Commentary: “Contact Tracers” Will Be Fanning Out In Counties Authorized To Re-Open. BIG Brother Is Alive And Well In The Age Of Coronavirus.

Re-opening under Governor Brown’s plan has tradeoffs, including the deployment of a small army of Orwellian “contact tracers” who will gather information about you.

Consider that once collected, the information will likely be subject to retention for a number of years under Oregon Public Records Laws.

How this information might be used, stored, or available beyond the prevention of disease is yet to be fully answered, and Civil libertarians and the Courts are sure to become involved.

First Election Results In From Marion County.

Marion County Elections has released the first results for today’s primary election.  A couple of items of interest:

  • 5th District Congress Republican primary – Amy Courser with 51%, easily ahead.
  • Measure 24-444 Hubbard FD local option tax levy passing 60%-40%

Full report here below. Next results about 11pm.

Cumulative – no PCPs-5-19-2020 8 PM


Another St. Paul City Councilor Resigns, Leaving Two Vacant Positions.

Two St. Paul City Council members have resigned since March, leaving the City with just enough members to have a quorum. Councilor Tim Woodland is the latest resignation, following the March resignation of Councilor Velma Amaya-Medina.  How this will affect Council business and City Budget preparation is yet to be seen.

The City Council has advertised the openings and is seeking letters of interest from qualified City residents who may wish to serve on the Council.   The remaining two Councilors and the Mayor may appoint persons to serve out the remaining terms of the vacant positions.

Since the Council has enough remaining members to constitute a quorum, it can still function, make binding decisions, and give final approval to a City Budget, but only if all three members are present at a meeting.

If a third resignation occurs, the remaining Council members are required by State law to call a special election to elect members to fill ALL vacant positions.   If all City Council positions became vacant, the Marion County Commissioners would appoint three persons to serve as Council members to create a quorum, and those appointed would meet to appoint two more persons to constitute the full 5-person Council required by the City Charter.