Your weekly(ish) update on business, law and politics from Bend, Oregon.
Business: If you own residential rental property in Oregon and you sometimes feel like the state looks poorly upon your ilk, you’re right. And it’s likely to get a lot worse. Faced with a severe rental housing shortage and rising prices in some parts of the state (including Bend), Democrats in Salem want the country’s first statewide rent control law, and they are likely to get it.
Law: Guy gets stuck in a really smelly Burger King bathroom for a while and eventually gets out. Manager verbally promises the guy free meals for life. Guy proceeds to eat at Burger King for the next 13 days straight (!) and BK thought this a bit much and told him it would no longer honor the free meal promise. Guy sues BK, seeking damages equating one Whopper meal per week until he reaches 72 years of age. This fact pattern will be on countless law school final exams come Spring.
Politics: Former Bend mayor, and good friend of BBR, Casey Roats talked to the Bulletin about his struggles with anxiety and depression while in office. It’s a rare glimpse of a politician as a human being, struggling with some of the same issues many others also struggle with. It took a lot of courage for Casey to talk about this, and we’re all better for his having done so.
Et cetera: Even while Oregon seeks to further regulate the housing market, it is at long last deregulating the practice of eating roadkill, at least (1) when that roadkill is deer or elk; (2) when eater is also the person who hit said deer or elk, (3) when you apply for a permit to eat the deer or elk, and (4) when you provide the head of the deer or elk to the state. Something tells me this is several steps too many for roadkill-eating scofflaws and illicit roadkill eating will continue unimpeded. Yes, we’re talking about you, Coos County.
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