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
Practically like old times, but they’d never met before. County Commissioner Ken Humberston bumped into Ted Kulongoski, Oregon’s former state senator, Supreme Court justice and governor (2003-2011.) Both men served in the U.S. Marine Corps, so there was lots of “Semper Fi” and the like going on. Ted the K is almost 78 and retired.
We Wind Up Paying Bigger Bills When GOP Shirks Responsibility
By Peter Toll
One of the problems with Republicans is the first thing they do is start dismantling stuff in an effort to “get government off our backs” and, at the same time, lower taxes. Republicans now controlling all branches of the federal government remind us of their short-sighted propensities daily.
The best local examples of this foolishness in office are John Ludlow and Tootie Smith, recently unelected Clackamas County Commissioners. They almost literally fiddled while the county’s roads and infrastructure all but collapsed around them over the past four years. Continue reading
l-r: Mayors Axelrod (West Linn), Gamba (Milwaukie), Holladay (Oregon City), and Knapp (Wilsonville)
Voters of Clackamas County:
The last four years have been hard on Clackamas County. Working relationships with other area governments have suffered. Positive forward progress has largely stopped. Lawsuits, acrimony and conflict have flourished. County staff morale appears at an all time low. A citizen itemized $3.4 million of public money has been unnecessarily wasted by Clackamas County actions. Continue reading
By Peter Toll
Hardworking Clackamas County Democrats can share the credit for success in key local non-partisan primary election races as they gear up for the fall. Here’s a brief look at the results and some key campaign issues. Continue reading
By Peter Toll
Leadership is on the line for Clackamas County as incumbent County Chair John Ludlow is under serious attack on three fronts, while two other county commissioners face their own election challenges.
Lackluster Ludlow, known more for bullying than any serious accomplishments in his more than three years in office, faces challenges by two mid-term colleagues on the commission. Jim Bernard and Paul Savas retain their seats if they lose this or the November election.
Also introducing himself into the anti-Ludlow candidates is the only non-commissioner, Oregon City Mayor Dan Holladay. He thinks all three of his opponents act like children and he’d be the adult who could step in and bring order out of the Ludlow-led chaos.
While this is officially a non-partisan race, Ludlow is a staunch Republican who was put into office in 2012 by the tea partiers under an anti-Metro, anti-Portland, anti-mass transit, and anti-tax banner. Ludlow has reflected their interest. He has alienated Metro to the point where Clackamas County is off the radar for Metro grants, usually helpful assistance on regional issues and cooperation. The county is at a low point in regional respect. Continue reading