A few years of watching the Measure 37 nightmare unfold has turned Oregonians off to this ill-considered effort to trash the state’s land use laws. A poll finds that Oregon voters would now reject Measure 37 by a wide margin (48 percent “no” to only 29 percent “yes”).
So much for the flimsy argument that Oregonians support mining in a national monument and putting a gravel pit in a residential neighborhood—two real-life examples of Measure 37 claims—just because it passed with 61 percent of the vote in 2004.
As I noted in a previous post, voters were conned by Oregonians in Action and other opponents of land use planning into believing that Measure 37 was all about fairness. In reality it unfairly created a privileged class of property owners who don’t have to comply with laws that apply to everyone else.
Loaded Orygun and the Sightline Institute summarize other key findings of the poll. (Full results of the poll, which was commissioned by the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund and the Isaak Walton League of America, are described here).
Yesterday Laurel took part in a Vancouver, Washington press conference where she and a neighbor, Don Dean, talked about the danger a nearby Measure 37 claim poses to the groundwater in our area.
Wednesday my wife got her fifteen seconds of quasi-fame on a KOIN news segment which I fortuitously taped after Laurel phoned and told me that a Portland TV station had interviewed her.
Miracle of miracles, today for the first time I figured out how to upload a television clip of the KOIN news story to YouTube. Have a watch, if you've got a fairly fast Internet connection. Laurel makes good sense. She wasn't wild about how she looked on TV, though. Few people are.