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On the Issues
Jeff Gudman for City Council
Jeff Gudman has lived in Lake Oswego for 34 years and is proud of our great schools, clean water and community spirit. Jeff wants to ensure that our long-term community goals are being met while continuing to fund essential public services like police and fire protection.
Listen to Jeff:
Jeff has the experience and leadership that Lake Oswego requires. He understands that we need effective leaders who will seek reasonable, common-sense solutions. He will listen and be open to new ideas and different viewpoints.
Jeff knows that during these tough economic times, government should be living within their means just as many of us must do. His experience on the budget committee reviewing city budgets has shown him that we can prioritize our spending to avoid needlessly raising taxes. As a community volunteer, Jeff has worked with our young people and the elderly and given his time and effort to make Lake Oswego a better place for everyone.
“I’m running for City Council because I care about protecting Lake Oswego’s quality of life. I want to work with the citizens of Lake Oswego, to develop collaborative, innovative and original decisions to the challenges the city faces. The city will face the challenge of successfully implementing neighborhood plans, building the Lake Interceptor project on time and on budget, continuing the work of the downtown redevelopment plan and successfully navigating the impact of the future changes in the Stafford Triangle.
I want to bring people together to develop thoughtful, long-term solutions to the challenges facing our community. I look forward to talking with you and I would be honored to have your vote.” – Jeff Gudman
Jeff’s Position on the Issues
1) West End Building (“WEB” or the Old SAFECO property) – The West End Building is a source of divisiveness in the community. I am in favor of putting the choice of retention or sale of the WEB on the ballot and let the citizens of Lake Oswego decide.
2) Foothills/Streetcar Redevelopment – I believe the Foothills/Streetcar redevelopment can be a plus for the city if it is done in a cost effective manner with realistic expectation of the city’s return on its investment. Nevertheless in the current economical environment, I will not support the Foothill/Streetcar redevelopment project as a priority when we have parks with ivy completely choking the life out of our trees and roads that are not up to standard.
3) Fire and Police – These are the most important city services. I believe the city should not consider reducing fire or police services.
4) Lake Oswego Interceptor Sewer (LOIS) – This project must be completed on time and under its original budget.
5) Fiscal Responsibility – The city does not have an unlimited pool of dollars. Priorities must be established that reflect the values of the citizens.
6) Natural Resources – I believe the individual and the city working jointly together are the best way of protecting the environment within the city.
7) Communication – I pledge to continue writing a monthly column in the Lake Oswego Review on topics of interest to citizens.
8) Trust in Government – My pledge is to be polite, professional and courteous to all citizens who come before the council with compliments, concerns or complaints and if at all possible to address those concerns quickly.
9) Quality of Life – I strongly support maintaining the quality of life with the resources available to the city.
10) Economic Development – The path the city is taking with economic development is not the most effective use of city resources. We can do better.
A VOTE FOR GUDMAN WILL MAKE LAKE OSWEGO BETTER!