Category Archives: Local Cities and Neighborhoods

Meeting Criticizes Parrish’s Health Care Proposals

State Rep. Julie Parrish is in hot water in her own district.  At a healthcare gathering in her hometown of West Linn, Parrish’s idea of cutting taxes by cutting some 350,000 Oregonians off the Medicaid rolls elicited more than unkind comments. Parrish herself refused to attend the meeting. Here’s the story.

HD 38 Meeting Greets Victors

House District 38, comprising Lake Oswego and a bit of SW Portland, saw some 60 people turn out for their March meeting at the Foothills Community Center of Lake Oswego, including a wealth of victorious candidates in the recent election.

Proud of its work in November, HD 38 welcomed County Commission Chair Jim Bernard, Commissioner Ken Humberston, and newly appointed Commissioner Sonya Fischer. Victories by Bernard and Humberston created the votes to appoint Commissioner Fischer to fill Bernard’s unexpired term. Each of them spoke gratefully and emphasized the new-found camaraderie and sense of moving forward now prevailing in the county. Continue reading

Local Bigot Closes Shop After Pro-Trump Rally Bombs

“Kevin the Geek” Moves His Business to a Red State with his “Fellow Deplorables”

By Peter Nordbye

Normally when a business closes, it is time for mourning. Every business is part of the fabric that makes up any community, and any loss has some degree of sadness. Except when the business used its privilege and position to taunt, promote hateful speech, and engage in questionable racial rhetoric on social media.

The computer repair store located on State St. in Lake Oswego is about as centrally situated as possible. If the old business advice of “location, location, location” was foolproof, this site would be perfect. Yet from this site, the owner used the central location to advertise not his business services but rather his political views. Continue reading

Join Stand for in Lake Oswego on Saturday

One of our recent articles described a parade planned by a Lake Oswego Trump fanatic on Saturday, March 4th. We also mentioned that counter actions were being planned. Now the plans have been announced. Here’s a message from Lisa Ortiz of independents for Progressive Action (iPA).

“Join your friends and neighbors as well as area allies for a festival of LOve in downtown Lake Oswego! Let’s show the state and country that we are in solidarity with ALL human rights!

“Folks are meeting at Millennium Park at 11:00 am and then will make our stand along State Street/Hwy 43 before returning for a celebration in the park with information-sharing, music, speakers, face painting, and fun. Continue reading

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