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Happy Holidays

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

In this final newsletter of 2021, I want to take an opportunity to reflect on the year that has just passed and look towards what we can accomplish in 2022.  

I am proud of all that the Legislature achieved this past year in the Long Session and the two Special Sessions.  Much of the work that we did happened in a Bi-Partisan fashion, and that is something to be proud of and that I hope continues in the Short Session starting in February.  I was particularly proud of what we could do with Education funding by passing the largest State School Fund Budget we've ever had at $9.1 billion.  We also had record investments in Higher Education by investing $702 million in Oregon's Community Colleges and $900 million in our Public Universities.  My personal highlight of the Session was the passage of my bill, SB 551, which gives part-time faculty members at our public colleges and universities health care coverage.  The Legislature faced the pandemic housing crisis by providing Renter and Landlord Relief, and we also addressed Wildfire Prevention and support.  I enjoyed my work on the Transportation Committee and on the I-5 Bridge Committee immensely, and I look forward to seeing many projects come to fruition because of the work of both the Oregon State Legislature and Federal support from the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure package. 

This coming year, I am excited to work on Infrastructure Systems by balancing Bike, Pedestrian, Public Transit, and Public Safety needs.  The Short Session begins in February, and I will be bringing back another bill on Newborn Testing as I continue to fight to ensure that as many families as possible get the genetic testing necessary for the prevention and treatment of detectable diseases.  I will continue to Co-Chair the Joint Committee on Transportation, the I-5 Bridge Committee, and the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education during the Interim and Short Session.  I will also be Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture and Land Use. 

I wish you and yours a very Happy and Healthy Holidays and all the best in the New Year.  I will be back in touch in early 2022!

Rep. McLain




Governor Kate Brown Extends COVID-19 Emergency Declaration 

From Governor Brown's Office 

Governor Kate Brown extended her declaration of a state of emergency as Oregon continues to implement its plan to prepare for and respond to the impending Omicron variant surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

“As Oregon prepares for what could be our worst surge in hospitalizations during this pandemic, I know that this is not the beginning of the new year any of us had hoped for,” said Governor Brown. “Time and again over the last two years, Oregonians have proven that we will stand with each other in our most difficult times. Your actions have saved lives, and it is because we have worked together to keep each other safe that Oregon still has some of the lowest infection and mortality rates in the nation. Please, do your part again––get vaccinated, get your booster shot, and wear a mask.”

The emergency declaration continues to be necessary to provide flexibility and resources for the state’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, including allowing for the use of SERV-OR volunteer medical providers in hospitals, providing flexibility around professional health licensing, and ensuring Oregon can continue to access all available federal disaster relief funds available, such as enhanced SNAP benefits. Executive Order 21-36 will remain in effect until June 30, 2022, unless earlier rescinded or extended.

Most of the Governor’s executive orders regarding COVID-19 were rescinded on June 30, 2021. In responding to the subsequent Delta surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the Governor for the most part did not use her executive authority to issue new emergency orders. She did take other steps, such as activating the Oregon National Guard to help support hospital workers, and coordinating with the Oregon Health Authority to bring skilled healthcare workers to Oregon to support hospital and long-term care facility staff.

Oregon’s safety requirements in place today regarding masks, vaccinations for K-12 educators and staff, and vaccinations for healthcare workers do not rely on the state of emergency declaration––instead, they are covered by agency administrative rules issued under existing state authority.




COVID-19 By the Numbers 


Cases and deaths 

There are 25 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,559, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported.  

OHA reported 999 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 408,069.


COVID cases in Oregon


COVID-19 hospitalizations 

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 338, which is 14 fewer than yesterday. There are 85 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is 16 fewer than yesterday. 

There are 60 available adult ICU beds out of 675 total (9% availability) and 333 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,133 (8% availability). 

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms. 

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here. If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain. 

Hospitalizations in Oregon


Oregon Hospitals Ask For Your Help:

Current projections predict a significant spike in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations driven by the omicron variant beginning mid-January and likely peaking in February.  

Although omicron may cause a less severe illness, it is significantly more transmissible: The spike in hospitalizations is projected to two to three times the September peak driven by the delta variant – from a high of 1,200 patients in hospitals in September to 2,000 to 3,000 hospitalizations from omicron.

It is not too late to take action. Please do what you can to keep yourself, your family, your co-workers and your community safe. We are asking everyone to please get fully vaccinated, including a booster if eligible, wear masks, and avoid large indoor gatherings this holiday season.

Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, OHSU, PeaceHealth and Providence continue to do our part to address this public health crisis. We know our dedicated teams will once again do all they can to care for patients. 

But, after nearly two years of fighting this pandemic our nurses and doctors are exhausted. Clinical staff and hospital beds are in short supply in all of our hospitals. A significant increase in COVID-19 infection and hospitalizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington will create delays in emergency department care for some patients and additional delays for surgeries, due to the lack of an available staffed bed.

The omicron variant has been infecting some people who are already vaccinated. But the good news is people who are fully vaccinated and received a booster shot are less likely to be infected and much less likely to have a severe illness and hospitalization.

Again, if you haven’t been vaccinated and/or boosted, please do so now. Go to getvaccinated.oregon.gov for information.

Each illness we prevent or reduce frees up health care resources for a loved one, friend or neighbor in need.



Free home COVID-19 testing are available at the Cultural Center.

To request a COVID-19 testing kit, please email covid19info@centrocultural.org or call 503-359-0446


Pruebras gratuitos de COVID-19 en casa estan disponibles en el Centro Cultural.

Para solicitar un kit de prueba de COVID-19, envíe un correo electrónico a covid19info@centrocultural.org o llame al 503-359-0446

Free COVID tests thru Centro Cultural

Free Centro Testing Kits



Celebrating faith safely this holiday season

As people gather for the holidays and worship in groups this season, vaccinations and boosters are providing better safeguards than we had a year ago. But with the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, precautions are still strongly advised to protect ourselves and the most vulnerable. 

When there is a choir onsite:

· Keep your distance. Studies show that droplets travel through the air much more powerfully when people are singing. This is especially true when performers are not wearing masks.

· Wear a mask.

· Avoid poorly ventilated areas.


· Avoid shared cups.

· Opt for individually packaged communion, if available.

Shaking hands and hugging:

· Exercise care about direct physical contact with others, especially if you don’t know their vaccination or booster status. The elbow bump remains a good alternative.

· Avoid crowded or poorly ventilated spaces. Consider low-risk activities if you are at a higher risk of infection or severe illness.

Home gatherings and shared meals:

· If you are attending a home gathering with individuals outside of your immediate family, consider wearing a mask during the gathering and encouraging attendees to get a COVID-19 test prior to the gathering.

· Rather than a self-serve model, consider having one person serving food to avoid sharing serving utensils.

· Reassure folks that potluck-style meals and homecooked food have not been linked to COVID-19 transmission.

If you are at high risk, consider these low-risk activities:

· Attend online services.

· Attend outdoor services, either with a mask or where it is possible to maintain safe distance from others.



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The time is now: Get boosted to protect against January Omicron surge

Today, Governor Brown, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) leadership shared information about the latest projection about the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon due to the new Omicron variant.

You can find first, second, third and booster doses at Oregon’s high-volume vaccination sites. You can also find other vaccine locations near you. Or contact your doctor’s office for a COVID-19 vaccination or booster.

Read the full story to learn more about what Omicron means for Oregon and OHA’s plan to protect against the Omicron surge.


Pfizer and Moderna vaccines now recommended over Johnson & Johnson

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup has confirmed its support of the recommendation that people 18 and older receive an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine over Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, given the greater effectiveness and stronger safety profile of mRNA vaccines.

The new guidance also recommends that anyone who had a Johnson & Johnson vaccine as their first dose should get an mRNA vaccine as the booster dose. However, people who are aware of the new guidance can still request a Johnson & Johnson vaccine if they want one.

Read the full story to learn more about the recommendations.


3 million vaccines in Oregon


Get your COVID-19 vaccines at a local walk-in or drive-through vaccination site

Are you finding it hard to get a COVID-19 vaccine? Whether it’s your first dose, second dose, third dose or booster dose, be sure to check out the high-volume vaccination sites now operating throughout Oregon. These walk-in and drive-through sites offer all three COVID-19 vaccines at no cost and are open to everyone eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination or booster.


Vaccine cartoon


Washington Co. Vaccine Information: 


Washington County's Mobile Vaccination Van: The van is traveling the county to make it easier for people to get the vaccine close to where they live or shop. Find the schedule here.

Tektronix (starting Thursday, November 11): This clinic will offer all three vaccines, including boost and pediatric doses. Located at 14200 SW Karl Braun Drive (inside Building 58) in Beaverton. Hours are Monday through Friday from 12-6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Walk-in only, no appointments. 

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!

Beaverton Resource Center: This clinic on Fridays takes place inside the Beaverton Resource Center, 13565 SW Walker Road. Visit Project Access Now's website to make an appointment. All three vaccines are available, including boosters and third doses. This site is currently not offering the pediatric Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11. NO CLINIC on December 24, December 31 or January 14.

Centro Cultural Clinic: On Saturdays at 1110 N. Adair Street in Cornelius

Centro Clinic


Local pharmacies: As of April 27, 2021, pharmacies are required to offer second/boost doses to people who received their first dose somewhere else.

How much does the vaccine cost?  Vaccines are provided free of charge to the recipient. If you have health insurance, you may be asked to provide that information so the vaccinator can bill your insurance an administration fee.

Mix and Match Approved: The CDC approved a “mix-and-match” strategy that allows anyone qualifying for a booster to receive any of the FDA-authorized vaccines. People may receive either the same or a different COVID-19 vaccine, depending on advice from a health care provider, individual preference, availability or convenience.



A very special thank you to our Fall Interns and our Graduate Research Fellow, who have all done amazing work, despite the challenging logistics of the pandemic.  We are lucky to have them!  All four of them will definitely be future leaders in their communities and excel in their career pathways.


Casandra Garcia Lopez



Casandra Garcia Lopez

Casandra is a first-generation Latina college student and hopes to pursue a career in Political Science and Law to be able to help minority communities.  She is a student at Portland Community College.

Darren McCormick



Darren M. McCormick 

Darren M. McCormick is a master’s student in political science at Portland State University, working on a thesis in the field of deliberative democracy. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Oregon and remains a philosopher at heart. When not discussing politics, he dabbles in game design and may visit a ski slope or a rock wall. 

Nick Juarez




Nicholas Juarez 

Nick was born and raised in Aloha, Oregon and likes to say that he's just trying to find his place in this world.  Nick is a former Marine Veteran who served 4 years and is now a student at Portland Community College.

Nathan Kim



Nathan Kim

Nathan is a political science major and business minor from Portland State University. In the future, he hopes to work on education and environmental policy. In his free time, he enjoys practicing Brazilian jiu jitsu (when safe), playing video games, and arguing with his two chihuahuas. 




Ralph Brown

Y2K New Year's Run for Ralph Brown

Ralph Brown is an avid runner and race organizer who started the annual Oregon Road Runners Club “Y2K Run” in 1986.  The race has been going strong every New Years Day since and this year’s run is dedicated to Ralph, with proceeds going to assist in the search for him.  I encourage everyone to come out to run, walk, or show support for runners, honor Ralph, and raise awareness about his missing person’s case and the benefits of a strong Silver Alert program.

Ralph and I have crossed paths in many ways over the years.  We were both educators, and when I was a Metro Councilor, Ralph was Mayor of Cornelius, and we often worked together on issues important to the community.  I also got the chance to know Ralph and his lovely wife, Carol, through many community events and activities, and I always loved having the opportunity to visit with them.  Ralph is quite simply a  wonderful man.  He is a role model, was a great educator and mayor, and above all else, I am proud to call him my friend.

There are many of us, including people like Representative Janeen Sollman, who have been advocating for improvements to Oregon's Silver Alert program for Seniors, which assists in cases where Seniors like Ralph go missing.  I am very excited that the Oregon State Police, in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Transportation, has begun working this year to update their rules to the law so that alerts can be more widespread and synchronized across the state.  Efforts like these will assist in searching for Ralph and for all Seniors who go missing.

Let’s spend New Years Day together, honoring Ralph, raising awareness about his case, and getting the word out about the benefits of the Silver Alert program!  See you on January 1st at 9:00 AM at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School and at breakfast following the race at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center.




Ride Free and Be Safe on TriMet This New Year’s Eve to Ring in 2022

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Cornelius joins opioid settlement

This article comes from Dillon Mullan at the Forest Grove News Times

The Cornelius City Council voted unanimously to join a national lawsuit against opioid producers and distributors at its Monday, Dec. 6, meeting.

The vote authorizes city manager Rob Drake to sign a release of claims in the National Opioid Litigation Settlement, which is due to pay Oregon $332 million over the next 18 years.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum signed onto the $26 billion settlement due to states and local governments from the country's three largest pharmaceutical distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBegen, as well as manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, over the summer.

In 2020, Oregon reported 472 unintentional opioid overdose deaths, up from 280 in 2019, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Between January and April 2021, there were 208 unintentional opioid overdose deaths across the state.

"One can assume with the kind of activity with people being over-prescribed or taking more or buying illegally there were impacts on the city," Drake said.

While the state deadline has passed, local governments have until Jan. 2 to join the settlement.

The Forest Grove City Council will vote on the matter at its Monday, Dec. 13, meeting.

At least 70% of settlement dollars are earmarked for a wide range of opioid mitigation efforts, which Drake said would most likely locally be contracted out by Washington County.



Lightopia – Tickets Still Available for Late December


Lightopia in Hillsboro


 Lightopia – An Illuminated Journey, the award-winning drive-through light show at Gordon Faber Recreation Complex, returns this December 9 through 31. Enjoy a leisurely drive through the brilliant display, which expands to a half-mile this year. Reservations for the week of December 9-14 open December 1, and reservation spots for the following week’s dates will be released weekly (on Wednesdays). 

Reserve your free spot


Optional: bring an unwrapped toy for the Hillsboro Firefighters Toy & Joy Drive or a non-perishable, unexpired food item for Hillsboro School District's Food Pantry.





Sample License


If you’ve got an expired Oregon license or vehicle registration, it’s time to consider booking an Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle appointment — fast. The grace period to renew already-expired licenses and registrations is coming to an end Dec. 31.



The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program is paused to new applicants as of December 1, 2021 at 11:59pm.  Please note that Washington County still has rental assistance available.

Rental Assistance Available

While the state has made the difficult decision to pause accepting new applications at midnight on December 1 for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP), Washington County’s local Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program continues to accept applications through existing local pathways.

Community Action, the agency administering the local funds for Washington County, maintains a phone line, an online portal and has established partnerships with other agencies, community-based organizations as well as public health contact tracing staff to get the funds out as quickly as possible. These local funds will continue to be available for income-eligible renters over the foreseeable future.

Oregon has safe harbor rules in place that mean renters cannot be evicted for 60 days, or 90 days in some parts of Washington County, if they show their landlords proof of having applied for any emergency rental assistance program. These maps show the protections for the different jurisdictions within Washington County (Information in English mapping tool) bit.ly/3aTeFbc or (Information in Spanish mapping tool Protección contra desalojos (arcgis.com).

All renters needing assistance and residing in Washington County are encouraged to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance program. To learn more on how to apply for emergency rental assistance, visit the Community Action webpage at https://caowash.org/programs/housing-stability/renter-support.html. For immediate resources including shelter and food access contact 2-1-1 online at www.211info.org or by calling 2-1-1.




OEM has put together this list of contacts to help speed up the process of replacing these documents:

The Governor’s office has put together a Wildfire Resources page that you can access from the Governor’s home page.  It has links to many of the most important updates about the status of fires and resources for evacuees.  This website will be updated regularly.  

Legal ResourcesOregon State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Program, Oregon lawyers, through the Oregon State Bar, are partnering with FEMA and the American Red Cross to provide legal assistance on FEMA claims, contract claims, insurance claims, landlord-tenant matters and more.

The Department of Forestry’s Wildfire Response and Recovery Overview has ongoing updates about firefighting efforts, damage reports, and more.  

FEMA UpdatesFEMA has provided several different Fact Sheets and resources for accessing benefits, determining eligibility and avoiding scams.






Washington County Veterans Resources 

American Legion Post 104: (503) 642-4907

American Legion Post 006: (503) 648-7191

Washington County Disability, Aging, and Veteran Services: (503) 846- 3060

Hillsboro VA Clinic: (503) 906-5000

Paws Assisting Veterans: info@paveusa.org

Veterans of Foreign Wars: (503) 895- 1342

Hillsboro Elks Lodge: (503) 648- 1862

Rock Creek Veteran Resources | Veteran Resources at PCC : (971) 722-7743 or 7744

Veterans Support | Pacific University


Mental Health Services: 

  • Washington County Crisis Line | 503-291-9111
  • Crisis Text Line | Text “Connect” to 741741
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline | 1-800-273-8255
  • Trevor Lifeline | 1-866-488-7386




Employers and Employees

The following list of resources is from Oregon’s Secretary of State’s Office. The fastest way to get in touch with the SOS team is by emailing business.sos@oregon.gov, using the “Need Help?” button found on most state agency websites or visiting www.oregon.gov/smallbusiness.

Education Links

Local Government

Utilities Assistance

Food and Housing Assistance



Oregon Health Authority


Happy Holidays - decorations


Yours truly,

Representative Susan McLain

Representative Susan McLain
House District 29

email: Rep.SusanMcLain@oregonlegislature.gov I phone: 503-986-1429
address: 900 Court St NE, H-376, Salem, OR 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/mclain