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…