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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Oregon’s Education Leaders Resolute on BLM Commitments


On October 15, 2020, the state Board of Education passed a resolution committing to anti-racism efforts, equity and support for all students in Oregon. The Board requested that schools pass resolutions validating Black Lives Matter. Among other commitments, the resolution confirms that the Board: “Renews its commitment to anti-racism, equity, and access to education as a core value, manifested by a steadfast commitment to creating a welcoming environment for all students and families and direction of the supports and resources needed to eliminate barriers and promote student success.”  Read the full resolution here.


Also on October 15th, eight of Oregon’s leading education organizations released a jointly signed letter that strongly supports Black students and families and the Black Lives Matter movement. The letter, which was addressed to “education partners and community members,” states: “…we unequivocally affirm that Black Lives Matter and believe racial discrimination and injustice are intolerable in any form. This letter is a statement of our collective values and comes after reports of educators being harassed for displaying Black Lives Matter symbols.” Read the letter here.

Monday, October 19, 2020

You Can Help Say Yes to Clackamas Kids

 You'll find Measure 3-564 on your ballot if you're a Clackamas County resident, and our Voters' Guide and slate cards at urge you to vote yes. So what would happen if the Children's Safety Levy is passed, as we hope?  According to the grassroots group Yes for Clackamas Kids, the measure would:

  • Fund critical programs and services that work to protect children and youth.

  • Support local nonprofits and organizations with a record of success serving people in Clackamas County.

  • Be accountable to taxpayers and voters.

More than 200 local organizations, elected officials and community, business and faith leaders have endorsed Measure 3-564. “Advocates have been working tirelessly since 2010 to put this measure on the ballot,” says campaign manager Jonathan Pugsley. 

Passage of the measure is particularly important right now, he adds. “If the pandemic and wildfires have shown us anything it is that children and youth in our county need our help, especially those experiencing abuse, violence and neglect. The Children’s Safety Levy will double the number of children served with a modest investment of $43 a year for the average homeowner.”

Yes for Clackamas Kids is looking for volunteers who can help with phone banking Monday through Thursday until November 3, and literature dropping during the next two weekends. If you can help, email Jon Pugsley at to sign up.


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Hard Working and Effective, Ken Humberston, Should Be Re-elected

 By Peter Toll

County commissioners have one of the most difficult elected positions in Oregon. They are rarely seen or heard. When one rises above typical business-as-usual levels, they deserve acknowledgement as true servants of the people.

Ken Humberston is such a person. He is one of the best county commissioners in Oregon and has distinguished himself in several ways. Humberston should be re-elected Clackamas Commissioner for several reasons. 

Commissioners are responsible for a wide range of public services, most of which are little known. Some programs are state-funded, but many are not. County road building and maintenance are crucial. Many of the hundreds of miles of county roads are crumbling, often leading to more expensive replacement. 

We got into this fix due to the narrow-thinking “no new taxes” crowd who ran the county until a new, more conscientious team gained office.  Enough is enough, the new board said. We’re not getting piles of money from the fed or from the state to fix our roads; we must do it ourselves. Our roads are the arteries of commerce and eventful everyday life.

Humberston was a quiet leader in this moment of meaningful public service. This year commissioners adopted a $30 per year fee to be tacked onto vehicles in the county at registration time. Those who use the roads, the argument goes, should pay for them.

This was necessary as our county is $300 million behind in badly needed maintenance costs. The longer we wait, that number increases as roads get beyond repair and must be replaced. Humberston grabs the bull by the horns when tough decisions need to be made.  

“This must be done” if we are to live up to our oath of service, he said. “We cannot shirk our responsibility to make our community better, to keep taxes reasonably low and help everyone county-wide,” he would explain in 14 subsequent community meetings. That tax is the only one commissioners raised in three years.

Humberston feels strongly that “our roads are our biggest capital improvement.” Today there are 25 added maintenance and improvement projects under way. Some of that money collected by the counties goes to local cities, where local leaders decide how to best use the funds in their own hometowns.

Where we do not see Humberston may count even more. Day after day he is at numerous county food banks and distribution sites helping the less fortunate. No headlines, no hoopla; just stepping up as a neighbor, as a citizen. 

A former US Marine, he leads the county’s successful efforts at creating housing for homeless veterans. He is also on the County Fair board and numerous other unsung posts of service.

For Clackamas County to keep moving forward, it needs Ken Humberston in office. He is a quiet fighter who is there when you need him. And we need him now more than ever.

Peter Toll is a 31-year resident, participant and observer of civic activities in Clackamas County.  He lives in Lake Oswego.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Attn House District 26 Voters!

In case you missed it... the Regal Courier published an excellent article about State Rep Courtney Neron -- read it to better understand why she has earned your vote so she can represent you for another term. Here's an excerpt:

"Neron plans to advocate for reducing toxins in the environment, for every foster care child to have access to a court-appointed special advocate, and to address childcare deserts locally, including finding ways to increase wages for childcare workers. She said she is now a member of a newly-formed childcare caucus.

"I want to continue to be in these conversations, collaborating and forming solutions," she said."

Read the article here.  And check out our Voters' Guide for more information about candidates and measures on your ballot.



Sunday, October 11, 2020

Your 2020 Clackamas County Voters Guide is Here!

The 2020 Voters Guide is here! Get information about local candidates and local and statewide ballot measures:

Get ready to vote!