Riley Report - April Edition

Senator Chuck Riley

April, 2019

Update on SB 543

Children’s Service Districts
As you know, one of my highest priorities for this session is my bill SB 543 which gives local communities the ability to vote to create Children’s Service Districts. The lack of program and funding currently available for out-of-school programs are large contributors to the ongoing problems facing children and families in our community and around Oregon. SB 543 would provide the opportunity for communities to address some of these problems themselves and offer flexible programs that best fit their community’s needs.

I am proud to report that SB 543 passed out of the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue with not a single “no” vote. It passed off the Senate floor with a 21-9 vote. It is now on the House side in the House Committee on Human Services and Housing.

I am thankful for the bi-partisan support from my colleagues on this common-sense solution. I look forward to working closely with members of the House to get this bill passed. SB 543 has the potential to help thousands of children around Oregon gain access to out-of-school programs. Being able to fund and to sustain out-of-school programs is critical for developing the young minds of Oregon’s future generations.

One of my main concerns, which many of you share, is breaking down financial barriers that limit the resources available to everyone in our community. I believe that by building up programs designed to help the children of Oregon, the wellbeing of our entire state will be improved. Issues facing children and their families in our community and around Oregon have lasting effects on us all. These issues deserve permanent solutions, not temporary fixes.

If you would like to keep up with the progress of SB 543 by receiving automatic up-to-date email notifications, click here to subscribe.

Constituent Coffee set for April 27th

I will be holding my next constituent coffee on Saturday April 27th from 10 AM to 11 AM at Insomnia Coffee Company – 5389 W Main Street (Baseline) in Hillsboro (not the downtown Hillsboro one).

For those constituents who are not able to get to Salem to meet with me during the work week, I invite you to join me at the table to share your concerns in an open forum format over a hot cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

These coffees are a valuable opportunity for me to meet with constituents in a casual atmosphere to learn what issues are important to you. I look forward to seeing you and to the conversation.

Your State Capitol

Visit for a virtual tour of the capitol!

We are pleased to share with you all the exciting news of the Capitol's new online virtual tour! Explore the beautiful Capitol building and see where all the action happens. Visit or text 'Oregon' to 24587.

On the virtual tour you can also see the Our Shared Heritage exhibit which is dedicated to individuals of different backgrounds who have made a difference in Oregon.

Join the Oregon State Capitol Foundation on April 27th in honoring Asian and Pacific Islanders. This year is the third year the Foundation is presenting visitors a view into one of the many cultures that have added to the vibrancy of our state.

The performance schedule includes:

  • 10:30 AM - Micronesian Islander Chuukese Dancers
  • 11 AM - Chinese Friendship Association of Portland Fitness Dance Team
  • Noon - Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon
  • 12:30 PM - Philippine Cebuano Dancers and Friends of Salem join the  Filipino American Friendship Club to perform Barrio Fiesta Suite
  • 1 PM - Flavor of Japan in Portland, Japanese Instrumentalists

Weekly Library Happenings

Mondays 1 PM to 4 PM
Hillsboro Shute Park Library is hosting Citizenship Classes every Monday until June 30th. The classes focus on assisting people in preparing for the U.S. Naturalization Test. Topics are: speaking, reading and writing in English, as well as U.S. history and government.

Tuesdays/Martes 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM; Thursdays/Jueves 10 AM to 11 AM
Stop by the Forest Grove Library to practice your Spanish and/or English with peers of all levels! ¡Deténgase en la biblioteca Forest Grove para practicar su español y/o inglés con compañeros de clase de todos los niveles!

Wednesdays 5 PM to 7 PM; Saturdays 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Schedule a free tutoring session at the North Plains Library on Wednesdays to get help on a variety of subjects from elementary level through high school. Saturdays focus in on math tutoring from junior high level to college level mathematics.

Sundays 4 PM
Legopalooza is hosted by the Cornelius Public Library and offers a fun and creative space for all kids, including the young at heart, to build their own Lego masterpieces. What can be any better than getting lost in Legos on a Sunday afternoon?

April Events in District 15


Annual Day of The Child Celebration 04/28/2019; 11 AM to 5 PM

“Los Superheroes del Mañana” or “The Superheroes of Tomorrow” is Centro Cultural's largest festival of the year. This year’s event theme is focused on celebrating our youth through engaging them to believe that they can be and do anything as they are the superheroes of tomorrow. The event takes place at Centro Cultural de Washington County - 1110 N Adair Street, Cornelius.

Accepting City Board Applicants Until 05/17/2019

There are open volunteer positions for the Planning Commission, Public Works Advisory, Police Advisory, and Parks Advisory. Pick up an application from the City Hall or apply online. If you have questions, call 503-992-5305.

Take Care of Cornelius Day 05/18/2019 8:30 AM to 12 PM

The City of Cornelius is holding their annual spring clean-up day!  If you are interested in participating, be sure to arrive at 8:30 AM sharp at the Cornelius Fred Meyer parking lot. The event will end at 12-noon for a closing ceremony and lunch at Harleman Park - 795 S. Heather with complimentary hot dogs and drinks. For more information regarding this event or to sign up as a volunteer as an individual or as a group, click here.

Forest Grove

Spring Up Plant Sale 04/27/2019; 10 AM to 2 PM & 04/28/2019; 1 PM to 3 PM

The Dairy Creek Community Food Web is hosting a plant sale in two locations on Saturday April 27! You can visit them from 10 AM to 2 PM at Pacific University on the Marsh Hall lawn or at the Assembly of God church. They will also be continuing the sale on Sunday at the Assembly of God church only, from 1 PM to 3 PM.

Drug Take Back Day in Forest Grove 04/27/2019; 10 AM to 2 PM

The Forest Grove Police Department* – 2102 Pacific Avenue is providing you a FREE safe and responsible way to dispose of any unused or expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications for humans or even pets on April 27 from 10 AM to 2 PM.  If you need more information regarding this event, be sure to contact the Forest Grove Police at 503-992-3314.

*a drug take-back container is available in the FGPD lobby year-round.

Spring Community Cleaning Events 05/06/2019 to 05/11/2019

Easy curbside clean-up for the week of May 6th to May 10th. If you have a waste management account, you may put out up to six (32-gallon capacity) garbage bags on your regular collection day, for no additional cost.

On May 11th from 9 AM to 2 PM you may drop off up to 3 furniture items and 4 tires per person at the Transfer station on B Street. Also on May 11th, from 9 AM to 1 PM, you can shred and safely dispose of your sensitive data for free at the Council and Ash Street parking lot.

For more information and restrictions to these events contact Waste Management at 503-249-8078 or click here for the full description of the events.


Hillsboro Library Book Sale 04/26/2019 to 05/05/2019

Friends of the Hillsboro Library invite you to come browse thousands of books from every category at the Friends book sale! There will be novels, kids books, cookbooks, audiobooks, you name it! Drop on by during normal library hours.

Hillsboro Police Department Drug Turn In

If you have unused or unwanted personal medications, this is your opportunity to dispose of them responsibly at this FREE event. It will be held on Saturday April 27 at the Hillsboro Main Police Station – 250 SE 10th Avenue from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Please keep in mind that there are exceptions - NO sharps, intravenous solutions, or medical waste will be accepted. For more information and for a complete list of acceptable items, be sure to contact Earleen Reimann at 503-681-5207.

If you are unable to make it to the event on the 27th, there are permanent drop box locations throughout Washington County. Click here for information on the locations.

Farmers Markets are back! 04/27/2019

Don't miss opening weekend! Head to the downtown Hillsboro Market on Saturdays from 8 AM to 1 PM and to the Orenco Station Market on Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM. There is always great food, amazing art, and someone playing music.

North Plains

Garden Club Sale 05/04/2019; 8 AM to 4 PM

The North Plains Garden club is hosting their annual plant sale at the Jessie Mays Center - 30975 NW Hillcrest Street in North Plains. Come celebrate Spring with a pretty new plant for your home!

City Wide Garage Sale 05/04/2019

Find something new to you and help reduce waste! The whole community is welcome to participate in this FREE event as a buyer, a seller, or both. If you would like to participate this year as a seller, please call Patti Burns at 503-647-2619 or send an email to You can also send an email to get the list of all vendors at no cost to you.

Clean-Up Day 05/11/2019

Homeowners and residents in the 97133 zip code are invited to bring unwanted items to the North Plains Annual Clean-Up Day at Jesse Mays Community Park - 30975 NW Hillcrest Street. Garbino Disposal is providing dumpsters for junk material and recyclables.

Acceptable items along with the corresponding fee include:

  • Usable items for a charitable organization - No fee
  • Large appliances - $5 each
  • Air conditioner, refrigerator or freezer - $25 each
  • Tires - $4 per tire off the rim; $6 per tire with wheel
  • Bulky wastes, furniture, scrap metal, plastics and electronics - $5 per carload; $10 per truck, trailer or van
  • Heavy materials (brick, rock) - $20/ half-full mid-size truck

Other items not listed above will be assessed at the event. Those participating may be asked to help unload their materials. Please do NOT bring: household/wet garbage; hazardous waste; paint; medications; light bulbs; batteries; or potentially asbestos-containing building materials such as drywall, vinyl sheet, etc.

Happy Spring-cleaning!

Links to Your City Newsletters


Forest Grove


North Plains

Meetings with Senator Riley

CAUSA meeting, thank you for sharing your concerns.


We were touched by all the stories we heard from the CAUSA lobby. Thank you for sharing your experiences.


Thanks to our district Representatives and all our constituents that came to the joint listening session!

Joint listening session with the Senator and district Representatives.
Thank you for the visit from advocates for Bleeding Disorder Awareness.


We appreciate your work for bringing awareness to bleeding disorders.


A visit from some of our constituents representing Rise Above Plastics. Thanks for sharing.

Visit from constituents with Rise Above Plastics.
Meeting with DHS. Thank you for coming by!


Thank you for all you do Department of Human Services.


Senator Riley meeting with Donate Life Northwest. We appreciate you!

Donate Life NW meeting.
Meeting with the Early Childhood Program advocates.


Thank you for visiting and engaging in helping our community Early Childhood Program.


Thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns about food banks with us here at the Capitol! Feed hope, Fight hunger.

Meeting with Feed Hope, Fight Hunger food banks.
Hillsboro Inukai Family, Boys and Girls Club with Senator Riley


Senator Riley meeting with the Hillsboro Inukai Family Boys and Girls club.


We appreciate the visit and all the work that the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice does for our community.

Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice Meeting
Visit from advocates for Operating Room Nurses.


Thank you for the visit Operating Room Nurses. We admire all the work you do for our community!


Always a pleasant visit from PCC Day at the Capitol lobby. Thanks for your support for higher education.

PCC meeting for affordable higher education.
Meeting with recovery advocates. Thanks for the visit Oregon Recovers!


Your stories and experiences were welcome Oregon Recovers. Thank you for shedding light on Oregon's vulnerable community members.


Meeting with Senator Riley and Oregon Realtors.

Realtors day at the Capitol
UFCW lobby day!


Thanks for the visit United Food and Commercial Workers!



We are proud to support Governor Kate Brown's signing of the Women's Achievement Proclamation.

Women's Achievement Proclaimation

I understand not everyone can come visit the Capitol in person. Of course, if you do have plans to stop by for a visit during the week, be sure to contact my office in advance at 503-986-1715 or send me an email at to schedule a time to meet with me. Your thoughts and opinions are always welcome and appreciated.

As always, I am here to serve you. If there is something I can do to assist you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office.


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Senator Chuck Riley
Senate District 15

Phone: 503-986-1715
Address: 900 Court St NE, S-303, Salem, OR, 97301

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