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Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel
Get Ready for
the 2015 State Legislative Session!

This “Advocacy 101” event:

will provide community members with tips on how to be an effective advocate for your community or neighborhood during this upcoming 2015 state legislative session and 114th Congress.

A panel of elected officials, congressional staff, and professional advocates will share their advice and answer questions about how the community can make an impact on public policy at the state and federal levels.

Monday, December 15, 2014

6:00 to 8: 00 p.m.

Portland Building, 2nd floor, Auditorium

1120 SW 5th Ave., Portland


  •  Sen. Michael Dembrow (HD 23)
  •  Rep. Jennifer Williamson (HD 36)
  •  Grace Neal,
    Field Director for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
  • Felisa Hagins, SEIU Local 49

Information you will gain from the panel: 

  • How to work effectively with legislators and their staff
  • Strategies for mobilizing your base of membership or coalitions to maximize advocacy impact
  • Lobbying do’s and don’ts

For more information or to address accessibility needs:

The City of Portland will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities and people needing assistance with language interpretation and translation. Please notify us by Tuesday, December 9 if you need assistance.

PHONE: (503) 823-3093


TTY: (503) 823-6868

Oregon Relay Service at (800) 735-2900


The event is located on the downtown transit mall next to Yellow and Green MAX lines. 

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Co-Sponsored by:

City of Portland, Office of Mayor Hales, Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Office of Government Relations

Questions about specific legislative items? How to reach the Mayor and City Commissioners

If you have questions about specific legislative issues please contact City Council offices using this link, which has contact information for City Council offices (see photos of Mayor and Commissioners on right side of page):




New Reports Highlight Risks and Opportunities for Pacificorp

(Click to read report)                  (Click to read report)

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Corvalis  (the Portland Forum has happened).

Questions?  Interested in getting involved? 
Contact 503-238-0442 x 305Planning to attend? 
Please RSVP 503-238-0442 x 305

Corvalis:  Wednesday December 17th, 6:30 pm,
Corvallis Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis
<--please note new date above
(old date was:  6:30 pm Thurs. Nov. 13th)

Oregon still gets one third of its energy from out-of-state coal plants.  We can do better.  Let's switch to clean, renewable energy.  At this forum we will introduce our efforts to encourage the Oregon State Legislature to require that investor-owned utilities stop using coal for Oregon customers by 2025.


OLCV - Education Fund
Climate Solutions
350 PDX and 350 Corvallis
Better World Club
Engineers for a Sustainable Future
Flying Fish Company
Citizens Climate Lobby - Portland and Corvallis
Home Performance Guild
UU Fellowship of Corvallis - Climate Justice Committee and the Environmental Action Council
League of Women's Voters- Corvallis
International Living Future Institute
Alliance for Democracy -- Portland Chapter

previous information:

Celebrate the local leadership that stopped coal exports in Oregon and turn to what's next:  transitioning Oregon completely off coal to clean, renewable energy.

Date/Time:  Tuesday Sept. 30th, 6:30PM to 8PM.

Location:    Sierra Club Office, 

                      1821 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214

Featuring:  Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign Representative Amy Hojnowski

Oregon Beyond Coal to Clean Energy

Oregon’s Problem with Coal:

While coal plants are the single biggest air polluter in US power generation, making coal a leading cause of climate disruption and a major public health threat. In recent years, Oregon has made great strides against coal, setting 2020 as the date that Oregon’s only coal plant in Boardman will stop burning coal, and we have defeated three coal export proposals. 

Yet still, Oregon gets one-third of its electrical energy from out-of-state coal plants. Pacific Power, Oregon’s biggest utility company, is the worst offender, getting two-thirds of its electricity from coal plants.

Oregon’s Public Utilities Commission, which oversees Pacific Power’s expenditures, has repeatedly told the company to do a better job of protecting its customers from electricity price increases and financial risk caused by investing in coal plants as the cost of coal power increases across the country.

The Clean Solution:

Oregonians want clean energy.  We have a moral obligation – and an incredible opportunity - to end our dependence on dirty coal and bring more clean energy jobs to Oregon.

Oregon should transition off coal to clean, renewable energy such as wind and solar and energy efficiency. Instead of buying coal from out-of-state coal plants, Oregon’s utility companies like Pacific Power should invest in clean energy sources that create new jobs in Oregon.

Benefits of Clean Energy:

Clean energy has already brought over $9 billion of investment and 5,000 long-term jobs to Oregon, supporting local communities across the state. There is enough solar and wind potential in Oregon to provide electricity to all Oregonians and sell excess energy to other states.

Building solar and wind capacity produce good-paying jobs in fields such as engineering, construction, and manufacturing that offer wages and benefits that can sustain middle-class families, especially when these are union jobs.

Meanwhile, wind and solar are cheaper than ever before. Investment banks like Citigroup confirm that solar and wind power is already competing on costs with coal and other fossil fuels.

Time for Action:

It’s time to give Oregonians the energy we want. Let’s protect our climate, create local jobs, and transition from coal to clean, renewable energy.

Let’s lend support to the Oregon Public Utility Commission to make a plan to transition Oregon off coal to clean energy.

Individual consumers have real power:

Each individual consumer can choose to install rooftop solar on his house.  Any time that happens, it lowers the demand for grid power that might be supplied from coal.  

We can target both consumers and the Oregon Public Utility Commission to make changes in favor of green power.

So, join this new Beyond Coal Oregon to Clean Power campaign and continue help us win against dirty coal!

History -- What happened before:

Oregon officially rejects coal exports

Victory! The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) denied a key permit necessary for Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific coal export proposal. This project would have sent hundreds of coal trains through the region and thousands of coal barges down the Columbia River.


Tuesday, August 26, 6:30 pm
Laurelhurst Park **please note change in location** We will not meet at the Sierra Club office for our usual Task Force meeting.

Location: Picnic Site C, located just inside the SE 37th Ave and SE Oak St entrance to Laurelhurst Park

Details:  Bring your own beverage, plate and utensils and a potluck dish to share.  

Also, our September meeting will be moved to Tuesday September 30th, the fifth Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8 pm, at the Sierra Club office.  Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign Representative to the Pacific Power Campaign, Amy Hojnowski will give a presentation on getting Pacific Power off of coal.  

Last week;

We only have one week left to convince the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) to deny the permit for Ambre Energy's proposal to ship 8.8 million tons of coal down the Columbia River. That's more than 5,000 round trip coal barges that would be continuously polluting the area.

We have an opportunity to stop this. On August 18th, Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Department of State Lands can and should deny the permit for Ambre Energy's Morrow Pacific coal export project.

Not only would this project send millions of tons of coal down the Columbia, polluting our local environment, but it would also be a major blow to our fight against climate change.

Take action to remind Governor Kitzhaber and DSL Director Mary Abrams today that they have the power to protect our air, water and climate by denying this permit!

After eight permit delays, the Oregon Department of State Lands set August 18th as their decision deadline. During these delays, you've played a huge role in ensuring that decision makers feel the pressure to not open the door to a dirty coal export future. Ambre Energy's finances are still shaky and their community presence is weak, so we know we've done a great job.

We can't quit now: Make sure Governor Kitzhaber and DSL make the right decision on August 18th by sending them a message today.

The decision coming from DSL in just a few weeks will decide this dirty coal will travel down the scenic Columbia River from the Port of Morrow to Port Westward, near Clatskanie, where it would be loaded onto enormous ships bound for export.

Our rivers, our communities, and our climate are hinging on this decision. Send your message today.

Thanks for taking action,

Laura Stevens
Oregon Beyond Coal Organizer
RSVP to join us at this important public hearing to speak out against Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific project.

RSVP today!

RSVP today!
P.S. Please share this important action with your friends and family who live in Oregon: Share this action on Facebook Share this action on Twitter

Will Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) choose dirty coal or clean water for Columbia River? That depends on you.

Right now, Oregon’s DEQ is leaning towards dirty coal export instead of ensuring clean water in the Columbia River. In fact, they have already approved three permits for Ambre Energy’s proposed Morrow Pacific coal export project.

Now the DEQ is attempting to draw a small box around the water quality impacts of coal export, looking just at the construction of the dock at the Port of Morrow in Boardman, Oregon.

The reality is that this project would involve hundreds of coal trains and thousands of coal barges traveling down our beloved Columbia River every year, which will pollute much more than that small area. But the fight is far from over. We have a chance to make our voices heard at an upcoming hearing. 

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is holding a public hearing where they are looking for our input on this coal exports project.

Don't let Ambre Energy win, RSVP to join us at this important public hearing to speak out against Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific project.

Event details:

WHO: YOU and your friends
WHAT: Public hearing on Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific proposal
WHERE: Port of Morrow, 2 Marine Drive, Boardman, Oregon 97818 (map)
WHEN: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 6:00 – 9:00 PM, meet at 5:00 PM in the parking lot for a pre-hearing tailgate with food and drinks!

If you have questions please contact me at

We are also providing free rides over to the hearing. Sign up to hop on our free charter bus from Portland and Hood River!

This important public hearing will help decide the fate of the Morrow Pacific coal exports proposal. Ambre Energy needs a 401 Water Quality Certification in order to build their dock at the Port of Morrow, and the DEQ has the power to deny this permit.

DEQ won't do the right thing unless we weigh in against the permits. It's time they stop ignoring the risk coal export places on hundreds of miles of the Columbia River, and deny the permit.

Join us at this important public hearing and together we can stop coal exports in the Pacific Northwest!

Thank you for all you do for the future of Oregon,

Laura Stevens
Oregon Beyond Coal Organizer

P.S. Please share this important event with your friends and family in Oregon: Share this action on Facebook Share this action on Twitter

The Morrow Pacific coal export proposal continues to move through permitting processes.

The DEQ has just announced a 401 water certificate hearing in Boardman on August 12th, for the Morrow Pacific coal export proposal.

Thank The DEQ has just announced a 401 water certificate hearing in Boardman on August 12th, for the Morrow Pacific coal export proposal.

We will have some sort of meet-up or bus from Portland for this hearing, leaving in the afternoon on August 12th and returning late that night.

I would encourage you to sign up if you think you could make the trek to Boardman.

The sign up is here:

There are 18 slots left as of 9:30 pm 7/22/14.

Please let me know if you sign up for a speaking slot... and also please let me know if you sign up for a slot and decide to not go, so that someone else can take your testimony slot.  

Thank you for all you do.
Laura Stevens: Contact for more information.
Oregon Beyond Coal campaign


We believe that Oregonians should not be footing the bill for dirty and dangerous fossil fuel projects.

This even has happened.
Please send info on it for posting to Ed Averill 

News from an attender says that the proponents were allowed to arrive early signed up for their testimoney at 11 am so they had an advantage in timing. And the testimony started off with all of the elected people speaking in favor. And the manager of the port of St. Helens piped in even if he was not elected. ODOT HAD MP3s online from the first hearing so the ones from this hearing may end up there as well.

Report was that the last person who testified was a young man wearing a “JOBS” sticker. He said that he had listened to all of the testimony and decided that the jobs would not be good ones. He seemed to be saying his mind was changed by what he heard.

Connect Oregon transportation funds were recommended last week to the Oregon Transportation Commission that includes $2 million dollars for Ambre Energy's proposed coal export terminal at Port Westward in NW Oregon. An additional $2 million was recommended for Global's oil terminal, and $8.9 million for the city of Rainier to accommodate increased oil train transportation.

If approved, coal and oil projects would account for 17% of the entire Connect Oregon funding allocation. Subsidizing dirty coal and dangerous oil means that other transportation projects, including bike, pedestrian and public transit programs won't happen.   See Oil Page for further information on oil issues.

Unless we act soon, Oregon the state will subsidize dirty coal export, climate pollution, and dangerous oil trains along the Columbia River and through Portland, Scappoose, St. Helens, and Rainier. 

Recently, Ambre Energy and the oil-by-rail company Global Partners partnered with local municipalities and applied for millions in public subsidies through the Connect Oregon grant program to fund their dirty and dangerous projects. If approved, coal and oil projects would account for 17% of the entire Connect Oregon funding allocation. Subsidizing dirty coal and dangerous oil means that other transportation projects, including bike, pedestrian and public transit programs won't happen.

As Governor Kitzhaber already said, it is time once and for all to say no to coal export from the Pacific Northwest. Yet, the State of Oregon is poised to use state (lotery) dollars to facilitate coal exports and oil trains through Columbia County.

AnchorWhat: Oregon Transportation Commission's public hearing on proposed Connect Oregon transportation funding
When: Thursday, July 17, 2014 time is now 1:30PM - 5 pm
Where:  NEW LOCATION:  Salem Convention Center at 200 Commercial St SE

Interested in testifying: Three minutes per person, please bring 10 copies of your testimony. 
Not Interested in testifying: We need your support in the room, so please come even if you don't plan to speak! 
Planning to drive or need a ride? Meet up at the Sierra Club office at TBA time (likely 11:30 am), 1821 SE Ankeny Street Portland, OR

RSVP so we know you're coming and remember to wear red!

Thank you for all you do.
Laura Stevens: Contact for more information.
Oregon Beyond Coal campaign

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Gov Kitzhaber said that it’s time once and for all to say no to coal exports. We couldn’t agree more.  Now it’s up to us to call and urge him to make his commitment real by denying the upcoming permit.

Text coalexports to 69866 or call 1-202-684-2465 to be connected with Governor Kitzhaber’s office and tell him you support a denial of the coal export permit. Then post a comment at to let us know how your call went!

Kids speak to Governor Kitzhaber about coal exports. this is so heartwarming!!!

Here are 6 great reasons why Oregon shouldn't allow the transport and export of coal.

Governor Kitzhaber's Department of State Lands (DSL) has a big decision to make on coal export and they have until April 30 to make it. Governor Kitzhaber recently allowed the Dept. of Environmental Quality to issue three permits to Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific coal export terminal and we do not want DSL to follow suit.

We need the Governor to act now.
We need a real commitment to keep dirty coal out of Oregon. Call Governor Kitzhaber’s citizen representative office TODAY and urge him to stop coal exports: (503) 378-4582.

News update: glass half empty, glass half full...DEQ requires 401 water certification before Ambre energy can proceed, but issues 3 permits Click here to learn more.

What can you do to help? Write a letter to the editor! Contact for more information.


Are you, or do you know, an Oregon business leader? Would your company oppose coal exports?  Join over 100 Oregon businesses in taking a stand against this project

Are you an Oregon health care professional? Are you opposed to coal exports? Join over 500 Oregon health care professionals in taking a stand against this project.

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While there are no hearings to attend in the near future, there are processes for which written comments are still welcome.  Please help make sure all appropriate ideas have been submitted to the appropriate agencies for consideration!  The following table will soon contain all the info to help you prepare for and submit your comments, please check back, soon:

Vancouver Oil Terminal (ended) View Comments December 18, 2013
MILLENNIUM Bulk Terminals-Longview  EIS Environmental Impact Statements (ended) View Comments November 18, 2013
Oregon LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas)
Comment View Comments

October 29th in Vancouver was a very important scoping hearing on the Vancouver Oil Terminal!  (Oil is a fossil fuel, too.)

During the scoping period, written comments on the Vancouver Oil Terminal may be submitted by email at or by mail to Stephen Posner, interim EFSEC manager, Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, P.O. Box 43172, 1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98504-3172.

There is news about that very successful hearing that you can look at here.

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Of the Northwest’s proposed oil-by-rail projects, the largest isthe Tesoro Savage project proposed at the Port of Vancouver. In summer 2013, the Port approved a lease agreement with Tesoro Savage to ship up to a staggering 360,000 barrels of crude oil each day along the Columbia River. The proposed oil terminal would require at least four, mile-and-a-half long unit trains per day. For communities along the Columbia and rail line, the consequences of a project of this magnitude are staggering.

The next step: Tesoro Savage now must get approval from Governor Inslee because the quantity of oil proposed to be shipped is so large. The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) will make a recommendation to the Governor on the unprecedented project and, then, the Governor will make the final decision to deny or approve the terminal.

Australian company Ambre Energy wants to export 44 million tons of coal through Longview, which could bring 16 coal trains a day through the Columbia River Gorge , Portland, and Southwest Washington.  Between dangerous coal dust, diesel and carbon pollution, and mile and a half long trains cutting through our neighborhoods – this is bad news.  We need your help to stop Big Coal from moving forward with this dirty and dangerous proposal.  Attending the upcoming hearing on October 9th is the best way to do that.  

It is believed that Ambre Energy has been unable to submit supporting information needed for a planned Nov 1, 2013 decision by the Oregon Land Board on the Morrow Pacific Coal Terminal permit requirements, and will therefore accept a delay on the decision until approximately April 1, 2014.  This will provide an extra opportunity for us to convince the Oregon Land Board that there can not be a convincing argument made that this project will not terribly damage Oregon lands.