Brian Shaw: Jeff Akin for Oregon City Commission
As a resident of Oregon City for 45 years and having been involved in this city's government for many of those years, I strongly recommend Jeff Akin for City Commission.
Commission President Rachel Lyles Smith is doing a great job overseeing and expediting projects as best she can in Mayor Holladay's absences. But she needs help. This is where Jeff comes in. He is known for collaboration and moving time sensitive issues to resolution, so they do not end up as another continued item for another continued work session.
Jeff is well aware of urban renewal and the missed opportunity like the Cabela's project. This project according to the experts was a textbook case for urban renewal. Yet commissioner O'Donnell, at a recent candidate forum, told the OC Chamber that "the Cabella's story is a modern myth, and it always will be a myth, and if anybody that wants to look into in-depth, please let me know, cause that's a myth."
Jeff has also educated himself on the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) and annexations. His thoughts are if we can make the highest and best use of our lands within the UGB the longer we can stall movement of the UGB into farm and forest land. And this means allowing annexations when all criteria are met. And if you are a property owner ready to annex, you want the most qualified entity to make that decision. It is Mr. Akin's thoughts that the City Commission is that entity. They would have all the pertinent information regarding the effects of an annexation, and it is the only fair way for a decision that affects all of Oregon City and property owners to be made.
Jeff will also bring a collaborative effort as Oregon City navigates its relationship with the Grand Ronde Tribe and the Legacy project, and with Metro as they explore new locations for its Transfer Station. Also with the county for the continued efforts with mitigating the impacts of homelessness and workforce housing.
He would appreciate your vote.
Brian Shaw was an Oregon City commissioner from 2014-18.
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