Category Archives: Local Cities and Neighborhoods

Charles Gallia Encourages Senate District 20 Voters to Learn about His Priorities, Make Their Voices Heard

Charles Gallia is the Democratic candidate running for the Senate District 20 seat currently held by Republican Alan Olsen. Gallia has met with and listened to thousands of SD20 residents during his campaigning, and as he notes below, he aims to talk with many thousands more before November. He reports that one issue many residents have mentioned to him is climate change, which Gallia believes is “one of the most pressing issues of our time.” This, among other Gallia positions, stands in stark contrast to Olsen, a strident climate change denier.

Q: What message can you give to SD20 residents that will inspire them to vote in November, perhaps for the first time?

Gallia: It might sound cliché, but their vote really does matter. This will be a very close race. Now, more than ever, we need leadership in Salem that will be bold and work with others in the State House and Senate to pass economic, education, and transportation legislation that benefits all Oregonians. This is the time for first-time voters and for consistent voters to make their voices heard. I encourage voters to find out more about my priorities by visiting my campaign website or reaching me via email.

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Door-to-Door Canvassing with a Sad Twist in Happy Valley

Janelle Bynum

State Rep. Janelle Bynum was canvassing her Clackamas County district, knocking on doors and talking to voters. After a few hours, a neighbor called 911 to report suspicious activity. A sheriff’s deputy arrived, spoke to Rep. Bynum, and agreed to take a selfie with her.

This phone call to police would never have happened to a well dressed white male or a white female in Happy Valley.

Why are we so afraid of our neighbors? Why are we so afraid of those who look different from us? Continue reading

Opening on Clackamas River Water Board

Clackamas River Water is looking for a new board member. It services the part of unincorporated Clackamas county from the border of the city of Milwaukie to I-205 in the north and rural Oregon City outside of the Oregon City limits, including the Beavercreek area, in the south. The board meets twice a month and decides on policy for bringing potable water to customers of Clackamas River Water. An application can be found on the Clackamas River Water website.

Click here for the application form.

Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington Commissioners to Select Senate District 19 Replacement

News from Clackamas County …

Following the resignation of Senator Richard Devlin earlier this year from the Oregon Senate, commissioners from Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties will hold a joint session on Monday, Jan 29, to interview candidates and select a replacement for the open position.

Oregon law requires that a legislative vacancy be filled by county commissioners representing the district in which the vacancy exists. Senate District 19 includes voters in all three counties. Continue reading

Voting “Yes” on Measure 101 Is Good for Your School District

An op-ed piece by Ginger Fitch, Chair, West Linn-Wilsonville School Board
and Chelsea Martin, Vice-Chair, West Linn-Wilsonville School Board. Reprinted by permission of the authors.

Voters, you need to know that the Oregon School Boards Association, Oregon Education Association, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers Oregon, Head Start, Oregon PTA and numerous other groups who care about education have all strongly endorsed a “yes” vote on Measure 101.

Why are educators and education advocates for a “yes” on Measure 101? It’s because anyone who works with children knows that our students learn best when they are healthy and have healthcare. Continue reading

iPA Candidate Forum on SD 19 Appointment Draws Full House

 

More than 100 people heard seven candidates for the appointment to the State Senate District 19 vacancy speak at a well-attended forum in West Linn, sponsored by independents for Progressive Action.

The candidates are Claudia Black, Tualatin; Joelle Davis, Tualatin; Tim Loun, West Linn; Gerritt Rosenthal, Tualatin; Greg Macpherson, Lake Oswego; Rob Wagner, Lake Oswego; and Daphne Wysham, West Linn. Loun, a political newcomer, is the latest to file.

Candidates had 75 seconds to answer some questions and 45 seconds for others, in a whirlwind program that took two hours.

Topics covered included:

  • Health Care for All. All endorsed Measure 101.
  • Housing Problems. All agreed homelessness needs prompt, creative attention.
  • Tax Reform. Tax the rich more and corporations more and tax individuals and families less.
  • Women’s Right to Choose. All were in agreement as pro-choice.
  • Education. (See Tax Reform.) All had it as a priority.
  • Campaign Finance Reform. Eliminate big money from Oregon politics.
  • Justice Reform. Oregon has a disproportionate number of minorities in its jails.
  • Climate Change. Not enough being done, but some serious steps are under way.
  • Jordan Cove LNG plant in Coos Bay. All opposed, though one hedged a tad and invoked labor concerns.
  • Who the candidates would use as allies in the legislature. Many names were bandied.
  • Extend the Max line to Tualatin. All in agreement.
  • Naturopaths. Add naturopaths to physician list of those allowed to administer cannabis for medical use.

A video of the full forum is available on youtube.

The short-answer format served the evening well but at the expense of longer, more complicated answers.

Lisa Ortiz chairs the iPA group that put on the forum.