The mayoral transition began in earnest Monday with Mayor Paul Blackburn reading his letter of resignation aloud — to take effect Aug. 31 — and passing the gavel to Mayor Pro Tem Kate McBride.

City Manager Rachael Fuller also confirmed that the council will determine at its next meeting, Sept. 9, which applicants are eligible to be considered for appointment as mayor. Interviews will happen at the Sept. 23 meeting, with appointment likely that evening.

So far, two people have been certified as qualified for appointment: McBride and Ed Wilder of Hood River.

(A third individual has turned in application materials but his residency has not been fully verified.)

The meeting was Blackburn’s final one after more than four years as mayor; he and his wife, Dr. Kristen Dillon, are moving to Washington, D.C. Blackburn also served on City Council from 2004-10.

About 30 people attended a reception for Blackburn at Hood River Fire Department Monday afternoon, where speakers thanked Blackburn for his years of service to the community, and his leadership and openness as mayor. Speakers cited his stands for inclusion, with projects including the Hood River Latino Advisory Board and his support for programs including Hood River’s designation as a sanctuary city.

 Blackburn, who also plays the banjo, announced that his professional prospects in D.C. are yet unknown but he has lined up musical gigs including farmers’ markets in the D.C. area.

Streets Alive canceled

Organizer Peter Cornelison announced to council Monday that the community event planned for the Heights on Sept. 29, second annual Streets Alive, has been canceled, citing opposition and complaints from unnamed businesses and individuals.

“There is confusion in the community about our agenda, the event and its purpose,” Cornelison said. “A small group of individuals and Heights businesses publicly and privately coalesced to oppose Streets Alive. This group lobbied against us with our fiscal sponsor, Hood River Chamber of Commerce and permitting agencies, Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Hood River through the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee.”

He added, “This made it untenable for the event to continue this year.

“We recognize that change is hard for people. The Streets Alive team has worked with the community and city leaders to create an inclusive event that brings together neighbors. It was an enormous success last year that showed people the vision for safer streets and underscored our city’s goals of supporting more active transportation.”

Aug. 28 movie

Cornelison said the Streets Alive committee will continue to sponsor smaller events and advocacy efforts, starting with the Aug. 28 showing of the film “Motherload,” at 7 p.m. at The Ruins in connection with Oregon E-Bikes and Wildwood Academy.

Details are availableon Facebook.

The Streets Alive commitee invites feedback at StreetsAliveHR@gmail.com.

See the website, StreetsAliveHR.com, for more details.

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bud.g.justice

In commemoration of Mayor Blackburn's tenure of service to the citizens of Hood River, as well as constituent resident's throughout the greater Columbia River Gorge, Jason Garrett Gibson was in attendance along representatives of Hood River City Government at the fire station on August 26th, 2019. Jason also presented himself with intent to run as a candidate for the interim Mayoral seat. The Mayor challenged Jason's application based on a claim that it was not submitted in a timely fashion; Mr. Gibson countered the claim. After a discussion with Ms. Kim Kean - Chief Deputy Director/Elections Supervisor, Ms. Kean seems to also have a personal interest in disqualifying the candidate. Kirby Neumann-Rea was in attendance covering the event on behalf of Hood River News and took several photographs. Jason had a brief discussion with Mr. Neumann-Rea who questioned the validity of Jason application based on a residency requirement. Mr. Gibson assured Mr. Neumann that according to the rules specified in the City Charter, Jason's application qualified for the seat. Mr. Neumann agreed to run Jason's press review and apparently chose otherwise... Film at 11.[ban]

bud.g.justice

In commemoration of Mayor Blackburn's tenure of service to the citizens of Hood River, as well as constituent resident's throughout the greater Columbia River Gorge, Jason Garrett Gibson was in attendance along representatives of Hood River City Government at the fire station on August 26th, 2019. Jason also presented himself with intent to run as a candidate for the interim Mayoral seat. The Mayor challenged Jason's application based on a claim that it was not submitted in a timely fashion; Mr. Gibson countered the claim. Ms. Kim Kean - Chief Deputy Director/Elections Supervisor also seem to have taken a personal interest in disqualifying the candidate.



Kirby Neumann-Rea was in attendance covering the event on behalf of Hood River News and took several photographs. Jason had a brief discussion with Mr. Neumann-Rea who questioned the validity of Jason application based on a residency requirement. Mr. Gibson assured Mr. Neumann that according to the rules specified in the City Charter, Jason's application qualified for the seat. Mr. Neumann agreed to run a press review and apparently chose otherwise.



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bud.g.justice

Say there folks, please pardon the formatting schematic of this forum as there are a few bugs in the script...

bud.g.justice

On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 4:49 PM Jennifer Gray City Recorder wrote:



Mr. Gibson



At this time, we are unable to verify (A) and (B) listed below. Please provide proof of residency and registration. According to Hood River County, your voter registration is pending due to a not true address given.



Hood River City Charter - Chapter 3 Section 12. Qualifications of the Council.



(1) To be eligible to serve on the Council, a person must:



(A) Have residency within the city for a continuous period of 12 months immediately preceding election or appointment; and



(B) Be registered to vote within the city for 12 continuous months immediately preceding election or appointment; and



(C) Continue residency within the city during any term of office; and



(D) Not be an employee of the city unless the employee's position is substantially volunteer in nature.



Thank you

bud.g.justice

Date: Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 3:37 PM

To: Ms. Jennifer Gray



RE: Interim Mayoral Application - Hood River 2019



Good Afternoon Ms. Gray,



As discussed earlier today, one of the submission requirements is that "an applicant must have at least one-year residency in Hood River" in order to qualify for the Mayoral interim seat. Considering the references that I provided you and the sensitive nature of my work, there are certain matters related to personal privacy and security that I would like to preserve. Based on the explicit verbiage in the application, my Voter Registration information with the County pacifies this requirement.



I would prefer that you use my Voter Registration information, rental history, family history, work references, educational background and mailing address to pacify the residency requirement. Nevertheless, I am prepared to release my personal address (if needs be) in order to complete the application; Please process my application without further reservation...



We look forward to hearing from you.



Best Regards,

Jason Garrett Gibson

bud.g.justice

Wed, Aug 28, 12:42 PM

To: Jennifer Grey - HR City Recorder



Good Afternoon Ms. Gray,



In response to your e-mail, the City claims that "my voter registration is pending," however the record will show that I voted in Hood River's special election May 21st, 2019 and in previous elections as well.



My in house residency situation at this time also involves providing personal care for a family member who is also a dear friend and a client. She has asked that I not disclose her address or compromise her privacy. If needs be, the address on record at the DMV will suffice along with my postal annex.



My application/resume along with various online references clearly show the tenure of local residency. Furthermore, according to the City Charter, having a "valid address" is not a requirement for this seat; It would be if it were a general election. The city carries the burden of proof in disproving my claim.



You can now process my application without further delay, thank you.



Best Regards,

Jason Garrett Gibson

bud.g.justice

The "third individual" mentioned in this article is Jason Garrett Gibson. His application for the interim Mayoral seat reads as follows:



"Search the internet, do you recognize the mug shot of this candidate? Many of you know this character and his STRAWMAN (DBA PERSONA) as JASON GARRETT GIBSON. A gainful sole-proprietor for the last twenty-seven years, Jason has been working throughout the Columbia Basin since 1987. He entered the workforce at age eleven and conducts his commercial affairs under the auspice of multiple characters for good reason. With the way business is being conducted in this country today, perhaps you should too Hood River. "



"In pursuit of beauty, creative economy, personal growth & freedom, Jason aka Angelo Swift is first and foremost an artist. Based in the Gorge since 2001, he is 49 years of age and has a son named Joshua Garrett who lives in Hillsboro Oregon. "



"While exploring the Gorge, Jason stumbled upon his family fetch and the work of his great grandparents Henry and Ethel Gibson who raised 7 boys in North Bonneville Washington back in the day. His uncles were contractor cowboys & his grandfather Bill served in the military. Bud was the country singer of the bunch with a great sense of humor and serves as Angelo's Guardian Angel from his dude ranch in Oahu Hawai’i."



"Many of you know Bud as “Justin-Time" or Jay Bob Handy - The Labor Ready Local who has been serving the greater Gorge as a handyman/general laborer specializing in estate maintenance, exterior wood restoration and odd jobs for the last twenty years."



"Bud G. Justice is the activist side of Gibson who serves as Jason's shield in forwarding the Discovery of the Law of Time and the objectives of the World 13 Moon Calendar Change Peace Movement. Bud also served as the arm & hammer behind the Decriminalization of the Nation Campaign to end the drug war with Voter Power in 2010, actively investing himself as a paid petitioner pushing for the most radical shift of economic policy to impact this country in at least two hundred years! The Farm Bill Act passed by Congress on December 20th, 2018 secretly ended Richard Nixon's $57 billion dollar drug war scheme & set the tone for the legalization of hemp kanabous in all fifty states! Hemp for food, fuel, fiber, medicine & building materials; terpenes over trees for the stabilization of our biosphere. A new Gorge Grown Garden Cultured Economy is coming up within the wasteland of today's war economy, and YOU we're there!"



"Bud G. Justice also served as a cultural catalyst for the passage of Oregon's Medical Marijuana Program in 1998. Today the O.M.M.P. is the most lucrative income-generating program in the state of Oregon, serving as a life-saver when the recession of 2008 struck our nation."



"Is it a coincidence that the state of Washington would also vote to regulate and legalize cannabis on Jason’s birthday November 6th, 2012? Could the national deficit be equalized by hemp? Time tells all..."



"Through Village Music Culture, Dr. Marti McRAWR is the aspect of Gibson who represents the Natural Time Calendar Change Peace Initiative and The FundaMental’s of Rhythm. Established by means of the Planet Art Network “time-based art” community, along with the work(s) of Dr. Jose’ & Lloydine Arguelles, you may recognize Marti and friends kicking beats in the streets with Hood Rio’s Samba Ensemble under 13 Moons in Motion."



"While living in Brightwood Oregon, Jose’ and Lloydine graced Marti and friends with the Day out of Time - Peace through Culture Festival. Held in Portland Pioneer Square from 1996-2000, both the Mayor and Chief of Police received the Banner of Peace, The Calendar Change Peace Plan and The Bilingual New Time Economic Strategy where time is art.



"The fruit of our global endeavors also resulted in the Alter~Nation 9.11 social city-wide Time-Based Art Experiment or TBA 19, hosted every year by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts (P.I.C.A.). "



"You too can catch the wave which crest’s every year throughout the month of September and bring elegant closure to your summer season with TBA; let’s set the tone for the fall equinox!"



"Jason’s social networking skills, along with his media development experience have been instrumental in developing new social forms that have BIG influence. His background (Integrated Media Communication) will serve to improve dialog & re-establish rapport between government authorities and the general public (note how the majority of people are either intimidated with utilities like facebook, or afraid of sharing their personal stories with others.)"



"With over twenty years of professional activism, Jason draws upon the expertise of staff and volunteer producers at Metro East Community Media in Gresham. Serving communities throughout the Cascadia Bioregion, MEdia Hounds have won various awards in catalyzing new ideas to convey local news, promote special events and assist with the outreach educational objectives for countless organizations and causes. Jason intends to disarm the general public and the reservations people have towards social networking. Through the art of learning, we will open doors and shape a new quality of life in harmony with the biosphere & our local ecology."



"Significantly stoking the Gorge & inspiring future generations to come,

our 20/20 VISION - “Peace through Culture Campaign,” is attracting momentum and will most certainly serve as a calling card of sorts, to assist Mayor Paul Blackburn while he represents the County of Hood River in Washington D.C..



"Please consider this submission in all humility and take some time to review Gibson’s online resumes available through facebook, Linked-in, and various search engines - thank you."



"Ya’ll will most certainly get a kick out of your investigation of said claims and if that doesn’t cut it, then Jason’s checkered background is sure to intrigue & entertain bedeviled fans and skeptics alike."



"A sense of humor will encourage your Vote for Bud G. Justice and the Campaign for a New Time. Let’s give Jason a break and see what we can do; Either or it’s GAME ON in Hood Rio - SO GORGEOUS!"



Best Regards,



Jason Garrett Gibson

P.A.N. Agent 13:28

https://planetartnetwork.info

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