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Community Rights Lane County Says the County 'not acting in good faith'

Community Rights Lane County is calling for citizens to attend the Dec. 19 Lane County Commissioners meeting 9 am, Dec. 19, in Harris Hall because they say "the ccounty is not acting in good faith in supporting the democratic process and democracy in Lane County."

CRLC continues, that the group is "challenging the Lane County government and the county commissioners for their stonewalling of the democratic process regarding county ballot initiatives. CRLC views that there is a lack of transparency and accountability with how the county is handling the initiative process regarding the county initiative to ban aerial herbicide spraying."

The full press release is below.

Community Rights Lane County (CRLC) is challenging the Lane County government and the county commissioners for their stonewalling of the democratic process regarding county ballot initiatives. CRLC views that there is a lack of transparency and accountability with how the county is handling the initiative process regarding the county initiative to ban aerial herbicide spraying. This initiative is needed to help protect the health and safety of Lane County residents.  

In July of 2016, 4 out of the 5 county commissioners voted in favor of giving themselves the right to disqualify a county ballot initiative if in their opinion, the subject was “not of county concern.” This would have allowed them to block any initiative they didn’t like.  They backed off of this proposal after a large public outcry that they were trying to block the democratic process.  

The Chief Petitioners of the aerial spray ban initiative had every reason to expect that their initiative would appear on the next Lane County ballot after sufficient signatures were collected. Lane County Elections has determined that this initiative has met the requirement for valid signatures collected. Lane County has changed the goal-posts during the middle of the process of this initiative getting on the ballot by changing the requirements to qualify an initiative after the process was already underway. In addition, they have not been transparent in explaining why they are choosing to apply a rule the judge stated was not mandatory, or why they believe the initiative doesn’t meet this “separate vote rule” they are arbitrarily choosing to apply. CRLC views all this as evidence that the county is not acting in good faith in supporting the democratic process and democracy in Lane County.

CRLC is encouraging all concerned citizens of Lane County to attend and speak at the next County Commissioner meeting on December 19th at 9am at Harris Hall (Lane County Courthouse), along with writing their individual county commissioners.  For more information, contact: connect@communityrightslanecounty.org