July 13, 2021

What We’re Working Toward

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In order to truly thrive, an organization needs to have clearly defined goals and objectives in place. Those goals should be agreed upon by the organization’s leaders and employees and be understood by all involved, for the sake of achieving a sense of buy-in. As chair of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, my duties include getting a sense of…

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July 8, 2021

Let’s Salvage and Manage What Remains

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Summer is now officially underway. We can all recall last summer, when catastrophic wildfires touched and torched nearly every corner of Oregon. Devastation was literally everywhere, and much of it remains to this very day. The small town of Gates, in the Santiam Canyon, is gone and has started the long rebuilding process. In Southern Oregon, a fire left a…

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June 23, 2021

Fighting for Your Vacation Rental Rights

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Thanks to modern technology, property owners are able to connect to would-be visitors to rent out unused rooms in their houses. It’s proving to be a win-win for those property owners and their guests alike. However, these kinds of voluntary, mutually beneficial arrangements are being threatened by the heavy hands of government overreach and overregulation. Many Clackamas County residents stand…

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June 9, 2021

Promises Made, Promises Kept

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This time last year, I was elected chair of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners outright in the May 2020 primary election. I accomplished this by winning over 50 percent of the vote, meaning that a runoff in the November general election would not be necessary. People all over Oregon took notice of my upset win. I had taken on…

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May 19, 2021

We Must Not Be Unprepared

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Unfortunately, residents throughout the rural parts of Oregon have become used to the ghastly sights and smells resulting from catastrophic wildfires ravaging the landscape. And while these disasters have become commonplace in areas like the southern part of the state, we experienced that same horror and terror last summer right here in Clackamas County. Our county may be considered part…

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April 30, 2021

The Perils of Government Overreach

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Last fall, I made some public statements that caused quite a stir. Fed up with the government-forced lockdown of COVID restrictions, I simply said that I was going to have family and friends over for Thanksgiving and that our governor lacked the authority to tell me otherwise. Although I made national news for this stance and garnered a lot of…

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April 28, 2021

Tootie Smith demands Gov Brown return public health authority back to the counties where it is mandated by Oregon constitution.

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The Governor’s new lockdowns are unacceptable. Her plans for over the last year have been an abject failure, driving businesses to bankruptcy, people to unemployment lines and harming the mental health of adults and children alike. Its time for new innovative proven technologies to fight Covid 19, like what the airlines have been using for months now. Science, technology and…

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April 13, 2021

Hold Their Feet to the Fire

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As chair of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, it’s my job to set the agenda in such a way that the county’s 400,000 residents are well-served. When I suspect that they aren’t being well-served, I must bring that to the attention of my fellow commissioners so we can work together to make it right. This is exactly what happened…

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March 30, 2021

Tipping Fee Tipping Point.

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Metro is up to its same old tricks. And we need to tell them to stop it. Metro is overcharging for residential garbage and the Clackamas County Commission can put an end to this by simply amending the county code to pass on reduced Metro fees to the residential customers that are being overcharged. We need your voice of support…

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March 24, 2021

Are Our Kids Supposed to be Social Experiments for Oregon’s New Drug Law?

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Over the past couple of weeks, law enforcement officials and prosecutors from throughout Oregon have started to realize the aftermath of Measure 110’s passage in last November’s general election. The bottom line is that it will drastically affect their ability to do their jobs. Measure 110, which took effect February 1, changes possession of user amounts of controlled substances to…

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