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A Campaign changes form

Welcome to 2011. It isn't hard to see a great year ahead for those those of us committed to a healthier, sturdier, stronger Rogue Valley community. The need to strengthen our local business network, agriculture and web of services will get clearer and more compelling for more people this year.



Some of you saw an… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on January 8, 2011 at 6:07pm — No Comments

The Local Jobs Agenda

By Jeff Golden



Some say there are three big issues this election year, in national state and local elections alike: 1) Jobs 2) Jobs and 3) Jobs.



How can county government help that happen? A couple of months ago we started a research project to find out. The result is our Local Jobs Agenda, which we think is unlike any report ever offered before in a… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on September 13, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

CERT Steps Up | Commentary

By Jeff Golden



Just came back from a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) outing up in the Oak Knoll subdivision on Ashland's southeast edge, 18 hours after fire destroyed eleven homes. We canvassed the neighborhood, making sure everyone was ok and looking for smoldering… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on August 25, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

One Way "Our Strength is Our Community" | Commentary

By Jeff Golden



Our Strength is Our Community
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It's our campaign slogan, and today I walked into an inspiring nuts-and-bolts example. It was a meeting of the Jackson County Task Force on Homelessness. There I found about 30 dedicated people from a couple of dozen organizations, some of whom have been meeting monthly for 20… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on August 17, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

There are some projects underway in our Valley that are so good they make you blink, then wonder | Commentary

By Jeff Golden



There are some projects underway in our Valley that are so good they make you blink, and then wonder why more people don't know about them.



One is Rogue Valley Farm to School. All this small non-profit is doing is reconnecting children to the source of… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on July 14, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Doesn't have to happen | Commentary

By Jeff Golden



The ongoing oil volcano erupting torrents of oil into the Gulf right now (and more oil this second...and more now...and more now) rarely leaves my mind during this campaign. It's not just a stunning symbol of where past decisions have brought us. It's a grim guide for the decisions we're making… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on June 11, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Come visit the Campaign website | Political Reporting

By Jeff Golden



One down, one to go. And it's the easy one that's down. We took about 99% of the vote in Tuesday's election, which might have something to do with the fact that I was unopposed for the Democratic nomination for Position #1.



Republicans nominated Don Skundrick (defeating the incumbent Jack Walker)… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on May 19, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

A Tale of (at least) Two Ashlands | Commentary

By Jeff Golden



Does every town have an establishment that plays by the rules and outsiders that would like to share some of the establishment's goodies? Ashland does, and this comes into focus every year at budget time,



Two nonprofits - the Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Shakespeare Festival - get most of the public dollars targeted for economic development and culture (which are close to one and the same in… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on February 13, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

The 2 kinds of people in the world: those who see 2 kinds of people in the world and those who don't | Commentary

By Jeff Golden



I blog on Blue Oregon, a Huffington Post meets the Democratic Party of Oregon kind of site. You can burn a lot of time there if your mind twists in a certain direction.



Last night a reponse to one of my posts lit up a bulb for me. Or re-lit it, really. It reminded me that the conflict that makes politics and progress so hard really isn't about Republican v… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on January 26, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

The heat around Measures 66 & 67 | Commentary

By Jeff Golden



Oregon's trying to pull itself part way out of its big financial hole with Ballot Measures 66 and 67, which marginally increase taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations. As I write we're about 24 hours away from knowing whether or not Oregonians will buy in.



So many feelings and issues have been stirred by this campaign. One of them -- deep anger and resentment at banks, credit card companies and Wall Street -- has… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on January 25, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Just a good idea | Commentary

By Jeff Golden



Taking a break from intense, earnest attempts to ask the Big Questions, this post is just about a good idea. A simple idea. Most good ones are.



Tired as they are of the word "sustainability," people I know wants to move towards it. How, though? With obstacles so big, with a starting point than can be so discouraging, how do we actually build a sustainable world?



By… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on January 20, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

Mindful New Years'



I get that New Years' columns are a little passe, and that "Resolutions" are about as hip-and-now as Guy Lombardo playing the New Year's ball down the pole in Times Square. However arbitrary, the calendar re-fresh is a strong invitation to look at what we're doing, and whether what we're doing will is likely to take us where we want to go. I like this way of putting the… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on January 3, 2010 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Time to think bigger



Jackson County says it's leaving the Association of Oregon Counties. That's never happened before, and the AOC goes back to 1906. They say it's because the Association isn't tough enough protecting county interests against cities and school districts. But that's not the kind of help counties need.
This is a much bigger deal than it looks like. It's also an…
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Added by Jeff Golden on December 29, 2009 at 10:45pm — No Comments

Class Warfare? Please.



Tired of getting treated like an idiot at election time? Me, too. Mostly it happens with slogans and buzzwords designed purely to trigger you rather than help you think through an issue that needs some thought.
The current example that bugs me enough to deserve…
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Added by Jeff Golden on December 20, 2009 at 9:53am — No Comments

Give it a rest?



There's a feud in Ashland over a decorated tree -- holiday tree, Christmas tree, gift tree -- again. In the struggles of past Decembers, I've held a pretty steady ACLU line: if an emblem of the season feels religious, or if some people feel excluded by it, it doesn't belong in school. Where there can be harm infusing a religious flavor into schools, there's really no… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on December 16, 2009 at 9:05am — No Comments

The Abundance Swap





This is what our 8th Annual Abundance Swap looked like last Sunday in Ashland. We invented it in the heat of the "Black Friday" buy-buy-buy frenzy in 2002. We're proud of it.



We're proud of the experience people have there -- here's… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on December 10, 2009 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Maybe we could do it better...



We don't trust practically anything government touches anymore. Left, right, center, we don't see ourselves represented in the decisions government makes or the process they use to make them.



What if some significant decisions were put in the hands of well-informed citizens--call them 'everyday,' 'average,' 'common'-- people with no axe to grind and no…
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Added by Jeff Golden on November 30, 2009 at 8:28am — No Comments

You know that definition of "insanity" that everyone quotes?



OK, with everything else going on, this one's not exactly on the front burner. But one thing I'd like to know from the Guv candidates is how many chips they're ready to spend to reverse the 1990s initiative measure that commits every dime of gas tax and auto registration money to highway construction, or closely-related expenditures.



If that weren't the law, we… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on November 17, 2009 at 5:34pm — No Comments

After the election



Last week voters in my town renewed Oregon's only tax on prepared meals and beverages, established 15 years ago to fund major sewage treatment upgrades and an open space program to establish neighborhood parks and trails. We fought over it back then and fought about it again this time.
On Tuesday we re-upped for the tax by a 59-41% margin. Does that end the…
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Added by Jeff Golden on November 8, 2009 at 10:15am — No Comments

How much does free speech mean if we're scared to use it?



There's a court battle going on in Washington State over whether your name should be public information if you sign a petition to put a measure on the ballot. The measure that brought this up would reverse a state law that expanded the rights of same-sex partners, and petitioners claimed that gay rights activists are so hostile that they might scare some people away from… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on November 2, 2009 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Earth & Eco News

Tesla starts solar cell production at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, raises annual capacity goal to 2 GW | Electrek

Tesla Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel has confirmed that the company started solar cell production at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo.

Anthropocene

The Anthropocene defines Earth's most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans. The word combines the root "anthropo", meaning "human" with the root "-cene", the standard suffix for "epoch" in geologic time. The Anthropocene is distinguished as a new period either after or within the Holocene, the current epoch, which began approximately 10,000 years ago (about 8000 BC) with the end of the last glacial period.

Solar Power To Become 4th Largest Electric Power Capacity In The World (Passing Up Wind) | CleanTechnica

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis Global Power Industry Outlook, 2018, which posits that solar will surpass wind in global energy capacity starting in 2020, making it the fourth largest source of energy generation behind coal, gas and hydro. Less than a year ago, solar surpassed nuclear energy to reach 5th place.

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