency!

Buying New Diesel Buses is going backwards. You can’t say your goal is to reduce emissions on the one hand and buy diesel buses which will produce emissions for 16 years on the other.

No more business as usual! We must put our resources into electrifying the fleet NOW!

Join Us to Take Action

Multnomah Democrats, led by the Climate Action Team

  1. Demand that TriMet’s regional peer authority, the publicly-elected Oregon Metro Council, acknowledge the call to action from the Oregon Public Health Association.

The TriMet management resolution for the 159 diesel bus buy (2019 Resolution -78) omitted public health criteria from any Source Evaluation Committee criteria or its weighted scoring.

  1. Reverse the $200M TriMet Board authorization for 159 New Diesel buses since it dismissed any consideration of Portland’s ongoing diesel public health threats. Moreover, regional transit operations that consume fossil fuels clearly constitute Portland public infrastructure and expanding the diesel fleet contradicts the court supported Portland ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure.
  2. Develop a formal Zero Emissions Fleet Transition Program, prioritize and secure funding (include in bond on the November ballot) and establish a program management office to get this job done on an emergency basis. TriMet can execute the program under close supervision.
  3. Require first electric buses on the Division Transit Project, relieving already stressed communities.

Take ACTION Tell Metro Council, Tell TriMet – NO NEW Diesel Buses

Come Testify and/or support others who do!

February 20th 2:00 p.m. Public Comment section of Metro Council’s agenda. 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland OR

February 26th 9:00 a.m. Public Forum section of TriMet Board’s agenda. 121 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR

February 27th 2:00 p.m. Public Comment section of Metro Council’s agenda. 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland OR

Presenting Testimony

  • Come early to sign up.
  • Bring 10 copies of your testimony. 2-3 minutes max.
  • Read your comments/letter and leave Board and Council Members copies for the public record.

Can’t attend? Write emails and submit online comments for the TriMet Board and Metro Council, which will be part of the public record:

Subject: Clean Air! No More New Diesel Buses

Body of email:

  • State your support for no new Diesel Buses, and for a plan for a Zero-Emissions Fleet ASAP!
  • Say who you are and why you care about cleaner air and stopping carbon emissions. “I am (a parent, grandparent, high school student…..) and I (have a child with asthma….am very concerned about climate change, want Oregon to lead on climate actions, etc.)
  • Ask for a response.
  • Sign with your name and location (city and zip code).

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about TriMet Diesel vs. Electric Buses

What is the size of TriMet’s fleet of buses?

The TriMet fleet is made up of 694 buses (10 electric), and diesel consumption is 6+ million gallons annually. TriMet plans to have 900 buses by 2040.

Why is TriMet Acquiring New Diesel Buses?

They say it is for normal replacement and for extending services. TriMet authorized a diesel bus buy of 159 buses over a 5 year purchase contract.* (A diesel bus purchased in 2024 would have a life of up to 16 years on the road.)

Didn’t the City of Portland ban new fossil fuel infrastructure?

Yes. December 18th, 2019, the Portland City Council voted to re-adopt a ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Do we need more buses in East Portland?

Yes. The first 31 diesel buses are targeted for the Division Transit Project. An Equity lens requires both better, increased service to those historically underserved AND public health consideration.

Are there Non-Diesel Alternatives?

Yes. Seattle has committed to transitioning their fleet to battery electric buses, while still operating the legacy electric trolley buses. New York’s MTA is retiring all diesel buses, transitioning to an electric fleet. California has mandated electric buses.

Why is Diesel Bad? Why should I care if TriMet buys 159 New Diesel buses?

The transport sector (40% of Portland’s carbon pollution) is the fastest growing contributor to climate emissions that contribute to global warming. Diesel produces long-lived carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, short-lived black carbon, and ground level ozone – all producing very unhealthy air, with increased levels of asthma and other breathing disorders.

What do the Scientists and Health Professionals say?

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Special Report 15 (SR15) states that it is too dangerous to reduce carbon emissions any less than 45% in ten years’ time. On Feb. 4th 500 Oregon Health leaders from the Oregon Public Health Association declared that Climate Change is a Public Health emergency. Their policy recommendations include meeting and strengthening Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, transitioning to renewable energy and to zero-carbon emissions transportation systems. **

What is TriMet Doing About the Transition to Clean Fuels?

TriMet is duplicating the same kind of clean fuel evaluation other transit operators have already completed. TriMet’s few electric buses are being evaluated.

Has the TriMet Set a Target Date for Retiring the Diesel Fleet?

Their commitment is for zero diesel buses in 2040, not zero emissions.

What is the relationship between TriMet and Metro?

Metro has a fiduciary role in receiving Federal tax revenue to be expended on transportation infrastructure. TriMet gets funding from Metro and the State of Oregon.

Clean Air! No More New Diesel Buses Climate Change is a Public Health Emergency

Greta Thunberg said, “Act as if your house is on fire – because it is.” This is an emergency!

Buying New Diesel Buses is going backwards. You can’t say your goal is to reduce emissions on the one hand and buy diesel buses which will produce emissions for 16 years on the other. No more business as usual! We must put our resources into electrifying the fleet NOW!

MultDems Debate Watch Party February 19 at MultDems HQ

Join us February 19 for a Critical Democratic Presidential Debate

Debate Season Continues!

Candidates continue to qualify for the upcoming Democratic Presidential Debate. It is getting down to brass tacks, and you can join a lively group of Democrats to watch the action.

RSVP Now

Co-sponsored by the MultDems Climate Action Team

These folks make things happen.

Multnomah County Democrats Community Action Committee has been holding full house watch parties, co-sponsored with other committees and Democratic groups. It is a vibrant place to witness history in the making.

There will be pizza and soft drinks. Feel free to bring your favorite debate-watching snacks to share.

Click here to RSVP

Multnomah County Democrats office, 3551 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland 97232 [Map]

Doors at 5pm

See you there!

Facebook event

For public transportation options to/from the event location, visit http://trimet.org/. The Multnomah County Democrats office is wheelchair accessible. If you have any access or functional needs that you feel may prevent you from joining us at this event or that, if they can be addressed, might make the event more accessible [and therefore more enjoyable] for you, please email action@multdems.org.

Chair Lurelle Robbins, HD 43 District Leader Brandon DeWeese, and Vice Chair 2 Michael Smith

Brandon DeWeese Elected as District Leader for HD43

Please offer a rousing, appreciative round of applause for Brandon DeWeese. Brandon has stepped forward and been elected to serve as District Leader for HD 43 in North and Northeast Portland. As District Leader, Brandon will coordinate his district PCPs, serve on the MultDems Executive Committee, and connect with his elected Democrats Tawna Sanchez & Lew Frederick,

Are you interested in getting involved? Join your community members as PCPs. You can seek appointment now or run in the May election. Now is the time to get involved so we can join together for this critical election.

Central Committee Meeting February 13, 2020

Celsi Celebration 2020 tickets are now on sale. Featuring Portugal. The Man, Jillene Joseph, and Governor Barbara Roberts

Join us for an epic Celsi Celebration with Portugal. The Man and Governor Barbara Roberts on March 21st.

Tickets at celsi.multdems.org

Happy Valentines Day — And happy 161st birthday to Oregon!

We invite you to the Central Committee meeting of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County. PCP’s are the voting members of the Central Committee.

 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Hollywood Senior Center

1820 NE 40th Avenue, Portland 97212

(Map)

 

Our schedule is as follows:

6:00 PM Doors open.

6:30 PM Registration and Sign In

7:00 PM Meetings begin

9:00 PM Scheduled end of Business Meeting

Minutes of Previous Meeting (link)

Presentation by Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury

Conversations with Candidates

Between 6 and 7 pm, vote on top Platform items . You will have the opportunity to vote on your top 5 items from this list. Please review the list and come prepared to vote prior to 7 pm. Your vote will help determine the 5-8 focused messages for The Democratic Party of Multnomah County for the next critical 2 years. This focus and drive will help distinguish us as one of the most progressive counties in the nation — and most effective at making large-scale change. It will guide our messaging to create enthusiasm and connection to the local party. When we show our commitment, our legislators will know we stand behind them as they work on our message.

The following resolutions will be considered:

  1. 2020-02 Unification Rights Amendment
  2. 2020-04 Progressive Surtax on all income above $1 mil
  3. 2020-05 Homeless Services Ballot Measure – Metro

We will vote to fill vacancies for Precinct Committee Persons (list of nominees).

 

 

 

Thank you for everything that you do,

Lurelle Robbins, Chair, Democratic Party of Multnomah County

The Democratic Party of Multnomah County strives to be welcoming and accessible to all. If you or someone you know require ADA or any other accommodations to attend one of our events please contact us to tell us how to make your attendance possible. admin@multdems.org

Approximately 150 people watching the Portland Mayoral Forum January 2020

View video of Portland Mayoral Debate

Multnomah Democrats, in co-sponsorship with BerniePDX and East County Rising, hosted a forum for Portland Mayoral candidates January 21, 2020. Around 150 attended.

Video from the Facebook Livestream is available for those who missed the event. It has that live, Facebook feel to it.

Candidates Cash Carter, Ozzie Gonzalez, Sarah Iannarone, and Teressa Raiford participated. The incumbent, Ted Wheeler, was unable to attend as he was in Washington DC for the United States Conference of Mayors.

Read MultDem Austen Lethbridge-Scarl’s take on the event.

Notes from a Mayoral Candidate Forum

On January 21st, Cash Carter, Sarah Iannarone, Teressa Raiford, and Ozzie Gonzalez took to the stage at the Sunnyside Community Center for the first Mayoral Candidate Forum of the 2020 race. (A candidate forum is like if a debate were tolerable.) Just as notable for his absence was incumbent Ted Wheeler, who was unable to attend as he was in Washington DC for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The room wasn’t particularly excited about Wheeler’s track record—perhaps inevitable with a panel of candidates looking to unseat him and an audience full of voters open to replacing him. There was a clear consensus on the stage that the city was facing many issues that weren’t being properly addressed. A few that came up repeatedly during the event were police accountability, gentrification, lack of representation in governance and that terrible mass of problems known as housing.

Advocate for Electric Buses for TriMet this Wednesday

Join us at the TriMet Board Meeting Wednesday 22 January to advocate for electric buses.

TriMet consumes 6 million gallons of diesel every year. At 20lbs of CO2 per gallon, that 67,000 tons of CO2 per year, plus the unhealthy particulates rampant in diesel, that TriMet sends into our air.

Of course, the mission of transit is important, but we must also be committed to taking on the challenge of the climate crisis.

MultDems platform and resolutions call on us to take on the climate crisis aggressively. If you share that belief, attend the TriMet Board meeting Wednesday, 22 January at 9am, World Trade Center Plaza Conference Room 121 SW Salmon. Local activists will be testifying and calling for a stronger support of electric buses that can have a significant impact on our communities’ health and our shared carbon footprint.

Save the date: Celsi is March 21st

Nominations for Dick Celsi, Governor Barbara Roberts Young Democrat and Bill and Gladys McCoy Awards Are Now Open!

Celsi Celebration – March 21, 2020

Get your nominations in by January 21

The 2020 Democratic Party of Multnomah County Dick Celsi Fundraising Event will be held March 21, 2020.  Three individuals will be recognized for their service and commitment to the Party.

Nominations for the Dick Celsi Award, the Bill and Gladys McCoy Award, and the Governor Barbara Roberts Young Democrat Award are now open. You may offer nominations by using this link to our nomination form. Nominations are due by midnight the night of January 21,2020.

The Dick Celsi Award

Dick Celsi – “Celsi” as his friends called him – served as Chair of the Multnomah County Democrats during the 1970s and Chair of the State Democratic Party during the 1980s and into the 1990s. A Democratic Socialist, he was a strong voice for the poor, homeless, and those without means.

In honor of Dick Celsi, a Precinct Committee Person (PCP) who emulates Dick Celsi’s dedication to the Party and to grassroots activism will be selected to receive the Dick Celsi Award. To be eligible for this award, the PCP must not have previously received it, must not be a State or County Democratic Party Officer, and must not have been an officer of the Multnomah County Democrats within the last six months. 

Governor Barbara Roberts Young Democrat Award

Barbara Roberts served as the 34th Governor of Oregon from 1991 to 1995. She was the first woman to serve as Oregon Governor, and was also the first woman to serve as Majority Leader in the Oregon House of Representatives. She also served as Secretary of State for two terms, and, most recently, as a member of the Metro Council from 2011 to 2013. 

In her honor, the Governor Barbara Roberts Young Democrat Award is presented to a young Democrat who has significantly contributed as a volunteer for our organization. To be eligible for this award, the recipient shall be no older than 37 as of January 1, 2020.

Bill and Gladys McCoy Award

Bill McCoy in 1972 became the first African-American elected to the Oregon State Legislature. His wife Gladys became the first African-American member of the Portland School Board in 1970, and then the first African-American Multnomah County Commissioner in 1979.

In their honor, the Bill and Gladys McCoy Award recognizes a present or past-elected official who resides in Multnomah County and who has provided significant service and support to the Party.
We thank everyone of our volunteers and we thank you for helping to choose the award recipients. Please use this form to submit your nominations.