Results of Annual meeting, 2019

Results of the annual meeting: our members and board met on April 18, 2019 for dinner and the annual meeting at the delightful new Terra Veg vegan restaurant on E. Main St. Our guest speaker was Klamath Falls mayor Carol Westfall, who spoke to us about city issues and what’s it’s like to be a woman in power in this traditionally male-dominated city political structure.

new study approved

During the meeting, members and board voted to begin a new study project next year. This will deal with the issue of merging the Klamath Falls city boundary with the “Urban Growth” boundary. The concept is to merge these two boundaries to form a single entity.

The League understands that various people in Klamath Falls have discussed this issue for many years but it has always faced partisan opposition from various groups due to a number of issues including taxation, provision of infrastructure, and public safety. Now the league would like to focus on identifying major stakeholders who should ultimately meet to resolve this issue. The goal would be to speak to all the relevant parties to try to form a basis for a committee to work together. This committee could bring issues to the ballot or otherwise work to merge these boundaries.

other decisions

The board will consider new board members and officers at the next regular meeting. Courtney Neubauer was elected to serve on the board. Leslie Lowe will continue as Treasurer, Karen Kunz will continue as Secretary. The position of President will become open and will be determined at the meeting of May 16.

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  1. Regarding LWV annual meeting report about the quoted text below—

    During the meeting, members and board voted to begin a new study project next year. This will deal with the issue of merging the Klamath Falls city boundary with the “Urban Growth” boundary. The concept is to merge these two boundaries to form a single entity.

    “The League understands that various people in Klamath Falls have discussed this issue for many years but it has always faced partisan opposition from various groups due to a number of issues including taxation, provision of infrastructure, and public safety. Now the league would like to focus on identifying major stakeholders who should ultimately meet to resolve this issue. The goal would be to speak to all the relevant parties to try to form a basis for a committee to work together. This committee could bring issues to the ballot or otherwise work to merge these boundaries.”

    Although I am not a group or part of any opposition group to the merger I am a county resident who has consistently voted against the merging of the city boundary with the the urban growth boundary I would need information convincing me that the benefits (I would need to know what these would be and who the beneficiaries are) of the merger would outweigh the losses (whatever these might be). When I use the words benefits and losses I don’t mean just in terms of myself but how these factors would impact other county and city residents. I would want unforeseen outcomes to be considered before a merger. Oftentimes, like with NAFTA or creating policy based on Black ’super-predators’ in the 1990’s, officials create policy without much thought to impacts down the road—I am thinking sustainably here (“If you make a decision and wonder how it will affect your children, you are thinking sustainably.” — Leslie Lowe, Founder, Klamath Sustainable Communities. Could there be reasons for regret for everyday county/city residents down the road if the merger were to occur?

    I look forward to learning the results of your study project.

    Regards,

    Christina Pasillas

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