Seventy-seven special districts in Clackamas County have elections in May for a wealth of seats on smaller boards and commissions — from the biggest school district in the county to a water district in the county’s westernmost reaches that may soon disappear; (the water district that is, not the reaches.)
Just 15 of those districts will receive special attention as they are the only ones with contested races. In some cases, smaller boards have no candidates whatsoever.
We’re pleased to share the highlights below from Standing and District Committee meetings held in February, 2019.
House District 37, co-leaders Ken Chappuis and Mary Shortall
At the well attended February 17th meeting, we discussed the May 21st special election positions that need to be filled and an update regarding our Neighborhood Leaders. We heard from Betty Reynolds, past president of the Oregon School Boards Association, regarding a grassroots campaign to ensure that students throughout our state achieve their full potential, an effort of the non-profit Oregonians for Student Success. Check out the group’s website to learn how you can help with this important work.
No Oregonian should have to choose between caring for a loved one and a paycheck. You can help! Support the Paid Family and Medical Leave bill (HB3031), which provides a portion of wages while an employee is on family and medical leave.
You can help pass HB3031 with this call to action:
About 10 minutes into the movie “Leave No Trace,” David Bugni began to feel he was in familiar territory. The 2018 film follows a veteran father who lives with his daughter in a forested public park near Portland. The woods where the movie is set were so familiar to Bugni … weren’t they part of Clackamas County’s beautiful Eagle Fern Park, not far from his home near Estacada?
A few minutes later, his suspicions were confirmed: the camera caught the corner of an interpretive sign, one of a dozen or so that marks a nature trail in the Clackamas County park. Bugni, a retired structural engineer and a long-time advocate and volunteer for the park, knew the signs quite well: he had designed them.
About a year before his movie theater revelation, Bugni learned that three large, forested parcels just outside Eagle Fern Park were up for sale. One parcel abutted Bugni’s property, so he looked into purchasing it. But the owner, the Weyerhaeuser company, wasn’t interested in selling just one parcel; it was looking for a buyer for all three. So Bugni began a quest to find that buyer.
We’re pleased to share the highlights below from Standing and District Committee meetings held in January
House District 38, co-leaders Kathy Gordon and Gary Thompson
While HD 38 did not meet in February, there is an exciting meeting planned for Sunday, March 3, from 2:30-5:00 p.m., at the Foothills Condos Meeting Room, 5065 Foothills Drive, Lake Oswego. This will be an opportunity to meet and listen to our Clackamas/Lake Oswego State Senator Rob Wagner and State Representative Andrea Salinas discuss their legislative agenda/priorities for this session. We have also invited John Wallin, who is running for re-election to the Lake Oswego school board, and Kirsten Aird, a new candidate to the Lake Oswego school board. Although they are not running against each other, they will both make their case to the voters. An additional speaker will be Cheri Partain, a newly elected House District Leader from HD35. Cheri is the director of adoption services at Boys & Girls Aid, the oldest child welfare agency in Oregon.