The Ashland Chronicle
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Ashland Tiding's Saturday Editorial on Ashland's $2 million deficit

Civic Action

The $2 million deficit in Ashland’s city budget is no trivial matter, but it’s not the end of the world. City leaders should be able to make up the shortfall without too much pain. The city does need to get a handle on its spending. Financial Director Mark Welch says the budget has been operating with a deficit of about …

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Ashland loses lawsuit, owes $258,000 - Tidings

Civic Action, Local Activism

by Caitlin Fowlkes of the Ashland Tidings Friday, March 29th 2019 A jury found that the City of Ashland owes Pieter Smeenk $258,637 after wrongfully terminating his employment as a senior engineer with the city for engaging in protected whistleblowing in April 2017. A jury found that the City of Ashland owes Pieter Smeenk $258,637 after wrongfully terminating his employment …

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Shrinking Our Carbon Footprints - Addie Greene

Civic Action, Local Activism

The Master Climate Protector class, sponsored by Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN), emphasizes reducing our carbon footprints—the amount of greenhouse gases we release. The footprint is based on size of home, number of household members, family income, and other criteria. “In the Rogue Valley, fully 44% of our contributions to global emissions result from our individual consumption, (driving, home …

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Ashland In Debt - You Need to Be Concerned!

Civic Action, Local Activism

by Caitlin Fowlkes Ashland TidingsSunday, March 24th 2019 Ashland City Hall The city of Ashland faces a $2 million deficit in its general fund for the next biennium. Financial Director Mark Welch said at the City Council’s budget meeting Wednesday he hoped to release a plan to eliminate the deficit on April 17. In an interview Friday, he said the …

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Another Engineer Weighs in on the Canal - Dave Helmich

Civic Action

Until now, I have held off commenting publicly on the proposed canal “improvements“ because I believed, apparently naïvely, that Paula Brown would inherit this “legacy“ project from Mike Faught and treat it in a community oriented, up to date, benefit/cost evaluated, way and recommend renovation only. Just the esthetics of the recommended project are cause for its rejection. Trees, clearing, …

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