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THE ASTORIAN • SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2019
Challenge: Critics have suggested Judge rules for Oregon in
the shadowy campaigns could be sanctuary state case with Trump
backed by industry competitors
By ANDREW SELSKY
Associated Press
Continued from Page A1
Striking similarities
Responsible Growth Asto-
ria’s Facebook page, messag-
ing and email address share
striking similarities to two
other groups that surfaced
over the past few months to
fi ght development projects.
Responsible
Growth
Palmdale opposes a commer-
cial and residential project
with a Sprouts Farmers Mar-
ket near the Antelope Valley
Mall in Southern California.
Responsible Growth Lake
Stevens is against a Costco
in the suburb east of Everett,
Washington.
One day after The Asto-
rian reported on the simi-
larities between the three
groups last week, Respon-
sible Growth Lake Stevens
rebranded its Facebook page
as Livable Lake Stevens.
Anuta also represents Liv-
able Lake Stevens.
A man named Ken J., who
said he manages the Face-
book page for Responsible
Growth Astoria, denied last
week that the three groups
are linked. The group did not
respond to further request for
comment .
Responsible Growth Asto-
ria has argued that a Grocery
Outlet off Marine Drive near
the Mill Pond neighborhood
and the new Astoria Co+op
would have negative impacts
on traffi c, commute times,
pollution and property values.
Main & Main Capital
Group, a Texas-based devel-
opment fi rm, hopes to build a
16,000-square-foot discount
grocery store on a triangular
lot between 21st Street and
23rd Street. A hearing on the
project has been continued
until September.
The same developers won
approval earlier this year for
an 18,000-square-foot Gro-
cery Outlet in Seaside.
Anuta, on behalf of Pro-
tect Pacifi c Northwest, had
threatened to contest the
project before the Land Use
Board of Appeals. He later
withdrew his appeal.
Seaside Mayor Jay Barber
tried to learn more about Pro-
tect Pacifi c Northwest during
a hearing in front of the City
Council in January.
Anuta would only say
Protect Pacifi c Northwest
included “people up and
down the coast, both in Ore-
gon and Washington that get
involved in land use matters
and are worried about sprawl
or development that is going
to create increased traffi c or
increased impacts,” accord-
ing to minutes of the meeting.
Barber asked if some of
the people lived in Seaside.
Anuta replied that there
were some members in the
area, but he did not identify
anyone.
An interest in grocery
store projects
On its website, Protect
Pacifi c Northwest describes
itself as an advocate “for
the protection and preser-
vation of our precious nat-
ural resources, waterways,
open space, parks, forests and
wildlife from urban sprawl
and overdevelopment in the
PNW .”
There is a button people
can click to “join the cause”
and an e mail address to send
messages. While there are
references to a research team,
no names, no phone num-
bers, no board members and
no employees are listed.
A nonprofi t called Pro-
tect Pacifi c Northwest is reg-
istered with the state. The
group’s authorized represen-
tative is Andrew Grundman,
a Sacramento, California,
attorney who has acted as a
business consultant for min-
ing operations and as legal
counsel for an alternative
energy company.
He has also served as the
executive director of Pro-
tect CEQA, which describes
itself as “a statewide coali-
tion of environmentalists,
labor members, and con-
cerned residents commit-
ted to protecting the Califor-
nia Environmental Quality
Act, open space preservation,
and promoting smart growth
development.”
Grundman said he was
not aware of Protect Pacifi c
Northwest, but said it was
likely associated with Protect
CEQA , which has taken a
particular interest in creating
obstacles for grocery store
projects in California.
Anuta said he could
not speak to any connec-
tion between Protect Pacifi c
Northwest
and
Protect
CEQA. There may be other
components of the organi-
zation beyond what he was
involved with when he repre-
sented Protect Pacifi c North-
west in Seaside, he said.
Last year, Protect CEQA
fi led an unsuccessful legal
challenge to a new Raley’s in
Truckee, California. Earlier,
Protect CEQA and a group
called Sustainable Truckee
partnered on research criti-
cal of the potential impact of
Raley’s, a Grocery Outlet and
a third store on other grocers.
In 2017, Grundman, rep-
resenting a group called Sus-
tainable Mammoth Lakes,
tried to block a Grocery
Outlet in Mammoth Lakes,
California.
Critics have suggested the
shadowy campaigns in Cali-
fornia and Oregon could be
backed by competitors in the
grocery industry.
Art Chapman, the chair-
man of JMA Ventures, the
developer of the Raley’s proj-
ect in Truckee, told The Asto-
rian he believed Safeway
may have been behind Pro-
tect CEQA, though he was
never able to prove it.
Kurt Reinkens, of MWA
Architecture and Engineer-
ing, was the principal archi-
tect for the Grocery Outlet
project in Truckee and har-
bored similar suspicions.
“My perception is that
they are a hidden hired gun,”
he said. “We don’t know who
they work for. I don’t think
their interests are actually in
protecting CEQA.”
Safeway did not respond
to a request for comment.
Anuta said Safeway is not
his client for Responsible
Growth Astoria or Livable
Lake Stevens .
“I am not representing
Safeway nor have I had any
contact with Safeway,” he
said. “They’re not a client of
mine.”
‘Did he represent
local citizens?’
“What I was looking for
was: Did he represent local
citizens?” Barber said of
Anuta and Protect Pacifi c
Northwest’s concerns about
the Grocery Outlet in Sea-
side. “But what I heard was
that maybe, yes, but mostly
this is a statewide effort
mainly dealing with traffi c
issues and that sort of thing.”
If an appeal to the state
had gone forward, the mayor
thinks the city would have
probed deeper and asked
more questions about who
was behind the nonprofi t.
“I think it’s important to
know who they are represent-
ing and I’d rather talk to them
than to their legal represen-
tation,” Barber said. “They
may have some very valid
concerns, but then when an
attorney comes before you
and kind of threatens, ‘We’re
going to go to LUBA,’ or,
‘We’re going to appeal that,’
I’d like to know why.”
SALEM — A U.S. judge
ruled that the Trump admin-
istration cannot withhold
millions of dollars in law
enforcement grants from
Oregon to force the nation’s
fi rst sanctuary state to coop-
erate with U.S. immigration
enforcement.
U.S. District Judge
Michael J. McShane in
Eugene said in his rul-
ing late Wednesday that
the Trump administra-
tion lacks the authority to
impose conditions on the
grants that were provided
by Congress.
Gov. Kate Brown and
Attorney General Ellen
Rosenblum had sued Pres-
ident Donald Trump in
November to get a total of
$4 million in grants from
fi scal years 2017 and 2018
restored to the state, saying
Oregon was “unlawfully
deprived” of the money.
Rosenblum welcomed
the judge’s ruling.
“We look forward to
having these moneys we
have relied upon con-
tinue to be available for
critical public safety pur-
poses,” Rosenblum said in
an email.
A Veterans Treatment
Court in Eugene and 40
other specialty courts,
including mental health
and civilian drug programs,
risked losing all or part of
their budgets if the money
was withheld.
The Trump administra-
tion in 2017 threatened to
withhold law enforcement
grants from 29 cities, coun-
ties or states it viewed as
having sanctuary policies
that limit cooperation with
federal immigration agents.
Other courts also have
ruled against the adminis-
tration. By March, all those
jurisdictions had received
or been cleared to get the
money, except Oregon.
“The U.S. government’s
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decision to withhold pub-
lic safety dollars on account
of our status as a sanctu-
ary state was just simply
wrongheaded,” Rosenblum
said. “I remain commit-
ted to supporting our law
enforcement offi cers’ abil-
ity to protect and serve all
residents of Oregon regard-
less of where they were
born or their immigration
status.”
McShane indicated the
administration’s policy put
Oregon into the diffi cult
position of either adopting
stricter immigration poli-
cies, or “forgo critical law
enforcement funds” and
face federal sanctions.
“Plaintiffs would, under
any of these circumstances,
risk public safety by erod-
ing trust with immigrant
communities or abandon-
ing critical law enforce-
ment initiatives funded by
the Byrne JAG Program,”
the judge wrote.
The Byrne grants, named
for a New York City police-
man killed in 1988, are the
leading source of federal
justice funding to state and
local jurisdictions, support-
ing law enforcement, pros-
ecution, indigent defense,
courts, crime prevention
and education.
The U.S. Department of
Justice declined to com-
ment on the case.
Oregon’s 1987 sanctu-
ary state law, the nation’s
fi rst, prevents law enforce-
ment from detaining people
who are in the U.S. illegally
but have not broken any
other law. Authorities in
the state won’t hold in cus-
tody those who committed
crimes and have fi nished
their sentences to be picked
up by federal immigration
agents, unless they have a
warrant signed by a judge.
The federal judge in Ore-
gon ruled that the Trump
administration’s attempt to
put conditions on the grants
violated the 10th Amend-
ment, which says any
power not expressly given
to the federal government
falls to the states or their
people.
Portland also received
the grants every year until
2017, using the money to
buy bulletproof vests and
special-threat plates for
offi cers, acquire tactical
medical kits, install GPS
systems in its cars and add
two victim advocates to the
Police Bureau’s sex crimes
unit.
The city had expected
to receive some $780,000
for the 2017 and 2018 fi s-
cal years.
McShane ordered the
federal government to
give the grants for fi scal
2017 and 2018 that it with-
held, with no conditions or
penalties.
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