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Jeff Sessions
New Marijuana Poster Boy

Legal Marijuana hits a landmark case in Seattle.

US Attorney General
Jeff Sessions

   Given the current differences between the Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, regarding the business of legal Marijuana, there is an interesting landmark case developing in Seattle.
    In recent court proceedings it was discovered that Green Fire Marijuana located at 1956 1st Ave., rented space in a building that was funded through a federally backed Small Business Adm. loan (SBA).
    Clearly in violation of federal laws banning any illegal business including distribution of Marijuana (SOP50 10 5 J.).
    The Seattle case is the first high profile case of this nature and now a battleground for federal intervention and enforcement.
    42 year old Rodney Lee Krafka, operator of Green Fire has faced other marijuana violations in the past including sale or service to a minor case #2H7021A, code 314.55.079 and allowing a minor to frequent a restricted area. Case #2H7021A, code (69.50.357 on 1-21-2018. On 1-19 2017 Krafka was charged with Failure to submit monthly tax reports and payments. Code 69.50. 357, case# 69.50.535. by Washington State's LCB.
    Even more damaging were the statements made under oath by Krafka, which outline facts relating to the sale and distribution of Marijuana out of the building's back door to Teenage night club promoters.
    Federal Bankruptcy court pleadings show that Krafka was running an illegal Class 1 drug dealing operation.
    There is a possibility that under federal law, Green Fire owner Rodney Krafka may soon be indicted in Federal Court.
    This case seems to be headed towards RICO territory... The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, referred to as RICO, a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.
    Under the racketeering act, Krafka's statements appear to be covered by the Statutes of Limitations (10 years).
    The next hearing is scheduled in King County Superior Court, June 15th at 1pm before Judge Halpert.
    Federal officials are claiming that Krafka's lease is in violation of federal law, pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act and therefore his lease at 1956 1stAv. So. Seattle, is against public policy.
    Federal charges outlining Krafka's violations are pending.

120 Commercial Street
Breaks Ground On Interior Renovations

    (SALEM, Ore.) - Cumberland Holdings, LLC, the owners of the 120 Commercial building, have officially commenced with property renovations to improve the building to be a dynamic, central part of downtown Salem.
    On June 22, 2018, property owner Scott Chernoff of Cumberland Holdings and representatives from the Salem Chamber of Commerce conducted a short ceremony to break ground on the remodel. In attendance were key members of the project team including Jim Toporek of Studio 3 Architecture, Rich Duncan of Duncan Construction and Pam Rushing of Coldwell Banker Commercial (the leasing agent for the property).
    "The project is a renovation and conversion to a multi-tenant building," said Chernoff.
    "We will have some restaurants, possibly a bar, and creative office spaces. There will be substantial renovations, but the historic, beautiful elements of the property will be maintained."
    The renovations will start the process of adding two outdoor seating areas, a number of large windows, a well-lit alley and multiple entrances to the building.
    The overall framework of the building will be preserved, but it will receive a much- needed face lift.
    "To see this come to fruition and to see the new life that is going to be breathed in to both of these projects is really exciting," said Natalie Jasinski of the Salem Chamber of Commerce. "I know that it is going to make everyone in our town super stoked."
    The 120 Commercial Street building was originally constructed around 1870 as a stablehouse. Over the years the building has been leased by several restaurants. As construction continues, the property will open for prospective tenants.
    "To have people coming in and breathing new life into the [buildings] helps the city's goal of making [downtown] the center of Salem," said City Council President, Steve McCoid. "We are very, very thankful, Scott, for bringing this to the city and for your vision."

    About the Reed Opera House: The Reed Opera House was Built in 1870 by Cyrus Adams Reed. In its early days, the Reed was a popular location for theatre, music, food and hotel lodgings. The building has hosted a number of famous guests, such as Mark Twain, Susan B. Anthony and President Rutherford B. Hayes.
    About 120 Commercial Street: The 120 Commercial Street Building is thought to have been constructed around the same time as the Reed Opera House (1870). The first tenant to occupy the two-story building was thought to be Durbin's Livery, a stable yard. The entire building is approximately 14,000 square feet. About Cumberland Holdings: Cumberland Holdings is a real estate investment and asset management company that manages a number of properties in Oregon and the Northwest. The investment team includes Graham Chernoff and Scott Chernoff, both of whom grew up in Northwest Portland. They have a combined 45 years of experience in acquiring and operating real estate, with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bend, Oregon.
    About the Pennbrook Company: Located in Oregon, the Pennbrook Company offers a full range of services for property owners. Jodie Vaughn of Salem will serve as the Reed Opera House's onsite manager.
    About Pam Rushing: Pam Rushing is a principal broker at Coldwell Banker Commercial Mountain West Real Estate and leasing broker for 120 Commercial, Salem Oregon. Since 1982, the professionals at Coldwell Banker Commercial Mountain West Real Estate have provided property owners with comprehensive commercial real estate services.

Free Ridership
Free-loaders are a common part of life.


    Free-loaders are a common part of life. They are that "friend" who promises to pitch in for gas, buy the next round or contribute in some way, but never does. It's the person who shows up at the potluck but doesn't bring the casserole made with mushroom soup. These people exist everywhere and can present a major problem to larger scale programs and organizations.
    Their behavior is commonly referred to as 'free ridership.' Free ridership happens when a person benefits from the hard work of other people or groups without contributing (time, money, etc.) themselves.
    For example, most business associations use member dues to support political lobbying efforts. Since political lobbying benefits everyone in an industry (members and nonmembers), some businesses may choose to not become members. This is an economically rational response. After all, why would anyone pay for something they can have for free? The problem is that if every business adopts this line of thinking, the association would receive zero funding and could no longer lobby. Therefore, even if free riding benefits the individual in the short-term, everyone suffers in the long-term.
    Governments solve this problem by charging fees and levying taxes. Requiring everyone to pay a tax guarantees funding for items like public roads, parks and safety. Unions use a similar strategy. Through the faireshare process, they require nonunion members to pay fairshare dues to the union. These organizations argue that since nonunion members still benefit from collective bargaining, contracts or grievance representation, nonmembers should also contribute to the union.
    So, what can be done to solve this problem for your business or membership organization? After all, it will be quite the challenge to encourage people to pay for something they could have for free.
    A more realistic solution is to offer more exclusive benefits to paying members. These benefits could include discounts, information, networking opportunities or training. For example, AARP or NFIB both provide advocacy that benefits everyone they represent. They provide members with news updates, travel deals, insurance and retail discounts. Since these benefits can only be received by members, nonmembers may be incentivized to join.
    Ignoring the free riding members within your organization (i.e., members who pay dues but don't really contribute) is not only costly but can discourage strong contributors. Show the team how active contributors are valued. If appropriate, managers could also meet with inactive team members to discover why they might be disengaged. By recognizing and acting to reduce free riding, managers and association leaders can achieve their goals. Remember, if no one brings a dish to the potluck, you go hungry MARY LOUISE VANNATTA TELLING YOUR STORY
    Free Ridership Mary Louise VanNatta, APR, CAE is the CEO of VanNatta Public Relations a PR, Event Planning and Strategic Communications firm located in Salem, Oregon., @PRSalem.