Category Archives: Clackamas County

Pot o’ Gold Dinner a Big Success!

Clackamas Democrats had a record turnout and achieved a record net profit at its annual Pot o’ Gold fund-raising dinner in March at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas.

Nearly $7,000 was gained through the auction of “white donkey” gift times i.e., unidentified but handsomely wrapped gifts.

In other words, the buyer didn’t know what they were buying. The fun occurred when they opened the package and learned what it actually contained, sharing that information with the other 110 guests.

Highlight gift of the evening was a Donald Trump bobble head doll, won by Joe Mazarra, of Welches. John De Haas, of Milwaukie, was the recipient of a “Trump Survival Kit” which included aspirin for headaches, organically grown coffee to stay awake during these tortuous years, other pain killers, and gag items related to enduring Trump’s presidency.

A huge “thank you” to all who participated, added to the fun, and contributed to the cause! The funds will be put to excellent use throughout the coming year to cover our operating expenses and support Democratic candidates and causes.

Did you miss it? It’s not too late to get in on the spirit of helping local Democrats win local races and encourage Democratic values by contributing today. Up to $100 per year (per couple filing jointly) can be used as an Oregon income tax credit.

Around the County – 4/4/17

By Peter Toll

Clackamas County has a new legislator, and history repeats itself.

Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis was selected by commissioners from Marion and Clackamas Counties to succeed Vic Gilliam, also of Silverton, in the Oregon House of Representatives. Gilliam, very ill with Lou Gehrig’s disease, resigned Jan. 30 after his re-election in District 18.

Oregon law dictates that a replacement be from the same party (Republican, in this case,) and come from a short list of candidates submitted to commissioners by local party representatives. As Marion has more people in District 18 than Clackamas does, votes were appropriately weighted. Continue reading

Public Pressure Aids Mt. Hood Community College Graduate, Latest Victim of ICE

Young adults who moved to this country and Oregon with their parents when they were very young, are being deported to a country where they’ve never lived, have no roots, and in some cases don’t even speak the language. The latest such misadventure in this area attracted a great deal of attention.

In violation of its own policies and procedures, ICE agents improperly seized Reynolds High School and Mt Hood Community College graduate, Rodriguez Dominguez, 25, from his Southeast Portland home in the early morning, Sunday March 26. Continue reading

GOP War on the Arts Bad for Culture and County Ecomonics

Modern Day Community Crafted Totem at West Linn Public Library

The Clackamas tribe of the Chinook and their forebearers have occupied this county for at least 11,000 years and perhaps more than 20,000. What remains of their lives are their myths, their art, and their diet.

This is not unusual. Most cultures are remembered by their art, from the earliest cave painting in El Castillo in northern Spain dated at over 48,000 years old, to totem poles and canoes from Pacific Northwest tribes such as the Clackamas. Likewise, our lives and our place in history will be remembered by our contribution to art — be it creation myths, physical manifestations, or a view of our place in the world.

That’s the standard liberal take on the arts. Here’s a different approach. Continue reading

Around the County

Marchers, Anti-Marchers In Lake Oswego

By Peter Toll

What do peace, love, inclusiveness, and camaraderie have in common? They were all on the streets of Lake Oswego Saturday when some 700-800 folks came forth to make their views known about Donald Trump and his terrible deportation policies.

They outnumbered the March 4 Trump event across busy State Street and their message was loud and clear. In fact, when the pro-Trump march took place on that Saturday, the pro-inclusiveness marchers outnumber the Trumpers about 5-1.

More than 1,000 folks took to Lake Oswego’s main thoroughfare, State Street, in what has to be a first for that community of otherwise staid, quiet, but majority Democratic voters. They braved temperatures in the 30’s, spitting rain, hail, and sleet, to express their views. Continue reading

Fischer Takes Oath as Appointed Clackamas County Commissioner

Commissioner Sonya Fischer

Just a few months ago, Clackamas County had three Republican County Commissioners and two Democrats. Today there are four Democrats and one Republican. But only two seats changed in the last election.

It works like this: Jim Bernard was in the middle of a four-year term when he ran successfully against Tea Party exponent John Ludlow for the chairmanship. Ludlow’s term was over. Literally. Continue reading