Category: Showcase

  • My 2022 New Year Resolution

    My 2022 New Year Resolution

    Where to Start? Where have I been? A lot has changed over the past several years. I have taken a step back to regroup, stabilize my family, support my children and come to grips with the new reality that is our life. That explains why many of you haven’t heard from me or seen many […]

  • Net Neutrality Rally

    Net Neutrality Rally

    What a turnout! Braving the cold crisp winter day, supporters of Net Neutrality came out to support our efforts to put our measure on the November ballot! Thank you to Representative Jennifer Williamson, Representative Pam Marsh, Senator Sara Gelser, and State Treasurer Tobias Read for agreeing to join Senator Ron Wyden along with Rachel and I to […]

  • Oregonians for Net Neutrality

    Oregonians for Net Neutrality

    On January 18, I filed an initiative petition with the Oregon Secretary of State. The petition would require internet service providers to practice net neutrality in Oregon, meaning they cannot discriminate against types or sources of data when providing access to consumers. Recently, the Federal Communications Commission opted to eliminate those rules at the national […]

  • West Linn’s fiber network of the future

    West Linn’s fiber network of the future

    Published in the West Linn Tidings on January 28, 2016: One of this year’s City Council goals is to research the feasibility of a municipal fiber network. Other Oregon cities have moved forward and created their own municipal fiber utility. These municipal fiber networks provide up to one-gigabit service at very reasonable costs, which provides a […]

  • Willamette Falls December 2015

    Willamette Falls December 2015

    The Willamette Falls – the second largest falls in North America by volume – became close to becoming the first after the heavy rains of December.  I thought it would be interesting to show the falls during the height of the storms from West Linn Paper.  The top image is how the falls normally look […]

  • Fighting for our West Linn neighbors

    Fighting for our West Linn neighbors

    As President of the West Linn City Council, I understand it’s agonizing to watch our streets torn apart for infrastructure. For the past two weeks I’ve been walking door-to-door talking with residents of Robinwood, the most significantly affected by the delayed construction and the LOT project. Although frustrated, most residents agreed that it’s time to […]

  • National League of Cities Small Cities Council

    National League of Cities Small Cities Council

    Washington, D.C. – Thomas Frank, City of West Linn has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2015 Small Cities Council Steering Committee. The Small Cities Council Steering Committee set the pace for the full Small Cities Council and work with NLC to insure small cities are a part of any legislative/advocacy agenda items. […]

  • West Linn is a Great Place to Live

    West Linn is a Great Place to Live

    Chances are, you live in West Linn because it is family-oriented, has friendly and involved citizens, and we have low crime and great schools. Those exact sentiments are reflected in our recent community survey results. Every two years the city conducts a statistically valid survey to gauge how we are doing. This year’s survey was […]

  • Arch bridge planning is truly a public process

    Arch bridge planning is truly a public process

    Over the course of 2014, the city has been working on a plan to revitalize and showcase the area near the arch bridge and the Willamette Falls. Currently a landscape of parking lots, oddly angled street corners and masked views of the river, we now have a chance to have a new vision and revitalize […]

  • Keep West Linn Strong

    Keep West Linn Strong

    As we enter election season, there are many decisions that we will have to make. Our city has the opportunity to keep the strong forward momentum of this council moving forward for the foreseeable future. I am pleased that two of our councilors, Jody Carson and Mike Jones, have decided to run again for their […]