Bend Business Roundup 8-2-19

Bend Business Roundup 8-2-19

Happy Friday,

Here’s some stuff you might like.

Business: We wrote last week that job growth has recently slowed in Central Oregon, but if it is there’s new evidence that job growth is slowing from a white-hot pace. USA Today says that the Bend-Redmond metropolitan area has experienced more job growth in the last five years than every other metro area in the country except St. George, Utah. There are 18,500 (!) more people working in the Bend-Redmond metro area than there were just five years ago. Also, it turns out USA Today still exists. (Hat tip to BBR reader Stephen Moor for sending this article my way).

Law: We lawyers sometimes have to tell our clients that no matter what you do, someone can always sue you. The bar to file a lawsuit is really low. Back when I did insurance defense litigation I had a case where these two guys who lived in Terrebonne and working as flaggers near Sunriver were driving to work one morning. These guys admittedly were not unacquainted with the use of alcohol and they were, to use a technical legal term, rough. Anyway, like any normal person on their way to work, they pulled over on Highway 97 between Redmond and Bend to relieve themselves adjacent to rush hour traffic. As they were merging back into traffic, they alleged that my client ran into them from behind, injuring them. Well, somehow this case went to trial and it turns out the guys weren’t even sure where my client hit their car or how they were injured. They lost, but my client (who thankfully had insurance) still had to go to trial.

Politics: Governor Kate Brown has informed legislators that she intends to veto or partially veto at least one bill passed by the recently adjourned legislature. When asked if she intended to punish Senate Republicans who walked out of the legislature in protest over the cap and trade bill by vetoing projects in their districts, Brown echoed an old Klingon proverb when she responded, “Revenge is a dish best served cold and slowly.” It’s gross when Trump threatens to use the power of government to punish his political opponents, and it’s gross when Brown does it too, especially because it’s become increasingly clear that Democrats never had the votes to pass cap and trade regardless of what Republicans did. We all pay for the government we have, and at least in theory it’s supposed to do things for the public good; it ought not be a tool for personal political revenge.

Et cetera:  A company led by Oregon newspaper publishing firm EO Media Group as well as minority investors from Bend is buying The Bulletin and Redmond Spokesman newspapers out of bankruptcy. The Bulletin will surely change under new ownership. After all, the underlying market conditions that led to the bankruptcy and to the widespread destruction of newspapers throughout the county, still exist. Nonetheless, this is the best outcome people like me who need to link to local news stories in their weekly emails could have hoped for! Oh, and everyone who cares about some form of factual reporting about local government.

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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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