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From the Left Bank
Clackamas County Fight Uses New, Ugly Techniques

By Peter Toll

Russ Axelrod

Russ Axelrod

Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank

Clackamas County is a battle ground again. This time it is a low key mayoral race which has the Republicans pulling out all the stops. Both the pitch and fervor are increasing daily toward the May 19 election.

West Linn seems to have the hottest and heaviest activity right now.

Russell Axelrod, the Democrat, and Thomas Frank, the Republican, are battling for this non-partisan position created by the sudden resignation recently of Mayor John Kovash.

At issue is the old guard West Linn leadership versus those who want more citizen involvement and fewer decisions like one which has brought dramatic problems to the Robinwood neighborhood. Continue reading

Clackamas County Has Five of the Safest Cities in OR

Walking CrowdWhat are your criteria for choosing a place to live? Does it include good schools? Liberal attitude? Low taxes? Lots of jobs? Lovely natural beauty? How about a low crime rate?

If the latter is your priority, then welcome to Clackamas County, where a recent study shows that five of the 10 safest places to live in Oregon are located. West Linn, where less violent crime occurs per capita than any other place in the state, is the safest. Also on the list are Canby, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie and Wilsonville. Curiously, not in the top ten are any communities east of the mountains, on the coast, nor south of Corvallis.

Finally, for those with truly inquiring minds, we must mention that West Linn has only 30 other cities in the entire U.S. which are safer.

Working Together for a Willamette Falls Heritage Area

willamette falls heritage area logoThe Clackamas County communities of Oregon City, Lake Oswego, and West Linn are bonding with other interest groups in helping create a Willamette Falls Heritage Area. Congressman Kurt Schrader is carrying the message to Congress.

Oregon City was headquarters of the Oregon Territory in the 1830s, led locally by John McLoughlin, chief factor of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Hudson’s Bay claimed the area from California to Alaska and east to the continental divide in Montana.

Oregon City was the destination of pioneers, who would incorporate the state in 1859, and the locks at the falls were the first west of the Mississippi, providing safe passage and commerce from southern Lane County to the Pacific. Here are some links for more information.

The bike trail that isn’t

White_rabbit_art_colorWhy build a bike trail then declare bikes aren’t permitted? Why pave a path eight feet wide from Lake Oswego to West Linn at a cost of more than $1 million and then limit it to pedestrians? Trail walking would’ve been just as good and cost a whole lot less money. The answer is to be found deep in the bowels of the Clackamas Country Transportation Department. Curiouser and curiouser, said the rabbit.

From the left bank

By Peter Toll

photo by Dave Fergusson

photo by Dave Fergusson

photo by clipdude

photo by clipdude

Politicians are notorious for stretching the truth, exaggerating facts to better suit their needs, and putting their own spin on what ever they want so it benefits them directly. A perfect example is the action of three Clackamas County Republican legislators concerning legislation known as the “Dull-Boring Bill.”

Unable to come to grips with serious stuff like PERS reform, tax reform, justice/criminal reform, and properly funding public education, the legislature takes pride in the less than mundane. That’s House Bill 2352, co-authored by Rep. Bill Kennemer, of Oregon City; Rep. Chuck Thomsen, of Hood River (and the Sandy region of Clackamas County); and Sen. Alan Olsen, of Canby. Continue reading

From the left bank

By Peter Toll

Sherry HallNEW TROUBLES FOR SHERRY HALL AND OTHER ELECTION TIDBITS — Election controversy, appearances, and activities are attracting our attention this weekend in Clackamas County. Once again, County Clerk Sherry Hall is in trouble for a shoddy elections job. Some 800 Clackamas County voters in the Aurora Fire District, which spans the border between Marion and Clackamas Counties, didn’t get any information in their voters’ pamphlet on their district’s race this month. The Marion County voters’ pamphlet had the material, but not Clackamas. At least one candidate is scratching his head over this.

Voters in the River Grove area of Lake Oswego, that portion closest to I-5, are sometimes confused as to where to cast their ballot — on the Lake Oswego municipal bond measure or for directors of the River Grove Water District. Democratic volunteers working door-to-door for write-in candidate Larry Kitchen found several homeowners who said they were Lake Oswego customers and had never voted on a Lake Oswego water measure. One gentleman waved his bill in the face of the canvasser and said, “I’ve been paying these guys for 40 years and haven’t seen a ballot yet!” Volunteers contacted both Lake Oswego city and County Elections staff and brought this, ahem, oversight to their attention. Continue reading