10/20/2023 Senate District 15 Newsletter

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Senator Janeen Sollman

Hello Friends,

Legislative Updates

Joint Interim Committee on Addiction and Community Safety Response

This week, the new Joint Interim Committee on Addiction and Community Safety Response held its first hearing. This committee will serve as a legislative hub for the creation of an urgent, coordinated public health and public safety response to the drug crisis with the goal of making our streets safer and saving lives. During Tuesday's hearing, committee members listened to presentations about our states current system for preventing and treating drug addiction. The Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, an Assistant Professor from Yale School of Medicine, and many more all presented to the Joint Interim Committee. Watch the hearing at this link here

In the News:

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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month - celebrated every October - was created in 2004 as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. This years theme, created by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, is "Secure Our World". 

Secure Our World is here to remind us that there are simple ways to protect yourself, your family and your business from online threats.

Here are four simple ways to keep your online presence more secure:

1. Use strong passwords and a password manager

  • Did you know the average person has more than 100 passwords at any given time? Here's an easy pro tip: a Password Manager can help you create strong, unique passwords for each account. Here are the advantages of a password manager:
    • Save time
    • Generate strong passwords
    • Identify weak passwords
  • No matter the account, all passwords should be created with these 3 words in mind: 
    • Long - 126 characters
    • Unique - never reuse passwords
    • Complex - a combination of upper- and lower- case letters, numbers, and special characters.

2. Turn on multifactor authentication (MFA)

  • Where should you use MFA?
    • On accounts with your financial information, like banks and online stores
    • On accounts with personal info, like social media and healthcare apps
    • On accounts with info you use for work
    • Use MFA everywhere!

3. Recognize and report phishing

  • Most cyber incidents start with a phish. To stop it, report it. 
  • Tips for Spotting a Phishing Attempt: 
    • They create a sense of urgency or claim to need help
    • They ask for personal or financial information
    • They want you to download a file or click on a link. Don't take the bait! Think before you click.

4. Update software

  • Any device that connects to the internet is vulnerable to risks. Pay attention to software update alerts and set your software to auto-update – it’s an easy way to keep things safe. Software updates not only fix things that might be buggy, but they also patch up any security flaws

Click on the links above to learn more about these key behaviors or click here to read a news article on how you can best stay safe online. 

Listen. Learn. Act.

NW Natural Legislative Tour

Team SD15 visited NW Natural's training facility in Sherwood this week. We spent time discussing their efforts towards greenhouse gas emissions reduction. During the tour, we visited their simulation town, where both employees and first responders from the community, train for every type of scenario. They even have a lab full of old-time stoves, furnaces, and commercial equipment so technicians can be comfortable working on any device.


Hillsboro Police Department Opiod Briefing

This week, staff attended a community conversation hosted by the Hillsboro Police Department (HPD) to learn more about opioids and overdoses. During this meeting an HPD Officer and an Investigator from the Westside Interagency Narcotics (WIN) Team discussed the types of drugs most commonly found and abused in Oregon. While methamphetamine is the most commonly abused drug in Oregon (according to the DEA), 99% of overdoses encountered by law enforcement are related to Fentanyl. To tackle these ongoing issues, the State Legislature has formed a Joint Committee on Addiction and Community Safety Response which aims to make our communities safer, and save lives, by pursuing a coordinated public health and public safety response to this crisis. Thank you to the Hillsboro Police Department for putting on this educational forum and letting community members voice their questions and concerns.


Out and About in Senate District 15

Hillsboro Fire and Rescue Open House

Last week, Hillsboro Fire and Rescue put hosted a community open house at the Ronler Acres Station. It was great to catch up with Division Chief, Fred Charlton, who I grew up with in Gales Creek. Our dads served together as volunteer firefighters at the Gales Creek Station in the 70's. This popular event brought smiles to all who attended, including all the little ones!


Senate District 15 - Small Business Spotlight

Will Power Gym


Will Power, located in Hillsboro, is a locally owned and managed gym with friendly staff and experienced trainers.

Gym owners Mouss and Jon wanted to create a unique place that is reminiscent of old style bodybuilding gyms, not in the way where everyone is only a competitor, but in the way where people of all fitness levels can come together to work on their goals in a supportive and committed environment. At Will Power Gym, you have a community behind you and everyone wants you to succeed in your goals. Their members are part of the gym family and they are treated as such. 

In addition to coaching, the gym offers a unique variety of bodybuilding and training essentials for sale. 

Check out Will Power Gym at 20811 NW Cornell Rd, Suite 200, Hillsboro, OR 97124 or call 503-352-4396 to learn more.

Community Outreach

Cornelius Fire Department Open House


Tomorrow, Saturday, October 21 from 10AM - 2PM the Cornelius Fire Department will hold an open house at the Cornelius Fire Station located at 1311 N Barlow St, Cornelius, OR 97113. There will be activities and educational items for all ages at this event including:

  • Fire truck rides
  • Fire extinguisher demonstrations
  • Information on several safety programs

This is a great opportunity to meet your local firefighters!

Hillsboro Haunted Teen Night


Join the City of Hillsboro at the Hidden Creek Community Center (5100 NE Hidden Creek Drive
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124) for a night of spooky celebration in anticipation of Halloween with the Haunted Teen Night on Friday, October 27, from 6-9 pm. In partnership with Ohana Teen Night, youth in grades 7 -12 are welcome to attend. Enjoy festive snacks, creepy crafts, group games, haunted house decor, costume contests, and more as we take over Hidden Creek Community Center for the night.

Costumes are encouraged, but must adhere to Hillsboro School District costume standards.

The cost is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Pre-register online, or limited walk-up spots are available at the door.

Forest Grove Beehive and Hawthorne House Harvest Festival


On Saturday, October 28 from 1-4PM, Forest Grove Beehive and Hawthorne House will be hosting a Harvest Festival. 

The festival will start at the Hawthorne House (2635 21st Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116), and will go to the Beehive (2122 Hawthorne St. Forest Grove, OR 97116

Entry for this event is free and open to all. Hot drinks and candy will be provided, and there will also be games! 

Additional Resources

Senate District 15 – Event Calendars

Federal Delegation Links

Education Links

Food and Housing Assistance

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.