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Issue 5

Next meeting is Dec. 3, 2-3 p.m.
Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St., Beaverton, Vose Room

No meeting for November! 
Minutes from Oct. 1 meeting here
In October our unit wrapped up our tabling at the Hillsboro Farmers Market and held a well-attended forum featuring debates between the two candidates for the County Commissioner Chair and both sides of Measure 105.

Having a table at the Farmers Markets proved to be very effective for getting our name out there, attracting more members and newsletter sign-ups and getting out the vote in our region. We hope to feature tables at area farmers markets next year when the season begins again.

The forum was co-hosted with the Washington County Public Affairs Forum with the organizations' president, Rob Solomon, moderating the debates. More than 100 people attended the event, with even more watching the livestream on TVCTV's page and on public access stations. You can watch it

A big thank you to volunteers who helped staff this event helping at our information table, gathering audience questions and assisting at the podium!
State League Urges Yes on 102 and Metro Bond; No on the Rest

The League of Women Voters never endorses candidates, and only takes positions on ballot measures after lengthy study, deliberation and debate. Therefore you can feel confident when the League recommends a vote for or against something, it has not been taken lightly. This November's ballot features six ballot measures for Washington County. Read here for the details on the League's positions.

Vote, Get that Ballot In and Encourage Others!

The most important action you can take as a citizen is to vote ... and urge others in your life to do so! Remember to get your ballots in the mail (postmarks don't count, allow enough time!) or in a ballot box by 8 p.m. Nov. 6th! Here is a list of all the ballot boxes in our county (no stamp required!):
You can paste this link into emails and social media posts for your friends and family.
If you are undecided on some candidates, check out the League's video
interviews with many of them, including Washington County races like Forest Grove council, Tigard mayor, Hillsboro council and more! 
Redistricting Focus of Upcoming League Advocacy
  • The League of Women Voters of Oregon and the national organization have positions on redistricting that call for a reform that would require an amendment to the Oregon Constitution to create an independent redistricting commission with strict criteria for drawing district boundaries.
  • The League supports redistricting reform that would make our system less susceptible to abuse and unrepresentative distortions. With an independent redistricting commission, we would take the process of redistricting out of the hands of partisan politicians and back into the hands of voters.
  • The goal of reforming our redistricting process is to change who draws the lines of our districts, increase transparency and public participation in the redistricting process, clarify the requirements of where district lines get drawn, and to close the loopholes in our current system by clarifying redistricting criteria and requirements.
  • Come join us to learn more about this important subject on Nov. 29th at 6:30 p.m. at PCC Willow Creek, 241 SW Edgeway Drive, Beaverton 97006. The Facebook event post for this meeting can be found and shared here

League Members Can Attend Forum as Members

Our unit joined the Washington County Public Affairs Forum as a member to help bring even more resources to our local members. Through our paid organizational membership, you have access to all of the Forum's meetings and can ask questions of speakers.

The Forum's schedule can be found here and upcoming speakers include a review of the Nov. 6th election results by Dr. James Moore from Pacific University and a presentation from the local Moms Demand Action group on gun violence.

The Forum meets every Monday (except holidays) from noon to 1 p.m. at Coyotes Bar & Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro. You can arrive as early as 11:30 a.m. to order from the menu and mingle, but no purchase is required.
Volunteer Opportunities

As a newer unit we have spent the last year building our membership and getting our name out there. In order to keep growing and affecting our community, we need volunteers to step up and help!

Our biggest need now that the election season is almost over is to become more engaged in our local governments; civic involvement is one of our cornerstones! There are city council, county commission and other area boards and committees that our members can attend (wearing our League pins!), and report back on so we stay informed and know when we can make an impact. Volunteer by signing up here!

Here are links to some of the local governing bodies' meeting schedules; let us know if you can attend even just a meeting every now and then:

Washington County Board of Commissioners
Beaverton City Council schedule.
Hillsboro City Council schedule.
Metro Council schedule.
Washington County Housing Advisory Committee schedule.
Washington County Planning Commission schedule.
Upcoming Civic Events
  • The county's Community Participation Organization program includes communities all over the region from the borders with Portland to western unincorporated areas. Find out when your area community meeting is here.
  • Nov. 5, 12 p.m., Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, WashCo Public Affairs Forum featuring Washington County's Suicide Prevention program, info here.
  • Nov. 11, 2:30 p.m., Cedar Mill Library, 12505 NW Cornell Road, Living Room Conversation, find out more here.
  • Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Multnomah County Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Civic Education program: Immigration: Welcomes, Walls, Sanctuaries, and Borders, info here.
  • Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Oregon State Library, Salem, Legislative Process Day featuring Senator Kathleen Taylor and Representative Andrea Salinas, registration required, sign up!
  • Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m., PCC Willow Creek, 241 SW Edgeway Dr., Beaverton, redistricting commission discussion, see above.
Resources from the League

If you haven't renewed your League membership, you may be missing getting the latest Legislative Report or quarterly Voter newsletter in your inbox.  It's a great way to stay plugged in to what's going on in Salem! Membership also helps fund all the great resources the League offers the community and gives you a vote when we make decisions.
To stay up on the latest with our Washington County unit, be sure to "like" our Facebook pagebookmark our website and follow us on Twitter!
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