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Suspect arrested with stolen mail

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Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Landry arrived and interrogated a suspect wanted for Thursday’s post office burglary in Gleneden Beach, reportedly discovering 10 pounds of stolen mail and some narcotics. (Photo by Rick Beasley)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Landry arrived and interrogated a suspect wanted for Thursday’s post office burglary in Gleneden Beach, reportedly discovering 10 pounds of stolen mail and some narcotics. (Photo by Rick Beasley)

GLENEDEN BEACH — A suspect has been arrested after neighbors rallied to help find one of the burglars who rifled 102 post office boxes here in the early morning hours of Aug. 19.

Joseph Galen Story was jailed Saturday, Aug.21, amid scores of theft and conspiracy charges and a massive, $4.4 million bail. Workers and business owners from a business plaza known as Gleneden Beach Station reportedly recognized the man from nearby security photographs taken during the 1:30 a.m. break-in at Gleneden Beach Post Office.

GLENEDEN BEACH — A suspect has been arrested after neighbors rallied to help find one of the burglars who rifled 102 post office boxes here in the early morning hours of Aug. 19.
GLENEDEN BEACH — A suspect has been arrested after neighbors rallied to help find one of the burglars who rifled 102 post office boxes here in the early morning hours of Aug. 19.

A person close to the case reported that the suspect was spotted, confronted and followed by civilians who called 911. Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Landry arrived and interrogated the suspect, reportedly discovering 10 pounds of stolen mail and some narcotics. The suspect was apparently not on local police radar when “he drifted in and began lurking around,” according to a resident who was on high alert. “Everybody was looking for these guys,” he said.

According to his jailhouse rap sheet, Story faces 83 counts of mail theft, two counts of criminal conspiracy and one charge of criminal mischief in the 1st degree. All of the counts carry a $50,000 bail. His photo had not been posted on the LCSO jail web site at press time. Homepage will continue to post further developments as they emerge.

Zeke Olsen, a clerk with the Gleneden Beach U.S. Post Office, said the sheriff’s office will return the seized mail Monday morning for redistribution. Meanwhile, the search is still on for a second suspect.

U.S. postal inspectors called to Gleneden Beach burglary

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More than 100 post office boxes were pried open with an unknown amount of mail stolen early Thursday morning in Gleneden Beach. A postal repair specialist shows damages left behind by a pry bar or screwdriver. (Photos by Rick Beasley)
More than 100 post office boxes were pried open with an unknown amount of mail stolen early Thursday morning in Gleneden Beach. A postal repair specialist shows damages left behind by a pry bar or screwdriver. (Photos by Rick Beasley)

GLENEDEN BEACH — A tiny U.S. Post Office that serves 4,000 residents of a beachside resort community was ravaged by a pair of burglars early Thursday morning, Aug. 19.

More than 100 post office boxes were pried open with an unknown amount of mail stolen, reported postal clerk Zeke Olsen, who discovered the burglary when he arrived at work at 5:30 a.m. Post office box doors were ajar and mail scattered across the floors of the lobby, which until today remained open 24 hours. Due to repeated burglaries, including previous damages to the ATM machine (since removed) and a safe inside the post office work area, the lobby will now close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Damaged post office boxes were quickly repaired by U.S.P.O. field maintenance specialist Alissa Gretema, above. New keys are available for boxholders at the Gleneden Beach post office front desk, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Damaged post office boxes were quickly repaired by U.S.P.O. field maintenance specialist Alissa Gretema, above. New keys are available for boxholders at the Gleneden Beach post office front desk, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Boxes were quickly repaired. By midmorning on Thursday a U.S.P.O. field maintenance specialist out of Salem, Alissa Gretema, was replacing damaged locks. New keys are available for boxholders at the post office front desk, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“You can see where they used maybe a screwdriver or a bar to leverage the doors open,” Gretema said, pointing to scratches left on the metal boxes. “At least it’s not so damaged we lost the boxes, too.”

Due to repeated burglaries, including previous damages to the ATM machine (since removed) and a safe inside the post office work area (above), the 24-hr. Gleneden Beach post office lobby will now close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Due to repeated burglaries, including previous damages to the ATM machine (since removed) and a safe inside the post office work area (above), the 24-hr. Gleneden Beach post office lobby will now close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Olsen said the burglars were caught on video security cameras from a nearby business at approximately 1:30 a.m. The video, which has been turned over to the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office, depicted two white males, one mustachioed, of medium build, “thirty-ish,” in tee-shirts and jeans. The video captured a late model car but whether or not the license plate was legible is not known.

Postal Clerk Zeke Olsen, left, discovered the burglary when he arrived at work at 5:30 a.m. Patrons like Bruce Benz, right, found post office box doors ajar when they arrived for their morning mail.
Postal Clerk Zeke Olsen, left, discovered the burglary when he arrived at work at 5:30 a.m. Patrons like Bruce Benz, right, found post office box doors ajar when they arrived for their morning mail.

“They didn’t wear face masks, so you can see them and their tattoos clearly,” Olsen remarked. “Postal inspectors are on their way, I’ve been told. They’re scary dudes who take these federal crimes seriously.”

Why would burglars risk a stretch in federal prison for boring P.O. boxes full of statements and free offers? A postal worker at a nearby post office said more than credit card pitches and utility bills are to be found. “People often receive and send cash and valuables, including precious metal bars and coins,” said the official.

According to the latest annual report of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, an agency with 1,300 armed federal lawmen based in major cities around the U.S. including Portland, there were 202 similar burglaries of post offices in 2020, 140 robberies, 631 assaults and two murders of deliverymen. The U.S. mail is also a conduit for illegal drugs. In 2020, postal inspectors made 2,250 arrests for drug trafficking, with 1,613 convictions and the seizure of 124,000 pounds of narcotics.

The book is often thrown at postal thieves. One recent case of mail theft landed a Lantana, Flor., man 12 months and a day in federal prison for stealing 39 outgoing checks from a residential mailbox. A neighbor who witnessed the theft by a landscaper Marcello Wilbon helped solve the case when she called police. In another example, Janell Russel was given 54 months in federal prison last year after getting caught trying to pass payroll checks stolen from the Hattiesburg, Miss., post office.

Children’s Music Festival coming to a colorful Taft

Childrens Music Festival

Sixty children are painting murals in Lincoln City and they want you to come to their music festival in Taft to support Central Coast youth music programs.

Starting noon Saturday, Aug. 21, at the 51st Street beach access, visitors will experience live music, ukulele playing, and kids running around enjoying themselves. The event is free to the public and festival-goers will see a brand new “wave and ice cream” themed mural on the concrete next to Mo’s restaurant. Tillamook Ice Cream will be flowing.

Six murals are being created by local artists and kids from nonprofit Activate Arts‘ summer camp program. Murals are going up in multiple locations, such as 26th Street beach access, the Community Center, Josephine Young Memorial Park and Fleet Street Park in Cutler City. Artists include Katia Kyte, Brian Nichol, Krista Eddy and Crystal Meneses, founder of Activate Arts.

“We are thrilled and grateful for our local artists and Activate Arts for organizing this citywide youth mural project in Lincoln City,” Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Director Jeanne Sprague said. “This is a grassroots, inclusive, community-oriented activity, and we appreciate the beautiful art in our parks.”

People attending the festival or checking out the artwork will see 51st Street transformed into a kid-friendly free-for-all replete with live music, music workshops and big smiles. Donations gathered will be used to support music programs that serve youth on the coast.

This is the second Children’s Music Festival held in Lincoln City and a third is planned for next year.

Chinook Winds Casino shuts down due to COVID-19 outbreak

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Chinook Winds Casino Outbreak

An outbreak of COVID-19 is responsible for the closure of Chinook Winds Casino according to sources within the gaming establishment and Lincoln County Public Health.

The Siletz Tribal Council and Chinook Winds Senior Executive team announced the closure of the casino Aug. 12:

In the interest of public health and safety, in the face of COVID-19, (coronavirus) the Siletz Tribal Council and the Chinook Winds Senior Executive team, announced the closure of Chinook Winds Casino and Golf Course operations effective 6pm Thursday, August 12.

We will continue to monitor developments and the advice of local, national and world health organizations. We will make our decision when to reopen based on our ability to provide a safe environment for our team members and guests.

chinook winds outbreak

An investigation into the closure has revealed the cause to be an outbreak of COVID-19 with exact numbers unavailable.

Multiple employees have confirmed they are quarantining at home and Deputy Director of Public Health Florence Pourtal confirmed the outbreak Saturday via a phone interview.

“For sure there is an outbreak there,” Pourtal said. “OHA will have the reports and numbers up next week.”

Casino officials said they are targeting a reopening date of Aug. 26. During the two-week closure they will pay employees and refund canceled reservations.

Chinook Winds did not immediately respond for comment.

Two vehicle, double fatality crash on Highway 101

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double fatality Highway 101

Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a fatal two vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 121 at 8:51 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13.

According to an OSP investigation, a Dodge Durango, operated by James Versteeg, 46, of Gleneden Beach, was northbound when it crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Lewis Ford, 41, of Lincoln City.

Versteeg and Ford sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

Highway 101 was closed for four hours.

OSP was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Depoe Bay Fire Department, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance and ODOT.

Sheriff’s deputy rescues kitten in traffic

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A kitten was in good hands Tuesday afternoon as an alert driver and sheriff’s deputy preserved one of the cat’s nine lives.

According to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, Community Services Deputy James Holmes was behind a vehicle that had stopped for a kitten on Highway 101 near SE 23rd Drive. The feline climbed into the wheel well of the stopped vehicle and hid between the wheel spokes and brake rotor. The driver of the vehicle and Holmes both realized what was happening and sprang into action, stopping traffic and initiating a fur ball rescue.

On a first attempt, Deputy Holmes tried to rescue the animal but it scurried up into the frame out of sight. Holmes was able to reach up into the undercarriage and grab the kitten on a second try and bring it to safety.

Kitten rescue

The baby cat was transported to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter in Newport where it faces the possibility of finding a good home.

The tiny kitten was reported to be in good condition.

Police use grant funds for pedestrian safety

LCPD Safety Enforcement operation

Lincoln City Police will conduct a pedestrian safety operation between NE 10th and 15th streets from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Aug. 16.

LCPD hopes to educate drivers and pedestrians about right-of-way laws. Warning signs will be posted outside the safety operation zone during the hours of 10 a.m. -1 p.m. while the decoy pedestrian crosses Highway 101 at crosswalks.

LCPD last conducted a pedestrian safety operation on July 21, where 27 citations or warnings were issued for breaking crosswalk laws and other traffic violations.

“The members of the Lincoln City Police Department are dedicated to enhancing the safety of our citizens and guests of the city,” LCPD Lt. Jeffrey Winn said. “These safety operations are conducted in an effort to reduce the potential for injuries or death to pedestrians in our city.”

OREGON PEDESTRIAN, BICYCLE AND DRIVER RULES

Police will be focusing on:

ORS 811.028: Failure to stop and remain stopped for pedestrian

ORS 811.020: Passing stopped vehicle at crosswalk

ORS 811.025: Failure to yield to pedestrian on sidewalk

Lincoln City Police utilize grant funds provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact to make safety enforcement operations like this one possible.

Heritage Tree: Nuu-k’wii’daa’naa~-ye’ Sitka spruce dedication

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Nuu-k’wii’daa’naa~-ye’
Tim Stuart, left, Nayson Tooya Stuart, and Tiffany Stuart (Photo courtesy of Outdoor History Consulting)

Lincoln City Parks and Rec. and Oregon’s Heritage Tree Program will host a dedication to induct Nuu-k’wii’daa’naa~-ye’, a Sitka spruce, as the 79th Oregon Heritage Tree.

A public event to formally recognize the tree will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at Regatta Park.

According to a Lincoln City Parks and Recreation news release:

This giant Sitka spruce resides in the heart of the LCP&R trail system at Regatta Park. It is a remnant of an ancient coastal forest cared for by indigenous peoples since time immemorial. Oregon industries logged most of these giants at the turn of 20th century, reserving this tree to seed a new forest and witness the development of Lincoln City. In 1978, the area surrounding the tree was annexed as Open Space, which protects the tree for future generations. With public input, the City of Lincoln City named the tree in 2018, with respect to the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon.

The tree is beloved by many Lincoln City residents, including Lincoln City Councilor Riley Hoagland who has brought his children, friends, family, and visitors to admire the tree. Councilor Riley asked his friend Tim Stuart to help him come up with a name for the tree. Stuart suggested Nuu-k’wii’daa’naa~-ye’, translated “Our Ancestor”, as a way to bring energy to Native and non-Native communities working together.

Riley Hoagland family
Mateya Hoagland, left, Dylan Hoagland and City Councilor Riley Hoagland

Tim Stuart explains the reasons for the tree’s name, saying, “The tree is a significant symbol of the community thriving and its perseverance; we have weathered many of life’s storms and have made our roots stronger. The name of Sitka spruce tree “Nuu-k’wii-daa-naa~-ye'”, also means community, it symbolizes that we can come together to persevere and thrive through time via our deep roots here.”

“I am proud of Lincoln City’s parks and open spaces, and especially happy that we now have a 400 year old Sitka spruce designated as a Heritage Tree.” Lincoln City Mayor Susan Wahlke said. Wahlke believes the Oregon Heritage Tree designation will make citizens and visitors aware about the opportunities available in our parks and open spaces.

The Oregon Heritage Tree Program is administered by the Travel Information Council to recognize Oregon trees of significance, to educate the public about their value and to promote their appreciation as part of our state’s heritage. For more information on the Oregon Heritage Tree Program, please visit oregontic.com/oregon-heritage-trees/ or call TIC Heritage & Community Assets Manager Annie von Domitz at 503- 373-0864.

For more information on Lincoln City Parks and Open Spaces, please visit https://www.lincolncity.org/parksandrec or call Lincoln City Parks and Rec. Director Jeanne Sprague at 541.996.1222.

$30 million secured for 107 unit affordable housing project

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Affordable Housing Lincoln City

A $30 million development of 107 apartments slated for low-income households gets a green light in Lincoln City, having made it through legislative channels by securing lottery backed funds and tax credits.

rendering of 25th Street Apartments

The housing project will be constructed at NE 25th Street by nonprofit builder Innovative Housing Inc., and will consist of 11 buildings, including 2- and 3- floor residentials with 41 one-bedroom units, 50 two-bedroom units, and 16 three-bedroom apartments. Plans also include a single-story community building that includes laundry facilities, a rental office, a community room, a community kitchen, covered play area and resident services office. Other amenities will include a playground, a community garden and a fitness trail.

NE 25th Street affordable Housing

To qualify for one of the units, renters will have to prove they make no more than 60 percent of the area median income, which is $35,524. Under terms of the state funding, 11 units must be affordable to people making 30 percent of that.

“For me, housing is a big priority on the coast and in rural areas of the state,” Sen. Dick Anderson (R-Lincoln City) said. “I am proud to get this over the finish line for these communities so that more people will have access to affordable housing.”

Anderson said he realized some rural projects were rejected for another year, so he searched for other funding while sitting on the Ways and Means Committee. He worked with Committee Co-Chair Senator Johnson (D-Scappoose) and Senator Hansell (R-Athena) to advocate for the passage of their three rural projects.

According to Anderson, research shows that 55 percent of Lincoln County residents are rent-burdened, paying more than 30 percent of their monthly income on housing.

“Without Senator Anderson’s actions, we would still be waiting another year for possible funding,” Lincoln City Economic Development Director Alison Robertson said. “As a result, we will be able to start this project much sooner.”

State Representative David Gomberg (D-Central Coast), who serves as one of the vice-chairs of the Ways and Means Committee, said he was in favor of the project.

“Affordable workforce housing is a problem that ripples through our entire economy,” said Gomberg. “There are help wanted signs everywhere but people who want to work here can’t find a place to live here. This new Lincoln City project is going to make a major difference.”

Lincoln County Commissioner Claire Hall, who sits as chair of the Oregon Housing Stability Council, said the council approved $30 million in state funding for affordable housing in Lincoln City. Hall was part of a small workgroup that developed the concept for Local Innovation and Fast Track (LIFT), which has an objective to build affordable housing for low income families.

“I’m pleased that the LIFT bond program, which I advocated for in its early stages, has made a third affordable housing project possible for Lincoln County,” Hall said. “The Fisterra Garden Town Homes in Yachats and Surf View Village in Yachats have helped provide critically-needed housing for our local workforce.”

Workforce housing has been a big issue in Lincoln City and local government has been making moves to address the problem.

“Housing and childcare are our city’s biggest needs,” City Councilor Mitch Parsons said. “This project is going to provide some severely needed workforce housing. In an area where decisions are seen as pro-tourist or pro-local, this is a huge win for locals.”

Next on the Legislative Agenda: Redistricting

Oregon Redistricting

Hello Friends,

Over time, populations across Oregon change. Some communities grow with more year-round residents while others lose population. And so, to ensure that everyone is equally represented in our Oregon legislature and in Congressional districts, every ten years, we go through a process of reviewing and adjusting boundaries. Having proper information for this task is the primary reason for our once-a-decade census.

Redistricting is inherently political. Individual legislators are of course concerned about how changes may affect their personal future. Political parties vie to maintain or increase their advantage. Cities and counties seek more representation and with it, more influence.

But redistricting is about more than partisan politics. It is about how people in our diverse communities are best represented.

We presently have four districts in the Oregon House that stretch primarily along our coast. But imagine for a moment if Florence were paired with Eugene, Newport and Toledo with Corvallis, Lincoln City with Salem and Tillamook with McMinnville. We’d essentially have more Valley dominated districts and coastal voices would be diminished. To some degree that is the case now with Sheridan, Grand Ronde, and Falls City which were added to our House District ten years ago. I visit them and advocate for them as much as I can. But it is an hour from the coast to Falls City in Polk County and I have to drive out of the district through Dallas to get there. They are frustrated. They don’t feel they belong in a “coastal” district and I understand that.

So redistricting is important. Let’s talk about how the process works, how decisions are made, and how you can watch or be involved.

Redistricting Infographic


Like so many things in 2020-2021, redistricting is not working normally. The census is behind schedule and numbers we should have received in January will not be available until later in August.

Oregon has 60 House and 30 Senate districts. Each Senate district contains two House districts with House members serving two year terms and Senators four years. Oregon also has five congressional representatives in Washington DC. But Oregon has grown. We now understand that increasing population will earn us a sixth congressional seat and redistricting will determine where that will be. The number of seats in Salem will remain unchanged. But the population in each House district will increase to roughly 70,000.

If the census confirms that population growth is centered in our larger urban cities, that means districts there will grow smaller and rural seats with less population density will grow geographically larger. And of course, it also means the number of representatives in our cities will increase with fewer for the rest of Oregon.


Redistricting for the Oregon legislature is governed by the Oregon Constitution (Article IV, Section 6) and by statute (ORS 188.010).

Essentially, the law says redistricting is managed by the legislature. If they fail to complete the task, or if the Governor vetoes the legislative plan, the job of drawing legislative boundaries goes to the Secretary of State and congressional maps to the Courts. Legislative redistricting plans produced either by lawmakers or the Secretary of State are also subject to legal challenge in the Oregon Supreme Court.

In a normal year, this process would have been completed during the 2021 legislative session that just concluded. But without census data, the Oregon Supreme Court granted lawmakers the ability to extend normal deadlines, giving the Legislature until September 27 to approve its own set of legislative and congressional maps. If we fail to find agreement, the Secretary of State will have until October 18 to build her own plan for state House and Senate districts.

While lawmakers have the best, detailed information about the people and characteristics of the districts they represent, allowing legislators to draw legislative lines leaves them open to conflict of interest charges – that they are able to choose their voters instead of vice-versa.

Ten years ago, the legislature successfully completed redistricting. And of note, ten years ago, there were an equal number of Democrats and Republicans in the Oregon House which prevented one party or the other from dominating the process. The primary work of redistricting is done by Redistricting Committees. Because we have more democrats in the legislature, most committees have a democratic majority. The Senate Redistricting Committee has more democrats, but the House committee is evenly split with a Republican and a Democratic co-chair.

Only twice in the past 100 years has the legislative plan been adopted. Historically the job ends up with the Secretary of State. In anticipation of that possibility, Secretary Fagan has announced she will form a “People’s Commission” to offer thoughts on what maps should look like. You can learn more or apply here.

Washington, California, and Idaho have all adopted a commission model for redistricting, but a campaign last year that would have asked Oregon voters to approve such a system failed to gather enough signatures.

Once redistricting is complete, the new districts will be in effect for the 2022 elections.


Partisanship, real or perceived, is inherent in redistricting when it is under the control of a partisan legislature. But the process does operate under specific rules and restrictions.

Oregon’s specific criteria are spelled out in ORS 188.010, passed in 1979. There are four provisions:

  • Each district, as nearly as practicable, shall be contiguous; be of equal population; utilize existing geographic or political boundaries; not divide communities of common interest; and be connected by transportation links.
  • No district shall be drawn for the purpose of favoring any political party, incumbent legislator or other person.
  • No district shall be drawn for the purpose of diluting the voting strength of any language or ethnic minority group.
  • Two state House of Representative districts shall be wholly included within a single state senatorial district.

Oregon Administrative Rules (165-008-0060) provide further guidance to the Secretary of State if he or she becomes responsible for redistricting. In addition to following federal and state law governing the process, the Secretary of State must:

  • When possible, draw districts to utilize county lines and maintain cities within a single district.
  • Make an effort to retain within one district identifiable communities, such as urban neighborhoods and rural communities. Consideration must be given to market areas covered by local media.
  • Create districts that have at minimum a county road within the district that connects one area of the district to another. This does not apply to unpopulated areas of the district.

If we begin with our own House District 10, and a presumption that we need to grow geographically larger, the question becomes, do we stretch further north, south, or east? Asked another way, what cities constitute a more appropriate “community of interest”? Among Tillamook, Newport, Florence, Sheridan, and Dallas, who has more in common culturally or economically? Who has shared service delivery, media, and common interest?

Redistricting - Get Involved


Legislative Redistricting Committees held a series of public hearings in March and April for each of our current congressional districts. I appeared and argued in favor of “coastal integrity” – not dividing up coastal communities or diluting them into valley districts. You can hear my comments at the ten minute mark.

Once census data is available, there will be another opportunity for you to testify. Hearings are scheduled around the state but you can appear at any, in person or by computer, and can submit written testimony.

  • September 8 – Bend at 5:30 PM
  • September 9 – Eugene at 5:30 PM
  • September 10 – Salem at 9:00 AM
  • September 10 – Oregon City at 3:00 PM
  • September 11 – Central Portland at 9:00 AM
  • September 11 – Hillsboro/Beaverton at 3:00 PM
  • September 13 – Salem at 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 5:30 PM

For more information and details on how to testify, check the Legislative Redistricting webpages.

Following the hearings, Committees will make final recommendations which are scheduled to be voted on by the legislature in a Special Session tentatively scheduled for September 20.

Redistricting - opportunities to testify


The Oregon system is, I believe, better and fairer than most. We have not seen the kind of blatant gerrymandering sometimes evident in other states. But there is certainly room for improvement.

For an interesting overview of the process and suggestions for reform, you might want to review a 2012 report by the City Club of Portland. In it they cite Oregon advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages:

  • Directly-elected citizen representatives are charged with redistricting; citizens have recourse at the ballot box as a remedy for unpopular or partisan outcomes.
  • Legislators who depend on voters for reelection have deep knowledge of the people and characteristics of their districts, giving them insights on where lines should be drawn.
  • The redistricting process allows extensive public input through legislative hearings and testimony.
  • If the Legislature cannot agree on a legislative redistricting plan, there is a back-up procedure in law: giving the Secretary of State an opportunity to develop a plan.
  • Court review is available for final legislative and congressional redistricting plans.

Disadvantages:

  • Lawmakers may be motivated by partisanship, making it difficult for the Legislature to reach agreement on redistricting plans.
  • Back-up plan responsibility is in the hands of a single, partisan-elected state official, the Secretary of State.
  • A redistricting process led by partisan lawmakers can create the perception, if not the reality, that the process is being used for partisan advantage.
  • A political party controlling both the legislative and executive branches of state government can enact a highly partisan redistricting plan, ignoring the concerns of the minority party.
  • The Legislature was unable to complete redistricting without the intervention of the secretary of state or the courts for 100 years.

House District 10 map

Our district currently ranges from the South Jetty of Tillamook Bay, and east along the southern Tillamook city limits, to Sheridan in Yamhill County, Falls City in Polk County, and includes all of Lincoln County except Yachats.


That’s probably more than you ever wanted to know about redistricting. But this is important stuff. It not only determines how you are represented, but also affects school quality, transportation, housing resources, and emergency support. I trust you found this detailed overview useful and may consider sending the committees a letter or signing up to testify.

Thanks so much for your interest.