Missed you last week, as our family was afflicted with a couple very sick toddlers (they’re fine now), and that’s why this email is weeky(ish)! Here’s some stuff you might like.
Business: Anyone who’s looked at developing or redeveloping property knows that the cost of installing sidewalks can be quite a lot. City of Bend rules require installation of sidewalks whenever property is significantly redeveloped. Sometimes the cost of installing the sidewalks makes the project not feasible. And some neighborhoods without sidewalks don’t want “sidewalks to nowhere.” Well, the City is considering exempting some neighborhoods from the sidewalk obligation.
Law: Well, the Oregon legislature has now passed and the governor has now signed the country’s first statewide rent control law. Rent control is a component, but for many residential landlords, the significant changes to evictions will be the more drastic change. And the law has an emergency clause so it went into effect immediately because in Oregon destroying the ability of adults to contract with each other is an emergency. If you are a residential landlord you NEED to figure out what the law requires, immediately, or you could be facing claims for damages, penalties and attorney fees. This article is a good place to start.
Politics: The Oregon legislature does a lot of bad things, but the House did a good thing this week by passing, unanimously, a bill to allow Redmond to develop 485 units of affordable housing. Local Rep Jack Zika (who lives in Redmond) spearheaded the bill. While this is the right move, it’s a reminder that one of the reasons Oregon has an affordable housing problem is that it takes an act of the legislature to allow for the development of more housing.
Et cetera: My senior year at Mountain View High School was 1992-93, when some old-timers may remember Bend got hammered with snow. The school held a snow sculpture contest on the football field and I and my fellow painfully dorky friends sculpted a miniature U.S. Capitol Building. We came in second place and were recognized at a school assembly so that everyone in school was reminded that we were nerds.
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Have a great weekend!