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Business: Construction activity has leveled off in Bend, as measured by single-family home building permits. This combined with the news that the City of Portland is laying off four staff from its development department because of a sharp decline in applications indicates a slowdown in the breakneck residential construction market, at least in two of the pricier cities in Oregon.
Law: Get this: Local painting business accuses former bookkeeper of embezzling $200,000. DA brings charges against the bookeeper. Bookkeeper says that the money was actually in the form of gifts because she was having an affair with the owner of the painting business. Bookeeper’s attorney uncovers evidence that the owner of the painting business allegedly “tampered” with a member of the grand jury that indicted the bookkeeper. Bookkeeper is now suing the DA and Bend police. The Lifetime movie will be out in late 2019 (I made that last part up).
Politics: There are 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, allocated by population. Oregon has had five House seats since after the 1980 census, but it’s on pace to get one more seat following the 2020 census. Currently, Democrats hold four seats, with Greg Walden being the lone Republican, representing everything east of the Cascades (including Bend) as well as southern Oregon. Democrats are likely to be in charge of drawing the boundaries for the newly configured districts, but they will have a hard time avoiding creating another Republican-leaning seat without some pretty significant gerrymandering. There aren’t that many Republicans in Oregon, but there’s probably enough for two out of six seats.
Et cetera: The Oregon Ducks football team plays in something called the Redbox Bowl on Christmas Eve. I’m a pretty ardent Ducks fan and reasonably informed college football follower and I admit I had never heard of this bowl before the Ducks were picked to play in it. Turns out for a while this bowl was called the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, which my God in 2002-2003 was the walnut market big enough to justify a bowl? No matter, it’s better than the Beavers’ bowl game…
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Have a great weekend and Merry Christmas! We here at BBR will take next week off and then be back better than ever for 2019.