Oregonians In Action, the Tigard-based organization that sponsored Measure 37 (a.k.a. Oregon's land-use holocaust), can now count a Portland-based company tied to the building industry as its largest contributor in the fight against Measure 49, the initiative on next month's ballot that would restore a few of the key land use provisions.
Portland's Stimson Lumber has donated $200,000 to the campaign against 49. They are eyeing subdivisions and strip malls to be built on Oregon's precious farmland and forests. Stimson also has Measure 37 claims involving about 57,000 acres.
Waiting in my email in-box this morning after reading the article was a letter to the editor that architect Stuart Emmons has sent to the paper, which I wanted to pass on:
I call on 2000 people who love Oregon to get out your checkbook right now and write a $100 check to ‘Yes on 49’ to negate this self-serving, Oregon-damaging contribution. I am in Oregon because it is a place that cherishes its unparalleled natural beauty and tries to develop responsibly. Talented, creative people and sustainable, forward-thinking businesses locate here because of our quality of life, brought on by a tradition of respect for our natural heritage. Unfortunately, there are, and will always be, short sighted people who are comfortable trashing our beautiful state with sprawl, asphalt and billboards. We just need to respectfully continue to say no to those who support a decline in our quality of life.
If any of you feel the same about Oregon's land use laws, the sheer unadulterated horror of Measure 37 and the worthiness of even a weak Measure 49 fix, and most of all want to give Stimson Lumber an earful, their telephone number is 503-222-1676.