We are representing the following persons as intervenors:
1. Bill Harvey
Harvey is a home builder and Chair of the Baker County Commission. From his business perspective and from his perspective as Chair of the Baker County Commission, he reports that the home construction market, agriculture community, and tourism community have been hard hit by the direct and indirect results of the Governor’s Executive Orders relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
2. Sam Palmer
Sam Palmer is a Grant County Commissioner. He reports that Grant County has had one of the worst employment rates in Oregon for the last 30 to 40 years. He reports that the Governor’s Executive Orders relating to the coronavirus pandemic have placed additional extraordinary burdens on local businesses, such that the impact is devastating and may destroy the capabilities of some of these businesses to survive. He also reports that restrictions on church services are also devastating as the County needs its churches more than ever so that people may gather together and pray.
3. Glenn Palmer
Sheriff Palmer is the Grant County Sheriff. The work of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department has been hindered as a result of the coronavirus Executive Orders of the Governor. The Sheriff’s Department revenue has been reduced by more than 80 percent. The Sheriff’s Department has implemented restrictions under the COVID-19 protocol in public safety circles. This includes limiting jail occupancy to one inmate per cell. Many businesses in Grant County are unable to operate because they have been ordered closed or placed under considerable restrictions under the Executive Orders of the Governor, even though Grant County has had only one positive finding of coronavirus on one person.
4. Jerry R. Shaw
Intervenor Shaw owns and operates Inland Café in Baker City. the Governor’s Executive Orders as to the coronavirus pandemic have eliminated his dining operations so his café is limited to take out and delivery services. He has had to reduce 20 employees to extremely limited part-time hours of about one day a week, supporting the take-out and delivery service. This has had a major negative impact on his business.
5. Matthew R. Cunningham
Cunningham resides in Baker County and is a member of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Baker County. His family attends public Mass at their church, without fail, on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. His family has been unable to attend public Mass as the result of the restrictions ordered in the Executive Orders of Governor Brown relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
6. Donald Augustine Jay
Jay is a resident of Redmond, Oregon and a parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Parish located in Bend, in Deschutes County. Because of the Executive Orders relating to the coronavirus issued by the Governor, Masses have not been offered at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Bend, so members of the parish have been unable to attend those regular Masses.
7. Jacob A. Brown
Jacob Brown owns a construction company, Landmark Contracting, LLC, with business in Baker City, county of Baker. As a result of the restrictions on business activities ordered by the Governor’s Executive Orders relating to the coronavirus pandemic, his business operations have been reduced, resulting in a loss of revenue and requiring layoff of employees.
8.Samuel N. Brown
Intervenor Samuel Brown, brother of Jacob Brown, is co-owner of Landmark Contracting, LLC in Baker City, county of Baker. He confirms that, as a result of the restrictions on business activities by Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Orders relating to the coronavirus pandemic, their business operations have been reduced, resulting in a loss of revenue and requiring layoff of employees.
9. Virginia Stegemiller
Stegemiller, along with her husband, operates a mixed-use center in Grants Pass, Josephine County. Under the Executive Orders issued by Governor Brown relating to the coronavirus pandemic, five of the 11 tenants at their mixed-use center have requested either rent deferral or abatement. Another tenant has requested early lease termination. The accommodation of these tenants has caused their business to lose money.
10. B. David Hurley, Jr.
David Hurley and his wife own Mountain Getaway Lodging, Inc., which operates two hospitality-based businesses in Wallowa County. Their businesses have seen a two-thirds decrease in rental. Their reservations for the summer, which is their busiest season and critical to their business survival, have all but ceased. These reductions are all a result of the effect of the Governor’s Executive Orders relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
11. Doug W. Hills
Hills owns an auto parts store, an auto repair shop, and a light duty towing company, all located in Baker City, in the county of Baker. As a result of the Governor’s Executive Orders relating to the coronavirus pandemic, his auto parts store has suffered reduced sales, and has had to lay off three people at the store. His auto repair shop has reduced business and reduced income. His towing company, which has only two employees, had to lay off both of them because of loss of business.