Increased Enforcement for Marijuana Grows

County Commissioners Hoping to Add Two New Enforcement Positions

After months of discussion with state, county and city officials the Deschutes County Commissioners made a first step today in addressing the ongoing issues with marijuana enforcement and regulations in Deschutes County.

County staff confirmed today that they will be looking into the hiring and funding of two new law enforcement positions as part of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team, known as CODE.
This was an idea proposed and supported by both County Commissioners and Bend City Councilors at a joint meeting held last week.

While CODE serves a tri-county area, these two positions would focus solely on enforcement in Deschutes County. The cost of hiring will likely be split, one going to the City of Bend for a police officer position and one would be a deputy sheriff position paid for by Deschutes County.

Commissioners also discussed raising the applications fees for marijuana grows in order to cover the cost of the extra time and effort county staff to deal with the complicated applications and the appeals that often follow.

Commissioners also floated the idea of putting a temporary pause on the processing of marijuana applications in order to clarify and fill in gaps in the current county code, but they are expected discuss those ideas in depth next week.

Supper Club: Bend City Charter Changes

Bend voters will get to decide on two major changes to the city’s charter this May. For this week’s Supper Club, Donna sat down with Bend Mayor, Casey Roats, Mayor Pro Tem, Sally Russell and Bend City Councilor, Nathan Boddie, to talk about some of the potential changes in store for city government.

Thanks to Casey, Sally and Nathan for joining us. A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsors, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Bend City Councilor Announces Candidacy for Oregon House Seat

Dr. Nathan Boddie, Bend City Councilor, has announced he is running for the Oregon House seat being vacated by Knute Buehler in Buehler’s run for Governor. Dr. Boddie says he will run as a Democrat for the District 54 seat.

Dr. Boddie is a local primary care physician, who has served on the Bend City Council since 2014. He also sits on the boards of the Deschutes River Conservancy and Upper Deschutes Watershed Council. In the press release announcing his candidacy, Dr. Boddie says, “It is an honor and privilege to serve the people of Bend on City Council, and I’m eager to represent all our residents at the state level next year in Salem. Until then, I’ll be continuing my work at the clinic on behalf of my patients and on City Council, and I look forward to earning the votes of my fellow residents again.”

Downtown Businesses and Residents Complain of Uptick in Transient Traffic

Every Bend City Council meeting features a “Visitor’s Section” where anyone is welcome to come up to the podium and speak their mind on an issue for three minutes. Last week a half dozen business owners stepped up to the mic and shared their concerns about an increase in transients in the downtown area.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at what city leaders and law enforcement are doing to address the problem.

Uber Service Faces Controversies Ahead of Bend Launch

When Uber’s president turned in his resignation yesterday, it was the latest in a series of troubles that the ride-sharing service has faced in recent weeks. It came just a few days after a Bend city councilor warned the staff to keep a watchful eye on the company that has had legal skirmishes in other cities in the past.

Central Oregon’s Anyssa Bohanan looks a closer look at the ride-sharing service that could be in Bend as early as May.

Supper Club: Special Bend City Council Edition

Three guests, a glass of wine, and good food at the Pine Tavern Restaurant: those are the ingredients for our weekly “Supper Club” series, sponsored by the Great American Furniture Warehouse.

The three newest members of the Bend City Council: Bill Mosley, Justin Livingston, and Bruce Abernethy, joined Diane Dean for this week’s edition of Supper Club. They shared their take on the most pressing issues facing the region in 2017.

New Ordinance Could Extend Eviction Notice Warnings

It’s no secret that finding a place to live in Bend can be like finding a needle in a haystack. With a rental vacancy of about 1%, renters can be waitlisted for months, and even years, when looking for a new home.

A new proposed ordinance being drafted by the Bend City Council could at least help alleviate the potential stress of having to find a new home, should a current tenant be forced to leave theirs.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the details.