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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The O leaves Hunt out in the cold

Portland's daily newspaper has endorsed a candidate for county commission chair down in Clackistan. And it ain't Dave Hunt, the former Oregon House speaker who rubs a lot of people the wrong way. Nor is it the incumbent, Charlotte Lehan, with her deaf ear for public sentiment. The O chooses Paul Savas, who in their view is middle-of-the-road. Nice and bland.

Perhaps most comical is their rejection of anti-light-rail advocate John Ludlow:

... Ludlow declares the current commission to be at war with voters but in the same breath declares a war of his own on regional planning, growth management and urban renewal. His positions would throw the Clackamas commission into some full reversals, when what it needs is a steady, consensus-building hand at the tiller.

Given the anger of the rebels down that way, "full reversals" sounds about right. It should be a most interesting election.

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Sounds like they're calling Ludlow a heretic.

"Full reversals" is the consensus.

Among other indicators that 70% victory of the rebel's Urban Renewal initiative (up against the full force of the establishment) has clearly defined the consensus to be in favor of the full reversals.

It's nice to see the Oregonian make it clear that only one candidate for Chair will be a reliable advocate & leader for helping the public get those reversals they want.

And it's an even bigger bonus for Bojack to acknowledge it.

"His positions would throw the Clackamas commission into some full reversals, when what it needs is a steady, consensus-building hand at the tiller."

Didn't The Oregonian endorse Obama for President in 2008? Didn't America need "a steady, consensus-building hand at the tiller" that should have continued the status quo of the previous Administration?

That's a lame excuse to approve or disapprove of someone. Like the Jiffy Lube commercials are saying, sometimes change is a good thing. Sometimes, an abrupt 180 degree turn is a good thing. The region is finally waking up to the reality that Metro's plan for the region has resulted in a lot of losers and has disadvantaged so many people - we're slashing our transit system for most, to pay for a gold-plated ride for a few. We're jacking up housing prices and banishing many residents to the outer regions - the very ones that need more transit, and then slashing their transit and then blaming them for living so far away. We're gentrifying neighborhoods, eliminating diversity, and scaring away businesses.

I'll leave it with this, courtesy of Jiffy Lube. Remember spandex? Sometimes change is a good thing...

I was told by some of the Clackistanis that Paul Savas told people he supported both the Sellwood Bridge rejection petition and the light rail funding denial petition but then admitted he hadn't signed either one and had voted no on the Sellwood bridge funding rejection.

An additional twist: I believe that Savas was campaigning at a recent TEA party event in Clackistan. I have no idea as to whether or not he's actually affiliated with the group, but if so, it seems odd that he gets The Zero's endorsement.

I'll vote for Ludlow. He is the only one who actually agrees with 70% of the population on these issues. The other candidates are all trying force us to accept their agenda of taxes for pet projects, silly toy trains and "sustainable private/public urban renewal development vision things".

For the sake of accuracy Savas has said he was told he could not take a position on the fee. So while his fellow commissioners were campaigning for the fee Savas stayed out of it. He then told the press he left his ballot blank on the fee.

He then refused to support the UB initiative and voted against the measure that required a county wide vote on Urban Renewal. That Measure 3-386 passed by 70%.
He has explained that he sees UR as a valuable tool.

Savas then repeatedly declined to sign the rail vote initiative citing various flaws in the measure that prevented his support during the signature drive.

However, Savas' campaign literature states:

Was consistently against the Sellwood bridge fee;
Supported voter approved Urban Renewal reform;
Defended the merits of citizen led measure 3-386 on Urban Renewal;

Savas has recently stated that he did sign the petition and will vote for the flawed measure.

I guess all of that is what a centrist does?

Ludlow on the other hand gathered signatures, signed the petition and turned it in, will capmaign for the Sept election, voted to repeal the fee, voted for the UR measure, helped stop the SoloPower tax subsidy in Wilsonville and will indeed lead a full reversal the commissioners' agenda.

So I guess it's the heretic against the centrist?

The other two, Hunt and Lehan are friends of Sam Adams.

50% +1 in May puts Ludlow in charge come January and allows him as chair elect Ludlow, to lobby against the County's attempt to hand over $25 million to TriMet and campaign for the rail vote measure.

Pretty exciting opportunity for the Clackistsnis!

Bad news for TriMet and Metro.

I supported Savas in 2010 but have been very disappointed in his weak, waffling ways. He is also barely into his second year on the Commission.

I'm voting for Ludlow for chair, and hope Savas spends the remainder of his term standing up for his constituents.

Railvote, so "Savas was told he could not take a position on the fee" but fellow commissioners took a position. That says it all.

Who told him he couldn't take a position? His mind? Then, since his cohorts took a position, then why didn't he take a position? If it was legal advice, then why did other commissioners not adhere to it?

Is Savas playing both sides?

I haven't seen any campaign material come my way yet with the exception of email flyers from the Ludlow campaign. His list of supporters is impressive as his commitment to county independence. He has built quite a following during the Clackistani battles and has earned the right to lead the war against the progressive take-over. I am not sure if a pro-citizen county commission can help the incorporated cities very much, but putting any rock in this wall will surely help the rest. I will be voting for Ludlow.

In Savas' favor is the fact that he has shown a sincere interest in the concerns of the citizens and is the (only?) commissioner willing to meet with citizens in evening sessions when people are off work. The fact that this commission holds all their business meetings in the daytime when so few people can attend demonstrates their contempt for their constituents. Savas doesn't go far enough in expressing individual ideas and does not seem sufficiently driven for the task ahead.

The Oregonian's endorsement of Paul Savas is a win-win-win for conservatives, free-market capitalism, and liberation from Portland's agenda. Left-leaning journalists always opt for a Republican centrist when they see an unstoppable conservative tide rising. The Oregonian has thrown Hunt&Lehan under the "Bus Project." They worry that John Ludlow could throw the gears of what they see as progress into "full reversal," while opining that Savas would better manage the critical "Clackastani Rebellion" mass the county is rapidly reaching.
The way I see it the Oregonian Editorial Board fully expects either Savas or Ludlow to win the chair position, and are lining up behind the moderate.
Savas has proved himself a credible and capable Republican candidate, and has received some impressive endorsements. But it is my never-to-be-humble opinion that if John Ludow had not entered this race and moved the entire conversation to the right the Oregonian would have found something to like about Hunt&Lehan, and given one of them the endorsement.
There are things to like about both Paul and John. May the best man win, but this endorsement signals that the tide has irrevocably turned for Clackamas County.


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