Former Mayor John Kovash wrote a letter of support published in the West Linn Tidings on May 14, 2015:
Candidate Russ Axelrod maintains that the city used Metro’s approach in planning the arch bridge area. This is simply not true. The city used its own public planning process involving hundreds of citizens coupled with experts from various fields. This process developed a popular plan that can actually be implemented.
The process used by the city has been explained to Russ by city staff, two or three lawyers, Metro personnel, the consultant who managed the planning process and citizens who participated in the planning.
The fact that Russ continues to obfuscate this issue in the face of all evidence should trouble every citizen of West Linn and cause them to vote for Thomas Frank for mayor.