ROBERT F.P. LUDWICK for Sunrise Water Authority Zone 5


Occupation: Software Development Manager at HostBaby, Occupational Background: Software Engineering Manager at Playtika

Educational Background: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Computer Science, Bachelor of Arts; University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Business Administration Prior Governmental Experience: None

We have come to expect our steady, plentiful supply of clean water. Most of us don’t know where it comes from specifically, and don’t know where it goes when we’re – ahem – done with it. But without it for three days – we die! Water is terribly important. In our case, if we live in a hefty-sized area of central Clackamas County, our water comes from the Sunrise Water Authority. It serves Happy Valley, Clackamas Town Center, and a lot more.

Today’s water systems are under attack. Leaky pipes are losing precious water (up to 30% in some areas of our county). Pumps are breaking down. Not to mention the changes in our natural water supply from river drainages prompted by global warming.

ROBERT LUDWICK – FRESH IDEAS, NEW PERSPECTIVE Technology changes are coming faster and faster. As a software engineer, I am very close to technology and staying abreast of change. I am also not afraid to tackle problems, especially when they concern our precious water.

Rapid growth is a concern, too. We all know “institutional memory” can be advantageous. But it loses its value when it leads to settling into a comfort area rather than stepping forward into an area of less familiarity and less comfort. That’s why fresh ideas and perspectives are useful and necessary. If you agree with me – if you think it important that we are open to new ideas and must capitalize on modern technology to address our challenges – I appreciate your support.


Solidarity with Hunger Strikers in The Dalles

Join the Struggle this Saturday from noon to 2pm at the Correctional Facility in The Dalles.

Message from the hunger strikers (names removed for their safety): “[We] are still on hunger strike as of this morning but it is getting very difficult. We both feel very nauseous, weak and tired, and I’m starting to worry about long term effects on my health. [One of the hunger strikers] was transferred somewhere this morning, we don’t know where but probably to Tacoma or Portland. He said before he left that he was going to continue the strike. *We ask the local communities to stand with us in our demand to get ICE out of Oregon. We are hunger striking for our basic needs at this jail facility but, really, we should not be detained here. This is a jail.*”

Friends we need your support!

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Ethics Complaint Against Republican Rep. Knute Buehler

Rep. Knute Buehler is the Republican representative to the Oregon State Legislature from Bend (HD 54). The Democratic Party of Oregon recently filed an ethics complaint against Buehler and is asking us to support this suit by sharing the story on Facebook.
Following is their explanation and the link to share.

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Economists Recognize What We Live Here in Clackamas Every Day

As the story goes, Franklin Roosevelt spent a good portion of his time as president during the midst of the Great Depression searching for a one-armed economist.

This search was driven by the fact that, whenever he would ask one of his economists how to solve the depression, they would give him an answer and then say: “Of course, on the other hand …” and give the exactly opposite suggestion.

Thus when more than two economists agree, it’s big news. So when 1,470 economists agree on something, it must be important. What have these Nobel laureates, former high level policy advisers, and academics agreed on? Continue reading

We’ve Got Their Back!

Now is the time to send an email to our County Commissioners to let them know we support their efforts to provide due process to all Clackamas residents.

Next week our Board of County Commissioners will address the issue of illegal and unwarranted deportations of our friends and neighbors. As two different federal courts have already ruled, President Trump’s executive orders on arrivals, deportations and withholding of funds to so-called “Sanctuary Counties” are unconstitutional.
Nevertheless, Dreamers are being deported, our neighbors are being detained, all without due process or in too many cases without even court ordered warrants. Continue reading

Around the County – 4/26/17

We Wind Up Paying Bigger Bills When GOP Shirks Responsibility

By Peter Toll

One of the problems with Republicans is the first thing they do is start dismantling stuff in an effort to “get government off our backs” and, at the same time, lower taxes. Republicans now controlling all branches of the federal government remind us of their short-sighted propensities daily.

The best local examples of this foolishness in office are John Ludlow and Tootie Smith, recently unelected Clackamas County Commissioners. They almost literally fiddled while the county’s roads and infrastructure all but collapsed around them over the past four years. Continue reading