Checks and Balances

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Checks and Balances' mission statement?

"To engage in research, outreach, and education to help guide policy and financial decision making by our community and its elected and non-elected leadership."

Who are Checks and Balances?

Bonny Bettman McCornack

Bonny has previously served as a Eugene City Councilor from September 2000 through January 2009. Her background leading up to public office included Hoedads, Saturday Market food booth, Registered Nurse, and Neighborhood Association Leader. She is a mother of two grown children and has two ridiculousy adorable grandchildren.
During her tenure as an elected official she served on many Eugene and multi-jurisdictional boards and committees including Police Commission, Human Rights Commission, Human Services Commission, Council Committee on Homelessness and Youth, Metropolitan Policy Committee, Metropolitan Wastewater Commission, Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Budget Committee, Council Sub-committee on Street Maintenance, and the Rates Advisory Committee reviewing Systems Development Charges. She was formerly a founding member of Citizens for Public Accountability and served as treasurer of Friends of Eugene.
In addition to Council obligations, Bonny led, and prevailed in, a number of campaigns in addition to her two campaigns for office. These included two Charter Amendment campaigns for the Police Auditor and Civilian Review Board and the campaign against the taxpayer subsidized “Lifestyle” mall for the downtown Urban Renewal District or DTURD. After leaving office she organized and helped lead the campaign against the City Service Fee.
Bonny is retired now and enjoys yoga, gardening, cooking, family and friends, and generally bemoaning the ever increasing concentration of power and money into fewer and fewer hands. She writes and speaks about local governments’ unmitigated self-interested decision-making and lack of transparency/accountability (a situation she would like to see rectified by an organized, informed, effective local grassroots movement).

David Monk

Eugene Weekly "Happening People" article, March 3, 2017 David served as Executive Director of Beyond Toxics from 2001-2004 and recently stepped down as Board President. He was appointed by the Eugene City Council to the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency board in 2007 and served two 3-year terms. He has a 20 year history of working with local progressive groups on issues from land use and social justice to child care and natural burial. From the beginning of his involvement in the politics of our city and state he has worked for transparency in government decision making and accountability for the use of public resources.

Paul Nicholson

Paul grew up in the east, primarily Pittsburgh. He earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. from Pennsylvania State University. He married his college sweetheart, Virginia Lo, in 1972; they have two lovely children and two grandchildren. In his restless youth, Paul worked as a worm picker, grocery store clerk, factory worker, horseback riding instructor, photographer, math teacher, instructor of English as a second language (Tsing Hua University), manager of an electronics factory, and instructor of writing and speech communication (University of Illinois). In his thirties, Paul drifted into bicycle retailing on a $5 bet. He owned Paul’s Bicycle Shop in Urbana for five years, and then Bicycle Way of Life in Eugene for 30 years before retiring in 2015. Paul served as a Eugene City Councilor for four years in the early 1990’s.

Wayne Lottinville

Wayne has supported various political and community groups over many years. A recent success was as a steering committee member of Citizens for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. This political action committee led in defeating Eugene's poorly conceived threat from the city to cut library and other essential services unless voters approved a favor-the-rich fee on every household and business. Wayne also serves as treasurer on a petition committee with Community Rights Lane County, and he is an occasional volunteer with Beyond Toxics, a nonprofit that diligently works to guarantee environmental protections and health by exposing the root causes of toxic pollution and helping communities find effective, lasting solutions. A local business owner, Wayne is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Cascadia Investment Consultants, a commission-free provider of wealth-management services. He holds the CFA Charter, the industry’s most respected credential, and is a member of the CFA Institute, which focuses on sustaining high standards of professional conduct. Frequently Wayne might be spotted in Oaxaca, Mexico, and given his overallotment of left feet, he might also be found embarrassing himself and unfortunate partners on various Eugene dance floors.