That Was the Week that Was

Last Sunday I met with neighborhood leaders and then joined the vets and Clarks Grange at the Vets Village for dinner.

On Monday I met w/ a constituent to discuss the county ISP concept, meet with a campaign supporter, filed for reelection, received an up date on Metro’s proposed transportation bond proposal and toured the South Metro transfer station in Oregon City. At the Metro transportation update I made it clear that several projects that Clackamas county has prioritized must be funded if the bond initiative goes forward!! I also made it clear that our county’s transportation needs have been neglected by Metro and that they are very different than our peer counties. 70% of our working folks leave the county to go to work and must use roads to do so. I also filed for reelection!

Tuesday and Wednesday were retreat days where we worked on County priorities, including transportation, homelessness, jobs(CLT, ISP, Land Bank authority), equity, diversity and inclusion, housing and others. I did manage to get to the Milwaukie city council where my team made a presentation on ISP and CBX( internet stuff) to the city. We are currently saving the public over 1.5 million dollars by providing internet access to over 270 different gov. agencies and /or buildings and making a profit which we invest in the system to save more money for taxpayers. One example is Colton School. The private market offered to do it for $10,000.00 per month. We do it for $255.00 per month (approx) ( that’s not a typo!) Wednesday I left the retreat and made it to the Molalla CPO meeting where flooding was discussed and some land use issues.

Thursday I met with the County Administrator to discuss budget, the projects above and office reorganization. That was followed by a business meeting. We honored the 100 years of service by the American Legion, with members of post 180 from Milwaukie present. We then joined D.A. Foote for the elected officials lunch. After that I had a progress report from staff on the ISP initiative and 2 budget committee interviews.That evening I attended a fund raiser and honoring ceremony for Joe Mazarra for Volunteers in Medicine.

Friday Grace and I attended the North Willamette Harvest Dinner by the OSU extension near Charbonneau celebrating the harvest and work of the extension Service to our farmers!. We then headed over to the Milwaukie Legion post to help out a bit at a fund raiser for women veterans in need.

Saturday Grace and I took our Grandson out to Colton for the civil war reenactment and an on the ground history lesson. Today I will be attending a neighborhood meeting and stand for questions with local citizens in Canby.

That’s all for this week, Ken