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Bill’s Guests: Monday, January 21, 2019

6:35: Demetrius Minor, Project 21 member, Free Speech activist and youth minister talks with Bill today.

Today, we’ll be talking with Demetrius about an article on how Dr. Martin Luther King’s lessons and legacy are being praised by black conservative.

Read the entire article: “Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy and Lessons Praised by Black Conservatives.”

Demetrius Minor is a member of the national advisory council of the Project 21 black leadership network and is the author of Preservation and Purpose: The Making Of A Young Millennial and A Manifesto for Faith, Family and Politics He also blogs at DemetriuSpeaks.com and is a former conservative talk show host. He is a preacher and a graduate of the Pentecostals of Alexandria Minister’s Training Center (POATC). He served as a White House intern in the George W. Bush administration and his writings have been featured in The Washington Times and published by FreedomWorks and Townhall.com.

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you the Monday Outdoor Report.

7:35: John Charles, President and CEO of the Cascade Policy Institute talks with Bill this hour.

Cascade Policy Institute has released a new report examining the links between anti-sprawl, “smart growth” regulations and increasing housing costs in Oregon. The report measures the extent of supply restrictions in Oregon and their impact on housing prices. It concludes that “smart growth” policies contribute substantially to the decrease in affordable housing and single-family housing options in Oregon.

The report, The Housing Affordability Crisis: The Role of Anti-Sprawl Policy, was written by Randall Pozdena, Ph.D. Pozdena is president of QuantEcon, Inc., an Oregon-based economics consultancy.

Over the last fifty years, many states have adopted “smart growth” or “anti-sprawl” policies. Enough time has elapsed for the effects of these policies to be studied. The evidence shows that many urban areas now have housing prices that make either home ownership or rental increasingly unaffordable.

In the face of resulting “affordable housing crises,” cities and states are currently considering additional regulations and subsidy policies to attempt to provide residents with more affordable housing options. There is virtually no public policy discussion of whether regulatory interventions precipitated the housing crisis in the first place, let alone consideration of abandoning these damaging policies.

In The Housing Affordability Crisis, Pozdena examines the links between anti-sprawl regulations and the spectacular increases in housing costs and the virtual disappearance of affordable housing in many markets. Specifically, he measures the extent of site supply restrictions and its impact on housing prices using an economic model of housing markets, data on the economic conditions in housing markets, and trends in development revealed in satellite inventories of U.S. land uses. At the national level, using state and Metropolitan Statistical Area data, Pozdena concludes:

  • Twenty-three of the 50 states studied fail to provide housing units at a volume adequate to keep housing prices and incomes growing at a rate consistent with affordability. On average, these states under-provided housing units by 6.4 percent of their current stock of housing units.
  • Those states that fail the affordability and supply adequacy test are overwhelmingly those with documented adoption of one or more aggressive anti-sprawl growth regulatory initiatives.
  • Annual housing price inflation exceeded annual income growth by 14 percent each year during the study period in those states that failed to provide housing in sufficient quantity to keep it affordable. Extrapolating the findings to the nation, the housing stock is smaller by as much as 4.5 million housing units than it should have been to preserve affordability.

Cascade Policy Institute President and CEO John A. Charles, Jr. said, “Oregon land-use planners have long pretended that Urban Growth Boundaries and other site restrictions have no real effect on housing supply. Dr. Pozdena’s analysis clearly shows that this is wrong. We cannot solve the housing crisis by simply ‘throwing money’ at public housing projects; growth controls need to be reduced or repealed if we want to make the American Dream affordable.”

The full report, The Housing Affordability Crisis: The Role of Anti-Sprawl Policy, can be downloaded here.

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, local historian and author of several books, joins Bill in studio for today’s edition of “What Made Southern Oregon Great.” Check out more from Dr. Powers at his website: DennisPowersBooks.com.

Craig Howard: SOU’s Premier Football Coach

By Dennis Powers

Craig Howard took over the SOU head football job in 2010. In his first year, he led the perennially losing Raiders to a record of 5-5; the next year they made their first appearance in the NAIA quarterfinals in a decade and were the Frontier Conference champions in their first year in this league. In 2014, the team won the NAIA football championship (beating Marian, 55-31), becoming the first team to win its last three games away from home. For his efforts, he was named the Rawlings NAIA Coach of the Year.

In December 2015, his SOU team headed into its second consecutive NAIA championship game. Although the team lost to Marian (the Indiana team they beat in 2014), it was not expected to even reach the finals—having lost three All-Americans, including Austin Dodge, their quarterback who set NAIA records (not to mention now NFL All-Pro kicker, Aldrick Rosas). During their back-to-back runs to the title game, the Raiders knocked off two top-ranked teams, a second-ranked team and a third-ranked team–all on the road. Under Howard, the Raiders led the NAIA in offense in 2012, 2013, and second in 2014.

He grew up in Grants Pass and played football at Grants Pass High School as a linebacker; he once had 35 tackles against Medford High. Heading to Linfield College in Portland, Craig continued as a 165-pound linebacker, playing from 1970 to 1973. He was named three times as Linfield’s Most Inspirational Player.

His coaching career started at Roseburg High School with defensive coordinator (“DC”) positions at Oregon Tech (1978-1981) and Portland State (1982-1983), with head coaching (“HC”) positions at Bend and Jesuit High School (a private Catholic high school in Portland). He was the DC at Oregon Tech again (1987-1989)–coaching under then football coach, Danny Miles. As head coach in 1992, he lost that position when it dropped its football program due to budgetary problems.

Loving his profession, Howard left for Florida and coached there for sixteen years. He coached primarily at Nease High School (Ponte Vedra Beach/Palm Valley area), where he was the HC for six years (2002-2007), and then at Columbia High School (Lake City, Florida) from 2008-2010. He then left for SOU.

In Florida, Howard’s teams were 76-23 over his last eight years at Nease and Columbia High Schools. He led the Nease squad to the state title game three times, winning a state championship in 2005. His star pupil at Nease was Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, and during a five-year stretch he not only coached Tebow, but 45 players who went on to play Division I football. Over his last three years at Columbia High, Howard’s teams broke 30 school records.

Although he knew football, Howard won over players, parents, and others with inspiration. When he spoke at a banquet prior to the 2014 NAIA championship game in Daytona Beach, Florida, people from both teams were so moved by his words, that they rose and gave him a standing ovation.

During SOU’s first-round playoff game in 2015 against Kansas Wesleyan, Howard was so impressed with a play by wide receiver Jeremy Scottow, he took Scottow into the stands to his parents–during the game–and told them what a great play their son had made. Then Howard returned to the field to coach.

Legendary Oregon Tech basketball coach Danny Miles, who coached football with Howard at OIT during the 1980s, said that before games, Howard would often dim the locker-room lights, turn on “Rocky” music at a high level, and then introduce the starting lineup to the team. “The kids would leave the dressing room crying,” Miles said.

“He could have been Billy Graham if he wanted to be a preacher. He can fire people up,” said Gary Mires, Howard’s high school football coach at Grants Pass. “He should be a preacher, in fact, the way he can really get a lot of people behind him.”

After his last year coaching in 2016, his teams were 50-23 with the Raiders, giving him the best win percentage (.685) in school history. Craig Howard passed away at his Ashland home in January 2017 at age 64 after a day of recruiting. His positive impact is felt today and continues on.

Sources: Nick Daschel, “Southern Oregon’s inspirational coach Craig Howard: ‘He could have been Billy Graham’“, The Oregonian/OregonLive, December 18, 2015, at Craig Howard; Nick Daschel, “Nearly dead as a program four years ago, Southern Oregon rallies to play for NAIA championship,” The Oregonian/OregonLive, December 19, 2014, at SOU Football; Tim Brown, “Craig Howard, Southern Oregon University football coach, dies at age 64,” The Oregonian/OregonLive, January 20, 2017, at Coach Howard.