Monday, June 29, 2009

Introducing OLCC's new commissioners

Alex M. Duarte, Ron Roome, and Cassandra SkinnerLopata have been appointed to the OLCC's board of commissioners. The new members were nominated by Gov. Ted Kulongoski and confirmed by the Senate.

Alex M. Duarte - 3rd Congressional District
Duarte has a vast background in law. Currently, he is Corporate Counsel for Qwest Communications International in Portland, and serves as Qwest’s general counsel for its Oregon operations. Prior to joining Qwest in 1999, Duarte was in private law practice in San Francisco for 14 years, including six years as a partner in a national law firm, where he specialized in complex commercial litigation. Duarte’s wide range of experience in public service extends from serving on the Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots, including as its Chair from 2007 to 2008, to sitting on the boards of directors of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (which he chaired from 2005 to 2007) and the Malheur Home Telephone Company, in addition to numerous leadership positions in the community.

Ron Roome - 2nd Congressional District
As a civil litigator/trial attorney, Roome brings a rich knowledge in legal and administrative principles to the OLCC. Roome has been a lawyer at Karnopp Petersen LLP in Bend since 1988 and has been litigation partner since 1994. Roome has served in multiple public service roles including President of J.R. Campbell American Inns of Court (2002-2003) and as President of the Deschutes County Bar Association (1997-1998). He currently serves on the Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Board.

Cassandra SkinnerLopata - 4th Congressional District
SkinnerLopata brings broad experience in both law and community service to the OLCC. SkinnerLopata is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Law and is a founding partner of SkinnerLopata Harris LLC, a law firm in Eugene. She has held positions on the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence, the Lane County Human Rights Advisory Committee, and the board of directors for Breaking Free, a non-profit organization promoting empowerment and self-defense for women and girls. SkinnerLopata’s broad range of community service includes volunteering for the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, Lane County Legal Aid, and several programs with the Oregon State Bar and the University of Oregon School of Law. SkinnerLopata currently serves on the Board of Directors for Head Start of Lane County and is a member of the Oregon State Bar’s Quality of Life Committee.

The five citizen commissioners are the policy-making body of the OLCC. They meet monthly for one or two days to make decisions on liquor licenses, rules, contested case hearings and appointments of liquor store agents. Commission meetings are held every other month at OLCC's main office, 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Room 103A in Portland. Subsequent months,
the meetings are held via phone.

Friday, June 5, 2009

OLCC Bend office to hold open forum town hall meeting

Bend area liquor licensees are invited to participate in an open forum to share their ideas, questions, concerns, and insights with the OLCC.
Monday, June 8 @ 2:00 p.m.
ODOT offices, 63055 N. Highway 97, Bend, Oregon
RSVP: Bend OLCC office @ 541-388-6292 x221

“The OLCC takes pride in its commitment to communicate with all licensees and takeholders. Our overarching goal is to have licensed businesses that are safe for employees, customers, and neighbors,” said Jason Evers, Bend Regional Manager. “We’re looking forward to our town hall meeting and to hearing what’s on our licensees’ minds.”

One-on-one meetings can also be arranged with Evers for those unable to attend.