It’s that time of year. People with clipboards (including some League members) are asking voters to sign petitions to put ballot measures on the November ballot. Should you sign? You definitely should think about whether you really support the petition and would like it to become law. Ask for an explanation of what the measure would do and read the ballot title. The League of Women Voters cautions you to “Think Before You Ink.” Here’s some information to consider before you sign.
As of July 6, this initiative appears to have enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. The Portland LWV supports this proposal. Our support is based on our Climate Change and Equality of Opportunity positions. It would fund renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and clean-energy jobs training for disadvantaged workers. Income for the Fund would be from a 1% supplemental business license surcharge on large retail corporations with over $1 billion a year in national revenue and $500,000 in Portland sales. (Revenue from groceries and medicine would be exempted.)
Our support of this initiative was based on our position on gun safety. However, the coalition of clergy members, youth and other advocates, “Lift Every Voice,” has withdrawn the initiative and will refile it for 2020. The initiative proposed two steps to make Oregon a safer place. The first was to require semiautomatic weapons and large capacity magazines to be registered by responsible gun owners. The second step would have been to prohibit the future sale of these weapons and magazines in Oregon. This effort is delayed, but not over.
This short video on Reducing Our Carbon Footprint is one of a series of videos that are excerpts from longer recordings of forums. We take the most interesting statements from the panel discussions.
What you can learn about reducing your carbon footprint
Find out what you, your city and your business can do to protect our planet. How can we cut carbon emissions and limit the harm to our environment, climate and health? Three speakers talk about what the City of Portland, Oregon businesses and individuals are doing now. Then they discuss their visions for the future. There are many exciting ideas about how our lives will change in the next few decades, if we want to reduce the harm caused by carbon emissions.
Watch the best 20 minutes of this discussion by clicking the arrow below.
Highlights videos are shortened versions of recorded panel discussions about important civic issues. The League presents these panel discussions during many months of the year. The full discussions often last more than an hour. But now you can see a shorter version with the most important points. Highlights videos are typically 20 minutes long.
View the highlights of what was said by clicking on the titles below.
How can we as a city, as individuals and as businesses help solve the problem of climate change and significantly reduce our carbon emissions? The panel discussion hosted by the League of Women Voters of Portland on March 13 addresses these questions. Here are some answers from Michele Crim of the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Nancy Hamilton of the Oregon Business Alliance for Climate and Liz Zavodsky of the Northwest Earth Institute. Click below to watch a video of the forum. See more about our current work.
The March 13 League of Women Voters of Portland panel discussion about how the City of Portland, the Oregon Business Alliance for Climate and the Northwest Earth Institute are working to reduce carbon emissions is being rebroadcast by MetroEast Community Media with the following playback schedule on Comcast channels 21, 22, and 29 and on Frontier channels 32, 33 and 37.
Tuesday 3/20/18 5:00 pm 21 32
Friday 3/23/18 3:00 pm 21 32
Wednesday 3/21/18 7:00 pm 22 33
Saturday 3/24/18 2:00 pm 22 33
Sunday 3/25/18 12:00 pm 29 37
Tuesday 3/27/18 5:00 pm 21 32
Wednesday 3/28/18 7:00 pm 22 33
Thursday 3/29/18 7:00 pm 21 32
Sunday 4/01/18 12:00 pm 29 37
Monday 4/02/18 8:00 pm 22 33
After March 16, the video will also be available on this website for online streaming from YouTube.