Category Archives: Local Cities and Neighborhoods

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.

Oregon City Ballot for Sept. 19 Election

If you live in Oregon City, you should have received your ballot for a special election on September 19th. There’s only one measure on the ballot: Measure 3-517. Please vote “yes”; it will allow the construction of a modern Police Department facility in Oregon City. Voting “yes” will NOT authorize the city to raise TAXES or FEES.

This vote is a charter requirement which the city needs to borrow money. The funding source has been in place since January of 2016; the city just needs permission to spend it.
This is about safety and security for victims of traumatic crimes who need help from the police department. Currently, victims, suspects and registered sex offenders wait in the same place. Victims need privacy. Continue reading

Salinas Chosen HD 38 Representative

Democrat Andrea Salinas will succeed Ann Lininger as State Representative for House District 38, which spans the Lake Oswego area into Southwest Portland. Commissioners from both Clackamas and Multnomah Counties made the unanimous selection. Other finalists were Lake Oswego city councilors Joe Buck and Theresa Kohlhoff and public relations executive Neil Simon of Hillsdale.