Your weekly(ish) update on business, law and politics from Bend, Oregon.
Business: The Bulletin runs a nifty quarterly Central Oregon Business Index which is really an economic index, but I put lots of economic stuff in this section called business so who am I to complain? Anyway, for the third quarter of 2018, the index is mostly flat, indicating we are humming along with a strong economy that probably doesn’t have a lot of room to get much stronger in the near-term.
Law: If you own residential rental property in Oregon and when your tenant moves out he leaves some of his personal property behind, I’m sorry because you are in for some unpleasantness. You’re required to provide written notice to the tenant, make a determination of value, and sometimes hold a public sale, with the proceeds of which eventually going to the tenant, who by the way left the stuff in your property to begin with. The statute governing all of this is 19 pages long when printed out and it’s a mess. This article simplifies things a bit if you’re interested.
Politics: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the five U.S. counties with the highest median income are all suburbs of Washington, D.C. Under both parties, the federal government has, particularly since WWII, dramatically increased its power and wealth. Many of the people who live in those wealthy suburbs are paid well to influence the disposition of that power and wealth.
Et cetera: This past week marked 85 years since the end of alcohol prohibition in the U.S. Winston Churchill had a well-known penchant for booze beginning, according to some accounts, with breakfast each day. In 1932, before he became Prime Minister, Churchill visited the U.S., which was still under the influence (ahem) of prohibition. The solution? Churchill obtained a doctor’s note stating that he “necessitates the use of alcoholic spirits especially at meal times. The amount is naturally indefinite[.]” Cheers!
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