Tuesday, October 28, 2003
The Citizens for Responsible Waterfront Development failed to meet the pre-election report deadlines for two financial reports.
However, on Friday morning, Cory Roeseler, CRWD treasurer, remedied at least part of the problem by filing a disclosure statement of contributions and expenditures. His records show one contribution of $750 from a Chicago, Ill., couple and a total balance of $1,872. Roeseler said he is researching how the last reported amount of $777 from 1995 climbed to $1,122 at the start of the 2003 campaign for Measure 14-16. The required annual summaries due each September to show changes in that fund were not filed by CRWD.
Roeseler said the group had nothing to report on Sept. 29, the deadline for the first report, because there had been no monetary movement on the current campaign. Measure 14-16 seeks to have the city create a policy establishing a park on the Port of Hood River-owned waterfront.
“Yes, we are in violation but how important is it if there were no contributions?” asked Roeseler.
Oregon Campaign Finance Manager Fred Neal said because city voters will decide the ballot measure all official campaign reports have to be submitted to Hood River City Recorder Jean Hadley. Neal said the financial penalties for failure to disclose the required information start with one percent per day on the greater balance of contributions or expenditures. The second violation raises that limit to three percent. That amount graduates even higher if a group does not report the names of single contributors of $500 or more and expenditures of $1,000 or higher to any single source on both Oct. 27 and Oct. 31. A post-election wrap-up report is also due on Dec. 4.
“The purpose of these penalties is to provide motive for political action committees to file timely account reports because the public has the right to know where the money is coming from and how it is being spent,” Neal said.
Felix Tomlinson, cofounder of the Results Through Representative Government, said RTRG’s “meticulous” disclosure statement this week lists the names of all 93 contributors, even those who gave only $10, and shows a cash balance of about $5,200.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge