Greetings, all who support the city of Damascus:

As the mayor of Damascus, I, James De Young, in concert with the City Council, declare an emergency situation for the City. This action reflects the national emergency declared by President Trump and the various decrees from Governor Brown. At least through March and April, city council meetings are cancelled and so also planning commission meetings. The latter could set up phone conferencing if Mark Fitz is able to participate.

Our commitment is to our people and we want to assist especially our senior citizens. The City will serve as a conduit or contact for anyone having special needs and has no other person on whom to call. Contact the city website and/or call me at 503-658-2886. The web site is “” We will also post there special announcements regarding food and emergency supplies and other critical announcements.

As a reminder, we still have a need for additional donations to support the insurance that we have for the City, to cover us for the months of February and March.

Finally, our City attorneys are putting together our reply (due March 26) to the State’s brief that the State submitted (on March 10) as a response to our brief submitted to the State Supreme Court over the constitutionality of SB 226—which seeks again to terminate the City. Anyone wanting a copy of the State’s brief, let me know and I will forward it.

James De Young

New Schedule for Coffee with the Council in 2020

With Christmas and the New Year holidays happening, there will be no Coffee with the Council gatherings until 2020.

In order to establish a regular schedule for these meetings, and to accommodate those that work during the week, we have decided on the following for these gatherings in the coming year:

  • Coffee with the Council will be held on the second Friday of each month, from 1 PM to 2 PM, in the meeting area by Starbucks in the Damascus Safeway.
  • Coffee with the Council will be held on the fourth Saturday of each month from 1 PM to 2 PM at the Arrow Coffee House.

We are hoping this new schedule of informal gatherings with the Mayor and members of the Damascus City Council will allow you the opportunity to attend. During our many get-togethers in 2019, we met with scores of local citizens and heard many of the issues that are meaningful to you. These have helped us to focus on the city’s needs as we move forward.

We wish you all the merriest of Christmases and happiness, success, good health, and peace in the coming year.