Bend Business Roundup 6-14-19

Bend Business Roundup 6-14-19

Happy Friday,

Here’s some stuff you might like.

Business: Let’s say you’re a fan of The Bachelor and have this really cool idea for a spinoff show featuring contestants who are all 50+ years old. What do you do? Well, you hand-write a letter to the show to share your idea, that’s what. Except, woops, you send the letter to Mt. Bachelor instead of The Bachelor.

Law: According to the Bulletin, doctors who wish to see patients at St. Charles are required to sign a code of conduct in which they promise “Not to express public derogatory comments about the quality of care being provided by other physicians, nursing personnel or the Hospital.” Erik Lukens of the Bulletin properly points out that this restriction is at odds with creating a patient-focused culture. Legally, however, I think it’s very, very unlikely that the hospital would ever successfully enforce the policy, for a couple reasons. First, Oregon’s whistleblower protection law protects employees who report real or perceived violations of the law from being punished by their employer. Health care is a highly regulated business and it would not be difficult for a doc to couch the complaint in the context of a violation of the law. Second, the public perception of such punishment, unless the complaint was truly made in bad faith, would look pretty bad for the hospital.

Politics: The City of Bend is getting ready to ask voters to approve more taxes for transportation. The city hired polling outfit DHM Research to learn more about what registered voters in Bend thought about transportation and congestion. Most people agreed that congestion is a problem. Interestingly, voters strongly preferred increasing street capacity to adding bike lanes:

Widen roads, add more lanes = 29% support
Fix intersection bottlenecks = 24%
Make better road connections = 18%
Install or improve roundabouts = 16%
Build new bike or pedestrian paths = 8%
Don’t know = 6%
(those results on page 11 of the linked report)

That’s 87% who preferred adding to street capacity, further evidence that the general population has much different views than the folks who tend to show up at City Council meetings.

Et cetera:  Our oldest son, Aiden, “graduated” from preschool on Wednesday. “Graduated” is in quotes not because he did that thing where he could walk with his class but didn’t get a real diploma because he hasn’t quite gotten in his makeup work to allow him to pass geometry. No…. he has a late August birthday so he’s going to do a second year of preschool, albeit five days a week rather than three. Anyway, Anna and I were so proud of him for completing the year and during the graduation ceremony he did most everything right from singing with his classmates to walking to the stage to get his diploma. He has really matured in the past year. It wasn’t until after the graduation, at our celebratory lunch at Croutons, that I noticed Aiden had been wearing his shoes on the wrong feet through the whole thing. Such is parenting.

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Have a great weekend!

Jeff started EagerLaw PC to help Oregon entrepreneurs succeed in business. Jeff worked in Washington, D.C. for Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, served as Mayor of the City of Bend, and has been practicing law in Oregon for over a decade. Jeff believes strongly in entrepreneurship and enjoys making the legal side of business transparent and easy for his clients.

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