Small coastal town mobilizes, gets Oregon governor to retreat from veto threat

The community of Newport thought legislative action would send $4 million its way to start fixing a leaking dam. Gov. Kate Brown said she wasn’t going to let the money go. A determined mayor and others changed her mind.

SALEM — Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer was driving back from a conference of mayors in Medford when he got the call. Rep. David Gomberg, D-Central Coast, had bad news.

The governor wanted to veto $4 million in state money to help replace two critical dams in Newport, a coastal city of about 10,000.  It was Sunday night, but Sawyer and other city officials acted.   More…


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