News Briefs Jan. 16

Local faith-based and civic groups are sponsoring a Community Conversation about Immigration. In a climate of fear and misinformation, organizers say this gathering will be a place to answer questions, break down stereotypes and try to get at the truth of a complex issue. The meeting will be held Sunday, Jan. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Atkinson Memorial Church in Oregon City.

Organizers said they are looking to help people who have legitimate questions about immigration, but are not always able to get to the root of their concerns and doubts. The event is co-sponsored by the Clackamas Coalition for Justice, Ecumencial Ministries of Oregon, the Rural Organizing Project and the Northwest Workers Justice Project. Michael Dale, attorney and executive director of the NWJP will lead the conversation.

The Clackamas Coalition for Justice is a partnership among several faith communities that came together in response to the attack against two Hispanic men in Mulino in May 2007. The group hopes to continue to create and deepen conversations within the county about immigration issues and immigrant rights.

Oregon City seeks two for committee

The City of Oregon City is seeking applications from residents to fill two vacancies on the Oregon City-Metro Enhancement Committee (OCMEC). The length of term for this position is four years and the committee meets once a year, typically in May, then as needed.

The Oregon City-Metro Enhancement Committee is a nine-member board comprised of the city commission, METRO Councilor Carlotta Collette and three citizens at-large. The committee provides oversight for an enhancement program which is part of an intergovernmental agreement between Oregon City and METRO. The agreement generates a 50-cent per ton surcharge collected at the South Metro Transfer Station at Washington Street and Highway 213. The surcharge is intended to offset any negative impacts of the transfer station. The group reviews grant applications that invest in Oregon City enhancement projects. Last year 12 projects were funded.

Applications and a detailed description of the committee are available on the City's Web site at, under Boards/Committees or by request at the contact information below. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 31, For additional information, contact: Michele Beneville, grant coordinator, City of Oregon City, 503-496-1542, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

North Clackamas Schools seeks community input on the future of education

NCSD seeks input on future

To define a blueprint for K-12 education in the next 12 years, the North Clackamas School District is embarking on a yearlong strategic planning process that will involve a diversity of community stakeholders.

'As we build and remodel the physical structures of our schools, the strategic planning process provides the internal blue print of what should happen inside those schools,' explained Amy Petti, strategic planning director. 'This year's kindergarten class will graduate from high school in 2020. This plan is about what we dream for them.'

The plan will touch the future of public education in all areas, from curriculum; school facilities; and transportation to athletics and extra-curricular activities; graduation requirements; special education, talented and gifted, and English learner programs; magnet schools; neighborhood schools; the arts; business and community relations; intergovernmental relations; the volunteer program; testing; technology; and preparing students for the work force.

To develop the plan, school district officials will gather input from business people, parents, students, teachers, school staff, school board directors, and other community members. Public involvement opportunities will include community meetings, focus groups, and a telephone survey.

Community members are invited to participate in any of three public forums this winter. Each will start at 5 p.m., with dinner provided:

• Jan. 31 at Putnam High Commons; 4950 SE Roethe Road, Milwaukie, OR 97267

• Feb. 4 at Milwaukie High Commons; 11300 SE 23rd Avenue, Milwaukie, OR 97222

• Feb. 5 at Sunrise Middle School Cafeteria; 14331 SE 132nd Ave., Clackamas, OR 97015

The goal is to have at least 100 community members attend each meeting. To reserve a space (and dinner) at one of these meetings, phone Shawne Pickle at 503-353-6042 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Interpreters will be provided.

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