Organized by experienced community volunteers, the Neighborhood Coalition grew out of discussions by many people involved in local issues, including vacation rentals, chronic noise and parking problems, liquor license saturation, safe streets, and the potential impact of a new campus. After working separately in advisory groups, task forces, neighborhood associations, and ad hoc committees, we saw a need to join together to influence underlying policies.
The Coalition’s steering committee includes:
- Bill Bernardy, a small business owner who has served over 20 years on community association boards and chaired the housing task force for OSU-Cascades;
- Bruce Couch, who brought a successful design firm serving Fortune 500 clients to Bend and wants a more diverse economy here because it’s a great place to live;
- Annie Goldner, owner of a local B&B, former chair of the River West Neighborhood Association, and a founder of Restore Our Neighborhoods;
- Monte Payne, a retired fire-fighter, experienced political organizer, and member of the board of the River West Neighborhood Association;
- Madeleine Simmons, a psychiatric nurse practitioner and an organizer of Galveston Neighbors;
- Richard Ross, a former city planner and chair of the CET Regional Public Transit Advisory Committee;
- Bill Gregoricus, a former CEO who ran state agencies and carried out special assignments for two governors of New Mexico;
- Harry Williamson, a former water resource planner for the National Park Service, who is concerned with how land use rules are implemented in Bend.