My opponent poses as a moderate, looking to govern from the center. Consider the record:
- He lambasted the city manager for her release of a statement of solidarity with the family displaying a sign in its window against a neighbor’s racist attack, saying “Why was this sent to press???” “Why the rush to judgment?” When confronted he tried to dodge by stating he was referring to a recently approved policy giving councilors 12 hours to review statements before public release. No such policy had been adopted.
- He voted against an expansion of the DEI Task Force if he and the rest of council couldn’t not only be members on the task force but also couldn’t be present when witnesses spoke confidentially to the focus groups. This was rightly rejected for its risk of intimidation, dominance and bullying.
- In 2017 he outright said to the then police chief, “Outstanding police work and another reason that ‘blue lives matter.’ ”
This is simply not governance for the anti-racist community we want Lake Oswego to be. It’s dog-whistle politics. It cannot go unchecked.
In re “hyperbole or braggadocious exaggeration” - One of my opponents likes to present himself as a climate champion. The record does not support it. He is not named as being on the Sustainability Advisory Board in 2020, or a contributor to the Climate Action Plan, or on the first draft which was presented in March of 2018. He is not listed as assisting the Lakeridge and Lake Oswego Environmental Club members. The primary work on the first draft of the Climate Action Plan was done by a combination of Sustainability Advisory Board and Lake Oswego Sustainability Network members. There is no evidence he had anything to do with the city’s power purchase agreement with PGE. The initiative for curbside composting came from the coordinator of Republic Services and the city’s full-time Sustainability and Management Analyst, a woman.
Posted on 29 Oct 2020, 12:05 - Category: My thoughts