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Les Ruark Emails

Les Ruark Emails

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Published by Statesman Journal
Emails between Les Ruark, Portland State University and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's office.
Emails between Les Ruark, Portland State University and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's office.

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From:
 
Date:
April 18, 2014 5:06:40 PM PDT
 
To: 
Cc: 
Subject: Governor's Task Force on Genetically Engineered Agriculture
 18 April 2014 Cat McGinnis Operations and Communications Manager Oregon Consensus Oregon Solutions Network@Portland State University Laura Gleim Communications Coordinator Institute for Sustainable Solutions Portland State University Cat; Laura: I request to receive via email at leswruark@gmail.com,or fax at (541) 454-2065, notice of and agendas for
all 
 meetings of the Governor's Task Force on Genetically Engineered Agriculture,
beginning retroactively
 with the notice and agenda issued for the task force's initial meeting held Thursday, April 10, 2014. Please provide me with an email confirmation that my name and contact information has been placed on whatever distribution list achieves this purpose. Please know that I will anticipate that the notice issued and the agendas prepared for the task force meetings will conform to the state's public records and meetings statutes and, therefore, will be issued so as to provide
actual 
 advance notice of the meetings and that the agendas will include a listing or identification of the topics anticipated to be considered. I will also anticipate that minutes of each of the task force meetings will be available within a reasonable time after the meeting; and that they can be made available upon request once in draft form without the need of first being approved before being disclosed. I will further anticipate being able to obtain copy, on occasion, via email or fax, of support material provided to the task force as part of the full agenda packet task force members may receive, including draft versions of its written presentation or final report to the Governor. Also, I would appreciate receiving via email a listing of the specific Oregon Consensus and/or Institute for Sustainable Solutions staff assigned to or who otherwise will be assisting the task force, listing each by name, area of responsibility, and contact information (telephone or email); aside from staff of the Governor's Office of Natural
 
Resources Advisor or staff of the Oregon Department of Agriculture (which I am already aware of). Thank you for your help in enabling me, as an interested citizen, to follow from afar the significantly constructive conversation I'm confident the task force will foster. Sincerely,
Les Ruark 
 12888 Lower Rock Creek Lane Arlington, Oregon 97812 tel (541) 454-2511 fax (541)454-2065 leswruark@gmail.com On Apr 20, 2014, at 8:46 PM, Les Ruark wrote: Rachel Wray Acting Press Secretary Governor's Office Salem, Oregon 97310 Rachel: As a longtime observer, and a supporter, of the Governor, and someone he knows, I'm not all that surprised by his apparent attempt to keep a close hand on just how much his newly created Task Force on Genetically Engineered Agriculture does to begin with. However, I am surprised, and disappointed, at what certainly, from afar, appears to be a matter of intentionally issuing short notice of both the announcement of the task force membership and it's initial meeting. As John knows, the initial organizing meeting of any task force is often among the most important of its meetings. For this to have been held so closely to the chest, so to speak, with less than a couple days notice, is not the normal or so called "Oregon way" that John himself helped to create. Perhaps there was greater notice, and an agenda, issued than simply the Governor's press release. But if not, I'm hopeful the important and serious issue here of the public's right to actual and timely notice won't be a continuing one. Sincerely,
Les Ruark 
 
454-2511
 
From:
 
Date:
April 22, 2014 8:56:17 PM PDT
 
To: 
Cc: 
Subject: Governor's Task Force on Genetically Engineered Agriculture
 22 April 2014 Cat McGinnis Operations and Communications Manager Oregon Consensus Portland State University Laura Gleim Communications Manager Institute for Sustainable Solutions Portland State University Cat; Laura: I ask for an acknowledgement by Friday, April 25, of my previous email communication requesting to receive notice of and agendas for all meetings of the Governor's Task Force on Genetically Engineered Agriculture. And I ask again that this include confirmation that my name has been placed on whatever distribution list achieves providing me with the notice and agendas I've requested (most commonly known as an "interested persons" list). Unless my understanding is incorrect that Oregon Consensus, with help from the Institute for Sustainable Solutions (among others), is the primary entity providing administrative support to the task force, I will expect to hear from you by Friday. My interest in the work of the task force is sincere, and serious. Oregonians should be able to receive actual notice of and appropriate identification of agenda items for each meeting of the task force; notwithstanding the apparent attempt to structure the task force so as to limit application of the state's public records and meetings statutes. Sincerely,
Les Ruark

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