'I do my homework and stand by my comments'
In my recent candidate interview for the Sept. 2 issue of The Sandy Post, I expressed concern that the Sandy City Council and my [election] opponent, Jan Lee, had eliminated two key council policies, 1) Development should pay for itself; and 2) The city should be neutral on growth.
They replaced it with a policy that encourages new development. Lee has written an editorial opinion stating that those policies only applied to business development. If one looks at the council policies on the city's website, the staff report and the council meeting minutes, it is clear that the policy replacement applies to all "growth" in the city.
Here is a link to Council policies webpage.
I would also direct you to the city's staff report for the meeting held Jan. 22, 2019.
Here are the meeting minutes for the Jan. 2, 2020 meeting.
These documents — easily found on the city's website — clearly state that the policy is not just for business growth. So either Lee did not understand what she was voting for, or she is not accurately depicting the facts of the vote.
I do my homework and stand by my factual comments, not taken out of context. The city record speaks for itself. We eliminated the policy that "growth should pay for itself" and that "the city is neutral on growth" and are now "encouraging development." As a result of our new developer-friendly policies, we are the third fastest growing city in Oregon.
If elected, I hope to restore those policies.
Kathleen Walker, Sandy
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