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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

One Vote Creates Two Big Clackamas County Impacts

BallotIf you think your one, lonely little vote doesn’t count, listen up. You’re dead wrong.

Recounting votes in Oregon City’s county clerk’s office has brought two local surprises. Just one vote made the difference in both cases.

Gladstone’s long-time Mayor Wade Byers was hoping a six-vote loss in his re-election bid could be overturned by an automatic recount. If the margin was five votes or less, Byers would still have a chance. Instead, the final count had him losing by six votes. He’s out. It is hard to find anyone in Oregon who has been a mayor longer than Byers.

One vote also made the difference in whether Happy Valley residents will pay for more police protection. After the first count the vote was tied. With the re-count, the levy proposed by the city had failed by one vote. It’s back to the drawing boards for the city council.

Next time someone tells you they didn’t vote because their vote doesn’t count, they might be interested in these little factoids.