Category Archives: Clackamas County

Slate Cards Are Ready — Get Yours Now!

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Clackamas Democrats are pleased to publish our slate cards for the November General Election.

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.

Click here for a full list of candidates and measures on the November ballot.

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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?

 

 

 

Standing and District Committees June & July Meetings Roundup

We’re pleased to share the highlights below from Standing and District Committee meetings held in June and July.

Communications Committee, July 19th; chaired by Simon Springall

The October 6 Roosevelt Dinner will feature a silent auction of basketfuls of goodies donated by each committee. Fundraising Committee Chair Anita Gregory has advised that each basket should have a theme. We agreed that the theme of our basket will be: “Read a Good Book Lately?” and it will be stuffed with items of special appeal to Democratic bookworms. Continue reading

HARD TIMES IN CLACKAMAS COUNTY
Veterans Village: One Step toward Solving a Growing, Pernicious Problem

A Veterans Village Sleeping Pod

Startling statistics reveal an increasingly dire situation in Clackamas County: while the average renter here earns about $15 an hour, the wage needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment is $22 an hour; one out of four renters pays more than half of their total income in rent, while seven out of ten renters with very low incomes pay more than 50 percent for rent; since 2012 the median rent in the county has steadily increased to nearly $2,000 monthly, which is $400 more than Oregon’s average monthly rent.

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Labor Day Prompts Call for Vital Middle Class

By Ken Humberston

Governor Kate Brown’s recently released Housing Policy Agenda is a welcome tool in the fight for affordable housing in Clackamas County. Her focus on housing stability for children, veterans, and the chronically homeless, and increased housing supply for urban and rural communities should be welcomed in Molalla as well as Milwaukie.

This type of comprehensive approach, if funded and supported by all, will go a long way to mitigate the housing crisis currently endangering too many of our Clackamas citizens.

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Part One: Inequality and Climate Change: Keep Hope Alive

Can we keep hope alive? Is it reasonable to hope for a better, more just economy in which the 1% control a lot less than 50 percent of the wealth and income of our county? Is it reasonable to hope for policies that mitigate rather than contribute to climate change? Can we hope that future generations will participate in civic life and revitalize a democracy now on life support? What must we do today to keep hope alive?

The percentage of annual income collected by the top one percent in Oregon is greater today than it was in 1929. This is also true for Clackamas County. The average annual income for the top one percent in Clackamas County is $1,338,000. The rest of us, the 99%, have an average annual income of $61,062. Continue reading