Governor Kate Brown Announces Natural Resources and Education Advisors

Governor Kate Brown Announces Natural Resources and Education Advisors

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced two new staffers in natural resources and education policy. Amira Streeter will join the Governor’s office on July 9 on the Natural Resources team. Pooja Bhatt will begin as an education policy advisor on July 24.

Streeter will assume responsibility for liaising with a number of natural resource state agencies. She brings deep experience in brownfields policy, project management and collaborative problem solving, and community engagement and empowerment.

Streeter most recently worked as a policy director for Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish focusing on issues including: Portland Harbor Superfund clean-up, housing, community development, and public arts and culture. She also has experience in the private and non-profit sectors, having served as a policy analyst and legislative liaison for Representative Lew Frederick, as an Environmental Prosecution Clerk in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

She has a law degree from Lewis & Clark, Northwestern School of Law, where she also earned a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and dance from Skidmore College.

Bhatt will work closely with Chief Education Officer Lindsey Capps and education-related state agencies to improve high school graduation rates and the educational system across Oregon. In addition to her education background, she has experience in working in policy research, bringing multiple interests together to advance policy and programs that integrate accountability for outcomes, diverse voices from communities, subject matter expertise, and best practices.

She joins the Governor’s office from a role as a senior policy advisor for Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, where she focused her work on investments and improvements in City services to close gaps for underserved communities. Prior to that, she worked for the Multnomah County Early Learning Hub, the Chalkboard Project, and as a researcher for SEIU.

Bhatt earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, with a focus on education policy.

PHOTO OF AMIRA STREETER

PHOTO OF POOJA BHATT

Governor Kate Brown Stands with Oregon Union Members

Governor Kate Brown Stands with Oregon Union Members

(Salem, OR) — In reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME today, Governor Kate Brown, Tom Chamberlain (president of Oregon AFL-CIO), John Larson (president of the Oregon Education Association), Melissa Unger (executive director of SEIU Local 503), and Stacy Chamberlain (executive director of Oregon AFSCME), released the following joint statement:

“Oregon’s economy is thriving, but the rising economic tide is leaving too many behind. Every day, we hear from families struggling to make ends meet, single parents working two jobs to get by, young people buried by student loans, and seniors who’ve spent down their life savings to keep up with the rising cost of living.

“Today, Oregon families face new challenges, but unions are on the forefront, fighting for working families, fair pay, and more affordable housing. Our union members have led the fights to raise the minimum wage, ensure that women and people of color are paid equally and treated fairly in the workplace, and expand access to affordable healthcare. Strong public sector unions have been and will continue to be one of the pillars upon which Oregon’s middle class is built.

“The Supreme Court’s disappointing ruling in the Janus case tips the scale yet again in favor of wealthy special interests, making it even harder for working families to get ahead. Despite that decision, however, Oregon’s unions will remain strong as long as union members stick together and continue acting collectively for the common good of all workers.

“Oregon’s union members stand strong, and will continue working with Oregon’s political leaders to create and maintain public-sector union jobs — positions that allow dedicated public servants to serve the people of our state.”

Forest Service Road 32, known locally as Indian Creek Rd., on the Central Coast Ranger District will be temporarily closed

Waldport, OR, June 28, 2018 – A portion of Forest Service Road 32, known locally as Indian Creek Rd., on the Central Coast Ranger District will be temporarily closed beginning July 6 through September 1 while a culvert is being replaced. This closure is necessary to ensure public safety during construction work, which is intended to improve stream habitat for fish and other aquatic species.

Indian Creek Road is located 20 miles east of Waldport on Hwy 34 and 16 miles south of Hwy 34 on Five Rivers Road (County Road 807).  The closure will impact traffic from milepost 0.0 (end of Five Rivers Rd.) to milepost 0.5.  Travelers will be able to continue to access the area by taking Forest Service Road 37 from Five Rivers Road for 7 miles to Forest Service Road 3250, which intersects Indian Creek Road after 6 miles.

For more information, contact the Central Coast Ranger District at 541-563-8400. Road closures and delays are regularly posted under the Alerts and Notices section of the Siuslaw National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/siuslaw/alerts-notices.

Additional Forest-related information can be found at www.twitter.com/siuslawNF and www.facebook.com/SiuslawNF.

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