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Tryon Life Community Farm continues to build support despite judge's ruling

Residents of Tryon Life Community farm were just advised that Multnomah County Circuit Judge Hannon chose to overlook procedural and substantive objections and order the residents evicted. TLC Farm is rapidly becoming one of the city's most widely supported centers for environmental education and sustainability demonstration, and has assembled financial backing to purchase the land. However Karl Marlantes, the landowner, has said he needs to evict the residents to make it easier to turn the land into a housing development. Residents plan to appeal.
February 10, 2005
Residents Remain Committed to Preserving Community Greenspace Despite Adverse Court Ruling
Contact: Brenna Bell (503) 245-0484, cell 473-3637

Residents of Tryon Life Community farm were just advised that Multnomah County Circuit Judge Hannon chose to overlook procedural and substantive objections and order the residents evicted. TLC Farm is rapidly becoming one of the city's most widely supported centers for environmental education and sustainability demonstration, and has assembled financial backing to purchase the land.

However Karl Marlantes, the landowner, has said he needs to evict the residents to make it easier to turn the land into a housing development. Currently, Brownstone Homes owns an option to purchase the land, and intends to build 23 oversized homes on the 7 acres.

"We are now at a crossroads: do we abandon the farm and project to the developers' bulldozers, or do we continue to work diligently to keep this land as a resource for the whole city, a taste of a more sustainable future?" said farm resident Jenny Leis. "While we have no desire to antagonize the landowner, we simply cannot let down all the people who have invested so much time, energy and love into this land."

Residents of the Farm are planning to appeal the eviction, and ask the court to stay its order until the case is decided. Attorney for the residents, Tim Murphy, stated, "In contravention to the Oregon Residential Landlord Tenant Act, which is supposed to be strictly construed, the Court's written opinion ignores facts in favor of The Farm's tenants and gives substantial deference to facts in favor of the landlord. This is exactly the opposite of how the Court should act and the opinion represents judicial activism of the worst type."

Regardless of the outcome of the eviction, it is far from certain that the development can go forward. "Not only does such a development face vocal public opposition," noted resident Brenna Bell, "the developer has yet to file an application with the City, and seems to be having second thoughts." Three weeks ago, Randy Myers, President of Brownstone, approached TLC Farm to discuss selling his option.

Mr. Myers said that to make a deal, he needed to be reimbursed for all of his costs. "So we went and did the impossible," said Bell. "We raised over $100,000 in two weeks, and returned to Mr. Myers with an offer that covered all of his costs. But Mr. Myers said that it was 'too little, too late.' We really hope he's operating in good faith and wasn't just playing us along."

The proposed housing development is opposed by the Arnold Creek Neighborhood Association and the Friends of Tryon Creek State Park.

Residents of the Farm remain committed to their plans to purchase the land and share it as community greenspace and an education center. Resident Lee Cowan observed, "I have watched children and adults leave the Farm so inspired after visiting and working in the garden or on the cob sauna. Even though this time has been difficult, I can't abandon this place, which brings so many people so much joy."

 http://www.tryonfarm.org

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contact information 11.Feb.2005 13:41

tryon lion

"the earth is not dying it is being killed and the people who are killing it have names and adresses"

Randy Myers - Brownstone Homes/Randall C. Myers Inc. (503) 598-7565
Website:  http://www.brownstonehomes.net   Email: rcminc1@aol.com

disclaimer: the author of this comment is not in any way associated with tryon life community farm

I don't understand 11.Feb.2005 23:31

viva the farm!

I completely support The Farm, but can someone who knows what's going on please tell me:

a) what legal basis is there for the tenents to challenge this? i mean, you don't own it, so why can't the landlord evict you as long as he gives you the legal notice that you're getting kicked out?

b) why can't the landlord sell to whomever he wants? apparently the developer owns an option to buy--so why should the developer sell their option to you? even if the building project has no community support, and may violate environmental laws or something to build all those homes in the park--why can't the landlord (and the developer, if he buys) sell to whomever the hell he wants?

i'm glad you were able to raise that much money so fast ... hope you can stay on and eventually buy the place!

wow! 12.Feb.2005 15:20

me

What an excellent intersection of environmental protection, sustainability, community building, anti-corporatism, tenant's rights, and making global struggle local. Best of luck to you all, this is a really important local struggle

dear Viva La Farm 13.Feb.2005 18:51

person

I am under the impression that any legal recourse to prevent eviction and gain community control of the land is based on the concept that communitys -are- supposed to have control of what sort of things occupy their neigborhood. And condominums aren't really within the realm of what the community had planned for that land. Apparently, in the past the community had risen up against development in this area before, and thats why a large portion of the land is designated as urban park.

anyone with further information feel free to post.

Time to gather support 14.Feb.2005 09:18

farmermarty

It seems that our legal system has been corrupted and that the only way to save this vital part of the community is to organize and be very visual.
Let's take to the streets and bring food to the people.

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