TW3 — That Was the Week that Was

Ken’s Weekly Blog as County Commissioner

2/3/2020

So I am a day behind posting for last week so here goes:
Last Sunday I attended the Chinese And American friendship dinner and celebration of the Lunar New year, along w/ Chair Bernard and Commissioner Schrader, representing Clackamas County.
On Monday I attended the Union Presidents meeting with the leadership of our union employees and the General Manager , Mr Schmidt and Chair Bernard. That afternoon I was interviewed by 2 organizations where I asked for their endorsement of my campaign.
Tuesday was the regular work session covering procurement rules, Frequent User Analysis of our Human Services division and the law enforcement services, a public hearing on the AirBnB regulation proposals, the Oregon City State of the City event, and the economic development commissions final report for last year.
Wednesday I met with the exec committee of Parrot Creek boys ranch, 2 construction company reps about the trades and CLT, a presentation about Columbia Distributing, a T2020 meeting, and a Webster Road meeting.
Thursday I met with a Rep from Clackamas River Water to offer my input for their future as a former board member, followed by a community group meeting with the Firwood CPO about a serious liveability/criminal problem in their community. That evening we had our quarterly night meeting where there was a presentation on Protecting the Pollinators and an excellent community engagement over the AirBnB rules. Public input was quite valuable and informative.
Friday I attended the Grand opening of the new automotive center at Clackamas Community College and had a delayed birthday dinner with my family.
Saturday I went to the Beavercreek Grange for breakfast and conversation with my fellow grange members and that afternoon ended the week with another celebration of the Lunar New Year with the Oregon Vietnamese Community.
Sunday was a day outside building a deck and wheelbarrowing mulch to the gardens- it felt good to work some muscles!
Ken


1/26/2020

I know you have seen a few posts from me this week so I will try to keep this one shorter. Just a recap of the weeks schedule/events.
The week started with a campaign event on Sunday. On Monday I celebrated MLK day over on Glisan at a large neighborhood celebration at the Highland Christian Center.
Tuesday was a regular work session covering procurement, Frequent users of soc. services and the cost, Canby Ferry update, Mt Hood safety corridor.
Wednesday EDC met at CCC< then I received a CLT update, attended rotary and that night thanked IBEW-48 for their support.
Thursday I met w/ the director of Business services, attended our regular business meeting, veterans advisory committee meeting, toured Canby Industrial parks and attended the cities dinner in Canby.
Friday was work around the house and phone calls and saturday was the Rhododendron 100 birthday celebration and the Milwaukie Italian spaghetti dinner at the Milwaukie center. Tonight I will join our friends from the Chinese/ America friendship society for dinner.
There are a few pics below.

Ken
ps and I received quite a surprise when the State Tourism Convention acknowledged my contribution as an elected official promoting tourism


1/19/2020

This week was pretty busy. Monday was Assoc. Of Ore,. Counties- Meetings were: Fed Lands subcommittee, Health and Human services, Veterans, and Advisory council to the Linn County Lawsuit.
Tuesday we had an exec session, work session Oregon Critical energy infrastructure Hub Seismic risk update, employee recognition lunch, short term rentals prep, and strategic plan follow up.I went back to Salem for an Oregon Fair Assoc. funding planning discussion.
Wednesday we had a climate action plan updated. I attended the French Prairie forum where discussions were held re: tourism on the river and river damage by some boaters.
Thursday I met with the GM and our public affairs rep. to discuss fair grounds needs and the plan going forward.That was followed by a regular session of the Board and then I carpooled w/ commissioner Bernard back to Salem for the Oregon Housing Economic Summit.
Friday was a work day around the house and Saturday was a House District meeting. Sunday it was back to work around the house and a camping event for a candidate for HD 33- Serin Bussell.
No pIctures this week.


1/10/2020

Hello and Happy New Year. This is my first post for 2020! I hope you all had a good holiday w/ family and friends. I spent most of the time at home w/ a quick trip to Eugene to see my brother. I also got some much needed yard work done and made some campaign events to boot. This week started the year right off with a meeting of the timber sales committee and a number of citizens working on improving harvest techniques. On Tuesday we had an exec session and work session. Topics included Clackamas Workforce Partnership, Federal agenda adoption- I205, housing, Willamette falls locks, Bull Run Bridge to name a few. The afternoon session included affordable housing development,and a Here Together Policy framework. Interspersed were 2 policy briefings on vacation rentals and the state agenda in the office. That evening Commissioner Bernard and I attended a Firwood CPO meeting attended by about 50 people. Topics ranged from our sharing of the last 3 years of accomplishments to citizen concerns about road paving, code enforcement and mental health services.

Wednesday morning we hosted a breakfast for the Clackamas County Caucus of state legislators where we discussed their support of the local agenda at the state level. Again, I205, the Locks,Community Corrections funding, the solution to the NCPRD legal issues, Behavioral Health funding, and Intellectual and developmental Disabilities funding to name a few. At noon I attended Rotary followed by a Tourism Board meeting and an NCPRD citizens advisory Board meeting that evening.

Thursday I met with the General Manager to discuss his and my priorities, followed by a regular board meeting. That afternoon I attended a political event and then headed over to the Slavic Heritage festival on Glisan. Thank you Irene Konev for the invitation and a nice dinner. This morning I attended the State of the College event at the Clackamas County College in Oregon City. I will give you the main points in a subsequent post in the next day or so. Saturday I will be attending the opening of the new Ledding Library in Milwaukie – I hope to see you there. After that I am joining Representative Powers at the Harmony Campus where she is hosting a constituent coffee. That night I will represent Clackamas County at the AMR awards dinner. So far Sunday looks like a day off- we’ll see!!!
Thanx,Ken


12/7/2019

This week has been a busy networking week as well as regular business. On Monday I attended the Clackamas Climate Action Coalition summit in Oregon City.I Learned more about the effects of climate change and our staff presented on the actions we are taking in the county to reduce our carbon footprint and become more energy efficient, both environmentally and fiscally important.

Tuesday all the commissioners went up to the Mt. Hood chamber volunteer appreciation breakfast where we served breakfast to all the folks that volunteer their time to make their community better. We then dashed back down to the office for our regular work session, exec session and discussions around noise ordinance, property disposition policy, 2020 benefit renewals, and a Willamette Falls Locks commission update. Later we went to the Aquatic Center for an NCPRD board meeting where we voted to settle the dispute w/ Happy Valley and get out of court!!

Wednesday was filled with constituent meetings and fund raising calls.

Thursday I met with the General Manager, had our regular business meeting, had a quarterly sustainability check-in w/ staff and ended the day at the Carpenters Hall Christmas celebration and tour of their Apprenticeship / training facilities, enjoying the company of my union brothers and sisters.

Friday I joined my fellow vets for breakfast, reporting on the homeless vets program- we have now placed 18 into permanent housing from the vets village. At noon I again joined union friends of the Columbia Pacific Building trades Council for lunch with Grace.That night Grace and I joined the Forests Forever,INc. for dinner and a celebration of this years achievements!( my next post will be about them).

This morning it was out to the Springwater Grange where I helped serve breakfast, talked with friends/ constituents and enjoyed a good country breakfast myself. Tonight Grace and I will go to the Beavercreek Grange for dinner and the community Christmas tree lighting. Tomorrow we will finish off the week in Sandy for a Christmas potluck with the Oregon Trail Democrats.

That’s it for the week , Ken


11/24/2019

This week was a whirlwind of networking and learning. We attended the Association of Oregon Counties annual convention in Eugene. Besides the general sessions each day,I attended sessions on The state of Housing in Oregon, Public Health, Accessory Dwelling units(HB2001) ,Pay equity,Broadband Opportunities, met with congressional staffers from Senator Wyden’s and Senator Merkley’s office. and wildfire risk mitigation, to name a few topics. On Wednesday night i enjoyed a dinnerwith all staff and commissioners from Clackamas that attended, hosted by our County Administrator, Gary Schmidt. It was nice to enjoy each others company in a casual setting for a change. 

Friday I returned home and relaxed with Grace. Saturday evening we went to the Bridging Cultures Thanksgiving Dinner in Canby, where we enjoyed a dinner of Mexican and American food- where else would you get turkey and cranberry sauce w/ spanish rice, mexican meat and tortillas together, followed by pumpkin pie. MMMM.

Thanx to the Canby Police Dept . for serving!!! 

That’s it for the week , Ken


11/16/2019

This week started off with numerous Veterans Day events that I had the privilege of attending on Monday- Oregon City VFW, Milwaukie American Legion, and Lake Oswego VFW. 

On Tuesday we had a regular exec session followed by a work session. That included a community road fund advisory report, deferred compensation charter review,Gladstone Library IGA, and the Gladstone/Concord Task force report.

Wednesday was the Grand opening of the Clayton Mohr Commons Veterans Housing Complex, The Wood Innovations Grant Workshop Presentations by the OSU Architectural Students and a Library District Advisory Board meeting.

Thursday we had a business meeting & exec session. I then toured the Sunrise corridor w/ staff to get a better picture of that project. Later I went to the Fair board meeting and then it was out to Estacada for the Eagle Creek CPO meeting at 7. Got home about 10:30. 

Friday I spent the day cleaning house and studying . Today I attended the Rhododendron CPO meeting and tonight and tomorrow I will be attending campaign related events. A busy but productive week overall. 

Ken

ps 13 vets have been placed in housing and 5 more are expected by the end of the month- men and women!

pls please consider a campaign contribution if you have not already done so ( or even if you have)


11/9/2019

This week really started off on Tuesday. We had an exec session discussing legal and contract issues. Then we had a regular work session ( btw you can listen to them by going to Clackamas.us) It included emergency management, Bureau of Land Management updates, state building code updates, review of our strategic plan, and a proposed tiered system for transportation.

On Wednesday I had an 8 am coffee w/ a constituent, spent time in the office studying and At noon I went to Rotary where Steve Leitz presented a check for $1100.00 to the sheriff for Shop with a Cop. That evening Chair Bernard and I attended the Portland Business Alliance dinner, networking on behalf of Clackamas County.

Thursday I met w/ the Tax assessor to discuss a legislative proposal to increase the exemption on property tax for disabled veterans. That was followed by a discussion w/ a sheriff’s deputy and an FBI agent to discuss a law enforcement issue. Then we had our regular business meeting.That afternoon was some yard work therapy until the evening when I went to a public meeting in Molalla re: a proposed timber harvest.

Friday it was back to Molalla where I spent several hours at Molalla Middle school at a veterans day celebration and had the honor of speaking about veterans service as a USMC vet myself. Lest we forget- 57 million have served, 41 million in war. 1.1 million have died answering the call. Let us hope that someday we can stop the madness.

Tonight I will attend the Gov. Camp CPO meeting, tomorrow, so far, is a break and Monday I will join fellow vets at 3 of our VFW/ American Legion events.

I want to thank all of you who have endorsed our campaign for reelection, donated ,who are volunteering or liked our facebook page. It is your support that keeps me going, Ken



10/17/2019

Last Monday I attended the Assoc. of Or. Counties regular meeting. Committees that I serve on are Fed Lands subcommittee, Public Safety, Veterans, and public Health. That afternoon I rushed back to meet with tourism to discuss the short term rental proposals. That evening I attended the library meeting at Gladstone city hall where planning continues for the Gladstone and Oak Grove/Jennings lodge libraries.

Tuesday we had our regular exec session to discuss legal matters followed by our regular work session. At noon we had an employee recognition luncheon. That was followed by a legislative planning session and a discussion of the proposed OGLO bridge. We directed staff to complete their work prior to any decisions so that we and the public actually know exactly what, where, costs etc. Whether it is a go or not, the decision should be made after we have all the facts and public input from those for and against. What a concept- get the facts! Before deciding!!

Wednesday I attended the presentations of our leadership academy, met with our PGA director, joined the Academy for the awards luncheon and then went out to the French Prairie Forum. Issues there included emergency planning and tourism. That night Grace returned home- YAY!

Thursday I met with the General manager followed by a CLT update- we should be having a groundbreaking very soon!!! Following that we had a regular business meeting and I met with staff from our mediator office. That afternoon I went over to Rosevilla for their NET ZERO energy event. Friday, Saturday and Sunday were spent at the Oregon Summit in Bend. pics to follow.

That’s it for this week,Ken
PS don’t forget to make a contribution to our campaign, Thank you!!


10/12/2019

Monday was a light day with one evening meeting at the Sunnyside CPO. I was asked to present info and discuss the new court house, why it is needed and how we might finance it. Good discussion and questions. Tuesday I attended the public employee diversity conference. It was informative and encourages my recommitment to quite, Diversity and Inclusion in both our work force in Clackamas County and towards our citizens as we move forward. That was followed by our regular work session and a Joint meeting that evening with the Milwaukie city council to discuss the Hillside manor plans. I then ran over to Wilsonville for a constituent meeting.

Wednesday I attended the Clackamas County Business Alliance breakfast. The presentation was on economic indicators going forward and employment numbers. I then toured several county parks and looked at improvements and plans for the future of our parks. That afternoon I attended the award ceremony for Sheriff deputy Stinson. His work helped stop a mass shooting at a college. We are lucky to have men like this serving us. That evening I attended the North Clackamas County Parks advisory board meeting. I am hopeful that they will work through some differences they have and move the parks forward. I then met with the Clackamas County Peace Officers Association – sheriffs- I want to thank them for their endorsement of my reelection Campaign. As a former law enforcement professional I appreciate their support.

Thursday started with a meeting with the county General manager. We covered our ongoing commitment to Equity, Diversity and inclusion, as well as CLT, ISP, an Lan Bank Authority. That was followed by our regular business meeting-we convened as the Board of Health, Housing Authority and as the County Commission. Very diverse agenda! At noon I joined the local Kiwanis Club and made a presentation on the CourtHouse. That afternoon I attended the Fair Board Meeting. They have completed their Master Plan and an audit of the Fair financial procedures. They are truly doing a great job moving the event center forward!!Friday I attended the North Clackamas Chamber A.M. event and then attended the grand opening of the new addition to Dejardin Hall Science center. As a tax payer, I am impressed with the work done and the future of the college in its service to our youth. Well worth the cost!!

On Saturday I went back to the college for the Veterans ” stand down” – a gathering of many of the public and private service groups that are helping veterans in Clackamas County and across the region. OORAH_ SEMPER FI! Tonight I will enjoy attending the annual Roosevelt dinner. That’s the end of another busy week.

Thank you all for your support, Ken


10/5/2019

This week started off Sunday with a fund raising breakfast at Clark’s Grange for the Molalla High School Choir. On Monday I met with a constituent to discuss the ISP project and then attended a meeting of the District 8 Association of Oregon Counties. Much of that discussion centered around how we move forward regionally w/ homelessness solutions. 

Tuesday Grace left for texas and the grandkids and I headed in to the office for an exec session(legal stuff) followed by our regular work session. We had an update on the Hillside Park expansion( from 200 to 600 new units for low income and mixed housing alternatives). I then had lunch w/ our LGBTQ employees and reassured them that we remain committed to an inclusive county government. I want the best people working for us- discriminating against any group reduces the pool of talent serving our citizens. That afternoon we covered the deferred compensation charter for the governing board, a Disaster Preparedness update and exercise. 

Wednesday we had a quarterly Budget meeting to discuss budget resizing for next year and the court house financing options. That afternoon I toured BLM land out near Brightwood. I saw fish recovery projects and learned more about the multiple use approach the BLM must use in managing our public lands. That evening I attended the Library Planning Task Force meeting, discussing the libraries of Gladstone and Oak Grove/Jennings Lodge. 

Thursday we had our regular business meeting followed by a De Paul Freedom Award Luncheon in Portland. Then it was back to the office for Emmett Wheatfalls retirement celebration. That evening I went out to Fiala Farms to discuss with citizens agricultural plans for the future of Stafford. Friday I joined fellow Vets for breakfast at the Rivershore. The rest of the day was campaign fundraising calls and contacts. 

Today I went back out to the Mountain for a citizens meeting and tonight I will attend the NARAL Gala. 

That’s it for the week, Ken

9/28/2019

It’s TW3 time- Last Sunday Commissioner Bernard, Sheriff Roberts and I met with neighborhood leaders in Canby for a Q&A about Clackamas County issues. We covered homelessness, the transition center, vets, CLT, ISP, LBA, and other topics.

Monday the county commissioners all went to the Grande Ronde and met with the tribal leaders. This is the second time we have met with the tribe. As best I can tell, these two meetings are the first in history between Clackamas County leaders and tribal leaders. it’s about time we developed a working and friendship based partnership. !! That evening we joined the county Planning commission for a working dinner.

On Tuesday I met with Simon Fulford, the director of Parrot Creek. That was followed by a , work session- Metro presentation on the regional investment strategy- housing, parks and roads- At lunch I attended the Local Public Safety Commission meeting. That was followed by a state building code update, Housing development legislation and a 5 year long range planning Capital improvement update for roads. Approx 83 million has been id’d for road improvements, not including VRF plans. The citizens committee on the VRF has been meeting and working on that. That evening I attended the Jennings Lodge CPO History Detectives celebration of the installation of the historical marker at Jennings Av. and Morse streets. A history event followed!

On Wednesday the day started with an Econ. Dev. meeting at 7:30 am. That was followed by a CLT update, short term rental discussions, the Annual Harvesting Hope luncheon and a tour of the new Park in Jennings Lodge at the Boardman wetlands.

Thursday we had a regular business meeting. We thanked Eric Hofeld for his many years of volunteer service to the county. That evening I attended the Parrot Creek Thank you event.Friday was a campaign day and a movie w/ Grace! Rambo- a little escapism was in order! Tonight we will attend the 1000 friends gala and fund -raiser.

That’s it for this week, Ken


9/22/2019

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


9/13/2019

Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday was a whirlwind. We went to DC to meet with several of our representatives and several agencies. They were Senators Wyden and Merkely, followed by Reps Schrader,Blumenauer,Defazio,and Bonamici. We also went to the US dept of Transportation, Army Corps of Engineers, and attended a White House Conference held for the County Commissioners of several Western States.

At our meetings we advocated for the following issues-interstate 205 congestion relief and safety improvements including our Grant request ,funding for the Sunrise Hiway,phase 2 as part of the federally designated opportunity zones and a BUILD grant of 8.3 million to match our 2 million to replace the Bull run bridge.We were informed the Army corps has completed their analysis of the locks and has committed 2.7 million to repair them and are quite willing to transfer ownership to an agency the state needs to form.We also requested legislative support for the Willamette Falls Landing and Heritage area and the Legacy project(Blue Heron).We specifically thanked Rep Schrader for his help in receiving a Wood Innovations grant of 100k to fund courthouse design and research into its long term enviro benefits.

We discussed federal payment for our forest lands to support schools and sustainable harvest practices, and were pleased to inform them that Sauter Timber is locating a plant in Estacada to process CLT panels and ultimately employ 100 people at family wages!!As you know, this has been a 4 year effort that i have been involved in working towards with our Clackamas team. It is a red letter day for me and for Estacada and the county!! And a big shoutout to Mayor Drinkwine and his team for all the work, with us, to get this project!

We were pleased to inform the reps of a 1.7 million dollar grant Clackamas received to reduce youth homelessness and discussed funding for Health care, housing, veterans homelessness, public health, weatherization, energy assistance, juvenile justice, emergency management, earthquake early warning system, and Urban Areas Security Initiative.

Lastly, we learned of several funding opportunities by our attendance at the White House conference and met with one of the panelists at the Dept of Transportation which , hopefully, will help us secure the Bull Run Bridge grant.
On a personal note, when I returned on Wednesday I got a few hours rest and headed for Hood River to attend a Trade Union conference Thursday and today. I learned more about Project Labor Agreements that help prevent labor unrest on jobs and, more importantly, allow for apprentices to get on the job training and experience as well as guaranteeing a really cooperative working arrangement with management and labor. I also announced my reelection campaign and discussed the progress made here in Clackamas County in rebuilding relationships with our regional partners and the benefits that have accrued to Clackamas County by doing so. As you may know, I have drawn an opponent so I hope I can count on you for support.I would like to continue to work for you for 4 more years.

Thanx, Ken

ps please share with all you know


9/7/2019

This week was a short one. We returned from hiatus on Wednesday. That day we had an exec session, work session discussing land use, VRBO rules, and Health services to name a few.

Thursday researched Hunting on county lands at a constituents request, met with the GM,approved a resolution on the impact of racism on Health of minority citizens to be presented to the board., had a regular business meeting, quarterly sustainability meeting, and a prep phone call for an upcoming board retreat about board priorities.

Friday I joined fellow vets for breakfast at the Rivershore restaurant, met with a D.A.to discuss, among other things, law enforcement issues in the community of Colton,and took a short cruise on the Columbia with members of the Oregon China Conference.

Today, Saturday , I attended the Springwater Grange breakfast and talked with constituents, headed back to Milwaukie to the American Legion for a fund raising breakfast for veterans in crisis sponsored by the Milwaukie Police dept, dropped by OnTap, Uncorked at the Milwaukie Center, went to the BeaverCreek Grange and presented on the many accomplishments of the last 2.5 plus years.

Next week I will be in Washington meeting with our electeds there to advocate for issues important to Clackamas County. Have a good week, Ken


9/02/2019

The last 2 weeks we have been on Hiatus from the office. Nonetheless we have been busy- or at least I have . Here’s a rundown of the last 2 weeks–Dog services meeting with rescue groups, meeting with numerous individuals re issues and or political supporters, campaign team meeting,Canby Car show,Oak Grove Festival,Clackamas Dems Picnic,house painters for 5 days( I helped) Oregon City View Manor, community meeting,housing meeting w/ homelessness vet, speaking at Chuck Robbins retirement, Canby’s Bridging Cultures, Pietro’s Pizza Car show to raise money for the Milwaukie HS music program,Grover Bjornfeld and Ann’s anniversary celebration, and finally the North West Labor Council annual BBQ at Oaks Park today!. Inbetween all this- numerous “honey do’s” and hosting our family who participated in the Hood to coast run. All in all I never ran out of things to do. I hope you all had a good two weeks. Back to work tomorrow, Ken

Here’s a few pic’s

PS don’t forget to support our campaign


8/11/19

The week started off with car shows where I got to talk w/ a lot of constituents and friends.On Monday I attended the Clackamas Service center celebration- a 1 year anniversary of their reopening since a fire. They have been helping people for 46 years!! I then hustled up the mountain to see a Habitat and river confluence restoration project that Clackamas, Portland, the state and others are partnering on. It is near the Barlow trail Head on the Sandy river.

Tuesday was busy. It started with an exec session w/ our attorneys followed by a work session. That covered the Park Av. Advisory committee, the short term rental draft regs, the Hillside Manor Master plan and a Managing for Results policy session. A pizza lunch was held for an employee leaving our service. On That afternoon we went to the O,C. Library for a launching event for the Community Prosperity Collaborative.

On Wednesday I dropped in on the Good Morning Oregon City meeting at snap fitness. That was followed by an exec session.

Thursday I met with staff to discuss legislative priorities for the next session, followed by a business meeting. Numerous staff were awarded recognition for their excellent service to the county and its citizens. That was followed by another exec session. Then I went out to TMK creamery with staff to discuss economic development with the owners and how our team could work with them to help grow their business. They are doing great! If you like REALLY GOOD CHEESES-I highly recommend them !! MMMMMM Good. Then it was off to a Fair Board meeting. They voted to accept their Master Plan which will soon be presented to the BCC.

Friday Grace and I lunched with a Chinese friend from our Oregon China Council . We also discussed how we can move forward business interests here in Clackamas County, particularly ag exports and Chinese investment.Keeping our local relationships strong while the National gov’s work out their differences is important as we have a 2.8 billion surplus in trade w/ China- the only state to have one. That evening it was out to Boring for Boring and Dull day -lots of good ice cream and music!!.

Saturday I went to a house warming and tonight to an Association of Oregon Counties dinner.

That’s it for the week, Ken