Category Archives: Local Cities and Neighborhoods

Changing Civic Dialogue in Gladstone Now Reaching Some New Low Levels

Former Gladstone Mayor Wade Byers

Gladstone and its 11,400 people at the confluence of the Willamette and Clackamas Rivers in the heart of North Clackamas County is not what it used to be. The spacious home of the founder, Judge Harvey Cross, once considered one of the finer buildings in town, became a funeral home and is now housing Mr. Rooter, a sewer pipe cleaning operation.

Gladstone does have serious roots. It hosted the first State Fair, the first Clackamas County Fair, and the Northwest’s largest Chautauqua meetings, attracting thousands before 1900. We’re talking some serious roots here.

As the town has changed, so has its level of civic discourse. In 1896 it hosted a grand Chautauqua featuring famed orator William Jennings Bryan. Theodore Roosevelt visited before it was incorporated in 1911. By 1920 it had a population of 1,069 with basic employment at the mills in Oregon City and West Linn.

Those days are gone now. The mills are closed, the community is now famous for its auto row on historic McLoughlin Boulevard and its great fishermen’s hog lines on the Willamette River. But there’s not a whole lot going on. Unless you go to a city council meeting or follow city goings-on. Continue reading

Voter Turnout Alert!

Ballot DropAs of Sunday, 40.5 percent of Clackamas County Democrats haven’t voted yet. Needless to say, we can’t create the future for Clackamas County that we want — good schools, affordable housing, quality parks, clean air and water — without electing candidates who share our vision. Now is the time to make one more phone call and knock on one more door to get our brother and sister Democrats to drop off their ballots. (It’s too late to mail them.)

If you live in any of the following locations where Democrats are voting at below the County average, please talk to your Democratic neighbors.

Democratic Turn-Out as of Sunday
Happy Valley: 49.1%
Oregon City: 47.6%
Milwaukie: 46.8%
Gladstone: 45.1%
Sandy: 43.8%

Ballot drop locations can be found at here.

An Important Letter from Four Clackamas County Mayors

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l-r: Mayors Axelrod (West Linn), Gamba (Milwaukie), Holladay (Oregon City), and Knapp (Wilsonville)

Voters of Clackamas County:

The last four years have been hard on Clackamas County. Working relationships with other area governments have suffered. Positive forward progress has largely stopped. Lawsuits, acrimony and conflict have flourished. County staff morale appears at an all time low. A citizen itemized $3.4 million of public money has been unnecessarily wasted by Clackamas County actions. Continue reading

Clackamas Democrats’ Slate Cards for November 8th General Election

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Clackamas Democrats are pleased to publish our slate cards for the November 8th election.

 

 

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There are ten different cards, one for each House District with significant areas in the county.

Some of the candidates and measures are different on each card.

Please locate the House District for where you live, download the appropriate card, and share it with your friends and neighbors.

 

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Each card lists Measure 97, and other local measures we support.  Our full list of endorsed and locally-supported measures is available here.

 

 

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Meanwhile Neighborhood Leaders all over the county are distributing cardstock versions of these cards to many Democrats.  Why not join them?

 

 

 

Ludlow and Friends Show Even More Bad Judgment

roads.pot_hole.ludlowIneptitude and bad judgment seem to be the hallmarks of the John Ludlow-led Clackamas County Commissioners when it comes to their lack of proper attention to our county’s roads. The most recent example is in Canby, where they chose to re-pave certain streets outside the city during the busiest time of the year while totally ignoring their responsibility for county-owned streets inside the city limits. Here’s how the local newspaper described it.

Nestlé Fast Tracking Water Agreement in Cascade Locks

By Peter Nordbye, Welches

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Nestlé’s Many Products (click to enlarge)

Nestlé, the giant multinational corporation, is in the process of fast tracking an agreement directly with Cascade Locks city leaders. By working directly with Cascade Locks, Nestlé can avoid conducting an environmental impact study and avoid input from local citizens. The agreement would allow Nestlé to export out of Hood River County more than 100 million gallons of water each year in “mountains of plastic on the backs of trucks.” The impact on the pristine Columbia Gorge, and locales downstream including Clackamas County, could be significant. Continue reading