On July 25 Representative Chris Edwards and I joined together to host another Town Hall. This one at Ray’s Food
Place in Santa Clara. We provided a wrap-up of the recent legislative session, highlighting action, successes, failures, and
what’s coming up next. I covered topics such as ombudsmen to check on people in nursing homes, insurance rate review, access
to lower-cost health insurance, consumer protection, reducing energy use, and concerns about the loss of federal funds for Lane and
several other counties.
In the District
In early August I moved into a new office in the center of the metropolitan area that I will share with several local
legislators: Rep. Phil Barnhart, Rep. Terry Beyer, Rep. Chris Edwards, Sen. Vicki Walker and I. While the legislators have day
jobs or other responsibilities that keep them moving in and out of the office, staff will be there to answer constituent calls, work on constituent
issues, handle schedules and help work on our legislative responsibilities. It is our hope that by pooling staff and resources we
will save money and better serve all of our constituent and legislative needs. Last week we had our Grand Opening
event. A wonderful mix of advocates, constituents and local activists, local and county officials, and representatives from our
congressional delegations offices were able to stop by to celebrate the opening. I enjoyed seeing and speaking with many of you.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has added new signs on Beltline Highway between Interstate 5 and 11th Street (Oregon
126) marking Beltline Highway as Oregon 569. Signs will be installed on the Beltline itself, and on approaching roadway
connections that have ramp access to the highway.
ODOT says "The Eugene–Springfield metro area contains four freeway
systems and ODOT is confident this State Highway improvement will provide motorists with a more defined level of direction to reach their
destinations with the new Oregon 569 route markers as a guidance tool."
While the transition from the Capitol was a bit hectic, it’s nice to be home again. Summers in Eugene with
the County Fair, Eugene Celebration, and Farmers Market are not to be missed. My garden appreciates the extra care it has been receiving, and
Lily, my cat, is ecstatic not do be making the commute to Salem each week.
I appreciate your emails and calls and look forward to hearing from you and seeing you more in the district.
State Representative District 13
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