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Micron's $4 billion purchase of Hynix's near-bankrupt chip plants may not make jobs in Eugene any more secure.
Micron has said it has no immediate plans for layoffs in Eugene. But an April 21 article in The Oregonian reports that the days are numbered for large scale chip manufacturing in Oregon. "Chip companies are more focused than ever on using contract manufacturers in Asia, a trend that is likely to continue as China becomes a bigger force in the industry," the paper says. "Industry experts, chip industry executives and local vendors expect that trend to accelerate in coming years as mainland China -- with easy permitting and a cheap, well-educated labor force -- completes the construction of several megaplants and wins an increasing share of the manufacturing business."
Eugene has invested more than $50 million in tax breaks and subsidies in the unstable jobs at Hynix. It's old news that those heavily subsidized jobs at Hynix are likely to end up in China. A 1995 article in The Wall Street Journal reported how chip manufacturing moved from Japan to Korea in pursuit of cheap labor and predicted the next move would be to China. -- Alan Pittman
Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California, whose lone dissenting vote against the government's "war against terrorism" earned her both criticism and admiration, has been named winner of the Wayne Morse Integrity in Government Award for 2002. The announcement was made April 25 by Laura Olson, president of the Wayne Morse Corporation Board in Eugene.
Joining Lee as one of three finalists from an original list of seven nominees were Russ Feingold and James Jeffords. Final selection was made by a committee of former holders of the Morse Chair in Law and Politics at the UO.
"All nominees," says Olson, "are known for characteristics clearly related to those of Sen. Morse: demonstrated commitment to justice, and an independence that will not be altered by influence or expediency."
Lee's decision on the declaration of war was seen as a stand against expediency, and she stayed true to her conscience despite real and implied influence exerted by other members of both parties, all of whom voted in favor. Many of them, she believes, did so in the belief the war resolution was only symbolic, a demonstration of national resolve.
"I could not ignore that it provided explicit authority to go to war -- a blank check for the president to attack anyone involved in the Sept. 11 events," she says. "We must bring those who did this brutal act to justice. But we must do it by choosing to avoid needless military action when other avenues to redress our rightful grievances and protect our nation are available to us."
Selection of Lee was also based on her record in Congress promoting low-income housing, health care, mass transit, human rights and the environment.
Over the past two decades income inequality has increased more in Oregon than most other states, according to a new study by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) and the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Oregon's economy has grown and the state's highest-income families have seen large gains, but the majority of Oregon families saw little change or declining incomes.
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The study also shows that since the late 1980s the gap between the poorest 20 percent of Oregon's families and the richest 20 percent grew faster than any other state except Connecticut. Over that period, low-income families saw their average annual income fall by nearly $1,000, while upper-income families saw an increase of nearly $36,000. Oregon families in the richest 20 percent have incomes 10 times higher than the lowest 20 percent, up from seven times higher in the late 1980s.
The study identifies increasing inequality in wages as the most important factor explaining growing income inequality. "Wages for workers at the bottom and middle of the income distribution did grow in the final few years of the 1990s, but not enough to overcome years of stagnation and decline," says Jeff Thompson of the Oregon Center for Public Policy in Silverton.
Growing income inequality has important implications for a number of public policies, among them tax reform and the minimum wage. Thompson recommends voters and policy makers "consider whether policies will further concentrate Oregon's wealth. As Oregon struggles to recover from the current recession, we have to pursue policies that bring the benefits of growth to everybody, not just those at the top."
"Upper income families have seen their incomes grow by leaps and bounds in the 1990s, and they have benefited from big tax cuts," said Thompson. "Further tax cuts for the rich, such as cutting the often-discussed capital gains tax or implementing Measure 88, are unnecessary and would reward those who already benefited most from the economic boom of the late 1990s."
Thompson noted that the Legislature is considering Governor Kitzhaber's proposal to repeal or delay the Measure 88 tax cut, and other proposals for an across the board income tax surcharge to address the state's revenue shortfall.
David Barsamian, the man often described as "the other voice" -- the voice of truth -- in radio broadcasting, will be in Eugene, Thursday, May 2, to speak on "The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting."
Barsamian speaks at 7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St. Sponsors of the event are Friends of Public Broadcasting, Eugene Media Action, and the Institute for Public Accuracy. A donation at the door on a sliding scale of from $5 to $15 is suggested.
Barsamian is producer of the Public Radio series, "Alternative Radio," heard locally on KLCC on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. That program, Sunday noon's "Critical Mass" show on KLCC with Alan Siporin, and the new Jefferson Public Radio weekday show with Jeff Golden on KRVM-AM, are the Eugene area's only local progressive responses to the right-wing talk shows that dominate the market's two most powerful stations, KUGN and KPNW.
"Alternative Radio" features lectures by and interviews with progressive voices that have global identity, including Noam Chomsky, Molly Ivins, Jeff Cohen and Barbara Ehrenriech. It goes worldwide via National Public Radio networks in the United States, and on independent stations in Europe, Canada and Australia.
Barsamian's talk will explore the decline of the one-time potential of public broadcasting to give the public an honest report of life in the nation and around the world. His goal is to reclaim this vital public resource by creating vigorous alternatives to corporate radio.
His visit to Eugene will include a noon discussion with UO journalism students in the Winter Room of Allen Hall on the UO campus. His weeklong speaking tour will take him to Portland, Salem, Corvallis and Bend, as well as Eugene.
Sponsors of his talk believe it will expand local interest in efforts to give public broadcasting a new focus, providing increased discussion of local issues. -- George Beres
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of Two Cities
Will Mike Swaim's progressive revolution in Salem spark change in Eugene?
By Alan Pittman
Imagine Eugene Mayor Jim Torrey joining a logging protest, picketing a local Gap store for exploiting labor, organizing a boycott of a local business for mistreating workers, or pushing through a moratorium on Wal-Marts.
It's hard to imagine Torrey, a former president of the local Chamber of Commerce elected with a flood of money from developers and business interests, doing any of these things.
|Salem mayor Mike Swaim.
Swaim described his successful fight with the Salem Chamber of Commerce to impose a moratorium on big box retail stores. He says he was surprised the Chamber supported the big chains that were killing off the chamber's membership of local downtown stores. "We got a Chamber of Commerce with a lot of good people run by a bunch of Neanderthals. You walk behind them and you see blood on the sidewalk. Why? Because it's their knuckles scraping."
Swaim, who with short gray hair and a striped tie looks like a Chamber of Commerce-type himself, recounted leading a group of workers rights protesters to the Salem Gap store.
Could Eugene Elect a Swaim?
Two progressive councilors who heard Salem Mayor Mike Swaim speak say they found the speech inspirational.
"My hero," says Councilor David Kelly, calling the speech, "brilliant."
Kelly says Swaim is a clear speaker who's used the "bully pulpit" of the mayor's office to transform Salem for the better.
"He's great," says Councilor Betty Taylor. Having a mayor like him in Eugene "would make all the difference."
Taylor says she'd like to duplicate in Eugene Swaim's ideas for raising SDCs, forbidding councilors from voting on issues involving big campaign contributors and placing a moratorium on big-box stores.
Kelly spoke before Swaim at the Friends of Eugene (FoE) meeting, lamenting the "poor climate" for progressive causes in the city.
The Chamber of Commerce and Homebuilders Association have an "increasing tendency" to sue whenever they don't get what they want, he says. "Accusatory sound bites" are on the rise in public debate.
Kelly says "there's a real lack of involvement by the broad progressive community" in civic affairs. Although surveys show progressive causes are supported by thousands and thousands of Eugeneans, Kelly says at public hearings "by and large it's the same 20 or 30 citizens" giving input.
Needed development reforms in the Land Use Code Update were overturned by a Chamber and Homebuilders lawsuit and LUCU is now being reworked by the city. "I'm not optimistic of the outcome," Kelly says.
The delay has put on hold key plans for the city to create nodal areas of compact, pedestrian friendly development, he says.
Even with nodal development, Kelly says, "Eugene will literally stretch from Junction city to Creswell by the year 2050," according to a study of current trends.
Many of the smaller cities, like Creswell, don't like the idea. "They want to be their own town," Kelly says.
The Eugene City Council did manage to increase developer fees 60 percent, reducing taxpayer subsidies. But compared to other cities in Oregon, "the raised SDCs still leave Eugene in the bottom third."
The council also recently passed a voluntary campaign finance limits measure.
Eugene could have a progressive mayor and council like Salem, says Eben Fodor of FoE. "Salem is not that awfully different than Eugene." -- Alan Pittman
Swaim asked, "What are you going to do, arrest me?"
"Don't go in there," said the guard.
"I lead a whole group of people in there and they didn't arrest any of us," says Swaim.
That charging ahead attitude, has won three elections for Swaim.
"I never wanted to be mayor. I sort of got backed into it," he explains. Swaim says he was happy being a trial lawyer with a "Sue the Bastards" sign on his desk.
He attributes his first run for mayor to "stupidity and nobody else would do it." He says, "I asked eight people. I even bought them coffee."
He ran a campaign "dripping with saccharine" and squeaked by two developer candidates focused on fighting each other.
In the 1996 floods, Salem almost lost it's municipal water supply when logging-induced erosion filed rivers with "crud."
"In the midst of a flood, we had a drought," he says. The city came within three days of calling in the national guard to truck in water.
In response, Swaim says he went to a logging protest in the city's municipal watershed. The media coverage of a mayor at a logging protest educated the public about the link between logging and water contamination.
Swaim generated more media coverage when he marched with Chastity Bono (Sonny and Cher's daughter) in a gay rights parade downtown. As a lawyer, Swaim had successfully blocked enforcement of an OCA measure in Marion County.
In his first term, Swaim says he had little support on the council. "I was on the short end of a six-to-three vote on everything." The leader of the conservative opposition promised him that nothing he wanted would ever pass.
But Swaim says he could still use his office to talk about the costs of growth and human rights. He spoke out against the "municipal embarrassment" of Salem only having hired one black police officer in its history.
He urged the council to pass higher systems development charges (SDCs) to stop the public from being "fleeced." He urged a tree ordinance and the formation of a human rights commission. "All these things went down in flames."
But the word started to get out. At one talk at a school, a little kid asked him about SDCs.
When re-election rolled around after a two-year term, Swaim told a reporter he wasn't sure he'd run again.
The developers were pleased. "All of a sudden the jackals were salivating at the public trough," he says. "That made me mad."
He vacillated in the media between running and not running, generating more coverage. People liked the idea of a politician who was reluctant to hold on to power. "If you want the job badly enough, you will compromise principles to get it," he says.
The Salem Statesman Journal opposed his re-election. Earlier, Realtors, auto dealers and developers had threatened to pull ads and start a rival newspaper.
People in Salem have nicknamed the Statesman Journal with the name of a "porcelain [bathroom] appliance," Swaim says. "It is horrible."
The paper has only recently come around to describing him and his political allies as "'smart growth advocates'" as opposed to "'no-growth' idiots," he says.
Swaim won the election and fought hard to elect progressive councilors, eventually winning a 7-2 majority.
"You got to put yourself on the line if you're going to be successful," he says. "You got to enjoy yourself."
In pushing for change, Swaim says he has adopted a "don't worry be happy" motto. "The worst thing that could happen is that they could recall me and I can go back to suing the bastards."
With a council majority, Swaim worked to quadruple SDCs for developers, and pass urban forest and riverside protections. He handed out cameras to neighborhood groups and told them to take pictures of things they liked. The pictures of tree-lined streets supported requirements for trees and planting strips in new developments.
The city passed a declaration of human rights that included the right to join and form a union.
Giving Hynix a $2.2 million tax break in March while the city was cutting services and asking taxpayers for more money was dumb. Now that Hynix is appealing its taxes and threatening to blow an even bigger hole in the city budget, it looks even dumber. City staff's explanations about why they didn't tell councilors about the appeal before the council's tax break vote don't add up. Are city staff working for Hynix or the people? Councilors need to get to the bottom of the issue.
The attack on City Counselor David Kelly by developers continues with The Register-Guard editorial Sunday, April 21. The R-G editorial board apparently gives Kelly a lot of power, crediting him for driving PeaceHealth to Springfield -- even though PeaceHealth loaned money to purchase the Springfield site months before the council took any action on the issue. The R-G is also blaming Kelly for sidetracking the West Eugene Parkway, but in fact Kelly is quite moderate on issues of transportation and growth. Despite the inaccuracies and fuzzy logic, the editorial did get one thing right, saying, "No one on the council is smarter or harder working."
Speaking of right directions, Salem Mayor Mike Swaim was in town last week for the Friends of Eugene annual meeting. He was careful to not criticize his counterpart in Eugene, but the differences between the two community leaders are staggering. One example: Swaim says he required a city manager finalist to read Eben Fodor's book, Better Not Bigger, and grilled him to make sure he understood the hidden costs of sprawl before he was hired. We suspect Jim Torrey's required reading list would include such titles as How to Subsidize Your Business with Tax Dollars.
Disclosure Project founder Steven Greer, M.D. will be in town this week boggling minds with a talk about visitations by space aliens and government coverups. Is this guy nuts? Probably not. Some 20,000 documented sitings of UFOs can't all be wrong, and federal agencies and the military have been arbitrarily hiding information from the public for generations. All he's asking for is disclosure of secret technology that could conceivably ease our reliance on fossil fuels. Hear him speak at 7 pm Thursday, April 25 at the Eugene Hilton.
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More reforms followed. The city passed a living wage ordinance for above poverty pay for workers employed by the city or its contractors. The city made it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and created a police citizens' review board.
Swaim and the council adopted benchmark measures of the city's livability and adopted a planning policy that "future development won't lower our present quality of life."
Local business leaders had tried to convince voters to support a downtown hotel and conference center for 30 years. But with developers in power, citizens didn't trust that the project wasn't a "boondoggle" that would enrich a few special interests. But with a new council and mayor, trust was restored and the conference center will be built, Swaim says.
When Swaim ran for a third term, his opponent spent $114,000 on a failed campaign for the unpaid mayor's job. "He was so disappointed he left the council. He resigned and, guess what? We appointed a progressive to take his place."
After the election, Swaim moved to reform campaign finance. "The big money comes out of the land game, the land speculation."
He crafted a conflict of interest initiative for the May ballot that would prevent elected officials from voting on measures where a major campaign donor (more than $500) had an interest.
Swaim told FOE that "integrity" is the key "glue" that's worked to hold a progressive coalition together in Salem. He once got a call from someone who said he didn't like what he was doing for gay rights but would support him anyway because he liked his integrity in standing up against developers.
Swaim also credits his experience in speaking to juries as a trial lawyer and trusting that the people will do the right thing.
Eugene could elect a progressive mayor and council like Salem, Swaim says. "You have a great group of people here."
"It's tough because you don't have money," he says. "It's a contest between shoe leather and wallet leather."
"You got to take it to the trenches," he says. "You got to take back that curtain and show who's making money from the public."
Although progressives in Oregon lose elections from lack of organization, Swaim says, "The odds are in our favor and every year they're more in our favor."
"We are an unusual group of self selected people who moved here from other places," says Swaim, who grew up in Los Angeles. People "moved here because they didn't like what was going on in unfettered despoiled kind of circumstances."
"When they moved to Oregon, they probably took lesser wages" and made career sacrifices. "Part of the pay we get living here is being able to live in a pretty darned good place," Swaim says. So, "If somebody starts messing it up, they're causing me to take a pay cut, and that is serious business."
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Undercovered #21: More tales from Israel, Palestine & D.C.
By Kate Beres Gessert
-- International observers Joe Gessert and his wife Liv (my son and daughter-in-law) left Bethlehem for a day's honeymoon snorkeling in rainbow coral reefs at Eilat among octopi and angelfish. They returned to the U.S. April 19, in time for the Earth Day march in Washington, D.C., along with Josina Manu, back from Bethlehem a week earlier.
"Amazing!" said Josina. "Two separate marches in
support of Palestine, an anti-IMF march, Give Peace a Chance, an AIDS activists march,
converged ... Palestinians, Palestinian-Americans, a huge Arab community, Orthodox
and Hassidic Jews, many other visible Jews, black Americans, anarchist youth -- all
filled with conviction
and pride, all wanting change." Crowd counts ranged from 75,000 to more than
-- The Israeli army has severely damaged water systems in most Palestinian cities it has invaded. Soldiers often shoot at or arrest city workers trying to repair water systems, and block attempts to deliver water to Palestinians under curfew. An estimated 50,000 people have been continuously without running water for weeks. Bethlehem sewer lines have backed up, and sewage may contaminate damaged water pipes (Mark Zeitoun, international aid worker/water engineer).
-- Tahani Fatoud of Nablus, who had suffered six miscarriages, went into labor when she was seven months pregnant. Since soldiers did not allow an ambulance to reach the house, her husband, a doctor, helped his wife with the delivery. "The baby was born alive at 7 pm but was in need for an incubator, impossible to find in the doctor's house, but he was so happy to have a baby after all this wait, the couple gave the baby the name of Ossaid. But at midnight, the baby had ... difficulty to breathe, the father tried mouth to mouth breathing but to no avail, the baby died in silence..." (Islah Jak, writing to Coalition of Women for Peace).
-- Even before last month's re-invasion by the Israeli army, increased
malnutrition among Palestinians had been evidenced by more low-birth-weight babies
and a 50 percent increase in stillbirths. Now "the total blockade of the West
Bank and Gaza Strip has paralyzed the Palestinian economy, which is so vulnerably
dependent on Israel, and already severely weakened by frequent border closures, to
such an extent that
it is now in a deep recession, with millions of people severely impoverished and extremely food insecure ... all available information points to a major catastrophe underway" (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization).
-- U.N. Secretary General Annan urges a "multinational force formed by a coalition of the willing" to be authorized by the U.N. Security Council. The force would observe Israeli withdrawal to positions held before September 2000, monitor a ceasefire, create "secure conditions" to resume normal economic life and provide humanitarian aid. The U.S. has vetoed past U.N. resolutions to put international forces in Palestine.
"It is urgent, it is imperative," insists Annan. The U.N. can assemble such a force, and to avoid catastrophe, "we must muster the will" (Foreign Policy in Focus).
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Did city staff hide key facts from the City Council?
By Alan Pittman
City of Eugene development staff did not provide key information to the City Council that could have reversed a recent close council vote in support of a $2.2 million tax break for Hynix.
"Staff did not inform management or elected officials at that
time," acting City Manager Jim Carlson wrote in an April 19 e-mail to the City
Council. "With the benefit of hindsight, we should have at least raised
the issue for full information," Carlson
Staff knew Jan. 16 that Hynix was appealing its property taxes, arguing its factory was worth far less than its assessed value, according to Carlson. The appeal could cost the city up to $500,000 and the county $200,000 this year with future losses also possible, according to county Tax Assessor Jim Gangle.
But staff did not inform the councilors who went ahead and voted in March to give Hynix a $2.2 million tax break. The 4-4 vote with the mayor breaking the tie for Hynix would likely have been different if staff had revealed the appeal information, councilors say.
It's unclear whether or not city development staff, who in the past have appeared to work on behalf of Hynix, were motivated to hide information to ensure a tax break for the corporation would pass the council. Neither city Development Manager Denny Braud nor city Planning and Development Director Tom Coyle returned calls requesting comment.
If staff knew about the appeal and didn't tell the council, "that's unconscionable," City Councilor David Kelly says.
"The council needs all the facts before they make a decision," says Councilor Bonny Bettman. As to why that didn't happen in this case, "I haven't heard an adequate explanation yet."
Hynix filed a tax appeal with the Oregon Tax Court in Salem on Dec. 26, 2001, according to the appeal complaint.
Gangle says he heard that Hynix would appeal last fall, received notice of the actual appeal by early January and informed city development staff shortly afterward.
"There were a number on the planning staff who were involved [in the Hynix tax break issue] including the city attorney's office," says city spokesman Tom Olshanski. "It should have been information that was given the council."
Olshanski says the omission was an "oversight" and there was no "intent" by staff to mislead the council or protect Hynix's tax breaks.
Carlson says in his memo that staff originally estimated the appeal's impact on the city would be about $100,000 and "was not felt to be too important."
It's unclear how staff came up with this estimate. Gangle's estimate of potentially a $500,000 impact is based on public information available in Hynix's Dec. 26 complaint.
It's also unclear why staff considered a $100,000 impact unimportant. Councilors routinely spend significant time debating budget cuts of that magnitude or less in city departments.
Councilors say Carlson told them he was also unaware of the appeal
until last week.
But a "budget message" to the council dated April 1 and signed by Carlson refers to the appeal.
Olshanski says Carlson first got a draft of the budget message from finance staff March 15 for his review and signature, but did not notice the Hynix appeal information until last week.
In the past, city staff have worked closely with Hynix on the corporation's behalf. A former acting city manager, Warren Wong, and former assistant city manager, Linda Norris, took executive positions with the company soon after leaving their city jobs.
When Hynix (formerly Hyundai) came to town in 1995, city staff secretly formed a "dream team" to help the company win controversial permits to fill wetlands and withheld information from the council and public, according to city documents at the time. A key staffer in the work for Hynix was Lane Council of Governments wetlands planner Steve Gordon. Gordon is a personal friend of Carlson, according to The Register-Guard.
The law firm of Harrang Long Gary Rudnick handles all the city's legal work and also has worked for Hynix on employment issues. The firm denies any conflict of interest. Olshanski says the city attorney at the firm was not aware of the tax appeal until last week.
In its appeal complaint, Hynix says its chip plant is worth $500 million, not $752 million as the state and county have appraised it. The difference in appraised value would mean a $1.9 million tax reduction for Hynix.
Based on state law, Eugene would lose about $476,000 and the county $186,000 if Hynix wins its appeal. The rest of the losses would be distributed to other state and local governments, according to Gangle.
Hynix and the State Department of Revenue have agreed to a proposed settlement of the appeal, but Gangle and DOR officials refuse to disclose any details.
The agreement will be disclosed when its approved by the court. Estimates of when that will occur vary from two weeks to two months.
Meanwhile, the city's budget is left in limbo. Already, the city is cutting $375,000 from its budget due to the economic downturn. Another $500,000 hit could be a major blow.
Bettman says she's hearing complaints about the city cutting senior services and spreading firefighters too thinly. The Hynix issue "actually adds salt to the wound."
City staff is researching whether the city can revoke or renegotiate the $2.2 million tax break deal with Hynix in light of the potential revenue loss from the appeal, according to Olshanski.
Originally, city staff told councilors there was an April 1st deadline to decide on the tax break issue.
Councilor Betty Taylor says it was dishonest of Hynix not to tell councilors about the appeal when they were negotiating the tax break with the city. "I don't think they've ever been a good citizen of the community."
The failure of city staff to inform the council of key facts comes at a time of heightened tension between progressive councilors and Carlson. On April 17, Carlson told councilors that all significant information requests of city staff should first go through him.
Councilors Taylor, Bettman and Kelly disputed Carlson's claim that the city Charter forbade them from asking staff questions and said Carlson's information choke point policy would make the city less democratic. "This discussion disturbs me so much that I'm actually physically shaking right now," Kelly said.
At deadline, council and staff had scheduled a last-minute meeting to discuss the Hynix tax appeal issue. The April 24 meeting after EW goes to press will likely include criticism of staff by councilors, Olshanski says. "My guess is the council is going to be rather fierce as regards city staff."
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Sheldon High Senior Girls
Beginning last December, 14 Sheldon High School senior girls (nine are pictured here) planned and ran the school's annual Mr. Irish Pageant. "It's a beauty contest for boys," explains Lauren Noll, one of the coordinators. "More like a comedy show," comments Marley Adkins. 2002 marks the 10th anniversary of the event, a fund-raiser for the Children's Miracle Network. Since its beginnings at Sheldon, the pageant has been adopted by 20 other high schools in a five-county area and has raised more than a million dollars for children's health programs in the region. Schools in other states are taking note. "There are plans to make it national," says Kelsey Gillaspie. While 10 Mr. Irish hopefuls enjoyed the limelight, the "behind-the-scenes queens" did the nitty-gritty work, organizing warmup events (dance, bowl-a-thon, etc.) and coaching the contestants. "I taught 10 guys how to dance," says Elizabeth Clark. "It was really funny." A sell-out crowd of 600 jammed the Sheldon gym on March 14 to see the boys display their talents and answer tough questions. "The boys did a lot of work, too," admits Stephanie Burton. "We raised close to $18,000."
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