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Month: April 2013

  • Stepping Up To The Plate: The Roberta Schwarz Way

    Stepping Up To The Plate: The Roberta Schwarz Way

    The day I met Roberta Schwarz I was struck by her passion: For the environment, for education and for the community in general. Roberta Schwarz isn’t a famous celebrity, but her actions are much more important than any person seen on the cover of a tabloid. She is a person who evicts change in the…

  • Proposed 2014-2015 Biennial Budget

    Proposed 2014-2015 Biennial Budget

    The proposed 2014-2015 Biennial Budget was proposed by West Linn City Manager Chris Jordan.  This marks the second biennium budget with significant reductions.  The City continues to struggle with its PERS rates and funding, declining property tax receipts, and increasing health care cots.  The highlights of the proposed budget are: Overview Balanced budget at $89.9…

  • How would you plan West Linn?

    How would you plan West Linn?

    Each term West Linn High School teacher Todd Jones gives his students an assignment to plan a City.  Not just any City but West Linn.  Students have to zone the land, place infrastructure, & provide public services.  This was my second time attending the presentations.  I was impressed with each groups thoughtfulness, diligence, and thoroughness.  Interestingly enough, not one…

  • EVOC Training

    EVOC Training

    Recently I attended EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator Course) training for several public safety agencies at Portland International Raceway.   The course consisted of high-speed driving, slow vehicle precision maneuvers, high-speed avoidance course, PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuvers, and high-speed high-risk stop scenarios.  These training courses keep our officers sharp, maintain certification, and affords them the opportunity to learn…

  • West Linn Easter Egg Hunt

    West Linn Easter Egg Hunt

    The West Linn Lions sponsored the 59th Easter Egg Hunt at West Linn High School on Saturday, March 30, 2013.  The weather was picture perfect and hundreds of children rushed the fields to gather as many easter eggs as possible.  My daughter anxiously waits all year-long for just this day.  Inside her eggs she found many…

  • Small Business Outreach – Dahlgren

    Small Business Outreach – Dahlgren

    This week I had a great discussion with a small home based business Dahlgren.  The coffee was great and the discussion centered on making West Linn more business friendly.  Did you know West Linn has one of the highest home based business per capita in the State? Who is Dahlgren? Performance sock sales and design…

  • Centennial Quilt

    Centennial Quilt

    On January 17, West Linn held an old-fashioned quilting bee.  The quilting bee pieced together West Linn’s 100 year history in the form of a 88″ x 88″ quilt.  Local business, residents, and community leaders decorated and donated the squares.  My family and I dropped by the quilting bee to lend a helping hand.  Truth…