8/18/21 House District 30 Newsletter

Rep. Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Constituent event for rep. sollman on August 25th

Upcoming Constituent event: Coffee, Tea and Me. Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 from 10:00-11:00am at Ava Roasteria-Orenco. 936 NE Orenco Station Loop, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Governor Kate Brown Extends Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Moratorium until December 31, 2021

From www.oregon.gov

Housing counselors available to help homeowners navigate resources; Rental assistance for qualified tenants available at OregonRentalAssistance.org
Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown announced today that she has extended Oregon’s residential mortgage foreclosure moratorium until December 31, 2021. This moratorium prevents Oregonians who own their homes from losing their homes to foreclosure if they have lost income and been unable to pay their mortgage during the COVID-19 pandemic. House Bill 2009 authorized the governor to extend the mortgage foreclosure moratorium period for two successive three-month periods beyond June 30. The Governor previously issued Executive Order 21-14, extending the moratorium until September 30, 2021. The extension until December 31 is the last extension allowed under House Bill 2009.

“As we continue to see record high numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations driven by the Delta surge, I am committed to ensuring that Oregonians have a warm, dry, safe place to live during this pandemic," said Governor Brown. "Extending the temporary residential foreclosure moratorium another three months will prevent removal of Oregonians from their homes by foreclosure, which would result in serious health, safety, welfare, and financial consequences, and which would undermine key efforts to prevent spread of COVID-19."

Extending House Bill 2009’s foreclosure moratorium will also provide relief to mortgagors that are leasing property to residential tenants, allowing landlords needed flexibility to continue to work with tenants who are struggling to pay rent. These protections are necessary as Oregon continues to deploy federal financial relief both for Oregonians who rent and for Oregonians who own their homes, including the Emergency Rental Assistance program and the Homeownership Assistance Fund, both of which are in the initial stages of deployment.

Oregonians who have fallen behind on their mortgages during the pandemic are encouraged to contact a housing counselor in their community. Housing counselors are knowledgeable, dedicated professionals who can help homeowners explore their best options for keeping their homes. A list of housing counselors in communities across Oregon is available here.

Rental assistance, safe-harbor period available for tenants

Similar protections are also in place for Oregonians who rent their homes. In addition to resources for landlords and homeowners, rental assistance continues to be available for tenants at OregonRentalAssistance.org. On June 25, 2021, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 278, which provides tenants a 60-day safe-harbor period from eviction for nonpayment of rent. In Multnomah County, the safe harbor period is 90 days. The 60-day safe-harbor period for each tenant begins when they provide their landlords with proof that they have applied for rental assistance. Oregon's Emergency Rental Assistance Program is still accepting applications at OregonRentalAssistance.org. Tenants who are behind on their rent or utilities or who may need help paying current or future month’s rent should apply today. The program is offered to all eligible renters regardless of immigration status.

If a tenant has received an eviction proceeding notice, they should consult with a lawyer as quickly as possible. No cost or low-cost legal services may be available. For more information on the end of Oregon’s eviction moratorium and protections for Oregon’s renters, go to OregonLawHelp.org. Renters can also contact 2-1-1 or 211info.org to be linked to their local program administrator.

Healthcare Updates

Find a Vaccine in Washington County

From Washington County Health and Human Services

NEW! Washington County's Mobile Vaccine Team: Our mobile team is traveling the county to make it easier for people to get the vaccine close to where they live, shop or hang out. Find the schedule here.

Local pharmacies: Pharmacies are required to offer second/boost doses to people who received their first dose somewhere else.

Beaverton Resource Center: Most Fridays from July 16 through September 24. See the flier for exact dates and times. Pfizer for ages 12 and older. Located at 13565 SW Walker Road.

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Centers: All vaccination events are open to the community, do not require an appointment, and do not require you to be a Virginia Garcia patient. You do not have to have insurance in order to receive a vaccine. If you have insurance, please bring your card with you. Remember, vaccines are free!

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Breathe deep and take care

From the Oregon Health Authority

These past weeks have been unsettling. It makes sense if it’s hard to concentrate or to take in everything that’s going on. It is important to make self-care a priority.  

Breathe deep. Take a walk. Talk to your loved ones. Those simple acts can help us feel more grounded when we are stressed.  

Here are some other ways to take care of yourself: 

  • Unplug from the news for a while.
  • Play music you love.  
  • Practice a hobby that you enjoy. 
  • Read a good book.
  • Watch a favorite movie.  
  • Cuddle with your pet. 

And remember that taking precautions to keep yourself and your community safe from COVID-19 is also a way to take care: wear your mask, watch your distance, limit your gatherings and wash your hands frequently.  

Visit our Safe + Strong website for more resources, including how to contact the Safe + Strong Helpline and information in languages other than English. 

It’s okay to give yourself this moment to believe that things can be okay. 

Information about receiving a third booster shot against the COVID variants

Additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine recommended for immunocompromised

From the Oregon Health Authority

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup have all recommended an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine be administered to people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. 

“This official CDC recommendation — which follows FDA’s decision to amend the emergency use authorizations of the vaccines — is an important step in ensuring everyone, including those most vulnerable to COVID-19, can get as much protection as possible from COVID-19 vaccination,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH in an Aug. 13 media statement. 

Read more about this recommendation on the Oregon Vaccine News blog.  

Education Updates

Culturally Responsive Teaching: 5 Ways to Audit Your Classroom Library for Inclusion

From Edutopia

Is your classroom bookshelf all that it can be, for every kid in your class? Here’s how to bring it up to speed.

Providing “windows and mirrors” so that students can both see themselves and be exposed to new realities isn’t a novel concept for teachers. But as we grow increasingly aware of the many people whose stories remain untold一and the ripple effect our collective ignorance has on shaping our discourse and our cultural priorities—it’s worth revisiting what’s been sitting on classroom bookshelves.

What new opportunities are there to make students feel more included and more connected to what they’re learning in school?

Performing a careful, focused audit of your classroom or school library often turns up problems, some of them hard to spot at first glance. The hugely popular Skippyjon Jones series, for example, a New York Times bestseller in which a Siamese cat identifies as a Chihuahua, remains a popular pick for elementary-aged children and yet critics say it promotes harmful stereotypes of Mexican people and generally misrepresents Latinx people, language, and culture. The books continue to be adapted into musical productions and remain a commercial success—but they made the American Library Association’s 2018 list of 10 most challenged books, an acknowledgment of the widespread criticism from scholars, teachers, and parents.

Such blind spots in our libraries can translate into inaccurate and even harmful depictions of the different groups in a classroom, isolating children or making them feel like outsiders. Books that represent and honor the diversity of the classroom, however, highlight the beauty and accomplishments of those groups instead of pushing them to the sidelineㅡand give students a glimpse into the lives of people different from them.

“Books become transformative when they shift our perspectives, alter our worldviews, and deepen our relationships with others,” writes Kathryn Fishman-Weaver, an executive director of Mizzou Academy, an online high school housed at the University of Missouri’s College of Education.

The six ways to audit your classrooms and libraries to foster a learning environment that embraces the richness of student identities are:

  1. Auditing Your Books
  2. Trying the “Bingo” Exercise
  3. Being Mindful of Deficit Framing
  4. Making Kids the Librarians
  5. Creating Their Own Stories
  6. After Reading, Facilitating Discussions

To read more in-depth on each of these suggestions, CLICK HERE to read the entire article.

Meet Your House District 30 High School Interns

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I’m Ceph Tronco (they/them) and I’m a senior at Glencoe High School. I’ve been active in civic life for as long as I can remember, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as an intern with Representative Sollman. In addition to classes at Glencoe and Portland Community College, I also serve as a student representative on the Hillsboro School Board. I’m a passionate learner and I’m known for deep dives into obscure topics like 19th century European fashion, octopuses, and trying to bake historical recipes that were probably better left alone. I’m excited about engaging students in government because I believe we have insights and experience that can help create better policy.

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Liberty High School senior, Lily Donis (she/her), joined #TeamJaneen in 2018 making this her fourth year as a High school intern. Lily’s continuous passion for the environment, social justice, and engaging with the community and constituents of House District 30 is what fueled her to become an intern for Rep. Sollman. When she isn’t interning, Lily enjoys robotics, HOSA (Future Health Professionals), Leadership, Track & Field, Mason Beekeeping (native bee to the Pacific Northwest), reading, and cooking. This year, Lily can’t wait to gain more unique experiences and take part in her local community. 

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Hello! My name is Ishaan Sinha (he/him/his) and I am part of the Class of 2022 at Glencoe High School. I became an intern at Rep. Sollman's office because I wanted to make a difference in my community. This opportunity allows me to research and help implement laws, engage with constituents, and enjoy fun community activities. Outside of this internship, I am the Co-Chair of the Hillsboro Youth Advisory Council and Captain of the Glencoe Speech and Debate team. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, working out, and playing the guitar.

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Juan David Alonso Garcia (he/him/his) is a Senior taking full-time college course at Portland Community College. He was born and raised in Hillsboro, Oregon, and knew that being involved in his community/Local government gave him the knowledge and the opportunity to advocate for many. Recently, he was part of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, where he learned more in-depth about the U.S. government and action steps towards a great Advocacy.

"As a first-generation Latino student, my vision is to have inclusive communication with our local government officials to collaborate and make a positive difference in our communities. I have the initiative to continue advocating for my communities because I know it can be difficult having many responsibilities and/or having language barriers."

Soy bilingüe,

Juan David Alonso Garcia

Oregon Wildfire Prevention

From Office of Fire State Marshal

Infographic: It only takes a spark

It only takes a spark. Solo se necesita una chispa.

Infographic: Check and Secure Tow chains

Going camping? Big fires often come from small sparks. Check and secure tow chains.¿Vas a acampar? Los grandes incendios a menudo inician con pequeñas chispas. Revisa y asegura las cadenas de remolque.

Infographic: extinguish outdoor cooking

Stay cool this summer: extinguish outdoor cooking fires before you relax. Mantente fresco este verano: apague los fuegos para cocinar al aire libre antes de relajarse.

Infographic: Make sure the campfire is out

After every adventure, make sure the campfire is out. Después de cada adventuras: asegúrate de apagar tus fogatas.

Infographics: Prevent Wildfires

Prevent wildfires. Avoid sparking a fire with powered equipment, check equipment use restrictions, use gas-powered equipment early in the day, use a weed trimmer with a plastic line, makse sure to use approved spark arresters, keep a fire extinguisher or hose nearby. Evite encender un fuego con equipo motorizado. Verifique las restricciones de uso del equipo, utilicie equipos de gas al principio del día, utilice una podadora de malezas con hilo de plástico, asegúrese de utilizar parachispas aprobados, mantenga un extintor de incendios o una manguera cerca.

Infographic on Wildfire Evacuations

Wildfire evacuations can happen quickly, be ready, be set, go! Prepare, monitor and pack your valuables. Be set to evacuate at a moments notice. Leave immediately. ¡En sus marcas, listos, fuera! Prepárate, monitorea y empaca tus pertenencias de valor. Debes estar listo para evacuar cuando te avisen. ¡Vete inmediateamente!

Community Engagement

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Snyder Park is a nice park tucked up in the hills of Sherwood. It has a wonderful memorial bench for a friend, Alter Wiener. Alter was a Holocaust survivor and was an inspirational speaker to students all over the area for many years, including my son Jordan. Alter wanted to share his lived experience so that students could learn from it in hopes to end the waves of hate and not have a hateful history repeated. His bench is a reminder that it is okay to sit with a stranger and talk, because we are all neighbors and human beings and connecting is important. I was honored to take part in the dedication ceremony for this bench when it was installed. The project in the park was led by Stephanie West and Paula Schafer. Alter was a friend to so many and a resident of Hillsboro, living right up the street from me in House District 30. He died tragically in an accident in December of 2018. He was a good human who inspired many to rise above hate and make a change for the better for our future. 

More Information

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From Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

Don't miss your chance to join us on one of the last South Portland Walking Tours of the Summer!

Due to the recent heatwave, we've added a new tour at the following date and time: Thursday, August 19 at 6:00pm

Join our trained tour guides for an educational walk around South Portland which covers historic and architecturally significant sites of the neighborhood. Included will be a walk through the Portland Open Space Sequence, a series of fountains designed by Lawrence Halprin and Associates between 1965 and 1970.

We still have tickets available for Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 at 10:30am. Access the portal here www.ojmche.org

Lawrence Halprin, Fountains: In 1963 the Portland Development Commission invited Lawrence Halprin and Associates to design a series of fountains in Portland’s downtown. Lawrence Halprin, Fountains celebrates Portland’s Open Space Sequence, a reinvention of public space in the city’s first urban renewal district, that wiped away a Jewish immigrant community and replaced it with fountain plazas that launched the city’s traditions of world-class public space and urban greenspaces. This exhibition will be on view until September 26, 2021. Don't miss it!

South Portland and the Long Shadow of Urban Renewal: This companion exhibit from the Architectural Heritage Center looks at the logic and motivations of city leaders, beginning in the 1950s, whose redevelopment efforts focused on the future at the expense of the city’s past and present. These ambitions and impacted residents, businesses, and property owners in one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods. But it also steered a stagnant, conservative city toward a modernist and meticulously planned aesthetic.

Guided Tours of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial: Engage with Holocaust history and its connection to Oregon with a free one-hour guided tour of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial, a moving public memorial that conveys the memories and legacy of local Holocaust survivors. 

We still have space for our tours on August 19, Here  and August 29, Here

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Westside Maker Fair

We are so excited to bring this annual event to you virtually on August 21st from 10am to 4:30pm!

Register beginning July 21 to be eligible for a free maker kit. Kits may be picked up at the Brookwood or Shute Park locations, one per person, while supplies last.

For more information and a list of presenters, please visit this link: https://wccls.bibliocommons.com

Be good to yourself and each other. ❤

Onward & Upward,


Capitol Phone: 503-986-1430
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-487, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Rep.JaneenSollman@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/sollman

Additional Resources

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