Pretty exciting. I opened our mailbox Saturday and pulled out a Yes on 49 flyer from the Oregon Sierra Club. A photo that filled half of the back page looked darn familiar.
It was mine! The Yes on 49 campaign had asked permission to use a shot I took of illegal road construction on a Measure 37 subdivision in our neighborhood.
Naturally I said, "sure." But I didn't know whether it was ever going to be used. I'm glad it was, in such a fine way.
Now that I'm a published photographer, it's time for some acknowledgements.
Thanks to my Olympus Stylus 720SW camera, which I set on "landscape," pushed the 3X zoom, and let it do the rest.
Most of all, thanks to the Measure 37 claimants who had the gall to spend five days constructing roads on their property without either a Marion County Major Construction Permit or a DEQ 1200-C erosion control permit, before they were shut down by the county:
Leroy and Jean Laack, Andrew and Margaret Rainone, M. Duane Rawlins, and Greg Eide
Without your willingness to rush ahead with the illegal construction in a fruitless attempt to get vested before Measure 49 passes (which I devoutly hope it will), this photograph couldn't have been taken.
"Fruitless," because construction on a Measure 37 claim that occurs without a required permit won't count toward vesting. Plus, Oregon common law puts a lot of emphasis on "good faith" in determining whether vesting has occurred. Work done in anticipation of a change in a land use law is considered to be in bad faith.
The other side of the flyer looked good too.
Like it says, Vote YES on Measure 49 today to protect Oregon's farmland, forests, water and special places.