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 Gudman regarding the LO Streetcar, Library, West End Building and more – Part One

Part Two

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.


  • #1 written by Mike DeMello
    about 8 years ago

    I like it. L.O. will be better with Jeff. Hey L.O. neighbors vote Jeff Gudman for City Council this November.

  • #2 written by Mary Olson
    about 8 years ago

    Vote for Jeff if you want a city council that is more responsive to what the citizens want.

  • #3 written by erin orourke-meadors
    about 8 years ago

    Jeff will be a wonderful addition to our City Council…He is a long-term resident of our fair city; has the education, vast career and civic experience to make wise, financially prudent decisions which truly invest in our community.

    His long-term community service whether that be as a Neighborhood Chair, President of the Lake Oswego Neighborhood Coalition, or, Citizen Budget Committee Member/Chair have demonstrated again, and again, his dedication to Lake Oswego.

    Plus, for any who have met or served with Jeff, it’s obvious he’s simply a great guy and true gentleman!

    Thank you, Jeff , for your willingness to serve our community! It would be an honor to have you as a City Councilor!

  • #4 written by kathe worsley
    about 8 years ago

    Russell and I thank you for coming to our neighborhood get together!

  • #5 written by majestic insurance company
    about 8 years ago

    Maybe the best read I read all day :D


  • #6 written by godzillakong
    about 8 years ago

    Whay do you have lawn signs posted in Tigard City limits?

  • #7 written by Leighton Pratt
    about 8 years ago

    Not very environmental with unsecure election “flyers” blowing around parking lot and printed only on one side.

  • #8 written by godzillakong
    about 8 years ago

    Why did you delete my post? All I wanted to know is why your lawn signs are posted in Tigard City limits. Simple question. If you’re wasting your own money placing signage out of L.O. boundaries, how will you treat our money? Seems you only honor posts that do not need explaination.

    I’ll keep asking until you answer this question.

  • #9 written by Jeff Gudman
    about 8 years ago

    Good evening,

    Thank you for your question about the placing of a campaign sign in Tigard.
    The sign was placed there since a large number of LO residents shop in Tigard. Given the limited number of campaign signs I purchased I wanted to go for the maximum impact of signs being seen by LO residents. That location offered that opportunity.

    Thanks again for your question. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have. If you would like to get together for a cup of coffee I will be happy to do so.

    Jeff Gudman

    Candidate for LO City Council

  • #10 written by Luke Marshall
    about 8 years ago

    Vote for the guy who is fiscally inclined and understands our priorities in that nature. He has been serving our community for 34 years and understands the tasks that must be accomplished to make Lake Oswego an even better place to live.

  • #11 written by Ed Leonard
    about 8 years ago

    I do not see anywhere what your position is on the new ‘Sensitive Lands’ proposals. To me they are just another infringement on Private Property Rights.
    Do you support this proposal.

    Thank You. Ed Leonard

  • #12 written by Jeff Gudman
    about 8 years ago


    Thank you for your question. The work of the Second Look Task Force in modifying the Sensitive Lands proposal is a needed and necessary start of changes to the current city policy. My core belief is individual citizens can and often take better care of their property through pride of ownership than through city regulation. There are varieties of ways the requirements of Metro can be met without impinging on individual citizen’s property. One example is addressing the invasive species in our public spaces.

    Jeff Gudman

  • #13 written by Gail Hart
    about 8 years ago

    Congratulations Jeff!!!!!!

  • #14 written by Bill Warner
    about 8 years ago

    Jeff –
    Congratulations!! Your lawn sign is already gone at my house on Bayberry Rd. If you picked it up — fine. Otherwise, someone feels your future accomplishments will make it a collector item. Don’t disappoint them. Thanks for being willing to contribute your time and expertise for the benefit of our community.

  • #15 written by Laura Wellons
    about 8 years ago

    Jeff: Congratulations. I was proud to have the KGW lawn signs. I am looking forward to your expertise in taming the Lake Oswego Council. Thanks for all your effort in running for this office. Hopefully, you will stand up for the people of Lake Oswego before we all go broke financing their grand plans. They need to realize that this is a recession and we are not all wealthy. We can’t afford to shop in Lake Oswego. We are too busy trying to scamble for money to pay our property taxes and our water bills.

  • #16 written by Hmmm...
    about 8 years ago

    Just what the council needs…another cry baby like Mary. NOT!

  • #17 written by Inquiring mind
    about 8 years ago

    Why does Lake Oswego need a park ranger? Couldn’t that money be spent better on a police officer or fire fighter?

    Congrats on your win.

  • #18 written by Jeff Gudman
    about 8 years ago

    To: Laura Wellons and others interested:

    Thank you for your e-mail. One of my primary areas of attention will be the budget and looking for every possible way of mitigating the increase in the water and sewer bills. You may count on a consistent and regular focus on the costs of running the city and its impact on the citizens.


  • #19 written by Jeff Gudman
    about 8 years ago

    Regarding Comments #16 & 17

    Good morning,

    I am pleased you have the interest and desire to comment. Would you be interested in getting together for coffee to discuss specific LO issues that are of concern.


  • #20 written by Stan Hubert
    about 8 years ago


    Congrats!! You will do a great job. Your financial and business baclkground will serve the city well. Thanks for giving your time and energy,


    Stan Hubert

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