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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two years since, with your support, I began my successful campaign for city council. It’s been an experience that is constantly challenging as I’ve worked to bring a positive, forward looking vision to our community. I am as committed today as I was then to representing those of us in Lake Oswego who value a high quality of life that attracts young families to our neighborhoods, that respects sustainability, planning for the future and investments in parks and infrastructure that make Lake Oswego a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

But as many of you know, this vision is at risk. Aside from my win, the composition of the city council took a hard turn to the political right—putting the focus on priorities and values that, I believe, are not held by the majority of Lake Oswegans. To move our community back in a positive direction, we need to pull together. I am asking for your help to support candidates that share our vision for a more progressive and forward-looking council.

I’ve stood up and voted against the council majority on issues ranging from reduced environmental protections to changes in the Comprehensive Plan that reduce transit options —leading to more congestion and making our community a less desirable place—and a lot more.

Here are just a few examples of where I believe my colleagues have taken us in the wrong direction:

•Cut the budget to the parks department threatening the quality of programs we’ve come to expect and that attract young families to Lake Oswego.

•Cut the budget to the planning and economic development departments which reduce our ability to create and implement neighborhood plans as well as to plan for future economic development.

•Voted to allow Lake Oswego’s most historically significant house to be demolished and replaced with a subdivision— forever destroying our city’s cultural heritage and changing neighborhood character.

•Without public notice, and without citizen input, voted to fire and replace the acting city manager with a member of the Political Action Committee that supported their campaigns— reducing transparency and trust in our city government.

While the negative effects may not be dramatic or immediately noticeable, they are real. I’ve been on the frontline, defending against actions that could cause long-lasting and significant changes to the Lake Oswego we love and to its future potential.

We need to pull together and we don’t have much time. Your financial contribution of $300, $200, or $100 will help me support the candidates who share our vision and will move our great community back in the right direction.

Thanks and all the best,

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Jon

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