Here’s some stuff you might like.
Business: There is no time of year when Bend is bursting at the seams more than around the 4th of July, and this year was no exception despite cooler weather. As anecdotal evidence that the tourists are here, I had a guy with California plates come to a full stop in the Shevlin Park Roard/Mt. Washington roundabout and wave me in, causing all the cars behind him to slam on their brakes. It was like he heard that people in Bend are “nice” and resent “rude” California drivers and was trying to make up for all of it himself.
Law: We’ve covered the bankruptcy and now potential sale of The Bulletin, Central Oregon’s only daily newspaper. Oregon Public Broadcasting reportedthis week that, per the terms of the potential sale, Western Communications, the parent company of The Bulletin, would be required to terminate all Bulletin employees upon closing of the sale, and the buyer may hire or not hire them at its discretion. Now, this is surely concerning for those employees, but it is also entirely standard for a business asset sale, whether in bankruptcy or not. The reason is that if the sale closes, Western Communications will no longer own The Bulletin, and assuming the buyer wants to operate a newspaper in some form (this is unfortunately not guaranteed), it will need to hire some or all of those folks. It can’t if they’re still employed by Western Communications, who in any event doesn’t want to keep paying (nor does the bankruptcy trustee want it to keep paying) people who work for newspaper it no longer owns. For better or worse, this is all standard operating procedure, at least for now. This bit about the ownership structure of the potential buyer is, however, not particularly encouraging (scroll down).
Politics: If you (1) live in Central Oregon, (2) hold political views that are generally supportive of private property rights and a light touch when it comes to regulations and taxes and (3) think you might be interested in running for local office someday, you should apply for this year’s edition of Step Up Bend. Step Up is a program we started a couple years ago to give potential candidates information they need to decide whether they’d like to run for office. It’s only a monthly lunchtime commitment and it’s free (thanks to our generous sponsors including the Central Oregon Association of Realtors) and non-partisan. The first session is July 25 and it runs through the end of the year. There is (of course) no obligation to run for anything; this is informational only. If you have any questions, shoot me an email or just apply! The deadline for applications is Monday, July 15.
Et cetera: Our three-year-old son, Elijah, told me the other day, “Never say anything ever again.” Thanks for reading and hopefully finding what I have to say of more value than does my son. This email series has become less (ish) and more weekly because I really do enjoy writing it. I appreciate your taking a few minutes each Friday to read about what I think is interesting.
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Have a great weekend!