Reprinted by permission from County Commissioner Ken Humberston
This last week and a half have been busy. We have met with Gladstone for the signing ceremony of our library settlement, reviewed our legislative agenda, Family Justice center report, I met with Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick, had a CLT update, lunched with the Estacada chamber of commerce, had our regular business meeting and last weekend attended the DPO conference in SunRiver.
This week began with a tour and demonstration at Schellenberg Technical school where students learn about tech, television , radio and all the professions surrounding the electronic media.You may have seen Chair Bernard trying out the Virtual Reality equipment on Facebook recently. We also met with representatives from the Concord Partnership to discuss the future of Concord elementary and the library possibilities at the site. Continue reading →
For those who look at government as little more than spend, spend, spend, show them this. Clackamas County is providing a wealth of used computers, laptops and the like to schools throughout the county. What’s more, they are providing Internet service to schools and other government agencies in the county for $250 per month, to replace a private vendor costing each agency $10,000 per month. What a great idea. Thanks to Commissioner Ken Humberston for sending the link
Commissioners from Clackamas and Multnomah counties will meet Sept. 13 in Lake Oswego to select the new state representative for House District 38. Incumbent Ann Lininger, D-Lake Oswego, resigned Aug. 15 as she was appointed to the Clackamas County Circuit Court by Gov. Kate Brown.
Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) from both counties met Aug. 14 and selected four finalists for the commissioners to consider. They are Lake Oswego city councilors Joe Buck and Theresa Kohlhoff and Multnomah county residents Andrea Salinas and Neil Simon. Both have extensive government experience. Not making the final list were Moses Ross, Daniel Nguyen and Alex Josephy.
“Today Clackamas County is more inclusive, more aware, and a marginally safer place for all residents because of the bold and creative action of our Board of County Commissioners and all the organizations that partnered with the Democratic Party,” said Clackamas County Democratic Party Chair Peter Nordbye. Continue reading →
HD40 Leader William Street Speaks in Support of the Inclusivity Hearing
Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners today unanimously endorsed a resolution declaring Clackamas County a welcoming and Inclusive County. The resolution directs county staff to serve all residences regardless of immigration or refugee status, and prohibits the use by law enforcement of county funds or personnel for the enforcement of federal immigration law.
At the moment, county elected officials can be divided into two camps: those who think cooperating with ICE is illegal, and those who think cooperating with ICE is the best way to enforce the law.
Those who see partnership and cooperation as the best way to enforce the law face a dilemma. Under Oregon law and the most recent executive order on the subject by the governor, using any public resources to cooperate with ICE is illegal. Continue reading →