Laurel and I were appalled to read in yesterday's Oregonian that Gov. Kulongoski is on the side of those who want to completely dismantle our state's pioneering land use laws. Kulongoski has aligned himself with Oregonians in Action, ignoring the advice of 1000 Friends of Oregon that it is better to do nothing about Measure 37 this legislative session rather than making an already bad law worse.
Senate Bill 1037 would allow transfers of new development rights when Measure 37 claimants sell their land. Measure 37 was supposedly about letting people build a single home on their beloved acreage, not selling out to developers who want to build a subdivision on farmland.
1000 Friends of Oregon is urging people who care about Oregon to contact Kulongoski and state Senators and tell them to stop SB 1037 in its tracks before it runs over our beautiful environment. Learn more about this issue here.
100 Friends of Oregon says, "Shockingly, the proposal to roll back our community and land protections is supported and being advocated for by Governor Kulongoski." Shame on you, Governor. I don't know why you're doing this, but whatever your reason is, it's wrong.
[Update: here's a more extensive view from a blogger about Kulongoski's new love affair with the pave-it-over Oregonians in Action property rights zealots.]