7/13/2022 Senate District 15 Newsletter

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Senator Janeen Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Upcoming Events

Sunday Market Meet Up - Sunday, July 17th

Join me outside the Orenco Farmer's Market in Hillsboro for my 91st legislative Community Conversation. We will meet at the outside patio near New Season's Market. This is a great opportunity to gather informally and share your questions and concerns and support our local farmers and artisans at the Market. Don’t forget to bring your reusable shopping bag. I hope to see you there!

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Federal Updates

FACT SHEET: The Biden Administration’s 21 Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

This week, the Biden Administration released their progress on actions taken to reduce gun violence. You can read the full account here and watch President Biden's event on the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities here.

I am encouraged by these actions and will continue to listen to my constituents and their concerns about their right to freedom and safety in our communities.

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Education Updates

As a mom of a son that took the apprenticeship pathway, who is now earning a journeyman’s wage, I could not be more supportive of expanding apprenticeship opportunities for Oregonians. These jobs bring strong wages and incentives to work locally. They can help build and grow every corner of our beautiful state.

Youth Apprenticeship In Hillsboro Approved as Oregon's First Registered Program

From the Hillsboro School District


The Hillsboro School District is thrilled to share that the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has approved the Hillsboro Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship, making it Oregon’s first industry-recognized and registered youth apprenticeship program. This innovative two-year program provides a pathway for high-school students, ages 16-18, to receive hands-on, paid training that prepares them for a career in advanced manufacturing, and provides employers with an expanded and diversified skilled workforce.

The inaugural apprentice cohort will start this fall with up to 10 students from the Industrial and Engineering Systems CTE program at Century High School. As apprentices, the students will be employed by Jireh Semiconductor and Tosoh Quartz, and will have the unique opportunity to learn on the manufacturing floor. Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, the students will be fully qualified for their occupation. They will also receive accreditation from BOLI and will be certified to work anywhere as a manufacturing technician. 

The District is excited to be working alongside the City of Hillsboro, BOLI, and our partners including Intel, Qorvo, Jobs for the Future, Jireh Semiconductor and Tosoh Quartz to launch this innovative program. We look forward to supporting local students on their path to a career in advanced manufacturing, and helping solve an industry challenge by expanding and diversifying the employee pipeline. 

“BOLI’s approval of the Hillsboro Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship marks an important milestone as we work to launch this innovative program, and we are grateful to Commissioner Hoyle for her support of our students. We can’t wait for our first cohort to begin their apprenticeships this fall,” said Travis Reiman, assistant superintendent of Hillsboro School District.

We will continue to share program news and milestones with you as we get closer to launching this exciting pilot program—one that positions Oregon as a leader in the development, modernization and diversification of registered youth apprenticeships.

Environmental Updates

Participate in Plastic Free July

Plastic pollution has reached every part of the planet, from the Arctic to the depths of the Mariana Trench. There are even microplastics found in the food we eat and the water we drink. Each year nearly 9 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the world’s oceans. Taking part in Plastic Free July is a small step we can all take to envision a zero waste future and reaffirm our commitment as a nation to end the Plastic Pollution crisis. Join me and commit to refusing single-use plastic this month! 

Ways to get involved and be plastic free:

  • The Biden Administration announced last Wednesday that they will consider phasing out some single-use plastics in government contracts. Read the full article here. The General Services Administration is accepting public feedback on the proposal until September 6th 2022. Visit here for more information and to leave comments. 

  • Visit Environment Oregon and see how you can take action to protect our waters and wildlife from waste.

  • Take the Plastics Free July Challenge. Visit Plastic Free July to find other ways to take action.

Declutter Responsibly this Summer

From Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling

Options for items you no longer want or need:

  • Donate: Use Buy Nothing Project groups (online community for giving  and receiving items). 
  • Sell: Hold a garage sale or use online markets.
  • Repurpose: Try making cleaning rags from old towels. 
  • Recycle: Find locations to recycle or dispose items.

For safe disposal of hazardous waste like polishes, adhesives and cleaners, please:

  • Never put hazardous waste in the garbage or down the drain.
  • Never rinse chemical containers.
  • Always dispose of hazardous waste at a Metro facility.

Out and About in Senate District 15

This Sunday was a beautiful day to build community. I started with a Lawn Chair Chat at Orenco Hillsboro Farmers' Markets hosted by Cindy with Just Create Community, then was off to a park to speak at a Moms Demand Action - OR gathering with others interested in common sense gun violence prevention. Spending the day in the heart of Senate District 15 was truly amazing! I am always inspired and uplifted by these events and encourage you to go out and find ways to connect with others and build community.

Community Pics

M&M Marketplace

Saturday night was a wonderful summer event at M&M Marketplace in Hillsboro. Jaime Miranda founded the Marketplace in 2000 and there are exciting renovations in store for this beautiful cultural connection and community hub. The Hillsboro Parks & Recreation hosted fun activities for families. Just Create Community hosted Pickleball. There was music, good food and so many friendly faces. Tours were given to highlight the planned changes. This will be a fabulous public/private partnership for change. Sí, Se Puede! 

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Community Outreach

El Sol Festival at M&M Marketplace

Shared from M&M Marketplace

'The sun shines for everyone.’ –

You are invited to this summer’s hottest cultural festival, the El Sol Festival. Every Saturday from June 25 – August 13, dancers and entertainers from around the globe come together to celebrate with music, movement, food, family and friend's.

Join us from 12 – 2pm at the M&M Marketplace 346 SW Walnut St., Hillsboro 97123.

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Centro Cultural

Congratulations to Centro Cultural de Washington County on their recognition of 50 years of service by UnidosUS. Centro Cultural is an integral part of Western Washington County and has provided services to countless numbers of Oregonians throughout the years. I commend them for this well deserved honor! Gracias por su arduo trabajo! 

Visit Centro Cultural de Washington County's website to see how you can share in their 50 year anniversary celebration.

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Centro STEAM

There are still a few spots left for youth in grades 1-8! Call them at 503-359-0446 for more information.

Centro Steam Camp

Camp AQ hosted by Neighbors for Clean Air

Camp AQ

Camp AQ is a 4-day day camp operated by Neighbors for Clean Air. Targeted to serve kids 14-19 years old, attendees will gain:

  • factual understanding of Portland’s air quality at large, including regulatory systems
    science and data, including sources and measurement
  • a synopsis of Portland’s environmental history through a racial justice lens.
  • soft skills to build community advocacy around EJ policy.
  • • a fun experience outside!

Visit here for more information and to apply.

Additional Resources

 Senate District 15 Links

Federal Delegation Links

Education Links

Food and Housing Assistance

Over the next few weeks, I will be attending several legislative conferences to learn and share best practices with my elected colleagues. I look forward to connecting and sharing what I learned after I return. Find out more about the upcoming conferences at the links below:

  • CSG West (Council of State Governments)
  • NCEL (National Caucus of Environmental Legislators) *Oregon State Lead
  • NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures) *Oregon Senate Coordinator
  • LEHI (Legislative Energy Horizon Institute)

Be good to yourself and each other. ❤

Onward & Upward,


Senate District 15 lies on Kalapuya land. The Atfalati were the northernmost band of the Kalapuya that lived along the Tualatin River in present day Washington County. Many of the Atfalati descendants are members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon today. The Indigenous Peoples of this land experienced a painful history of colonial violence, sickness and removal from their land. The Atfalati are the foundation of Oregon’s past and we must honor them well into our future.    

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1715
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-207, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Sen.JaneenSollman@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/sollman