TVF&R annexations, Family Promise of Beaverton day center scheduled for March 5 luncheon; planned Family Justice Center in Hillsboro set for March 12 program

Social and government topics will be addressed at the next two Washington County Public Affairs Forum luncheons.

The forum is at the Golden Valley Restaurant and Brewery, 1520 N.W. Bethany Blvd., Beaverton. Lunch may be ordered from the menu. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the program starts at noon. Only paid members may take part in the question-and-answer session afterwards.

On Monday, March 5, there are two speakers.

Cassandra Ulven, public affairs chief for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, will discuss Measures 34-280 and 34-281 on the March 13 ballot.

Voters in the entire fire district will decide on already-approved annexations in the city of Newberg (34-280) and the former Newberg Rural Fire Protection District (34-281). Voters in Newberg and the former rural district approved the annexations last November, but Washington County commissioners ordered a district-wide election after they received petitions bearing 100 signatures requesting it.

Newberg and the former rural district have been served by TVF&R since July 2016. But the annexations are necessary (by March 31) to add the property to the TVF&R district and enable it to collect taxes in 2018-19.

TVF&R covers eastern Washington County and extends into parts of Multnomah and Clackamas counties. Measures 34-280 and 34-281 would extend it into Yamhill County.

The other speaker is Lois O'Halloran, board chairwoman of Family Promise of Beaverton, which just opened a day center at the Sunset Presbyterian Church.

Homeless families will gather there during the day and receive assistance for permanent housing and other services; children will attend school. There are five support sites.

In the evening families will go to one of 11 host sites, churches participating in the Family Promise network.

The center is a transitional facility, but participating families do not sleep under one roof, so it is not a shelter in the conventional sense.

On Monday, March 12, Hillsboro Police Chief Lee Dobrowolski will speak about the new Family Justice Center that is scheduled to open March 26 in Hillsboro. The center is intended to house under one roof all services for survivors of domestic violence in Washington County.

Subsequent forum luncheons will feature candidates and issues on the May 15 primary ballot. Specific programs will be announced after the primary filing deadline on March 6.

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