Elders in Action’s Commission Position on 2014 Ballot Measures

The Elders in Action Commission regularly reviews ballot measures and votes on whether to support, oppose or stay neutral on each measure. In September, they reviewed statewide ballot measures and one City of Portland measure, to determine their stands on each. Below are their endorsements.
In addition to the Commission endorsements and the voter pamphlet mailed to your home, many ballot measures have own web sites developed by opponents and proponents. For Measure 90 and 92, see the Citizen Initiative Review Commission recommendations.

The following are the Elders in Action Commission endorsements:

Measure 88:  Drivers Card – “Safe Roads”

A law creating a four-year driver’s card, shorter than the usual eight years for a driver’s license, for those who meet all qualifications other than proof of legal residence in the United States. This legislation was passed by the 2013 Legislature but citizen opponents obtained enough signatures to refer it to voters for confirmation. A “yes” vote passes it and authorizes the card; a “no” vote rejects it.  Elders in Action’s Commission Position:  Support

Measure 89:

  Equal Rights Amendment
A constitutional amendment specifically barring discrimination based on gender, a state version of the Equal Rights Amendment for women’s rights once proposed for the U.S. Constitution.Twenty-two states have similar ERA provisions.
Elders in Action’s Commission Position:  Support

Measure 90:

Top Two Elections

 A law changing Oregon’s primary election process, which dates to 1904. Instead of registered voters within the two major political parties choosing party nominees, the measure would allow the top two finishers in an all-comers primary to advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation. California, Washington and Louisiana use top-two primaries.
Elders in Action’s Commission Position:  Oppose

Measure 91: Marijuana Initiative

A law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, based on regulation and taxation to be determined by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. A version failed in 2012, the same year voters in Washington and Colorado approved their own measures. A similar measure is up for a vote in Alaska.
Elders in Action’s Commission Position:  Support


Measure 92: GMO Labeling
A law requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods produced and sold in Oregon. Voters in Jackson and Josephine counties approved bans on genetically modified organisms in May, 2014. Vermont is the only state with such a law, but it is being challenged in court.
Elders in Action’s Commission Position: Support

Measure 26-159: City of Portland Parks Bond
This measure would allow the City of Portland to issue up to $68 million in general obligation bonds for capital costs, including repairs and improvements, of facilities owned or operated by Portland Parks & Recreation. A tax of $.0877/1000 in assessed value is in place now but expires in 2015. This measure would extend this tax.
Elders in Action’s Commission Position: Support

For additional information regarding ballot measures go to the Multnomah County Elections Web Page ballot measure summaries.

Elder Financial Abuse Session on Nov.6 with Attny. General Ellen Rosenblum & City Commissioner Nick Fish


Elder Financial Abuse

Listening & Learning Session


Please join Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for an informative panel discussion on Elder Financial Abuse.

Thursday, November 6th from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR

 This event is for older Oregonians and those who care for them. Join us to learn more about:

  • What is Financial Abuse?
  • How can I protect myself from becoming a victim?
  • Where can I report concerns or find recources for support?

RSVP at 503-235-5474 or by email

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the event to Ellen Klem at (503) 507-1061 / ellen.klem@doj.state.or.us.

Come Learn From the Experts About Your Power to Protect Yourself

Every year thousands of older adults are victims of financial abuse. It has been found that older adults who have information on ways they can protect themselves are less likely to become victims.

Elders in Action’s Fraud Awareness program,Power to Protect, goal is connect you to resources that can assist you if you are concerned about a potential or ongoing fraud issue.

Come Join Us!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Hollywood Senior Center

1820 NE 40th Ave. Portland, OR 97212

RSVP – (503) 288-8303

Find out:

+ How to safeguard your information

+ Spot a potential fraud

+ Stop a scammer

+ Report a concern

Panelist from:

+ Oregon Dept. of Justice
+ Fraud Abuse Specialist Team
+ Elders in Action
will provide you with the latest information and be available to answer questions.
Sponsored by:

Help Make Lake Oswego Age-Friendly

The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center has partnered with Elders in Action to help create an Age Friendly Lake Oswego.
For over 20 years, Elders in Action has been providing feedback to businesses in the community on how to best engage with older adults. Through a unique program, volunteers are trained to evaluate businesses and give feedback and recommendations.
Last fall 22 volunteers and 5 businesses participated in a daylong event. With 10,000 people a day (in the US) turning 65, businesses’ understanding how aging may change how
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WHEN: Thursday, October 9th – Join us for a free training session from 10 am to 1 pm on at Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. You will learn more about great service for customers of all ages. A light lunch will also be provided.

Thursday, October 16th -Visit 1-3 stores and share your new knowledge by providing in-store evaluations. All volunteers will be accompanied by other Elders in Action trainees.
If you would like feedback on your business or if you
would like to become a volunteer evaluator, contact
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Are You Interested in Helping the Most Vulnerable?

When a person is unable to manage his or her physical needs and health care then a guardian is appointed by the court. Elders in Action is an active partner with Multnomah County Public Guardian Program and SAVO (Special Advocates for Vulnerable Oregonians). These programs use volunteers in different capacities that are outlined below. We are assisting both of these important programs by actively recruiting volunteers. Please consider giving some of your time and energy to help this most vulnerable population.

Multnomah County Public Guardian Program

Some individuals have medical or cognitive problems that interfere with their ability to act in their own best interest and to provide for their own basic needs.

The Multnomah County Public Guardian Program serves as a safety net for high-risk county residents that require services that can be provided only by a guardianship or conservatorship.

Elders in Action supports the program by recruitingPublic Guardian Personal Advocate Volunteers. Volunteers support the Deputy Public Guardians by:

  • On-site client visits for service coordination and monitoring
  • Accompany clients to routine medical appointments, attend other client meetings
  • Helping clients to shop
  • Provide support, assist with quality of life enhancements

This volunteer opportunity offers a flexible schedule working in a combination of home, community and at the Multnomah County Lincoln Building downtown. Some of the benefits of this program are:

  • Opportunity to develop advocacy skills and experience working with vulnerable individuals
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of resources and services in Multnomah County
  • Volunteer in a professional setting and work in team environment
  • Mileage reimbursement for travel
If this sounds like a project you would like to invest your time and energy in then email Mark Noonan or call 503-595-7533 for more information. Training is coming up in October, so it is great timing.

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SAVO’S Misson is to Assist the Court in Protecting Vulnerable Oregonians

The mission will be to assist the court in protecting vulnerable Oregonians by usingtrained and supervised volunteers to monitor the guardianship proceedings toreduce the potential for abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

SAVO Volunteer Monitors will provide an independent source of information to the court. Volunteer Monitors undergo training in effective guardianship monitoring from experienced trainers in the field of gerontology, elder law and disability services. Training topics include the nature of guardianship cases and recognizing abuse, neglect and exploitation. Once assigned a case, volunteer monitors will flag potential problems through review of reports and personal visits with protected persons. Concerns will then be forwarded to the Probate Court for follow-up action.

SAVO is looking for volunteers who want to make a lasting difference in the lives of adults who are vulnerable to neglect, abuse and exploitation. If you are interested in helping this Elders in Action partner, click here to fill out the form and you’ll be contact by one of their staff members.

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Help Make Portland Accessible For All – ADA Title II Transition Plan

Link Button to Transition Plan Draft
In an effort to make all City of Portland facilities and programs accessible to all, the City has embarked on a comprehensive Transition Plan process. The Plan identifies barriers which impede access to City facilities that are open to the public.
City facilities were surveyed based on compliance with the current 2010 ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) standards and include: identifying barriers, categorizing barriers (understanding which barrier removal will have the greatest access to a facility), and scheduling the removal of these barriers.
The City’s ADA Title II Transition Plan team surveyed 342 unique facilities, identified roughly 25,000 individual barriers, and has scheduled their removal over time.
A key element of this project is to engage the public and encourage public comment on the draft Transition Plan. There are several ways to get more information and provide comments:

For more information, please contact David Galat: mailto:david.galat@portlandoregon.gov • (503) 823-4072.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, complaints, and additional information, contact (503) 823-4072, use City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.