Support community colleges; Norma Gabriel; illegal tree cutting in Oregon City; Oatfield House back on the chopping block

For more than 50 years, students have been investing in themselves and their futures by enrolling at PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Construction has begun on the Clackamas Community College Industrial Technical Center expected to be completed in fall of 2018.Clackamas Community College. Did you know that the average associate degree graduate from CCC will earn $10,800 more a year than someone with only a high school diploma? Over a lifetime, this amounts to about $378,000.

The community has also invested in the college. In 2014, voters passed a $90 million bond measure to update and expand college classrooms and labs. You may have noticed our new building on the Harmony Community Campus and beginning stages of construction of our Industrial Technical Center on the Oregon City campus.

This spring, the Oregon Legislature also invested in CCC with two matching grants. The college is receiving $8 million toward our DeJardin/Pauling Science Complex and another $8 million toward the replacement of our Student Services & Community Commons. These two projects will remove obstacles that can delay or even prevent degree completion.

We are appreciative that our elected officials recognize the importance of the college's bond projects, having matched $32 million in total. This funding helps close the gap between our $155 million of identified high-priority projects and the $90 million bond.

However, community colleges in general received disparate funding compared to public universities in the 2017-19 legislative budget. The Community College Support Fund increased just 1.1 percent over current service level, while the university budget was increased 6.3 percent. Community colleges will receive $570 million, far below the $634 million we need to prevent cuts.

We want to thank our local legislators who stood up for our students and our community by voting against the budget and championing for more funding for community colleges. Thank you, Senator Ferrioli, Representative Kennemer, Representative Bynum, Senator Thatcher, Representative Lewis, Representative Meek and Representative Parrish for your carrying the message that the legislature needs to invest in the Community College Support Fund.

Clackamas Community College Board of Education members:

Greg Chaimov - Zone 1


Dave Hunt - Zone 3


Chris Groener - Zone 4

Oregon City

Ron Adam - Zone 5

West Linn/Wilsonville

Jane Reid - Zone 6


Sad story!

I grew up in the parish Norma Gabriel was married in. Well written articles by you about her. It was a very sad story, and I hope her family seeks a wrongful death lawsuit.

Let me get this straight: A woman is hit and killed in a Milwaukie crosswalk, and the Milwaukie Police Department does not issue a traffic ticket until after her death? The ineptness of that is downright disgusting.

Carole Pletka


Illegal tree cutting, again

You only get one chance to make a first impression. I am sure we all have heard this saying. The business owner at 1279 Molalla Ave. — Electric Lettuce — has failed on this account.

As new members of the Oregon City community, most new businesses comply with all city rules and regulations. But not this business. They have callously cut down two mature pine trees that were located at the corner of Molalla Avenue and Warner Milne Road. What were the tree hurting?

There was no reason to remove them.

Those trees were saved and were part of the site's landscaping requirement under the Site Plan and Design Review application for the redevelopment of the site when the Pizza Hut was built. Oregon City is designated as a Tree City USA, and the loss of these trees is a crime against the citizens of Oregon City.

Electric Lettuce, you did make an impression — a bad one. Shame on you.

Denyse McGriff

Oregon City

Oatfield House back on the chopping block

Thanks again for all the fine news articles the Clackamas Review has printed about the Oatfield House. The last brought quite a good response from readers interested and concerned about the house's future.

A new hearing has been scheduled at 11 a.m. on Aug. 17 to request permission to demolish the Oatfield House. As you may remember, Paul Matveev withdrew his last application following the earlier hearing. This new application isn't much better than his earlier effort. However, he may prevail this time.

Lisa Bentley

Oak Grove

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