Whenever something good happens in a community, like the recent Jennings Lodge banner hanging on McLoughlin Boulevard, it almost always took a big push from a lot of people to make it happen.

But every great success story also has a champion, someone, often quietly in the background, who may not have done all the work, but without whom the work would not have been done. As regional councilor for Metro District 2, I meet these people every day. These are the people who inspire me. I want to spend some time over the next several weeks telling you about them.

by: PHOTO BY: JAIME VALDEZ - Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette (from left), Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas, MAP-IT Chairman Ed Gronke and Jennifer Harding, vice-chairwoman, unveil banners last week in Jennings Lodge.It’s been about two years since I met Jennifer Harding, owner of the Eastside Athletic Club on McLoughlin Boulevard. Jennifer was introduced to me by another community champion Eleanore Hunter from the Oak Grove Community Council. Eleanore spotted in Jennifer that spark of positive energy.

Over lunch we talked about the McLoughlin Area Business Association Jennifer co-chairs. Her dream is to make McLoughlin live up to its name as a “Boulevard,” in the best sense of that word — an inviting place where people come to shop, dine, work out, or just play.

I suggested she might want to connect with Michele Reeves, a woman who has worked with a lot of Metro region cities to help them highlight the features of their downtowns.

Jennifer secured the money to hire Michele who then did an analysis of McLoughlin Boulevard. To a full house and a standing ovation, Michele presented her recommendations, and Jennifer had her work plan.

One of the first goals was rebranding the boulevard from a drive-through “super highway,” as it was called when it first opened decades ago, to a place where people can get out of their cars and walk around.

On the long-term plan for the boulevard, this rebranding with banners identifying each community the boulevard passes through was expected to take a couple of years. But Jennifer pulled together Clackamas County, North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce and other resources to get it done now.

On Monday, the first of the new banners went up. The rest are coming. And as you drive McLoughlin Boulevard in coming months you may be able to see them better because Jennifer is quietly working with her neighbor businesses to get them to take down some of the chaos of competing signs that make it hard to appreciate the new banners.

Thank you, Jennifer, for making our community a great place.

Carlotta Collette

Metro Councilor, District 2

Seriously flawed!

In last week’s Oregon City News/Clackamas Review guest editorial “Its now time to stop attacking John [Ludlow] and Tootie [Smith]” the author Jeff Molinari states that “the decisions that John [Ludlow] is making are on behalf of the majority of Clackamas County voters/taxpayers.” This presumes that majorities are made up of single block-same thinking voters.

What research has established is that typically a majority is made up of a variety of diverse minorities who come to believe that a particular candidate comes closest to representing their views. That being the case, it is going to come to pass that our elected officials, even John Ludlow and Tootie Smith, will be casting votes that will represent only a decided minority of those who voted them into office. Mr. Molinari’s supposition is seriously flawed!

D. Kent Lloyd


Coal dust still a threat

Thanks much to public outcry, Kinder-Morgan has given up the idea of polluting our area with open rail cars spewing coal dust, but Ambre Energy’s proposal is to transport coal from the Powder River region by rail to the Port of Morrow facility near Boardman. The coal would then be loaded onto enclosed barges and shipped down the Columbia River to the Port Westward site, where it would be transferred to ocean-going vessels for overseas transport. The Ambre Energy proposal is still moving forward.

This is equally (if not more potentially devastating) to our fishes, humans and our wonderfully pristine regional waterways. A few jobs for the possible, no...potential harm to our area galls me.

As we are finally beginning to realize how uniquely precious is our Northwest scenic environment and waterways and actively engaged in effort to reclaim their natural habitats, we must also remain vigilant to protect what we already have from big-money interests like Ambre Energy and Powder River coal.

Julie L. Pittenger-Stanley

Oak Grove

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