An acquaintance of ours just got a phone call from someone who tried to get her hysterical about SB 505, the reasonable bill that would temporarily put Measure 37 subdivisions on hold while fast-tracking claims for single-family homes.
She was told that SB 505 is going to stop all development under Measure 37, forever! You can bet that Oregonians in Action (OIA) is behind these lies, because the Land Use Watch blog has called them on their falsities. Which are still being spread.
The SB 505 summary tells the bill like it is:
Except for written demands for compensation for land use regulations seeking to build one single-family dwelling or divide land for purpose of building one single-family dwelling, temporarily stops time periods relating to written demands for compensation until June 30, 2007, or adjournment sine die, whichever occurs first. Preserves rights of claimants who die during time period temporarily stopped.
A Measure 37 claimant can still have a single-family dwelling on his or her previously homeless property, so all development isn't being stopped. And see that word, "temporarily"? Oregonians in Action should consult a dictionary. It doesn't mean "forever."
Given the deceptive way Measure 37 was sold to Oregonians, glossing over the many subdivisions that would be sprouting on farmland, it isn't surprising that OIA president Dave Hunnicutt is still pumping out untruths.
His letter to Measure 37 claimants says, "Right now, the Oregon legislature is considering Senate Bill 505, a proposal by Measure 37 opponents that would suspend all Measure 37 claims, including those that have been filed and those that have been approved."
Not true, as I just noted. You can find SB 505 right on the OIA website. Hunnicutt either didn't read it closely or, more likely, consciously chose to inflame his troops with a false description of the bill.
This week my wife testified in favor of SB 505 at a Land Use Fairness Committee hearing. She said that legislators had to tell the rabid anti-SB 505'ers that the bill doesn't do what they were complaining about: suspend Measure 37 indefinitely and stop all development by claimants.
More than likely, a lot of people at the hearing got all their information about SB 505 from Hunnicutt's misleading letter.
Well, what would you expect from an organization that pays lip service to land use fairness, yet is responsible for bringing Oregon a law that has brought massive unfairness? Watch the video, "And fairness for none: The impact of Measure 37 on Oregonians and Oregon's landscape."
The truth is there, and here. If you want lies about Measure 37, you'll have to talk to Oregonians in Action.