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Welcome to WC CAN

Washington County Citizen Action Network (WC CAN) is a coalition of grassroots advocates (individuals and groups) dedicated to improving quality of life in Washington County by promoting healthy and sustainable communities, social and economic justice, and open and responsive government.

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WC CAN Board Member Receives Citizen Involvement Award

WC CAN Board Member Luis Nava has been selected as the Harold M. Haynes Community Involvement Award recipient for 2016.  WC CAN submitted Luis' nomination to the Committee for Community Involvement (CCI), who made the final selection.  Read the press release.

Luis Nava Receives Citizen Involvement Award
Congratulations, Luis!

Current highlights

WC CAN is engaging some of the most urgent issues facing Washington County communities.  Our board committees bring forward critical issues, share information, and coordinate actions.  We send alerts, announcements, and provide reference materials via the Google Group, this website, and our Facebook page.  Some current areas of attention include:

  • DEQ permitting for Intelís air-polluting emissions: Partnering with Neighors for Clean Air (NCA), we petitioned the Governor and Legislature for stricter regulation following Intel's admission of failure to file or report on fluoride emissions for over 30 years.  Our Legislative and Air Quality Committees are working with key legislators to improve oversight by DEQ, health agencies, and jurisdictions granting tax breaks under Oregon's Strategic Investment Program.  Our representatives advised NCA/Northwest Environmental Defense Council attorneys on a Settlement Agreement with Intel, guiding further negotiations toward stricter controls and measures to be included in a Title V permit. 
  • Oregon Legislative Action: Our priorities are: tax fairness, affordable housing, improved environmental regulation, and protection of Oregon's Land Use Planning System, especially regarding citizens' rights, local government accountability, and access to judicial review of land use decisions.
  • Washington County Transportation Planning: Faun Hosey chairs our Land Use and Transportation Committee.  She and other active WC CAN members serve on the Community Advisory Committee for the county's Transportation System Plan Update (TSPU) – a multi-year effort leading to adoption of transportation facility project routes and designs up to 2035.  Another priority is the Washington County Transportation Study (WCTS): $1.5 million allocated to Washington County at the end of the 2013 legislative session was originally a City of Hillsboro request to research Westside Corridor freeway options.  Washington County reframed it as a study of Westside transportation needs in the next 50 years.