I had the most interesting conversation with a member of our community regarding Regional Leadership. This community member said, most voters only care about the impacts of "me" not regional impacts. This struck me intently and made me see the case for Regional Leadership rests in advocating for goals outlined directly in our 2035 Comprehensive Plan which is in fact, driven by the region. A narrow and shallow approach to City management is never going to be sustainable because, in reality, our region is our backyard.
Think about this...
— Lake Oswego combats climate change with a regional impact
— Lake Oswego as the largest city in Clackamas County leads the region in urban forest management, preservation, and new planting
— Lake Oswego's Annual Cultural Events Calendar brings together diverse communities to celebrate art, food, connectivity and community service
— Lake Oswego leads the charge with innovative transit and green energy investments that reduce the community's carbon footprint
— Lake Oswego invests in safe routes to school, pathways and essential city services as budget priorities
— Lake Oswego prioritizes housing programs to meet their unique community needs and shows how collaboration with major stakeholders on all sides will bolster diverse ecosystems creating vitality for all residents
— Lake Oswego revitalizes investments in labor and economic development through prioritizing PLA's and grants for new women and diverse business owners
— Lake Oswego commits long-term funding to Universal Pre-K, Community Health Clinic and Hunger Fighters Food Pantry
Regional leadership is actually about you, your family, your neighbor, your neighborhood, your connectivity, and ability to move and enjoy all of what Lake Oswego has to offer. I hope as we go through this campaign cycle, we really talk about substantive issues that impact quality of life. We have such an amazing city to be inspired by, and we have major investments that are going to happen over the next two years on Council before we cycle through another election season. These investments, from my perspective, require a unique breadth and depth of knowledge. The attention to detail and technical understanding required must be stewarded by people who have innovation and vision, policy chops, a background in activism, not just volunteerism, people who have actually lobbied to build an inclusive community, and share a fundamental desire to be of service to everyone. Being a Regional Leader is not a detractor of vitality for Lake Oswego, it's actually investment at the micro-level within our city to become the blueprint for our region.
Melissa Fireside is a candidate for Lake Oswego City Council.
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