Although they both are facing several challengers for re-election, city commissioners Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman have not yet reported raising huge amounts of campaign cash. That could be because their challengers have raised practically nothing so far.

Fish reports raising around $127,000 in 2013 and 2014, so far, and currently has about $77,000 in the bank. One opponent, Michael Durrow, has only reported raising $8.10. The other opponent, Sharon Maxwell, has raised about $1,100 and is reporting a $93 deficit.

Saltzman has raised about $120,000 this year and last, and now has around $70,000 in the bank. One opponent, Nicholas Caleb, has only reported raising $450 and has a $753 deficit. The other two opponents have filed statements saying they do not intend to raise more than $750. They are Leah Marie Dumas and Joe Meyer.

County commissioners displaying bad form

Members of the Clackamas and Washington county commissions have broken an unwritten rule of politics by endorsing opponents of incumbent members. Traditionally, incumbents either endorse those they serve with or stay neutral.

Clackamas County Chairman John Ludlow went first by endorsing Karen Bowerman and Steve Bates against commissioners Paul Savas and Jim Bernard. In his April 5 news release, Ludlow went out of his way to personally attack Savas and Bernard, who are not part of the conservative uprising Ludlow is helping to lead.

Then Washington County commissioners Dick Schouten and Greg Malinowski endorsed Allen Amabisca against Chairman Andy Duyck. In the April 8 announcement issued by Amabisca’s campaign, Schouten and Malinowski were not as critical of Duyck as Ludlow was of Savas and Bernard. But Malinowski did say Amabisca would not serve the “big-monied special interests,” a theme of the activist challenger’s campaign.

Higher monthly bill doesn’t sit well with voters

Both sides in the Portland Public Water District ballot measure fight have conducted polls on what voters think about it. Neither has been released. But a recent survey conducted for the Portland Bureau of Transportation suggests the city’s high combined water and sewer bills could be a real issue.

The survey conducted by DHM Research asked voters whether they would support a monthly fee of $8 or $12 to fund street maintenance and safety projects. The survey also asked whether a variety of options, such as putting the money in a separate fund, would increase or decrease support for the fee. Only one of the options decreased support for the fee — collecting it through the water and sewer bill to minimize administrative costs. Fifty-two percent of respondents said that would make them less likely to support the fee, while only 41 percent said it would make them more likely.

Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick wants the City Council to decide what it will do to fund more street maintenance and safety projects within the next few months. He says a monthly fee is his preferred alternative, but is not yet proposing it.

CCC looks at Blue Heron Mill site’s future

Oregon City is re-imagining the site of the former Blue Heron Paper Co. mill for the future. Thousands of area residents have taken part in discussions and surveys about the future of the site, which served for many years as the industrial center of the region.

Clackamas Community College will present a forum and discussion on the Willamette Falls Legacy Project from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the college’s McLoughlin Auditorium. The project will be the featured topic in the college’s spring in-service gathering. The presentation originally was scheduled for February, but was canceled due to a snowstorm.

Mark Garber, president of the Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers Inc., will facilitate a panel discussion about the project. Participants in the panel include Oregon City Mayor Doug Neeley, Jim Desmond of Metro, Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader, Executive Director Amber Holveck of the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce, and Sandy Carter of the Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation. CCC instructors Jackie Flowers and Andy Mingo will talk about their work documenting the stories of the Blue Heron paper mill.

The Blue Heron mill in downtown Oregon City closed in 2011.

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