News from Representative Suzanne Bonamici

February 25, 2016

Dear Friend,

This month the coastal community of Seaside was shattered by the tragic news that a local police officer, Sgt. Jason Goodding, was killed in the line of duty. Our thoughts continue to be with his family, the Seaside Police Department, and the entire community as they begin the long process of healing. And like most Oregonians, I was relieved to see an end to the dangerous situation at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. The armed occupation disrupted the peaceful lives of Harney County residents, and now they can begin rebuilding the community.

Here's what I've been working on:

Inspiring Leadership in Tsunami Awareness
It was inspiring to meet with student leaders from Seaside High School who are raising awareness of the very real danger that earthquakes and tsunami pose for the Oregon coast. Seaside High School (go Seagulls!) is just 200 yards from the Pacific Ocean, and in the event of an earthquake and tsunami, there is simply not enough time for students to evacuate safely to higher ground. The students are raising awareness about this critical issue and have launched a campaign to raise funds to move the schools out of the tsunami zone. We need to do everything we can at the local, state, and federal level to support their efforts and keep students and teachers safe. In Congress, my tsunami preparedness legislation is close to crossing the finish line and has support from both Republicans and Democrats. The safety of vulnerable communities is important to members of all political backgrounds.
Repairing Rainier's Sinkhole
As a result of December's record-setting heavy rain, Fox Creek in Rainier flooded, causing a large sinkhole in this Columbia County city. The roughly 30 by 20 foot sinkhole is affecting local businesses and homes. I joined city and county leaders to visit the sinkhole and discuss efforts fix the situation. Repairing the damage will keep the public safe, help local businesses, and mitigate future problems. All across Northwest Oregon, I'm focused on bringing together local, state, and federal officials to resolve problems affecting our local communities.

Forest Grove Post Office
Post offices play an integral role in the economy of communities across the country by providing residents with efficient and reliable mail services. Unfortunately, the post office in Forest Grove, Oregon is plagued by a multitude of structural and mechanical problems. The walls are crumbling, the air conditioning and heating frequently don't work, and the ceiling is leaking. I've asked the Postal Service for a timely resolution of these issues so the Forest Grove Post Office can be a safe workplace and provide pleasant customer experience. Until the issue is resolved, I'll continue to push through the red tape because Forest Grove needs and deserves a post office that can support the city's residents, businesses, thriving university, and agricultural community.
Respecting Workers' Contributions with Fair Wages
Workers at Portland International Airport strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for the airport’s 13 million visitors each year. But despite working full time, too many PDX employees are still unable to make ends meet. I had the opportunity to meet with several of the people who make the airport run, and I toured the facility from their perspective to get a close-up view of the real concerns they have. I will continue to stand with workers to make sure they have safe jobs and a living wage because no one who works full time should have to struggle to feed their families or resort to payday loans to pay their rent.

Military Service Academy Information Day
Northwest Oregon is home to many bright student leaders on a path to one day lead our country and state. As the representative of the First Congressional District, I have the privilege of nominating candidates to four of our nation's service academies: the Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and the Merchant Marine Academy. If you are—or know—a student, parent, or educator interested in learning more about applying to a service academy, you can find more information here, or please join the other members of Oregon's Congressional Delegation and me at West Linn High School on March 5th for an information session.

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