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Former mayor adds to OC library-plan support

It’s an elegant solution. Expand Oregon City’s library on the current site (no new taxes needed to buy more property).

Preserve the historic Carnegie building. Build hugely needed space for technology, research and books right behind the present library. Parking available with city lot purchase. All this using available funds — not by raising taxes. Oregon City needs a modern library.

I applaud city leaders for this practical and cost-effective solution. I’m voting YES to expand OC’s library.

Alice Norris

Oregon City

No more budget slashes

I would like to encourage the citizens of Milwaukie to vote yes on Measure 3-439, the bond for Milwaukie’s share of light rail construction. We can’t afford more cuts to the maintenance of our infrastructure.

If you are unhappy about the additional tax burden, you might want to shift that unhappiness to the people who voted for light rail in Milwaukie without first figuring out how to pay for it. Namely, our former City Council: Jim Bernard, Deborah Barnes and Carlotta Collette, who are all running for office in this election. Let them know how you feel this Election Day.

Mike Shepard

Milwaukie

No on Measure 3-439

This measure is designed to pay for Milwaukie’s share of the Portland/Milwaukie Light Rail Project. The current City Council supports this measure just because the previous council committed us to it. I say that voters in Milwaukie should make a statement by saying no.

Voters in Milwaukie have been saying no to this project for over 20 years. Yet our City Council members keep committing us. They just don’t seem to want to listen to the voters who are their employer. We all know how the White House in Washington D.C. is known as the “People’s House,” well the same can be said about City Hall, the county courthouse and the state capitol.

Our elected officials have developed a relationship with their campaign contributors, in exchange for personal favors, ignoring the voters in the process, the people whom they are supposed to represent.

Yes, if we say no, then TriMet and others will probably try legal action against the city of Milwaukie. I say, let them. I am sure that we can dig up some dirt on these campaign contributors as well as TriMet officials, as well as Metro. It is all a matter of public record.

Let’s say “NO” on Measure 3-349, and if our elected officials pay it anyway, then maybe it is time to overhaul Milwaukie City Council. We did it with the Clackamas County Commission last year. There will be changes to the Clackamas County Commission this year.

Let’s make sure that our elected officials support the people whom they represent and not their campaign contributors. When they tell us that there is not enough money for a project, that means that the money is tied up in the pet projects in support of their campaign contributors.

Jeff Molinari

Milwaukie

Vote for Bernard, Savas

Current County commissioners Jim Bernard and Paul Savas have brought integrity and moderation to a Clackamas County Commission frequently wracked with political theater and histrionics.

It is high time our County Commission worked as a team for the benefit of all county citizens. Bernard and Savas can help bring about that change.

Don’t let a big-money super PAC highjack this election, as has been done in the past, bringing us more of the same.

Tony Holt

Wilsonville

Keep common sense

I’m voting for Paul Savas, Clackamas County commissioner. Here’s why you should, too.

Paul ran a successful small business in Oak Grove for over 20 years. He brings that practical business experience to the commission.

Paul worked on Oak Grove water and sewer boards for years, ans saved ratepayers millions of dollars. He learned how things work in Clackamas County from the ground up.

Paul’s mission is to fix problems. He is not captive to any rigid ideology; he will work with everyone necessary to get things done to improve Clackamas County.

Paul’s record, according to his Oregonian endorsement, is one of competent service. Vote for Paul and keep this common sense straight-shooter on the Board of County commissioners.

Richard Jaskiel

Oak Grove

Negative campaigning

After reading the political rhetoric contained in the mailing received by the Steve Bates/Karen Bowerman camp, for the race for county commissioner, I noted a glaring difference in this campaign, negative campaigning! Paul Savas has never said a negative thing about his opponents. He concentrates on the issues, his actions, and his future desires for the county. This is a purposeful action on his part. He could make many negative comments regarding Mrs. Bowerman but has chosen to tell the voters and citizens of Clackamas County his position.

The negatives are lies but no one calls them on them. Mrs. Bowerman has been a resident of Clackamas County less than five years. What does she know about the county? Maybe that is why she is always hitting below the belt because she doesn’t have any positives she can be credited with.

The citizens want to know what you can do for them!

Paul Savas tells them what he has done, and is trying to achieve for them, the citizens of Clackamas County.

A vote for Paul Savas is a vote for Clackamas County.

Shirley Soderberg

Milwaukie

Represent all of us

Two experienced women are running in the May 20 Democratic primary to replace Rep. Carolyn Tomei, who is retiring after seven terms as our House District 41 representative. Kathleen Taylor and Deborah Barnes share much common ground: both are longtime public schools advocates, Emerge Oregon graduates and have been involved in our communities for years.

I was dismayed, then, to receive a campaign mailer this past week painting Ms. Taylor as an “East Moreland [sic] outsider.” Our next state representative should be poised to advocate for our entire district. Oak Grove, Milwaukie, Sellwood, and surrounding Multnomah County share not just a common state legislative district, but common obstacles and opportunities: stabilizing school funding, tensions between infill, gentrification, and workforce housing, stronger accountability in our state government - as well as the small things that bring us together: pride in our communities and fellowship with our neighbors.

Rep. Tomei leaves behind big shoes to fill. I am not voting for a candidate who divides us. I will be voting for Kathleen Taylor, who will continue to unite and advocate for all of us.

Karin Power

Milwaukie

Record of pushing for governmental efficiency

Kathleen Taylor, who is running for the Democratic nomination in House District 41, has worked as a government auditor for the city of Portland, Multnomah County, and the state of Oregon. Over the course of her career, she’s identified millions of dollars worth of savings.

Kathleen Taylor’s talent and dedication are needed in the Oregon Legislature. I hired Kathleen as an auditor in the city of Portland and later at the state of Oregon. I’ve worked closely with Kathleen, and she has a special knack for finding where things go wrong and then knowing how to set them right. I can’t imagine a person better suited to ask sharp questions and find the good solutions for Oregonians. She is smart, dedicated, and tireless!

We need a state representative who will prioritize school funding and look for ways to ensure state services are running at full efficiency. That’s why I’m voting for Kathleen to be my next state representative, and I encourage you to join me.

Gary Blackmer

Portland

Time to fire county’s investor

I want to call your attention to Clackamas County’s investment portfolio forwarded to me by current treasurer Shari Anderson. As you know, I contend that this portfolio is grossly mismanaged.

While the entire portfolio needs restructuring in my view, there are two glaring examples of extremely poor investments.

1. Deposit at US Bank $10.5 million earning 0.03 percent per annum

2. Deposit at Umpqua Bank $39.2 million earning 0.2

percent

These investments stand out for two reasons: 1. The earnings yield is absolutely horrible. If bank deposits are desired, anyone can get at least 0.9 percent at many banks around the country. 2. These investments above are far beyond FDIC insurance thresholds and represent a huge percentage of the total portfolio. In the case of Umpqua Bank, this single deposit represents almost 15 percent of the entire portfolio. I like Umpqua Bank, but to invest 15 percent of the entire portfolio in a regional bank earning 0.2 percent per annum is in my opinion grossly negligent and incompetent because it lacks diversification coupled with a very poor yield. I also believe it may be in violation of ORS 295.002. It certainly appears so.

So why would Ms. Anderson invest the county’s funds in this manner? In the voter guide, she touts her Community Banking Investment Program and plans to expand. This is ridiculous. County investments should be made solely on the basis of safety, liquidity, diversification and return. This is taxpayer money at stake and should not be invested like a charity. If elected, I would eliminate Ms. Anderson’s Clackamas County Community Bank Investment Program.

I realize readers of your columns may find articles on “skeletons in the closet” and my unfortunate events of almost 20 years ago to be interesting. I knew this would come up, and I suppose it’s fair game. However the above issue is what is relevant to the county’s taxpayers today.

Ms. Anderson’s horrible investment decisions are costing the taxpayers millions of dollars per year. Yes millions. This is why I decided to run for county treasurer. I simply can’t stand to see this go on any longer. As a taxpayer, I’m standing up and saying, “Ms. Anderson, thank you for your service, but you’re fired.”

Please do your jobs and report on the real news. Thank you.

James Gleason

Candidate for Clackamas County treasurer

Clarification in order

The award I received from the Oregon Municipal Finance Officers Association was unrelated to the internal fraud-reporting hotline I established (“Campaigns go on attack mode,” April 30).

I led a multi-session task force that made sweeping changes to ORS 295 and the way public deposits are collateralized in the state of Oregon. It was a bill I worked very closely on with the Oregon Bankers Association in the 2005 and 2007 sessions.

Before the legislation was passed government deposits were collateralized at 20 percent. Now they are collateralized via a shared collateral pool so that we have essentially 100 percent collateralized deposits.

It is the reason Jim Gleason’s statement about me having deposits in risky banks above the FDIC limits is so offensive. I am extremely proud of the work I did on that bill and because of it during the banking crisis in 2008/2009 government deposits were safe.

Thank you for checking.

Shari Anderson

Clackamas County treasurer

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